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More trees in Lewes, plus Uckfield to Lewes train?

On 22 Aug 2015 at 4:45pm Mary wrote:
Someone told me that there had been a plan to plant more trees in Lewes, an arboretum project?
Does anyone know anything about this? I think anything that improves air quality, particularly in areas where traffic fumes can affect people is a good idea.
A related issue is the re-opening of the Lewes to Uckfield line which could potentially take some of the freight hgv traffic, and commuter traffic off the roads and back onto the railways... ! especially the waste loads on their way to Newhaven and the incinerator (lucky Newhaven!) Anyone know what happened to that idea?
On 22 Aug 2015 at 5:03pm sherlock wrote:
The Lewes/Uckfield line is a non event. I went on it's last run to school in Lewes back in '69 and if I had been old enough to place a bet I would have put one on that it would never be opened in my lifetime - 61 years old and counting......
On 22 Aug 2015 at 5:17pm Mary wrote:
Thanks Sherlock, that's a shame I think, must be a pain for some bus and car commuters, as the buses that way often seem to be less on time and frequents than the Lewes to Brighton route, plus the A26 gets very busy with traffic and needs a roundabout, as well as better pedestrian-crossing, but I imagine there are other traffic-related issues too which add to the congestion.
On 22 Aug 2015 at 5:25pm Grafter wrote:
Even if there was an agreed plan and political and monetary funding they would have a lot of lega lopposition from land owners who have the wealth to issue multiple appeals. Plus, they would have to demolish the premier inn!
On 22 Aug 2015 at 6:11pm Jennifer wrote:
The Premier Inn is an abomination for this town that nobody wants anyway. Its demolition or, better, prevention at this stage would be universally welcomed, judging by the conversations I've had here. Better and better links with London are vital, really.
On 22 Aug 2015 at 7:02pm Farmer Palmer wrote:
@Grafter you are sadly wrong.
The alignment has been protected under the Hamsey Loop Act 1966. Check out the Wealden Line website and do your homework. The line would not go throught the town again, or through the Phoenix and not across Malling Rec!
On 22 Aug 2015 at 8:08pm Grafter wrote:
Yes I was joking about the premier inn. I still think there would be a lot of opposition from those who own properties that would be affected regardless of legal agreements in existence. I am not against it at all but it ain't gonna happen.
On 22 Aug 2015 at 9:25pm Oldbutintouch wrote:
this old saw again! Farmer Palmer knows perfectly well that there is no trackbed, bridges or embankments South of Barcombe Mills, and there is no "protected route" South of Hamsey Lock. In spite of this reality, our steaming green fascists will probably continue to dream! I understand that a Wealden Line splinter sect also plan to demolish Offham and a large part of Croydon! (BML2)
On 22 Aug 2015 at 11:14pm xplorer1 wrote:
Mary, the Friends of Lewes has the Lewes Urban Arboretum project. Inspired by a bequest specifically for tree-planting, we're trying to do more than that, and raise awareness of the benefits of trees to the community, plant trees where we can, and make a coherent resource of the existing trees in the town for tourism, educational and amenity purposes. Check out the FoL website under Projects, and find he FB page.
On 23 Aug 2015 at 3:20pm trooper wrote:
Somewhat odd all this talk of more trees, I stand to be corrected but is there not another post on the Forum asking people to petition NOT to chop down trees at Blakes Walk.
Discuss !!!
On 23 Aug 2015 at 4:36pm Mary wrote:
I was curious to know about the arboretum project, as I heard it mentioned a couple of years ago, and thought that maybe Lewes having National Park status might have something to do with it. I think more trees is a good idea as they create nicer environments, help purify polluted air, which is better for health, encourage wildlife, and can have useful functions in flood zones. I can understand why people want to save trees in their neighbourhoods, especially if those neighbourhoods are undergoing building development. I also live on a busy road with lots of traffic so see the daily effect of vehicle fumes. It's a concern, especially young kids, or anyone with respiratory problems, are having to breathe in these fumes.
On 23 Aug 2015 at 8:50pm Local wrote:
Poplars don't mix well with buildings, hence the desire to cut them down.
On 24 Aug 2015 at 12:12pm Sherlock wrote:
You are right Local, there are many more appropriate trees and nicer ones visually.
On 28 Aug 2015 at 8:50pm Yuppie wrote:
I believe ex-MP Norman Baker was fighting to get that line re-opened for quite sometime

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