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Old Racecourse Gallops - community purchase?

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On 7 Apr 2016 at 2:48pm Highdown dreamer wrote:
Is this what was being referred to as land for development in a previous post? At £75k, would it be possible for the community to purchase it, thus ensuring no development?
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On 7 Apr 2016 at 3:39pm Gerty wrote:
Why not? All it will need is someone to co-ordinate fundraising.
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On 7 Apr 2016 at 3:59pm Lewesian wrote:
Shame all the bonfire societies don't get together and buy it for the people of Lewes
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On 7 Apr 2016 at 4:56pm Penguin wrote:
And why would (or should) they do that Lewesian?
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On 7 Apr 2016 at 6:26pm Guido wrote:
Please tell me why we should? The majority of people on the forum are after all anti-bonfire.
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On 7 Apr 2016 at 6:41pm Lewesian wrote:
Tell me why they shouldn't ? Lewes residents have dipped into their pockets over the past 300 years, about time the societies gave something back
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On 7 Apr 2016 at 7:18pm Tractor wrote:
Would be a nice way for the Town Council to show usefulness.
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On 7 Apr 2016 at 7:23pm Earl of Lewes wrote:
If the Council sold St Anne's for its true market value, the money could easily be found
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On 7 Apr 2016 at 7:46pm Richard wrote:
Seriously, development land for £75k? My back garden would be worth more than that.
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On 7 Apr 2016 at 7:54pm Highdown dreamer wrote:
In an ideal world Earl... But I think very unlikely to happen, does anyone know of how to go about maybe purchasing the land as a group? Do you think Friends of Lewes may be able to help?
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On 7 Apr 2016 at 8:34pm Celine wrote:
Talk to the Lewes Community Land Trust. I think they have a website.
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On 7 Apr 2016 at 9:42pm Oh Really wrote:
Indeed Richard, either there's a nought missing or someone's got hold of the wrong end of the stick. If not then I'm off to see the bank manager
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On 7 Apr 2016 at 11:19pm Lewes Chap wrote:
Cretins. No development possible there, hence the price. How hard is it to grasp?
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On 8 Apr 2016 at 12:12am Tipex wrote:
While I like the public spirited attitude I'm still unclear as to WHY we should buy the land?
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On 8 Apr 2016 at 9:36am menthal wrote:
"about time the societies gave something back " is this apart from the hundreds of thousands of pounds that they raise for charity every year?
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On 8 Apr 2016 at 12:43pm Property Speculator wrote:
Subud are an organisation that has community interest at its heart. Can't they buy the land? And, with their track record, maybe they can get it for a lot less than the sum that is being bandied about as the market value.
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On 8 Apr 2016 at 5:04pm It's Not Rocket Science wrote:
Because Guido, as soon as there is anything to organise, supply man power for, and now it seems buy land for, it doesn't take long for someone to pipe up that 'the Bonfire Societies should do that'. It all gets a bit tedious really, you would think no one else in the town is capable of doing anything!
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On 8 Apr 2016 at 5:08pm It's Not Rocket Science wrote:
Just how have people dipped into their pockets Lewesian? By putting money into the charity collections? Perhaps we should ask one of the charities to buy it for us?
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On 8 Apr 2016 at 5:19pm Guido wrote:
The bonfire societies of Lewes and beyond put thousands of pounds each year to local charities. We put on events which thousands of people come and enjoy (and not just the 5th) but hey, we the societies, owe the townsfolk of Lewes our hard earned money to buy a little bit of land that really is quite insignificant. What is wrong with some people on here?
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On 8 Apr 2016 at 6:24pm galloping around wrote:
I was under the impression that the gallops area was in stewardship, nature conservation. It belongs to Mr Robinson and he has only just bought it, a year ago so why would he sell it. It has no vehicle access so no good for bonfire.
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On 10 Apr 2016 at 6:04pm belladonna wrote:
You could talk to the Baxters Field people who bought Baxters field (adjacent to the Paddock) years ago to prevent development. I don't know how they operate but they are some sort of community trust. Im sure they could advise as to how to go about setting up.
But Im sure if there was any development opportunity the current owner would be holding onto the Gallops land and selling for far more than 70k
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On 13 Apr 2016 at 12:40pm james oliver wrote:
Hi All, as the vendor I thought I'd just write and say that I think its highly unlikely that the land has any development potential, at least for houses etc. Its a lovely bit of land with great views and should ideally be used for equestrian purposes. However it does have agricultural use and as such can be used for grazing other animals, growing crops, etc. Its possible, subject to South Downs Nat Park consent that it could lend itself to other uses, possibly even bonfires! You will need consent to fence it also.
Only reason we're selling it is so we can renovate the stables we've just bought and maintain the rest of the land that we're retaining.
Hope that helps. Any further questions via the selling agent please.
James


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