Charter to protect the countryside

Charter to protect the countryside

Charter to protect the countryside

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Campaigners are calling on the people of Sussex to sign a charter calling on the authorities to protect the countryside.

The Sussex branch of the Campaign to Protect Rural England (CPRE Sussex) have today launched their Sussex Countryside Charter calling on MPs and councillors to ensure better protection for the countryside.

Now the charity is calling on the residents of Sussex to make their voices heard, by signing the Charter which aims to give the public a voice in countryside development.

David Johnson, CPRE Sussex chairman, said: “We are saying loud and clear that whatever the government’s original intentions, the reformed planning system is not working.

“Local people are being disregarded, open countryside is being developed while suitable brownfield land is left unused and too few affordable homes are being built.”

With an increase in the number of applications for oil and gas exploration, both through conventional wells and potentially through fracking, CPRE Sussex believes that short-term goals are driving the current national planning system.

Mr Johnson also said the rush for gas risks harming the character and tranquillity of villages.

With a drilling application facing the people of Kirdford and Wisborough Green, long-term resident and member of Keep Kirdford and Wisborough Green group Sue Jameson said: “We want to leave a legacy of peace and tranquillity for our grandchildren, not one that is fraught with potential for long-term pollution and degradation of our glorious Sussex landscape.”

Richard Hill, CPRE Sussex spokesman for Chichester area has called the site totally unusable.

The Charter sets out six key commitments that CPRE Sussex believes is essential to protect the countryside.

It includes affordable housing and the condemnation of the proposed extra runway at Gatwick.

 

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11:00am Thu 10 Jul 14

wippasnapper says...

Shame there is no link to a web page where we could possibly go sine this charter
Shame there is no link to a web page where we could possibly go sine this charter wippasnapper
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11:30am Thu 10 Jul 14

stevo!! says...

wippasnapper wrote:
Shame there is no link to a web page where we could possibly go sine this charter
I agree.

Here it is:

http://www.cpresusse
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[quote][p][bold]wippasnapper[/bold] wrote: Shame there is no link to a web page where we could possibly go sine this charter[/p][/quote]I agree. Here it is: http://www.cpresusse x.org.uk/campaigns/s ussex-countryside-ch arter/sign-the-susse x-countryside-charte r stevo!!
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11:37am Thu 10 Jul 14

wippasnapper says...

I’m all for protecting our open green spaces but I would also like to see more dun in the right to access as the main enforces seems to be more towards walkers and cyclists and less towards people with mobility issues and in this day and age that is discrimination! Take for instants when B&HCC put out a consultation towards making access into the countryside it was all about making it safer for people who walk or cycle No such enforces is given to those with wheelchair and scooters needs, I know of many people that would enjoy getting out in to the countryside but are to concerned with the accessibility on offer to them one example is the crossing B&HCC put across to top of Coldean Lain from Ditchling Rd into Stanmer Woods the crossing is fine but the embankment from the crossing into the woods is inexcusable to anyone in a wheelchair and scooter and probable difficult for anyone pushing a pram it would not take to much effort by B&HCC to put this right but there enforces seems to be more towards making any access more enjoyable for walkers and cyclists but, another example is the development B&HCC have for Stanmer Park Woods there consultation disregarded anyone with mobility needs there enforces was as usual towards walkers and cyclists they even offered a possible hire a bike center at Stanmer Park but no such enforces was given towards the many people needing powered mobility wheelchairs or scooters and yet in many places around the UK this is possible i.e. Countryside Mobility offer such a scheme across the UK and if you want to know more hear is there webpage http://www.countrysi
demobility.org/ B&HCC take note! And make the countryside accessible to ALL.
I’m all for protecting our open green spaces but I would also like to see more dun in the right to access as the main enforces seems to be more towards walkers and cyclists and less towards people with mobility issues and in this day and age that is discrimination! Take for instants when B&HCC put out a consultation towards making access into the countryside it was all about making it safer for people who walk or cycle No such enforces is given to those with wheelchair and scooters needs, I know of many people that would enjoy getting out in to the countryside but are to concerned with the accessibility on offer to them one example is the crossing B&HCC put across to top of Coldean Lain from Ditchling Rd into Stanmer Woods the crossing is fine but the embankment from the crossing into the woods is inexcusable to anyone in a wheelchair and scooter and probable difficult for anyone pushing a pram it would not take to much effort by B&HCC to put this right but there enforces seems to be more towards making any access more enjoyable for walkers and cyclists but, another example is the development B&HCC have for Stanmer Park Woods there consultation disregarded anyone with mobility needs there enforces was as usual towards walkers and cyclists they even offered a possible hire a bike center at Stanmer Park but no such enforces was given towards the many people needing powered mobility wheelchairs or scooters and yet in many places around the UK this is possible i.e. Countryside Mobility offer such a scheme across the UK and if you want to know more hear is there webpage http://www.countrysi demobility.org/ B&HCC take note! And make the countryside accessible to ALL. wippasnapper
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