New residents’ association established in St Leonards

Steve Bowles
Steve Bowles

RESIDENTS in an area of St Leonards have clubbed together and formed their own organisation to help give them more of a voice.

People living in the Mayfield area of Hollington, which runs along Queensway, created the Mayfield Area Residents’ Association (MARA) so they can have more clout in highlighting concerns they may have at council meetings and so on.

Steve Bowles, of Catsfield Close, is the association’s chairman.

He said: “We set up MARA on the advice of Cllr Phil Scott and other Hollington councillors as residents’ associations are the way forward to have more of a voice.

“You tend to have more say as a collective group rather than as an individual.

“This was done to give us a chance to help improve the area. For example there are serious concerns about the parking outside Robsack Wood School, as there are too many cars in that area.

“Dog fouling is another issue of concern, as is litter and lack of litter bins.”

The new association covers streets such as Bodiam Drive, Copse Close, Flimwell Close, Icklesham Drive, Highfield Drive and surrounding roads.

Mr Bowles said there were an estimated 700 houses in MARA’s catchment area.

He added that there was little to do for older children aged five to 17 and hopes the new association can help turn this around.

MARA’s next meeting will be held on Monday, May 28 at the Robsack Centre in Bodiam Drive from 6.30pm.

If any resident in the area wants to find out more how to join the new association or further information they can contact Mr Bowles on 01424 851511.