Plumpton

FRUIT AND VEG: Tomorrow (Saturday) the horticultural society will stage its autumn show in the village hall from 2pm. On display for the delight of visitors will be flowers, vegetables, plants, flower arrangements, cookery, wines, handicrafts and more, all of which will have been produced by local people. There will be much to see and admire that could well stimulate visitors into having a go themselves and developing their own horticultural talents. Naturally members of the society will be around and they are always willing to pass on tips and advice. In addition there will be stalls, tombola, cakes and refreshments available to make this a great social event. A chance to meet and chat to others and just socialise. At the end, there will be an auction of many of the exhibits.

FANCY A WALK: The Footpath Society will meet at Old Station Close, Crawley Down (TQ346 374) tomorrow (Saturday) at 10.30am ready to set off on a four and a half mile easy walk along track and path with the option of taking lunch in Crawley Down. If you need to know more simply ring 01273 891218.

PLUMPTON’S FUTURE SHAPE? :On Tuesday there will be a drop-in session in the village hall between 3pm And 9pm when the Neighbourhood Plan’s proposals for the imposed building of 50 or more new homes in Plumpton Green will be disclosed. The Steering Group has worked relentlessly over a long period to come up with a solution to absorb the housing allocation in a manner that satisfies the wishes of the majority of residents in a sustainable way with the least adverse impact on our community. Do go along to see the result of many a long hour of deliberation and intense discussion. Be in no doubt that there will be many who oppose the suggested conclusion as well as many who will agree with the suggestions. Nimbyism will doubtless influence the views of some, but the Steering Group has adopted what it believes is an objective approach to solve a problem that has been forced upon us from on high. There will never be a solution that pleases all, but hopefully one that will be for the common good will emerge. In due course there will be a referendum on the plan, but here is an opportunity to see what has emerged so far and look at it objectively. It is our village and our community and we should join together to make the best of what many consider to be a bad job, as we really have no choice. We must decide our own future, rather than leave it to the planners and other basically disinterested parties. I stress that these are my personal sentiments, but are influenced by practical involvement in the procedure.

FLOWER POWER: The flower club will hold another demonstration in the village hall on Wednesday at 7.30pm. The theme will be Bursting Full of Colour and visitors will be most welcome to join in. I think that they may have to pay a massive £2.50 for the privilege but they may get a free cuppa thrown in. Seriously the club members are a friendly bunch and their activities are not just about competition, but rather slanted towards creativity and bringing out that trait in ordinary folk. By the way, this is not just a pastime for the ladies as there are several males who stage the demonstrations, as in this instance, in the form of Graham King.

HOT AND COLD WILDLIFE: Chailey Commons Society will stage a meeting in Chailey village hall on Thursday at 7.30pm. Janice Tipping will give a talk on worldwide wildlife, illustrated by views through her own camera lens. Many wild creatures will be illustrated in their natural environs, be they tropical or in arctic regions. Visitors will be welcome.

LEVEL CROSSING: At the time of writing no decision has been released on the listed building planning application to replace our level crossing gates with barriers. What I can report with the utmost of certainty is that Network Rail is ploughing ahead with its plans to install those barriers within a couple of weeks and has even applied for a road closure order to enable this. A vast sum has been spent on preparatory works, those works continue and plans are in place to deliver all the equipment to the site. So all the equipment has been manufactured and purchased before planning consent has been obtained and NR takes it for granted that the final operation can be started within a very short space of time. There are a couple of conclusions that I can draw here. One would be that NR thinks that it is above the law and can do whatever it wants. The other is that perhaps Lewes DC has been complicit in this procedure and is ignoring very strong local opinion. I cannot make accusations or assumptions as the facts have not been divulged, which flies in the face of democracy and the assertion that more power is being devolved to communities. In my personal opinion, this situation stinks.

C0ME RACING: The racing season will start again in Plumpton on Sunday, September 20 when it will once again be Family Fun Raceday. Note it your diary now. It will be a real family occasion with lots of fun and great racing.

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