The up to now Confidential Visioning Study of Arun District Council is now freely available courtesy of our local MP Nick Herbert.
On MP Nick Herbert’s Website, which you may access via the link at the end of this piece, is his own summary (with many strong comments) of the proposed scheme, which is Arun DC’s worst kept secret. There is also a link to the actual Visioning Study itself.
Nick uses the term that the consultants use , i.e. “Garden City” which sounds very charming. It was, when it was first thought up by a famous chap called Ebenezer Howard in 1902. They are based on the idea of aquisition of a large area of agricultural land at agricultural values and developing about a sixth for town purposes, including industry for high paid jobs, shopping and housing, the majority being farmed for local food production and all rented from a trust which holds the land on behalf of the community. The rents pay off the original purchase price over time, pay the running costs and then the rents are reduced to running costs only.
Does that sound like the idea that Arun DC has planned for you and your children ? It would be a wonderful and forward thinking idea wouldn’t it ? Famous places such as Welwyn Garden City were built on those ideas. What a refreshing surprise that would be ?
Unfortunately, I don’t think the original idea of Garden Cities is what they have in mind.
You can make your own mind up by going to the following links below.