Volume 1: Issue No.5 July 2014
Welcome to the fifth e-newsletter from the Graylingwell Park Residents’ Association.
GPRA Annual General Meeting – Change of date
The date of the AGM of the residents’ association has been changed. It will now be held on Friday, 19th September at 7.00pm in the Chapel. Please put the new date in your diaries.
As mentioned in the last newsletter, the AGM is a time to hear a report on GPRA progress and activities, vote for new officers and committee members and join a discussion about the way ahead for the residents’ association.
You’ll receive a card in the middle of August asking for nominations for committee members and officers, with details of how to obtain nomination forms. We’d be delighted to welcome new members to the committee.
Summer Garden Party
Hopefully many of you were able to enjoy the Summer Garden Party held on July 5th. Thank you to those of you who supported the GPRA by donating prizes for the raffle and, of course, visiting us on the day and buying raffle tickets. The money raised (£164) will help towards our printing and website costs, enabling us to keep in touch with all the residents of Graylingwell Park.
Neighbourhood & Home Watch is a voluntary network of schemes where neighbours come together, along with the police and local partners, to build safe and friendly communities. We are in the process of setting up a Neighbourhood Watch and our coordinators (listed below) will be coming round shortly with information which will allow you to sign up.
Emma Ainsworth – Lloyd Road
Richard Shord – Longley Road
Barbara Howden-Richards – Homestead Road
Update on Planning Application
There are now 112 documents on the Chichester District Council’s web site, relating to the revised plans and objections for the final development of Graylingwell Park.
At the latest liaison meeting, Linden Homes explained that they had arranged a site visit for council representatives which had ‘allayed their fears’ regarding the master plan variations. This means that, subject to council approval, (probably in August) many of the variations are likely to be nodded through, with the exception of the possible reduction in height of the proposed 4-storey blocks of flats book-ending the Chapel Green. Residents’ objections to, for example, the further removal of trees, extension of phase 5, usage of the old farm house and so on, are unlikely to be given much weight. The Highways Agency has raised no objections to the houses fronting Summersdale Road, despite the concerns of those who actually use the road.
Nevertheless, as well as the response made by the GPRA on behalf of Graylingwell Park residents to the revised plan, concerns have also been raised on the council’s web site by the Chairman of Trustees of Immanuel Church, the Historic Buildings Adviser for Chichester District Council, Chichester City Council and also Richmond Park Residents’ Association.
Roussillon Park Community Hall
This new centre has now opened and provides a large open plan area as well as kitchen and toilet facilities.
The Community Hall is available for hire (subject to availability) from 8am to 9:30pm 7 days a week (with favourable rates for Graylingwell Park residents). More details about the facilities can be found on the Community Facilities section of the CCDT website together with information on costs and how to make a booking.
CCDT and the GPRA Barbecue to welcome new residents
This event, which is open to all residents will take place on Sunday 7th September, from 5.00pm – 8.00pm. Details to follow.
And finally, please don’t forget the change of date for the GPRA AGM – 19th September at 7.00pm in the Chapel.