Regarding Horsham Football Club, I read with interest the letters from Mr Stewart and Mr Duncan.
I find their objections to this important planning application very weak.
Mr Stewart states the main reasons why the application should be rejected is firstly, the size of the pavement along the Worthing Road all the way to the Golf & Fitness club.
I have not walked the full distance as I have a car like most people, but in the past I have walked to and from the Boar’s Head, without any difficulty, as I expect many others in the area have done.
However very few supporters will want to walk to the proposed football ground and more importantly people can use the town’s Park & Ride facility to Hop Oast, if they cannot travel there by car.
Secondly he mentions cyclists, I have not ridden a bike for many years but a septuagenarian friend regularly cycles from the Cricket Club to his home at Denne Park and has survived the traffic for many years. I am sure he and other cyclists will continue to cycle along the Worthing Road without difficulty, when this application is granted!
Finally Mr Stewart mentions people will be taking ‘their life in their hands’ to get accross the Hop Oast roundabout. Obviously hundreds of people from Southwater travel daily into Horsham without trouble.
However if there is a demand I am sure the football club will arrage transport from the village. It is not as though the attendence to Horsham matches are anywhere near the size of when I attended as a boy at Queen Street.
The only other objection to the application that I can find on the HDC website is to do with horseriding. However I have been going to the Golf & Fitness driving range regularly for many years to try to improve my handicap, unfortunately without success, but I am yet to see a horse in the vicinity, with or without my glasses!
As for Mr Duncan’s letter mainly concerning floodlights, all I can say is that I find this stance full of nimbysm. I am sure on the winter evenings the football team is training or playing, the additional illumination will improve safety for drivers, cyclists and pedestrians using the Worthing Road.
I also expect during the winter whilst the floodlights might be on, he will have his curtains closed in any event!
As I mentioned in my original letter the traffic in the Worthing Road is now a lot less than before the bypass was built, and the granting of the Football Club’s application is hardly going to increase it.
The new Oaks golf course will create vastly more noise and traffic than the football club. This therefore is a wonderful opportunity for the town planners and councillors to show that they really care about our community.
I trust therefore they will reject such spurious objections and I commend this application to them as well as the the electorate of our town. I am sure that those councillors that support the planning application will find it beneficial at the next local election.
Worthing Road, Horsham
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