Adur, West & East Worthing Party including East Arun

Worthing Liberal Democrats Weekly Newsletter – 1st to 7th July 2012

Articles for the past week:

Leader:  Cultivate or lose

News this past week: 

1. Worthing Not A Hot-Spot For Child Sex
2  Broadwater CPZ Spaces Dangerous

3. Worthing Cycle Racks Stalled

4. Browning Road Residents To Chain Themselves To Lamp Posts

WORTHING LIBERAL DEMOCRATS WEEKLY NEWSLETTER 1ST TO 7TH JULY 2012

      •     Lib Dems will keep Worthing’s services local
      •     Lib Dems will get on with bringing our town into the 21st century – no more dither and delay
      •     Lib Dems will ensure ‘We are all in it together’ – no more waste and high pay
      •     Lib Dems are the only opposition in Worthing – Labour can’t win here
      •     Lib Dems support 20 mph in Worthing’s residential roads

Leader:  Cultivate or lose

Continental Landscapes have this week being sending out “cultivate or lose” letters to Worthing allotment holders reminding them of the rules. In particular the letters refer to rule 4.2 which states allotments are for the sole purpose of recreational gardening which would include cultivation of vegetables, fruits and flowers.  One allotment holder in particular feels insulted she is being accused of non-cultivation as cultivation of vegetables and fruits is one of her passions.  There are not many people unaware the recent heavy rain has encouraged excessive growth preventing the tender care which would normally be given – Continental Landscapes appear to be the exception.

In fact Worthing Liberal Democrats can name areas of the town which are the responsibility of Continental Landscapes where tender care has also been missing during the recent period of heavy rain.  Saplings planted in a triangular piece of land between the backs of houses in Lanfranc Road and the footpath running between Guildford Road and Beckett Road have all but been lost in two foot plus high grass.  It isn’t just recently this particular piece of land has come to the attention of Worthing Liberal Democrats.  Since Continental Landscapes accepted the area was part of their contract, Tarring Lib Dem Councillor Norah Fisher has had to report lack of care several times.

Continental Landscapes have themselves fallen victims of a repatriation of green spaces as Worthing Borough Council has decided to take the contract back in-house.  The contract covers not only allotments but public parks, recreation areas and cemeteries.  One of the criticisms from residents of the Continental Landscapes contract has been the rigidity of the specifications and the contractors unwillingness to be flexible.  This has led to, for instance, the mowing of wild flowers just before they seed in places like Broadwater & Worthing Cemetery.  The question on Worthing Liberal Democrats’ lips is whether bringing the contract in-house will make the decisions any less rigid or will it simply be a continuation of ticking boxes e.g. “x” number of grass cuts regardless of the condition or time of the year.

Willing on the spot residents with green fingers in our opinion would be far better placed to take the decisions on whether to cut or not to cut, better informed to what should or should not take place in their local green space and better aware of what play equipment is needed or not needed.

That is why Worthing Liberal Democrats are encouraging residents to take matters into their own green hands and to apply to take over from the local authority local green spaces if they so desire.  Lib Dem Broadwater County Councillor Alan Rice is to raise the idea on Saturday at the second meeting of the Broadwater Neighbourhood Forum which gathers together the diverse community groups in the area.  This could just be the first step in achieving real localism in the Broadwater community and putting power into the hands of the people.  No more decisions on cutting grass made on Alpha Centauri but actually “in-house” in Broadwater.

If you wish to cultivate and not lose in your area let us know and we will do our best to get the ball rolling.

Worthing Liberal Democrats 

NEWS FROM THE PAST WEEK

BROADWATER CPZ SPACES DANGEROUS
Monday 2nd July – Several Broadwater residents have contacted local West Sussex County Councillor Alan Rice over dangerous parking spaces in Cecilian Avenue recently marked under the Controlled Parking Zone (CPZ). The three spaces outside 17 Cecilian Avenue are near the junction with St Wilfred’s Road just before the blind curve into Congreve Road.  Residents did raise their fears during the consultation and felt their comments had been taken on board but now markings have actually been put down their fears have been raised again. Alan is calling for a site meeting with the CPZ officer so that residents can get their concerns across but the initial reaction has been to decline a meeting and await monitoring for six months.  Residents and Alan are not satisfied and will continue to call for a meeting and indeed for the spaces to be removed.

WORTHING CYCLE RACKS STALLED

Monday 2nd July – Worthing Liberal Democrats were surprised to learn from a resident who attended a Worthing-wide Neighbourhood Watch meeting tonight cycle racks were available free from West Sussex County Council (WSCC) for the town but not installed.  Inspector Allan Lowe was commenting on cycle thefts when he mentioned cycle racks were available free from WSCC but Worthing Borough Council (WBC) had no money to install them. Worthing Liberal Democrats are investigating whether that is indeed the situation.  Cycle thefts have been a high prority at several Police Neighbourhood Police Panels and it would be ironic some thefts could have been avoided if these racks were in place – only stalled by a dispute over funding between WSCC and WBC.

Leader of Worthing Borough Liberal Democrat Group Alan Rice said: “Once again the Worthing Tory administration appears to have failed to look at the whole picture. Surely a small budget saving has not been made at the expense of children losing their bikes?”

WORTHING NOT A HOT-SPOT FOR CHILD SEX

Tuesday 3rd July – Today’s DaiIy Mail website reported Worthing as a “hot spot” for sexual exploitation of children residing in children’s homes.  East Worthing & Shoreham Tory MP and Minister for Children Tim Loughton was quoted as saying “thousands of vulnerable children have been sent to children’s homes in crime hot spots where they can fall prey to paedophiles, sex rings and criminal gangs.” The article went on to say Mr Loughton revealed Rochdale was one of four hotspots where teenagers are most at risk. The others are the Fylde district in Lancashire, which includes Lytham St Annes and parts of Blackpool,  Worthing in West Sussex and Margate in Kent. Disturbed by the report Worthing Liberal Democrat Group Leader contacted Police District Commander Ian Pollard for his reaction.  Commander Pollard was able to reassure us saying “there are no investigations being conducted into West Sussex and we are not a hot spot. This is irresponsible journalism at its worst.”

BROWNING ROAD RESIDENTS TO CHAIN THEMSELVES TO LAMP POSTS?

Saturday 7th July – Browning Road residents alerted Worthing Liberal Democrats today to the imminent removal of heritage lamp posts from their street.  New lamp posts have been installed in Browning Road by SSE Contracting as part of their West Sussex-wide contract.  Residents were told the “swan neck” heritage lamp posts which have been disconnected are to be removed on Monday or Tuesday next week but residents are determined to fight their removal – even it it means chaining themselves to the lamp posts. There was a public meeting on November 17th but only two residents attended and a further meeting earlier this year was promised.   Although being reminded several times by Heene Lib Dem activist Bruce Webster the meeting did not take place and naturally residents are furious over the lack of consultation. West Sussex County Councillor Alan Rice immediately e-mailed West Sussex requesting an immediate response which he expects to receive first thing Monday morning.  Browning Road is in a conversation area.

DIARY

Tuesday 10th July – WBC Licensing and Control Committee – Town Hall at 6.00 pm

Wednesday 11th July – WBC Planning Committee – Town Hall at 6.00 pm

Wednesday 11th July – Lib Dem Northbrook/Durrington Ward Surgery – The Durrington Community Centre, New Road 7.30 to 8.30 pm

Thursday 12th July – ADC & WBC Joint Overview and Scrutiny Committee – Adur Civic Centre at 6.30 pm

Saturday 14th July – Lib Dem Castle Ward Surgery – The Strand Shops 10.00 to 10.30 am

Saturday 14th July – Lib Dem Gaisford/Tarring Castle Wards Surgery – West Worthing Baptist Church, South Street, Tarring 10.30 to 12.00 noon

FURTHER AHEAD

Tuesday 17th July – WBC Full Council – Council Hall Chamber, Town Hall at 6.00 pm

Tuesday 17th July – Lib Dem Durrington Surgery – New Life Church, Durrington 7.00 to 8.00 pm
and every third Tuesday of the month

Friday 20th July – WSCC Full Council (meeting will be webcast) – County Hall, Chichester at 10.30 am

Tuesday 24th July – WSCC Planning Committee – County Hall, Chichester at 10.30 am

Wednesday 25th July – WSCC Pensions Panel – County Hall, Chchester at 10.30 am

Wednesday 25th July – WSCC Pensions Panel – County Hall, Chchester at 2.15 pm

Thursday 26th July – WSCC West Sussex Joint Commissioning Board – County Hall, Chichester at 2.15 pm

Thursday 26th July – ADC & WBC Joint Strategic Commitee – Town Hall at 6.30 pm

Saturday 4th August – Lib Dem Central Ward Surgery – Sidney Walter Centre, Sussex Road 10.30 am to 12.00 noon
and every first Saturday of the month

Saturday 4th August – Lib Dem Broadwater Ward Surgery – The Community House, Dominion Road 3.00 pm to 4.00 pm
and every first Saturday of the month
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