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50th Anniversary Addition

Further to the report on our 50th Anniversary afternoon tea with guest Nick Gibb MP, we failed to mention that the written question from Sam and Jane Jones (apologies to them) concerned a possible link between the number of HMOs (houses of multiple occupation) in the town and the increasing amount of antisocial behaviour being experienced and the apparent lack of sufficient policing.
Nick not only acknowledged there were problems to be looked into but went so far as to offer to arrange a meeting, hopefully this autumn, with councillors, other interested parties and members of our Society.
We shall be writing to Nick to ask him to go ahead with arrangements for a meeting and in the meantime was are asking you all for relevant thoughts and experiences on:
The running of local HMOs
Any local incidents with HMO residents involving antisocial behaviour
Policing and town wardens
Realistic steps to improve matters
Your own personal experiences would be valuable to us in presenting the Society’s case at any subsequent meetings so do please get in touch, preferably in writing. Thank you.

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Town Strategy & Survey

The Town Council have published a strategy document for the future of the town and developments. It is a short and interesting read with a list of well thought out priorities. Please be sure to read this document after which you will be directed to the survey where you can offer your comments. The link below will take you straight to the survey if you wish.

https://www.facebook.com/groups/1846531805585399/permalink/3238788286359737/?sfnsn=scwspmo&ref=share

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We are 50 this year!

The Littlehampton Society was formed 50 years ago this year, as The Littlehampton Civic Society. To recognise this anniversary and to thank present members for their valued support we organised an afternoon tea with guest speaker for Friday 15th of July.

Some 30 members were able to accept our invitation and were treated to a sit down teatime buffet ably catered by Kayla’s Kitchen in Clifton Road, with cup cakes supplied by Creative Heart.

Nick Gibb, our long standing MP, came to talk to us, or rather as it turned out talk with us as he wanted to know our thoughts. After an outline of his work as both MP and Minister and an appreciation of the work of our Society it was straight into questions, prepared and spontaneous, and did we cover some ground!

On a written question from Sue Penn about the under resourced state of the NHS, his opinion was that what was needed was cross party agreement and work on the problems, some of which was down to administration, a personal instance: turning up for an appointment that had been cancelled without informing the patient. Nick assured us that the government would never privatise our NHS.

Clive Fennel’s written question concerned housing and farmland which drew Nick to say that population is always increasing, more housing is needed but that it should be built in the right places; he favours Council housing over Housing Associations and would like a new one built for every one that is sold; he questioned the “duty to cooperate” with adjacent authorities who had no space left to meet their government target quota of new builds.

On a written question from Doris Richards about the shortage of public transport, Nick’s view was that bus companies need more subsidies to be able to run more services

Danny Surridge wrote asking for Nick’s views on the future of towns like ours and Nick said that Littlehampton needed to be more of an “experience” than a shopping destination to be able to compete with on line and “bypass” shops. The town must find ways to adapt to the conditions, however its natural assets left it well placed to do so.

Carlo Marogna’s written question was concerning the effects of constructing Rampion 2 and the long term effects on our communities; Nick felt that whilst wind farms may be necessary they would be so much more efficient set out in the Dogger Bank and was worried about the effect it might have on local tourist business.

Questioned on sewage discharges he said much more work should be done to obviate the problem. He then revealed he had just been asked by Southern Water for his comments on a proposal to take the purified waste water and run it into the Arun or to send it to the drinking water purification works, which would help with water shortages; we convinced him that the latter would be best.

Asked by Janet Crosley if there should be another public consultation on the Sea Front and Town Plans, Nick said we should write to him if we were dissatisfied with the quality of any consultations and he would take our case up. Janet also asked if he supported Proportional Representation, which he did not on the grounds that it would lead to lots of ineffective coalitions and we learned that Nick was in favour of Boris going and also of our leaving the EU.

On a final question about anti social behaviour, he wants more discussions with MPs, Councils and local groups, with the police becoming more involved and he wonders whether schools are being unduly tolerant of bad behaviour. A thought on Levelling Up: all schools should be good quality schools.

Nick had given us well over an hour of his time (before going on to another engagement) and had given us both his support and many things to think about. The general feeling in the room was of an interesting and enjoyable level headed meeting.

A special vote of thanks to those members who remained behind to help us with the clearing up , washing up and tidying up after the meet.

We have learned from this event that there are many, and varied, concerns over the future, and the direction of travel, of our communities on the Sussex coast, so if you feel you would like to help us try to influence local policies on developments and amenities, even in some small way, then please do get in touch.

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–The Littlehampton Society’s 50th Anniversary Celebration–

This June marks the Littlehampton Society’s 50th Anniversary! 

We appreciate the support received from members. Despite the extraordinary circumstances these past 2+ years we are aiming to get back on track with periodical updates on paper & online as well as our regular coffee mornings which are now back up and running as per usual. The membership dues also help us to share information about the town with the membership, to go to public events with a stand and leaflets and to carry a collective voice to our elected representatives. We hope we are doing a good job and are always open to more assistance if you wish to get involved further.

This June marks the Littlehampton Society’s 50th Anniversary! As a thank-you you are invited to celebrate with an afternoon tea and guest speaker. We are pleased to share the afternoon with Mr Nick Gibb, MP for Littlehampton and Bognor Regis.

There are limited places for this event for members only. Please RSVP ASAP.

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Armed Forces Day – 25 June – 10am until 5pm

The Littlehampton Society are pleased to announce that we will have a stall at ARMED FORCES DAY, 25 JUNE, 10AM – 5PM

Come down and take in the sights and sounds! Visit us and see the interesting heritage found locally to do with our Town in the wars

We will be on The Green, Littlehampton Seafront, in a gazebo

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Coffee Morning Friday 1st April 10:30am – Creative Hearts ‘Creating Community, Creating Change’

Coffee Morning

Everyone Welcome

Friday 4th March at 10.30am

St. Mary’s Church Hall

A presentation by

Creative Hearts

‘Creating Community, Creating Change’

Do come and join us for coffee and share news on our projects and local matters

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Urgent: Rampion 2

Rampion 2 consultation

Very short notice but if anyone can get in on this it may be helpful to the cause,
This text is from an exchange of e mails extracted for speed of posting.

I have only just spotted that Rampion had launched two virtual meetings one on 12 February – gone – and the other on 28 February this coming Monday.  You can sign up for zoom participation. I see no further meetings organised during this period or at all.

To find this you need to click the small button (Consultation) at the top of the Rampion 2 re opens Consultation page (google this info this comes up).  the furthest bubble down on the left had side refers to the item that opens up Have your say. Called sign up for one of our virtual events.  Without clicking the small button you do not get easily the ability to make any comments.

I have concerns if not many people sign up to this it will give them grounds to say no one is interested and therefore a waste of time to hold a face to face public meeting.

We have I know a number of questions that need an answer not least the covert way – yet again they have announced these two meetings  which appear to breach some adequacy and inclusion issues already raised as far as I know – we know we are unlikely to get any useful answers.  It will be uncomfortable if we could field public interest and we need a show of defence in protecting what we are fighting for.  In my view. 

This must be recorded and we have the right to a copy of the recording I believe.

Hope we can muster support and perhaps organise  uncomfortable/searching questions – not the same ones!   I have signed up and would like some direction here. 

In order to ask a question you have to type it into the chat and then they select the questions that they want to answer.
So no difficult questions. All spinned to sound pro Rampion.
So you will have to bear that in mind. It may be if they repeat and you record this that it might provide evidence of a biased consultation.

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Coffee Morning Friday 4th March 10:30am – The Struggle for Jerusalem

Coffee Morning

Everyone Welcome

Friday 4th March at 10.30am

St. Mary’s Church Hall

The Struggle For Jerusalem

“A look at the current situation”

A presentation by

Doris Richards

 

Do come and join us for coffee and share news on our projects and local matters

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Rewilding talk report

“Weald to Waves” Report on the talk given by James Baird

The Sussex Regeneration Collective is a non government citizens project comprised of private, charitable and public body landowners who are at work on creating the conditions for nature recovery and allowing wildlife movements, through making corridors of woodlands, grasslands and wetlands and green bridges and tunnels, across a broad swath of the county. Much of this work is well advanced (Knapp Castle a prime example) with many landowners showing intent to join in.

Mr Baird used a screen presentation to show us the very many advantages of this undertaking for nature, tourism, mental health and general well-being, as well as contributing to adapting to climate change and coastal erosion. There are benefits as well to adopting farming methods which work better with nature (as we used to), improving the soil structure and essential micro organisms is being researched.

Sponsorship and grants to compensate for the change of land use is arriving via companies who see this as a method of offsetting their carbon footprints as well as enhancing their public images. Once more of this is in place there are large estates and small already agreeing with the principle and waiting to sign up.

A larger than usual audience listened attentively to this presentation and, dare we say, not a voice of dissent was heard. The level of interest was indicated by the amount of questions and Mr Baird stayed on after the meeting talking with members of the audience and our Society. The project falls within the concerns of our Society and well shall be watching out for its progress/

For those who were unable to attend recommend the following websites, also the book “Wilding; the return of nature to a British Farm” by Isabella Tree.

www.rewildingbritain.org.uk
www.wealdtowaves.co.uk

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4 February Coffee Morning 10:30am

Coffee Morning
Everyone Welcome
Friday 4th February
at 10.30am
St. Mary’s Church Hall
A presentation by
James Baird
“Weald to Waves – giving nature a second chance”
Do come and join us for coffee and share news on our projects and local matters