Sunday, 27 April 2008

It's going to be BIG!!!

Quite a few people I speak to, think the eco-town at Ford is going to be built on the runway, where the market and boot sale is held. What shocks them is the actual size - 5,000 houses would devour the top grade farmland from Ford station down to the A259 at Climping.

In this image the Ford Eco Town boundary has been rotated 90 degrees counter clockwise and overlaid in a map of Littlehampton and Rustington- Click here to see it!

1 comment:

Tricia said...


It was a brilliant night at Arundel Town Hall last night. There was a modern-day farce called “Ford Eco Town” performed by the Ford Airfield Vision Hub Players. What a flight of fantasy and imagination it turned out to be!

The evening kicked off with one of the old jokes. The principle boy had us in stitches when he told us that he had no financial interest in the production, even though the audience could see a brown envelope sticking out of his trousers waistband. How we laughed.

Then we heard magical tales of MFI’s and BFG’s and the cutting down of old woodlands and the planting of new woodlands somewhere else. And building a yellow brick road from the A259 south to meet the A27 north and filling it up with cars and heavy goods vehicles from one end to another.

A cheeky member of the audience joined in the fun by asking a Michiavellian landowner how much money he was making out of the plot, but the Michiavellian landowner pretended he didn’t know. But the audience knew that really the sum was just a little too difficult for him to work out because it had so many noughts in it.

The principal boy then told daring tales about damming the River Arun and flooding the whole Eco Town. The 20,000 people who had cars could make thrilling escapes by driving over the brand new bridges but the other 20,000 people without cars would have to stay in the Eco Town and paddle! Well, that brought the house down.

The principal boy joked that our children and grandchildren could catch minnows in the newly concreted ponds that surrounded Ford Open Prison, but one little boy in the audience said that he preferred to catch them in the stream in the fields behind his house, thank you very much.

The Machiavellian landowner came on stage again and told us that he’d talked to a railway person about putting more trains on the tracks, so we could watch them pass while we queued up at Yapton Level Crossing gates, where we only to 19 seconds to wait at the moment. But then the nice man from CafĂ© said that he’d talked to a railway person who said it couldn’t be done. Now there was a puzzle for the audience.

What a show!

A similar production is taking place in 15 other halls in pretty villages and towns all over the countryside in Southern England, but hurry hurry hurry, the show must end on June 30th. If you enjoy a good Pantomime, do go and see your local Eco Town Production.