EDITORIAL MEETING - 11th MAY 2014

All present.

After a few months of sporadic website activity the editorial team felt it was time to give CROWHURST EYE a bit of a spring clean. We were worried that the 'home page' was becoming a little clogged with old images and information and decided to either remove items, or else transfer them to the 'archive' page. We spent some time discussing the future of the website, its identity and usefulness and how it may best serve the 'group'. Now the road is well underway, the function of the website might need to broaden its scope and take on more of a 'watchful' role as well as continuing to provide useful communication and information links with and between its members. At the same time, and as part of its function, to offer support to other groups on other issues resulting from the road being built.

It was felt that there was no need to change the name of the group, or indeed the website, and to this end we now have it as 'official' that CROWHURST EYE is indeed the website of the CROWHURST ''ROAD TO NOWHERE'' ACTION GROUP - it was felt that there was no reason why the 'group', now well known by that name, couldn't continue to address issues appertaining to all aspects of the road and the effect it has, and will continue to have, on the village of Crowhurst, its community, activities, its surrounding areas and beyond. 

Finally, Alan announced that the 'calendar' page is now in use, and that visitors to the website should look to this page to keep an eye on events and meetings - indeed, visitors are to be encouraged to click on all the menu items as postings are often added and placed under relevant sections. Of course, we shall continue to use the Home page as being the first port of call and will place on this page items of particular interest or relevance with links to other sources of information if necessary.


EDITORIAL MEETING - 7th FEBRUARY 2014


Not present: Ann Wilson

The team met again to update the website and look at ways it could be improved. The 'EYE' icon link facility proved to be a success.
We looked at the main menu section and we will endeavour to develop the headings and add content as soon as it becomes available. Dave Howley agreed to start gathering and presenting material for the 'archive' section.

Various on-going tasks were noted, but it was generally agreed that with some members of the team being very busy and involved in a number of meetings and activities to do with the Crowhurst Road To Nowhere groups' work, that Alan Collins should take on more of the various tasks associated with the maintenance of the website with others contributing whenever possible. Regular meetings of the editorial team will still take place and ideas shared to help improve the website.


EDITORIAL MEETING - 10 JANUARY 2014

A small group of us met to discuss ways of improving the website and to maintain and update its features. It was agreed to keep the present format and to visit the categories one by one and as and when, to make adjustments and additions where necessary. It was also agreed that individual members, once familiar with website building procedures, would be responsible for the upkeep of certain categories and features and that we would meet from time to time to help maintain coherency.

One area the team were particularly interested in was the feature of 'Then and Now' - we recognised the importance of a 'village identity' and how the now infamous 'Road to Nowhere' and subsequent developments might impact, even destroy, this identity. We felt it important to reflect aspects of this change, perhaps for good as well as bad, and how interesting it might be for people to submit their experience of past and present changes, either by written recollections and observations or photographic evidence, perhaps both, and keep on record  for others to see the 'changing face of a village'?

We felt we should all take responsibility for protecting our environment and for keeping a vigilant eye on the impact the road may have on the village and surroundings, its people, its beauty and peace and tranquility, and not least its ecology. Houses and roads are necessary, as deemed so by others, but the question has to be asked - what kind of people do we become when access to such areas, like Combe Haven, are no longer available and as the urban spead takes its grip andmakes its mark on a treasured area of outstanding beauty? Major Cities in this country may have got it wrong with their inadequate provision and planning for population growth, but why should we, and others like us, suffer because of their mistakes? Many of us chose to live in a different environment to that of a major city or town, and perhaps were privileged to have that choice, but we owe it to others to help protect that environment so that others, and future generations, may enjoy it and benefit from it. Having this 'Then & Now' page may help remind us all what it is we were, and still are, fighting for but now hoping to protect and preserve, or at least help by minimising the impact of urban spread, roads and developments.