Around 20 Hastings residents took part in a walk organised by Hastings Green Party on Sunday to see for themselves the sites being considered by Hastings Borough Council (HBC) for a solar farm in Hastings Country Park.
HBC is proposing installing solar panels on three sites in the country park and has committed £80,000 to feasibility studies. The Friends of Hastings Country Park oppose the plan, citing a number of concerns including visual impact and the lack of an Environmental Impact Assessment.
Michael Moor, Chair of the Friends of Hastings Country Park, was present to guide walkers to the three proposed sites and to answer questions raised about the proposal and its likely impact.
Julia Hilton, spokesperson for Hastings Green Party, said: “Having seen the proposed sites for the solar farms, Hastings Green Party is more concerned than ever that this is completely the wrong place for such a development. The panels would be very visible, not least because they would require a high fence to protect them.
“One of the proposed sites is very close to a Site of Special Scientific Interest, and all would have major impacts on the country park, a designated Local Nature Reserve and part of the High Weald Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.
“Obviously we are in favour of increasing local renewable energy generation but not at the expense of our local green spaces. We need a town-wide conversation about how Hastings moves to a zero-carbon future, rather than contentious infrastructure projects such as this being imposed from above.”
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