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Friends’ last-ditch move to save Ore’s Speckled Wood

Friends of Speckled Wood handing over petitions to Cllr Peter Chowney at Hastings Town Hall

Friends of Speckled Wood handing over petitions to Cllr Peter Chowney at Hastings Town Hall

CAMPAIGNERS have launched another petition in a last-ditch attempt to save an area of woodland from development.

The Friends of Speckled Wood are calling for the public to sign the document as the woodland area in Ore is under threat of possible development of new houses.

Hastings Borough Council is currently consulting on the borough’s Development Management Plan, which identifies sites for development in the town over the next 14 years.

Martin Newbold, spokesman for the Friends of Speckled Wood, said: “The plan gives three options for the future development of the Upper Ore Valley and Speckled Wood but we want another option added, that of no development to be made in the woodland.”

Speckled Wood is situated between Old London Road, Greville Road and Frederick Road, with entrances by the Salvation Army, Frederick Road and Victoria Avenue.

In September 2012 campaigners from the Friends of Speckled Wood handed over a petition containing more than 1,200 signatures of support for their cause to the council’s deputy leader Cllr Peter Chowney.

The council’s Development Management Plan is available at the Town Hall in Queen’s Square, Priory Meadow, for the public to view and comment on until Tuesday, April 22.

Afterwards it will be submitted to the Secretary of State.

Paper copies of the Friends of Speckled Wood petition are available to sign at Ore Library, The Bridge Centre in Priory Road and Ore Community Centre in Old London Road.

Alternatively visit www.friendsofspeckledwood.org.uk/consultation.

 

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