North Rother Branch includes the villages of Burwash, Etchingham, Ticehurst, Hurst Green, Robertsbridge, Mountfield and Dallington. Although to complicate things a little Dallington is in a North Rother County Division and a Battle District. It also, of course, includes all the wonderful countryside in between these villages.
Prior to the current pandemic North Rother had always been a very active Branch. We have elected Officers and would hold regular meetings to which all local members are invited.
Over the past few years our biggest social and fundraising event has been the March Quiz. We enjoy questions set by George Hearn and a hot supper prepared by members. The new Etchingham Halls have been the preferrred venue since their opening, affording plenty of space, an excellent kitchen and parking for those who need it being nicely positioned in the centre of the Branch area.Sadly the 2020 quiz had to be cancelled but we are hopeful that normal service will be resumed as soon as possible.
Professor Sir Robert Watson is a world authority on Climate Change. He has been the Chief Scientist of the World Bank and also the Chief Scientific Adviser to the UK Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs.
So his opinions ought to be listened to and respected.
He has just said that whilst the UK Government is setting targets to tackle both the climate crisis and the problem of the depletion of nature, it is lacking in bringing forward any policies which will achieve such aims, otherwise such targets are meaningless.
He highlighted that the Government's own advisers have stated the UK will not, on the basis of what it is proposing now, reach its key goal of reducing emissions by 78% of 1990 levels by 2035.
He also pointed out that the progress on legislation to introduce environmental protection legislation is stalled in Parliament, with all the signs that those arguing for weaker legislation than applied when we were members of the EU, are winning the day in the House of Commons.
He argued that since the UK is hosting the November COP26 world climate change summit in Glasgow, we should already be leading the way in not just setting targets but in starting to put policies into action.
The climate emergency will not wait while Boris fiddles and dithers.
Stephen Hardy MBE
Trustee CPRE Sussex
6 George Close
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Where to start? For the last twenty years the Tories have been in charge at East Sussex County Council. Over those many years East Sussex has undergone profound change, with a growing population and changing demographics. But planning policies have failed to keep pace. Approaches to planning andinfrastructure development must do more to support our changing communities. This means proactive engagement with the people who live and work in East Sussex, the rural residents as well as the town dwellers. Our quality of life and that of our children depends on how our part of the country develops in the years to come.