ANNUAL REPORT FOR 2008
Presented at the AGM on 18th
November in the Village Hall
We are so
lucky to live in the communities of Walberton, Binsted and Fontwell
despite living in the busy southeast of England, we have somehow
retained a village atmosphere and can enjoy a good quality of life.
However, we cannot be complacent this year has seen major threats to
our security and local environment : notably the threatened down-grading
of St Richards Hospital and the proposed Ford EcoTown. WAG has been
active in opposing these and other threats, although as yet we do not
know how successfully.
As chairman, I
would like to thank all members of the committee for their efforts
during the year and the following is a very brief overview of what WAG
has been doing:
Ford EcoTown Peter Hatley
has led the way in making it known through petitions, demonstrations
and posters that we fully support CAFÉ; however, the battle is not
Parish Landscape Project
trees and new hedgerows have thrived and WAG has carried out some
necessary maintenance and pruning.
WAG Website John Bushrod
has largely overhauled the whole site and brought it up to date;
there is a great deal of information there now and there are over
500 hts per month.
Bird Survey of the parish
a great success with the co-operation of some 20 landowners and an
amazing 40 volunteers doing the survey. Our friend David Hart, local
RSPB chairman, has kindly analysed the results and will be
presenting the findings to our AGM.
Flint Walls Newton and
Wendy Coen have done a brilliant job in recording all flint walls in
the parish visible from the public highway, together with a
description of their condition. We hope it will be an aid to
accessing funding to restore those walls most at risk. It is also a
valuable addition to the village archive and will be the focus of a
joint meeting are to hold with Walberton History Group on 22nd
Secretary Emma Tristram has led the way in responding to a number of
planning applications and similar issues in the past year and has
made an important contribution to the continuing enquiry into the
proposed South Downs National Park, with the likely result that a
good part of Binsted will be included within the boundary.
Walberton Place Entrance
Gates no actual progress, but we have been heartened by the very
positive attitude of the new owners, Southern Cross, who are keen to
restore the gates as soon as funding is available.
Trees John Heathcote, in
his role as Parish Tree Warden, has continued to fight for
preservation orders on vulnerable trees at Fontwell and has carried
out a planting scheme near the parish allotments.
Parish Council we are
grateful to the Parish Council for their financial assistance. We
avoid duplicating their role on planning issues and hope we provide
a complementary route for all members of the community to be able to
contribute towards the maintenance of our quality of life,
protection of our landscape and facilities to enjoy living here. We
are delighted that the Parish Questionnaire has now been analysed
and work is soon to start on developing a Village Plan.