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SAVE OUR SOUTH COAST ALLIANCE

We are a group of volunteers from different action groups who have come together to form an alliance to SAVE the fragile natural habitat of the CHICHESTER COASTAL PLAIN.

TIME IS RUNNING OUT!

SOSCA MAP TRANSPARENT AONB + MANHOOD-01.

This is the

Chichester Coastal Plain, Area of Natural Beauty &

Manhood Peninsula.

The Chichester Coastal Plain has

UN, EU & GOVERNMENT PROTECTIONS!

 

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THE

AIMS

OF THE ALLIANCE

CHALLENGING

the centrally imposed standardised housing numbers & designs

QUESTIONING

Local & National Government policy decisions of housing locations

RAISING

awareness of the environmental impact all these houses will have

DEMANDING

the upgrading of our woefully inadequate infrastructure and roads

CLIMATE CHANGE

realities must be faced up to by Local & National Government

HOW CAN WE CREATE CHANGE?

We can only fight the many issues by coming together as a

unified voice to present our arguments direct to Westminster.

This important campaign is under huge time pressure.

End of March for Local Government (CDC)

to decide on the Local Plan.

End of July for the Government’s Inspector to pass

and implement the Local Plan.

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THIS IRREPLACEABLE HABITAT IS

HOME TO ALL OF THE FOLLOWING:

  MEADOWS  

The meadows of Fishbourne

and Apuldram, and of those on

the Bosham, Chidham, Thorney

and The Manhood peninsulas

provide a calm and peaceful environment for wildlife and

the diversity of plant species.

Many have designated

Dark Skies status.

  WETLANDS  

The wetlands that surround the estuaries of the AONB of

Chichester provide a valuable

function in maintaining water flow during dry periods, providing wildlife habitats, and storing floodwaters.

Pagham and now Medmerry

are internationally and nationally important sites.

  MIGRATIONS  

Bird migration is an important ecological phenomenon and must be protected at all levels within development policies. This whole area is a well established stopover for thousands of various breeds including curlews, grey plovers, pintails and brent geese.

 COMMUNITIES 

The established parishes that bind

the Chichester Coastal Plain

together are fighting to protect their identities from coalescence.

These ancient communities, many of which were mentioned in the Domesday Book, are threatened

by the amount of developments that are being imposed...READ MORE

  COASTLINE  

The sea off Selsey on the Manhood Peninsula was declared a Marine Conservation Zone (MCZ) In May 2019. Much of the beach and coastal hinterland has been designated as

SSSI sites and of SO because of

its rare fauna and flora together

with important geological and physiological features.

  HERITAGE  

Chichester was founded as a Roman camp soon after Emperor Claudius invaded Britain in AD43.

Its Roman walls remain protecting

the city’s Medieval and Georgian centre...READ MORE

‘The conflicting aims of meeting housing targets and short

economic goals versus long-term sustainable management of the

environment and communities mean that coastal flooding and

erosion are not getting the attention that they merit.’

The UK Climate Change Risk Assessment (CCRA) 2017 Evidence Report

THE THREATS

12,650 wanted but un-needed new homes right across the

Coastal Plain with the strong possibility of many more.

The wrong houses in the wrong places - which will inevitably lead to extensive and irreversible damage through Pollution and Flooding.

What is needed is more Social Housing.

These THREATS will also damage our LOCAL ECONOMY

‘The economic impact of the Tourist industry generates approximately £414.4 million supporting 8037 jobs annually.’

The Manhood Peninsula Destination Management Plan 2018-2023

Bracklesham, East Head, West

and East Witterings, Selsey.

The most famous is West Wittering which is a fine sandy beach with blue flag status, lifeguards and wind surfing. Selsey has a pebbled beach which has been home to a very old fishing fleet.

 

  ACTIVITIES  

There is a huge range of activities that are available for visitors to this region that include : sailing and all water sports, horse riding, bird watching, cycling, fishing, and a wide variety of walks that are often based on local historical or literary connections.

 

  HOLIDAYS  

The local economy is very dependent upon the number of excellent holiday camps, B&Bs, hotels and local pubs. Together they promote local produce in their excellent restaurants,

cafes and outlets.

 

  ATTRACTIONS  

There are many visitor attractions across the District. These include Chichester Cathedral, Chichester Canal, Festival Theatre, Pallant House, Fishbourne Roman Palace, and The Novium Museum, South Downs Planetarium, and Goodwood’s many events. The Arts are well represented across the region together with several literary festivals.

 

  WILDLIFE  

The estuaries provide a wealth of fauna and flora all accessible to vistors.

The RSPB reserves of Pagham and Medmerry are perfect for bird watching. The seas have a local colony of seals that often join swimmers.

The Harbour is a nursery for sea bass, and the estuaries are home to swanneries.

 

  WELLNESS  

The NHS is advocating that more

of the public should get out into

wide open spaces and re connect with the natural world. This reduces stress from the pace of modern life.

It reconnects those that suffer from loneliness by encouraging them

to join groups and associations that specialise in these activities.

A recognised area of calm attracting visitors from as far as London and the capital's wider conurbations.

WOULD YOU LIKE TO HELP AND HAVE YOUR IMPORTANT VOICE HEARD?

SOSCA @ DELL QUAY, JUNE 2019 ©CHICHESTER OBSERVER