Iping Common fence plans go to secretary of state for a decision

Residents expressed concern about the fencing proposals when they were mooted almost two years ago
Residents expressed concern about the fencing proposals when they were mooted almost two years ago
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PLANS to put a fence around Iping and Trotton Commons have gone to the secretary of state for the environment, food and rural affairs (DEFRA) for a decision.

For the past two years the Sussex Wildlife Trust (SWT) has been undertaking consultations over the commons’ future management.

The trust wants to install a livestock fence which it says, will help grazing and improve the heathland habitat.

SWT says all the responses have been incorporated into the management plan and it has now applied to DEFRA to carry out restricted works on the commons.

The proposed work is the building of a fence around the perimeter of Iping Common which includes part of Trotton Common, Fitzhall Heath and the Bridgelands Plantation, but excludes land not owned by the trust and land separated by roads.

The fence, says SWT, would be constructed of wooden posts and plain wire and full access to the common would be maintained by including in the fence, 17 wooden equestrian and pedestrian gates, eight wooden pedestrian kissing gates, one wooden pedestrian gate, one wooden safety corral and 11 wooden field gates.

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