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Small Business units
Stephen Johnson
The closure of the Marshalls site gives planners an opportunity. Their first objective in this case, before the provision of housing, should be to provide business opportunities and employment for local people.
Planners should require any development to include small business units on what is an industrial site right next to a station. The location of the site next to the railway would have the added bonus that people working here would be able to come by train thus, increasing the number of passengers using the station. More passengers means more frequent trains, thus improving the service for local people and saving the station from slow death by rail cuts.
Station Parking
Stephen Johnson
We all want a better, more frequent, more user friendly rail service.
There is currently no parking associated with Nutbourne Station. To catch a train many people have to drive to a station where there is parking. Realistically that means Havant or Chichester. There is not really much parking with any of the stations in between.

Now there is an opportunity to acquire some parking adjacent to Nutbourne Station with the closure of the Marshalls factory.
Marshalls have plans to develop the site, and will shortly be applying for planning permission, but this does not include any significant parking for train users.

Please can I urge you to support a proposal for station parking as part of the redevelopment of the Marshall's site? Parking would boost usage of the station. More passengers mean more frequent trains.
The alternative could be slow death by further rail cuts, and more car journey miles than are necessary.

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A259 Road Noise
Lisa and Marcus Byrne
I am a resident in Nutbourne and I am not sure if you know who best to speak to but I am after some information regarding the surface of the A259. We have lived here for almost a year now and the traffic noise from the A259 is becoming increasingly noticeable. We are well aware that we live on the main road although the noise from the large vehicles especially the lorries is very disturbing. There seems to be a dip in the road just before ours and after our neighbours house and as the vehicles tear down the road from 5.30am onwards you hear their loads shift and the thud vibrates through our house. If it was just us living in the house I could possibly live with it but my 3 children get woken very early by it even with the windows closed to drown out the noise. At night I have to ensure all windows are closed and as a result our house is extremely hot at times.
Deborah Hoskins
I read an article recently about a village that had a problem with
speeding cars. They had large yellow stickers made up with 30mph on to stick on their wheelie bins. Good idea don't you think.
Carol Haskett
I think you will find it is because of the speed they are travelling which is usually well over the limit. We have the same problem in Broad Road starting about the same time most mornings. I suggest you contact the Road Policing Unit at Chichester as they should be stopping this happening. They will ask if you can get the registration plate numbers but it is virtually impossible the speed these lorries travel. If the lorries are marked with the company name report them to their logistics manager through their website if they have one. Sussex police are also operating a scheme called "Operation Crackdown" for anti social driving to be reported once again through their website. Good Luck! 
Broad Road speeding signs
Carol Haskett

The signage is an obvious improvement but there are still no line markings down the middle of the road, and even though it is early days quite a few vehicles are not taking much notice of the new signage. Soon be time for the police to enforce this as we have achieved our bit, now it must be down to them!

Bob Read 30/3/08
The new enhanced signage on Broad Road is most welcome . Can we be seeing the same soon on Priors Leaze Lane?
Clearing up after Dogs
Stephen Johnson
Some (a minority) dog owners clear up after their dogs by putting the waste in a plastic bag, and then discard the plastic bag in a hedge. This is very unpleasant for anyone clearing up litter. Please don't discard your plastic bags. It spoils our countryside. Please take it home!
Heavy Goods Traffic

from Bob and Ann Read
I understood from the last Residents' Association meeting that the disturbance from heavy goods vehicles in Priors Leaze Lane was coming to an end after pressure from the Association and the Parish Council over the tarmac lorries. It does seem that there are two "new" worries now. Not only is the new proposal going to maintain the disturbance from lorries, but also there is an added concern over the nature of the substance at the so-called "former grain store". Many residents in Priors Leaze Lane would like to know what action is currently being taken by the Residents' Association Committee, and what action we can take at this stage as individuals.
Heavy Goods Traffic
from Lorraine Banks and Martin Faber
We would like to say how much we agree with Bob and Anne Read,it seems as if nobody objects to the Chichester Grain Stores proposals we are likely to have Petrol Tankers going up and down both Priors Leaze Lane and Broad Road,as well as the big lorries that already speed up and down there.We have sent a letter of objection both to the planning dept and our local councillor ,everybody who is concerned needs to do the same, because if not if enough people take the time to write or email this proposal will go ahead .
St Richard's Hospital - cuts feared

by Stephen Johnson
St Richard's Hospital is threatened with cuts to services and staff. This could affect a whole range of services including the possible closure of the Accident and Emergency department.

It is also feared that reductions of other activities such as some types of major surgery and orthopaedics, the Maternity unit, Community Care and Diagnostic services are under consideration.

The Strategic Health Authority says no decisions have been made. It wants to seek views on the issues and will produce a report in September or October.

What can you do?
Attend the Rally in Chichester on Sat July 22nd (City Cross to the Cathedral Green - 10am to 11.30am)
Write to your MP, Andrew Tyrie.
Send your views to the 'Surrey and Sussex SHA' about' Fit for the Future'. (see end of the document)
4 Visit the 'Support St Richard's' website
Let us know what you think
A Glimpse into the Future -
Chidham and the Environmental Disaster

by Philip MacDougall
Imagine life in our sweet community in fifty years time: the village of our children and grandchildren. In doing so, we could be looking at a time-bomb that has actually exploded. Global warming, if by then unchecked, will have brought such change and devastation that it might not even be worth living here.

The ecological disaster that will be inflicted upon Chidham is avoidable: that is the starting point. With a deal of effort now, we can save our community for our own children and our children’s children. But what of the nature of that potential disaster? What exactly will happen if we carry on using non-renewable energy and pumping carbon into the atmosphere at current levels? Quite simply, and by the year 2050, average temperatures will have risen by 30C and rainfall will have declined by 35%. In addition, sea levels, around the shoreline and within Chichester Harbour, will have risen by 78 cm.

All this sounds survivable, but it will not be a very pleasant level of survival. The combination of higher temperatures and reduced rainfall will clearly have a major impact. The summer period, being much warmer and much drier, will force a change of crops that can be grown on the local farmlands that surround the village. Potatoes, for instance, will be a non-starter while fields of maize and sunflowers will be much more common. Some of the more adventurous small holders might even turn their attention to the growing of kiwi, dates and other exotic fruits.

But it will not only be farmers who will have to adapt to these conditions. Those who love gardening will have to re-think their verdant lawns and herbaceous borders. Due to the lack of water, some will be able to trial grape vines while others will be growing olives and figs in even the most unsheltered of gardens, giving Chidham the appearance of Mediterranean village rather than a community with its roots in southern England. In other words, the green fields of England will no longer exist in Chidham, replaced by dry, arid fields of dust that can best serve only those plants that require little or no water. Add on a few more years, and maybe by the end of the century, even cactuses might be a gardener’s delight.

An additional problem will be the arrival of disease and, in particular, the return of malaria. Yes, I did say the return of malaria. At one time it was quite a common disease in this country. But it was always a mild form of the disease and often treated locally. The more intense heat of the summer of 2050 would not only ensure a rapid growth in mosquito colonies, but the autumn outbreak would be far more virulent and unpleasant than anything previously seen. Of course, the anopheline mosquito, the vector of this disease, may not have reached Chidham by then, but eventually it will.

And all that’s just summer and autumn. The rest of the year will not be any better. OK, so we will not be having any snow (or hardly any) but it’s these relatively mild winters that will capture all the rain. Instead of having even amounts of rainfall throughout the year, it will all be saved for torrential downpours in winter. The result will be the overflowing of local rivers and streams. If that doesn’t cause flooding, then the increased level of the sea, a result of the melting of the Greenland ice cap, will certainly guarantee it.

Chidham, being only 5m above sea level at its highest point, will be wide open to flooding on any spring high tide that is accompanied by the fierce gales that will be another feature of our near future autumn and winters. Obviously, with a bit of expenditure, a massive series of sea walls could be built, but only if Chidham is prioritised. If not, then houses in Chidham will, by 2050, be uninsurable.

As I have already made clear, this bleak future for the village of Chidham is not a certainty. We can still do much to prevent the future destruction of our community and help protect our grandchildren. Most important is to cut back on levels of carbon emission, the accepted cause of the ‘greenhouse effect’. Check out to get a personal measure of how much carbon you are personally creating. Then, of course, do something about reducing it. Among the easiest and most possible is that of switching cars and purchasing something that is more fuel-efficient (avoiding petrol guzzling 4x4s and BMW 7 series models). At the same time, consider switching to an energy provider that only draws upon renewable energy while fully insulating the house. In addition, car sharing, walking and biking and making fewer air journeys will also help.

But do we have the will power? Hopefully we do. If not, and in fifty years time, we will be the generation held accountable by our grand children for their unnecessary suffering. In surfing the net, or whatever it might be in the year 2050, for purposes of family history research, they will not be pleased to learn of grandparents who proudly drove a high performance car, failed to insulate their house and took two or three thousand miles flights every year to seek out Mediterranean sunshine. After all, in making such discoveries, they would be locating the cause of their own hostile world with its winter floods, summer droughts and autumn diseases.
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A problem in many parts of the village.
See the campaign 'Kill your speed campaign'.
I think the situation on the main road will be addressed if we keep up the decibels.
Bob and Pauline Ashwood
Chidham/Nutbourne is a built up area on the A259, as are Fishbourne, Emsworth, Southbourne, so what is the difference?  
We support the reduction of speed limit to 30mph through Chidham and Nutbourne.
Do you get fast uninterrupted broadband service?

Carl Rizzo


I live in Southbourne and I have had numerous problems with BT Broadband
about three months ago. I called the helpline (you get connected to someone
in India) and spent hours on the phone trying to get my problem resolved
(intermittent and slow connections) without any luck; I was always told that
there was something wrong with my equipment at home.

In the end I gave up and decided to call someone at BT Wholesale (in the UK); this company is responsible for all the ADSL connections and supplies service to BT Broadband and other providers like Wanadoo and Talk Talk. I managed to get through to an engineer (in principle they are only allowed to
talk to service providers) who was very helpful and diagnosed the problem on line (from his PC). He managed to track down every single foot of line from the exchange to my house and identified two problems. One of them was an earthing issue and the other was aluminium cable instead of copper; copper
is supposed to be much better for broadband. He sent out a very helpful local engineer (from Waterlooville) and after having spent a whole day at the exchange, he managed to solve my issue by swapping my line from aluminium to copper and fixed the earthing problem.

Another problem can also be the internal wiring in a property. The connection from the exchange to the house is via two copper wires; however after the master socket in your home you end up with three wires (the extra one is used for the ring signal). I found that this extra wire (which isn't really needed because the filter generates the ring signal anyway) was causing a lot of interference and causing slow speeds. I disconnected this wire at the master socket and achieved an extra 2mbs. I now have 5.5Mbs and I am located roughly 4 miles away from the Emsworth exchange. If anyone needs to get in touch with this local BT engineer I can provide them with details. However before you do this I would suggest the following test to rule out internal wiring problems:

1) Unscrew the master socket (normally located near the entrance to the property)
2) Unplug the internal wiring connector within the master socket
3) Plug your ADSL modem in the internal socket
4) Check the connection speed and compare with previous speed results.
5) BT Broadband's help line is hopeless. Get local help if possible.

IF you find you are getting the same speed then the issue lies with BT.

I hope this helps

Stephen Johnson
I now get 5.9 Mbps with occasional interruptions but generally a good service (ISP Demon) - Ivydene Crescent, facing on to the Main Rd.
Peter Robinson
I pay a flat fee to Wanadoo and they will give me up to 8 MB - the limitations on the BT line mean that I can only get 1 MB.  Location Hambrook.
Add me to the statistics of users who get a sub-optimal service.
Jackie Russell
... endless problems with the broadband connection. Have been advised by BT that it is probably caused by the fact that the line comes from the exchange at Bosham sometimes overground and sometimes underground.  I would like to hear from anyone else in the area who is experiencing problems and if there are enough people will consider petitioning BT to improve the line. 
Lynda Hughes, Cot Lane, Chidham
22 June 06
Has anyone else had problems with their broadband connection lately? I've just come back online after 8 days! Five days and a total of 2.5 hours on the 'phone trying to prove that there was nothing wrong with any of my equipment (which they were trying to fob me off with) it was eventually discovered the problem was with BT. It has taken another three days for them to fix it. (I hope!) It would seem all of us in Chidham and Hambrook have these problems with Broadband, and are all given a variety of different excuses! Maybe we should all complain on mass and get a refund for all the time spent offline (maybe put it towards the website?). I'm definitely going to kick up a fuss about the cost of the telephone calls.
Andrew Wallace, Harbour Way, Chidham
I have been experiencing frequent disconnections on Broadband in recent weeks.  My line has been tested twice and pronounced okay.  The last engineer told me the problem is probably due to extraneous radio frequency signals which can interfere with Broadband especially when part of the route is above ground.  The signals could be coming from Thorney Island, sailing clubs, taxi firms, etc. 
The engineer suggested tuning a radio to MW (any MW station will do) and if there is interference then you will hear it on the radio at the same time as the Broadband disconnects.  I did this and sure enough it has happened three times today (30th May) with a buzzing noise on the radio when broadband drops out.  I am sure this must be a factor in the problems that other people are suffering with Broadband. 
Apparently BT have the technology to track and trace these spurious radio transmissions but they are reluctant to deploy it unless there is a cluster of cases in the locality so it would be really helpful to gather as many reports as possible then they may be persuaded to do something.
I would like to hear from anybody who can definitely link their broadband problems to interference on MW radio reception.  Please email me with details of when the problem occurred and the telephone number of your broadband line to:
Lynda Hughes, Cot Lane, Chidham
Broad Band problems May 15th
I'll say I had problems! I spent nearly two hours on the 'phone (most of which was spent with me and the person on the other end repeating ourselves because neither of us could understand what the other was saying). Anyway, to cut a very long and frustrating story short - I was told that my DNS server was not working which was a problem at 'their' end and that a report would have to be made and it would take 48 BUSINESS hours to fix. Check that out! 48 business hours, that's six weekdays! Include the weekend in that and your talking 8-9 days! I could get on the internet through Google (so could get my fix of the chidhamandhambrook site) but could not use my homepage or receive or send emails on Monday or yesterday. Checked again today (because, I was told, 48 business hours SOMETIMES doesn't actually mean 48 business hours and to check now and again to see if it works) and, hey presto, this must have been one of those times because problem seems to have been rectified.
Stephen Johnson
Ivydene Crescent
Yes I had a problem all day yesterday May 15 - I connected first thing (before 9am I think and then lost it between 9 and 10, until I reconnected around 4.30pm then OK till 5.30ish, but then I didn't use it in the evening.
John Child
The Old Dairy, Chidham Lane
I haven't had much of a problem until yesterday (15 May) when I tried all day to get a connection without success until about 1600 then lost it again after an hour and could not get back on again until the next morning.
Steve Clark
Broad Road
have recently transferred to broad band through aol, and have had two recurring problem ever since.
1. it can take me up to 4 or 5 attempts to log on, often getting an error message saying my modem is disabled-it is not!
2. my connection is often broken while on line with the loss of any half written e-mail, and the need to reconnect.
I have been told both of these may be because my modem is not connected to the main BT incoming line but is on a 'spur' or secondary line within my property.
I had no connection problems on dial up at all, but it did take about four days to load the front page of the village web site with all the wonderful picture of our villages!
If your problems are similar I would be interested to know.
Lynda Hughes, Blacksmith Cotts, Cot Lane, Chidham
I have trouble with my Broadband wireless connection (through a gateway) and have found that turning off at the socket for approx 20 secs and turning back on again connects me every time. Also, I have been told by  BT that I cannot upgrade from Broadband Basic as the Bosham exchange is not up to it!  So if Jackie and David have a higher grade Broadband than the Basic that could be the problem.
Jackie Russell
Jackie and David Russell at Chidmere House have had endless problems with their broadband connection and have been advised by BT that it is probably caused by the fact that the line comes from the exchange at Bosham sometimes overground and sometimes underground.  Jackie would like to hear from anyone else in the area with Broadband who is experiencing problems (or not). Let's have your comments

Parking – Main Road , Hamstead Meadow, Broad Road
Any comments?
See the H&DRA pages
Needs a concerted effort, more awareness and personal responsibility by everyone
Can be a nuisance, but it is a rural area.
Have your Bonfire at dusk, and not at weekends?
Steve Clark
I always have mine after dark, when everyone has taken their washing in and windows will be closed!
We will fight them on the beaches, although development on the beaches seems unlikely.
Hambrook has had a fair deal of development in the last 5 years.


The Dell project should give us an attractive pocket size wood for walking and general recreation.
Wood !! it be good to have more?
Something only other people are guilty of.

Street lighting
– for better lighting, and against light pollution.
Is there a technical solution?

Road Noise
Has this gone away as an issue now?

Space to play
for children and young people
No recreation ground in practical walking distance
From Morgan Flint Hi, I am 14 and I have lived in Hambrook for nearly 9 years. I am writing this email to explain the issues of a place that is needed for the children and teenagers to play. I regularly go down Flatt Rd as it is where most of my friends live. Often, we play football and other sports there, as it is the only place where we can play. Because of this, people complain and eventually the police have to come down to tell us to stop playing. There once used to be a circular green in the middle of Flatt Rd but that has now also been banned from playing any ball games. This now means the younger generations of Hambrook/Nutbourne have nowhere to go if they want to play any sports at all. I and hundreds of others think it is absolutely vital that you sort out a bit of land for youths to go and enjoy themselves. Not only for themselves but for the neighborhood and the parents. Doing so will make a much more safer place for children and residents. I already know that you know that the problem exists, but I and many others are asking you kindly to please sort out this major problem.

A Focal point for the Village?
But where is the focal point?
Could we end up with three village halls?
The pavement on the south side of the Main Road (roughly Chidham garage to Chidham Lane) needs attention.

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