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August 12, 2010

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Below are the lyrics to my latest song, which I have been handing out in the format of a letter addressed to Mr Watt of Mid Sussex District County Council.

I have been singing on the street for most of the day and have a wad of signatures to pat myself on the back for.   Which is good, my feet are tired.

For those that have not heard I am singing about the proposed closure of the large antiques shop on Keymer road and it being bought out by a supermarket (which is rumoured to be a Sainsbury’s) The local shops have a petition which is getting loads of signatures so thank you Hassocks residents!  Keep spreading the word.

As for me and my song, I’m just trying to raise awareness.  I ask somebody to listen and to read through my letter, if they agree if they could sign.


Mr Watt,

Planning Devision,

Mid Sussex District County Council,

Oaklands, Oaklands Road,

Haywards Heath,


Dear Mr Watt,

I have heard what’s happening to the building down my road. You want to tear it down from the heart of the town and build a new Sainsbury’s store. I guess you hope I will think “Well maybe.  I like to taste the difference”  but you should realise this idea is not wise and here is my resistance.

I say NO to Sainsbury’s, I don’t want a superstore.  There are quirky shops here, which I really hold dear.  I think this idea is flawed.  I say NO to Sainsbury’s because there is no parking planned for customers or staff. You’re having a laugh, our streets will be rammed.

Besides, where will all our traffic go when those big lorries start to offload? In the bus stop? In the road?  You’ve got no parking planned for your big refrigerated Sainsbury’s vans!

We already boast a Budgens that’s a one off star franchise.  It sells the local produce and is a decent size. I say NO to Sainsbury’s because it is a badly planned proposal.  I don’t want small shops to close so I’m casting my vote. Let’s keep hassocks local.

I say NO to Sainsbury’s being built up by the station. It seems my only choice but to stand and voice  my growing indignation.

I say NO to Sainsbury’s. This is my decision.  I want to make this perfectly clear to you for you to hear Mr Watt of the planning division.

I don’t think it’s fair to build it there and give us no time to tell you it’s not fair how your survey says we have no traffic but you took that survey in Ditchling, classic.

NO! This idea just has to go.  It threatens to spoil a place I hold dearly,

Thank you for listening,

Yours Sincerely,

  1. Brilliant Lindsay – you speak for all of us.. please keep the volume up high.

    Comment by Prue — August 13, 2010 @ 3:00 pm

  2. I think this is one of the worst planning proposals l have heard for a store, in such an unsuitable position .It would kill most of the shops in the area and destroy the heart of Hassocks and Keymer .We already have a newly extended ,well run Budgens ,a nearby M & S with a large Tescos within a short drive.If this is allowed there can only be one result for nearby residents and shopkeepers ,disaster.We must do all we can to stop any proposal like this one being granted .But Sainsburys and the like have great financial influence and will go to great lengths to get there way we must all do our best to stop them .

    Comment by Roy Coltherd — August 14, 2010 @ 1:48 pm

  3. No to sainsburys

    Comment by Oli — November 8, 2010 @ 10:56 am

  4. a tesco was built in hailsham and now, what used to be a peaceful car friendly town has turned into a car park

    Comment by Oli — November 8, 2010 @ 10:58 am

  5. I’m afraid you do not speak for all of us, in fact a group is now gathering momentum to lobby FOR the sainsbury’s. I like Hassocks, i moved here, however, for all that you hold dear you have to realise it is and will never be a ditchling or a Hurst. Hassocks high street has no beauty to protect, in fact if we are all honest, it’s pretty ugly, this is not to say Hassocks isnt a great place to live, it is, but it could be better, and the opening of a sainsbury local (not a superstore as mentioned in your song) hopefully will bring other chains to the high street to give it some life which in turn will bring life to the other shops along the High Street. Don’t be so blinkered, a costa would not put th 2 cafe’s in the village out of business, it would just make them up their game, likewise another quality food establishment would make the Deli up its game. The high street need saving, NOT preserving.

    Comment by hassocks local — January 6, 2011 @ 11:56 am

  6. Afraid i have to agree with “Hassocks Local”…. What are we trying to protect ??. I see the little clothes shop is now closing down, which means the very small high street now comprises a few charity shops, a kebab shop, a chippy which needs a shop front overhaul, a huge tyre centre, a bookies and 1 store (budgens, which is good). The only store of any note both in aesthestics and quality of items is the store next to leahys that i cannot remember the name of….anyhow, clayton mills is now getting sizeable so Hassocks rightly or wrongly is no longer a large village but more of a small town, lets create a high street that befits it. You talk about Hailsham becoming a car park but if we could just keep the population in Hassocks to shop rather than going to hurst,ditchling, burgess hill for odds and sods then parking would not be an issue…..Wake up people, Hassocks high street is on a brink, and if you close your eyes and just say no to things then it will truly die (its not that far off already). Lets all do the right thing, and encourage progress. I too will sign up for the “FOR Sainsbury” campaign (as have quite a few of people i have mentioned this too).

    Comment by paul simmons — January 11, 2011 @ 11:27 am

  7. Having just read in the Argus about Sainsburys moving into Hassocks, A great big WHY? Its not needed, Tescos in Hailsham looks awfull and again will affect the small shops. I am probable to late to vote against it but, Hey! will vote with my feet by never setting foot in it or any Sainsburys. I think Supermarkets are moving back into towns after killing the local shops by building Superstores outside of town, my God the greed of these stores is unbelievable.

    Comment by Colette — March 10, 2011 @ 2:55 pm

  8. People are just so blinkered. They resist change just because it is change. Sainsbury’s will pull people in to Hassocks and keep others from shopping elsewhere. What you shop keepers are afraid of is a little competition when actually you should be gearing yourself up for an influx of new customers. All these people who are saying now that ‘they will vote with their feet’ and never set foot inside the new Sainsbury’s’ will when the time comes. And let’s stop all this Village rubbish. Hassocks is a small and growing town. Let’s embrace that and start looking forward instead of looking backwards.

    Comment by Anton Chekhov — April 22, 2011 @ 3:56 am

  9. I bet Most people who are against a supermarket being built will end up shopping there we have to move with the times!

    Comment by Colin — June 1, 2011 @ 4:16 am

  10. 1. it creates new jobs, much needed for the young unemployed people.

    2. added competition, increases the quality in the area so better for the public.

    3.more places to buy food, more variety and price compare.

    4. more investment in area, make it an even better town.

    5. support local community,

    Is this the guy from the local pet shop because his store is messed up, i mean fancy having a video renting store at the back through the pets. tip: no one rents from these stores anymore hence blockbusters keep closing down. just use netflix or lovefilm, its the 21 century move on.

    Comment by ollie — April 11, 2012 @ 7:25 am

  11. Although we are still making money and renting out films hence remaining open for business.
    Some people don’t use the internet for mass film watching. If you are not online or if you like to stroke cats while you choose films choose Hassocks Pet Centre.

    Comment by admin — April 13, 2013 @ 8:45 am

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