This is where you will find up to date notices and information about the Willowhayne Estate
Stop press updated November 2020
Theft of road signs
The three STOP signs at the junction of Michel Grove and Angmering Lane were stolen between 1.20am and 3.20am on Saturday 14 November. The theft was discovered by the Avantguard security patrol and immediately reported to the police. Anyone who saw any suspicious activity in the area is requested to notify Hobdens.
The weekend gate closures were suspended during the November lockdown to allow the gate closure volunteers to stay at home and abide by the government’s lockdown regulations.
The gates will also be left open over the Christmas weekend.
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 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.
Public service works
In October a number of problems occurred in various parts of the estate affecting electricity and gas supplies, telephone and broadband connections and drains. Contractors for Southern Water attended to replace the lining of a deep sewer but first had to clear a major drain blockage under Angmering Lane. Other contractors have been repairing electric power cables and gas pipes and restoring phone and broadband connections.
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.
A house in The Ridings was broken into on 12 August while the owners were out, and a considerable amount of damage was done. This just goes to demonstrate that burglars are regularly targeting the estate. The board members reiterate their advice to residents to remain vigilant and securely lock their premises, gates, sheds, garages and vehicles.
Annual general meeting
The essential business of the 2020 AGM was conducted by post and email because of government restrictions on physical gatherings. The board conducted a formal AGM by Zoom on 14 October and recorded that 84 voting forms had been received. All the nine resolutions were carried.
The minutes of the AGM have been sent to residents and have been posted, together with related documents, on the Residents’ area of this website.
In order to protect the estate roads from damage caused by heavy lorries, the board has issued a new regulation prohibiting lorries with a loaded weight of more than 26 tonnes from using estate roads.
Reports have been received of children using e-scooters (electric motor-powered scooters) on estate roads. One child was heard bragging to another that her scooter could reach a speed of 15mph. Please be aware that e-scooters are only allowed to be used on private land with the landowner’s permission. The WRA doesn’t permit the use of scooters on our roads as they’re considered a hazard to the scooter users themselves as well as to pedestrians and other road users.
New estate rules
After careful consideration, the board has issued a revised version of the estate rules to remove inconsistencies in previous versions and address current issues. The new rules may be found on this website under Rules.
The board is aware that the present structure of the website could do with improving to make items easier to access and eliminate certain inconsistencies. Work is under way on revising the website.
Residents have raised concerns about cyclists speeding on the estate, especially on Saturday mornings. The cyclists are often travelling at speeds that appear to exceed the estate’s 20mph speed limit. They appear to be from cycling clubs, so Hobdens has asked two local clubs to ensure that their members are not using the estate.
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.
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 those using wheelchairs, strollers and mobility vehicles, can use them safely when there is traffic around. This means cutting back bushes, hedges and 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.
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, a 20mph speed limit is in place, which we 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 speed limit were residents. Please ensure that anyone visiting your premises is aware of the speed limit, and help us to maintain a safe environment for everyone.