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!

Save the date! Westbourne Open Gardens

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Sunday 17th June 2018, 10.30am-5.00pm

Winter, though late and fierce in coming, is drawing to a close. This must be so as Westbourne gardens have Snowdrops, Crocuses, Muscari, Cyclamen, Primroses, Daffodils, Narcissi, Hellebores and other, rarer, species in a tumble of flowers at the beginning of Spring.

Soon you will hear the purr of lawn-mowers, the click-clack of shears or tunnelling of trowels over garden fences, walls or hedges, in increasing preparation for the anticipated highlight of the summer.

Owners of at least 17 gardens will present the triumph of their efforts on the 17th June, though the gardens are greatly varied in size, features and planting.

For children, the Westbourne fairies and elves have been working overtime to create enchanting houses to be sought out amid foliage in the gardens. There are many to be found, exotically crafted and ingeniously hidden.

Members of Westbourne’s WI will be offering refreshments in the Parish Hall and on the Rectory Lawn. Teas (bound to be delicious) will provide a hint of nostalgia at tea-time and throughout the day. In addition, there will be more substantial lunch and snacks available elsewhere in the village.

Tickets for the raffle, offering a large number of attractive and generous prizes, will be widely available on the day.

A diligent committee of village residents has been working since last September to make this event a success, so we very much hope that Westbourne will support us on the day to raise an impressive amount for local charities. (Many will remember the Event of 2015 which raised over £11,000 for local causes in a single, short day.)

Free parking will be available in the Wren Centre, by kind permission of Edward Edgell, and tickets can be bought in the Parish Hall, the Village Square and a number of the gardens. £8 will gain admission to all gardens (children under the age of 14 will not be charged).

If you would like to get in contact regarding this showcase Westbourne event please email Avril Hardie: avril.hardie@gmail.com

New Defibrillator

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The observant amongst you will already have noticed the brand new defibrillator on the external wall of the Coop. Our thanks go to Postcode Publications for providing us with the defib and to the Coop for agreeing to mount it on their wall. We, of course, hope that there will be no need to use the defibrillator but, if there is, I am told that there is a very straightforward set of instructions to be followed. However, to ensure that we are confident about this, training is to be provided by the South Central Ambulance Service NHS Foundation Trust. Watch this space.

 

Westbourne Parish Council

Hampshire Farm Meadows Community Orchard

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About two years ago, Greening Westbourne planted the first fruit trees at Hampshire Farm Meadows. The community orchard has now grown to 53 trees and, alongside apple, now boasts pear, cherry and plum trees. The most recent planting took place on Saturday 10th February and was well attended by members of the Community Orchard Group as well as sponsors of the ten new trees.

Of particular poignancy to Greening Westbourne, was the planting of a Fiesta apple tree by Helen Barlow, in memory of her husband Jim, long-time webmaster of the Westbourne Village website and founding member of the community orchard. Jim lost his brave battle against Motor Neurone Disease in April of last year. Alongside the tree for Jim was one celebrating the achievements of local astronaut Tim Peake, whose request for an apple tree was linked to the fruit which is said to have alighted on the head of Isaac Newton in 1667.

Westbourne Spring Clean Day – a date for your dairy

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Our annual Spring Clean Day will be taking place this year on Sunday 8th April. Ours is a lovely village but is too easily spoilt by litter, much of it thrown out of the windows of passing cars. Join us in this community event, which sees us take responsibility for our immediate environment and also provides us with an opportunity to meet and socialise with fellow villagers. Further details will be found in the April issue of the Westbourne Magazine: all you need to know now is that we meet at 2.00pm in the Square.

Richard Hitchcock