It is beyond disappointing – and very disturbing – the local media do not consider this ‘Homes England’ issue ‘newsworthy’ enough for coverage this week in either Crawley Observer or Horsham’s West Sussex County Times.
From an Ifield Golf Club Limited shareholders’ meeting last Thursday (January 2) to making a serious offer for Ifield Golf Club’s vacant possession by the end of March, government quango Homes England appears more interested in buying the land of Ifield Golf Club (at Horsham District Council’s eastern boundary bordering Crawley) than talking to Ifield residents (within both Horsham District and Crawley Borough Council’s western boundary).
By the time Homes England opens its first of six Exhibitions tomorrow (Jane 10)(Apple Tree Centre in Crawley from 3pm)(the police have been informed), it will have already held further detailed talks with Ifield Golf and Country Club (today Thursday Jan 9) in London. The idea that Homes England will be “listening, engaging and learning” to/with/from those in the local community opposed to 10,000 houses within their ancient Parish, is wishful thinking and a propaganda ‘wet dream’. It is now possible the necessary commercial arrangements for the sale of the golf club land will be in train by this weekend.
This government quango would like to have vacant possession of Ifield Golf Club within the ancient Parish of Ifield by the end of March: no time, then, to integrate additional views and suggestions. The time scale suggests that preparations are already in place to achieve hard-nosed targets with indecent haste, come what may.
Quite why the media have not investigated this already is beyond me.
Richard W. Symonds
The Ifield Society
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