We have collected over a thousand signatures and presented the petition to both Pastor Crossan at the Groome Methodist Church in Lewes and to Bishop Johnson, Bishop of the Philadelphia Area of the United Methodist Church.
We now have an online petition to reach a broader group and allow concerned citizens to sign more easily.
Sign our online petition here: https://www.thepetitionsite.com/479/009/112/preserve-the-new-road-corridor-in-lewes-de-and-protect-the-great-marsh/
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In an effort to encourage the Groome Methodist Church to reverse its’ decision to sell their property on New Road for development, and instead sell it for conservation, the New Road Preservation Alliance has been collecting signatures at various Lewes locations for the last few weeks.
We quickly received a thousand signatures and will continue to accumulate more.
The vast majority of people we talked to were totally in favor of conservation of this environmentally sensitive, last large tract of open space, on New Road. A few people we talked to were not as aware of the enormous significance of preserving both the Great Marsh and its 135 acre buffer property owned by Groome Church and this was a great opportunity to educate.
It was very evident to all those we spoke with, that they are very concerned that the natural resources, open space and agricultural lands that attracted them here in the first place, are fast disappearing and that the sale of this land to a developer will have a huge impact on Lewes.
Our petition states: We the undersigned respectfully request that Groome Methodist Church located on Savannah Road in the City of Lewes reconsider its’ decision to sell property owned by the Church on New Road to a developer whose intent is to build numerous houses on land that is environmentally sensitive and that, alternatively, the Church accept the generous offer to preserve it as open space and to maintain its’ agricultural use in a conservation easement restricting development.