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Monday 9th January 2023 1:01pm

THE HEATHFIELD PARTNERSHIP TRUST LTD
www.heathfield.net
c/o 73 High Street, Heathfield. East Sussex. TN21 8HU
Tel No: 01892 610314 E-mail:coordinator@heathfield.net


28 December 2022


PRESS RELEASE


HEATHFIELD PARK DEVELOPMENT OPPORTUNITY - CONSULTATION EXTENDED


Heathfield Partnership Trust are announcing an extension of the listening exercise that is being
undertaken on the potential for limited development within Heathfield Park.


The Trust are running the consultation at the request of Governors at Heathfield Community
College. Governors are in turn trying to respond to requests from students who would like to make
more sustainable choices to get to and from College.


The current footpath runs adjacent to a busy road, is poorly maintained and not wide enough to
accommodate cycling as well as walking. Eighteen months of work to try and find ways to improve
safety, or to manage the simple challenges of overgrown hedgerows and footpath obstructions by
working with the Local Authority have failed.


A community path through Heathfield Park is considered a possible alternative. Initial discussions
with the Land owner suggest that if a balance can be achieved between meeting community
requirements and unlocking a realistic return through some sort of enabling development he will
consider his position.


This consultation, which went live at the beginning of November was to have closed at the end of
December. Some local residents have expressed concern that not enough people are aware of the
exercise and have asked that the time period for feedback be extended.


The listening period will therefore be extended until the end of February 2023.
Richard Karn, Chair of Governors and a Director of the Heathfield Partnership Trust Limited
commented:


“We genuinely want to hear from anyone in Heathfield who has views on what we knew would be a
sensitive topic. If extra time helps to extend the reach of this then we are very happy to respond
positively”


“We are grateful to those people who have engaged with us constructively, whether in support or
expressing concerns”.


Commenting on publicity for the consultation to date he went on to add “It is a great shame that a
small minority of individuals, fanned by publicity from the Sussex Express have engaged in cynical
and personalised attacks based on the incorrect assumption that this exercise is connected to an
existing or previous plan.”


“The College takes it’s role within the wider Community very seriously and is attempting to solve
the real concerns of students and parents. The majority of respondents - who are not limited to
students of the College or parents are reflecting maturely on the pros and cons. Concerns about
local infrastructure and the environmental impact of a potential development in an area of historic
parkland were always going to be expressed however people are also positive about the impact of
some access to the Park alongside the opportunity to support students to make more sustainable
choices ”.


During the extended consultation period Interested parties from within Heathfield are encouraged
to complete a simple survey which can be found here: https://forms.gle/hGd4itN43RRbdd4HA
Individuals can also make representations to HPT and are welcome to extend the invitation to do
so to organisations and individuals within Heathfield who might also wish to contribute.
Representations can be made in writing to coordinator@heathfield.net


Alternatively if you would like to meet and discuss the opportunity individually or as part of a
collective group or organisation please email richardakarn@gmail.com and we will endeavour to
field a representative to lead the discussion and listen to your feedback.


Alternatively you can call Richard on 07768 842829.


ENDS
release - immediate


NOTES
THE PURPOSE OF THE CONSULTATION IS TO IDENTIFY COMMUNITY NEEDS
CONTRIBUTING TO THE CONSULTATION WILL NOT CONSTITUTE ACTUAL OR IMPLIED
SUPPORT FOR ANY DEVELOPMENT PROPOSAL WHICH EMERGES FROM IT
BY CO-ORDINATING THE CONSULTATION HPT DOES NOT IMPLY SUPPORT FOR A
DEVELOPMENT SCHEME, WE ARE SIMPLY LEVERAGING COMMUNITY CONTACTS
AND RESPONDING TO AN OPPORTUNITY WHICH COULD AFFECT THE TOWN, IN
ACCORDANCE WITH HPT CHARITABLE OBJECTIVES


Further information:
Richard Karn
Director Heathfield Partnership Trust
07768 842829
richardakarn@gmail.com