When reading Pedro Martins’ regular column, I often wonder whether Horsham District Council really needs a public relations officer to promote our town and District.
Young Martins has clearly fallen in love with his adopted town - having arrived here equipped with a degree in psychology from Portugal - via Crawley. Such is the enthusiasm of youth.
Personally, I admire his unbounded confidence in the future of Horsham - a former Sussex country market town - now a sprawling suburb of Greater London and nearly joined at the hip to Crawley - with every conceivable space jammed with cars. I often wonder how the driver of circular Metrobus Route 65 manages to negotiate the Oakhill estate without leaving the cars parked on either side without wing mirrors! To my mind, those drivers deserve a medal.
Clearly Mr Martins is a talented individual but in his column last week (September 8th), I think he overstepped the mark when he wrote, “The Big Nibble is not only an opportunity to businesses but to our town in defying what was done in the past and lay out what we want to do for the future”. To Pedro, the past is another country where they did things differently - a country whose values should be challenged - by a relative newcomer to our community.
For sure, Pedro Martins is a breath of fresh air but I do hope that he will moderate his unbounded enthusiasm occasionally - not everything new is an improvement on the old - particularly in Horsham - a proposed multi-plex cinema, for starters!
Robert B. Worley
Ayshe Court Drive, Horsham
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