Update: Sold to a construction company for £25,000
Woodland adjacent to the playing fields at Beacon Academy is to be auctioned on Monday.
The 4½ acres is situated between two residential areas. It is behind Hookswood Close off Millbrook Road and leads across to Pellings Farm Close (click on map for more detail). The sale document suggests the woodland may be suitable for leisure or amenity use.
The woodland is being sold by East Sussex County Council (ESCC), the guide price is £25-30,000. It is thought the land was considered surplus to requirements when Beacon converted to academy status. Sports fields and school buildings were leased by ESCC to the academy trust on a 125 year lease.
In an email to members a spokeperson for Crowborough Conservation, an organisation formed in 2009 with the aim to protect our wildlife and greenspaces, said:
Despite the location of the woodland being close to housing and suffering heavy footfall during term times the woodland supports an unusually high number of dormice and is likely to be very important in contributing to the wider dormouse population within the Ghyll and surrounding woodlands.If any members fancy owning their very own piece of woodland, complete with dormice, then we would urge you to make a bid!
Last year ESCC offered another area of land near the school to Crowborough Town Council on a 99 year lease. The Town Council decided not to pursue the lease, as the site was land locked and would have had access issues. The Town Council also thought the land might have Japanese Knotweed that would be expensive to treat.
The woodland is being auctioned by Clive Emson on Monday (15th December) in Brighton.
Another lot in the same sale is commercial offices next door to the Good Friend Chinese Takeaway on Farningham Road.