Downlanders are primarily a campaigning group, interested in
maintaining and improving our Downlands. That invariably
means that public access is a prime concern, and in fact the
group was formed out of the successful 'Stop the Cissbury
Sell Off' campaign.
Mount Carvey / Tenants Hill
When hundreds of people gathered on a
blustery November morning in 2009 to protest against the
sell-off of public land around Cissbury Ring, little did we
know that it would take just over six years to come to a
The ‘Stop the Cissbury Sell Off’ group later
became ‘Worthing Downlanders’, and for all this time we have
been continually negotiating with Worthing Borough Council
and members of a working group including Natural England,
the National Trust and South Downs National Park.
Unfortunately we have been unable to keep people fully
informed of the progress for a long period of time due to
having to agree to confidentiality in these negotiations.
However we are now delighted to announce that as of the end
of 2015, Mount Carvey and Tenants Hill has become formally
dedicated open access land.
This is a great result for ‘people power’ and means that we
will have the ‘right to roam’ in perpetuity. Physical access
points will hopefully be installed in the near future.
We would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone who
has supported the campaign, including Worthing Downlanders
members and also those from the original 'Stop the Cissbury
Sell Off' supporters group.
Further information can be found using the place name
‘Findon Valley’ on this website:
CRoW & Coastal
A worrying longer-term issue
is the renewed talk of an A27 bypass for Worthing, with the
implied threat of a motorway ploughing through the South
Downs National Park past Cissbury Ring. We had hoped this
was permanently off the agenda, but we clearly need to
remain vigilant as the excuse of a need to "boost the
economy" sees the government giving the go-ahead for all
kinds of developments considered totally unacceptable by the
vast majority of the public - notably the fracking that
risks causing untold damage to the environment and water
supplies of Sussex and the whole country.
Our Sussex Downs are a precious gift that we have been
handed down by nature, and we are determined to ensure that
future generations of Worthing folk can enjoy them as much
as we all do today.