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Greenhouse Gas Awards contender, Wealden District Council


REPEAT OFFENDERS - It's no wonder that Extinction Rebellion is gathering such momentum with councils all over England carrying on as if there was no crisis. The carbon footprint for Herstmonceux village has rocketed because of all the failings of the members of Wealden to tackle climate change and set a good example. Wealden's councillors have granted planning permission for hundreds of houses without solar panels or electric vehicle charging points. If this example by every town and village in the United Kingdom, then our country would be one of the worst polluters in the world on a per square kilometer basis. The councillors you voted for are partly responsible for killing hundreds of species. It makes us want to glue ourselves to something. Peacefully mind you. This village is a contender for the Greenhouse Gas award 2019.




Stacey Robbins is head of Environmental Services at Wealden District Council responsible for the build on hundreds of houses with high carbon footprints. But the situation is worse than that.


In trying to build as many houses as possible, despite the UN's sustainability goals, his council is cutting corners, to the point of being willing to kill protected animals and in one case poison a well that supplies drinking water to locals.


Shocking that such revelations might be, it is nevertheless true in the context of the allegations that are currently under investigation with a view to seeking assistance from the Courts if necessary.


Wealden has a statutory duty to protect the rights and fundamental freedoms accorded to every citizen via the Human Rights Act 1998. In particular, this includes the right to peaceful enjoyment of property. See section 6 of the HRA 1998, as to the duty owed.


In the past this council have been as crafty as a cart load on monkeys, especially their legal and planning enforcement departments. We had hoped they had changed their ways, but in view of the present situation, we have our doubts that they can be trusted to do the right thing.




Shit creek at Herstmonceux village is Sussex. Would you buy one of these?


THE BROWN CLIFFS OF HERSTMONCEUX - Hailsham Road, Herstmonceux - Housing development in the village above Lime Wood, Herstmonceux in Sussex, clearly designed by climate morons and allowed by the the sheep at Parish and District council level. Sir David would not be amused as to the blight on nature, let alone Queen Victoria. To make matters worse, there appears to be a brown smelly discharge into the stream at the foot of what was a lovely little country ramble with an unspoiled stream. Now it is this insane artificial hillside! It's not Great Britain, it's a Great British Cock Up. You can read more about this at:






In 2020, construction at Woodlands View completed with pile driving that totally undermined the countryside, creating the Brown Cliffs of Herstmonceux, that frankly, anyone looking at would agree it was planning madness, a blight on the land. This whole site is built on backfill, on backfill. You should take a look at these houses, not from the front, but from the woods. We would not buy one of these houses, where once the steel rusts away, what have you got. The roads in question are Oak Way, Hawthorn Lane and Elm Close.


Then there is the substandard A271, littered with potholes. The village was once charming, but is now relegated to a disposable area, to be overcrowded and underserved, simply because all the CIL payments have gone to other areas, and providing enhanced pensions for overpaid officers.


This council are know to have invested in fossil fuel companies, for their pensions, etc.




Shit Creek under construction by Southern Water


CIVIL ENGINEERS - It's not their fault, these employees of Southern Water are unaware that their company is potentially party to countryside offences, in working with the developers to try and get around killing local wildlife. It is alleged that badgers were displaced from this location as the bulldozers moved in. Why? Was there an adequate wildlife survey, and/or did they turn a blind eye to what they found, knowing that they'd probably get away with it. At least one of the badgers is now living in Lime Park.





It is about to happen again, only this time it is alleged that Joanna Denton has masterminded a situation where her council will be party to the offence of conspiring to poison birds that are protected by the Wildlife and Countryside Act 1981, and the Conservation of Habitats and Species Regulations 2017.


It seems (it is alleged) that the developers, Clarion Housing Group and Latimer Developments Limited, may have done a deal with the new owner(s) of The Old Rectory, Alison Deshayes, to pipe water through Lime Pond, despite a covenant preventing pollution. Where the Rectory is/was on the market, offers over £700,000 pounds, potential purchasers have been asked to sign an agreement indemnifying Mrs Deshayes from claims arising from the arrangement with the developers of the adjacent field.





LIME POND WILDLIFE SURVEY - Was there an adequate wildlife survey, or any survey at all? That is the question being asked. If so, how did they not spot these ducks, the heron and moorhens on ponds, and the fish and pondweed supporting such species. The proposals as they stand will not deal with the long term accumulation of toxins that will eventually kill these animals and destroy the habitat, contrary to the Conservation of Habitats and Species Regulations 2017. It is alleged that the developers, and/or Southern Water, have already destroyed a badger haunt at the location known locally as Shit Creek. There are badgers in Lime Park at time of writing.




If that is as alleged, anyone signing such agreement, could be party to the offence of attempting to poison wild birds and/or destroying the habitat, including putting fish and other pond life at risk.


Lime Pond is well stocked with fish that at least one heron depends on, and then there are mallard ducks and moorhens. Oh dear. Did anyone do a wildlife survey? And if so, how did they miss what is local knowledge.


Any remedial works, will not be able to prevent the onslaught of pesticides and other household detritus from the proposed 70 houses.


Would you buy a house in this location, knowing you would be harming all this wildlife? We wouldn't. And it's all about the money. But, you cannot put a price on the safety of wildlife.


The odd thing is that the planners and developers could have built on the other side of the field that slopes to the A271, and avoided the flood area. Have they considered this as a preferred option? It appears not, and that factor alone could invalidate the permission granted (via Gleeson application) to advantage Tim Watson in the sale of the field adjacent to Lime Cross football field, last transferred for around £3.5 million pounds including VAT.


We think that Joanna Denton, the delegated officer on the above, works for Mr Robbins.







"We’ve experienced a sharp increase in workload within our Development Management team(s). Joining existing Senior Planners, you will supervise and prepare reports on complex or major planning and other applications, agreements, pre application enquiries and other consultations. You will play a major role in contributing to the efficient and effective operation of the Development Management function, with the opportunity to mentor staff, whilst managing this diverse workload.

This position offers an opportunity to an already experienced Senior Planner, wishing to work in a diverse geographical area where significant growth is proposed, but also offers an opportunity to a planner wishing to move into a more senior and supervisory role. You will have a degree or Diploma in Town Planning, or related equivalent, and either have MRTPI or be working towards full membership, together with substantial Local Authority experience in Development Management work.

We offer an excellent package including competitive salary, some homeworking, career average salary pension scheme, relocation allowance where applicable, an employee benefit scheme offering a range of discounts and salary sacrifice schemes, flexitime and discounted leisure centre membership.

We want to hear from applicants who can contribute positively to the work and culture of a growing, dynamic and ambitious team.


For an informal discussion please contact Stacey Robins Head of Planning and Environmental Services: or 01892 602 518.

Wealden District Council is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and vulnerable adults, and expects all employees and volunteers to share this commitment.

This post is available as a job share if you are looking for part time hours."





EMERGENCY - You know, those crazy scientists might have been right. It is getting a little warmer. Well, we've made enough to retire on comfortably, so might as well try and save the planet so that we can enjoy spending all the money we made from those high carbon development kickbacks. What about your children? We're all right Jack. They can fend for themselves. Nobody will listen to their cries for help ....



SCORCHED EARTH POLICIES - Wealden have declared a Climate Emergency. We await their Climate Action Plan with eager anticipation. If the plan does not work, this view could soon become an arid desertified version of its former self. Copyright photograph © July 2019 Climate Change Trust Hx.










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