CAMPAIGNERS calling for the protection of an area of woodland in Ore handed over a petition to the council on Friday containing more than 1,200 signatures.
The Friends of Speckled Wood want the whole of the wood protected from any development and amassed 1,231 signatures of support for their cause.
The future of Speckled Wood has come up in the Borough Plan, a document which outlines possible development in the town over the next 20 years. Each one of the planning options in the plan for Speckled Wood contain sites that could be given up for proposed housing development.
Members of the Friends handed over the petition to deputy leader, Cllr Peter Chowney.
Martin Newbold, chairman, said: “The hand over to Cllr Chowney was conducted very successfully. He chatted with our representatives and the local people about the topic of Speckled Wood for some time. He was pleased to see the level of response from people.
“Friends of Speckled Wood were extremely happy to have achieved this fabulous number of people’s responses. It shows they care about Speckled Wood. We hope we can count on the same or larger response from the whole of Hastings in the final consultation, which will be from November to next February.”
The ultimate future of Speckled Wood will be decided by HM Planning Inspectorate. A decision is expected in 2014.