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Coffee Morning Friday 1st April 10:30am – Creative Hearts ‘Creating Community, Creating Change’

Coffee Morning

Everyone Welcome

Friday 4th March at 10.30am

St. Mary’s Church Hall

A presentation by

Creative Hearts

‘Creating Community, Creating Change’

Do come and join us for coffee and share news on our projects and local matters

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Urgent: Rampion 2

Rampion 2 consultation

Very short notice but if anyone can get in on this it may be helpful to the cause,
This text is from an exchange of e mails extracted for speed of posting.

I have only just spotted that Rampion had launched two virtual meetings one on 12 February – gone – and the other on 28 February this coming Monday.  You can sign up for zoom participation. I see no further meetings organised during this period or at all.

To find this you need to click the small button (Consultation) at the top of the Rampion 2 re opens Consultation page (google this info this comes up).  the furthest bubble down on the left had side refers to the item that opens up Have your say. Called sign up for one of our virtual events.  Without clicking the small button you do not get easily the ability to make any comments.

I have concerns if not many people sign up to this it will give them grounds to say no one is interested and therefore a waste of time to hold a face to face public meeting.

We have I know a number of questions that need an answer not least the covert way – yet again they have announced these two meetings  which appear to breach some adequacy and inclusion issues already raised as far as I know – we know we are unlikely to get any useful answers.  It will be uncomfortable if we could field public interest and we need a show of defence in protecting what we are fighting for.  In my view. 

This must be recorded and we have the right to a copy of the recording I believe.

Hope we can muster support and perhaps organise  uncomfortable/searching questions – not the same ones!   I have signed up and would like some direction here. 

In order to ask a question you have to type it into the chat and then they select the questions that they want to answer.
So no difficult questions. All spinned to sound pro Rampion.
So you will have to bear that in mind. It may be if they repeat and you record this that it might provide evidence of a biased consultation.

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Coffee Morning Friday 4th March 10:30am – The Struggle for Jerusalem

Coffee Morning

Everyone Welcome

Friday 4th March at 10.30am

St. Mary’s Church Hall

The Struggle For Jerusalem

“A look at the current situation”

A presentation by

Doris Richards

 

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Rewilding talk report

“Weald to Waves” Report on the talk given by James Baird

The Sussex Regeneration Collective is a non government citizens project comprised of private, charitable and public body landowners who are at work on creating the conditions for nature recovery and allowing wildlife movements, through making corridors of woodlands, grasslands and wetlands and green bridges and tunnels, across a broad swath of the county. Much of this work is well advanced (Knapp Castle a prime example) with many landowners showing intent to join in.

Mr Baird used a screen presentation to show us the very many advantages of this undertaking for nature, tourism, mental health and general well-being, as well as contributing to adapting to climate change and coastal erosion. There are benefits as well to adopting farming methods which work better with nature (as we used to), improving the soil structure and essential micro organisms is being researched.

Sponsorship and grants to compensate for the change of land use is arriving via companies who see this as a method of offsetting their carbon footprints as well as enhancing their public images. Once more of this is in place there are large estates and small already agreeing with the principle and waiting to sign up.

A larger than usual audience listened attentively to this presentation and, dare we say, not a voice of dissent was heard. The level of interest was indicated by the amount of questions and Mr Baird stayed on after the meeting talking with members of the audience and our Society. The project falls within the concerns of our Society and well shall be watching out for its progress/

For those who were unable to attend recommend the following websites, also the book “Wilding; the return of nature to a British Farm” by Isabella Tree.

www.rewildingbritain.org.uk
www.wealdtowaves.co.uk

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4 February Coffee Morning 10:30am

Coffee Morning
Everyone Welcome
Friday 4th February
at 10.30am
St. Mary’s Church Hall
A presentation by
James Baird
“Weald to Waves – giving nature a second chance”
Do come and join us for coffee and share news on our projects and local matters
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FUND US FOR FREE!

Dear Member

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The Society’s income comes almost entirely from membership subscriptions. We occasionally receive grants for a specific project or expenditure but we do need more money if we are to continue with our work in improving life in Littlehampton so please do use easyfundraising.org.uk to help us.

It will cost you nothing!

Sarah Tyrrell
Honorary Treasurer

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September updates

Thank you to all who joined us for the recent events: Rampion 2 consultation, our AGM, September Coffee Morning and, lastly, our stall at the Town Show on Saturday. All too much for one newsletter but this is to show that we are back to being actively meeting again.
Briefly, the Rampion 2 meeting showed that people were eager for unbiased information, even if the press reports were disappointing.
Our AGM featured the Rampion 2 presentation by Colin Ross and subsequent discussion, and the re-election of your committee’s officers. Only a small turnout but necessary for the business to be conducted.
We will be having guest speakers to the Coffee Mornings again soon, in the meantime the discussions amongst our members were lively.
We had very many visitors to our stall at the Town Show talking not just about Rampion 2 but also our recent activities, planning, etc, with some interest in joining the Society. A good day out and about.
Next Coffee Morning is 1st of October so do come back to us for that, we now need to rebuild after all that enforced separation.

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Coffee Morning Friday 3rd September 10:30am St. Mary’s Church Hall

Coffee Morning

Everyone Welcome

Friday 3rd September 10.30am

St. Mary’s Church Hall

We are having an informal meeting to talk about Rampion2 and to share news on our projects along with local news

Hope to see you there!

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Rampion 2 meeting

Rampion 2 consultation meeting report.

The meeting was jointly organised by the East Beach Residents Association and The Littlehampton Society. It was held in the Millennium Chamber on Tuesday 24th August before an over full house of invited guests, including Denise Patterson (a Deputy Lieutenant of West Sussex) and Councillors. Members of the public were also admitted.

The aim was to clarify the wider implications of the Rampion 2 wind farm proposals with presentations by Dr Colin Ross, Rob Brown and Larry Haas. At very short notice the RWE team changed their minds and said they would attend (virtually) after all, which meant reducing the amount of time allotted to each item.

For RWE, Vaughn Weighill and Chris Tomlinson showed us a condensed version of their publicly available presentation on the merits of Rampion 2. Questions and Answers were to be allowed later as time permitted.

Local architect Rob Brown gave a shorten version of his presentation on the history of climate change awareness and its mitigation concluding with his support for renewable energy but rejection of the proposed siting of Rampion 2.

Dr. Colin Ross has given his presentation to a number of local councils, some now being opposed to the development. His website: protectcoastalengland.org contains all the information you could need if you were unable to attend the meeting itself. His shortened version, with visual displays, gave an insight into both the harmful effects of this project and also the comparative efficiencies of other existing wind farms. His researches, based on scientific method not anecdotal evidence, have lead him to oppose Rampion 2 and to observe that the present wind farms will be replaced by more efficient forms of power generation within a decade or so.

With the little time available to him, Larry Haas took us through the order and dates of the various consultations which will take place before the very final decision is made, it will be several years before this matter is approved or rejected.

RWE returned to answer a few questions from the floor: we were informed that migrations had shown little impact from Rampion 1, that their present proposals did not break government guidelines and that the project was financially viable. It must be said their assurances contradicted the facts laid out by Dr Colin Ross.

Public statements made by Nick Gibb MP for Bognor & Littlehampton and by Andrew Griffin MP for Arundel & South Downs were read out, both are opposed to siting this wind farm so close to the Sussex coast.

Sue Penn read the reasons why the Committee had decided to oppose Rampion 2 whilst being in favour of renewable energy. Janet Crosley gave a brief idea of the massive volume of flying insects to and fro across the Sussex coast, rare and common species, and also the seabed creatures and plants that will all be put at risk.

We were finally asked to vote on the following resolutions:

Resolution 1

Participants in the community-led Public Meeting support and encourage all offshore wind power developments that fully respect Government policy and guidelines to avoid and minimise local harm.

This was carried with 76 votes.

Resolution2

Participants encourage ADC and WSCC to share Terms of Reference for their Local Impact Reports with residents for information and comment and have an open process to welcome community input/comment on the draft conclusions on the scope and significance impacts.

Carried unanimously.

Resolution 3

Participants feel that Rampion 2 EA should assess moving turbines 25 miles offshore as a “reasonable alternative”. A non-project alternative, as required in EIA Regulation 2017, should be an extension of a wind farm application in Dogger Bank.

Carried with 77 votes.

Our thanks to all who worked so hard to organise this event and the presentations. Special thanks to Elizabeth and Carlo for their audio/visual skills, also to Elizabeth for coolly co- chairing the meeting with David Warne of EBRA.

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AGM 2nd September 2021 Notice

The Littlehampton Society

 Notice of Annual General Meeting

 To be held at the Millennium Chamber

Manor House, Church Street, Littlehampton, West Sussex

BN17 5EW

Thursday 2nd September 2021

Arrive 6:30pm for 7pm

 

All are welcome

 

Speakers

Dr Ian Hendy

Portsmouth University

Presentation on Help our Kelp

 &

Protect Coastal England

Presentation on the Rampion 2 Windfarm Proposal

AGM 2021 Agenda

This year has been eventful – 2021

Minutes 19Sept19 AGM

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