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Wheels for Westbourne update 

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Our Wheels for Westbourne cycling campaign gets up to speed next week with a whole series of events, as part of national Bike Week 2017.
We hope to encourage people to use their bikes for ordinary short trips around the area, instead of driving. This would reduce traffic and pollution, improve people’s health and reduce our carbon footprint.

As part of Wheels for Westbourne, we’re asking people to pledge to use a bike instead of a car for one journey a week during June.

Here’s the rundown of other activities. See the full details here. 
Sun 11 June 2pm–4pm………..women’s Breeze ride

Wed 14 June 7pm–9pm……….maintenance class – punctures and more

Sun 18 June 2pm–4pm………..family ride – 10 miles, nice and easy

Sun 25 June 2pm–4pm………..women’s Breeze ride

Wed 28 June 7pm–9pm……….maintenance class – punctures and more

Sat 1 July 11am–5pm………….challenge ride – for all, at your own pace 

Our next meeting is 13 June at the White Horse, 7.30pm. Please come along or drop us a line at greeningwestbourne@hotmail.co.uk if you can help with these events in any way, especially with the rides.

Westbourne’s Lost Shops & Businesses – appeal from info from Jim Clarke

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Many locals will know me from running the Good Taste chippie in Westbourne for 22 years with my lovely wife Jo. Now fully retired, I have joined the Westbourne Local History Group. Having moved here as a temporary measure in 1977 we fell in love with this wonderful community and so here we are still.

In that time we have seen so many shops and businesses disappear, it is a very different place now; however I believe we are fortunate to still have so many great facilities for a village of this size.

With regard to the lost shops etc, I have long had a germ of an idea to create a book recalling memories of these. My colleagues in the Group are fully supportive of the idea so I am launching into it.

This does mean that I would like as much information of shops and businesses that no longer exist in the parish of Westbourne, particularly period photographs. Any help regarding these would be really appreciated, so please contact me if you can supply any.

Jim Clarke, Wentworth House, North Street, Westbourne, Emsworth PO10 8SP Tel 01243 373788 email jim@clarkeuk.net

Neighbourhood Plan update

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In the May issue of the WM, we told you that the Neighbourhood Plan (NP) had been submitted to CDC and that their consultation should be completed by the middle of May. Little did we know at the time that another May was to intervene and that our NP would disappear into the black hole which is purdah.  

We are assured that normal service will resume on June 9th and that the consultation will be finished by the end of July. After that, the Plan goes to an independent examiner and then to referendum. As always, watch this space!

Westbourne Neighbourhood Plan Steering Group

Fairwell to County Councillor Sandra James

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On behalf of the parish council and the parish as a whole, I would like to thank County Councillor Sandra James for all she has done for Westbourne in the last four years. She was a truly excellent local councillor and we wish her all the best in her future endeavours.

I would like to welcome our new county councillor, Viral Parikh, and am confident that he will do his utmost to pick up where Sandra left off.

Richard Hitchcock. Chair of Westbourne Parish Council

Vote for Westbourne community orchard at Waitrose

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We would like to draw to your attention that, in the month of June, as part of their ‘Community Matters’ scheme, the Havant Waitrose has identified Greening Westbourne’s Community Orchard at Hampshire Farm Meadows as one of its good causes. If you shop at Waitrose, perhaps you would like to pop your tokens into the Community Orchard box, thus helping us raise money to buy benches which will be located in the centre of the orchard.

The Greening Westbourne Community Orchard Group

Get cycling this summer!

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The Greening Westbourne ‘Wheels for Westbourne’ cycling campaign gets up to speed this summer with a whole series of events, as part of national Bike Week 2017.

We hope to encourage people to use their bikes for ordinary short trips around the area, instead of driving. This would reduce traffic and pollution, improve people’s health and reduce our carbon footprint.

During June we’re running a challenge similar to the one used some years ago when we launched Greening Westbourne. We’re distributing challenge cards to every home, asking people to pledge to use a bike instead of a car for one journey a week during June.

You pop your card in your window to say you’re taking part. Simple!

Here’s the rundown of the other events. See the full details here. 
Sun 11 June 2pm–4pm………..women’s Breeze ride

Wed 14 June 7pm–9pm……….maintenance class – punctures and more

Sun 18 June 2pm–4pm………..family ride – 10 miles, nice and easy

Sun 25 June 2pm–4pm………..women’s Breeze ride

Wed 28 June 7pm–9pm……….maintenance class – punctures and more

Sat 1 July 11am–5pm………….challenge ride – for all, at your own pace 

Our next meeting is 13 June at the White Horse, 7.30pm. Please come along or drop us a line at greeningwestbourne@hotmail.co.uk if you can help with these events in any way, especially with the rides.

 

Update from Neighbourhood Plan Steering Group

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We know that it is already one month old, but may we take this opportunity to wish everybody in Westbourne a very happy new year. We trust it has begun auspiciously.
On January 6th, the second pre-submission consultation period came to an end and we would like to thank all those of you took the trouble to attend the Drop-in Day in November and/or send in your comments. These have been added to several received from a number of statutory consultees and developers who have also commented on the Plan. It will probably come as no surprise to you that developers would like to build more houses than the 25 allocated to the Parish in the CDC Local Plan, something that we have been, and still are, at pains to prevent.
We are now working our way through every single comment, making decisions as to where changes to the Plan are needed. We are determined to ensure that, as far as possible, the wishes of the Parish – as communicated through the comprehensive consultation process – are respected whilst, at the same time, making sure that the Plan does not conflict with either the National Planning Policy Framework or the CDC Local Plan. Were it to do so, the Plan would not be given a green light when it goes to independent examination later this year.

We are hoping that any necessary amendments to the Plan will be in place by March and that it can then be submitted to CDC, who will undertake their own consultation. The NP will then be passed to the independent examiner and will finally go to referendum, when the people of Westbourne will be asked to decide whether or not they would like the NP to become an important addition to local planning law.

It seems to us an awful long time since we embarked upon this journey in 2013, but we are confident that having a neighbourhood plan in place will be of great benefit to the Parish, both in the present and the future. Never before has so much information been gathered and documented, as you will see if you go to http://www.westbournepc.org/downloads/. Should you wish to view a hard copy of the documentation, please contact the Neighbourhood Plan Steering Group. This can be done via the parish clerk (07775 654483; email: westbournepc@outlook.com).
We will continue to keep you informed as the NP goes through the final stages necessary to render it a statutory document. Should you have any questions or queries, please do not hesitate to contact us: remember it is your Plan.

Westbourne Neighbourhood Plan Steering Group

Westbourne Neighbourhood Plan drop in day this Sunday

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November 27th 2pm to 4pm at the Meeting Place, North Street, Westbourne

The Westbourne Neighbourhood Plan second round Pre-Submission Consultation is underway. This consultation runs from November 14th to January 6th, with a ‘drop in’ day set for November 27th at the Meeting Place. At this drop in event printed copies will be available to those interested residents who do not have access to, or who do not wish to view, the revised documents online.

Don’t miss this opportunity to have your say on the future of our village!

You can view all the consultation documents on the new Neighbourhood plan microsite here: www.westbournepc.org