UPDATE ON CONSULTATION
3560 Objections against development in Speckled Wood have been delivered to the Council from the Friends of Speckled Wood Management Trust to-date.
In May 2014 The Friends of Speckled Wood Management Trust approached the Legal Department of the Council to ask to be able to take the responses it had collected responses to the next available Hasting Cabinet meeting. This was opposed by the Hastings Borough Council on the grounds that the responses where individual responses and not a petition. The Friends of Speckled Wood Management Trust was told they required (1500) Petitions to get this matter of Speckled Wood back in to Cabinet and that this would have to be a new item not the same request as it was in 2012. Yet the Development Management Plan is due to be ratified at both Council and Cabinet later in the year!
In April 2014 the Friends of Speckled Wood Management Trust again unsatisfied with the Development Management Plan Consultation was forced to run its own consultation on Speckled Wood (http://www.friendsofspeckledwood.org.uk/gb/news/2014%20-%2004-25%20-%20Observer%20News%20Story%2034.pdf) again (1236) one thousand two hundred and thirty six objections were collected:
(1236) One thousand two hundred and thirty six objections OBJECTION DEMANDING NO DEVELOPMENT IN SPECKLED WOOD, AND DEMANDING SPECKLED WOOD TO BE REMOVED FROM THE DEVELOPMENT MANAGEMENT PLAN.
At the beginning of 2014 Friends of Speckled Management Trust and HMRC Charity collected:
(666) six hundred and sixty six objectionsagainst developing the Speckled Wood area near Victoria Avenue.
During 2013 The Friends of Speckled Management Trust and HMRC Charity worked on making the woodland a safer place removing over 30 skip loads of tipped waste from the site with no financial benefit to the Trust.
In December 2012 The Friends of Speckled Wood Management Trust set up the www.speckledwood.org.uk/en site to collect signatures to show the public support for the Area to become an Local Nature Reserve or Special Site of Scientific Interest since this date:
(447) four hundred and forty seven representationshave been made supporting the area becoming a SSSI or LNR.
At the end of 2012 the Friends of Speckled Wood Management Trust took this huge response to the Hastings Borough Council as a Petition. The Council agreed to set aside a portion of the Woodland as Open Space and declare this a Local Nature Reserve when agreement could be reached with the land owners: http://www.hastingsobserver.co.uk/news/speckled-wood-campaigners-lose-reserve-bid-1-4460312
The Trust have been collecting and campaigning against development of Speckled Wood since 2012. In 2012 the Friends of Speckled Wood was forced to put on its own consultation in response to the DMP The Chairman has stated "The process seemed unfair".
(1231 )one thousand two hundred and thirty one objectionswere obtained and delivered to Hasting Borough Council. The Hastings Observer covered this: http://www.hastingsobserver.co.uk/news/local/campaigners-hand-over-petition-in-a-bid-to-protect-speckled-wood-in-ore-1-4236497