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suffragette Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Nov-25-07 05:17 PM
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42. Truly vile and looks like a pattern of behavior
by some of the people who live in that area.
Looks like sheer prejudice and hate with a classist bent.

I noticed this while reading the article:

It is not the first time that Headley Court neighbours have been accused of poor behaviour.
There was uproar earlier this year after residents objected to planning permission to convert a home into a six-suite hostel for injured soldiers' families to stay in. The local council later approved the building work.

So I poked around a bit and found this earlier article about people there being against using a home to allow wounded service members' families stay near them:

The plans brought protests from those living near the seven-bedroom house in upmarket Grays Lane, Ashtead.

Residents complained it would lower the value of their homes, increase traffic noise and ruin the tranquil area's "community spirit".


While some made it clear that the intended residents wouldn't "fit in" in the area which has its share of houses hitting the 2million plus bracket, others had fears for the future; what would happen to the house if permanent change of use is granted and eventually SSAFA sells it on to another organisation?

Former Ashtead resident John Dawkins, who now lives in Bookham, said: "I am glad I moved. I would be ashamed to say I lived in Ashtead. It is just sheer snobbery. I was just appalled there is so much bigotry against people who have been wounded serving their country."

"Not fit in" with their "community spirit"? Sounds like a hideous"spirit" to me, being prejudiced against those with less money, those who are disabled and those who have served along with their families.

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