Help protect wood say campaigners

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Have your say

TWO CAMPAIGN groups are urging people to vote for the protection of a much-loved wood in the Ore Valley.

They are encouraging residents to have their say on the future of Speckled Wood by taking part in Hastings Borough Council’s Local Plan consultation which runs until August 17.

Ore Community Land Trust is holding an information event about safeguarding the wood, which extends from Frederick Road to Victoria Avenue in Ore, on Saturday, August 11 at the Salvation Army Hall, London Road, Ore, between 10am and 11am, and community workshops afterwards until 4pm.

The group has fought for years to save the woodlands valley from development and is supporting option three on the consultation. Ian Sier, chairman of Ore Community Land Trust, said: “This is an historic event that can put right the bad strategic planning decision taken in 1993 or earlier to allocate a large part of this woodland valley for housing development, which has blighted the valley ever since, even though no development has actually taken place.”

The group wants the wood to be preserved and improved for local use to include a village green, improved paths, the reinstatement of disused allotments and creation of a pond.

A newly-formed group called Friends of Speckled Wood, is also campaigning to preserve this wooded area, and has put forward a fourth option it is seeking to be adopted by the council, under which no development whatsoever is allowed on the site.

Martin Newbold, of Friends of Speckled Wood, said: “We would urge everyone to stop this loss of habitat to wildlife and the community who use it. Please get proactive before it is too late.”

To participate in the Friends’ online consultation visit www.friendsofspeckledwood.org.uk/consultation or follow their campaign on the Facebook page www.facebook.com/friendsofspeckledwood

An information sheet and letter is also available at Ore Library, The Bridge Centre, The Ore Centre of the Salvation Army Care and Share Shop.

Ore Community Land Trust can be contacted at ore.clt@hotmail.com