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January 24th, 2018.

Jim Skinner writes:

Ten members of the Friends of Tide Mills met on Sunday for the first meeting of 2018 in the most unsuitable weather imaginable - well, it is winter after all......

Just two bags of assorted rubbish and one or two larger items were collected this time, but given the recent weather, this was an amazing effort, and just goes to show what a dedicated bunch we are! We obviously hope that the decreasing trend in litter we saw last year continues into 2018. As always we again extend our sincere thanks to all who appreciate Tide Mills as the invaluable open space it remains and take a little time to help us keep it so well cared for.

As we reported last month, our formal objection to the Brett aggregates application for a massive plant and concrete manufactory inside Newhaven Port has now been lodged with ESCC planners. We await news from ESCC regarding the formal planning enquiry date. The formal application can be found HERE.

As we reported last month, unfortunately, another issue has just surfaced, this one for a "small" medical waste incinerator, again inside Newhaven Port, details of which can be found HERE.

The Friends of Tide Mills have now voiced serious concerns about this latest proposal. The cut-off for comments was the 6th of January. The planning process is in two stages; the first, at the link above, is seeking an operational permit from LDC, the second, later stage, is a formal development permission from ESCC.

If readers are interested in joining our informal, very friendly, small but steadily growing group of Tide Mills guardians you will be made most welcome.

Our next meeting is Sunday the 18th of February when we will be re-erecting the Ringed Plover nesting signs for this year. We take this as an indicator that spring, in theory at least, is just around the corner.....

For more information, please contact me at or go to our website at

Jim Skinner