Tuesday, 31 July 2012

My August Sussex Local article - Localism and the Arundel Neighbourhood Plan

A new home in Littlehampton

Localism and the Arundel Neighbourhood Plan, what sort of town do you want, how do you want Arundel to develop? The Coalition government is advanced in its plans to delegate powers to Arun District Council and Arundel Town Council.

The Town Council has been given a £20,000 grant by the government and is busy preparing a Neighbourhood plan and is consulting on what should go into this plan and what matters to the town. 
 This document will be important for the future development of Arundel and the powers it gives the town council to decide what should happen.  Your views are important and you should all have your say in what you want for Arundel.

Other Parishes are doing much the same; in fact 18 parishes in Arun have started Neighbourhood plans which are one of the highest numbers in the country.
The District is close to completing is Local Plan (LDF) and is committed to building 400* houses a year for the next 15 years, most of these houses will either be in Bersted (North Bognor Regis) or be to the north of Littlehampton which is close to Lyminster, and some of this development will pay for the Lyminster By-Pass.

The plans for the Lyminster by-pass can be seen on my new web site www.pauldendle.org, this will link to a road bridge over the railway and a new link road into the centre of Littlehampton (coming out by the roundabout at the Police Station).
All change is unsettling, but one change we need for the economic vitality of the District is the Arundel By-Pass, as confirmed in earlier columns, Arun, West Sussex and Horsham Councils are funding a report for the economic argument for the by-pass, once this is completed, this will be the tool to argue the economic case for the By-Pass.

  I am working behind the scenes to ensure we do not get development that will be damaging to the town and I will fight to maintain its special character and push for positive change.  Until next month, please keep updated via my web site www.pauldendle.org  email Pauldendle@aol.com 

*In the consultation document we have the 400 houses that we agreed at Council but we also have to show another option of 565 as detailed in the SE Plan as that hasn't been revoked yet.

Tuesday, 10 July 2012

Lyminster Bypass

A284 Junction Option one 
Last night at the Joint Downland meeting there were several questions from worried Lyminster residents regarding the proposed Lyminster By Pass. I had attended a seminar in May regarding the By-pass,  this will start just south of the Crossbush interchange along the A284 and runs directly into the link road which cuts through the new North Littlehampton development and goes over the Railway via a new bridge which goes to the centre of Littlehampton coming out by the Police Station. 

 The link road has already been started from the Littlehampton end.  Monies have been identified for the section north of the new housing and plans have been drawn up which you can see below. 

The proposed route
Last night at the meeting there were concerns that this bypass would increase movements through the old village, I think this is a misunderstanding as the traffic will be routed away from the old village, and if anything it will make Lyminster  once again a rural idyll.  But option two would  go south of  some of the existing houses which would cause a split.   I am happy to make representations on behalf of the village and come along with Karl Roberts (Asst Director & Head of Planning) to any residents meetings that are arranged.
A284 Junction Option 2

Thursday, 5 July 2012

My Sussex Local Monthly Article - CPZ (Car Parking zone)

West Sussex Council  (WSCC) are currently consulting on a car parking zone for Arundel,   What is a car parking zone and why have many of you not received a questionnaire?.

Civil Parking enforcement was taken over  from Sussex Police two years ago by WSCC and because Arun District Council had the responsibility of the off street car parks, WSCC asked Arun to manage the new on street responsibilities.  So this is why you see Arun staff policing the on street parking enforcement,  but the ultimately the responsibility for this function is West Sussex County Council’s.

When CPE came in there were already car parking restrictions in place although in reality in Arundel they have been dormant for 10 years because Sussex Police had withdrawn car parking wardens

In Consultation with Arun two years ago it was decided that the old restrictions would be enforced with a few tweaks and this is the system that is now in place.  It was decided also that the three main towns of the District Littlehampton, Bognor Regis and Arundel  should be considered for a  CPZ (Car Parking zone) but only if local residents wanted it and the restrictions should be decided by residents and Business’s affected.

WSCC proposed that the old town east of the river should be the CPZ, they consulted myself and I asked that the area off Ford road should be included as well and that a number of civic and community groups that should be included,   The questionnaires were then issued to all residents and business’s in the proposed area of the CPZ.

In the town meeting on the 01st of May several residents thought that the questionnaire was slanted in favour of residents parking scheme, also town councillors thought that the entire town should have been consulted and not just the residents within the zone. 

I can assure all residents that this is purely a consultation exercise by West Sussex Council, there is no pre-determination on any options, but as one of your District Councillor’s I will act as your advocate and try and reflect all your views.

The Consultation may recommend that the current status quo is maintained,   but the important thing is that those who have received the questionnaire should fill it in and return it to the address provided.   Until next month I wish you an enjoyable Jubilee celebration -   www.pauldendle.com

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Option A Pink blue route for Arundel By-Pass

Option A Pink blue route for Arundel By-Pass