Goring Gap caravan and camping site planning application – refused

The following planning application has just been refused by Adur and Worthing Borough Council:

Land South East corner of Amberley Drive/ Marine Drive at Goring – Change of use of land to caravan and camping site with 46 pitches. Erection of amenity block building comprising toilets and showers, laundry room, store, office and reception. Construction of vehicular crossover and provision of parking and bin storage area.

We are greatly reassured by Worthing BC’s decision on 1 June to refuse what would have been a major intrusion on a currently unspoiled area with much scenic and amenity value..DSC00661

It was good to see over 400 objections from our members and other residents in Goring and Worthing displayed on the Council’s web site. Such a response strengthens the views of both Worthing and Arun Councils that the Gap should be kept free of any development.

Beach Clean 7th May 2016

On Saturday 7th May 30 members of Ferring Conservation Group attended the second beach clean of 2016. The good weather made a welcome change as the last few beach clean events took place during torrential rain or very high winds. Around 15 bags of rubbish were collected including a Cossack hat amongst other litter which consisted of mostly small items such as string, plastic bottle tops, cigarette lighters, polystyrene, cans and glass bottles.

The extent of litter sadly appears to be on the increase and research suggests that there are nearly 2,500 items of rubbish for every kilometre on a UK beach. Quantities were found to have more than doubled since 1994 with plastic litter having increased by 140%. Plastic never biodegrades, it just breaks down into small pieces but does not disappear. Microplastic particles are now found inside filter feeding animals and amongst sand grains on our beaches. It is estimated that over 100,000 marine animals die every year from entanglement or ingestion of items discarded on our beaches or at sea. You might think that much of the litter found on beaches comes from the sea, but, in fact, a Marine Conservation Society report found that 37.4% of rubbish is left on our beaches by the public.

Update on Patching Woods Bluebell walk

In the latest of the series of local natural history visits, a group of members ventured into Patching Woods near to the village of Patching in a hunt for bluebells (and other wild plants) and to listen for seasonal birdsong.05-P1130756-001

Straight away on entering the woods, they were greeted by an amazing vista of blue from the native bluebells which stretched as far as the eye could see, and all those on the trip led by Group committee member, Tricia Hall, agreed it was one of the best years they could remember for these iconic plants – probably due to the wet Winter and cool Spring weather. Not only bluebells were seen in the woods, but also the first showing of Wood Anemones and the first sighting there of some Early Purple Orchids spotted by an eagle eyed member. Some of the other plants seen in the woods or nearby were Dog’s Mercury, Ladies Smock, Greater Stitchwort, Wood Spurge, Ground Ivy and Goldilocks Buttercups amongst many others.

orange Tip

Orange Tip

Due to the cool and unsettled weather, the birds and butterflies were a bit on the quiet side but Peacock and Orange Tip butterflies were seen in a couple of locations with the latter doing a fly past right by the group.

Patching group photo

Patching group photo

On the bird front, Chaffinch, Wren, Robin, Chiffchaff, Great Tit and Blue Tit were seen or heard in the woods, while a Buzzard was heard “mewing” overhead nearby with one being spotted sitting in a tree branch on the woodland fringe. Once out of the woods and into open downland, there were very good sightings of Yellowhammer and Whitethroat, as well as Skylarks singing overhead. The attention of the group was then drawn to the towering shower clouds approaching and so there was a hasty retreat to the parked cars. By the time, sanctuary was sought at the nearby pub for lunch and a drink, a heavy snow shower had arrived – not bad for the end of April!