RESIDENTS are warning plans for a football training ground in Lancing will affect the whole village and not just those who live nearby.
At a meeting on Monday, January 9, more than 50 angry residents from the Mash Barn estate met to discuss how they could fight plans submitted by Brighton and Hove Albion Football Club to convert a nature area, known as New Monks Farm, into a multi-million pound training ground and academy.
Distressed homeowners spoke out about how bulldozers have been coming along Mash Barn Lane and ripping fences to prepare the area if permission is granted.
Jane Borrer, of Barfield Park, said: “My fence is in pieces down the lane. All it is doing is creating misery.”
Other residents questioned how the state-of-the-art facility would benefit the community – something the land has been earmarked for.
Sean Clark, of Daniel Close, said: “A misconception is this is for the kids of Lancing but I have been told it is not.
“There will be a floodlit pitch to the north side of the land which the kids can rent but that is a fund-raising initiative.
“Other people think we can go and watch the Albion train but it will be a secure facility.”
Amanda Jones, chairman of the Mash Barn Community Group, warned: “It will impact on the whole of Lancing.”
During the meeting, residents decided they needed to act immediately if they were in with a chance of quashing the proposal.
Within the next month, campaigners will be going door-to-door collecting signatures for a petition.
They are also hoping to have an information stand outside one of the supermarkets.
The residents campaign will be organised through the Mashbarn Community Group Facebook page.
An open day with the football club has been pencilled in for Tuesday, January 24, from 2pm until 9pm but the venue has not been confirmed.