E-newsletter Volume 4 Issue 7 November 2017
Welcome to our November issue, full of news, useful information and dates for your diary.
Macmillan Coffee Morning
On 30thSeptember, The Lodge was the venue for Graylingwell’s Macmillan Coffee Morning organised by the CCDT. Over the two hours, residents and friends popped in to enjoy the delicious cakes and coffee and donated the grand sum of £250 for this very worthy cause.
Fish and Chip Quiz nights
There was also a bumper turnout for the October Fish and Chip Quiz Night. It was almost standing room only, in that we that we ran out of tables and chairs. Andy’s Fish Bar supplied us with 41 delicious fish suppers and Brian our quizmaster stretched our brains. The magnificent trophy was presented to the Pennywise team – deserving winners.
The next quiz will be held in the Community Hall at Roussillon Park on Wednesday, 15th November from 7.00pm until 9.00pm. The final quiz of the year returns to The Lodge on 13th December. Please note that it is important to book beforehand, particularly for The Lodge where space is much more limited.
To book contact firstname.lastname@example.org or phone 01243 697072.
Planning issues Lower Graylingwell
There have been some concerns about changes to the plans for the development to the south of Graylingwell. A number of objections have been sent to the District Council from individual residents living close by, as well as organisations who have an interest, including the GPRA. Details of the plans and associated documents are in the public domain in the planning section of the Chichester District Council website. If you enter “Graylingwell” as a keyword you will find these and can also keep up to date with progress. At our latest committee meeting it was decided to set up a small sub-group to focus on planning issues and to ensure Graylingwell residents’ interests are represented at all stages of the planning process.
At the beginning of October, two members of the GPRA committee attended an area Neighbourhood Watch meeting. This included a presentation by Chief Inspector Justin Burtenshaw, District Commander, Sussex Police. A few key points are included below.
There have been large cuts to funding resulting in a major rethink of the local policing programme and this has involved combining Chichester and Arun. Whereas previously team members had a fixed “beat”, streamlining has given the flexibility to deploy as many of the team as necessary to a single area if operationally required.
Chichester has the highest level of modern slavery in Sussex – centred on farms and in car washes – often a front for organised crime groups.
Drugs are a major issue and the police are working to make communities hostile to this and willing to report suspicions, especially with regard to dealing from homes and growing cannabis. “Cuckooing” is a typical activity where vulnerable individuals are forced to allow criminals to use their homes as a base. Community intelligence is vital.
There are very high levels of scams in the area via emails, telephone and door knocking. Neighbourhood Watch bulletins provide information about these on a regular basis.
The number of PCSOs has been reduced from 35 to 27 but they are now deployed in a different way. Consequently, we no longer have our dedicated PCSO with whom we used to work closely here at Graylingwell. However, the local team has received additional training and can now fully investigate anti-social behaviour, apart from making the arrests. There are 100 police officers who work in five teams and this includes 19 neighbourhood officers and youth crime prevention officers. They focus on anti-social behaviour. Even minor incidents, which may not receive individual attention, should be reported to allow police to build up a picture and target their response.
There have been problems with the 101 line and work is ongoing to improve this, although in most instances, response is good. It is also recommended to use email to contact the local team – email@example.com – if the 101 line is busy, as inevitably there are peaks and troughs in demand. To discover what has happened following reporting of a crime, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org giving the time and date of the original report.
There is a small Neighbourhood Watch scheme at Graylingwell. However, it needs updating and extending and we are in the early stages of looking into this. In the meantime, we encourage you to sign up to receive bulletins on a regular basis. Just log on to the Neighbourhood Alert website, click on “JOIN” and provide a few details.
Bags of bags
As you may know, our service charge includes dog waste bags to encourage visitors and residents to clean up after their pooches, should they have forgotten to bring their own. Recently, however, a large number of bags were used in a very short period – 800 in one week! One or two resident dog walkers have seen people grabbing handfuls. If you see this happening, you might want to inform people, obviously in a non-confrontational way, that the bags are funded and physically replenished by the residents and not by the council.
On Sunday 3rd December, the Chichester Community Development Trust is organising “Chapel by Candlelight” from 4.00pm until 6.00.pm with free mulled wine and mince pies. Christmas music will be provided by local groups and residents and it is an opportunity for families to come and see the Chapel in all its glory.
You may be aware that the Chapel is a beautiful Grade II listed building and in desperate need of repair. The CCDT will soon be looking after it on behalf of the community and, having attracted Heritage Lottery Funding, it is about to embark on a project to create a warm, inviting, multi-purpose space that will serve the community at Graylingwell Park and also the wider area of Chichester for decades to come. It is hoped that the Chapel will become a focal point for our community, providing both links to the heritage of the old asylum and spaces for the community.
Make sure you put the date in your diary for what should be a magical evening.
Sussex Garden Trust
As members of the Sussex Garden Trust, all residents are entitled to priority booking for their lecture series which, this winter, takes the theme of “Literary Landscapes: Writers and their Gardens”. There are four lectures scheduled – two in February (3rd and 17th) and two in March (3rd and 24th) all of which take place at Clair Hall in Haywards Heath. Priority booking is available until 31st December. Contact Barbara Howden Richards for more details and a booking form.
Mud on the roads
With the work going on in Phase 4 and Penny Acre, on some days mud has been spread liberally across the road. Linden organise a road clean up every Friday but, during last week there was more mud than usual. The good news is that Linden do keep an eye on these things and, when we raised this on Tuesday, after a resident had expressed concern about the roads becoming like a skid pan if it rained, we found that Linden had already booked a clean-up team for the following day.
Clearly, it’s impossible to keep the roads mud free at all times – there are vehicles moving on and off the muddy areas throughout each day – so it’s always wise to stick to the 10mph speed limit. And, it’s good to know that Linden are being responsible in maintaining site safety.
The CCDT has been approached by Neil Cotton, the WSCC Community Officer, as he is planning a mass spring bulb planting session and wondered if we would like to be part of this initiative. He will provide planters and bulbs. We have indicated that we would pleased to be involved and will let you know more when we have the details.
Christmas Saturday Café
Our Christmas Saturday Café will be held in The Lodge on Saturday 16th December and we will be providing mince pies and mulled wine as well as the usual coffee and cakes. We’ll remind you nearer the time but put the date in your diary now. Our next Saturday Café is on the 18th November (from 10.00am to midday in The Lodge).
Energy Centre Open Day
Over the last few months, Graylingwell Energy, who run the energy centre which provides our heating and hot water, have been installing two new biomass boilers to go with the gas-fired ones already in place.
We have arranged an Open Day on Saturday 20th January when you’ll be able to explore the technology that is keeping us warm. The last one was fascinating and, with the new boilers, this one should be even more interesting. As it coincides with our Saturday Café that month, there will be a supply of coffee and cakes nearby to enhance your experience.
Now that summer is well and truly over, it’s sometimes less appealing to get out and about in the countryside. However, even on a cold and rainy day, from Graylingwell it’s easy to go for a walk and discover your city without encountering any mud. The Chichester Heritage Trails provide all you need to explore each quadrant of the city. You can catch the 50 bus to the Cathedral and it’s just a few steps to the Market Cross from where each walk begins. There’s always somewhere to stop and get a cup of coffee or a bite to eat. There’s even a trail for Inns, Pubs and Hotels, some of which still offer refreshment. You can download the leaflets from the website or pick up copies from The Novium, the District Council Offices, The Public Records Office and the Library.
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