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April 2018

Westbourne Neighbourhood Plan (NP)

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After a three to four month delay – over which we had no control – the Examiner’s Report was finally received on 3rd April. Based on the hearing back in October, which appeared to go smoothly, we had expected the Report to be relatively benign and that, after making a few amendments, we would be able to take the NP to referendum. Unfortunately, that was not the case, and it would seem that further work is needed before the people of Westbourne can finally have their say as to whether the Plan is adopted as a statutory planning document. Rest assured we will continue to keep you informed and, should you require any further details, please do not hesitate to contact one of the members of the NP Steering Group.

 

Westbourne Neighbourhood Plan Steering Group

 

Tree Wardens Required

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In 1990, the Tree Council launched the national Tree Warden Scheme. It works with local authorities, voluntary organisations, parish councils and local partnerships to set up and develop Tree Warden networks in town, city and countryside.

Whilst Westbourne has plenty of trees – many of them of great significance – unlike neighbouring Emsworth, we don’t have any tree wardens. This, we feel, is an oversight, which is why Greening Westbourne is looking to recruit some.

As local tree champions, tree wardens are the eyes and ears of their neighbourhoods. Community involvement is a central aim of the Scheme and, working closely with tree officers and conservation bodies, being a warden provides those who feel that trees matter with an opportunity to:

  • Champion their local trees and woods
  • Plant and care for trees
  • Carry out woodland management
  • Set up tree nurseries using seeds collected locally
  • Survey trees and gather information about them
  • Provide early warning of threats, disease, decay or vandalism Involve their neighbours in tree projects
  • Get together with like-minded people for training and field trips
  • Spearhead Tree Council initiatives such as its Hedge Tree Campaign to reverse the decline of trees and hedges.

If you are interested in becoming a Westbourne Tree Warden, please contact Greening Westbourne at greeningwestbourne@hotmail.co.uk.

Further information about tree wardens can be found at:https://www.treecouncil.org.uk/Portals/0/TC%20Tree%20Warden%20Leaflet%202017.pdf

Westbourne Spring Clean Day Success

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This will not be a rant about those who make the annual little pick a virtual necessity but rather a very big thankyou to those who turned out on what proved to be another wet Sunday afternoon. It would seem that CDC had had their own litter pickers out the previous week, which is why it was somewhat surprising that, within two hours, we managed to fill the bags pictured in the photograph below. It also confirms the need for our own litter pick.

Our thanks go to Helen Barlow, Annetta Bucknall, Gina Cooper, Richard Hitchcock, David Lee, David Mack, Hilary Walker, and Colin and Marianne Warner. Thanks, also, to Chichester District Council for providing us with the equipment.

If anybody would like to take on overall responsibility for Westbourne Spring Clean Day, please contact the Parish Council. Contact details are to be found in the PC newsletter and on our website.

Westbourne Parish Council

Annual Parish Assembly: Housing for Westbourne People

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April 19th, 7pm – save the date!

RE: The urgent need for housing for young and older people in Westbourne

The Annual Parish Assembly takes place on Thursday 19 April 2018 from 7pm at The Meeting Place, North Street and will include guest speakers upon a Community Land Trust for Westbourne. Cheese and wine will be served.

We all realise there is an urgent need for housing for young and older people in Westbourne; housing that they can afford to live in.  We are setting up a Community Land Trust to help local people with the housing situation and to fund several other important village initiatives, such as establishing a village hub, creating a village car park and picnic area, modernising and re-equipping the Mill Road play area, introducing traffic-calming measures and pedestrian crossings in The Square, supporting local businesses and providing business starter units, organising a local transport scheme after the withdrawal of our buses, as well as providing high speed mobile and broadband services to the parish.

We have now been accepted onto Chichester District Council’s Community Led Housing programme and have secured initial funding of £10,000 and support from national agencies to get the Westbourne Land Trust up and running. However, we need the feedback and the ‘buy-in’ of the community.

So, we would like to see as many local people as possible there on Thursday evening, as we need your support and input as this project gets off the ground.  

Hope you can come – see you there!