LETTER: Hindsland – a tragic waste

Having spent most of my adult life living on the edge of Hindsland [1,000 homes plan at Willingdon, Herald October 7] , I have seen its sad decline.

It has gone from a brilliant all-round sports centre used by Brighton University and the community (the All Blacks trained there) to a ravaged, overgrown wasteland with vandalised buildings.

You would think that Brighton University ,which prides itself on sporting excellence and sport for all, would have made some provision for further community usage when it left it years ago. It’s been left idle for years, what a tragic waste.

Sadly the many organisations we have asked for their support to save Hindsland just did not want to know, including Sport/England, the Playing Fields Association and Brighton Uni Student Union. Some sports lecturers showed some interest , but perhaps wanted to keep their jobs!

At the public meeting a couple of years ago, the greedy property developers and their legal team were lining-up to carve it up.

Sorry if I am being negative. I realise we need housing (low cost) and schools. However, the Vine brothers’ contradiction in their statement means we are destined to have luxury houses for their wealth.

Ian Turner

Prideaux Road

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