TQ7510 : New pond, Combe Valley Countryside Park

taken 3 years ago, near to Crowhurst, East Sussex, Great Britain

New pond, Combe Valley Countryside Park
New pond, Combe Valley Countryside Park
Constructed as part of Combe Valley Way construction.
Combe Valley Countryside Park :: TQ7409
Combe Valley Countryside Park is an 600 acre area of marshlands, woodland and beach between Bexhill and St Leonards.

Originally called the Pebsham Countryside Park, the park was first mooted in 1993 as part of the North Bexhill Strategic Framework.

In 2008 the Pebsham Countryside Park Project Management Board was formed comprising representatives from Hastings Borough Council, Rother District Council, East Sussex County Council and Crowhurst Parish Council.

In 2012 the Management Board renamed the park Combe Valley Countryside Park following feedback from the public that the name Pebsham did not reflect the full extent of the greenspace within the Combe Haven area. The proposed Countryside Park covers an area of 600 hectares within Rother District and Hastings Borough.

The Hastings to Bexhill link road, Combe Valley Way construction, started in 2013 to the north of the park area, which cuts through the park.
Combe Valley Way (Hastings - Bexhill link road) construction
Began in 2013, the Hastings to Bexhill link road connects the Queenway to the West of St Leonards and the A269 and Wrestwood Road in Bexhill. As with most new roads, the project has had its objectors. The road runs closely past four working farms, two sites of special scientific interest (SSSI), and a site of nature conservation importance (SNCI). A group of protesters attempted to slow the clearing of trees in January 2013.

The 3 mile road is largely obscured from surrounding views by means of cuttings and embankments. The southern end through Sidley area reuses a section of disused railway and over 20 houses and businesses premises were demolished along the A269 London Road to make way for a new junction with the A259.
As well as the road, bridleway, cycle paths and pedestrian footpaths, and numerous ponds and drainage ponds are being created alongside to form an enhanced and more accessible Combe Valley Countryside Park.

Final go ahead for the road was given by the government on 3rd April 2013, and was scheduled to be completed by summer 2015. The government is contributing over 50m to the 113m scheme.

Although a public vote chose to name the road 'Robert Wood Way', after a local soldier, the name 'Combe Valley Way', was chosen by Rother District Council councillors. Chosen to highlight the presence of the park and be clearer for emergency services.

For further detailed maps LinkExternal link

The road opened 17th December 2015.

Also see Combe Valley Way LinkExternal link
and the Geograph article LinkExternal link
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Date Taken
Thursday, 30 April, 2015   (more nearby)
Submitted
Saturday, 2 May, 2015
Geographical Context
Rivers, Streams, Drainage  Construction, Development 
Subject Location
OSGB36: geotagged! TQ 759 109 [100m precision]
WGS84: 50:52.2542N 0:29.9825E
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OSGB36: geotagged! TQ 761 109
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West-southwest (about 247 degrees)
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