Horrified by the state of old site

Hastings Observer letters
Hastings Observer letters

From: Marian Povey, Boscobel Road, St Leonards

I live in Boscobel Road and this week went from West Hill Road to Archery Road via The Mount.

I was absolutely horrified to see the state of the building site where the college used to be.

Several months ago the (then) owners of the site who were using the site as a quarry and pounding slabs said they would cease doing this and promised to start work in October (did not say which October though).

This promise was made after a meeting that MP Amber Rudd arranged with the council and the owners of the site.

However, almost nothing has been done.

What they have done would seem to be unlawful.

The promise was made at a general meeting of interested people, that the wooded area adjacent to The Mount would be left as it housed four badger setts.

Now, the ground has been excavated almost to the edge of the road and just one or two very large trees have been left.

Trees are not meant to be cut during the nesting season, and badgers are protected by law.

The plans for the area have been adjusted several times, and the law seems to have been adjusted too.

The back of my house has a cut through to Archery Road. We get badgers and foxes there at night.

This wild life is more than welcome.

I understand from the Badger Protection Society that they are really in trouble and have great difficulty in finding food.

What, if anything, is being done?

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