Opposition to Sidley sports ground development

The charred remains of the Sidley Sports and Social Club building following the fire. SUS-150331-120300001
The charred remains of the Sidley Sports and Social Club building following the fire. SUS-150331-120300001

A community group is opposing the proposal to build 70 homes on a former recreation ground.

The Heart of Sidley believes the disused Sidley Sports Ground on Glovers Lane should be restored to house the cricket and football teams once again.

The group claims the development by Beaulieu Homes would be a drain on the area’s amenities.

In a letter to Rother District Council, it said: “Sidley lacks community green open spaces and has felt this lack, in particular since the loss of this sports ground.

“An immediate example is that the local cricket team now have to play on neighbouring town field which has directly impacted the ability for some local children to participate as they cannot travel to the weekly training in Battle.

“The local football club have the same problem and again local children are struggling to get involved and enjoy this sport.

“If the ground is used to build houses, rather than to provide desperately needed open green spaces it will place a further drain on the local resources.

“The GPs, local schools, dentists would be flooded with additional people needing their services and the small village of Sidley would suffer.

“We strongly feel that the ground needs to be restored to public open sports facility to allow the village of Sidley to connect the community again and restore the football and cricket facilities allowing all members of the community access to these sports.”

The group is urging residents to give their opinions of the proposals to the council by the deadline of October 22.

To view the application and submit comments visit planweb01.rother.gov.uk/OcellaWeb/planningSearch and use reference RR/2015/2304/P.

Alternatively you can write with your opinions to: Rother District Council, Town Hall, Bexhill-on-sea, TN39 3JX.

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