Campaigners wrapped a boundary in seven miles of yellow ribbon this morning to protest about the possibility of
10,000 homes being built near them.
Some of the early starters are pictured at 8am today (Wednesday) near Wineham by Middy photographer as the ribbon was stretched around the area earmarked by Mayfield Market Town, which includes land near Albourne, Wineham and Twineham.
Although no planning application has been submitted to Mid Sussex District Council, Mayfield, which says the development is justified, plans to present its case at the hearing into the draft Mid Sussex Local Plan, expected early next year.Mid Sussex Council has already said it will oppose the Mayfield scheme.
A meeting to discuss the issue is being staged at Adastra Hall, Hassocks at 7.30 pm on Friday evening.
Many local people say they only learned about the proposals when Mayfield Market Towns published a map of the plans on their web site. One of the protestors, Sally Aslett from Twineham says she was horrified that no one in the area had been consulted. She said: “You can’t just have a group of city people up in London suddenly deciding ‘Oh, there’s a good area, let’s build a town there.’ We live here! These homes are not just bricks and mortar, we are emotionally attached to them; our children have grown up here.”