STOP THE DEVELOPMENT OF A PERMANENT CAR PARK ON JOHNSONS FEILD IN CAMBER SANDS

STOP THE DEVELOPMENT OF A PERMANENT CAR PARK ON JOHNSONS FEILD IN CAMBER SANDS

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Matt Sellers started this petition to Rother District Council application (RR/2020/558/P)

This petition is NOT against the redevelopment of Marina Cafe and Lockups in Central Car Park Camber. This petition IS against the Central Car Park being closed and relocated to Johnson's Field.

There are plans on the Rother District Council website (application RR/2020/558/P) that propose the current main car park (Camber Car Park Central) is removed and  relocated to Johnson's Field. They would like to build a permanent car park on Johnson's Field with a new additional entrance from Lydd Road through the Johnsons field playground. 

To do this they will need to remove part of the dune system.

If you believe this area of natural grassland should be kept for preserving and improving the natural landscape please sign this petition. A please please share.

Johnson's Field sits on the edge of the dune system which have formed within the last 350 years and are already restricted by urban development.

The field is used and enjoyed by all year round by the local community and wildlife. There are parking issues experienced in Camber but these do only happen about 4 weekends of the year. This is the only time Johnsons Field is used as an over flow car park. Rother District Councils scheme would remove a much need car park and develop the overflow car park. It would be a great shame for the community and wildlife to loose Johnson's field because a smarter idea for parking, such as using areas that are not protected or so close to SSSI SNCI land and wildlife.

Camber is an accreting dune system, which means the dunes are gradually getting bigger. 7,500 cubic metres of sand are deposited here every year.

A large section of the western end of the dunes lie within the Camber Sands and Rye Saltings Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI), while the rest is designated a Site of Nature Conservation Importance (SNCI).

Conservation England say: "Dune management involves restoring eroded areas and stabilising others using vegetation and fencing. The idea is to help, not obstruct the dune-forming processes to conserve the dune ecosystem. Access work, building boardwalks to steer people away from sensitive sites, is also important."

The impact on the SSSI and SNCI land and wildlife will be irreversible. Any hard ground added will add to flood risk for the home surround the area. 

The sand dunes contain locally and nationally important animal and plant communities.

The plants found on the dunes are an important habitat for moths. Many scarce species have been recorded at Camber Sands, including:

Sand Dart (Agrostis ripae)
Shore Waistcoat (Mythimna litoralis)
White Colon (Sideridis albicon).
The dunes are an important site for wintering birds. The following species have all been spotted:

Hen Harrier (Circus cyaneus)
Short-eared Owl (Asio flammeus)
Snow Bunting (Plectrophenox nivdis)
Stonechat (Saxicola rubetra)
Sanderling (Calidris alba).
There are also many beetles, with the dunes being the only place in the county where you can find the beetle Bradycellus distnctus.
Surveys carried out at Camber Sands using the National Vegetation Classification system, identified these habitat types:

fore dune
shingle
dune scrub
inter tidal
woodland
acid dune grassland.

 

I believe we should be returning this space to nature and NOT strangling its plant and wildlife.

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