Councillor John Robinson (Parish Councillor for Barham, near Bognor Regis, West Sussex) is urging us all to look at these beautiful photographs of the Barnham area. Take a good look because soon it, and so many other places like it in Britain, may be gone.
Barnham is a picturesque area with agricultural land and paddocks which stage village show jumping. There is also a host of wildlife ranging from deer to the tiny songbirds, also wooded pathways, all to be lost in Barnham to housing and industrial development, should the developers get there way.
Not far from Barnham near Burgess Hill is one of the few woods that the traditional red squirrel claims as its home - A very rare sight indeed. Fortunately there is now netting around the woodland that prevents the grey squirrel from getting in.
The West Sussex area is also home to many rare flowers such as cowslips, a common site in pastures and meadows until the 1950's and also the West Sussex area is one of only three counties that the non venomous Smooth Snake is known to survive with conservative estimates of up to 3,500 ten years ago and now as few as two thousand of these rare snakes maybe surviving.
If you are lucky enough to live near Barham or have this in your area, take a long last look it could be gone tomorrow. This can of course be prevented and that’s why being a Parish Councillor is so very important.
All this land at Barnham is under great threat but we are fighting back very hard indeed. It is up to all of you to do your bit and take a regular look at your local Parish Council websites or notice boards and go for any vacancies that they may have.
There are currently hundreds of vacancies in each region. The Parish Councillors job isn't just one of saving beautiful countryside but the Parish Councillor also makes planning decisions and will the risk of mosques blighting the landscapes of many larger villages and small towns, becoming a Parish or even a Town Councillor is very important indeed.
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