5:00pm Friday 22nd February 2013
The term “Greater Brighton” is, as I see it, the only problem (The Argus, February 20).
Many will see it as emotive, some don’t like change but what’s in a name?
Quite a lot, actually; it defines areas and people, it gives them pride and a sense of community.
I believe that, unless a valid argument against this proposed boundary change is put forward, it is the way forward.
Some residents of Hove believe their integration with Brighton has done them no good, but has it done them any harm?
I’m sure some in Southwick will say they might suffer – really? I believe the opposite.
Strong, vibrant, smaller communities such as Southwick, Goring and Denton, along with their larger neighbours such as Worthing, Lewes and Newhaven, will benefit not only financially, improving infrastructure and services, but their sense of community pride will grow and flourish.
These boundary changes won’t stop Southwick’s successful community centre from flourishing, nor will the Adur Festival disappear.
The famous Lewes bonfire celebrations and the many village, town and city events will not stop bringing communities closer together.
What might happen if we are told the detailed facts of such a proposed plan is that we all benefit from it as a whole without losing some of its “smaller” parts.
Chris Pobjoy, Southwick
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