‘Shopping list’ for the future of Tangmere

Roy Anscombe at the proposed new development site.''Picture by Louise Adams C131574-1 Chi Tangmere Development.
Roy Anscombe at the proposed new development site.''Picture by Louise Adams C131574-1 Chi Tangmere Development.
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A TANGMERE parish councillor has created a ‘shopping list’ of facilities for the village – which he said could boost its future infrastructure.

Roy Anscombe, 76, of Tangmere Road, a parish councillor since 1985, said he had come up with a list of facilities the village could benefit from – in order to cope with the number of homes that are being proposed for the immediate area.

“I built it up as I knew what was going to happen,” he said.

The plan he has created, along the lines of a neighbourhood plan, incorporates a number of drastic changes to the village.

As well as services off the A27, the plan also includes a railway station, a university, county hall and a multi-religious centre.

In the past, Cllr Anscombe has commented that Tangmere has been left to fend for itself by the district council.

He said he took note of a radical suggestion by a Chichester City councillor to relocate the county hall headquarters of West Sussex County Council to Tangmere.

“I just put things in as they came up,” he said.

“It’s just a talking point really. Tangmere’s got no infrastructure.” He said Tangmere was the same size as Midhurst, yet did not have the infrastructure to support the large number of houses being proposed as part of the district council’s local plan.

“I started it the other way. Let’s get the infrastructure in first,” he said. “They think 50 days ahead, I think 50 years ahead.”

He said the two most important things for Tangmere would be a railway station and a service station to prepare it for the future development.