Stay vigilant this weekend – if you see trucks or Travellers entering Pondtail Wood, phone 999 immediately to inform the Police. Breaches of the Stop Notice should still be reported to Mike Airey as usual on 07884 165 867 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Local people came out in force on 16th May, along with representatives from Sussex Wildlife Trust and Friends of the Earth, to protest against the illegal felling of Pondtail Wood on Muddleswood Road (opposite Singing Hills Golf Club) and the illegal bringing in of hardcore to create a hard surface entrance, decimating the woodland and doing so without a felling licence or planning permission. Pondtail Wood was purchased earlier this year and since then there has been extensive felling of the planted wood. It is a Planted Ancient Woodland Site (PAWS) and is within the South Downs National Park. The trees that have been felled were mature and were of a pine variety. Local people raised concerns from mid-March and Mid Sussex District Council and South Downs National Park Authority were informed at that time. A ‘Temporary Stop Notice’ was issued on May 10th. The notices have been removed from the gate and work on the site appears to have continued. The South Downs National Park woodland is under threat if it cannot be protected. Local people want to see the destruction stopped and the woodland repaired and replanted. Further updates will be issued and a campaign on Facebook and Twitter is being set up. Mike Airey is collating information for SDNPA and other authorities. Any further activity that the authorities ought to know should be emailed to him at email@example.com or on 07884 165 867.
The new owners of Pondtail Wood, opposite Singing Hills Golf Club, have had a temporary Stop Notice placed on them by the South Downs National Park due to the felling of trees and laying of hardcore. The notice has been placed on the gates to the woodland and the landowner made aware. Please refrain from entering the site yourself to take photos, etc. The SDNPA will be monitoring the site and you may be putting yourself at risk. If you notice any activity please report it immediately to Mike Airey on 07884 165 867 (Poynings Parish Council Chair) or Dave Rogers 07768 694 263 (Forestry Commission).
Trevor Beattie, the Chief Executive of the South Downs National Park Authority, will be speaking at St. Peter’s Church Henfield at 5:30pm on Saturday 27th February. Admission is free but donations to Family Support Work will be welcomed. It seems safe to assume that Mr. Beattie will not be using PowerPoint for his presentation.
Chris Paterson of the SDNPA writes:
[We] have sent out packs of posters and leaflets to all parish councils, but some of these packages do not appear to have arrived .. and therefore the publicity material has not gone out in the parish. I have had some parish councils confirm receipt of this material (Posters and Postcards) but not all.
If you would like to download a PDF of the full plan from the SDNPA website in advance of the roadshow, well, good luck. They will sell you a paper copy though — but you have to phone or email the SDNPA first in order to find out what it costs.