PH(N)RA AGM Information

A Message from Kevan McCarthy – Chairman Pound Hill North Resident Association

At the PH(N)RA, Annual General Meeting (AGM) held on the 12th September, I presented the extended version of my Chairman’s report.

  1. PH(N)RA Recruitment
  2. As part of our succession planning we are looking for new members to join the committee, previously we have advertised on the website and have sent out emails to our mailing list.

    I have recently created another advertisement to go in a future Crawley Borough Council e-newsletter to Pound Hill residents. Last week this was forwarded to Pav Randhawa, who is the CBC Community Development Officer.

  3. Gatwick Airport
  4. In July 2011, the recommendation from the Davis commission was that Heathrow would be the best option for expansion, however they also hedged-their-bets by saying that Gatwick was still a viable option.

    In summary:

    • Heathrow was the only option that satisfied the desired financial returns.
    • Heathrow was deemed as more accessible, with access from all directions, whereas Gatwick has limited access from North and South only.

    In October 2016 the Government gave its support for a new runway at Heathrow Airport. The decision is to be subject to a ‘full and fair’ consultation before it is finalised in winter 2017.

    We will continue to monitor feedback from this consultation. However, in my opinion, Gatwick would require considerable investment in surrounding infrastructure for it to ever become a viable option.

  5. PH(N)RA Promotion
  6. PH(N)RA have been involved in a number of activities to help raise the profile of the association

    • Victorian Picnic
    • PH(N)RA were in attendance at the Victorian Picnic on Sunday 16th July. We provided Hook-a-Duck and Hoopla which proved to be very popular with both the children and their parents!

      The Victorian picnic is going from strength-to-strength, and we look forward to seeing you all there next year.

    • Town Wide Forum
    • We have continued to attend the Town Wide Forum meetings introduced by CBC. These meeting allow the various associations from across the town to share ideas and best practice. Some of the items discussed, included fund raising, grant application and solutions to common neighbourhood issues.

      We have met with Bob Lanzer (WSCC Cabinet Member for Infrastructure and Highways) to discuss parking problems. For the next meeting Peter Lamb (Leader of CBC) is planning to attend.

    • Neighbourhood Watch
    • PH(N)RA were in attendance at the AGM of the Sussex Neighbourhood Watch Federation on the 20th October

    • Crawley Clinical Commissioning Group (CCCG)
    • We had a meeting with Dr Amit Bhargava from CCCG who was until recently it’s Chief Clinical Officer. Whilst it was difficult to see how we could support the CCCG, PH(N)RA agreed to post their promotional material on our website and we reported back what we believed to be some Crawley specific health issues.

  7. Speeding
  8. The number of people using the estate as a rat-run appears to be largely unchanged, and there still appears to be an small number of people who pay no regard to the speed limits.

    This is evident on roads such as Bycroft Way, St. Mary’s Drive, Chaucer Road, Grattons Drive, Pembroke Road, Somerville Drive and St. Catherines Road. The recent accident on St. Catherines indicating that the current speed calming measures along that stretch of road are somewhat ineffective.

    To determine the impact of the new housing at Forge Wood, and changes to existing road junctions, I think we need to monitor the traffic flow through the estate.

    Report it
    Report anti-social driving and speeding to the police via the Operation Crackdown website portal website www.operationcrackdown.org

  9. Parking
  10. There are still a number of problem areas near Three Bridges that suffer from commuter parking, and I recently found out that flats at Three Bridges (Trafalgar Gardens) have paid parking that some residents avoid, by parking on St Mary’s Drive.

    There are some issues with holidaymaker and other ‘long term’ parking, at roadsides and/or in Laybys. Unfortunately unless the vehicle is dangerously parked, causes problems for the emergency services or is untaxed, there appears to be little that we can do about it.

    The position on parking by the current administration, is that WSCC is the highways agency so parking is their problem. Whereas I believe that the lack of parking provision with new developments is exasperating the problem, and just blaming WSCC is ‘throwing in the towel’ rather than doing something about it.

    I accept this is a very difficult problem due to the number of vehicles on the road, continued town expansion and increasing house prices (keeping children in their family home for longer).

    Report it
    Report parking issues to Dan Holloway via email email carparking@crawley.gov.uk please use this email to report impassable or dangerous parking, in particular if you feel that such parking would hinder the emergency services.

  11. Worth Park Gardens
  12. Last year PH(N)RA donated a bench to Worth Park Gardens, this was initially located in the courtyard at Ridleys court. I am now pleased to announce that the bench has been relocated to a ‘more prominent’ position adjacent to the Monkey Puzzle tree that we also donated.

    PH(N)RA have also offered some money towards planters at Worth Park, either four small ones at the entrance to Ridleys court, or to contribute towards the fixing of an original planter donated from the Fred Dench estate.

    A number of artwork installations have been introduced to Worth Park Gardens in the last year, including the Timeline Totem and three Wooden Cows.

    • The ‘Timeline Totem’ was completed in November 2016, after being carved from a storm-damaged tree by West Sussex chainsaw sculptor Simon Groves in just seven days.
    • The ‘Wooden Cows’ were completed in April 2017, and in keeping with the history of the park, they are located close to the ha-ha. They also ‘explain’ the purpose of the ha-ha, a walled ditch intended to be invisible from the house, used to keep cattle from straying into the formal gardens.

    Recently we have had a “wildlife disaster” at Worth Park Lake. Where due to a low water level, more than 50 ducks and geese died as a result of algae poisoning. Whilst the situation has recovered as the water level has increased – CBC are looking at options to prevent this happening again in the future.

  13. Forge Wood Estate / North East Sector
  14. The development at Forge Wood is continuing, however this has not been without its setbacks. More of the land has been deemed as unsuitable for housing due to issues with drainage and because the development must contain 1900 houses, there is no other choice but to squeeze the houses closer together. (To increase the dwellings per hectare)

    Some road junction changes are already under way – such as the junction of Crawley Avenue (A2011) and Balcombe Road (B2036), were two way traffic flow is being introduced to allow Forge Wood traffic to get onto the M23 without needing to travel down to Hazelwick roundabout (this effectively stops people, from needing to performing a ‘U’ turn).

    The Forge Wood Primary School has opened for the new academic year in its new buildings, previously the school was a pre-fabricated modular build. The staff and students were really looking forward to the new facilities that greeted them after the summer break.

  15. Website Statistics
  16. For the last twelve months

    Visits 48,930 Total – 139 people per day
    Posts / Articles Published 62
    Emails sent 4
    Service interruptions None

  17. Ward Councillors
  18. The three ward Councillors for Pound Hill North are

    1. Richard Burrett on phone 01293 522338. Richard is also a County Councillor at West Sussex County Council (WSCC)
    2. Tina Belben on phone 01293 438625. Staring her second year as Ward Councillor for this area.
    3. Kevan McCarthy on phone 07879 841570, Starting my third year as Ward Councillor and as PH(N)RA Chairman.

  19. Crawley Borough Council (CBC)
  20. We have a new chief executive at CBC Natalie Brahma-Pearl who has recently taken over from Lee Harris.

    On the 7th August 2017 Natalie met up with the local councillors for a tour of Pound Hill North. giving Tina, Richard and myself the opportunity to showcase the ward and highlight any local problems.

  21. Acknowledgements
  22. Thank you to both, Jane Stanford who manages the Peterhouse Parade noticeboard and Chris Beech who manages the Wakehams Green noticeboard.

    Thank you to Jim Swift, who does our printing and provides the AV equipment for the A.G.M.

    During the year the Committee met six times and all meetings were well attended. Thank you to everyone on the Committee for their ongoing support and efforts.

    We would like to take the opportunity to pass on our condolences to Sally Blake (former Mayor and Pound Hill North Councillor) whose husband Keith recently passed away. Keith himself was a former Mayor and ward Councillor for Gossops Green and more recently, he was actively opposed to expansion at Gatwick Airport.

  23. Latest News
    1. Road junction improvements at Three Bridges are currently under way, details are here on our Website, this link includes plans for each of the seven junctions
    2. There is a proposal for a Travellers site near Copthorne Road (A2220) and Land At Lower Hollow Copse Copthorne Road Copthorne West Sussex
    3. Planning – Application Summary

      DM/17/3519 | Proposed change of use of land to residential to form two Sites. Site A – proposed laying out of 12 permanent pitches for the gypsy and traveller community. Erection of a site manager’s office and amenity blocks and laying out of internal roads, parking, and associated drainage works and landscaping. Repositioning of vehicular access to Hollow Copse and close off the existing. Site B – proposed laying out of 4 permanent pitches for the gypsy and traveller community; associated access roads, drainage works and landscaping. Modifications to the existing vehicular access to Copthorne Road. | Land At Lower Hollow Copse Copthorne Road Copthorne West Sussex.

      website pa.midsussex.gov.uk/online-applications/

      Although I am not sure of the exact cut-off date to lodge objections. If you have any objections it is advised that you submit them as a matter of urgency.

    Regards Kevan McCarthy
    Chairman PH(N)RA

Annual General Meeting 2017

19th Annual General Meeting

Notice is hereby given that the Nineteenth Annual General Meeting of PH(N)RA will be held on Tuesday 12th September 2017, in the North Hall, Hazelwick School, commencing at 7:30pm finishing before 9:00pm

Please note due to constrains with the room booking, this meeting will be finished before 9:00pm

  1. Apologies received
  2. Chairman’s report
  3. Minutes of the 2015 AGM
  4. Matters arising
  5. Election of Officers and Committee Members
    1. Chairman
    2. Vice-Chairman
    3. Secretary
    4. Treasurer
    5. (and up to) 8 other committee members
  6. Treasurer’s Report
  7. Election of Auditor for the year commencing 1st August 2017
  8. A talk given by Edwina Livesey – Participation Officer, Worth Park, CBC
  9. Any Other Business

If you are a member please make every effort to attend.

We look forward to seeing you on the 12th September.

Kevan McCarthy

Chairman

Please note: – the Annual General Meeting is for Members Only,
non-members will be able to join on the night and then attend the meeting.

PH(N)RA AGM Information

A Message from Kevan McCarthy – Chairman Pound Hill North Resident Association

At the PH(N)RA, Annual General Meeting AGM held on the 13th September, I raised a number of concerns for the organisation and the wider community. For some of the topics discussed, other organisations were identified.

Contact details for these other organisations were shared at the AGM. However it was recognised that this information would be difficult to remember from a verbal presentation, so it was agreed that it would also be shared via our Website.

Parking / Commuter Parking

Dangerous parking can be reported directly to Crawley Borough Council, the department is “Parking Enforcement” which includes On Street and Controlled Parking Zones.

The Manager is Dan Holloway and their email is email carparking@crawley.gov.uk please use this email to report impassable or dangerous parking, in particular if you feel that such parking would hinder the emergency services.

Be aware that parking on the pavement anywhere behind double yellow lines is also illegal.

You are welcome to air you views on parking issues, the best place being the East Crawley County Local Committees (EC-CLC) meetings, held at Crawley Library.

The last meeting was the 12th September, the next meeting is scheduled for the 23rd November 2016 followed by the 1st March 2017 – both of these are planned to start at 7.00pm

See West Sussex County Council website for future dates.

website www.westsussex.gov.uk/…/east-crawley-clc/

If you plan to attend the meeting, and wish to comment on a particular scheme, it would be beneficial to have some alternative suggestions in mind.

Anti-social Driving and Speeding
We have had a number of enquiries about anti-social driving and speeding, we have a number of options available.

– Report it
Report anti-social driving and speeding to the police via the Operation Crackdown website portal website www.operationcrackdown.org

Please report all incidents that you see, even if you don’t have all the information. The number of reports will demonstrate that there is a problem in a particular area, and could ultimately support the request for speed calming measures.

– Speed calming measures
Speed calming, road schemes and signs need to be approved by West Sussex County Council (WSCC). You can request traffic calming for your road on-line (see link above) alternatively you should be able to make a request at the the East Crawley County Local Committees, alternatively contact one of your local Councillors.

website www.westsussex.gov.uk/roads-and-travel/raise-an-enquiry-about-a-road-or-pavement/

Ward Councillors

There are three ward Councillors for Pound Hill North: –

1. Richard Burrett on phone 01293 522338. Richard is also a County Councillor at West Sussex County Council (WSCC)

2. Tina Belben on phone 01293 438625. Tina replaced Keith Brockwell in the May 2016 local elections.

3. Kevan McCarthy on phone 07879 841570, elected in 2015, so just starting second year as Ward Councillor.

Regards Kevan McCarthy
Chairman PH(N)RA

PH(N)RA AGM Information from WSCC

A message from Terina Bryant – Principal Community Officer (Crawley)

Message originally delivered at the PH(N)RA AGM Meeting 13 September 2016

The Crawley Community Operations Team are part of the WSCC Communities and Public Protection Directorate. This directorate comprises of Fire and Rescue, Trading Standards, Prevention & Intervention and WSCC Community Safety and Wellbeing.

The team is comprised of 3 people – Terina Bryant, Kath Brooks and Paul Niner. who are based in Crawley and support statutory, voluntary and community activity that improves the health and wellbeing of the residents of Crawley.

Our focus is on the WSCC Future West Sussex plan 2015-19, and specifically our work concentrates on the following priorities, with a community based focus:

  • Giving children the best start in life
  • Promoting independence in later life

Our team works supporting WSCC Elected Members in their role as Community Champions, and we provide WSCC Commissioners with “on the ground” local contact to communities and voluntary organisations. WSCC is keen to work with residents on creating local solutions to issues that impact and affect them – and our team works with our partners in the County Council and Crawley Borough Council to strengthen community resilience.

Additionally, we promote and administer the WSCC Grants programme for Small Grants (up to £1,000) – and work with Members and colleagues on 2 other WSCC funding streams – Community Initiative Fund and the Members Big Society Grant fund.

Finally, our work is linked to the WSCC Public Health Directorate, and we work with our local community around the “5 Ways of Wellbeing” – which underpins our work in West Sussex and is central to the 3 grant streams mentioned above. More details can be found here: website www.neweconomics.org/…/five-ways-to-well-being

Specifically tonight, I’d like to mention the following things which may be of interest to you:

Connect to Support – This is a new website for care and support, information, advice, products and services for adults in West Sussex. You can either go online or if you need help using the website, you can call the Adult’s Carepoint on phone 01243 642121. The information has details of local products that can help you at home, local activities and groups, and you can buy care products and services in the online market. Additionally, you can find information about getting funded social care.

Hate Incident Support Line – A significant priority within WSCC’s work on developing stronger, more resilient communities is to tackle hate incidents and hate crimes. As part of this work, we commission a Hate Incident Support Service from Victim Support. A hate incident is actions or words that are targeted at a person because the perpetrator is hostile or prejudiced towards the victims actual, or perceived disability, race or ethnicity, religion or belief, sexual orientation, or transgender identity.

Anyone can be a victim or a witness of a hate crime or incident.
In an emergency ring phone 999. To report a non-emergency incident contact Victim Support phone 01293 613010. Their local office is at Woodfield Rd, Crawley, RH10 8ER. Their website is website www.victimsupport.org.uk

Opening Doors to Services – this free event has been organised by the West Sussex Minorities Health and Social Care Group. It is an event where you can find out what is available in your community to support you in your health and wellbeing. It is open to all, but we are particularly encouraging BME residents to attend. It looks like an interesting and lively event, and you can even have a hand & head massage and take part in an African drum circle! The venue is The Civic Hall on the 22nd October between 10-2pm

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Memory Walk – this is the first year that this will be in Crawley! It takes place on Friday the 21st October at 11 am at Tilgate Park. There will be 2 walks- a short walk around Tilgate Lake, and a longer 60 minute walk around the park itself. The event is to raise funds for Alzheimer’s Society. After the walk, why not stop and have refreshments – home made cakes made by the Forget Me Not Club in Crawley.

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Showcase Event – not in Crawley, but in Horsham. This year the event is open to the public, as well as professional teams working in health and social care. There will be over 50 standholders from the voluntary sector, District and Borough Councils as well as the multi-disciplinary teams. Come along – it is free and is a drop in from 10.30-1pm on the 1st November at County Hall North, Horsham.

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Action Research – we are looking for volunteers who are happy to spend approximately 45 minutes to an hour being interviewed on a one to one basis. The aim of the interview is to find how people live well, what helps them adopt healthy lifestyles. We hope that inspiring stories and ideas will be shared more widely across the Crawley community to increase everyone’s understanding of how we can support each other in living well.

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Terina Bryant

phone Office: 03302 228710
phone Mobile: 07515 052342

email terina.bryant@westsussex.gov.uk
Principal Community Officer (Crawley), Communities and Public Protection Directorate, West Sussex County Council
County Hall North,
Chart Way,
Horsham,
West Sussex, RH12 1XH


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Members Information – PH(N)RA

Members Information

The Pound Hill North Residents Association have donated a bench to Worth Park Gardens.

Last weekend members of the PH(N)RA committee, took the opportunity to pose with the bench that was purchased for Worth Park Gardens.

The PH(N)RA bench is situated in the corner of the courtyard at Ridley’s court. Being of a high quality and well constructed it should provide many years of use for the local community.

Pound Hill North Residents Association committee members 2016

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Members of the committee: Alan Meeks, Kath Watson (Hon. Treasurer), Alan Quine, Chris Beech, Kevan McCarthy (Chairman), Ken Champion, Evelyn Ashford (Hon. Secretary) – missing Annette Benham (Membership Secretary)

This is not the first time we have made purchases on behalf of the community. We also have a monkey puzzle tree (with plaque) near to the fountain in the main garden and we have agreed to contribute towards a large planter in the gardens.

We are always looking for other opportunities to improve the local environment and would welcome any suggestions from our residents. Please contact us on email PH(N)RA general@phnra.co.uk

Kevan McCarthy
Chairman

Annual General Meeting 2016

18th Annual General Meeting

Notice is hereby given that the Eighteenth Annual General Meeting of PH(N)RA will be held on Tuesday 13th September 2016, in the South Hall, Hazelwick School, commencing at 7:30pm

  1. Apologies received
  2. Chairman’s report
  3. Minutes of the 2015 AGM
  4. Matters arising
  5. Election of Officers and Committee Members
    1. Chairman
    2. Vice-Chairman
    3. Secretary
    4. Treasurer
    5. (and up to) 8 other committee members
  6. Treasurer’s Report
  7. Election of Auditor for the year commencing 1st August 2016
  8. A talk given by Edwina Livesey – Participation Officer, Worth Park, CBC
  9. Any Other Business

If you are a member please make every effort to attend.

We look forward to seeing you on the 13th September.

Kevan McCarthy

Chairman

Please note: – the Annual General Meeting is for Members Only,
non-members will be able to join on the night and then attend the meeting.

PH(N)RA Committee Members

PHNRA

Join us – as part of our succession planning, we are looking for committee members

To perform our role, we: –

  • Circulate information to our members, via email and our website
  • Keep a lookout for issues that affect the local area
  • Monitor local press, national news and press releases from various local businesses
  • Review Traffic Regulation Orders (TRO) and local planning applications
  • Produce and review documents
  • Promote the Association at local events
  • Generate content for our website to maintain its popularity
  • Attend bi-monthly meetings and all have the opportunity to present concerns to the group
  • Have funding to spend on local area improvements
  • Analyse technical reports in order to understand the implications on the local environment

We monitor a number of local issues, including: –

  • Proposed Airport Expansion, 2nd Runway at Gatwick
  • Traffic Calming, Yellow Lines and Parking Problems
  • North East Sector (Forge Wood Estate)
  • Planning Applications and Housing Developments
  • Worth Park Gardens
  • Grattons Playing Fields
  • Three Bridges Station
  • Local Policing and Community Wardens
  • Refuse Collection, Littering and Dog Bins
  • Environmental issues including Air Quality

Join us – demonstrate support for your local community. Be informed over the future, be active in your neighbourhood and be proud that you’re involved.

We are looking for energetic, dedicated people. We can utilise a varied skill set and appreciate that everyone has something to offer.

If you are interested in supporting and improving the local community – contact us today email PH(N)RA general@phnra.co.uk

PH(N)RA – To work for and on behalf of all members regarding the good order and well‑being of the area of Pound Hill North.

Regards Kevan

Kevan McCarthy
Chairman Pound Hill (North) Residents Association

Annual General Meeting 2015

17th Annual General Meeting

Notice is hereby given that the Seventeenth Annual General Meeting of PH(N)RA will be held on Tuesday 8th September 2015, in the East Hall, Hazelwick School, commencing at 7.30pm

  1. Apologies received
  2. Acting Chairman’s report
  3. Minutes of the 2013 AGM
  4. Matters arising
  5. Election of Officers and Committee Members
    1. Chairman
    2. Vice-Chairman
    3. Secretary
    4. Treasurer
    5. (and up to) 8 other committee members
  6. Treasurer’s Report
  7. Election of Auditor for the year commencing 1st August 2015
  8. Any Other Business

If you are a member please make every effort to attend.

We look forward to seeing you on the 8th September.

Alan Quine

Acting Chairman

Please note: – the Annual General Meeting is for Members Only,
non-members will be required to join if they wish to attend.

Annual General Meeting 2014

16th Annual General Meeting

Notice is hereby given that the Sixteenth Annual General Meeting of PH(N)RA will be held on Tuesday 9th September 2014, in the East Hall, Hazelwick School, commencing at 7.30pm

  1. Apologies received
  2. Acting Chairman’s report
  3. Minutes of the 2013 AGM
  4. Matters arising
  5. Election of Officers and Committee Members
    1. Chairman
    2. Vice-Chairman
    3. Secretary
    4. Treasurer
    5. 8 other committee members
  6. Treasurer’s Report
  7. Election of Auditor for the year commencing 1st August 2014
  8. A short talk given by Peter Jordan from Gatwick Area Conservation Campaign (GACC)
  9. Any Other Business

If you are a member please make every effort to attend.

We look forward to seeing you on the 9th September.

Alan Quine

Acting Chairman

Please note: – the Annual General Meeting is for Members Only,
non-members will be required to join if they wish to attend.

Annual General Meeting 2013

15th Annual General Meeting

Notice is hereby given that the Fifteenth Annual General Meeting of PH(N)RA will be held on Tuesday 10th September 2013, in the East Hall, Hazelwick School, commencing at 7.30pm

  1. Apologies received
  2. Acting Chairman’s report
  3. Minutes of the 2012 AGM
  4. Matters arising
  5. Election of Officers and Committee Members
    1. Chairman
    2. Vice-Chairman
    3. Secretary
    4. Treasurer
    5. 8 other committee members
  6. Treasurer’s Report
  7. Election of Auditor for the year commencing 1st August 2012
  8. A short talk given by Police Officer Mark Farrell
  9. Any Other Business

If you are a member please make every effort to attend.

We look forward to seeing you on the 10th September.

Alan Quine

Acting Chairman

Please note: – the Annual General Meeting is for Members Only,
non-members will be required to join if they wish to attend.
Facilities to join will only be available until the start of the meeting