We strongly object to plans by the Green Administration of Brighton & Hove City Council for a new static traveller site in the South Downs National Park at Horsdean. We urge the members of the South Downs National Park Authority to reject any planning application submitted by the Council for a new static traveller site at Horsdean. Residents have campaigned for many years for a South Downs National Park whose aim is to conserve and enhance the wildlife, natural beauty and cultural heritage of the South Downs and to protect it from inappropriate development. We believe that the Greens' plans for a traveller site at Horsdean are in direct contravention of those aims.
This area of land has been protected for generations both by 2 acts of parliament, compulsory purchase orders and also Sir Herbert Carden, (Councillor 1895-1941 & Mayor 1916-19) bought thousands of acres when it became available, to sell on to the Corporation at cost to protect the water.
Since the development of the original site, evidence is being found to show that the water in Patcham is becoming contaminated at a rate of over double the national average. Patcham can supply nearly half the needs of the Brighton to Shoreham area. With continuing expansion of the City, resulting in increased pressure on the already limited supplies, can we afford to lose this source of drinking water? Please see blogs for further information or contact Patcham and Hollingbury Conservation Association at firstname.lastname@example.org
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