This is where you will find up to date notices and information about the Willowhayne Estate
Stop press updated September 2021
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
Arrangements are being made for the AGM of Willowhayne Residents Association Ltd. Further details are available in the Residents’ area of this website.
Because of serious staff shortages, Hobdens are currently unable to maintain the level of service needed by the WRA and have fallen behind with correspondence and other necessary actions. It is hoped that the situation will improve when a new property manager joins Hobdens in mid-October. The board intends to reinstate the former webmail facility on this website to enable residents to contact board members directly without going through Hobdens.
Island in The Ridings
A silver birch tree on this island has died and a large branch has broken off. This tree will shortly be removed. At the same time, the other trees and shrubs will be trimmed and reshaped to stop them growing out over the road.
Responding to an upsurge in the growth of roadside weeds, the board has contracted for the weeds to be sprayed monthly until October. Initial results appear to be promising.
The board is grateful to residents who are removing weeds from the roadside in front of their property.
The June 2020 newsletter contained an appeal for volunteers to help maintain the wildflower garden at the western end of the greensward, pointing out that the board would have to consider returning the area to grass if no-one came forward. Unfortunately, there has been no response to this appeal. The board has therefore decided to allow the area to revert to grass.
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 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.
Openreach have been working recently in parts of the estate. The board is pressing for another meeting with Openreach management to consider their activities, the removal of their equipment, and potential excavations in Tamarisk Way.
The proposal to leave the Angmering Lane gates closed on Bank Holiday Mondays has been put on hold until we hear from Arun District Council whether this would impede refuse collections.
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.
Drivers are still passing the GATE CLOSED sign in Angmering Lane on Sundays and turning round in residents’ driveways. The board has carefully considered various options and has ordered a high visibility red sign saying ROAD CLOSED, which will be placed on the roadway. The sign is fully reflective and made of recycled polypropylene with no sharp edges.
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.
The flooding that occurs in The Roystons after heavy rain has been a major problem for some time and has been the subject of extensive study. Because the existing soakaways don’t have enough capacity for the volume of water it has to deal with, the board has decided to invest in the construction of a new drainage system for The Roystons. Work is expected to commence during the coming months.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.