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the £ton versus East Chiltington chronicles

In February 2021 the residents of East Chiltington learned that Eton College had plans to destroy their way of life by concreting over vast swathes of Sussex downland to build an unasked for and entirely unnecessary new town.

happy Christmas Plumpton

Nolands Farm plan rejected

Editor:- December 8, 2021 - ever since the side-shoot to the Eton new town horror story emerged as a windfall planning application (LW/21/0262) 8 months ago (on Nolands Farm at the Plumpton side of the new town splatter zone) the dates for a decision on it have shifted a couple of times due to the bow wave effect of the much bigger adjacent scheme.

Today a decision made.

The news story was reported on facebook by Councillor Rob Banks who spoke at the meeting.

The Nolands plan was unanimously rejected.

That's a welcome Christmas present for the 600+ people living nearby who objected to it earlier this year. The Nolands project would have opened up the possibility of a western road access to the Eton new town site from Plumpton and started the creep of urbanisation along North Barnes Lane.
£ton? (sic)
signs in the laines
fancy a new town? - Lewes District Council
South Downs Eton by Dog -
this conversation is a work of fection
typist:- your picture. the dog. it moved a bit just now

artist:- it's only the draft from you coming in

typist:- definitely had a flutter

artist:- at Plumpton? did you get lost walking here again?

typist:- I took the shortcut through £tonfield

artist:- is that another one for your list?

typist:- no. it's too good. they might use it - like Eton Towers

artist:- whatever happened to the simple days of Eton Mess?

typist:- that's why I'm here. how's your pc?

artist:- are you questioning my correctness?

typist:- your antivirus. is it up to date?

artist:- yes. I've had both jabs

typist:- I mean software. stops bad things getting in your computer

artist:- you mean - like malware?

typist:- yes. there! look! - the dog. it moved again - did you see it?

artist:- yes. how strange. what is it?

typist:- you've got the same as me. I think my pc's haunted

artist:- don't you mean infected?

typist:- definitely more like haunted. hang on. is that someone playing a piano?

artist:- you hear it too? it's been plinky plonking like that in my office all day. and we don't even have a piano

typist:- this devilish plan is infecting us all. bad things pooping out everywhere

artist:- there may be a solution. I hear there's a video. how to put the Eton demon back in its box

typist:- was it from that group. you know... who do the totem poles which say - Do More Exorcise in the Downs?

artist:- no - that's the Exorsist. I think you mean - Don't Verbalise the Downs

typist:- I try not to. but do you ever get that feeling - that art imitates life?

artist:- I think you'll find it's the other way around

South Downs £ton by dog
you've read the book
now watch the movie

click to watch move of  stop the Eton Mess on youtube

Eton vs East Chiltington - first 25 weeks of stories

no Eton New Town in East Chiltingtonlet them eat cake
consultation? - the burglar analogy
did 616 no's to Nolands count for nought?
No Eton New Town - say signs in the lanes
the simple ma££s of Eton's planning gain / game
DontUrbanisetheDowns - why our supporters object

talk's nice - action's better

Stop this horror story coming true in some fields near you.

Fill in those Issues and Options forms (advice from local residents here). Could put that crazy demon dog back in its underworld kennel.

Fund the fight to protect a green future on the campaign group's donation page. (They're too shy to ask - but fighting a new town - even with unpaid volunteers - can easily cost over £100,000 - according to Community Planning Alliance.)

Wear garlic - just in case that dog breaks loose. It did. And roamed the streets of Lewes on the DUTD's exhibition day. It was huge. ...see pictures

Watch where you tread when walking in the countryside - just in case you step on a deviloper's house-growing poo-seed.
no to Eton new town - say Libdems in August 2021
Editor:- August 13, 2021 - a cyclist came up Chiltington Lane yesterday dropping things into letterboxes. It must be another campaign thing - I thought. It was. But not from the usual suspects.

Libdem news sheet re Eton new townIt was a news sheet from the Libdems. The message - "No to Eton new town - don't forget to comment by September 3rd." You can read their whole thing by clicking on the banner images.

In the early days of the Eton Mess in February 2021 one of my neighbours suggested that an effective campaign message might involve some combination of the words No, Eton and New Town.

He'd seen this "say no to new town" type of messaging when driving past other planning protest signs in the days when you were allowed to drive - as we were all still then in lockdown.

He suggested that adding the word "Eton" - would make it easy to remember. As no one knows where East Chiltington is. And it's too long to put on a sign - sandwiched between the other words. And all by itself - "No New Town" could mean anything anywhere.

Many permutations were discussed. I said - my memory's rubbish - can I write all your ideas down? I used one version - on my web sites which said - "say No to Eton's new town plan." It fitted nicely into a space previously occupied by a banner about a caviar farm.

The campaign group - which was forming all around East Chiltington via the internet and phone - and faced with the double whammy of how to fit both a slogan and a web site link for its still to be agreed future name onto anticipated future protest road signs - went with the shorter - "No Eton New Town."

However you choose to stir up these words into a call for action - it's nice to see support coming from all political directions. This is something which became evident early on in this this sorry saga - and we had some local elections along the way which enabled electees to affirm their views publicly. None dissented. So - if you're wondering what to do - you've now got another convenient information sheet reminding you what to do and how to do it. the news sheet


what do people in and around Ditchling think about the Eton new town?

Zsolt Kerekes - editor - August 9, 2021

Last week - on this page - I said this...

"Ditchling is nice. Doesn't need another 10,000 cars each day driving through it from the Eton new town and the paradeveloper hive sites which would hatch up all around it. I've seen loads of supporting signs in Ditchling right from the start and I hear that more are on their way."
Ditchling Village Hall event by Don't Urbanise the Downs
It was no surprise to anyone therefore that Ditchling (last Saturday) was the best attended of the Don't Urbanise the Downs events programme so far (3 done, 2 more to go).

There was great support from drivers passing through the town centre with hundreds of cars stopping at the cross to take pamphlets through their windows and waving and cheering the banner holders on the pavements.

I interviewed as many visitors as I could when they exited the event to get a feel for what had motivated them to visit, how much they had known before and what they felt they had gotten from their visits.

delivering a placard in Ditchling August 7, 2021Most of the people I spoke to (during my 6 hours there) came from Ditchling itself or the nearby hamlets of Westmeston and Streat. I also met some from Chailey, Plumpton and East Chiltington too.

Everyone told me they had left with a better understanding of the issues and felt even more strongly motivated to do whatever they could to stop the new town plans.

The exit interviews will help me frame my future coverage of this story of the Eton versus East Chiltington Chronicles which still has a long way to go.

I too am still learning a lot from talking to visitors and DUTD volunteers. And I'm still trying to figure out how to fill the many gaps in my editorial coverage.

Considering how many campaign signs there already are along the roads in Ditchling (and in the windows of shops and houses) I still heard requests for even more signs and placards from visitors at the show and passers by.

Picture (above right) shows a placard on its way to being delivered.

Whereas in this picture below - you've got everything that typifies the stereotype image of a small rural village... a phone box, a post box, a pub and a post office. And - sadly - because those are the times we live in - a protest sign against a development which would wreck villages for miles around ground zero - which is actually a couple of miles East of here - up these roads to the much narrower lanes of East Chiltington - where I live.

Thanks to everyone in all our neighbouring villages who are helping us. Without your help we wouldn't stand a chance of defeating this.
Ditchling shop, pub, phone box, post box and a protest sign agains the Eton new town plan
I nearly forgot to mention - that there was also a protest march around Ditchling which overlapped with the exhibition. Although I guess - better pictures will be available on the campaign group's facebook pages later.
the march on Ditchling to say no to Eton's new town
Personally I like this picture because there are 3 different designs of sign in it. Can you ever tire of seeing them? They are strong talismans designed to protect us. (The small print about these coloured signs comes on the right of this page and a bit further down.)

Next up - Lewes Town Hall
Saturday, August 14th, 11am to 6pm

The key thing before September 3rd is to make your digital mark in the Lewes Local Plan consultation. It's hard work grappling with the forms.

Don't do it my way. It took me over 5 hours! Some of the "mini essays" I wrote in my response to Issues and Options will feed into future articles on this web site. While going in the other direction - some of the references I quoted came from things previously published here... Quicker and easier ways to respond (in just 5 minutes) are available.

But those downland fields and trees and grasslands and creatures who live in them and under the soil and fly in the air above can't defend themselves.

Help is available online from the campaign group and the DUTD drop in days have already helped hundreds of residents in person.


what's a book about the Sussex Weald got to do with stopping the Eton new town?

Zsolt Kerekes - editor August 1, 2021

This is how it started. It was a hot Friday afternoon - July 23, 2021 the date - and I was visiting Plumpton Village Hall - a building I normally only visit to vote at elections.
Plumpton Village Hall July 23, 2021
There wasn't an election going on. I was there to see the first public exhibition run by the campaign group Don't Urbanise the Downs - which had been born under Covid lockdown #3 (February 2021) as a reaction to news of a hostile development plan by Eton College which announced its intentions to build an entirely new town in East Chiltington on the edge of the South Downs National Park.

East Chiltington doesn't have many residents or a village centre or a village hall - and that's why Plumpton (whose parish boundary includes fields adjoining the Eton site too) was chosen for this venue.

I was in the car park - taking some pictures of signs and the building when a car arrived and parked in a space just in front of where I was standing. When the driver emerged I thought I'd seen him somewhere before - but I couldn't remember where or when. And he already had a mask on. I thought I'd go and say hello when he pulled a book out from his car. His name was on the cover.

the Land of the Brighton Line -  by David Bangs - book cover David Bangs.

"Are you the David Bangs who wrote that (very detailed) letter about the Sea Trout during the Caviar Farm campaign 5 years ago? And the David Bangs who spoke so effectively at the planning committee meeting in defence of their conservation needs?

(editor's note - at the November 23, 2016 caviar farm planning meeting - David said - "this unique animal - the Sussex race of sea trout - is to Sussex what the lady's slipper orchid is to the Yorkshire Dales or the otter is to West Country rivers.")

And are you the same David Bangs who wrote a book about walks on the South Downs?" A Freedom to Roam Guide to the Brighton Downs.

I felt such a plonker not making the connection when I was rearranging my bookshelves a few years after that 2016 campaign and saw his book. There had been so many letters and documents in that earlier campaign. And I had indeed been wondering a few weeks before this meeting in the car park in Plumpton whether I should try and contact him about what was going on now with the Eton new town thing.

I knew he lived somewhere in Brighton and I might have his email address from 5 years ago. I didn't - follow up on that instinct - because I didn't want to come across like a stalker - who tracks down old email contacts. And I didn't know if he would be interested in this Eton Mess planning issue. Yet here he was. The right person at the right time.

"Yes. I remember coming to your house for the caviar farm meetings." He'd come to walk along the stream and the gravel ponds in my garden where the sea trout began and ended their lives. "Here - take this book - I've got a lot more."

He went to his boot and pulled out some heavy cardboard boxes.

I had been admiring the book he gave me. It's called - the Land of the Brighton Line - a field guide to the Middle Sussex and South East Surrey Weald. (Over 350 pages and published in 2018).

"My book has information in it which will be valuable for the campaign and will help people understand what could be lost."

I couldn't agree more.

"What's your plan with the book?" - I wondered if he would be offering them for sale.

"I'm giving them away free. To anyone who is interested enough to campaign to protect this landscape. I've got a boot load of books here and I'll take another load to the next event at Wivelsfield. (He did.) Take me to your leader and I'll explain."

I said - "I'm not part of any group. I was about to switch off my wrongthingwrongplace website just before this whole thing kicked off and now writing about the Eton versus East Chiltington story means I don't have time to join groups. I'm very interested in your book. And I do know some people in DUTD who would be very interested too."

I had already been at the event for an hour or so - and although I hadn't met most of the DUTD people who were at this event before - I did know a few of them very well. So I had an idea who to introduce David Bang to.

"Can I keep this one?" I said.


"And if I find any useful snippets in it which - would help to add detail to future articles I might write such as quotes and facts and maps - can I reference them on my web site?"

"That's the whole point."

"And if I get enough readers later on - would you willing to do an interview to help explain stuff?"

"Yes." And he gave me his new contact details.

He was keen to get into the exhibition and make sure that his books would get used as quickly as possible. (Visitors I spoke to later at the drop in day in Plumpton and a week later in Wivelsfield - were genuinely moved that such impressive and expensive books were there for the asking - to help educate the anti-urbanisation campaign.)

Anyway - after David emerged from the event I pounced on him. That's the author stalker side of me coming to the surface.

We talked about some of the environmental issues which arise from the Eton project:- mainly the water and the threat to sea trout, and the way in which some land owners degrade the environmental value of the land they want to develop - over a period of decades to help them create sites which look ideal for building.

We discussed was how some anti greenfield development campaigners don't seem to value highly enough the ecological benefits of unimproved grassland - and think they need to plant trees over it to make it look more natural. Or even (I said) to populate it with new creatures - like Jurassic Park. (Rewilding.) At another end of the green spectrum - are those who think that any large area of grass looks better if it's manicured like a golf course.

David and I both seem to like the messy look. He said it's remarkable how creatures can treasure local indentations by the side of tracks and tractor tracks which for years become reliable traps of water.

David Bangs is a passionate advocate for the character of the Weald - and despite admiring the efforts of the DUTD - doesn't like the name of the group - which doesn't have the word "Weald" in it.

We had a conversation about this too. Choosing names for organisations and products is a big deal. I said - whatever you may think about the name "Don't Urbanise the Downs" (and I've heard a few other local people saying they don't like it too) the campaign group will become known for and associated with the work it does and reactions to it - rather than simply a literal interpretation of the words in its name. So I think we agreed on that.

Editor's later note:- The power of a brand (like Nike or iPhone) is what it means to people in their daily lives and the ideas they associate with it. Don't Urbanise the Downs is already becoming a force to be reckoned with - and events like the drop in days - show that it can effortlessly perform like a purposeful organisation - despite being a volunteer force less than 6 months old.

After David had gone I took this photograph of his book on the grass by the car park.
the Land of the Brighton Line -  by David Bangs - book cover
"We live within a tragic paradox. It is only our class, working people, who have the power to halt the destruction of nature and the blind drive of capitalism to ceaseless expansion. Those rich owners who monopolise the Weald and profess their love for its countryside will not stop this process, for their wealth is dependant on the destructive exploitation of nature. Yet our class, crammed as we are in towns, cities and megacities are also the most alienated from nature. We do not lead the fight against its destruction because that process is invisible to us and means little to our current lives. What the eye doesnt see, the heart will not grieve over. It is for that reason that I have written this book."

David Bangs - in his article - Our countryside: use it or lose it - in which he explains the politics of his latest book, a field guide to the middle Sussex and south-east Surrey Weald.
Editor's comments:- Information is empowering. I'd like to thank David Bangs again for his generosity to the campaign to protect East Chiltington and Plumpton from past, present and future noxious developments. And I will try to collect together all the scattered fragments and links about the sea trout which have previously appeared in these pages too.

and what about the DUTD drop in day in Plumpton?

I had been intending to write a visit report about the DUTD's premier public event in Plumpton. That's how this little blog got started. It went in a completely different direction. But I hope you find it interesting nevertheless.

Was the visit worth it? For me...

  • I made new friends.
  • I learned that the Eton owned land extends its tendrils much farther up the lanes in East Chiltington than I had realised before. (I'm colour blind and can't read maps. So I got a big shock when it was related to some nearby photos.)
  • I learned that responding to the Lewes Local Plan Consultation - which is a very daunting proposition when you get confronted by all the web pages and documents surrounding it - can be done by civilians with the help of the materials which DUTD has prepared. They've been testing the help guides and FAQs packs on volunteers, visitors to these events and online. There's no getting away from the fact it takes time. But you can even choose - which version you want to engage with depending on the time budget you're willing to dedicate to it.
  • I learned that a committee date for the Fairfax Nolands Farm planning application (in fields near the western end of the Eton site) is unlikely to be before September. This came from a conversation I had with Councillor Rob Banks at the DUTD event.
  • I've got a new book to read.
  • I picked up ideas for more things to write about.
I was impressed by the commitment, serious willingness to engage in discussion and courtesy of everyone I met. And that includes the other attendees I spoke to at the show - not just the DUTD volunteers. Well done to everyone involved. And congratulations that all the pictures were the right way up too!

PS - more about the book.

In my own response to Issues and Options - Lewes Local Plan - question (1.8) - I said this...

I am 100% in agreement with the messier traditional grassland and wealden character described by the author David Bangs. His books about the character of the countryside around here - should be essential reading before you embark on making the countryside "more natural".

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Are those tree huggers at the back there still whining about our eco community building and progressive development plans?

Let them eat cake

That's how it ends. This is how it starts.

July 29, 2021

from:- Rosie Pearson - co-founder - Community Planning Alliance

Hi Zsolt - re - your Consultation in England's Property Planning System - the burglar analogy

I too been at the receiving end of far too much developer-babble, planning piffle and, in particular the eco- garden- green- prefixes.

We all had to watch some splendid brainwashing videos at one 'consultation' event.

My favourite bit was when we were told that if people living in the proposed new towns (which would have concreted over 6,000 acres of countryside) like nature they can buy planters.

Fortunately the planning inspectorate saw through all the developer-babble and planning-piffle. So there is hope.

Editor's comments:- That's a let them eat cake quote if ever I saw one. And is very revealing of what lies behind all those biodiversity levelling up statements which can be seen on developer porn sites like NorthBarnesFarmdotdotdot. Obviously I only look at them for the purposes of research.

The above conversations are on linkedin. You can join Rosie's forensic conversations about what's wrong with the planning system there. (She has given valuable strategic advice and encouragement to the anti Eton new town campaign). And if you missed it - because there's so much stuff now (and bright colours) on their web site - Don't Urbanise the Downs is also on Linkedin

Is there a place for humour when discussing these worrisome matters?

I think that while the destructive threats to East Chiltington, Plumpton and our neighbouring parishes have to be taken deadly seriously - with every bullying probe rebuffed by an adequate defence - the campaign groups and their allies are getting stronger. They fight to win.

It annoys tyrants more when you laugh at them and mock them than when you fear them. So from time to time you will see nutty blogs from me here. (Sometimes on purpose.)

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re - no Eton new town - etc
Maria Caulfield's newsletter

Editor:- July 27, 2021 - Lewes MP, Maria Caulfield visited the DUTD's first public event in Plumpton last Friday - but what did she take away from it?

Well - judging by her email newsletter (2 days later) - she got the point of the campaign group's short form human guide to filling in the daunting anti-personnel maze of pages spewed out by LDC's new plan consultation.

The image below is an extract from the MP's recent newsletter.

See also:- an earlier report (June 29, 2021) - the MP writes back!
DUTD mentioned in Lewes MP's newsletter July 2021

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No Eton New Town

say signs in East Chiltington

no Eton New Town in East Chiltington
In May 2021 - signs began appearing in the lanes and hedges around East Chiltington to alert friends and visitors to the risk that this countryside they're enjoying now will be lost forever if Eton College succeeds with its devastating new town plan. the story

Eton versus East Chiltington earlier news reporting from the very start

the caviar farm story in Chiltington Lane (2016) is archived here

say no to new town - wrong thing wrong place
East Chiltington looking at the Downs from the Northern edge of the Eton site

final Spring in Novington Lane?

Eton's new town zone in East Chiltington
silent spring and concrETON image wrongthingwrongplacedotcom"Concreting over precious green fields - when brownfield sites are available - in the 2020s in South East England - is more reckless and careless of the well being of future generations than spraying the 1950s fields of North American farms with plane loads of DDT pesticides."

Zsolt Kerekes - in the article - Final Spring in Novington Lane? (March 30, 2021).


what links - intra-colonialization, Eton College and East Sussex?

There are harms being done to our friends and neighbours by agencies which regard the poor grassland parish of East Chiltington in the same way that 19th century prospectors regarded the gold-fields of California and as the European colonial powers, with cold cruel reckoning gaze, looked to the mineral resources in Africa.

Our unspoiled downland fields today are the strip mines of the planning-gain, legal-ninjas.

Resources on far away maps to be exploited and destroyed.

Residents' objections? - bows and arrows facing cannon. ConcrETONization looms...

It seemed hopeless. A community of less than 200 households facing a billion dollar (in assets) corporation masquerading to the rest of the world as a quirky educational charity.

But did you hear that story about Katniss Everdeen and her bow? We were roused to defend. We fight to win..


what's wrong with grassland fields in East Chiltington staying as fields?

Developers and land promoters such as those who want to concrete over all the flat green space between Chailey, Plumpton and Wivelsfield formerly known as East Chiltington would like you and the planning department of Lewes to believe that there's a historical inevitability to this upcycling of grassland.
"Agricultural Urbanism" - said Andrew Simpson (on behalf of Eton College and Welbeck Land) in his letter to East Chiltington Parish Council in February 2021.
That infamous note announcing - in effect - that East Chiltingon must be destroyed for the greater good of ecology and biodiversity net gain (although it didn't mention the easy profit to be made of upto £1 billion for simply getting planning pemission and without having to build anything at all).

And in Eton Welbeck's web site for the new town project (click here to get the link and name and first impressions of that) - in their FAQs page they say this..
"The land itself, in common with much of the Low Weald, is poor quality agricultural land and relatively ecologically barren. All this means that there is great scope to improve the quality of the soils and the habitats by more ecological management over time, and by planting trees, orchards and hedgerows that in turn will create better habitats for more and more flora and fauna. In particular, we are planning to plant trees in a way that enhances the existing pockets of ancient woodland, remnants of what were once much larger areas of woodland, both for ecological benefit but also for the enjoyment of local people."
Editor:- As far as I know - there is no legal obstacle or need to secure planning permission in order for the land owner (Eton College) to plant trees or maintain hedges if they choose to do so right now. And there has never been anything to stop them looking after the land in all the years of their past ownership.

Perhaps - to be fair - with their naiive ignorance of rural matters the developers are unaware that houses and roads aren't fertilisers!

I just wanted to demonstrate how muddled up this developer's thinking is on ecological matters and how deliberately misleading their messages are. Their communications platforms are sprinkled with irrelevant greenwash to obfuscate their sole intent - which is to make about 2 million / acre gain - as they proudly proclaimed to the FT in the 2009 article - See how the land lies.

Let's get back to discussing fields and poor grassland.

They're a greatly under appreciated resource according to a research report - Semi-natural Grasslands (2011) - commissioned by the Natural Environment Research Council.

Here are some key points from that report.
  • Semi-natural Grassland has greatly declined in area since 1945, with losses of around 90% in the UKs lowlands.
  • Semi-natural Grasslands are a vital part of the UK's cultural landscape and provide associated services. Most are remnants of traditional farming practices and are the product of thousands of years of human interaction with land and nature.
  • Semi-natural Grasslands present opportunities for delivering multiple services while requiring relatively low energy inputs.

    In contrast to Improved Grassland and Arable and Horticultural land, low input Semi-natural Grasslands generally: store greater densities of carbon and produce less nitrous oxide; produce less methane due to their lower stocking densities; allow greater water infiltration rates and enhanced storage (which should aid flood prevention); and experience less pollution because of the low fertiliser input.
  • Nutrient cycling also seems to be more efficient in unimproved grasslands. Enhancement of plant richness within Semi-natural Grasslands can also increase production in the absence of fertilisers; for instance, one experiment showed a 40% difference in hay yield between species-rich and species-poor plots. Therefore, low input, high service-providing Semi-natural Grasslands form an alternative land use to high input agriculture, albeit with lower overall animal production.
Editor:- so when a developer says - "it's only poor quality grassland - we can make it better by building houses on it and planting new stuff on the awkward bits which are left over" - this just confirms they don't care about trashing a natural resource which has taken thousands of years to be the way it is - and is quietly protecting us. the report

Grassland in the Eton new town site

This is what we're talking about. All the fields in this view below are in the Eton new town site.
Eton new town site in East Chiltington  - looking towards Plumpton and Clayton
We're on the East side of Novington Lane. You can just see Plumpton racecourse buildings (in the mid distance) and I could also see the Clayton windmills from a bit further back in this field. to see more views and videos of Eton's so called "North Barnes Farm project" - which runs on both sides of Novington Lane, along North Barnes Lane and both sides of Highbridge Lane - past the Forge and all the way upto the bridge.


the simple ma££s of planning gain


the story so far...

Property speculators working on behalf of Eton College want to build an entirely new town (3,250 houses that's the new offer - formerly bid in 2012 as 5,000 houses) on open farmland fields along the boundary of the South Downs in a rural parish (of 186 households) called East Chiltington which is half in and half out of the National Park...

Chiltington is a place which sounds almost like a Saxon village in name and true to its roots it remains - astonishingly still extant - a sparsely populated handful of single track lanes, homesteads and micro hamlets which have (with a few exceptions) been scattered around the landscape in the way you see them now since long before the Norman Conquest - soon after which - it was listed in the Domesday book as "Childeltune".

East Chiltington... never heard of it? That's why it's stayed special. As a non nucleated village (with no buildings based centre) it retains the look and feel of scarped downland settlements which had begun to disappear elsewhere in the 14th century.

Where is it? On the northern side of the South Downs National Park and 5 miles west of the city of Lewes in East Sussex. It's a 5 miles walk (or 11 miles drive) over the Downs from the Falmer campus of Sussex University.

Past, present and future?
  • Past... the story archive - is a timeline of the public's growing awareness of the Eton new town threat to Lewes - and what was being said about it - from the end of February (when it first flared up in local conversations in the lanes affected) upto a month ago.
  • Present and future... for recent news and the situational outlook - please stay on this page.
summary - in the first 6 months...
  • national newspapers, BBC tv and esteemed vloggers have visited East Chiltington and reported the story. Local radio stations have streamed double digits of interviews about the Eton development.
  • every party candidate in the county council elections said they would oppose the scheme. Lewes MP Maria Caulfield said she would oppose the Eton new town scheme, object to it if it came to a planning decision and if - despite all opposition - planning was granted she would call it in for review.
  • Parish councils surrounding the communities in the harms spatter-zone of the Eton initiative said they would work together to oppose Eton-Welbeck's hostile plans.

2 signs in Ditchling - no Eton New Town and this way to Plumpton Races
2 signs in Ditchling
8 weeks after the first black and white signs were planted in their pretty perches - we saw the arrival of colour.

A key feature of the new design is the secret recipe of the ink - a special formulation which converts incoming natural sunlight into outgoing deterrent rays which are specially tuned to the auras of land promoters. These reflected beams are invisible to the naked eye but prolonged exposure is predicted by simulation models to break down ecology harming auras into harmless breathable air.

The small print.
  • Use care when hammering sharp stakes.
  • Coloured protest signs are provided as decorative items and must not be resold as actual totem medecines.
  • Claims that harmful land gain auras can be broken down due to coloured signs have not yet been substantiated by recognised medical trials.
  • No slugs, bugs, rats, zombies, land promoters, or other entities (no matter how yuckie) were involved in the lab experiments which helped to populate the machine learning based simulation models used to develop this product.

the Bald Explorer video - Eton College Plans to build a New Town in Rural East Sussex
Editor:- June 21, 2021 - In a new episode of the Sunday Chat - Richard Vobes - discusses the Eton new town plans in East Chiltington. Among other things he says...

"It's just abhorrent that somebody can take what is farmland that has been farmed for centuries and they're the custodians of and then sell it prevent it from being farmed for future generations. It doesn't seem right. It doesn't settle with me at all that somebody can say no - from now on I'm the one that's going to make the decision and take a profit and not let anybody in the future farm on this piece of land."

Richard said in his Sunday Chat he'd publish a video of his walk around the Eton new town site on Monday. And he did. the video

Eton Greed - the Eton vs East Chiltington chronicles - protest artwork #6
this conversation is entirely imaginary and a work of friction

typist - I thought you were creating an artwork for my old article - hello Etongrad!

artist - I read that one - very nice. No - this one's for that new article I thought you said... Eton Greed.

typist - I think my spilling chucker must have clanged it.

artist - or your productive teat.

typist - typing fast affects my spooling too.

artist - so when are we going to see it?

typist - just need to fat cheque it first with legal.

artist - have you got a working title yet?

typist - Ms Mr Dr Prof Lady Lord..? Too long at the keyboard. What say you to... hello ETON GREED!

artist - it's a very small village isn't it?

typist - yes - all the good writers are busy doing letters.

...and yet - coming here soon on WrongWordWrongPlace-etc

ETON GREED - a definite article - and a new series too


Eton Towers

Editor:- I've had a complaint from someone in Don't Verbalise the Downs that some of the so called "mocking" names suggested in an earlier consultation series - name for a new town west of Lewes? - are actually too good - and that the deviloper might decide to use them. (Eton-cum-Chailey, New Newick and Wivelsfield Down - being just some of those mentioned in this complaint.)

So I asked myself - if I were in that devel's shoes what kind of a name would I pick? And how would it be sold to the public? the article


Recognising extinction in our verdant landscapes

"Most of us do not notice extinction's progress, even though its hallmarks and outcomes are all around us. This is partly because, if people think of it at all, extinction is happening in far away lands and the connection with their own lifestyles eludes them.

Closer to home extinction is generally about the little things, bees and other invertebrates, which a lot of people dont really miss. But perhaps the biggest factor is that each successive generation does not recognise what the former has lost, a phenomenon called shifting baseline syndrome.

We have to read historical accounts of how the world once was to appreciate life's diminution."

Simon Leadbeater in his article Meat: The Alpha and Omega of Extinction in the ECOS Archive


consultation in planning?
the burglar analogy