welcome to Chiltington Laneby the
can you say about a short stretch (about a mile) of quiet English country
lane in East Sussex which leads nowhere, nothing ever happens, and not many
hush listen -
hedgehogs in the
Downs Eton by dog
(2016) - caviar farm
signs (2017) - save
- no Eton new town
Chiltington? - never heard of it
hello Etongrad! -
as in Stalingrad etc
tell me where inexactly is Chiltington Lane?
other web sites
which talk about Chiltington Lane
|July 20, 2021 - This is 1 of the 2 outstandingly
beautiful willow trees which you can see in Chiltington Lane. |
bucket list - I've been meaning to try and get a good picture of this
tree - which is close to where I live (or lived - depending on the "kicked
the bucket" status when you get to read this) for many years. But my
pictures have always failed to capture the reality. So too today. This tree
looks much better in real life.
I felt quite annoyed with myself that
when I was walking past this tree 2 hours earlier I didn't stop and take a snap
then. But I was in too much of a hurry and I said to myself - it will look the
same when I get back.
The sun had shifted around.
And was no longer doing its magic in the leaves.
Ah well. It's the
best snap of it I've done so far. And it was very hot. And my brain had melted
from the heat. And the dog ate my homework... Next time - maybe I'll try to
come a little earlier.
If you click on the tree image you'll see a
higher resolution file. Do I even need to say this? - maybe. It's
because stuffing a bigger file in the home page means that No One would ever
get to see it. So - instead of that - I've inserted a smaller and lower quality
image in the preview - and due to those compromises my fiend / friend Google
I had known and had been writing about since before Google itself was
hatched) facilitates me to say - "Hello SomeOne! Sorry about
the poor picture quality. Pleased to meet you. Hope you will get to like
Dear Residents, I too share your concernsEditor:- June 29, 2021 - At
the weekend residents of East Chiltington on the mailing list of Lewes MP
received a letter about the Eton College plans.
other things Maria Caulfield says...
"I have been working with
local campaigners and am supporting them in the fight."
Editor's comments:- Maria Caulfield confirmed her
strong opposition to the Eton scheme at the
of the public awareness timeline but it was unclear to me what powers to
stop hostile developments - even an MP has - in the current planning framework
- because they are not part of the local plan making or planning decision making
process - despite having the power to "call in" exceptionally
questionable decisions for external scrutiny.
So although it has been
good for morale to know that Maria has been on "our side" and it's
been impressive to hear how many meetings she's had with resident stakeholder
groups - it was only with her recent active engagements on the
pages of Don't Urbanise the Downs - that some new messaging began to emerge
- hinting at the possibility that there might be more that could be done
from the MP toolbox angle to put the brakes on the Eton plan.
can see what Maria Caulfield did say in her materially significant letter by
here. (I've redacted the addressee.)
Editor's follow up comments:-
The distorted shape of democratic influences in the current planning system
gives more power to small groups like developers and planners than residents.
Add to this a widely held assumption of pro-developer bias by
planners who are not compelled to recuse themselves from making decisions
about the very projects to which they have given pre-planning advice - in
effect marking their own homework - and you can't help but marvel that residents
who are opposed to hostile plans don't just give up - because the
consultation processes are so complicated and give the appearance that
objection votes don't count..
The current planning system is flawed
and its outcomes unpredictable. But when so many people in the local community
are concerned by these decisions and working to influence the outcome - this is
real democracy at work. ...permalink
for this article
the landscape assessment walks in East Chiltington
|What do you like in this
What makes you happy being here?
recognise the dogs?
Was it really that long ago?
Editor:- May 20, 2021 -
Published today - a new article - the landscape
assessment walks in East Chiltington - looks back at an event which
has particular relevance today - when we're thinking about what it is we're
trying to protect. ...read the article
|May 10, 2021:- Cowslips and buttercups are
springing up along this section of Chiltington Lane. And if you walk
another few hundred paces down the slope and cross the bridge over the Roman
winterbourne - then take a peek under the trees on your right before you reach
the house part of Chiltington House. Here you'll see bluebells. And one or
two other shy creatures too. And while you're walking this way - there's
another big cluster of bluebells - which I noticed yesterday - at the
Novington Lane end of
Lane - behind the road sign. |
Now what's this thing - poking out
the ground in the photo above - which I've avoided saying anything about so
far? It's been 5 years since we last saw posters like these in the lane.
These have been sprouting up like magic bean stalks all over the place
at the weekend. ...read the