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

Stop Press updated January 2020

Road works update 

As discussed at the AGM, it is intended to resurface Angmering Lane in the New Year, once Estate rates have been collected.  Please pay your Estate rates promptly!

Further information regarding the timings of the next road works, including advice for residents, will be issued as soon as it is available.

Road safety

We still have concerns over speeding on Angmering lane and particularly at the mini-roundabout junction of Michel Grove and Angmering Lane. As you will recall, residents voted against the installation of speed tables on Angmering Lane at the 2019 AGM.  However, there is still a need to consider the safety of residents and the perceived dangers at that junction.

The Board has considered possible options and has agreed to remove the mini-roundabout and replace it with a three-way stop junction. There will be new stop sign and the road surface re-marked with the appropriate white lining.  This change will require all vehicles to stop before proceeding. If another vehicle arrives at the same time, it is good practice to allow the first one there to proceed first. The Board is confident that this could help slow traffic and make it a safer junction. If any resident has any comments  about these changes, please contact Hobdens so that any concerns can be addressed.

Board Update 

We would like to say a huge thank you to Malcolm Barnett, who has now retired fully from the Board after being involved for over six years.  Malcolm’s expertise, knowledge and advice made him an invaluable member on the Board, particularly with regards to finance, planning and in his role as Chairman.  We wish him the very best in his future plans.

The Board wishes to thank Jane Burke for all her hard work, ably assisted by non-resident volunteer, Sam Harris, in producing the newsletter during the past two years.  Residents have much appreciated the attractive and topical editions that Jane and Sam have created.  After this present issue, Jane will be handing over her role to Caspar Williams, whom the Board would like to welcome as the new editor.  Caspar lives on the Estate and is experienced in writing and designing publications.  The Board members will channel news items to Caspar.  If there is anything you would like to see included in the newsletter, please let us know via Hobdens.

Although we have been very fortunate to add some new names to our Board of Directors, we are still in need of  new directors to oversee the contracts for Grounds Maintenance, the Greensward and Grass Cutting, and for someone to help with keeping the website up to date.  This latter role does not require IT technical knowledge, as our webmaster takes care of this, rather an attention to detail and a desire to ensure that residents are communicated with in an effective way.

The roles available are not too onerous and you would be working with a team who will provide support and advice. If you would like to find out more please contact Hobdens in the first instance and they will arrange an informal chat to discuss the roles and any questions you may have.

Residents’ Meeting

We have arranged an informal residents meeting at the Conservative Hall, East Preston, on Wednesday 26 February 2020 at 6.40 pm for our volunteer helpers, and 7.15pm for all residents.  The meeting will close at 8.45pm.  Several directors and the Chairman will be in attendance to discuss any matters you wish to raise. The format will be relaxed with conversations in small groups or on a one to one basis.  The reason for this meeting is that we know some people cannot attend the AGM or don’t like speaking up in a large forum.  So this is a good opportunity to tell us what is working well on the Estate and where you feel we need to make improvements.

We would also be pleased meet anyone who may be interested in helping on the Estate as a volunteer. If issues are raised which we can’t answer immediately, we will ensure that responses are given after the meeting.

 Building applications

A recent review of building application charges has revealed inconsistencies and ambiguity, so the list of charges has been revised to eliminate these. These revised charges apply to all applications to the WRA for approval of building or landscaping work from 1 January 2020. The WRA website has been updated to show these revised charges.

In addition, the WRA website has been updated with the addition to the guidance in respect of building applications information on issues such as the placement of skips and sheds, swimming pools and hot tubs and various other matters.

Buildings Application – Rev January 2020

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. 

Letting of properties on the Estate

We have had several questions about the letting of property on the Estate.  This is governed by the covenants on all properties which essentially state:-

  • Properties cannot be used for carrying on a business, trade or employment of any sort;
  • They cannot be used as a nursing home or boarding house;
  • They can only be used as a private residence for a family and servants;
  • Residents must not do anything which may cause a nuisance to neighbours or any other Estate residents.

As far as letting is concerned, the WRA take the view that a property being let under an Assured Shorthold Tenancy Agreement, with a minimum term of six months, is providing a residence for a family and is acceptable.  Other types of letting, or commercial use, including holiday letting and Airbnb is considered as running a business and is not acceptable.  Any letting, or use, that causes a nuisance to Estate residents will be considered unacceptable.

Nature round-up

We often get feedback on our newsletter articles relating to nature and encouraging native wildlife.  To this end, we have set up a new page on the website, under News > Nature Round-up, where articles and items will be available for your information.  We hope you will find this section helpful, informative and, at the very least, thought-provoking.  The documents attached have been sent in by residents – this is your page, so please feel free to send information and ideas to us, via Hobdens, for inclusion.

Estate Verges 

Residents have a right of way over all verges on the Estate and we encourage them to use them instead of walking in the roads.  The Board is currently addressing the issue of obstructed verges, and our thanks go to those residents who have cleared their verges in response to our request.  However, there are still a number of areas where verges are overgrown and pedestrians would not be able to use them, if necessary.Any accident involving a pedestrian, where access is not available, would be a serious matter for everyone on the Estate.

We therefore ask that you keep your verges clear so that pedestrians, including wheel chair users, strollers and mobility vehicles, can use them safely when there is traffic around. This means cutting back bushes, hedges, over-hanging trees and not obstructing safe passage with decorative stonework.

The WRA will contact residents where it is deemed there is a Health and Safety issue that needs addressing. Please let us know if there are areas where the verges are blocked.

Calling all dog owners! 

Out of courtesy to verge owners on the Estate, we would ask dog owners to do their best to ensure their dogs do not foul the grass verges.  Where they do, please scoop up afterwards. There are plenty of poo bins on the Estate and on the Greensward.

 Building alterations 

Can we please remind you that the WRA must be notified of any proposed construction work to homes, including cosmetic changes, for example cladding and solar panels etc.  This also includes any landscaping to your gardens and driveway.

Please notify Hobdens Management Services of any changes you might be planning, or if you have any queries relating to your proposed planning application.   

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.