Protect the Pevensey Levels: no development on the wetlands catchment
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The Pevensey Levels are a sensitive and vulnerable special area of conservation and scientific interest; a nature reserve of international importance.
Rare invetebrates, aquatic plants, molluscs, dragonflies, beetle and the lapwing survive in good numbers and are widespread. It is the best site in the country for many nationally scarce species. The Fen Raft Spider and Rams Horn Snail are endangered, but thrive in this habitat.
The proposal to build and develop the land can only have catastrophic effects. Apart from the detrimental impact on landscape and locality, there would be the destruction of traditional field patters, environmental damage to ecosystems and food webs. A housing development would be out of context. There would be urbanisation and the particular charm and beauty of arable pastures would be lost. Settlements would begin to join.
Car journeys would increase by over half a million per year, and vehicles would pass primary schools and a play park, causing pollution and raising safety issues, on a small and windy lane.
The hard concrete would allow water to run-off, increasing the quantity of water flowing into the streams and ditches, but equally the quality would decrease as it leaches pollutants and contaminants from the soil. The area already has alluvial flooding, to which Package Waste Water Treatment plants are susceptible. As this enters the system it will cause irrevocable damage significantly affecting the hydrology, soil, flora and fauna of the Pevensey Levels.
Please Wealden do not allow housing to replace an area which is an asset to Hailsham. It provides recreational space, helps well-being and health, and adds to the diversity of the surrounding area.
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