CONTROVERSY is raging in Steyning this week over the calling of a parish meeting tonight.
Six electors, all members of the Friends of Memorial Playing Field (FoMPF), have called the meeting at Springwells Hotel, High Street, Steyning, at 7pm.
The aim is to trigger a referendum poll on Steyning Parish Council’s plans to build a skatepark on the MPF.
Paul Campbell, vice-chairman of FoMPF, said: “We think our community has waited far too long for its voice to be heard in this way – the council should have done it two years’ ago – and that now is the time.”
He is not one of the six who called the meeting but he is confident a referendum will take place in about a month’s time.
However, supporters of the council’s skatepark have reacted with anger because the venue holds only 50 people.
A group of eight has written to the council expressing their concerns.
The letter said: “Firstly, we are pleased that a group of residents are endeavouring to give Steyning’s electorate the opportunity to debate the important issue of a skatepark in the Memorial Playing Field. It is something that we ourselves want to see debated.”
But the residents add the small venue is ‘neither safe or appropriate for a topic that has raised strong feelings’.
Mr Campbell said he was aware of the objections but the meeting would go ahead at Springwells as advertised.
He added: “However, we have been told that the council and its supporters intend coming in large numbers and so the meeting will be opened and then adjourned to a nearby larger venue.”