LIME PARK HERITAGE TRUST
Lime Park Heritage Trust exists to conserve and enhance the old generating buildings in Lime Park, Herstmonceux.
Where occupiers of the various buildings in Lime Park have come and gone, some may not have understood the duty that they owe to conserve our heritage, possibly being fed misleading information by longstanding neighbours who may have abused their positions of trust in the hope of obtaining the generating works at an undervalue.
Where Wealden District Council became involved, they would have generated spin to give credence to their vendetta to oust the former occupier of the generating buildings, all the way up to 1999, when such machinations became unsupportable with expert third party intervention, proving the council to be liars.
At that point in time Lime Park residents who were or became directors of Lime Park Estate Limited, would have realised that their game was up, some possibly selling up rather than face the music. That left the diehards, who would rather weather the storm, such as Peter Townley and Clare Askaroff (nee Martin).
Other interested parties include builders and gardeners who derive a living from Lime Park Estate Limited and sometimes from the individual residents in Lime Park. These tradesmen and women may not be privy to the facts and frequently acted/act on the spin of Peter and June Townley, unaware of the catalogue of dreadful actions that this couple undertook in their quest to gain control of the generating buildings, including measures to prevent effective maintenance over a prolonged period.
The Trust is committed to securing rights of access and to undertaking preservation works to keep the historic asset intact for future generations - regardless of the actions of any deniers or their contractors. The Trust though hopes that as new occupiers come into the Park that they will work with the Trust to make the best of the Park, putting the worst of Wealden's abhorrent abuses of their positions of trust to rest.
This includes the company that maintains the shared right of way, where in the past this company was working against preservation of the monument to the early electricity generating industry.
It is also hoped that as new workers come into the frame, that they become aware of the factual position, and so help, rather than hinder conservation works.
NORTH EAST ELEVATION - Trees once surrounded this interesting historic building - so that nobody knew it was there. Without proper and regular treatment, trees and other flora will eventually engulf and consume almost any building. Possibly, this was part of Wealden DC's evil plan. in 1983 grants were available from councils to restore historic buildings. It could be that the TPO ruse was part of a plan to prevent such a payment in respect of conservation works. Such grants are no longer available from English Heritage or Historic England. Indeed, there is no government support for the occupiers of privately owned historic buildings. Even the Heritage Lottery Fund cannot help.
Lime Park Estates Limited was set up in March of 1985 by some of the residents in Lime Park, as company number 01893712 expressly to take over management of a shared access.
According to companies house this is a 'residents' property management company, code: 98000. But that may not be strictly accurate, where many of the occupiers in the Park are not represented and this company works against the interests of some of those who are not represented to cause loss contrary to the Fraud Act 2006.
Whereas, any company purporting to manage a shared drive exists to ensure that such access is secured for all. In this case there are two ways of accessing the shared drive, one of which is not properly being maintained.
ROOF REPAIRS 2017 - Over two of the hottest weeks on record, 4 men toiled for eight days in the blazing sun to take off the WWII corrugated iron, temporary felt, replace any damaged or rotten timbers and fit some of the finest slate that we have seen in a long while - with thanks to Ashbrook Roofing Supplies in Derbyshire. Ashbrook Roofing did us a cracking deal on 250x500, 375 x 500 slates and matching ridge tiles to capture the rural industrial element of the building. Thanks Bez. We faithfully followed the original design, including the interesting position of the skylights, that are now very high quality double glazed high security units. That is the main generating rooms sorted, save for facias and soffits. Next is the other roofs that are temporarily felted until we have time (and funds) for another bash. The Trust receives no financial help from English Heritage, Historic England, the Heritage Lottery Fund, or Wealden District Council at this time. We will be asking this council if they might be prepared to contribute costs wise, or simply waive certain administrative encumbrances where it may be appropriate to reconstruct the missing third range to the original roof height, utilizing the extant footings. Copyright © photograph 30 June 2017. You will need the permission of Lime Park Heritage Trust to use this picture. All rights reserved.
Map of the Wealden District
ANTIQUE DOCUMENT - This is an amazingly rare find, a document dated from February of 1911. These are one of a series of instructions to the engineers who were operating the generating machinery in Lime Park. You may notice that in addition to generating electricity for the village, that plant was in situ for making ice. Luxury indeed in 1911.
ANTISOCIAL NEIGHBOURS - The legal height for a row of evergreens like this is two meters. You can see from the six foot fencing panel on the right that the height of these trees is more like fourteen feet. Russell Pike trimmed these trees to just over 12 feet in 2012. When asked why he had not cut them to the correct legal height, he replied that he thought twelve feet was the legal height under the Antisocial Behaviour Act 2003. If you check this out on any Government website you will see that it is 6 feet 6 inches or two meters.
These trees threaten the foundations of the historic Generating Station. The owners have been asked umpteen times to lower them to the correct legal height, but refuse to do the right thing. They also insist on allowing rainwater goods on their buildings to deteriorate to the point where all their guttering is now fallen. The unnecessary additional surface water is seen as a problem, with the same neighbours willfully restricting access over many years in the full knowledge of the problems they are creating for the occupiers of the historic asset. It is hoped that any new owner will be more cooperative.
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FARMING - The backbone of any society is the production of food to feed the population, though these days much of what we eat is imported from other producers, such as fish farmed in Asia. We can no longer find enough fish locally having exhausted our fisheries. Agriculture is also changing where we have drained the soil for so long with artificial fertilizers that yields will fall, meaning a shift to obtaining protein from the sea - but unfortunately we are disposing of around 8 millions tons of plastic in our seas - poisoning marine life that we need to keep us nourished. Food security is therefore high on the United Nations agenda via the Food and Agriculture Organization.