AFTER reading the letter from a resident of Molesworth regarding the proposed travellers site (July 13) I have to say, as a resident for the past 13 years, that I am opposed to the gypsy site development on the grounds that I, or any other fellow resident
AFTER reading the letter from a resident of Molesworth regarding the proposed travellers site (July 13) I have to say, as a resident for the past 13 years, that I am opposed to the gypsy site development on the grounds that I, or any other fellow resident, would never get permission ourselves to alter a conservation area in such a way.
In my opinion, this village is not opposed to travellers in general, just the fact that they wish to reside somewhere that no other resident would be given permission to.
As travellers, how can they explain the need to be granted permission for a permanent site? Surely buying/renting their own houses if they want to settle would be a far better solution and fairer on everybody else in the community.
I can't but feel that your correspondent feels that the village way of life should be what he thinks is idyllic, with no one making noise, enjoying themselves or making mistakes. Silent dogs, chickens, donkeys and the like just don't exist. Some people actually like the sound of children having fun and animals being animals.
To integrate into a village community people from different walks of life need to meet somewhere in the middle, which means we all have our own opinion on everything that goes on here, and somehow we have to get on and make the best of what may or may not be a bad lot, which is why I cannot be opposed to travellers.
I just do not think that a caravan park is appropriate in the proposed location, whoever wanted to build it.
I do not agree that people in Molesworth have blatant disregard for fellow residents or the law at all. It is a very nice place to live, and in my time here I can count on one hand the late or noisy parties that have taken place. Even village people like to have fun now and then.
We have no through traffic here, so the number of people just driving by is minimal and, as for speeding, it's nonsense. Drink-driving is not something people see here either, and would be silly as there is a pub in the village.
We have very little crime here. It is quiet and very photogenic, and I think maybe we lose sight of how lucky we are.