AREA Newsletter February 24, 2020

Dear Supporters,

PARKING –  This matter came up at the Adur Council meeting last week which we attended and asked a question about the parking situation.  There is an under provision of at least 300 parking places in the area between Cecil Norris on Ravens Road and Free Wharf on the A259 and that is before you count the overflow from FOCUS and other proposed developments such as New Wharf.  We are awaiting a reply.  Also, we have still not received a reply about FOCUS using the Civic Centre site for parking. Our Freedom of Information requests asked if FOCUS was paying and how much. As of last week the reply was 12 days overdue.

 IKEA- At the council meeting Councillor Boggis stated that the New Monks Farm project had been held up by “delaying tactics.”  The delays were due to : 7 months for Secretary of State for Communities to decide whether to  support a call  in; negotiations between council and developers over S106 agreements, 10 months. If the council and developers had done their homework, found out about the covenant on the land needed for the Withy Patch community and consulted with them and done the required assessments there would not have been so many delays.  At no point did the actions by the community slow down the final approval.

Bill Freeman has been extremely busy with getting the drainage and sewage problems sorted for Adur Floodwatch Group, Lancing. Toilets could not be flushed and sewers had to be pumped out by Southern Water.

We need a few hours of dry weather to get going with the air monitors, a process which has taken much longer than anticipated – both the monitors and weather.

HOUSING DEVELOPMENTS

ALBION STREET   – A development along the A259 by Kingston Lane of 55 affordable homes, with the number of car parking places reduced from 50 to 31, to allow for the additional 5 flats. This still needs approval.

CIVIC CENTRE – A public consultation is being held on Monday, March 2 at the Shoreham Centre between 4-8pm. This is a development by Hyde Homes who are also building north Ropetackle. Please come along and give your comments. The proposal as of Oct 2019 was for 200 new units, commercial floor space, 5-12 storeys high with 85 parking places. This will increase the strain on residential parking dramatically. West Sussex CC parking guidelines state that parking should be sufficient to accommodate parking demand, to avoid an increase in street parking. Adur is not following the guidelines!

We will be keeping a close eye on any further news about the New Wharf development on the Shoreham A259 and the proposed development in Sompting by Persimmon whose track record on well constructed homes is pretty poor.

AREA AGM – THURSDAY APRIL 9, 7;30 CO-OP COMMUNITY SPACE, HAM ROAD. Please join us for a short AGM and an evening of discussion. We value your comments and welcome any new ideas and committee members.

OTHER NOT TO BE MISSED EVENTS –  Wednesday March 11, 7:30 at the Ropetackle a talk by Sussex Wildlife Trust, Wordfest and also a Ropetackle fundraiser entitled There is no Wealth but Life.

March 20, 7:30 at St.Peters church hall;  a talk about the environment with Friends of the Earth officer Tom Wright.

Finally, we encourage you to attend a council meeting to see how your councillors perform or not!

We value your support and encouragement.  The committee.

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