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Solar panels in the Country Park – ecology or politics? II

Hastings Borough Council passed a resolution at the Cabinet meeting on 7 January to spend up to £80,000 investigating whether to install 10 acres of solar panels in two arrays in Hastings Country Park. A third array is proposed for Upper Wilting Farm in Crowhurst. In her second interview on the matter, HOT’s Chandra Masoliver talks to  Michael Moor, chair of The Friends of Hastings Country Park Nature Reserve, which has strenuously opposed the development.

Cllr Andy Patmore, upper left, at the Cabinet meeting, with Cllr Rob Lee on his left and Cllr Peter Chowney, right, who chaired the meeting.

Patmore: why I opposed solar farms proposal at Cabinet

At last week’s Cabinet meeting Conservative councillor Andy Patmore, together with his colleague Cllr Rob Lee, voted against the motion to authorise feasibility studies costing £80,000 for the ground-mounted solar farms proposed by the council for the Country Park. Here he explains his reasons for doing so, and why he thinks it is crucial to seek Natural England’s comments on the proposal as the next step – a move which was approved as an amendment.

Julia Hilton

Solar panels in Hastings Country Park – ecology or politics?

Hastings Borough Council (HBC), with its majority of Labour councillors, has proposed to put two arrays of solar panels in the Country Park and one at Upper Wilting Farm in Crowhurst. Amber Rudd, Hastings and Rye Conservative MP, has launched a petition against this. HOT’s Chandra Masoliver asks Julia Hilton, spokesperson for Hastings Green Party, for her thoughts on the ecological and political issues involved.

Objectors hold placards at the Cabinet meeting, saying, "No solar farms in our nature reserve" and "Preserve our reserve."

Council’s solar farms scheme faces Natural England test

Hastings Borough Council’s Cabinet has decided to give priority to consulting Natural England on its plan to locate solar farms in the Country Park – if the agency gives the thumbs down, the plan will not be able to proceed. Objectors attended the meeting in some numbers, just one indication that the plan is proving controversial. The Greens are holding a public meeting this evening, Thursday 10th, to discuss it. Nick Terdre reports.

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