The recent newsletter from MP Tim Loughton and a letter last week in this paper have highlighted how unsuitable it would be to allow IKEA to locate a store on the Monks Farm estate in Lancing.
Whenever my wife and I drive on the A283 road between Shoreham and Steyning we pass a cement works that has been derelict for umpteen years.
The old buildings exist on both sides of the road.
For all I know the site may be a ‘site of special scientific interest’ or drastically contaminated and so could not easily be used more effectively than it seems to be at the present.
But, given that it is a brown field site, an eye sore and yet gives easy access for customers from north, east and west, I would very much urge the authorities to make public some really good reasons why IKEA should not be persuaded to set up shop there.
I suppose technically the old cement works lies in the South Downs National Park.
But surely that is not a reason for leaving it unused.
All National Parks allow old mines, quarries and industrial buildings to be in some way made useful whether to create recreational centres or to generate income for the area.
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