If the case of the Roman Road is a dead-end, then, as I see it, the only possible way of saving this precious area from predatory developers is for Crawley Borough Council/Horsham District Council to enforce the Buffer Zone protecting Ifield Brook Meadows Local Green Space [LGS] – marked in green on the map above – which was originally proposed years ago by the former Cabinet Member for Planning & Economic Development Claire Denman. There is also the issue of the proposed new roads cutting across and through the Ifield Brook Meadows Local Green Space [LGS] and the Willoughby Fields Local Nature Reserve [LNR] – yet another catastrophe unfolding. A Joint Area Action Plan by CBC & HDC – with full community support – must now make the whole area a Local Nature Reserve [LNR]…….but immediate action is required.
If the Roman Road – ‘The Quarter Mile’ – is not found on those fields [just over the bridge at Ifield Brook, behind the 13th century St Margaret’s church], then that beautiful area of the ancient Parish – once the home of skylarks – will be under concrete and tarmac. The proposed development – ironically and insultingly called “The Meadows” – will just be an extension northwards of The Maples. A potential environmental and community tragedy is unfolding. As George Orwell said – his last-known published words – “Don’t let it happen. It depends on you”