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“only thing missing is a free unicorn for the under fives” Reaction to Homes England 10K homes proposal less than positive

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The reaction from residents after the Homes England public consultation events has been less than positive after representatives at the events failed to be able to inform visitors adequately as to what ‘could’ happen if the plans to build over 10,000 new homes get approved.

With large maps displaying the area under consideration as several hundred people attended the numerous consultations over the past week, it was left to the PR company representing Homes England to try to gauge public support for the plans.

But according to some this was less than forthcoming.

Reaction on social media has been highly critical of the ‘less than informative’ responses that the ‘consultants’ gave to questions that residents had with one taking to facebook to say:

“The only thing missing is a free unicorn for all the under fives. Watch out with this lot, they are a law unto themselves and assume the entire development is a foregone conclusion.”

One resident who asked to remain anonymous said:

“There were two MAIN points that most people wanted an answer to. The first was about flooding. How would they be able to contend with it. How would they prevent it. How would they be able to ensure it would not be a problem considering it was one of the major reasons the proposal had been declined twice in the past.

The answer? “We know we will be able to sort it if this all goes ahead”.

The second was about traffic and in particular about where the main arterial road would run.

The answer? “It would come in somewhere here (waving arm around the upper right hand corner of the suggested building site).

It was these types of answers which has riled visitors up and many left claiming they felt they knew less after the event than they did before it.

According to other visitors the general feel was that the consultants were promising the earth but unable to actually confirm what that was, which left to many to put pen to paper and to scramble together some of the promises given to them which included ‘six primary schools, a secondaryone GP surgeries and more.

A meeting of Talk Ifield takes place from 7.00pm to 8.30pm on Wednesday, 22nd January at Elim Church, The Mardens, Ifield, Crawley RH11 0HD to follow up on the consultations.

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Stay healthy and well with Wellbeing Month at Crawley Library

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Next week marks the start of Wellbeing Month across all 36 West Sussex libraries.

Throughout March, libraries will be celebrating all the ways that books, reading and local libraries can help people stay healthy and well.

Special events taking place include:

  • Wellbeing MOT’s – offering advice, help and support on healthy diet, weight loss, stopping smoking, reducing alcohol, and more.
  • West Sussex MIND – will be advising residents about their new campaign ‘Moving Minds’ and providing information about the mental health services they offer.
  • Apetito drop-in and free taster – come and sample some of the delicious foods on offer from West Sussex County Council’s Meals on Wheels provider Apetito, who provide hot meals to elderly and vulnerable people across the county (Southwick library only).

There will also be NHS health checks, reminiscence taster sessions, story walks for children, games for families. Plus regular events including Knit and Natter, Relax with Colouring and ‘Melody for the Mind’, a singing group for people with dementia and their carers.

‘Melody for the Mind’ sessions are currently run at Broadfield, East Grinstead and Southwick Libraries, with a brand-new session starting at Chichester on Thursday 5 March.

Duncan Crow, Cabinet Member for Fire and Rescue and Communities, said:

“Libraries always have communities at the heart of everything they do, and this month is no exception.

“Wellbeing, both physical and emotional, is so important and the programme that has been created by the libraries team for Wellbeing Month has a variety of great activities, events and reading that will hopefully make our residents feel happier and healthier in mind and body.”

All libraries will have displays of books chosen by library staff to lift the readers mood and help them feel better. The genres range from uplifting poetry to non-fiction titles with practical advice for difficult times.

To find out more on everything happening during Wellbeing Month at your local library and throughout the rest of the year, visit www.westsussex.gov.uk/libraries

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