Combe Haven walks, past and future

May 28, 2013 by combehavendefenders


Next walk: Saturday June 1st, 11am (organised by Quakers): see below for details.

Into the valley: May 26

Twenty four people and two dogs turned up for the latest of a series of walks into the valley.  The sun shone, the skylarks sang, and the valley looked beautiful.  We stopped at various points along the way to look at points of interest and learn more about where the road will go. Already a haul road has been built out across the valley from Sidley to beyond Acton’s farm, to allow access for the roadbuilding itself, and there are many more signs that the county council intends to build this road as fast as it possibly can.

The gateway to destruction

We also looked at the route of the proposed ‘gateway’ road, which would allow the infilling of a vast area of land north of Sidley and Pebsham with houses and industrial units:

bexhill aerial photo

(If you’re reading this before May 31, it’s not too late to register your objection online – click on the ‘comment on this application’ button).

Next walk: Saturday June 1st, 11am

This will take the form of a Quaker Meeting, to be held outside and in silence, (vocal ministry may occur),  followed by a walk from Glovers Farm, Sidley, along the public footpath near the site of the Link Road & development area, into Combe Haven and back to Sidley, and a picnic lunch (please bring your own packed lunch & water). There is also the option of continuing to Crowhurst.

Organised by concerned members of Hastings Quaker Meeting & the Group of Friends Affinity group, (formed during action against the Bexhill – Hastings Link Road).

Meet: At the end of Glovers Lane, Sidley (off the main road through Sidley, just after The New Inn.)

How to get there from Hastings:
By bus: No. 98 bus at 9.34 a.m. from Hastings Railway Station (takes 50 mins).
Get off opposite The New Inn (actually an old inn just after the Green), Sidley. From the bus stop, it’s a short 10 minute walk through a housing estate. Just follow Glovers Lane until it comes to a bridge, leading into countryside. Buses return to Hastings outside the New Inn around 15.00

By bike: Seafront bike path to Glyne Gap then follow directions below.

By car: Follow the A259 to Bexhill. At Glyne Gap roundabout, take the second exit onto the A2036.  Continue to junction with A269 in Sidley, turn right. You will see the New Inn after the Green on your right. After the pub, turn right into Glovers Lane. Follow it to the end – you can park at the side of the road.

If you are interested in joining  us, please contact Fiona Wright so that we can arrange transport together: 07986 297 770.

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