Ringmer goes to the polls to preserve village spirit


Ringmer residents went to the polls yesterday (Thursday) to vote on a referendum which could determine the shape of their village.

Voting took place at Caburn Hall, Ringmer Football Club where people were asked to say whether they wanted ‘Lewes District Council and the South Downs National Park Authority to use the neighbourhood plan for Ringmer Parish to help it decide planning applications in the neighbourhood area.’

If more than half of those who vote say yes, then the Plan stands.

First of its three key principles is that Ringmer is, and should stay, a village, stating that despite the population being larger than some small towns, it maintains a ‘village feel.’ Two further elements of the Plan are the need for the community to retain sustainability (maintaining and increasing employment opportunities) and ensuring it should remain balanced, healthy and inclusive with a vibrant primary school and enough housing for young local families.

Although it appears the Plan underpins future development policy, there are concerns its principles could be undermined. Parish councillors fear there are schemes afoot to build on vital amenity land at Anchor Field, removing an informal recreational space, skateboard park and car park serving local businesses. The Parish Council is due to thrash out these issues at a meeting with Lewes District Council this month.

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