WHISPERING SMITH: Windmill photo-shoot should focus our minds

CURIOUS that, only a few weeks after Arun District Council and certain town council members hinted that a sell-off of the Windmill Entertainment Centre site would ‘benefit’ future investment in a leisure complex, including a cinema and theatre elsewhere in town, a photographer should turn up on the site, apparently staging a photo-shoot for a certain hotel chain.

As Dylan sang, “I don’t need a weatherman to know which way the wind blows…” I believe it to be imperative that, before the election, we secure an assurance from all candidates, of whatever political persuasion, that they will not sell off the Windmill site.

As for those who maintain it to be in ‘our interests’ that the Windmill be sold, we should rally our considerable support both on and off social media networks against said barbarians and let them know once and for all that there are certain things up with which we will not put!

I NEVER cease to wonder at the narrow-mindedness of some people, that they could have such a self-centred and authoritative view of life, bringing them to the point of lodging a single complaint with the local authority without considering what others may think.

This lone complaint resulted in the removal Arundel’s John Swan. The chalk image was a super piece of temporary street art – elegant and attractive, tasteful and charming and so in the right place by the lovely River Arun, it was photographed many times. To treat such work as though it were vandalism or the beginning of a tide of unwanted graffiti is a crying shame.

ALLOTMENT holders are too shrewd to leave expensive tools such as mowers in flimsy sheds. Thieves are not too bright, however, and believe that plot holders would be daft enough to leave such items protected only by a padlock and hasp.

So, under cover of darkness, they raided sheds, finding nothing of value of course but causing a lot of damage and, for several elderly growers, a good deal of stress.

Police visited the site afterwards, but did not grill the chickens, frisk the foxes or turn the doves into stoolpigeons, although they promised to step up patrols.