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This is where you will find up to date notices and information about the Willowhayne Estate

Annual gate closure 2018

In order to preserve our right to close the Estate gates, we will be closing The Ridings gate on Saturday 22nd September and the Angmering Lane gate on Sunday 23rd September, between 08.00 – 18.00. 

Annual General Meeting (AGM) 2018

The Minutes of the meeting can now be found on the website under ‘Residents Area > Previous AGMs’.  (login required)

WRA Board update – a goodbye and a plea for help!

We were pleased that both Mike Chambers and Mike Dunne were elected to the Board at July’s AGM.  At the same time we have had to say goodbye to Tony Morris, who has worked tirelessly, on behalf of the Board, in ensuring that our roads, drains and signage have been well maintained.  Our huge thanks to Tony for all he has achieved for our Estate.

We are therefore in need of a volunteer to focus on this area of work, i.e. roads and drains maintenance and signage on the Estate.  Please let us know if you would like to find out more about this role – we would be happy to chat informally about what being a director entails.  Directors both past and present have found the work rewarding and a great way to get to know people in the area and to give something back to this beautiful Estate.  So don’t hold back…we would love to hear from you!

Security Alert

We have been notified of a burglary in Kithurst Close in the early hours of Saturday morning, 18th August.  The offender(s) gained access to the rear of the house and entered the garage via an insecure rear door.  An attempt was made to force an internal door, which activated the alarm.  The guards, who were called by a resident of Kithurst Close, swiftly attended the scene and notified the police.  Nothing appears to have been stolen.  The house was unoccupied at the time. 

Speed Limit on the Estate – a reminder! 

There are no footpaths on the Estate, hence there is a greater risk to the safety of pedestrians.  To protect pedestrians, there is a 20mph speed limit in place, which we would ask you to please observe and to advise any visitors or contractors to do the same. A recent survey of our Estate roads showed that over 70% of those exceeding the 20mph speed limit were residents.  Please do all you can to ensure anyone visiting your premises is aware of the speed limit and help us to maintain a safe environment for everyone. 

Road Safety Working Group Update August 2018

A presentation on the work and findings to date, of the Road Safety Working Group, was given at the AGM in July. Data and Statistics distributed at the meeting can be found here

Road Safety Working Group Data and Statistics 2018 (pdf)

The WRA Board is now considering the views and feedback from residents, along with recommendations from the Group, to decide on the way forward.

If you have any feedback, thoughts and suggestions in relation to this work, please email us at WRA.roadsafety@gmail.co or write to Road Safety Working Group, c/o Hobdens Property Management, 41a Beach Road, Littlehampton, BN17 5JA.

Drains

In recent weeks, Arun Council has been installing soakaways on the beach to ensure the correct water flows away from the Estate.  Once this is completed, the upstream culverts and ditches will be checked to identify any corrective action necessary.

General Data Protection Regulations (GDPR)

The GDPR came into force on 25th May 2018.  The data that the WRA and Hobdens hold on residents of the Estate is covered by the new regulations.
Please follow the link below for the WRA Ltd Privacy Notice .

 WRA Privacy notice

Grass verges

There have been reported incidents of vehicles driving on grass verges on the Estate, where roads have been partially blocked by other vehicles. Please avoid driving over and damaging the verges.
There are a number of grass verges on the Estate where there is no kerbstone and there is a tendency for the grass to encroach on the road. Could owners of these verges ensure the edges are trimmed to prevent the grass growing over the road surface. This should reduce the risk of vehicles driving on the grass verge and will improve the look of the estate.
A reminder as well that, due to our lack of pavements on the Estate, residents have a right of way over the grass verges, so it must not be obstructed by planting or growth.  Please check before you consider planting or putting up walls or fences on the verges outside of your properties, and check with Hobdens to ensure that what you are planning is permissible.

Roads

A significant number of road repairs were carried out on the estate during 2017. However, budget constraints meant that some repairs had to be held over until 2018. These repairs, together with areas identified subsequently, will be scheduled once the weather improves.
The main works will require closing West Ridings, at the junction with Angmering Lane, for a period of up to four weeks.  However, the full scope of the repairs will depend upon the budget remaining after essential drain repairs on Tamarisk Way and Middle Walk (see below).
Excluded from 2018 activity is any remedial work to the tarmac surfaces on Angmering Lane and Tamarisk Way, where signs of surface cracking and glazing are starting to appear.  The options range from a series of ad-hoc repairs, through the application of a surface dressing to complete resurfacing. These options will be considered and costs established over the next 12 months.
Also excluded for 2018 is the project to replace the worn sealant joints on the concrete roads with materials that are more resistant to cracking. Good seal joints can prevent water entering and causing the base to erode and crack.  All repairs over the last two years have used this material and the results have been excellent. Again, budgetary considerations will dictate the pace at which this work can be carried out. 

Road repairs – have a say!

If there are any areas of the estate roads you feel should be included for repairs over the next year, please can you let the directors know, via Hobdens. 

Keeping in contact

As part of our efforts to streamline procedures and communications, Hobdens has asked residents to supply an email address.  Email addresses will only be used for the purpose of sending future invoices, individual correspondence or where we need to collectively send communications.  Details will not be used for any purpose other than WRA business and will most certainly not be put on any marketing list!  If you are happy to provide your email for these purposes, please send your details to Hobdens at info@hobdensmanage.co.uk. 

Door to door traders

If you have been approached by door to door traders and feel concerned in any way, please report directly to the police.  It would be helpful if you could copy Hobdens in on the correspondence so that Willowhayne residents are kept aware of any possible issues.

A reminder of Greensward restrictions

We have been informed of someone using a motorised go-cart on the Greensward.   Not only is this potentially dangerous, but residents are reminded that use of the Greensward is restricted by the legal covenants on the land that limit the use to “on foot only with or without dogs”.  Any other use, such as cycling, horses, go-carts etc., is prohibited.
However, the use of mobility scooters on the greensward is permitted, provided the scooters are designed for use by a disabled person and are being used by a disabled person in line with the rules relating to their use on a footpath.

Look out for hedgehogs!

We are now at that time of year when hedgehogs are out and about and, fortunately, we are lucky enough to see them on our Estate.  As these are endangered animals, please drive with great care on the roads at dusk and at nightfall to avoid the possibility of running one over.