This is where you will find up to date notices and information about the Willowhayne Estate
Stop press updated January 2022.
Cancellation of residents’ meeting
The board has regretfully cancelled the informal meeting for residents, which was planned for 23 February 2022 and announced in the latest newsletter. This is because of concerns about the infection rate of covid-19, with more than 11,000 new cases recorded in West Sussex in the first week of this year. Hobdens will be sending a letter to all Willowhayne residents, notifying them of the cancellation. It is hoped to arrange an informal meeting later in the year.
Foxes have reportedly damaged cars parked on estate driveways by chewing through cables underneath the vehicles. This leaves vehicles in a potentially dangerous condition, requiring expensive repairs. An electric cable serving external Christmas lighting at a property in The Roystons has also been chewed through. Local reports have also indicated that foxes can attack and injure residents’ dogs or infect them with fox mange. The board recommends that residents should not attract foxes to the estate by putting food out for them.
The board is pleased to welcome Chris Bowman as a co-opted member of the board. Chris will be working on planning and gate closures.
Annual General Meeting
The Annual General Meeting of Willowhayne Residents Association was held on 3 November 2021. The minutes are available in the Residents’ area of this website.
After a period of staff shortages which caused communication delays, Hobdens have appointed Mark Packwood as their property manager for Willowhayne Estate. Kelly Mepham is supporting Mark in dealing with planning matters.
In November 2021, a break-in occurred at a house in Angmering Lane while the owners were staying elsewhere during building works.
Shared road space
For the safety of all road users, residents are urged to ensure that they, their visitors and contractors adhere to the 20mph speed limit and comply with other road signs. Under the Highway Code walkers are advised to walk on the right hand side of the road, facing oncoming traffic, so that they’re not surprised by silent cycles and electric vehicles coming up behind them.
There have been reports of near-misses on the estate roads during the hours of darkness with drivers only seeing pedestrians at the last minute. Pedestrians are advised to make themselves clearly visible by wearing high-visibility clothing and carrying a torch when walking or jogging on roads in the dark.
Residents are politely reminded that no recreational vehicles, caravans, motorhomes, camper vans or similar large vehicles may be parked anywhere on the estate. This requirement is listed as Rule 9 under the Rules section of this website.
Three reports have been received of motorists forcing their way through the gates while the volunteers are in the process of opening or closing them. Drivers are asked to consider the safety of the volunteers and just wait a few moments while they complete the job.
On Sundays, when the Angmering Lane gates are closed, a red ROAD CLOSED sign is now being placed in the roadway to discourage those drivers who formerly drove up to the closed gates and turned round in the driveways of nearby properties.
East Preston Parish Council’s news bulletin of 28 January warned that it’s against the law to use a privately owned e-scooter. Privately owned e-scooters may only be used on private land that’s not accessible to the public and with the landowner’s permission. E-scooters are therefore not permitted anywhere on the Willowhayne Estate. For more details, go to the government website
The board continues to receive complaints from residents about e-scooters being used on estate roads, but the WRA is not able to patrol the roads.
Scams and frauds
Arun District Council has prepared a leaflet with advice on avoiding scams and frauds. Key messages are never to disclose personal or bank details to strangers who telephone or email you, and never to click on links in unexpected emails.
In some parts of the country criminals posing as NHS workers have been claiming to offer covid-19 vaccinations and charging a fee. The real NHS is not knocking on doors and does not ask for payment. If anyone arrives making this claim, don’t allow them into your house.
Some residents have received an email that appears to come from TV Licensing, asking them to renew their direct debit mandate with their bank by clicking on a link. This email is a fake and should be deleted. Do not click on any links it contains.
In the area governed by Arun District Council, fireworks are not permitted between 11pm and 7am except until midnight on 5 November, 1am on New Year’s Eve, 1am on Chinese New Year and 1am during Diwali.
After extensive investigations into the causes of flooding at the junction of The Roystons and The Ridings, a major new drainage system has been constructed in this area.
The board is aware that some residents have received a mailing about solar panels from Arun District Council. Installation of solar panels is a matter for the individual property owner and does not require WRA approval.
In order to protect the estate roads from damage caused by heavy lorries, the board has issued a regulation prohibiting lorries with a loaded weight of more than 26 tonnes from using estate roads.
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 email@example.com.
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.