LETTER: Trust is broken on new services

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I read your article, online, about the cancelled plans to relocate Shelley Primary School in Broadbridge Heath to the Wickhurst Green Estate.

It should now be clear to residents that West Sussex County Council is no longer to be trusted, on planning issues. The council states that “Previous plans to relocate Shelley Primary School were investigated by the county council but the costs were prohibitive.”

This is disingenuous, as the intentions were not ‘investigated’, they were proposed in their own plan.

Indeed they were used, along with the GP surgery, to ‘sell’ the notion of the housing development to the people of Horsham.

The county council produces these plans, which look great, and then deliver something totally different. Nothing has changed, so one has to wonder whether this was the intention all along.

It’s very cynical to produce a set of plans, and only deliver the part that benefits the council financially.

The selling of land to developers is very lucrative for the council, and with that comes an enormous responsibility. That is the responsibility to provide the services that go with these developments, including GP surgeries, schools, and open spaces. It’s a matter of trust.

So the next time West Sussex County Council asks you to look at a set of plans, and approve them, imagine those same plans for new homes, but without the necessary services and infrastructure. Then decide what you think about them, because (in all likelihood) that’s what they will end up looking like.

CHRIS SIMMONS

Broadbridge Heath Road, Warnham

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