The comical nature of Randy Lawford's letter to the Mid Sussex Times was obviously lost on some people, as in this weeks Middy Mailbag, Ray McCarthy, landlord of the Windmill pub on Leylands Road, chose to write in direct response to Randy's letter.
Here's what he wrote:
The gas holder in Leylands Road is the most hideous eyesore in West Sussex. I cannot believe that some local residents actually want to save this monstrosity and the appalling state of the surrounding land. Have they gone completely mad?
I own the Windmill pub next door to this eyesore and the sooner it is got rid of the better. No doubt the people calling for its preservation are not living within its sight and are totally out of touch with the views of a vast majority of local residents.
Strong words. I wonder just how long Mr McCarthy has been the landlord. I suspect that he took over the premesis after the gas holder was constructed. If he didn't like the gas holder, then why take on the pub? If 58 new homes are to be built on this land, who stands to benefit from this? Ah yes, that's right, the Windmill pub may gain many new regular drinkers. It all makes sense now.
Mr Mcarthy suggests that those wanting the gas holder preserved probably don't live in sight of it. Well, he should take a look at a map of Burgess Hill. The authors of the two letters from last weeks Mid Sussex Times live in Petworth Drive and Freaks Lane. You can't get more closer than that.
Ray's letter ends by claiming writers of previous letters are 'totally out of touch' with the views of others. It's called having an opinion Ray. If we all agreed on everything, then life would be rather boring.