I know it sounds crazy, but it is absolutely true… Mayfield has seriously considered golf buggies as a greener mode of transport for its proposed new market town! The golf buggies would run along purpose made tracks for seven miles to the two railway stations at Wivelsfield Green and Burgess Hill… given the flooding history of the area we are wondering if they may also have been considering an amphibious range!
However, madcap as it might all seem, this does highlight the development’s biggest obstacle… the missing rail link. Transport issues are proving to be so problematic that one of the company’s four directors has admitted they have considered a bizarre range of options… including golf buggies, Boris Bikes and miles and miles of guided buses.
Mayfield Market towns is promising a sustainable and energy conscious environment… something which is surely going to almost impossible to deliver. The proposals have infuriated countryside campaigners, but it is clear that local opposition isn’t the only problem.
“I freely admit we haven’t got a solution to losing the private car” Mayfield Director, Lee Newlyn said at a seminar in Brighton last week. “People’s choice has to be their own individual freedom, and that sort of thing is difficult to deal with.”
Lee Newlyn is a director of Mayfield Market Towns Limited
“We’re not building cars out of the model; we’re simply providing other services that give a choice and hopefully a better choice for people to use. [highlight]We did at one stage look at the American model where they actually have golf carts, effectively buggies electronically, which can shift over fair distances at 35mph, which would actually run on separate tracks up to the station.[/highlight]”
He said Mayfield had also considered Boris Bikes and was looking at long guided bus routes running to the two railway stations at the other side of Burgess Hill seven miles away.
[quote style=”boxed” float=”left”]the plan is having a devastating impact on the lives of local people[/quote] Mayfield’s proposals have been met with strong opposition from local people who are campaigning to protect the countryside from developers trying to take advantage of a loophole in the new planning laws. Anthony Watts Williams who is founder of the local protest group, LAMBS says that despite its obvious shortcomings, the plan is having a devastating impact on the lives of local people:
‘The whole thing is a mad cap scheme, driven by greed,’ he said. ‘We are dealing with a developer who will do and say anything to try and get the councils to consider his ridiculous proposal. Unfortunately for Mayfield Market Towns, the more their proposed development is examined, the more it become clear that it is unsustainable and undeliverable, a bitter pill for them to swallow, but the truth.
‘Mayfield Market Towns, whilst unwilling to submit a planning application, because they know it would be turned down flatly, for numerous totally justifiable reasons, are blighting people lives in the area they are targeting. The local housing market has ground to a halt, people seeking to move are unable to do so, where have our rights gone? Anthony Watts Williams – LAMBS founder
‘We are not anti-development, but houses need to be built in the right places for our children’s and country’s future, not just a few people’s short term gain. You cannot just stick a pin in a map, in the middle of an area that looks green and undeveloped and then set off with your large cheque book knocking on doors in that area. That is exactly what Mayfield Market Towns have done, but only on the doors of the big land owners, not the majority, the ordinary family with just a house and garden, we are not important enough. They recently offered someone ten million pounds to buy the small farm they purchase two years ago for two million pounds, how many people would say no to that, although they did?’