The North Lancing Community Association website
The North Lancing Community Association was founded in October 2006 to "promote the village, to act as a forum for residents views and to work towards creating community spirit"  

 

 

Click here to visit www.northlancing.org a community website for the area set up by Andy

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If you wish to join the NLCA, please click on this link to read our constitution and check whether you live in our geographical area.

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  NLCA Coffee mornings 10am until Noon

 

Tuesday 22nd March at the home of Betty Woods, 12 The Street

 

Tuesday 26th April at Pauline and Colin’s home 16 Manor Road

 

Tuesday 17th May at the home of Wendy and Peter Bowers “Pippins” 24 Bramber Close, Sompting

 

 

  

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Chairman’s Chat Brrrr … After a remarkably mild winter (I only saw snow once) Spring is starting on a very cold note. That said, all the gardens are looking lovely with that mixture of bulbs and flowering trees that are the hallmark of the new season. The snap above taken in Mill Road makes the point.  Unfortunately, despite our best efforts, that magic number of 30 did not come forward to make the May holiday a reality. These things happen. Not paid your 2015/6 subs yet? As ever, it is £2.50 per household and if you are not sure if you have paid or not, please text or mail and I will check

Andy Brook 0787 5627153
andy@northlancing.org  
 

Our next NLCA Coffee Morning is on Tuesday 22nd March 2016 10am until noon at 12 The Street courtesy of Betty Woods

News from the EWEs
And a good night was had by all. About 60 people packed the hall and made an awful lot of noise. It was so good to see so many people enjoying an evening of daft questions and excellent Fish & Chips. Shall we do it again? Of course we will! Keep reading your Newsletter for the next date.

What’s coming next?
The Poppy Factory.
We buy our Poppies and wear them with pride; now is your chance to see them being made. On 20th June we are going to visit the Poppy Factory in Richmond. On arrival, we will have an introductory talk accompanied by tea and biscuits, followed by a guided tour around the factory. There is a shop where you can purchase Poppy related goodies. After the visit, we can take a short walk to the riverbank where there are cafes etc. for you to buy some lunch. The minibus will leave at 08.30 from Miller & Carter car park and return at 4.30 ish. The cost will be £23.00. Please call Rita on 755096 or June on 755522 to book your place.
The Sussex Prairie Gardens. We promised you a return visit to see the gardens at a different time of year. As you know gardens change day-by-day, week-by-week, so if you want to see what grows in May, come along and see for yourselves. See next Newsletter for exact date.
Recycling Centre.  We can’t give you a date yet as we have to wait until the end of March before we can book. Hopefully we will have a date for you in the next Newsletter.  House of Commons visit. We are arranging another visit to the House of Commons for a tour and meeting up with our local MP. We think it might be in September, so watch this space.  The Sussex Barn. We are planning another visit, walk or drive, to the Sussex Barn in September, no details yet, more later.
Antiques Afternoon. Another old favourite, again no date yet. We are trying to get Henry Nichols to spill the beans on what happens away from the TV cameras. We are waiting to hear from Henry re dates. Keep watching your Newsletter for updates.

  

Above. A visit to Loseley Park 14 12 15 - photo from Graham Court
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Meet Stewart Metcalfe (PCSO) Police Community Support Officer for North Lancing “My main area of responsibility is the Manor ward in North Lancing where I aim to work with the community to address local issues, ensuring that Lancing remains a great place to live and work. From the shop keepers in the high street to the dog walkers on the Downs, I meet a wide spectrum of people within our community and it is great to hear everyone’s points of view” Stewart Metcalfe PCSO Manor Ward Lancing Adur NPT Lancing Police Station 107-111 North Road LANCING BN15 9BB  www.sussex.police.uk Twitter @NorthLancingPol  Mobile 07920 723699 
Above. Magnolia brightens the day behind The Potter

A27 Upgrade You will probably know about the planned upgrade to the A27, in particular between the Airport traffic lights and Swandean.  There is a group called the A27 Working Group comprised of various Business organisations, local Politicians and MPs and various Residents groups; I am part of that group, representing the NLCA.  This is just a quick update on what I have already said in previous newsletters and Business meetings.  It’s a quick one because not much has happened, and not much is due to happen from our point of view for some time.  Here is a summary of the timetable:

1. Options Identification – Nov 2015 to Nov 2016 2. Options Selection – Nov 2016 to July 2017
3. Preliminary Design – July 2017 to July 2018 4. Statutory Procedures & Powers – July 2018 to Aug 2019 5. Construction Preparation - Aug 2019 to March 2020 6. Construction, Commissioning & Handover – March 2020 to March 2022

Key milestones:  1. Public Consultations – Spring 2017 2. Consultations Report - Summer 2017 3. Preferred Route Announcement - Summer 2017

So you see, it’s a long term plan.  However, Highways England are already narrowing down their options, and seem to be concentrating on a single route along the existing road, changing the current single track portion into a dual carriageway and improving junctions.  There are no plans for expensive tunnelling or new ‘expressway’ options.  Many of the local resident groups have expressed concern particularly about the ‘dualling’ and have formed a new group, Adur and Worthing Residents Association’ (AWRA); we are part of that group, whose remit is to represent better the views of the locals (which are not always in accord with Businesses and Politicians).  The main objection to the dualling idea is based on the opinion that it will have no beneficial effect, in that it will simply generate more traffic (a common problem when the capacity of a road is increased), but that it will have a seriously detrimental effect of blighting many households with the possibility of compulsorily purchasing and demolishing their homes, and will of course cost a lot of taxpayers money, quite possibly to little or no avail  This is not to mention the huge disruption during the build for at least two years.  The AWRA want Highways England to put much more consideration into intelligent traffic management than they seem to be doing; these have been implemented in several towns and cities around the world so this is not setting a precedent and could be a lot more effective and cheaper than adopting the usual measure of adding lanes, which anyone who has used the M25 for a few years will know has little or no beneficial effect on traffic congestion.  The ten lane section to the South is often the most congested, doing a half decent impression of a busy car park a lot of the time! The AWRA is asking for local resident’s views about the Upgrade, so that they can accurately represent them to Highways England and other organisations (including the A27 Working Group), so if you have something you want to say do please get in touch.  I have had a few responses to my last request for this but not many.  You could also write something for the next newsletter if you wish to let others know your views.  David Stevenson  d.j.stevenson@gmail.com

NLCA committee 2015/2016 The following were voted in at our AGM on 20/11/15 - , June White, Delia Parker (Secretary),  Carson Albury, Ricky Hannam, Janet Guest , Andy Brook (Chair). The Treasurer position will be shared until May 2016 when Carson will take over that role

Jottings from the Hill  March 2016 – Signs of Spring There comes a time every year when winter moves almost imperceptibly into spring.  Longer daylight hours and warmer sunny days start to provide a welcome respite from the drabness of winter.   On those brighter days there is a different atmosphere of optimism and calm that seems to seep into our being and we, too, begin to feel the draw of spring and its new beginnings.  And so it has been on the Reserve.  They are early days yet, but already there are the signs of spring around us.  The paths are finally drying out and the daily walk is much less of an unpleasant challenge.  Looking around, the violet flowers in the woodland glades, the unfurling new green leaves and the lambs in the adjoining field are all telling us that spring is not too far away.  The birds are sensing it too and their birdsong is becoming ever louder and somehow more melodic.  There is a buzz of activity all around.  The cold easterly wind of the last few days has been a stark reminder that winter has not quite left us alone yet, but sitting for the first time this year on a sunny bench has been a timely reminder of the pleasures to come … Adrienne

If you wish to join the NLCA, please click on this link to read our constitution and check whether you live in our geographical area. Then having checked, if wish to join please do so via this link