First, I would stress that I am fully sympathetic with regard to the concerns being voiced by both Goring and Ferring residents in connection with the possible development of the area known locally as Goring Gap.
On looking back, however, I am wondering whether the local residents were equally as demonstrative when Offington Park was developed for housing back in the mid to late ’30s.
Offington Park was described by Henry Smail in his book on Offington, published in 1950, as a park of great natural beauty and historical interest.
The park, notable for its fine, old trees, consisted of an area bounded by Offington Lane, Poulters Lane and Warren Road, and was, in fact, available for use by the general public for walks and to admire the scenery.
Was there a vigorous protest back in the ’30s? I should be very interested to know.
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