the £ton versus East Chiltington chronicles
happy Christmas Plumpton
Nolands Farm plan rejectedEditor:- 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
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.
|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
definitely had a flutter
artist:- at Plumpton? did you get lost
walking here again?
typist:- I took the shortcut through £tonfield
is that another one for your list?
typist:- no. it's too good. they
might use it - like
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
typist:- your antivirus. is it up to date?
yes. I've had both jabs
typist:- I mean software. stops bad
things getting in your computer
artist:- you mean - like
typist:- yes. there! look! - the dog. it moved again -
did you see it?
artist:- yes. how strange. what is it?
you've got the same as me. I think my pc's haunted
artist:- don't you
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
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
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?
think you'll find it's the other way around
vs East Chiltington
25 weeks of stories
let them eat
- the burglar analogy
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
- why our supporters object
talk's nice - action's betterStop this horror story coming
true in some fields near you.
Fill in those Issues and Options
local residents here). Could put that crazy demon dog back in its
Fund the fight to protect a green future on the
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
the streets of Lewes on the DUTD's exhibition day. It was huge. ...see
Watch where you tread when walking in the countryside
- just in case you step on a deviloper's house-growing poo-seed.
|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. |
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
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
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
political directions. This is something which became evident early on in
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...
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."
|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.
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.
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.
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
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
|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
group's facebook pages later. |
|Personally I like this picture because there
are 3 different designs of sign in it. Can you ever tire of
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
Next up - Lewes Town Hall
Saturday, August 14th, 11am
The key thing before September 3rd is to make your digital
mark in the
Plan consultation. It's hard work grappling with the
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.
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.
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
I was in the car park - taking some pictures of
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.
you the David Bangs who wrote that (very detailed)
letter about the Sea
Trout during the
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.")
you the same David Bangs who wrote a book about walks on the South Downs?"
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
Mess planning issue. Yet here he was. The right person at the right time.
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
He went to his boot and pulled out some heavy cardboard
I had been admiring the book he gave me. It's called -
Land of the Brighton Line - a field guide to the Middle Sussex and South
East Surrey Weald. (Over 350 pages and published in 2018).
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.
your plan with the book?" - I wondered if he would be offering them for
"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
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.
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."
if I get enough readers later on - would you willing to do an interview to help
"Yes." And he gave me his new contact
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.
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"
We had a conversation about this too. Choosing names for
organisations and products is
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.
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.
David had gone I took this photograph of his book on the grass by the car park.
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
David Bangs - in his article -
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
and what about the DUTD drop in day in Plumpton?
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
Was the visit worth it? For me...
- 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
- 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
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 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!
- I picked up ideas for more things to write about.
PS - more about the book.
In my own response to
Options - Lewes Local Plan - question (1.8) - I said this...
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".
for this article
Are those tree huggers at the back there still whining about our eco
community building and progressive development plans? That's how it ends. This is how it starts.
Let them eat
July 29, 2021
Pearson - co-founder - Community Planning Alliance
Hi Zsolt -
- 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.
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
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 -
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.)
No Eton New Town
say signs 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. ...read the
Eton's new town zone in East Chiltington|
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
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
Resources on far away maps to be exploited and destroyed.
objections? - bows and arrows facing cannon.
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
| "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 -
how the land lies.
Let's get back to discussing fields and poor
They're a greatly under appreciated resource
according to a research report - Semi-natural
Grasslands (2011) - commissioned by the Natural Environment Research
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.
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.
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. ...read the
- 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
Grassland in the Eton new town site
is what we're talking about. All the fields in this view below are in the Eton
new town site.
|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.
...click 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 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
houses) on open farmland fields along the boundary of the South Downs in
a rural parish (of
households) called East Chiltington which is half in and half out of the
Chiltington is a place which sounds
like a Saxon village in name and true to its roots it remains -
astonishingly still extant - a
populated handful of single track lanes, homesteads and micro hamlets which
have (with a few exceptions) been scattered around the
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".
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.
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
present and future?
- Past... the
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.
summary - in the first 6 months...
- Present and future... for recent news and the situational outlook - please
stay on this page.
- 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
- 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.
weeks after the first black and white signs were planted in
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
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
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.
|Editor:- June 21, 2021 - In a
new episode of
Chat - Richard Vobes
- discusses the Eton new town plans in East Chiltington. Among other things he
"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
of his walk around the Eton new town site on Monday. And he
|this conversation is entirely imaginary and a
work of friction|
typist - I thought you were creating an artwork
for my old article -
- I read that one - very nice. No - this one's for that new article I
thought you said...
typist - I think my spilling chucker must have clanged it.
- or your productive teat.
typist - typing fast affects my
artist - so when are we going to see it?
- 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!
- it's a very small village isn't it?
typist - yes - all the good
writers are busy
...and yet - coming here soon on WrongWordWrongPlace-etc
definite article - and a new series too
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 -
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.)|
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? ...read the article
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
We have to read historical accounts of how the
world once was to appreciate life's diminution."
in his article
The Alpha and Omega of Extinction in the ECOS