Beacon Hill Rottingdean
This area is the only open access space close to the village. The people who use this in the main are not hikers in boots but rather people going to the shops and school or taking their dogs for a walk. This is the only space near to our villages where people and dogs can walk freely. Therefore, it is extremely important that such freedom to roam and easy access is maintained. Currently, there appears to be a proposal to fence more of the Beacon and to graze more sheep up there for up to 4 months of the year. The fence would be an additional barrier to wildlife green corridors and the revised grazing plan would be a significant nuisance to those that use the Beacon. The majority of people walk the North/South route so they would have to cross these areas for a large part of the year. Therefore dogs would have to be on leads and people would have to negotiate the sheep, their droppings and the associated mud. We are surrounded by chalk downland, much of it still grazed as it has been for years, so please leave this small area as it is.