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  • Article: Jul 20, 2021
    By Stephen Hardy

    Dear Editor

    Perhaps you remember the pledge made by Michael Gove in 2017 that a Brexited Britain would be a greener Britain and would enhance environmental protections. During our membership of the EU, a directive was negotiated with UK consent, to end the use of many single use plastics. These are things like plastic straws and bottles, coffee cups and takeaway containers made of expanded polystyrene which make up 50% of all the litter found on our beaches, the stuff that local organisations like Strandliners and Bexhill Environment Group collect on their beach clean ups.

    On July 3rd in the European Union, the use of these single use plastics has been banned but all we in the UK have done is ban the use of plastic straws, stirrers and cotton buds, but not plastic bottles and takeaway containers. Well except that the UK rules have a load of exemptions as well so that plastic straws can continue to be used in all cafes and restaurants, schools, care homes and prisons. So not too much of a ban then. And plastic bottles make up a quarter of all the waste found on our beaches.

    The simple conclusion is that a Brexited Britain is rapidly regaining its former title of being the dirty man of Europe, back to the days when we used to dump all our sulphur dioxide pollution from power stations on the rest of Western Europe.

    Yours faithfully

    Stephen Hardy

    6 George Close
    TN32 5BY

  • Article: Apr 30, 2021
    By Mark Fairweather

    Sharnfold Farm update - ANTI - DEMOCRATIC!

    Sharnfold Farm is a much - loved leisure amenity on the Stone Cross to Hailsham road just north of
    the A27. Sharnfold has been run as a Pick Your Own fruit farm, farm shop with coffee shop,
    woodland walk and childrens' play area with animals……

    At some point Sharnfold was sold. At first the information was that Sharnfold would continue as a
    going concern then in autumn 2020 a Planning Application revealed that the current intention is to
    build 400 houses eventually.

  • Article: Feb 5, 2021

    If you will be away on polling day, at work or on holiday, are physically unable or just don't have the time to get to a polling station to vote in person, you can still exercise your democratic right to vote. You may have moved house since the electoral register was drawn up and have not yet joined the register at your new address, or are not registered then you will need to register to vote (register here) .
    You can choose either to vote by post or to appoint someone else - a proxy - to vote on your behalf.

  • Sharnfold Farm area
    Article: Jan 28, 2021
    By Mark Fairweather

    Save Sharnfold Farm !

    Sharnfold Farm is on the Stone Cross to Hailsham road, about half a mile from the Stone Cross traffic lights on the very first of the , very, low land, completely separate from the built up area of Stone Cross. Until now the Farm was run as a mixed farm with a Pick your Own operation, a popular Farm Shop , Coffee Shop , and Farm Walks and special events that made it a very popular outdoor attraction, popular with people, families etc. from Eastbourne and Hailsham in an area which has few similar attractions.