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Stop Press updated March 2020

Security alert

The board is concerned about recent reports of burglars targeting the estate, two successfully and one unsuccessfully. This has happened in Myrtle Grove, Kithurst Close and Madehurst Close. In the unsuccessful attempt the would-be burglar fled when the house alarm went off, but items were taken in the other two cases. None of the burglars was spotted – they seem to have arrived after dark. The board urges residents to securely lock their doors and windows at night and to take the precautions advised by the police.

It may or may not be relevant to add that there have been recently been reports of two unknown men calling at houses on the estate offering small items for sale. These men were wearing hoodies, and have told people they were reformed ex-prisoners. It is possible that they might have been casing properties for burglary.

Residents are advised to be careful when answering the door to unexpected or unfamiliar callers – or not to do so at all, as they prefer.

Road works update 

The resurfacing of Angmering Lane will commence on Monday 16 March and is expected to last two weeks. This is an important part of the board’s plans for overdue infrastructure investment. We need the funds to pay for it. If you have not yet paid your 2020 estate rates, please do so as soon as possible.

Road safety

Drivers are respectfully requested to slow down and obey road signs at junctions and to avoid cutting corners.

Board Update 

The board is pleased to welcome David Cox as a new member with responsibility for IT and grounds maintenance. We are still in need of another director to take on projects. If you are interested in this role, please contact Hobdens in the first instance to arrange an informal chat.

Residents’ Meeting

The directors of the Willowhayne Residents’ Association held an informal meeting with residents at the Conservative Hall, East Preston, on Wednesday 26 February 2020.

The first part of the meeting was dedicated to the helpers who support the board and the association with such activities as gate closures and the delivery of the newsletter. The chairman thanked the helpers present for their work, which was essential for the smooth running of the estate.

The second part of the meeting was open to residents who wished to have an informally discuss individual issues with the directors. About 20 residents attended and raised with directors their concerns about matters such as road safety and noisy weekend building work.

The meeting was considered to be a successful opportunity for informal consideration of issues of common concern around the estate, and the directors undertook to follow up the matters raised.

Recent strong winds

Residents have expressed concern about tree safety following recent strong winds. The board asked Hobdens to send out a circular to all residents, politely asking those with trees overhanging public areas to inspect their trees for potential wind damage. As a result, one resident has identified a tree in a dangerous condition and is arranging for it to be removed. Trees belonging to the WRA have been inspected.

Speeding cyclists

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.

 Building applications

A recent review of building application charges has revealed inconsistencies and ambiguity, so the list of charges has been revised to eliminate these. These revised charges apply to all applications to the WRA for approval of building or landscaping work from 1 January 2020. The WRA website has been updated to show these revised charges.

In addition, the WRA website has been updated with the addition to the guidance in respect of building applications information on issues such as the placement of skips and sheds, swimming pools and hot tubs and various other matters.

Buildings Application – Rev January 2020

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.

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.