Three school children handed over their petition to MPs at a packed Adastra Hall in Hassocks on Friday night (Oct 18), to discuss proposals by London Property Company, Mayfield Market Towns to build a 10,000 home new town on countryside between Hurspierpoint and Henfield.
Holly Richardson, Imogen Watson and Annabel Locke, all 15, are campaigning against plans to build a new town on 1200 acres of countryside in the area around Twineham, Henfield, Woodmancote, Shermanbury, Wineham, Sayers Common, Albourne, Blackstone, Hickstead and Hurstpierpoint.
Families in the area staged a yellow ribbon protest around the possible boundaries of the development on Wednesday and the girls, who live locally, are following up with their petition.
In a statement the girls said
We want to protect the beautiful woodland, fields and rivers, and the wildlife that live here. We all have so many memories here, and couldn’t stand the thought of having it taken away from us and all the magnificent landscapes being devastated.
“To prevent this from happening we have set up a petition and a Facebook page, to find out whether the young people of Mid Sussex support our cause. We have had such an amazing response, we have about 200 signatures so far and 235 followers on Facebook, and the numbers are increasing all the time.”
The girls handed over their petition to Nicholas Soames, MP for Mid Sussex and Nick Herbert MP for Arundel and South Downs. The girls added: “We are hoping they will give our petition to the Prime Minister so that he can see how strongly we feel about this subject.” [fbshare url=”https://www.facebook.com/mayfieldprotest?fref=ts” type=”icon_link”]