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Dear Member

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Honorary Treasurer

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September updates

Thank you to all who joined us for the recent events: Rampion 2 consultation, our AGM, September Coffee Morning and, lastly, our stall at the Town Show on Saturday. All too much for one newsletter but this is to show that we are back to being actively meeting again.
Briefly, the Rampion 2 meeting showed that people were eager for unbiased information, even if the press reports were disappointing.
Our AGM featured the Rampion 2 presentation by Colin Ross and subsequent discussion, and the re-election of your committee’s officers. Only a small turnout but necessary for the business to be conducted.
We will be having guest speakers to the Coffee Mornings again soon, in the meantime the discussions amongst our members were lively.
We had very many visitors to our stall at the Town Show talking not just about Rampion 2 but also our recent activities, planning, etc, with some interest in joining the Society. A good day out and about.
Next Coffee Morning is 1st of October so do come back to us for that, we now need to rebuild after all that enforced separation.

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Coffee Morning Friday 3rd September 10:30am St. Mary’s Church Hall

Coffee Morning

Everyone Welcome

Friday 3rd September 10.30am

St. Mary’s Church Hall

We are having an informal meeting to talk about Rampion2 and to share news on our projects along with local news

Hope to see you there!

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Rampion 2 meeting

Rampion 2 consultation meeting report.

The meeting was jointly organised by the East Beach Residents Association and The Littlehampton Society. It was held in the Millennium Chamber on Tuesday 24th August before an over full house of invited guests, including Denise Patterson (a Deputy Lieutenant of West Sussex) and Councillors. Members of the public were also admitted.

The aim was to clarify the wider implications of the Rampion 2 wind farm proposals with presentations by Dr Colin Ross, Rob Brown and Larry Haas. At very short notice the RWE team changed their minds and said they would attend (virtually) after all, which meant reducing the amount of time allotted to each item.

For RWE, Vaughn Weighill and Chris Tomlinson showed us a condensed version of their publicly available presentation on the merits of Rampion 2. Questions and Answers were to be allowed later as time permitted.

Local architect Rob Brown gave a shorten version of his presentation on the history of climate change awareness and its mitigation concluding with his support for renewable energy but rejection of the proposed siting of Rampion 2.

Dr. Colin Ross has given his presentation to a number of local councils, some now being opposed to the development. His website: protectcoastalengland.org contains all the information you could need if you were unable to attend the meeting itself. His shortened version, with visual displays, gave an insight into both the harmful effects of this project and also the comparative efficiencies of other existing wind farms. His researches, based on scientific method not anecdotal evidence, have lead him to oppose Rampion 2 and to observe that the present wind farms will be replaced by more efficient forms of power generation within a decade or so.

With the little time available to him, Larry Haas took us through the order and dates of the various consultations which will take place before the very final decision is made, it will be several years before this matter is approved or rejected.

RWE returned to answer a few questions from the floor: we were informed that migrations had shown little impact from Rampion 1, that their present proposals did not break government guidelines and that the project was financially viable. It must be said their assurances contradicted the facts laid out by Dr Colin Ross.

Public statements made by Nick Gibb MP for Bognor & Littlehampton and by Andrew Griffin MP for Arundel & South Downs were read out, both are opposed to siting this wind farm so close to the Sussex coast.

Sue Penn read the reasons why the Committee had decided to oppose Rampion 2 whilst being in favour of renewable energy. Janet Crosley gave a brief idea of the massive volume of flying insects to and fro across the Sussex coast, rare and common species, and also the seabed creatures and plants that will all be put at risk.

We were finally asked to vote on the following resolutions:

Resolution 1

Participants in the community-led Public Meeting support and encourage all offshore wind power developments that fully respect Government policy and guidelines to avoid and minimise local harm.

This was carried with 76 votes.

Resolution2

Participants encourage ADC and WSCC to share Terms of Reference for their Local Impact Reports with residents for information and comment and have an open process to welcome community input/comment on the draft conclusions on the scope and significance impacts.

Carried unanimously.

Resolution 3

Participants feel that Rampion 2 EA should assess moving turbines 25 miles offshore as a “reasonable alternative”. A non-project alternative, as required in EIA Regulation 2017, should be an extension of a wind farm application in Dogger Bank.

Carried with 77 votes.

Our thanks to all who worked so hard to organise this event and the presentations. Special thanks to Elizabeth and Carlo for their audio/visual skills, also to Elizabeth for coolly co- chairing the meeting with David Warne of EBRA.

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AGM 2nd September 2021 Notice

The Littlehampton Society

 Notice of Annual General Meeting

 To be held at the Millennium Chamber

Manor House, Church Street, Littlehampton, West Sussex

BN17 5EW

Thursday 2nd September 2021

Arrive 6:30pm for 7pm

 

All are welcome

 

Speakers

Dr Ian Hendy

Portsmouth University

Presentation on Help our Kelp

 &

Protect Coastal England

Presentation on the Rampion 2 Windfarm Proposal

AGM 2021 Agenda

This year has been eventful – 2021

Minutes 19Sept19 AGM

TLS Accounts y e 20 21 i

TLS Accounts y e 20 21 ii

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August news

Our first post lock down Coffee Morning on Friday was an informal affair. With no invited speaker we sat in the round with members and interested parties getting up to date with the more pressing concerns of our town.

Good to report the lime tree by the arcade has been saved, and important to note it means the Regeneration Plans can be changed after all, so what next. We will continue to challenge applications showing poor, or bad, planning and to promote, even suggest, good planning examples.

You will be getting an invitation to a multi-group organised public meeting on 24th August to discuss the Rampton 2 proposals. Please RSVP if you are able to attend what will certainly be a highly informative evening.

Sue Penn continues to make progress with a projected Community Garden in the orchard behind Maltravers Bowling Green. She has Council support for this and plans for the raised beds are advancing, the next hurdle will be arrangements for a water supply. This garden will be a great asset to the community, another local activity of use to many groups and to our residents. Any offers of help, short or long term, or useful suggestions please do contact us.

Now things are starting to happen once again we hope to be issuing more frequent newsletters to keep you informed of local matters of interest to this Society.

Stay well and we hope to see you at our AGM at 7 pm on Thursday 2nd September in the Millennium Chamber as usual. Oh, and please bring any subs that are due.

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Coffee Mornings are back

Come and join us for a chat
Being the first meeting we’ve had in such a long time, the conversation will be open to any topics that arise. We would like to hear what you’ve got to say.

Masks are optional, hand washing areas are available and windows will be open. Seating will be spaced further than previously arranged.

 

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Wind Farm Consultation

Dear Members,

We hope this finds you well, and enjoying life in many ways.

This is a reminder that the Statement for Community Consultation for the proposed Rampion 2 extension project is being offered in paper format at the Littlehampton Library, Maltravers Road, BN17 5NA. These will be freely available until Monday, 12 July, 2021.

Alternatively, you can obtain a copy online, here, and also read the Littlehampton Town Council’s press release, here.

This proposal for a large-scale industrial power station along the entire horizon of the Sussex Bay is something we need to be fully aware of and give our input to. We have until 14 September 2021 to have our say.

The Littlehampton Society will be hosting a market stall in the High Street as part of LOCA’s Artisan Market, on Saturday, 17 July, 2021, from 11:00 to 15:00. We will ensure to bring as much information as possible, so please do come down to visit us if you can.

We wish you all the best, and look forward to seeing you in town on the 17th, if you can make it, as we have missed seeing your faces.

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Save the tree

Dear Members
Arun District Council is planning to remove the lime tree at the entrance of the arcade as part of the town centre improvements. This is a beautiful tree, which has been a part of our town centre for many years and we want it to remain.

If you want to have your say about the tree and the regeneration design please come along to a gathering at 10am Saturday 3rd July at the arcade entrance, where a reporter from the Littlehampton Gazette wishes to hear the views of the community.

Please tell family and friends.

Sorry for the short notice.

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Starting to happen

May is due to bring an easing of the lockdown conditions and changes in our councils. Arun District Council will move from Cabinets to Committees on the 19th which should mean that decision making powers will be spread more widely among our representatives.

Regeneration: the committee will be handing over to a new Economic Committee , yet to be formed, however, at the last meeting it was agreed to revisit the old “Vision” plans for our seafront, which you will recall caused us all to step up and Save the Windmill, presumably they will be commending it to the new committee in due course and we may need to save the Windmill again!

Rampion 2: the running saga over public consultation continues giving the impression that the company wishes it to be very short and kept away from contentious topics. Our Society has added its support to the fine work by Larry Haas and the East Beach Residents Association, among others, calling for more discussion of the these most intrusive proposals. We urge everyone to become aware of the potential effects of this wind farm extension.

Boklok: the plans are out for the development between The Academy and Rose Mead Park and your committee are largely in favour of them, with one or two reservations. The homes will be largely built off site and will contain elements of affordable and social housing. You can see them on ADC planning site, ref LU/116/21/PL, look at the access, density, height, etc, and see what you think, we would like to know.

Beach Huts: the application for 20 more beach huts along the seafront has been rejected on the grounds that they would block the view to the detriment of residents and visitors alike. This may not be the last we hear of this project as it has some backing at council level, so do watch out for it.

Pier Road: will be closed to traffic again this year (mid May to end of September); more outside tables and the promise of entertainments as the restrictions are lifted. Our Town Council want to keep things quite low key to avoid congestion but it is a welcomed start in our opinion.

Some local groups are planning small events for late summer onwards and we have our fingers crossed for suitable weather to enjoy them. We would ask you to remember to keep it local, our traders and our volunteers need all the help we can give them.

The Littlehampton Society are looking to hold our coffee mornings again as soon as is possible (July?) and we will be considering ways to increase and involve our membership so would welcome any input, ideas, areas of concern or offers of help.

There will be much to be done to rejuvenate our town over the next few years and your Society would like to be a part of the process.

The Committee.