E-newsletter Volume 4 Issue 6 August 2017
Welcome to the final newsletter before our AGM.
Feedback from our latest Quarterly Meeting
Earlier this month, we held the GPRA’s Quarterly Meeting with representatives from Linden Homes, Grange Management and Clarion (Formerly Affinity Sutton). These regular meetings give us the opportunity to speak directly with our partners and press for progress reports and timescales on issues of concern. The full minutes of these meetings can be found on our website but here are some highlights which may be of general interest.
As each phase of the build at Graylingwell is completed, responsibility for maintenance of the area passes from Linden to Grange. However, before taking on this responsibility, Trudie Hudson from Grange ensures that work has been completed to a satisfactory standard. There has, for example, been an issue with the landscaping around Penny Acre and the southern and eastern airing courts. Linden’s landscape architect visited the site in April and plans for improvement are in place. Contractors have been appointed and work has begun on clearing areas overgrown with weeds.
However, Linden’s commercial department still needs to approve works around the large car parking areas which give on to Graylingwell Drive.
The shelter rescued from the old hospital is also being refurbished and should provide an attractive focal point in this area.
For some time residents have been concerned about the condition of the water tower. Not only is it an important Chichester landmark, it also houses the flue for our Energy Centre. Although the tower is structurally sound, work will be needed to repair some brickwork and superficial cracks as well as improve the appearance, particularly around the base.
It is probable that a fan will be placed around the tower, as an additional safety measure, close to the base. The lower part of the tower, which at present is extremely unsightly, is likely to be clad or rendered. However, the new plans will have to go to the district council before work can begin.
There has also been a problem with the bin stores by the water tower in that, when originally built, there was no gully for drainage and the contractor did not level the floor properly. Consequently the stores flood when it rains. Both Daryl (of Linden) and Trudie (of Grange) have been pressing for this work to be completed but, again, the commercial department is dragging its heels. We will continue to apply pressure in this matter.
Although the parking situation seems to have improved a little since additional visitor spaces have been made available, there are still some hotspots. Across the development, it is clear that some residents are using their visitor permits to park their second or third cars on a regular basis, thus reducing the number of spaces available for genuine visitors. In addition, there are still situations where drivers park their cars in the numbered spaces of residents. This is extremely inconvenient and upsetting when people return home to find that they cannot park in their rightful place. CPM are making a particular effort at the moment to catch and fine those who do this. If you find another car in your numbered space, you can report the offending vehicle to CPM by uploading photos on to this page of their website.
Occasionally a permit will slip down or fall off a dashboard and residents parked in their own spaces receive a PCN (Parking Charge Notice). Fortunately, CPM have a system whereby, if the driver demonstrates that they were in the correct space by providing car registration number, driver details, address and a photograph, an appeal will be successful. However, this can be a time consuming and inconvenient process, so make sure your permit is firmly affixed to your windscreen.
The Tesco’s “Bags for Help Scheme” continues so that, for the rest of August throughout stores in Chichester, you can vote between three projects, one of which is the Community Garden at Graylingwell. There are three prizes up for grabs: £1000; £2000; or the winner gets £4000.
Summer Garden Party
The annual Summer Garden Party was a great success with many visitors coming from across the district. The weather was kind and, with sixty-nine stalls and many free activities, there was something for everyone. As usual, the GPRA contributed by organising the parking. Feedback from people leaving the field in their cars was very positive about the whole event and some even gave us their spare change as they left, having already given a donation on their way in. Consequently we raised over £240.
We have donated some of this to the CCDT to buy traffic cones to be used for future events, since Immanuel Church, who have lent us theirs in the past, have now left the chapel.
Free family fun
Fancy a few hours making and flying paper planes? Come along and do just that on Wednesday 30th August from 10am till midday, at Roussillon Park Community Hall. Everyone is welcome.
To book your place please email Ross Wilson
Sussex Garden Trust
The Sussex Garden Trust will be organising a visit to Penns in the Rocks garden, near Tunbridge Wells, in September. As residents of Graylingwell we are able to take advantage of reduced rates for all their visits to beautiful gardens in Sussex. There is also a visit on Tuesday 15th August to two lovely gardens near Dorking, although regrettably this may be somewhat short notice. More information is available from Barbara Howden Richards and also the The Sussex Garden Trust website
Fish and chip quiz nights will be returning in September so make sure you add the following dates to your diary:
13th September Roussillon Park Community Hall
11th October The Lodge at Graylingwell
15th November Roussillon
13th Dec Graylingwell
Don’t forget our AGM which is to be held from 7.00 until 9.00 pm on Friday 1st September. If you are interested in joining the committee, please contact Susan@gpresidents.co.uk for a nomination form.
The next Saturday Café with the GPRA (the last one before the AGM) will be held in the Lodge between 10.00am and midday on Saturday 18th August. As well as being a great place to meet friends and neighbours for coffee, cake and chat it also provides the forum where you can raise concerns and queries with members of your GPRA committee.
Building work on the new office accommodation for the CCDT is continuing to progress. Once it is completed, this very important organisation in our community will be at the heart of things, rather than being tucked away in a container by the site office as they are at present.
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