Sir; As the local group secretary for the National Farmers' Union, I am constantly in touch with Sussex farmers. Given the current problems facing the farming industry in the UK, imagine how angered members in my area have been by recent events in Haywards Heath. The disparity in privileges offered to local and French farmers and producers is shocking. While the first Sussex farmers' market was held in the town last week ­ in took place in the car park of the Iceland store ­ the French are getting the whole of one of the main thoroughfares pedestrianised for three days to help them peddle their wares to local people. Now I want to make it plain that I am all for cross border friendship and consumer choice. But such lack of support for local producers is farcical in the face of the extravagance awarded to the French traders. And it is even more galling given the continued illegal French ban on British beef. What about giving equal rights to all? Annie Payne Group secretary National Farmers Union Haywards Heath {{LETTERS }}