Save Watership Down - don't develop Sandleford Park
  • Petitioned West Berkshire County Council Planning Office

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Save Watership Down - don't develop Sandleford Park

    1. Jean Norton
    2. Petition by

      Jean Norton

      Arundel, United Kingdom

Set in the green hills of the United Kingdom, Watership Down was a novel that had worldwide appeal, not only as a good story, but also for the strong message it sent about the impact of development on the wildlife population. Ironically, Sandleford Park in Newbury, which served as inspiration for the author in writing this tale, is now the very place that West Berkshire County Council has chosen for the site of 2000 new homes.


According to local campaigners, this decision will have a devastating impact on the residents of the area, place severe strain on the regional infrastructure, and contribute to a dramatic reduction in wildlife habitat. Those campaigning against this destruction have identified numerous sites on previously developed land that could be re-generated, yet the council is still planning to go ahead with destroying this beautiful park, in spite of local objections, including those of Richard Adams, the 90 year old author of Watership Down.


Sign this petition to urge the council to protect this area and keep it as a haven for wildlife.

More information:

An appeal from Richard Adams - http://www.telegraph.co.uk/earth/hands-off-our-land/8962223/Hands-Off-Our-Land-A-wound-in-the-loveliest-of-places.html

The website for the Say No To Sandleford Campaign - http://www.saynotosandleford.org.uk/

Recent signatures

    News

    1. Reached 9,000 signatures
    2. Update - Council Meeting moved

      Jean Norton
      Petition Organizer

      The council meeting that was planned for the 17th of May, was moved back by the council until the 14th of June. The petition is still open, and will not be closed until the 13th of June, so there is still time to sign if you haven't already.

    3. UPDATE - PLANNING INSPECTOR PUBLIC HEARINGS 15th May 2012

      Jean Norton
      Petition Organizer

      The Planning Inspector will be holding hearings on the 15th of May to discuss the Core Strategy, which includes the plans to develop the Sandleford site. The Say No to Sandleford campaign is working hard to prepare their evidence for the hearings. There is also a council meeting planned for the 17th of May, and the intention is to hand in a hard copy of the online petition to coincide with the hearings.

      If you haven’t already signed it, now is the time! And if you haven’t done so already, urge everyone you know to sign it as well. We will be closing the petition at midnight on the 16th of May in order to have all the signatures ready for the meetings, so don’t delay.

      And once again, a big thank you to everyone who has signed the petition. You helped make it possible to get the publicity we needed for the campaign, and you let the council know how much this area means, not only to the local community, but to readers and nature lovers around the world as well!

    4. WATERSHIP DOWN PAINTING EXHIBITION AND BOOK SIGNING BY RICHARD ADAMS

      Jean Norton
      Petition Organizer

      To mark the 40 year anniversary since Watership Down was first published, the Say No to Sandleford campaign is delighted to be hosting the first exhibition of all 21 paintings by Aldo Galli, commissioned for a special commemorative edition of the book coming out in the USA later this year.

      The Exhibition will be taking place at St George’s Church, 206 Andover Road, Wash Common, Newbury RG14 6NU on Saturday 31st March between 11:00am and 4:30pm.

      Richard Adams, the author of Watership Down, will be available for book signing between 3pm and 4pm and will also be announcing the winner of a writing competition challenge held recently by pupils of Falkland Primary School.

      In addition, between 11:30am and 3:30pm, there will be hourly tours from the church to Sandleford, the area from which the book launches its rabbit saga, the same area which is now under threat from developers.

    5. Reached 7,000 signatures
    6. The Fight Goes On!

      Jean Norton
      Petition Organizer

      On the 14th of February West Berkshire Council voted in favour of the Core Strategy which includes the proposal to build 2,000 homes on Sandleford.

      The fight is by no means over, however! The Core Strategy now goes before the Planning Inspector who must now decide whether to call for public hearings of the evidence or rule that the Council has done enough to prove its case. This decision is likely to be made in the next couple of months.

      Locally, the Say No to Sandleford Campaign is continuing their hard work, with door to door canvassing and a poster campaign, as well as raising public awareness of the issue in both the local and UK national press. The worldwide support we are receiving through this petition has already been a big help in putting pressure on public officials to find another alternative to this development. Thanks for helping us and keep spreading the word!

    7. Reached 6,000 signatures

    Supporters

    Reasons for signing

    • roni shepherd ESSEX, UNITED KINGDOM
      • over 2 years ago

      near time we protested about our beautiful counryside being taken over by housing and roads

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    • Simon Skidmore ST HELENS, UNITED KINGDOM
      • over 2 years ago

      Public space should remain for public benefit. Its completely wrong that open space such as this should be used for housing and because of the impact it has on local wildliife and the ecology of the area.

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    • Paul Cullen-James YEOVIL, UNITED KINGDOM
      • over 2 years ago

      I lived in this area 35 years ago, have fond memories, and do not want it trashed.

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    • Maximillian Porteous ST ALBANS, UNITED KINGDOM
      • over 2 years ago

      The green places and areas of natural beauty are some of the last few bastions of old Britain. Building here will not only destroy our natural environment, but also not solve the long term problem of overpopulation and uncontrolled birth rates. This is not a solution, it's a bid for profit disguised as a bandage,

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    • Alyson Tyler CEREDIGION, UNITED KINGDOM
      • over 2 years ago

      Let's learn from the fiction for once. Leave the land alone.

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