Above August 29, 2016 - some of the early
protest posters which stretched more than a mile along Chiltington Lane.
| August Bank Holiday and the sweet thwack of mallets tap tapping in
the new "say no to caviar farm" posters resounds down Chiltington
Lane (soon followed by Highbridge, Beechwood, Novington, Wickham, Hollycroft
and other lanes around East Chiltington)|
Monday, August 22, 2016 - residents
of Chiltington Lane get letters in the post saying there has been another
application to build a caviar farm alongside some of their houses.
earlier application in April by the same develepor had been withdrawn after
Lewes council received over 40 local
from the 25 or so houses in the 1 mile road affected.
earlier plan (LW/16/0180) contained amusing inconsistencies such as
saying the site had no trees. It also included scary features such as 5
metre high earth bunds to hold back back artificial lakes which stood on
high ground looming over neighbouring properties. These bunds were
described by one resident as - "damn-buster style giant mud pies".
August 25, 2016 - residents created artwork for simple roadside posters and
a single page web site - wrongthingwrongplace.com which would be an easy to
remember address for anyone passing through the lane who saw the posters
and wanted to know what the fuss was all about.
Friday, August 26,
2016 - in the afternoon we had the first posters ready and launched the
draft web site. Within a few hours of having the
you could hear the sound of neighbours tap tapping the posts in the ground to
show their support all along the lane.
Sunday, August 28, 2016
- by Sunday afternoon (the bank holiday) the signs stretched for more than a
mile from one end of the lane to the other. We had immediate requests for
more signs but we ran out. So we told you you'd have to make your own from
Wednesday, August 31, 2016 - a neighbour came
over to ask if we had even more signs. She'd been away on holiday at the
weekend and first heard about the new plans for the caviar farm from a post seen
on facebook. This was posted by a friend who doesn't live in the lane but
saw the signs when driving through and facebooked it after reading the
wrongthingwrongplace web site.
Thursday, September 1, 2016 - it
was clear the signs were being noticed when an East Sussex Highways van
arrived in the lane and began pulling up and carting away protest signs
because of an urgent complaint the day before by the caviar company which
didn't like the message.
removes protest posters|
from residents' own verges
at request of
That's democracy in action. Local residents'
voices silenced at their own taxpaying expense. ...read
the full story
Sunday, September 4, 2016 - Residents
of East Chiltington, St. Johns Without and Cooksbridge met to discuss their
concerns about the application to build a caviar farm in Chiltington Lane. ...see related press
Later the national media picked up the story.
And you can see how that played out
we said at the time - the important thing is not media coverage - but
getting people to think about what this kind of plan (if it goes ahead) will
signify for anyone living in the countryside - not just here.
part of the lane was until recently designated an area of outstanding natural
beuaty (aonb). When the line of the new South Downs national park was
arbitrarily drawn for convenience on the other side of the lane along the
railway line - the old aonb status apparently disappeared. Despite that there
are sufficient planning and environmental considerations which residents
believe are strong enough to protect this site from such massive excavations
and aquatic engineering.
You'd think that the scale of local
objections to this plan should be enough.
in the news
inexactly is Chiltington Lane?
East Chiltington Parish
Council says No to Caviar Farm
LW/16/0695 - a rhyme of the Romans winterbourne
gets East Sussex Highways to remove local protest signs
Residents Meet to
Protest Caviar Farm Plan in Chiltington Lane, near Lewes