Friday, 3 February 2017

Nightingales and Lodge Hill Proposed Development

Soon nowhere will be safe from housing!

Dear Followers
Please see the article below from the RSPB regarding the proposal for a massive housing development in an area which is home to 80% of the UK's Nightingale population and would result in a loss of 40% of this Site of Special Scientific Interest.

"Our most iconic songbird is under threat and needs your help now.

If we don't act, the UK's number one site for nightingales - Lodge Hill in Medway, Kent - will soon disappear forever.

A planning application has been submitted to build 5,000 houses on the Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI), and Medway Council wants to allocate the land for development.

If the development goes ahead, the vital habitats that the nightingales - and other wildlife - call home will be destroyed and this iconic bird's song silenced. 

Will you join our campaign to save Lodge Hill and SSSIs across the country?"

Ref: RSBP http://www.rspb.org.uk/get-involved/campaigning/lodge-hill/ (extracted 3rd Feb 2017)


Visit the website for more information here and watch the nightingale video by clicking on this link

You don't have to live in the area to understand the implications of allowing a housing development in a SSSI. If we don't act to stop it happening, nowhere will be safe and we will have nothing left of our beautiful countryside.

Hoping you can support this campaign
Thank you
SeagullSuzie

11 comments:

  1. Bloody hell when will people get the message NOT to destroy precious habitat? X

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    1. I don't know CT, it seems to me that people are being brainwashed by inaccurate news stories, rubbish TV programmes and personal debt, so that the government can do what they want. This is such a special site-there must be another way!

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  2. Signed and commented. For heaven's sake - is nowhere safe these days? This is just utter madness.

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    1. Many thanks. I totally agree with you and I don't think anywhere is safe now, unless it belongs to organisations like the RSPB or the National Trust. Greed, stupidity and lack of vision are what drives these housing developments. How can anyone look at this site and think it's the right place to destroy....I feel sickened by it all.

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  3. I have watched most of where I lived in Southern California destroyed by builders even where I live now in Tucson, this is so sad to read.
    We are destroying much of what we should leave be.
    Re development is the best way to go. Back to the cities and clean them up.

    cheers, parsnip

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    1. Thanks for your comment Parsnip. Interesting to see what's happening in other places too. I agree that we need to go back to the towns and cities and re-develop rather than destroying our natural wild places. We in the UK are now looking at massive development of over 48,000 homes in 14 new towns and villages. https://www.theguardian.com/society/2017/jan/02/fourteen-garden-villages-to-be-built-england-48000-homes-green-belt

      This is on top of all the other allocated housing in local government. I just can't see why there is so much demand on this small land mass of ours.

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  4. I've taken part in the campaign Suzie. It would be just awful if this development went ahead and, as you say, would set a dreadful precedent. I do hope the campaign can do something to stop it happening.

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    1. Many thanks for taking part. This is just madness driven by greed. Greed because it's the easiest site to pick and will make them the most money for the least effort. My heart sinks when I see these kinds of things and it's very easy not to get involved and turn away from it...because it's too sad to think about, especially when there are so many other bad things going on in the world.
      When you add Fracking to this and see that all the new houses being built by the big developers here in the SW have no green credentials (no solar panels, no rain water harvesting and virtually no gardens), I just see corruption in our government and their house building pals!

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  5. Oh dear! I do hope this awful decision can be turned around.

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    1. Thanks for your comment Denise, of all the sites they could select, they chose this one...madness!

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  6. It appears to me that SSSI's arn't worth the paper they are written on Suzie.
    There is plenty of brownfield sites around to build on without doing this.

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