• E-newsletter Volume 2:Issue 1

    Latest planning application

     

    You may well be aware that Linden have submitted a planning application for phase 4 of the development to the north of the chapel and also for further small additions on Summersdale Road, Penny Acre and on the eastern airing courts (phase 3). You can find out more about this on the Hot Topics page of the website, together with a piece by our local wildlife officer, Sarah Hughes, on the impact of the proposal for Summersdale Road on the wildlife corridor.

    A sub-group of the Residents’ Association is preparing a response to the Linden Homes planning application for an additional four houses at Penny Acre. The application includes the removal of trees at the corner of Penny Acre and Connolly Way and the re-routing of the access road.

     

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    If you would be willing to join the group or have your views taken into account, please contact Rob Norris at norris.rob@btopenworld.com

     

    Speeding

     

    One of the major concerns amongst residents is that of speeding vehicles. Some visitors and residents regularly break the10mph limit throughout the development, sometimes by a very large margin. This is happening not only around the park, but also in the residential roads, where children, parents (and grandparents), often with with push chairs, and other pedestrians are regularly to be found.

    The GPRA has, in the past, written to delivery companies asking them to ensure that their drivers stick to the limit and also asked Linden to ensure that their employees and sub contractors do the same – sadly to little effect. There has been some improvement in Lloyd Road since the sleeping policemen were introduced, but even there, some drivers choose to go onto the pavements to avoid them or race between them. The CCDT has held Road Safety days in an attempt to raise the issue but these have been poorly attended.

    Clearly physical methods of speed reduction will have cost implications for all residents via our management charges, but nevertheless it may well be that there are some solutions out there. If any residents are interested in joining a group to explore this further, please contact Susan Shord at susan@gpresidents.co.uk .

     

    Parking

     

    This as ever, is an issue for us all. For clarity, there is an outline of the parking arrangements and helpful tips for residents (most of which has appeared in previous newsletters) on the Hot Topics page of the website.

     

    Tree warden

     

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    After years of sterling work as a Chichester Tree Warden, amongst other things working to protect the trees in Graylingwell Park, Mike Pickering has sadly decided to stand down. Would you like to volunteer to replace him as a local Tree Warden? See what’s involved and whom you should contact if interested on our Hot Topics page of the website.

     

    Community Garden update

     

    After the old garden site became a suspected route for troublemakers accessing the building site, it was locked up and the compost bins and heaps have been inaccessible. However, limited access to the bin area ONLY has now been secured, so community garden members can now return to deposit their garden waste and vegetable peelings. It is likely that the builders will actually develop the area in the New Year, so this may be a short-term arrangement, but all nutrition will be needed for the new site! If you do use this facility, it is crucial to relock the gate as soon as you leave, to keep it secure.

     

    Tim Lawrance-Owen has also visited the new site for the community garden and you can read his account and see some photos on the Community Garden page of the website.

     

    Looking North West border of the garden – shame there were no Goldfinches; where are they when the seed needs to be eaten?

     

    One of Tim’s photographs shows some of the thistles, which are flourishing on the new site, and he bemoans the lack of goldfinches to eat the seeds. I can assure him that there are plenty around since a large flock of them seem to visit our garden en masse for sunflower seeds at least three times a day!

     

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