August 29, 2016 - Some of the 2 mile long  posters in Chiltington Lane

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.

An earlier application in April by the same develepor had been withdrawn after Lewes council received over 40 local objections from the 25 or so houses in the 1 mile road affected.

That 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".
say no poster
Thursday, August 25, 2016 - residents created artwork for simple roadside posters and a single page web site - 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 posters 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 this A4 pdf file.

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.

this van from east sussex highways removes posters
. a van removes protest posters
from residents' own verges
at request of developer
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.

That's democracy in action. Local residents' voices silenced at their own taxpaying expense. 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 release

Later the national media picked up the story. And you can see how that played out here.

As 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.

This 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
Where inexactly is Chiltington Lane?
East Chiltington Parish Council says No to Caviar Farm
LDC LW/16/0695 - a rhyme of the Romans winterbourne
Developer gets East Sussex Highways to remove local protest signs
Residents Meet to Protest Caviar Farm Plan in Chiltington Lane, near Lewes
say no poster