E-Newsletter: Volume 1: Issue 10 – Early November
As darkness descends a little earlier these days, it’s time to light the lamps and bash the keyboard for the latest updates on events at Graylingwell.
How’s it going?
Of course Phase 1 has been fully complete for some time. There were 111 units involved – North Lodge, 5 at the Clockhouse, and 106 in Lloyd Road. Phase 2 is now also fully built and sold (107 units). Phase 3 is under construction but already has some occupancy (there will be 141 units there plus 3 extra in Block I if the master plan application is approved). Currently, homes are selling at 3-4 units per month. It will be 18-20 months before phase 3 ends. Phase 5 (formerly known as the Wooded Hamlet but now released for sale as the Manor) has 35 units and 2 reservations so far. The first build will complete early next year. Final totals for Graylingwell will be 750 plus 43 in Kingswood Avenue (outside the original Graylingwell grounds) against 785 in the original master plan.
Application to vary the master plan
We continue to press Linden Homes to change their new master plan in advance of the council’s planning decision in mid-November. Having gained concessions over tree felling in the Wooded Hamlet and more green space on the eastern fringes to incorporate an orchard and community garden, our focus is on the flats at Chapel Green and the houses in Summersdale Road. Linden’s latest variation has reduced the original height of the western block of flats by two storeys and they have given the foundations a staggered pattern to open out the vista to the Chapel. This may be the best we can get but we have arranged a meeting with Peter Youll, the MD of Linden Homes in Guildford, for one final push.
Your committee spends a lot of time trying to bring order out of chaos.
We have been working with CPM to tackle the problem of rugby club supporters parking in Connolly Way. 19 cars were ticketed on 19th October and another 9 on 26th October. We will soon have a meeting with CPM to discuss how best to manage visitor parking and enforce the ‘no commercial vehicles’ rule.
Despite the best efforts of the committee, the Winterbourne cycle path saga rolls on.
Fencing was damaged again recently but this time we will not pay for repairs. We will erect a sign saying ‘Private land – No entry’ on the north side of the fence to absolve us from any damages arising from injuries to those breaking through and leave the project in the slow-moving hands of West Sussex County Council. WSCC have confirmed they are actively talking to the key players in Hyde Martlet who own the land north of the fence. A path plan was presented at a recent Linden liaison meeting, legal papers will be prepared and exchanged with Hyde Martlet, and a consultation period with Westbourne Road residents begun. No concrete time frame was given.
Out in a blaze of glory
The community garden harvest event marked the end of an era and provided an enjoyable afternoon in the sunshine for residents to sample this year’s delicious pear and apple juice as well as some very tasty pumpkin soup.
With the impending, temporary closure of the existing site from Christmas, to make way for the next phase of building, arrangements are being made for the interim.
The plan is to to put the plants in a small patch of soil to keep them ready for replanting and there is also space for keeping the tools/sheds/glasshouse. Events, including children’s garden and wildlife activities, will continue next year, garden site or not! The community ‘Lodge’ will have raised beds where some of this work can be done.
The Britain in Bloom ‘Outstanding’ Award this year was for the garden’s community interaction, so we will keep that up and hopefully win other awards, such as the first prize for a vase of mixed blooms recently won at the Weald and Downland Autumn Show.
We hope to be allocated a new Community Garden space towards the end of 2015
Graylingwell’s own ‘artist in residence’
Whilst Graylingwell Park doesn’t have an official artist in residence, we know there are lots of talented people among our ranks and, for evidence of that, why not visit the Oxmarket Centre of Arts when you are in the city between 11th and 23rd November?
A group exhibition entitled Point of View will feature works by Homestead Road resident Grahame Dudley. Grahame currently works from a studio in Siddlesham having taken a year out from studying for his BA at Chichester University. He’s concentrating on developing his studio practice and his figurative work explores the myth of memory, nostalgia and a sense of time and place. Grahame will be sharing the space with other notable artists such as Mick Dean, Nigel Rose and Lou Rapley, so you are guaranteed a visual feast.