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Stop Press updated November 2019 

Road works update 

The work to resurface Tamarisk Way has now been completed.

The work to resurface and repair the area of asphalt between Sea Lane and The Ridings continues and should be complete by the middle of November.  The Tamarisk gate will remain open during this time to enable extra access on to and off the Estate, and weekend gate closures are suspended until the 16th November.

As discussed at the AGM, it is intended to resurface Angmering Lane in the New Year, once Estate Rates have been collected. 

Thank you for your kind consideration and patience during this time.

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.

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.

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.

Communicating with the Board

Apart from the Annual General Meeting, the directors are looking at other opportunities during the year for residents to discuss items they deem to be of Estate importance.  We are considering offering an informal meeting, perhaps early in the new year, where directors will be available to discuss queries, issues and to give advice to residents.  If you think this might be useful, please let us know. 

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.