Hands off our wildlife say Friends of nature reserve (updated)

The Friends of Hersey Nature Reserve say it should not be allowed to have part of it “given over as a boat park”. The yacht club’s planning consultant say they are not planning to build a boat park on the land.

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A petition set up by the Friends of Hersey Nature Reserve has, within 24 hours of being created, gathered over 2,000 signatures.

The Friends are opposed to Seaview Yacht Club taking over part of the Reserve “to use as a boat park”.

SVYC not planning to build on Nature Reserve
The planning consultant, working for Seaview Yacht Club (SVYC) on their application to alter the wording of conditions on an approved application adjacent to the Hersey Nature Reserve, says SVYC are not planning on building anything on the Nature Reserve.

The approved proposal can for installation of flood gates in the sea wall be found on the IWC’s planning Website. The application to vary the conditions can be found here.

Significant community asset
They say the Nature Reserve is a significant community asset, supported by local volunteers, much used and appreciated by Island residents, and attracts nature lovers from far and wide on the mainland.

The petition explains the Reserve was created in mitigation for habitat lost when the £4.5 million sea wall was built in 2003. It was named after a former parish, borough and county councillor, Alan Hersey.

Online petition
At time of publishing the petition had attracted 2,055 signatures.

You can read more about the plans and add your signature to the petition by following the links to the Change.org petition Website.

Article edits
11.50am Update from SVYC added

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Monday, 30th October, 2017 8:55pm


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