Letter: Cost of progress

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SO THE vast majority of Horsham residents are ‘satisfied’ with life in the town (County Times March 8).

If that really is the case, I can only assume that the quoted majority represent the influx of newcomers who – over the past 20 years or so – have fled their south London suburbs which have changed beyond recognition over recent years. And who can blame them?

Agreed, life may be more acceptable in Horsham – especially for those with young families – than some areas of south London where crime, particularly knife crime, is prevalent. Also where high levels of truancy and school exclusions are the norm.

But the cost to those of us who are Sussex-born and bred over generations is ever-increasing housing and the loss of outstanding countryside – which can never be replaced.

Now in my 70s – and donning my rose-tinted specs – I have to say that in my view, Horsham has declined dramatically over the past 20 years or so. It is fast becoming an urban sprawl – its heart having been torn out by competing supermarkets and cheap-jack stores.

The town’s individual small shops no longer offer the necessities of life but a range of inessential pricey knick-knacks – or translation into a building society.

To continue to refer to Horsham as a rural market town is a nonsense. But Horsham’s rapid decline is merely symptomatic of our country’s continuing downward spiral – exacerbated by over-population and insurmountable social problems. One has to ask, what price progress?

BARBARA A. WORLEY

Ayshe Court Drive, Horsham