10 acres of Solar Panels in Hastings Country Park Nature Reserve
Hastings Borough Council has started the process which could lead to the building of 10 acres of ground mounted solar panels in Hastings Country Park Nature Reserve.
The Borough’s Cabinet decided on 7th January to spend £80,000 to go ahead with developing the proposal. The land identified for this industrial style development is at Place Farm in the centre of The Nature Reserve.
A special “thank you” to those members who came along to the meeting; the substantial numbers attending demonstrated the strong feeling against the proposal.
Following the Hastings Cabinet meeting I said in our press release:
“Both Conservative and Labour members of Hastings Council Cabinet recognised that the proposed site was in a designated Local Nature Reserve, within an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and directly adjacent to a Site of Special Scientific Interest and a Special Area of Conservation. I was shocked that the majority party still voted in favour of spending £80,000 to further investigate the proposal with the additional recommendation that Natural England should be consulted first.”
We all appreciate the importance of renewable energy. However, the Country Park is described in the opening words of The Councils Development Management plan, adopted in 2015, as being “Hastings' area of true countryside – and it is a very special area of countryside. … This is an area where the natural environment is of paramount importance”. The Council’s proposals would be a violation of this principle.
Our fight to keep the Country Park, which we love, as an area where the natural environment is of paramount importance has to continue.
Thank you for your support.
If you would like to be involved in this campaign please let me know.
With best wishes for 2019,