Fears that irreplaceable amenity land has been earmarked for yet more homes have been expressed by Ringmer residents.
John Kay, Ringmer Parish Council chairman said colleagues and local people are concerned that plans are being finalised to build on three separate areas. He told the Express: “The subject was not on a Lewes District Council (LDC) Cabinet public agenda but appeared in minutes. We were suspicious, so prepared a list of questions ahead of a meeting with the leader of LDC’s new homes project. She said ‘nothing has been decided’ but then told us firmly she was not going to talk about it.
The sites are three areas at Anchor Fields; a relatively new skateboard park (costing £50,000 paid for with a Veolia grant and by youngsters themselves;) a play area (the village’s only place for informal football) and the Anchor Field Car Park (Ringmer’s sole public car park.)
Mr Kay pointed out the Ringmer Neighbourhood Plan includes specific policies to protect the Anchor Field play area and its car park as vital community amenities. A referendum on the plan will be held at the Caburn Ground, Ringmer FC next Thursday, (November 12.) A Council spokeswoman said: “Lewes District Council is continuing its discussions with Ringmer Parish Council representatives in relation to future proposals for Anchor Field. A meeting has already been scheduled for November 25.”
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