JULY 20 2022 – CRAWLEY BOROUGH COUNCIL – PUBLIC QUESTION – FULL COUNCIL MEETING – THE CHARIS CENTRE IN WEST GREEN – 7.30PM

 

JULY 20 2022 – CRAWLEY BOROUGH COUNCIL – PUBLIC QUESTION – FULL COUNCIL MEETING – THE CHARIS CENTRE IN WEST GREEN – 7.30PM

 

Richard Symonds – The Ifield Society
Please forgive the following preamble to my question, but it is critically important for context:
 
The question relates to that asked of this Cabinet on July 6 two weeks ago, and another question asked at County Hall last Friday, concerning a possible 3,500-year-old Bell Barrow burial ground to the West of Ifield. 
 
My question also specifically relates to ‘Specialist Archaeological Advice’ by Place Services – advice given by letter two years ago in November 2020, another letter from Historic England on the same date two years ago, and a more recent Heritage Assessment by West Sussex County Council – all concerning SA101 Land West of Ifield.
 
The ‘Specialist Archaeological Advice’ includes this statement: “There is high potential for significant palaeoenvironmental deposits associated with both water courses [Ifield Brook and the River Mole], and their former routes”.
This has been confirmed by County Hall’s recent Heritage Assessment which identified an Oxbow Lake and five Palaeochannels.
Historic England also states – very disturbingly:
“We think it essential that an integrated landscape approach to assessment of heritage assets (both designated and undesignated) is undertaken…The assessment should also consider the likelihood of alterations to drainage and ground water patterns that might lead to in situ decomposition or destruction of below ground archaeological remains and deposits, and can also lead to subsidence of buildings and monuments”.
 
“Subsidence of buildings and monuments” I take to include St Margaret’s 13th century Parish Church within the Ifield Village Conservation Area – and Historic England have confirmed this by stating: “The development has the potential to impact on the Grade 1 listed St Margaret’s Church.
 
So, finally, my question is:
 
“AS STRONGLY ADVISED BY HISTORIC ENGLAND, HAS AN INTEGRATED LANDSCAPE APPROACH TO ASSESSMENT OF HERITAGE ASSETS BEEN UNDERTAKEN BY THIS COUNCIL?”
 
 
 
SUPPLEMENTARY QUESTION 
 
 
“If this Council is genuinely committed to protecting the community’s heritage assets and wildlife, why are you proposing to build a Link Road straight through Willoughby Fields Local Nature Reserve?”
http://ifieldsociety.org.uk/index.php/2021/07/29/july-29-2021-developers-to-be-banned-from-building-on-land-in-danger-of-floods-daily-telegraph/