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Come and Join Us! CPRE Sussex Event at Billingshurst Community Centre Saturday 17 May

Wednesday, 02 July 2014 05:34

Georgina Wrighton, David Johnson, Dr Roger Smith & Michael Brown Georgina Wrighton, David Johnson, Dr Roger Smith & Michael Brown

17 May saw Billingshurst Community Centre buzzing with campaigning groups, CPRE members and local people fired up in their shared love of the Sussex countryside and their desire to protect it. Local campaigning groups’ stalls lined the hall, showcasing their cause whether to protect against a second runway at Gatwick, stop a new town being built in unspoilt Sussex countryside near Haywards Heath or to register residents’ opposition against Fracking in West Sussex. Inspiring speakers from Hands Off Henfield and Locals Against Mayfields Building Sprawl (LAMBS) shared their campaigning stories and top tips for successful grass roots mobilisation against the loss of cherished countryside.

CPRE Sussex Trustee Michael Brown’s speech appealed for true sustainable development, a legacy to leave our children, rather than short termism and ‘business as usual’. Dr Roger Smith, CPRE Sussex Horsham and Crawley representative, exposed the damaging effects of an unfettered ‘pro-growth’ planning system, which pushes local voices out of high stake planning decisions threatening to destroy precious countryside forever. CPRE Sussex Chair David Johnson invited allied groups to consider the benefits of working in partnership with CPRE Sussex to defend against the current onslaught on much-loved countryside and in favour of ‘the right development, in the right place’. Director, Georgia Wrighton spoke of the opportunities to volunteer with CPRE Sussex as a vital part of the team protecting the Sussex countryside.

Links to local groups who attended:

See below for:

  • Two-part presentation by Dr Roger Smith
  • Speech by David Johnson, Chair, CPRE Sussex

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