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HISTORIC GEM - Archaeologically, the old Generating Works in Lime Park, is the most important building in the village, since the Truggery was flattened to make way for some very ordinary houses. Such is the imagination of local officials. The Castle and Observatory are not in the village. If they had been, the Observatory would be a contender, and is highly regarded.
Saved from collapse in 1981, in this unassuming complex, the new age of electricity began with wealthy landowners flexing their wallets - the only people who could afford Thomas Edison's 'EdiSwan' light bulbs. For in order to have electricity to run the new fangled lighting, you needed your own generator - and that was noisy, offsetting the advantage of gas lamps and candles that frequently blew out with gusts of wind. Silence was then and is now highly valued. Only the very few could also afford batteries to store power. But in Herstmonceux, they had a massive energy store, with a whole unit full of giant lead plate batteries on shelves, crammed to ceiling height with huge glass cases filled with gallons of sulfuric acid. This is the very first distribution load-levelling arrangement, and the only example surviving anywhere in the world, of a massive battery store. It is quite simply unique.
Once upon a time, the sleepy village of Herstmonceux was a nice place to live. Gardner Street ran from Hailsham, a market town, to Windmill Hill and on to Hastings, a seaside resort on a dirt track designed for horses and carriages.
In those days, locals could afford to live in the village and buy their own homes and raise a family, when houses were affordable, especially important for agricultural workers; the salt of the earth. Now, locals are being forced out with housing priced to attract investment from overseas landlords, looking to benefit from high rents charged in the UK, to launder their money - a loophole that councils willingly exploit to charge high property taxes. We think that our Chancellor and Communities ministers should close such loopholes on moral grounds. High rents means local and young families are pushed even further down the property ladder. Making them financial slaves, even in retirement.
BOVINE - Creatures of habit, Daisy is worried that local authorities will continue to act in a way that causes loss of biodiversity, farming jobs and sustainability, where they keep building on her green fields - and she loves grass - greenbelt that is supposed to be protected to provide your milk and steaks. Arable land is being turned into deserts at an alarming rate. We moan about the Amazon being cut down, but we are doing the same. We cut down all our oak forests to build timber warships. Now we want to build on what is left. By the way, Daisy wants to point out to MacDonalds that she is a vegetarian, and hopes she won't be on the menu.
ROADWORKS CENTRAL - Town planners and East Sussex Highways obviously don't understand the Highway Code, about not obstructing other road users. Have you heard the one about caution near the brow of a hill. We think the other one is about blind bends. No sign of a bypass! If ever one was needed, it is to take heavy goods vehicles away from this pathetically narrow and potholed 'B' road, pretending to be an 'A' road.
The village of Herstmonceux was relatively stable in terms of the population in relation to the ratio of services, but as other villages became overloaded with over priced and under-imaginative housing development for the rich townie/landlord investors, the A271 suffered in terms of potholes - it is not up to the increase in traffic. The High Street became a parking nightmare as car ownership quadrupled. Never mind that there is no gas mains and a very dodgy mobile phone signal, you will have to rely on oil fired central heating, calor gas deliveries, or electric storage heaters. Developments off Gardner Street violated the basic laws of nature, requiring pile driving to stabilise a bank that drained into a stream, as another example of inappropriate build and biodiversity loss. Where is the Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL) being spent. Not in Herstmonceux for sure! Are villagers being ripped off taxation wise?
Then there is a field that walkers, dogs and ramblers had enjoyed for over a hundred years unfettered, featuring two registered footpaths, but a much higher number of unregistered footpaths, now the subject of some concern by the Herstmonceux Walkers Association.
2020 - Herstmonceux in Sussex is not what it used to be. Villagers are being forced to rent in towns, rather than being able to live where they were brought up - at reasonable prices. In modern England, councils are operating against the interests of young families. Rents for new builds in Herstmonceux and exorbitant. The rich get richer and the poor, poorer.
PROPERTY VALUE PLUMMET PREDICTED
The recent developments along Hailsham Road, and those proposed near Lime Cross, are expected to have the effect of reducing the value of property in the Herstmonceux area generally as the overcrowding increases, turning it into a rental void and loss maker generally for investors silly enough to bite the bullet. Planners and developers don't seem to have thought about that as they piled on the agony for existing residents - without improving amenities - straining the limited existing road network to breaking point. The same goes for the sewerage, where there have been unhealthy leaks, many are saying it can only get worse.
Check out the values on Zoopla, Purple Bricks and Right Move for yourselves, then check back next year, to see how your investment fared. Even more houses are threatened where the old Geo-Collins Garage (was a Honda dealer) also has consent for a number of houses in a high flood and drainage risk area.
BROWN CLIFFS ABOMINATION No1 - Unlike Dover, with their beautiful white cliffs, in Wealden they like the colour brown so much they gave planning permission to build this artificial edifice in the country - taking with it the natural beauty of the countryside for walkers - and - or so it seems, polluting the watercourse downstream. They call the mini-estate Woodlands View, including Elm Close, Hawthorn Lane and Oak Way.
Our green fields are set to be developed to swell the coffers of the council with CIL payments for infrastructure improvements that will never happen while the country is swamped by debt. The proposed development also requiring the build of a sewage works by Southern Water to pump the human waste uphill to a treatment plant near Windmill Hill. All on the promise of 25 affordable housing units, but so far none of the developers promising low carbon housing has delivered. It is all a sham, to get the permission, and then some way through the development, claim that they have no money to build the affordable units. In our book that is fraud, that Wealden are part of where there are no enforceable agreements and no bonds as security in the event of default or insolvency.
Also of concern is that the Secretary of State recently rejected Wealden's Local Plan, raising questions as to whether or not the planners knew what they were doing when passing an application to build 70 homes on a field were drainage and groundwater pollution are known problems. We'd like to get rid of human planners, and install an AI system, where favours to mates are not part of the programme. Hackers excepted. Imagine the salaries and pension plans we'd save on. That would mean a reduction in taxes. Yay!
COUNTRYSIDE ABOMINATION No2 - If you buy one of these (proposed) houses, not only will you be adding to global warming, but you could be letting yourself in for many years of litigation, not least of which is the potential to be charged under groundwater contamination and wildlife and habitats laws. At lest 40% of the houses shown are in a direct line to poison the only working well in the village: Lime Well.
WILDLIFE POISONING CONSPIRACY - Just about all of the proposed houses will flush pesticides downhill into Lime Pond (centre lower), so killing the herons, ducks, fish, frogs and newts. Anyone party to the killing of these animals by poisoning, or the contamination of their environment, is liable to fines and imprisonment. We'd imagine remedial works would involved demolition of the houses, by way of a restoration order. And that is why a bond is needed. So why go there? The poisoning is inevitable - it's just a matter of time.
The Wealden district and Sussex generally, encompasses some of the most beautiful countryside and sea views in the United Kingdom. There is though an acute shortage of genuinely affordable housing and the area produces a good deal of greenhouse gases leading to temperature rises that will affect many other regions on earth and raise sea levels with dire consequences. There are very few electric vehicle charging points and no infrastructure plan for EVs making local taxes appear extortionate in relation to returns. Planning for a sustainable future is virtually non-existent. Why then are we being forced to pay so much Council Tax if all our councils are doing is adding to Global Warming?
The Walkers Association is a group dedicated to protecting the pathways that villagers of Herstmonceux have enjoyed within living memory. Where there was a footpath circling this area, Southern Water have been working with the developers to cut off access for walkers. That is why the Association think it is time to act.
2021 THE NEW LAKE DISTRICT - Seasons best from the Lake District of Wealden, known locally as 'Little Venice.' The Council's agenda to turn this area into a water attraction appears to be working beautifully. By building brick houses as fast as they can go, they are helping to raise the temperature of the planet, so helping desert areas such as the Sahara to increase as a sandy tourist attraction in Africa. Also a boon for Egypt and tourists visiting the Pyramids.
From reading Wealden's planning agenda of build, build, build - it's a win, win situation if you like it hot. They'll be breaking out the gondolas, presumably, giving one away free to each person buying a house in this location, to help the locals make the most of their new watery environment. Eventually roads could become canals, with operatic music mandatory from local hostelries.
Interestingly, this artificial lake feeds a RAMSAR site, so we hope they are taking precautions to filter out the harmful hydrocarbons from washing the underside of the passing vehicles. Oh, yes, another benefit to motorists is the free chassis clean. Though Wealden officials may start charging, once this service really gets going as another form of Community Infrastructure Levy to top up the officer's pension fund. Not forgetting those enhanced payoffs for early retirement, after each cock up as hush-money. Cheaper than a gagging order by half.
Thank you Wealden Council. What would we do without you. We are sure those benefiting from your actions in desert areas, and the polar bears in the Arctic, would also like to thank you. Perhaps in the afterlife - and sooner than you think with anthropogenic efficiency.
SUICIDE JUNCTION 2021 - Is this one of the most dangerous junctions in Sussex? That is the view of many local residents who objected most strongly to the proposal that may see up to 70 more houses access an A road that is itself substandard and overloaded. It is a pothole nightmare, another issue of concern to people that are forced to drive along this road. Allegations being made is that planning favours were made, in passing such a sub-standard access. It is not known if this involves the Parish or District councils, or both. We understand that the question as to the Register of Interests has been asked.
WHERE HAVE THE BADGERS GONE - It is alleged that Southern Water bulldozed the home of a badger, when clearing this site. How come they got away with that? The picture above was taken in September 2020, the picture below in May 2020. Will the developers get away with poisoning the wildlife on Lime Pond, and poisoning Lime Well? Not if we can help it.
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