Peter Moffat-Bailey wrote to the Observer, published October 16, followed by an article by Richard Gladstone (October 23) regarding the on-going works on the beautiful local area we know as the Firehills.
Much of the work undertaken of course is necessary to control this area of outstanding beauty but I question whether it was wise to emulate the aftermath of the battlefields of WW1.
Much of the flora and fauna that existed are now threatened and intended new plantings of heather will flourish only if the soil is basically of a low pH (ie acid).
Several of the small common birches could have been preserved for use by the smaller birds and deciduous growth maintained for their nesting.
Was contact made at all with the RSPB?
Open heathland may well encourage adders in warmer weather for unwary walkers and dogs to encounter.
The Firehills are a wonderful asset for the people of Hastings and surrounding villages and I wonder if there were ever a public consultation meeting to provide the public locally of the plans that are now well under way.
What professional advice did our council seek concerning the various aspects of this project and from whom, I wonder?
If any of those authorities and sub-contracted organisations involved in this project could provide we readers of the Observer with some clear summary of the planning and implementation process, many of your readers would be most grateful.
We need to know.
Iain E Morrison
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