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The Egrets Way spreads its wings

Natural England has announced they will provide £117,000 from the Paths for Communities scheme to fund the construction of a new bridleway running alongside the Ouse River linking the villages of Rodmell and Southease.

The new route will form another link in the chain of The Egrets Way: a new network of safe routes connecting Ouse valley villages and linking Lewes to Newhaven. The first section from Lewes to Kingston is currently under construction and nearing completion.

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Added by Susan Thompson on July 20, 2013 at 0:40 — No Comments

May Festivals

May Fayre and Elderflower festival posters:

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Added by Susan Thompson on April 21, 2013 at 9:20 — No Comments

All Party Cycling Group / Get Britain Cycling Enquiry

Report from the last session of the APPG Get Britain Cycling Enquiry:   http://allpartycycling.org/news/

APPCG Co-Chair Julian Huppert MP, said:

“We need firm leadership from government and a dedicated funding stream if we are to make significant progress in cycle safety and accessibility. It is only by making significant improvements to our infrastructure, introducing clear and…

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Added by Susan Thompson on March 12, 2013 at 17:42 — No Comments

Biosphere Consultation

A series of consultation events throughout the proposed biosphere area: between the rivers Adur and Ouse can be found at http://biospherehere.org.uk/whats-new-in-your-biosphere/events/

Added by Susan Thompson on February 23, 2013 at 12:23 — No Comments

Petition for C7 Speed Limit Reduction

A POLO backed petition asking for C7 speed limit reduction from 50mph to 40mph 

Deadline for signing 18th March.

http://epetition.eastsussex.public-i.tv/epetition_core/view/SlowDownOnC7

Added by Susan Thompson on February 23, 2013 at 12:15 — No Comments

Go ahead for the first section of the Egrets Way!

Great News...
The first section of the Egrets Way from Kingston to Lewes now has full funding... with the final £50 K agreed this week by the ESCC Economy Transport & Environment Committee... we look forward to seeing work begin this spring!
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OVCN are thrilled that work on the first section of the Egrets Way will start very soon and as a community led organisation would like to thank everyone involved…
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Added by Susan Thompson on February 1, 2013 at 17:08 — No Comments

Southern Rail - New Cycling Policy

From the 22nd October regular cycles can be carried at any time... in the Green zone from Lewes to Seaford... see map and link below 

New Cycling Policy  http://www.southernrailway.com/your-journey/cycle-policy/new-cycle-...

During peak periods, many of our services are extremely busy, therefore regular (non-folding) cycles cannot be carried on many of our services during these times. Fully…

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Added by Susan Thompson on October 20, 2012 at 23:25 — No Comments

Parishes of the Lower Ouse - POLO Meeting - Progress on C7 speed limit reductions

The Parishes of the Lower Ouse (POLO) meeting in Southease church was very well attended, there were reports on some very interesting things happening including... a new youth hostel, plans for a new Ouse valley cyclepath and bridlepath and an epetition to try to reduce the speed limit along the whole of the C7!  Draft minutes of  the POLO meeting attached. 

Ouse valley ESCC Councillor David Rogers attended the POLO meeting communicating responses this week by the ESCC Economy,…

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Added by Susan Thompson on October 17, 2012 at 23:00 — No Comments

Birds on Bikes website www.birdsonbikes.ning.com

I've finally managed to make an interactive social website for Birds on Bikes  www.birdsonbikes.ning.com.... 
BOB Members can add their own photos, blogs, comments, ride suggestions and website links...

Will add details of Mufti and Erika's Firle ride... 

Added by Susan Thompson on October 12, 2012 at 10:58 — No Comments

Energy Bill Consultation

Follow this link from 10:10 if you'd like to contribute to this government consultation to overhaul our energy system.

http://action.1010uk.org/project/energybill?utm_campaign=Energy+Bill+LL+25-07-2012&utm_source=emailCampaign&utm_medium=email&utm_content=

Added by Susan Thompson on July 26, 2012 at 11:41 — No Comments

South Downs National Park Life in Landscape Photography Competition

Our local SDNPA parishes representative Neville Harrison has kindly forwarded details of the South Downs National ParkLife in Landscape photo competition... www.southdowns.gov.uk/photocomp2012

We are still posting entries on Village Connections for the Living Landscape Photo competition... All photos will be shown as part of the Nature of Art Artwave exhibition strting next month... Photos could also be sent…

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Added by Susan Thompson on July 26, 2012 at 11:30 — No Comments

Rio Report - Intergenerational co-operation?

The following report from the Rio Earth summit kindly forwarded by Sharifin Gardiner of Rodmell who was there to witness the frustratingly slow process...

On the last day at the regular briefing meeting for the nine Major Groups the representative of Children and Youth, Kyle Gracy made an impassioned speech which reduced many to tears and evoked a standing ovation.

The  following is the closing statement by the Major Group for Children and Youth in the Rio…

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Added by Susan Thompson on July 19, 2012 at 11:58 — No Comments

Birds on Bikes

“Currently only two per cent of women cycle regularly compared to six per cent of men yet we know that nearly one million women would like the opportunity to get out on their bikes and socialise with other women.” /www.britishcycling.org.uk/recreation/article/rec20110525-recreation-Women--Breeze-Launches-0…

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Added by Susan Thompson on May 6, 2012 at 23:36 — No Comments

Nature Day

Feeling very positive after the L&OVe yesterday where we discussed how to make the most of the opportunity to engage local people in thinking about Lewes and Ouse Valley economics at The Linklater Railway Land Festival in June: how to help people to better appreciate the true value our living landscape, how to encourage an understanding of Nature Gain, nature care and nature share.  In the meantime   it's Nature Day in the wonderful week long Spirit of Schubert series... tune in to Radio…

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Added by Susan Thompson on March 27, 2012 at 10:00 — No Comments

Biosphere Twinning - making biosphere reserve connections...

A good presentation at Sustainable Sussex by Rich Howorth of Brighton and Hove and Lewes Downs Biosphere project.   

Details at www.brighton-hove.gov.uk/biosphere... this is my understanding of the aims:

 - to aquire UNESCO Biosphere reserve status for Downland and valley zones including parts of Brighton and Hove and some marine areas protecting specific areas of chalk grassland species and marine ecology by…

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Added by Susan Thompson on March 21, 2012 at 22:28 — No Comments

A new leaf..

A leafier Lewes with more friuit to enjoy.



Mark Ridgewell of Octoberfeast has asked me to pass on details of this Friends of Lewes and Octoberfeast project hoping to raise  South Downs National Park funding for the creation of an urban arboretum:

To map the town’s apple and other fruit trees, to discover where the ancient Sussex species exist, which have disappeared and which could be reintroduced

To discover where apple and other fruit go to waste so that, with the…

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Added by Susan Thompson on March 15, 2012 at 21:37 — No Comments

Communities Living Sustainably

I was recently invited on behalf of OVCN to contribute ideas for an Action In Rural Sussex/Lewes District Council/Community 21/Newhaven Community Development Association bid for a "Communities Living Sustainably" Lottery fund application.  I was impressed at the range of very good ideas from all the organisations represented at this meeting.  The following resume of the proposed positive benefits from the promotion of the Ouse Valley Cycle Network for local sustainable communites was…

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Added by Susan Thompson on March 11, 2012 at 21:48 — No Comments

South Downs National Park - Nature Improvement Area.

The South Downs Way Ahead project, led by the South Downs National Park Authority on behalf of  27-strong partnership, will trail blaze the Government’s new Nature Improvement Area scheme to protect habitats and the economic and social benefits they bring.

The Nature Improvement Areas grant scheme, supported by Defra, DCLG, Environment Agency, Forestry Commission and Natural England will operate over three years from 2012 to 2015. Its aim is to create more, bigger and better…

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Added by Susan Thompson on March 11, 2012 at 21:33 — No Comments

Evidence based discussion and the information vacuum... a year after Fukushima

Dismayed and confused by a rather unedifying debate about the benefits/dangers of nuclear power in the final five minutes of the Radio 4 Today programmme seemingly devoted to sound bite discussion of huge world scale issues... I found a little more detail in the following Guardian article ... 

Fukushima residents plagued by health fears of nuclear threat in their midst - A year after the power plant's triple meltdown, conflicting official information leaves families confused and…

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Added by Susan Thompson on March 11, 2012 at 21:31 — No Comments

Linking Places Funding agreed to connect Lewes to Kingston.

Ouse Valley Cycle Network

During the last year a group of very committed people from a diverse range of local organisations and with representation from local towns and Ouse valley parishes have worked with the support of the South Downs National Park Authority to raise the profile of the real need for a network of safe, shared sustainable village connections for cyclists and walkers in the Ouse valley.



We have formed a constituted group, consulted widely…

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Added by Susan Thompson on March 10, 2012 at 18:00 — No Comments

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