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Stop Press updated February 2019 

Results of gate Closure Vote

Of the 390 properties on the Estate 231 valid votes were returned giving a turnout of 59.2%  of those eligible to vote.  There were 145 votes in favour of gate closures and 86 against, therefore, gate closures will be resumed once sufficient volunteers are identified to carry them out.  The implementation date will be published in the next newsletter.

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.

Board Update

In December, we were sad to bid farewell to David Charles, who has been responsible for planning and developments for the past two and a half years.  David has been an invaluable member on the Board, bringing a wealth of knowledge and making a significant contribution to his role in planning and development.  We wish him luck with his future ventures.

We are delighted to welcome Brian Daley to the WRA Board of Directors.  Brian will be taking over responsibility for Security and the Road Safety Group.

The Board is still in need of new directors to help with a broad range of responsibilities.   If you have skills which you feel might be beneficial to the Board, please do contact us, via Hobdens.  We strive as a Board to ensure that those volunteering feel comfortable working to their strengths and expertise, and also enjoy working as part of a team.   We would love to hear from you, whatever your background might be, and would be very happy to arrange an informal chat.

 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!

Our thanks to those residents who have taken the time to write in with further tips and information on how to support and encourage the hedgehogs that live on our Estate.

  • Many hedgehogs should be hibernating now – the males tend to go into hibernation before the females. However, second-litter hoglets (born in September or October) will probably be too small to hibernate and will wander around looking for food.
  • The best food is a natural diet, and to get this the hedgehog needs easy access into and out of gardens. You can increase access for hedgehogs by digging a small hole under a fence board or putting a hole in a fence, about the size of a CD.
  • A hedgehog’s natural diet can be supplemented 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. Small shallow dishes of fresh water dotted around the garden are also life savers.
  • Encouraging hedgehogs in the garden will help to dispose of slugs and snails, although beetles are their favourite food! Slug pellets can be harmful to hedgehogs (as well as to cats, dogs and children). Perhaps a change to organic slug pellets can be considered?
  • Strimmers, mowers, bonfires, ponds and swimming pools can create problems for hedgehogs. They will make nests in bonfires, compost heaps under hedges, etc., so please check these areas before strimming/mowing and lighting.  And while hedgehogs can swim, they can’t always get out of the area they’re swimming in. A ramp for them to exit a pond could save their lives.
  • If you see a hoglet/hedgehog in 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. 

Door to door traders

If you have been approached by door to door traders and feel concerned in any way, please report directly to the police.  It would be helpful if you could copy Hobdens in on the correspondence so that Willowhayne residents are kept aware of any possible issues.

A reminder of Greensward restrictions

We have been informed of someone using a motorised go-cart on the Greensward.   Not only is this potentially dangerous, but residents are reminded that use of the Greensward is restricted by the legal covenants on the land that limit the use to “on foot only with or without dogs”.  Any other use, such as cycling, horses, go-carts etc., is prohibited.
However, the use of mobility scooters on the greensward is permitted, provided the scooters are designed for use by a disabled person and are being used by a disabled person in line with the rules relating to their use on a footpath.