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calendar   Tuesday - December 09, 2014

an interesting read?  I hope so.

This was one hell of a sad day for this area.

No surprise of course as it was only a matter of time, money and greased palms.
Developers almost always win.

This was once owned by Winchester College who sold the farm to developers.

I snapped a couple of quick photos last month but wish I had been up and about and made the effort to snap pix when all was green or when the last crop was in bloom.

As I understand things, and having already seen some of the magnificent trees turned into a giant cone shaped pile of wood chips, construction begins soon as some signs are already up.  Our roads will be a mess for awhile I imagine. I also imagine that this place will lose a lot in beauty and lifestyle.

This was part of the Green Belt.  It’s an island nation.
Once paved over …… that’ll be all she wrote.

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“Save Barton Farm Group” closes down

Message from the Chairman

On 31st May, 2014, the “Save Barton Farm Group” was wound up.

For fifteen years the Group had campaigned energetically against the building of 2,000 homes and associated buildings and infrastructure on the green fields that provided one of the important green ‘lungs’ of the ancient city of Winchester. In granting planning consent for this development the Secretary of State, aided by the local authority, demolished the expressed hopes and wishes of thousands of citizens and put an end for ever to this particularly valued part of our green and pleasant land.

That decision, having been made, leaves our Group without its fundamental purpose. Many of our supporters and activists will continue to be involved in campaigning to ensure that the building over Barton Farm will be as inoffensive as possible but there are a number of other groups and organisations that are leading the way in this and involvement with these is how our supporters can, and will, continue to contribute.

In making this announcement, we want to pay particular tribute to the widely admired leadership of our previous Chairman, Gavin Blackman, who devoted so much time, effort and wisdom to leading our campaign. Likewise our former Secretary, Mrs Chris Slattery, worked tirelessly for the campaign and represented us skilfully and persuasively at many of the meetings, Inquiries and Public Hearings. We owe them a real debt of gratitude.

So, “Save Barton Farm Group” is shutting up shop. Accordingly this website is no longer active. We are not taking it down immediately. Some of its content will remain for a while as an archive of our past activities, notices, information and events, since these may be of interest for a while. It will not, however, be a ‘live’ or maintained website from now on.

In announcing this closing down, may I thank my former Committee colleagues for their support and also the hundreds, even thousands, of you who have been our Supporters for so many years.Thank you and goodbye !
Robert Howland
(Chairman, SBFG)

Lots of old issues at link.  Or simply Google Barton Farm.

I’m signing off depressed.

http://www.savebartonfarm.org/

H/T Christopher who got me moving on this subject after months with my head in the sand.
I knew about the issues, the meetings and the letters written to the editor of the local paper, and knew all along the fight would not be won.

In the last day or two on a totally unrelated subject subject, Christopher mentioned a guy I forgot about, but whose records I used to play when I was a DJ.

But there was one particular recording that suddenly came to mind while I was deleting some old Barton Farm photos and holding back tears. Well, not really that far gone but honestly depressed. This place is only down the road from us by less than a mile.

Now here’s a problem I have never seen before and due to that damn problem, I can not post or somehow embed the song itself. Which is awesome. Beautifully done. I don’t understand it, the link to copy and or embed simply jitters, jumps up and down but no link.

So here are the words.

There won’t be no Country Music, There won’t be no Rock n Roll

(C.W. McCall, Bill Fries, Chip Davis)

Well, it’s only gonna be about an hour, friend
‘Til they dam your favorite river
So you can water-ski just one more reservior
And them supersonic ships are gonna take you
‘Cross a sea of pavement
To one more faceless brickyard on the shore

Yeah, it’s only gonna be about an hour or so
‘Til they rip off all your mountains, boy
And that one last tired old eagle bites the sand
And all of that high-and-mighty scenery’s
Gonna be leveled to the ground, boy
By a bunch a’ them mindless strip mines on the land

[Chorus]
So listen well, my brothers
When you hear the night wind sigh
And you see the wild goose flying
Through the gray, polluted sky
There won’t be no country music
There won’t be no rock ‘n’ roll
‘Cause when they take away our country
They’ll take away our soul

Well, it’s only gonna take about a minute or so
‘Til the junkyards fill the prairies, boy
And them smokin’ yellow grass fires start to burn
And the warnings on them beer cans
Gonna be buried in them landfills
No deposit, no sad songs, and no returns

Yeah, it’s only gonna take about a minute or so
‘Til the factories block the sun out
You gonna have to turn your lights on just to see
And them lights are gonna be neon, sayin’
“Fly Our Jets To Paradise”
And the whole damn world is gonna be made of styrene

[Chorus]
So listen well, my brothers
When you hear the night wind sigh
And you see the wild goose flying
Through the gray, polluted sky
There won’t be no country music
There won’t be no rock ‘n’ roll
‘Cause when they take away our country
They’ll take away our soul

Yeah, it’s only gonna be about a second, boy
‘Til they take away all’a this country
And they’ll tell you not to listen to this here song
And that far-off sound of freedom’s
Gonna be an echo from the past
And the final tune is gonna be sad and long

And it’s only gonna be about an eye-blink, boy
‘Til they pull out the wool to blind us
So we just can’t read all the messages on the wall
But the only words that matter
Oughta be scribbled all over them billboards
In big old black and bloody letters, ten feet tall

[Chorus]

THERE WON’T BE NO COUNTRY MUSIC
THERE WON’T BE NO ROCK ‘N’ ROLL
‘CAUSE WHEN THEY TAKE AWAY OUR COUNTRY
THEY’LL TAKE AWAY OUR SOUL

There won’t be no country music
There won’t be no rock ‘n’ roll
‘Cause when they take away our country
They’ll take away our soul

There won’t be no country music
There won’t be no rock ‘n’ roll
‘Cause when they take away our country
They’ll take away our soul

There won’t be no country music
There won’t be no rock ‘n’ roll
‘Cause when they take away our country
They’ll take away our soul
‘Cause when they take away our country
They’ll take away our soul

FIFY? [ Drew ]

Not having any memory of CW McCalll, I was amazed to find that he sounds quite like Butthead trying to sing.


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