HUSTINGS DECEMBER 2 AT 7:30 AT THE ROPETACKLE
Your chance to ask questions of the 4 candidates.See attached document.
CLIMATE EMERGENCY We attended a meeting with representatives from many local groups who are involved with the actions on the climate emergency. This was a follow up from the Wordfest debate. We learned that Adur Council has employed a sustainability manager to lead their measures for tackling the climate emergency. They have also contracted a large US company AECOM, which has worked on major projects such as the Amazon. Their full report can be viewed on the council website on the agenda for the Joint Strategic meeting next Tuesday, Dec. 3. We are looking to find out the costs of the consultancy firms the council has employed and whether any actions have resulted.
At a council meeting Worthing and Adur Council declared a climate emergency. We understood that a working group of councillors and representatives from local green activists would be set up. That has not happened.
AIR MONITORS – You may see us cuddled up to the monitor on Shoreham High St, getting readings to compare the stats from our monitor with the council monitor.
IKEA – There are still no decisions on who are the rightful owners of a strip of land near Withy Patch; on the covenant on the Withy Patch land which states it can only be used for gypsies and travellers; on the S106 agreements, (money the developers must contribute for education, libraries, fire service, etc.) Nor have the Environmental Impact Assessment and Environmental Health Assessment been done for the Withy Patch community. Is it right that they could be moved to a new site without proper consultation?
In reply to AREA’s Freedom of Information request to produce the Secretary of State’s reasons for approval of New Monks Farm we were sent a redacted statement – no clarity no answers. This is not democracy when local people have no voice.
CYCLING AND WALKING – Adur and Worthing councils have published a draft version of the Local Cycling and Walking Infrastructure Plan (LCWIP). This can be viewed on the Council websites or at a public consultation event at the Shoreham Centre on Thursday 19th December from 2-5pm. The consultation questionnaire needs to be returned by January 6, 2020.
PLAYGROUNDS – None of the developments proposed for the harbour along the A259, at the Civic Centre site, at the Mannings, at the North Ropetackle site have made any provision for children’s playgrounds. As Cat Stevens sang “Where will the children play?” When Councillor George Barton became leader of Adur Council this year he stated that young people were his biggest priority. We challenge Adur council to insist developers include a playground suitable for children of all ages in one of the harbour developments, located in a safe, unpolluted location and that the skate park be protected from pollution by trees and shrubs. They should not consider including a children’s playground on the skate park site beside the busy, polluted A259.
PARKING – Gordon Rd residents group and AREA have still not received replies to their letters to FOCUS about the overspill of parking.
HYDE HOMES – A short and interesting report on the website Corporate Watch about Hyde Homes the housing association whose main priority is to build “new homes to help address the housing crisis.” They currently are involved in Ropetackle North the Civic Centre site and Kingston Wharf, along the A259.
ADUR FULL COUNCIL MEETING, DECEMBER 19, 7PM AT THE SHOREHAM CENTRE PLEASE JOIN US. SEE HOW YOUR COUNCIL WORKS. MORE INFORMATION CLOSER TO THE TIME.
With thanks for all your support – Barb, Jenny, Chrissie, Peter, Geoff, Bill, Alan, Gerard