Hastings Green Party is inviting local residents on a guided walk to see the sites being considered by Hastings Borough Council (HBC) for a solar farm in the country park.
The walk is this Sunday (December 1st), starting at 10.30am from the top of the East Hill lift. Michael Moor, Chair of the Friends of Hastings Country Park will be present to talk about the issues. Participants are warned that the walk may be muddy.
HBC is proposing to instal 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.
Julia Hilton, spokesperson for Hastings Green Party, said: “We are absolutely in favour of increasing local renewable energy generation, but we have serious reservations about installing solar panels in the country park, a natural site so beloved of people in Hastings. 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.”