The Fire Hills has been our favourite walk for many years meeting friends from Fairlight and Hastings daily.
We have always felt very lucky having such a beautiful natural area on our doorstep.
But now we go up there with dread what devastation will confront us today? What have we lost?
The gorse, home for so much wild life and with it’s masses of golden flowers spring & summer. GONE! The bird song in bushes and trees. GONE!
The haw frost on the bushes of a winter’s morning. GONE!
Protection from the cold winds in the winter. GONE!
The gorse from the cliff edge torn up which gave protection for children and dogs from going over the edge.
Even trees have been chopped down oak, silver birch, hawthorn and blackthorn. Last summer the blackthorn was a sea of white and oh the smell. GONE!
There was a lovely hawthorn tree covered in berries with bird busy feeding on them last week. This week GONE!
We thought it was a conservation area, our rare birds Dartford warbler and yellow hammer to name just two what happens to them?
Grassy paths torn up and replaced by muddy rutted tracks difficult to walk on. Huge machinery and drivers more suited to building roads.
In Fairlight cliff erosion is a constant problem caused mainly by underground springs.
Isn’t it trees and bushes that take up water and help to hold the soil from slipping?
We have been told it is to open up sea views but for who?
Special paths have been constructed push chairs and wheel chair users with sea views. There are also many seats and picnic tables also with sea views.
The gorse and trees made the Firehills beautiful and so much to enjoy in the different of the seasons, why change it, we don’t understand. We know it is too late the damage that has been done but it is so awful we had to tell of our distress and worry for the future of our poor Firehills.
Martin and Lesley Roberts
(Also sent on behalf of Jean Harris and Maureen Linch-Watson)
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