LETTER: Becoming huge urban sprawl

In response to your article regarding yet more houses to be built in Stone Cross, I have to add my feelings of utter despair as to what is being allowed to happen to the fields that surround us.

My husband has lived in Westham all of his life and we have spent the majority of our married life here (more than 30 years) and raised our two sons in this area as well.

The changes that have happened around here are very hard to take in. When we moved to our house in Rattle Road, Stone Cross was a small village and Friday Street much the same, an area surrounded by green.

Gradually this land has been sold off by the few for vast sums of money and then concrete and brick have taken over.

We are quite aware that houses are needed but this is just pure over-development. Any ideas of living in the ‘Weald’ or enjoying village life are being diminished.

We are surrounded by large housing estates, given names that try to take on a feel of the areas and views they have obliterated.

This whole area is becoming one huge urban sprawl which will in the very near future adjoin Eastbourne completely. When objections are put in about lack of schools, drainage problems, hospitals that cannot cope, not enough doctors and the poor road systems these are all brushed aside as “having little or no impact” and agreement is readily given.

What the ancestors of those who have sold this land would think I shudder to think.

To own land should be considered a privilege, in fact one should say they are only custodians of this for the future. Not much chance of that once there are no fields left to pass onto the next generation, gone for ever, no wildlife in these places either but then I suppose green fields cannot pay Council Tax can they?

Fiona Fielder

Rattle Road, Westham

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