E-newsletter Volume 4 Issue 5 June2017
Welcome to the June edition of our newsletter
It may take time, but Grange Management deliver
Following concerns expressed by a resident during the winter, the GPRA raised the issue of a dead tree in the car parking area near the Sales Office. Trudie Hudson of Grange asked the tree surgeon to take a look, but, since there were no leaves on the tree at the time, he felt that it could still be alive and that it was safe. However, just in case, Grange made a planning application to the District Council for removal of the tree so that, if necessary, it could be removed promptly. (It normally takes six to eight weeks to obtain consent.) As all the other trees burst into leaf and the tree surgeon made a second visit. He conceded that it was dead and, on 1st June, the chain saws did their work.
Vandalism at Graylingwell
There was a break in on Sunday 28th May at the basement of block F on Longley Road. Some damage to valves was caused and this meant that Graylingwell Energy had to shut down the system and consequently there was an outage of hot water and heating for two and a half hours until the problem was fixed. The Fire Brigade was called, as steam was mistaken for gas. Graylingwell Energy arranged a meeting with Linden and estate managers on the following day to establish how the vandals gained access to the basement area. They have just installed more CCTV and a very robust security alarm system to monitor the plant room and will keep us updated on developments.
Clearly, if residents witness a crime they should contact the police following the guidance shown on the Useful Contacts Page of our website.
Since we sent out the previous newsletter Linden have taken a simple position regarding covenants, which they will use when deciding whether or not to grant permission for alterations or additions. This is set out below:
Having sought legal advice and spoken to colleagues within Linden our response is generally going to be:
“Linden’s position is to not provide consent for any amendments to the current construction or appearance of the development. This protects purchasers and homeowners from unexpected changes to the development they have invested in.
Once the development is handed across to residents, after completion of the construction phase, this position may be revisited with the Residents Association.”
Safety on our streets – it works both ways
On a number of occasions we have reminded residents of the need for drivers to keep their speed down around the development. In the past, we have also written to various delivery companies to ask that their drivers do the same. Not only do we have 10mph signs throughout the development, there are also the “We love where we live” signs, showing children playing in the park. Youngsters who moved into Lloyd Road over 5 years ago designed these.
However, there have been occasions when children have put themselves at risk by playing in the roads, particularly in those where cars are parked alongside. Some drivers, even when sticking to the 10mph limit, have been forced to brake sharply when children have chased out between cars or cycled furiously around corners. The summer brings us all outside so please make sure you drive safely and, parents, please warn your children to be very careful and avoid playing in the road.
Work on the new community hub
Since planning permission was granted for the alterations at the base of the water tower, the work has really got going. The slab has been laid and the footings are in place for the walls. Once completed there will be office space, including a small mezzanine area, for the CCDT and other voluntary sector organisations as well as a toilet and kitchen area.
A makeover for The Lodge
On Thursday and Friday 1st and 2nd June, a team of volunteers, many from Marks and Spencer, as well as residents and CCDT folk, worked hard to spruce up The Lodge and its surroundings which had been looking a bit tired. The CCDT had obtained a grant to pay for materials and the hire of tools and this meant that the efforts of the volunteers of all ages had a real impact.
You can, of course, inspect the results yourself this Saturday when the CCDT will be hosting their Saturday Café there between 10.00am and 12.00noon. The following Saturday it will be the turn of the GPRA to host this sociable event.
June Fish and Chip Quiz night
For another opportunity to check out the new look Lodge, don’t miss the Fish and Chip Quiz Night this coming Wednesday (14th June) at 7.00pm. Come as a complete team of six, on your own or with a friend or two. We have space for just 30 people so, to book your place, phone 01243 697072 or email info@chichesterCDT.org.uk. Please make sure that you give the numbers who will be attending if you book under just one name.
You can be assured of a fun evening with brain-teasing questions set by Brian, our resident quizmaster, as well as a delicious fish and chip supper, delivered to us by Andy’s Fish Bar in St Pancras. All this for just £8 also includes a charity donation to the World Wildlife Fund and the NSPCC.
The next one is scheduled for 26th July in The Lodge and then more quizzes will follow from September, the venue alternating between The Community Hall at Roussillon Park and The Lodge here at Graylingwell.
Help! – Graylingwell Summer Garden Party – 8th July 2017
A number of people have already responded to our appeal for volunteers to help with the parking at this popular event. However, we could still do with some more volunteers so that we can spread the load. If you can spare an hour (or two) between 11.00am and 4.00pm, collecting donations or directing cars, please contact email@example.com. You will still have time to enjoy the event with family and friends.
Two more dates for your diary
Firstly, don’t miss the CCDT AGM on Wednesday 19th July at Roussillon Park Community Hall. Find out about their achievements this year in supporting the communities of Graylingwell and Roussillon Park, as well as plans for the future. It all starts with a BBQ on the green from 5.30pm.
Secondly, the GPRA AGM will be held in The Lodge on 1st September at 7.00pm.
As always, if you know of anyone who doesn’t yet receive these newsletters, please forward it to them and encourage them to sign up from the GPRA website.