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Stop Press updated April 2019 

Reminder:  Weekend Gate Closures

The weekend gate closures have now started.  Therefore a reminder to residents that the Ridings gate (leading on to Sea Lane) will be closed each Saturday, between 8am and 6pm, and the Angmering Lane gate will be closed each Sunday, between 8am and 6pm. A team of volunteers are responsible for the closures; if you would like to be part of this team, please contact Hobdens.

Board Update

We are still desperately in need of new directors to help on the Board with a broad range of responsibilities.   If you have skills which you feel might be beneficial, please contact us via Hobdens.  All Board members work as part of a team but are given areas of individual responsibility according to strengths and expertise.  We would love to hear from you, whatever your background might be, and would be very happy to arrange an informal chat.

Our specific vacancies at present are:

  • Communications, which includes keeping the website information up to date, with the help of our website designer, writing the newsletter and meeting and greeting new residents;
  • Planning and Development, which includes monitoring the standards set for the Estate;
  • Greensward and Grass Cutting, which involves liaising with contractors to ensure our shared areas are maintained;
  • Security.

Spring Walk for Christian Aid

This will take place on Sunday, May 12th, and is a 4-mile circular route from St Mary’s Church, East Preston, to the Bluebird Café at Ferring.  The walk will raise money to provide the women of Sierra Leone with more accessible health centres to provide healthier pregnancies, safer childbirths and better post-natal care.
Register at St Mary’s Church, Vicarage Lane, East Preston at 2pm for a 2.15pm start.
For more information, map and a sponsorship form, please contact John Harbidge on: 01903 782014 or email johnfharbidge@gmail.com

Annual General Meeting 2019 – NOTE CHANGE OF VENUE

A date has now been set for the next Willowhayne Residents’ Association’s AGM.  The meeting will take place on 17th July 2019 at 7pm, and will be relocated to East Preston Infant School, Lashmar Road, East Preston, BN16 1EZ.  This hall has seating for 200 residents, so that should relieve the congestion we have had in the last few years.  We will be offering prosecco, soft drinks and nibbles after the formal meeting to give residents an opportunity to meet and chat. We hope that as many of you as possible will come along.

Please remember that you need to be a fully paid up member of the WRA to attend and have your say. If you wish to have any subject included at the AGM, wish to propose any member’s resolution or propose the election of a director, details must be made in writing and received at least six weeks prior to the date of the AGM.

Please send any details to Hobdens by 6th June.

Further detailed information regarding the AGM protocols can be found on our website (http://willowhayne.org).

Any questions relating to the 2018 accounts should be submitted to Hobdens, no later than 3rd July, to ensure we can answer your questions with clarity at the AGM. 

Road Calming Measures

Residents will be aware of the concern about speeding on the Estate and the work carried out by the Road Safety Group.  Although surveys carried out have identified several of the Estate roads as having significant levels of speeding, Angmering Lane has been highlighted as the road with the most.  Building on the good work of the Road Safety Group, the Board has agreed to install three speed tables in Angmering Lane, on road owned by the Residents’ Association.  These should provide significant calming measures.

The road will be resurfaced one metre either side of the new speed tables, ensuring that, once the whole road is resurfaced, a seamless join can be made either side of the tables.  Once these speed tables have been installed, and the impact on speeding evaluated, it may be necessary to have others installed elsewhere on the Estate.

Further information will be made available to residents once available. 

South Strand Public Conveniences – HELP NEEDED!

One of our residents has asked for attention to be drawn to a request for help to keep the public toilets, near the beach huts on South Strand, open. These public conveniences are threatened with closure due to lack of funding from the Parish Council.  A group of interested parties has formed to secure pledges of funds so that the toilets can remain open.  If you would like to make a donation, however small, or would like to find out more, please contact George Schlich (george.schlich@me.com)

Classic Car Relay for Life 

Two of our Estate’s residents, Hazel and Terry Grange, are taking part in two days of the Classic Car Relay for Life, a 22 day event around the coastline of Britain, between 30th April and 21st May.  The event is in aid of Cancer Research UK and Planets (A neuroendocrine cancer charity).Hazel and Terry have set up Justgiving pages for the above charities, and would welcome any donations.  The website is:   https://www.justgiving.com/teams/jensen

Cold Callers –‘Nottingham Knockers’

There has recently been a spate of cold callers in the area, often known as Nottingham Knockers, and going around the Estate trying to sell items to residents on the door step.  These are NOT bona fide sales people and should be turned away.  They may well be checking out your property for a later visit or some other scam.

 New building charges from 1 January 2019

Charges for new buildings and landscape works, which include administrative costs, road charges and a deposit against damage to the Estate, have remained unchanged since the end of 2014.  The types of development and building works that have taken place have changed in that time, with more existing properties being demolished and new bigger properties being built in their place, as well as an increase in major renovations of existing properties.  Consequently, the WRA Board has reviewed the current charging bands and categories of work that are chargeable.  The new charging bands, together with the increased charges, will apply from 1 January 2019.

Full detailed information of the costs can be found on the website, under “Functions” > “Building Applications”. 

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.   

Help the hedgehogs!

Hedgehogs have now been spotted out and about on the Estate in the evenings, and so we would ask all residents to keep a careful look out for them and strive to provide a safe and supportive environment for them.

This includes:

  • Driving carefully at dusk and nightfall to prevent running them over – even more reason to observe the 20mph (or less) speed limit;
  • Provide easy access into and out of gardens, for example, by digging small holes under fences;
  • Supplementing their natural diet with cat or dog food (wet or dry) or specialist hedgehog food. Note that dried mealworms, some seeds, bread and milk are extremely harmful to hedgehogs and could kill them. Shallow dishes of fresh water dotted around the garden are life savers.

If you see a hoglet/hedgehog in the daytime, it may be because it is sick. If you can catch it (always wear gloves), please call the British Hedgehog Preservation Society on 01584 890801 for advice on what to do. They will probably put you in touch with a local carer. WADAR is an excellent local charity that can give advice and information.  If you find an injured hedgehog, Fitzalan vets’ Littlehampton branch and Grove Lodge in Worthing will treat free of charge.

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. 

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

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.