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CLOSED Personal Opinion

Author: Marion Jones

Published: Thursday, 23rd August 2012

I have been reluctant to post my comments on the Hub as I felt I would be labelled as another person from Sharpthorne with a chip on their shoulder, however, a report in the Observer last week has prompted me to have my say.

In the article "Playground put at risk by possible development", which I believe referred to the Sharpthorne Old Playground, the comment "....... it is hard for the children to go there as it is next to a busy road" was quoted, (more of which I will come to later). Is it not realised that people at the eastern end of Sharpthorne also have children! Over the 30 odd years I have lived here many children, including my own, have enjoyed playing on the green and using the swings.  Surely, because we are next to a busy road, the importance of a playground at this end of the village is essential as it enables children to play without having to 'navigate' their way through the traffic to access either the Sharpthorne playground further up Top Road or North Lane recreation ground. Apart from the above, I was led to believe many years ago that this land could not be developed as it was 'given' to the people/children of Sharpthorne by the Arbuthnot family for their use and pleasure.

Unfortunately, there are many more vocal voices from the parish who are not affected as we are at this end of the village, or on Top Road itself, which I feel does not give us much of a voice with regard to what we would like to get from living here. Much has been made by the PC concerning the amount of traffic passing through the village virtually 24/7 and the need for some kind of traffic calming. Despite their concern, they have no qualms about putting forward sites for possible development situated in and around Top Road. It is hard enough to get out of our own drives some days (or cross the road) without having the possibility of another 50 or more cars trying to access this during the day. Imagine the chaos and noise we will experience whilst building work is in progress.

People in Sharpthorne, particularly those who live on Top Road and have to deal with the traffic problems every day, also need some respite and like to be surrounded by what is left of our countryside and not housing estates. It seems to be that we are the forgotten end of the village and the Parish Council feel that they can push everything down our end. It would be easier if we had a councillor who actually lived here and who could champion our cause, I believe that the majority do not actually live on Top Road and are, therefore, cushioned from the worst excesses of speeding and noise to which we are subjected.

Doubtless there will be many people saying why other areas cannot be used for building, thus protecting their own enjoyment of the countryside, but it does not detract from the fact that I feel that we are the dumping ground of the parish.

NB The opinions expressed above are those of THE AUTHOR, A RESIDENT OF THE PARISH and must not be assumed to reflect those held by the Parish Council or the Hoathly Hub administrator.

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26 Sep 2012
12:29pm
Resident of Sharpthorne

18. Whilst I appreciate that several current councillors are adjacent to the C319, they are probably not as badly affected by the speeds as those of us wh... [please sign-in to read more]

 

26 Sep 2012
12:29pm
Resident of Sharpthorne

17. Paul, thank you for your comments, very much appreciated that you have joined the discussion.... [please sign-in to read more]

 

26 Sep 2012
3:04pm
Friend of the Parish

Re the "designated areas". ALL of the Parish area is and has been for some time within the High Weald Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.... [please sign-in to read more]

 

21 Sep 2012
11:35pm
Resident of Sharpthorne

16. Jusr a follow up to my words.Sadly the parish council did Not support Speed Watch.Also.this problem with this road has been going on for years and yea... [please sign-in to read more]

 

24 Sep 2012
7:54am
Friend of the Parish

Although I wasn't involved in the Speedwatch activity nor a member of the Parish Council at the time, my understanding on this is that SpeedWatch was ... [please sign-in to read more]

 

21 Sep 2012
9:43pm
Friend of the Parish

15. Heavy Goods Vehicles (HGVs) through traffic - can you do your bit to help?... [please sign-in to read more]

 

16 Sep 2012
12:51pm
Resident of Sharpthorne

14. As many of you know, I am not someone who easily gives up, and I have chaired the Highways and Transport committee for the last six years and have put... [please sign-in to read more]

 

16 Sep 2012
12:50pm
Resident of Sharpthorne

13. I believe that there has been a very marked and recent increase in HGVs using the C319 as a rat-run and yet remarkably the investigations for making a... [please sign-in to read more]

 

16 Sep 2012
12:49pm
Resident of Sharpthorne

12. Derek Slater confirms that the problem of the C319, the de-facto EG bypass has been a topic for over 40 years. Recently your PC engaged independent tr... [please sign-in to read more]

 

16 Sep 2012
12:48pm
Resident of Sharpthorne

11. Considering a development of 20 homes, if they contributed to 80 vehicle movements per day, that would represent an unwelcome increase of just 1% of t... [please sign-in to read more]

 

16 Sep 2012
12:47pm
Resident of Sharpthorne

10. The second issue concern is traffic. After representation and consultation with affected residents the Parish Council (PC) agreed to request the const... [please sign-in to read more]

 

16 Sep 2012
12:44pm
Resident of Sharpthorne

9. Marion has raised two issues and promoted a good debate.... [please sign-in to read more]

 

14 Sep 2012
11:34pm
Resident of Sharpthorne

8. I would like to add my full support to Marion.I have lived in the village all my life,and this play area has always been used.... [please sign-in to read more]

 

31 Aug 2012
6:40pm
No longer a member

7. I am in complete sympathy with the views expressed in Marion's article and with the support given in subsequent comments. ... [please sign-in to read more]

 

29 Aug 2012
3:15pm
Resident of Selsfield

6. As a resident of Selsfield, well the seven houses at Duckyls cottages, vehicles often pass our houses at speeds in excess of 70mph, everyone living on... [please sign-in to read more]

 

29 Aug 2012
2:01pm
Resident of Selsfield

5. What I do find staggering is that in 2002 when I moved in to my home on Selsfield Road, there was a village referendum regarding a chicane and gate sy... [please sign-in to read more]

 

29 Aug 2012
2:19pm
Resident of Sharpthorne

Can I just say that my daughter was run over when getting off the school bus, this happened by the bus stop at the top of Station Road, she had some v... [please sign-in to read more]

 

29 Aug 2012
1:58pm
Resident of Selsfield

4. I read with interest Marion’s views. Marion makes a number of points. I don’t believe and never have that residents of the parish, who, like mysel... [please sign-in to read more]

 

28 Aug 2012
3:40pm
Friend of the Parish

3. I think many people perhaps do not realise just how little can be done at the local level (by neighbours, local residents or the Parish Council) to in... [please sign-in to read more]

 

28 Aug 2012
12:47pm
Friend of the Parish

2. Despite what was written in the "Courier", the point actually made at the Parish Council meeting at the end of July (full minutes on the PC website) ... [please sign-in to read more]

 

28 Aug 2012
8:31am
Resident of Sharpthorne

1. good on you marion we agree with you we do not need anymore houses built at this end of the village the playground should be left as a playground

 

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