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October 15th, 2017.

Jim Skinner reports:

The Friends of Tide Mills completed the October meeting today. This is our first meeting of Autumn and very pleasingly we have again seen the continuation of this year of the smaller amounts of litter deposited either by the sea, (the majority unfortunately), and a minority of thoughtless visitors.

16 of us, including two very welcome new members, collected just four sacks of assorted litter and one bag of recyclable bottles and cans.

As always we do thank everybody who visits this fantastic space and takes home, not just their own litter, but one or two additional items as well. This is much appreciated and does make such a tremendous difference.

Very frustratingly it does look as though ESCC has rejected our request to review its proposal to build the Port Access road which will see an erosion of open space, disturbance etc. towards the Newhaven Port end of the site. Our two main concerns, just recently recommunicated to the ESCC Chief Executive, remain the incursion into Tide Mills of non-port traffic and lack of any mitigation against the loss of open space. We await a response to these points. The petition against this development is still running, a link to which will be found on our website below.

Our next meeting is scheduled for Sunday the 19th of November, 10.00am to 12 noon. Our meetings are always scheduled for the third Sunday of every month.

More members are always very welcome. The more we are, the stronger we are in protecting this beautiful and precious open space and keeping it the peaceful haven it undoubtedly is.

For more information please contact myself, Jim Skinner, at or visit