Category: Environment

March 25th, 2016 by eastgrinsteadonline

THE mystery ‘poo’ fairy has been hanging plastic bags full of dog excrement from trees along Eden Vale again this week, says reader Deanna Pennington, who shared a picture of this deplorable habit.

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March 24th, 2016 by eastgrinsteadonline

WELBECK Land has submitted proposals to Mid Sussex District Council to develop land to the west of Imberhorne Lane with more than 500 homes, a country park, a new school and a community hub.

The area is not allocated in the Neighbourhood Plan, however the Plan does allocate land at Imberhorne Lower School (Years 7-9) for residential development of approximately 200 homes.

The Plan also identifies the strategic proposals of West Sussex County Council to consolidate the two Imberhorne School campuses resulting in the closure of the Lower School site and its development for housing.

Welbeck Land’s proposals, which have been submitted as part of this process, include the expansion of Imberhorne School, a new primary school, up to 550 homes, a country park, a care village and a new neighbourhood centre.

Welbeck said “The proposed Country Park can serve the community by increasing convenient public access to the countryside in the long term. It takes the land out of private ownership and guarantees that it stays in the hands of the community.

“We have proposed 15.2 hectares of residential land, which would usually require 10.56 hectares of public open green space.The Country Park we have proposed would be 16 hectares in size (approximately the same size as 13 cricket fields) and would provide convenient access to the wider countryside too.”

Welbeck says the neighbourhood centre proposed for the residential development would also reduce the environmental impact of the scheme,

“It’s common sense to ensure that we encourage residents to avoid travel outside the development (in so far as is reasonable) for primary and secondary schools, recreational space and shops.”This keeps additional car journeys to a minimum and promotes healthy transport options such as walking and cycling. We have proposed a neighbourhood centre at the heart of the development, close to both schools which would also serve the community by providing a convenience store and village hall.

There is provision too for two hectares of land for a village which would help to provide care and independence for residents in old age.

To find out more about the proposals, which have not yet been submitted to the planning procedure, go to: 

where there is an opportunity to leave feedback on the scheme.

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March 24th, 2016 by eastgrinsteadonline

SAINSBURY’S customers can now recycle their Easter egg packaging at the supermarket’s East Grinstead branch until 12 April. The specially designed Easter recycling facility allows customers to recycle the elements of Easter egg packaging – including card, paper, and rigid plastic which not all kerbside collections accept.

The retailer’s Christmas card recycling scheme, which collected 89.1 tonnes of cards last year, generated  a donation of £15,695 for the Forest Stewardship Council, which helps support the work they do protecting the world’s forests.

Sainsbury’s spokesman Paul Crewe said: “This is the second year we’ve rolled the scheme out in our larger supermarkets and we’ve had a really positive response from our customers and colleagues. Recycling is an important part of Sainsbury’s environmental commitment. The Christmas card and Easter egg recycling schemes have been really popular in the past and are a great way of reminding our customers to recycle.”

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March 23rd, 2016 by eastgrinsteadonline

unnamedBAGS of rubbish being dumped outside the Mormon church in Ship Street are attracting urban foxes which spread discarded food stuff and other more unpleasant waste around the area of lawn.

David Bridle, of nearby Bullfrog Music, said the black plastic bags are opened by foxes which scatter the litter which is then left lying around until someone reports it, as the regular MSDC bin collection team does not handle loose rubbish.

“It sits on the ground with all the associated risks to health, and potential damage to my business,” said David, who took the photos above and below after this morning’s bin collection.

“Frequent complaints to Mid Sussex Cleansing dept usually result in an extra team being sent out to clean up after the mess which creates extra expense for all local rate-payers – and if I don’t report it, it stays there indefinitely.”


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March 20th, 2016 by eastgrinsteadonline

THE volunteers on the East Grinstead in Bloom committee will be down at the Bluebell Railway beds by the town station from 10am this morning, so if you have a couple of hours to spare, nip along and lend them a hand.


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March 17th, 2016 by eastgrinsteadonline

ABOUT 80 million chocolate eggs are sold in the UK at Easter which generate around 4,370 tonnes of card and 160 tonnes of foil waste – but all that packaging doesn’t have to end up in landfill.

Residents can recycle the Easter egg boxes, plastic tray packaging, foil wrap and Easter cards in their recycling bin.

But even though most packaging can be recycled, it is still better to reduce the amount of waste created in the first place. – so before you buy ‘crack down’ the amount of eggs-tra waste by looking for Easter eggs or products with the least amount of packaging.


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The field where the proposed development will take place
March 7th, 2016 by eastgrinsteadonline

Document9Above: the field where the development would take place: Right: protestors campaigned again the Linden Homes plan

EAST Grinstead Town Council will consider tonight whether to submit a response to the Planning Inspector’s appeal hearing over proposals for the development of Hill Place Farm in Turners Hill Road.

Linden Homes sought permission for up to 200 homes on the site with new internal roads, footpaths and landscaping, and has submitted an application for the provision of a Suitable Alternative Natural Green Space.

EGTC recommended refusal of the scheme at their meeting of 8 December 2014 as the proposed development is within the Strategic Gap between Crawley Down and East Grinstead.

Councillors also judged the proposal would create an increase in traffic on the Crawley Down Road and associated junctions.

The Bluebell Railway objected too on the grounds that they had not, and would not, grant permission for access under a bridge they own.

EGTC also considered and recommended refusal of a revised plan on 8 June 2015, which was then refused by Mid Sussex District Council.

Linden Homes subsequently appealed directly to the Secretary of State.

At tonight’s Planning Committee councillors will decide whether the Town Council should submit a response to the Inspector.

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Mount Noddy group
March 7th, 2016 by eastgrinsteadonline

The Soroptimist International Club of East Grinstead took up the challenge to Clean for the Queen on Friday.

Their litter-pick through the town to Mount Noddy filled five bags of rubbish during the afternoon.

The Clean for The Queen campaign aims to clear up Britain in time for Her Majesty the Queen’s 90th birthday which will be officially celebrated in June.

When she came to the throne litter was not the problem that it is today. Food packaging, plastic bottles, takeaway meals and cigarette butts have all contributed to a growing menace that affects our wildlife, streets, countryside and sense of pride.

Soroptimist International is an organisation working globally to improve the lives of women, girls and their environment.

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March 6th, 2016 by eastgrinsteadonline

FOLLOWING our story earlier about the churned-up verges left by contractors grass-cutting along on the Herontye Drive, AboutEG’s Roy Henderson says it is even worse by the station, where passengers are greeted by the sight of ploughed-up grass – and overflowing rubbish bins.


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March 4th, 2016 by eastgrinsteadonline

unnamedWHEN it comes to recycling textiles don’t have to be tricky –  so if you are treating yourself to a new Spring wardrobe, don’t throw your old clothes into general household waste.

West Sussex County Council knows you’re unlikely to make a trip to the Imberhorne Lane dump for one pair of old jeans – but if you collect a few odd items of clothing in a black bin bag they can go into the recycle bin when you need to take down a car boot full of garden waste or a broken fence panel.

A WSCC spokesman said: “Keep a bag somewhere handy and pop clothes and other textiles in it as and when, then take it when you go.

“If everyone living in West Sussex recycled just one pair of shoes, we would save more than £50,000 in landfill tax by not sending them to landfill. And that’s only one pair each.

“For a list of which textiles you can recycle, and other options like clothes banks and charity shops, we’ve got a textiles information page on our website.”

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February 21st, 2016 by eastgrinsteadonline

A dull and windy Sunday didn’t deter the East Grinstead in Bloom team who were out this morning pruning heathers at the railway station.

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February 19th, 2016 by eastgrinsteadonline

WEEKS after work was completed on the new bus shelter down at the station, the piles of leaves a and rubbish which have been littering the site were finally bagged up for removal today.

Photos Roy Henderson


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February 16th, 2016 by eastgrinsteadonline

imagesUK Oil & Gas Investments PLC has seen its share price almost double after Horse Hill Developments Limited revealed that light, sweet oil has flowed naturally to the surface from an 80-foot zone approximately 900 metres below ground level.

The oil started to flow at the site near Gatwick yesterday at an initial rate in excess of 700 barrels a day in an approximate mix of 50:50 oil to water.

This was reduced to a steady rate in excess of 460 barrels of oil per day in an approximate mix of over 99% oil and less than 1% water.

The flow, which is coming from the Lower Kimmeridge zone, continued today.

CbV8vqnWEAAbx4fThe second and third phases of the operation will move to the shallower Upper Kimmeridge limestone layer and a Portland sandstone zone which are approximately 840 and 615 metres below ground level, respectively.

Stephen Sanderson, UKOG’s Executive Chairman said: “This is a very significant event for the company and for oil and gas activity in the Weald basin of southern England.

“Importantly, tests show oil has flowed to the surface under its own pressure and has not, so far, required artificial lift.

“The flow test, the first ever in the Lower Kimmeridge limestone within the Weald basin, provides proof that significant quantities of moveable oil exist within the Kimmeridge section of the well and can be brought to surface at excellent flow rates. In this case from a vertical well with minimal stimulation.

“While these flow rates are significant and in excess of management’s expectations, it should be borne in mind that the planned future use of a horizontal well and appropriate conventional reservoir stimulation techniques could likely increase flow rates even further.

“We look forward to more news from the final test results from the Lower Kimmeridge limestone and the shallower tests. The Company will be starting the regulatory permit process forthwith, so we can return to the well to seek to demonstrate sustainable commercial production.”



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February 14th, 2016 by eastgrinsteadonline

THE new paths which have been laid across the East Court estate to make Ashplatts Woods accessible all year round are proving popular.

But a reader tells us that some dog walkers, having “scooped” after their pets have “pooped”, are now decorating the lower limbs of nearby trees with flimsy plastic bags full of poo.

Not nice.

Not nice at all.

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February 13th, 2016 by eastgrinsteadonline

WORK to restore a dormer window which builders omitted from the approved plans for the Rose and Crown conversion in the High Street is now complete, leaving the four attic floor windows neatly aligned with those on the floor below.

The plans for the conversion of the Rose and Crown into apartments originally included all four dormers, but during the build the dormer window which was second from the right was omitted in favour of a velux.

A second planning application for one fewer dormer was subsequently refused by Mid Sussex District Council, who insisted the missing dormer was built as per the original plans.

Chairman of the Town Planning Committee, Cllr Bob Mainstone, explained: “The committee is pleased to see the original plans for the roof of the former pub being adhered to.  We feel the balance of the new dormer windows is very important to this part of the town in relation to the older buildings in the High street conservation area.”

Photo Roy Henderson

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DWH David Wilson Homes new show home has a special garden designed for insects and wild animals. Pictured at the Cromwell Heights in Longridge, Preston site Lyra Coolican aged 4 building an insect home
February 10th, 2016 by eastgrinsteadonline

A unique partnership between Barratt Homes and the RSPB promises to see more wildlife-friendly housing developments being built in East Grinstead

Barratt Homes has signed an agreement – the first of its kind in the UK – to boost natural habitats at its developments in the town using updated landscaping and new guidance to give wildlife a home too..

As the country’s urban wildlife struggles, with 60% of plants and animals facing decline, it is hoped that this agreement between the homebuilder and the conservation charity will help boost biodiversity.

Welcoming the partnership, RSPB chief executive Mike Clarke said: “With hundreds of thousands of homes needed across the country in the next few years, now is the time for conservationists and homebuilders to pull together to ensure the wildlife is boosted rather than ousted in the process.

“We are confident that many positive steps can be taken to build wildlife into new housing developments, giving nature and people a home and increasing quality of life, and all relatively simply and cheaply.”

The partnership will also see Barratt Homes working with the RSPB to raise employee awareness of wildlife-friendly best practice across its sites in the region and throughout its supply chain nationally.

Ian Menham, managing director of Barratt Homes Southern Counties, said “Our partnership with the RSPB demonstrates how we can protect and enhance the biodiversity of the local area, benefitting the economy, creating employment and improving health and wellbeing for our customers and the communities we create.”

Barratt Homes recently achieved the maximum five star housebuilder rating for the sixth consecutive year in a customer satisfaction survey conducted by the Home Builders Federation.

Currently Barratt has a range of homes available in East Grinstead at its Bluebell Gate development.

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February 3rd, 2016 by eastgrinsteadonline

images-1THE Queen’s 90th birthday will be marked with planted-up “postage stamps” in the design of this year’s High Street flower beds.

The design will also mark the 500th anniversary of the Royal Mail.

Henry VIII knighted Brian Tuke, the first Master of the Posts, in 1516. Tuke had the influence and authority to establish key post towns across the country and build a formal postal network which was the foundation of the Royal Mail we know today.

images-2The Guinea Pigs, who are celebrating their 75th anniversary, will be remembered with their Club emblem, a flying Guinea pig, and an RAF jet stream picked out in red, white and blue.

East Grinstead’s Three Martyrs, who died for their Protestant faith 460 years ago in the reign of Bloody Mary, will be honoured with three trees which will be hung with ‘friendship bracelets’ made by children at the town’s primary schools, and planted around with flowers in red, orange and yellow to symbolise flames.

A bed recalling the 50th anniversary of the signing in East Grinstead of our “twinning” agreement with Bourg de Peage will feature the bridge which links Bourg to its neighbour Roman.

The fifth bed will be a tribute to The Day that Sussex Died, which saw Sussex soldiers sacrificed in a diversionary tactic intended to draw as many Germans as possible away from the main battlefield at the Somme which was fought the following day.

The battle at Ferme du Bois near Richebourg has largely passed out of popular memory,  heavily overshadowed as it was by the devastating loss of around 20,000 men on the first day of the Somme 24 hours later.

The men of the 11th, 12th and 13th Southdowns Battalions were unaware that their assault was a diversionary raid but on learning of the plans for battle, Colonel Grisewood, commander of the 11th Battalion, famously declared that ‘I am not sacrificing my men as cannon-fodder’.

Grisewood, who was promptly relieved of his post,  had already lost one brother during the war to illness, and lost another during the battle.

The Day Sussex Died will also be remembered with an exhibition at the town museum.

The hanging baskets and troughs around round the town this summer will be planted up with  flowers in the bright clear shades of yellow, pink and royal blue the Queen likes to wear to stand out in a crowd.timeline_picture



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February 1st, 2016 by eastgrinsteadonline

Above: Julie and Norman Mockford from East Grinstead in Bloom were there to lend a hand 

VOLUNTEERS planted two bags of daffodils at the Windmill Lane community garden yesterday, thanks to the generosity of David Lilly, manager of Haskins Snow Hill.

“We simply could not have done this project without his continued generous donations,” said organiser Lucy Doyle, who hopes to have more bulbs for the team’s next planting day.

Below: Niamh collected a sack full of rubbish 

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January 30th, 2016 by eastgrinsteadonline

EAST Grinstead residents have been invited to take part in the Big Garden Birdwatch, which monitors the UK’s bird population.

It takes just an hour, is suitable for all ages and abilities, and can be done anywhere outdoors – including your own garden – over the weekend of 30-31 January, providing a vital snapshot of UK nature.

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December 31st, 2015 by eastgrinsteadonline

WITH Christmas over, residents are reminded they can recycle their Christmas trees at a number of convenient locations in and around East Grinstead.

Ashurst Wood John Pears Field Wall Hill Road
Copthorne Humphreys Field Borers Arms Road
Copthorne Haskins Garden Centre Snowhill Lane
Crawley Down Haven Sports Field Hophurst Lane
East Grinstead Imberhorne Lane Car Park Imberhorne Lane
East Grinstead Chequer Mead Car Park De La Warr Road
Turners Hill Recreation Ground East Street
West Hoathly Finches Field Car Park Church Hill

Mid Sussex District Council is keen to help get 2016 off to a green start and has set up a number of local collection points  – simply take your tree along to the most convenient local site, place it in the marked bay and it will be taken away to be recycled locally.
Residents with a green garden waste collection bin can put their tree directly into it, as long as the lid can still close firmly.

Sites will be open between Thursday 31 December 2015 and Friday 14 January 2016.

Photo Roy Henderson


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December 29th, 2015 by eastgrinsteadonline

SOUTH East water is inviting primary schools in East Grinstead to take up its offer of free talks which explain to pupils where their water comes from, how it is treated, and how making small changes can help preserve supplies.

The World of Water (WOW) education programme is aimed at eight to 11 year olds and combines a number of National Curriculum topics including nature and the environment, science, rivers, planning and citizenship.

The company’s education booklet includes questions, stickers, tasks, competitions and the Every Drop Counts Pledge which gives pupils the chance to become a WOW Agent by receiving a certificate and badge.

Lee Dance, Head of Water Resources and Environmental, said: “Education is a priority for South East Water as we recognise the importance in sharing our knowledge of the world of water with our youngest customers.

“By combining topics we are able to get children excited about water and understanding the importance of saving water and being water efficient.”

Hosting a water efficiency talk can also help schools apply for the Eco-Schools status.  

Jess Hales, one of South East Water’s trained speakers, said: “The talks are a fun and enthusiastic way to get children thinking about water, the part it plays in their daily life and how they can help others save water.”

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December 17th, 2015 by eastgrinsteadonline

THE old hedge which was grubbed out while building work was carried out on the new bus station in Station Road, has now been replaced with shrubs by West Sussex Highways.

The workmen putting them in had no idea what they are, but AboutEG’s Roy Henderson, who caught them in the act yesterday, has hazarded a guess at “broom”: we hand the question over to the experts at East Grinstead in Bloom for a final word on the subject…




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December 17th, 2015 by eastgrinsteadonline
THE Ashplats Conservation Group held the final meeting of their year last weekend when members cleared and burned the last of the rhododendrons.
The 19 volunteers who took part in maintaining the ancient woodland at the bottom of the East Court estate, then enjoyed a drink and mince pies to celebrate beating last year’s record of hours worked.
The group meets on the  second Sunday in the month, and would welcome new members.

For more info go to the website at

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December 15th, 2015 by eastgrinsteadonline

WORK on the new East Grinstead bus station is now complete and the area is up and running again.

But a hedge which was grubbed up by the contractors has not been replaced, says About EG’s Roy Henderson, who has written to West Sussex Highways to ask about their plans to reinstate it.


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