I WRITE in response to the letter written by Andrew Stephen which was published in the East Grinstead Courier and Observer on March 12.
I, as Chairman, write on behalf of the 1st East Grinstead Scout Group who are the proprietors of the Scout Headquarters on Moat Road.
I am sorry if Stephen, and his neighbours, have been inconvenienced by what is obviously inconsiderate parking by those attending our jumble sale.
Mr Stephen should be aware that, as far as those who help at our jumble sale are concerned (both past and previous members of the group), together with the group supporters, they are always asked to ensure they park considerately and usually, in truth, they park in the car park at the Kings Centre.
However, we do not have the same degree of control over those who attend our jumble sale, many of whom come from some distance away. Furthermore, the situation is complicated by the fact that although Sandy Lane is a roadway open to the public it was not designed for either volume traffic or parking, but there are no parking restrictions placed on the lane.
During the jumble sale on March 7 it would seem a complaint was made about parking because one of the organisers immediately called out to those in the hall to move their cars if they were parked in the Sandy Lane areas.
Subsequently a number of people left the jumble sale in order to do so.
The jumble sales are held twice a year and are of short duration only: the doors open at 2.30pm and by 4.30pm the majority of the visitors have gone while we clear up.
Having given the matter some initial consideration we will resume the practice of putting up a notice by the hall regarding the parking restrictions in Moat Road and advising that Sandy Lane is unsuitable for parking.
We have in the past given residents a warning of the jumble sale date and would be prepared to do so again, including Sandy Lane within the 'circulation'.
As Mr Stephens comments, Scouting is indeed a worthy cause and the jumble sales form an important part of our fund-raising efforts to support the young people of our town in the many and varied activities that scouting provides.
1st East Grinstead Scout Group