I JUST wonder at the mentality and real reason of those residents of Catsfield who are opposed to the plans to transform the derelict Twisly into a holiday centre offering respite breaks for the most disadvantaged children in the south.
If their objections are, as they say, about noise, increased traffic etc then those are generally areas that can be addressed and planned to have minimal impact and minor inconvenience.
There will undoubtedly be some increase while renovation and building works are carried out but that will only be in the short term.
Any minor hindrance that the proposed centre would have on village life when up and running would surely be off-set by the positive impact that such a centre would have on the lives of the children attending.
Indeed, as a forward thinking society we should be embracing centres like this and encouraging them wherever possible. It is, in fact, a no-brainer.
However, I suspect that there may be an underlying theme to their objections. That of class.
I can just imagine some of the reactions of those objecting upon hearing about the planned centre and social background of those who would be attending -”Oh my God. We’re going to be swamped by council estate kids in Primark tracksuits and non-brand trainers.”
I could, of course, be totally wrong about this but I do have a sneaking suspicion that there would have been far fewer objections had the plans been for an off-site extension of Battle Abbey School.