LETTER: Promised facilities never delivered

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After reading ‘Development, Answers Needed’ (Middy letter 23.07.15) I felt I should say that I agree with Mr Simms.

We moved to Saddlers Close nearly 31 years ago. Our house had been built four years before, in 1979. We were promised a doctors surgery, shop, and community centre then. None of which were built.

It was before mobile phones of course, and there wasn’t even a phone box for anyone in an emergency.

Folders Lane was a leafy road with detached houses and farm land surrounding it.

We have tried to fight the building of houses behind our close on green fields and another development further along Folders Lane. Properties on the south side of Folders Lane have also been built behind, making yet another opening onto Folders Lane.

I went to public meetings about the plans and was told that a community centre would be built by the bridge on the Kings Way. I asked how the mothers and children would get there, as that would make a lot more traffic to and fro. I was told that there would be an opening behind the development and the mothers would walk through. I think if the weather was bad they would still have used their cars. It was all a waste of time as nothing was built anyway.

Our sons are now men in their thirties, and there are still no facilities in this area, that were promised every time the new houses were built.

The Kings Way has a 30 mile an hour speed limit, but I and others have seen cars speeding along there, and disregarding the right of way on the mini roundabout at the Folders Lane end.

I have friends in St George’s village who had a doctor in Ditchling, but was told they must move to one in Burgess Hill. On trying to find one here, was told they were full. They now have a doctor in Hassocks, which is much further away. Fortunately at the moment they still drive.

I also feel that no new building should be approved until infrastructure, schools, doctors and shops are in the plans and being built before the housing!

We as council tax payers should be told what has been agreed, if anything, and perhaps our letters to your newspaper will prompt our councillors to consult with us.

Christine Taylor

Saddlers Close, Burgess Hill

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