Sunday Sept 21st Litter Blitz
Thanks for doing something about it!
The team met at the Village Hall Car Park and subsequently fanned out across Chidham and Hambrook, collecting 13 bags of rubbish.
Alastair Wooolley with some of the bags of rubbish collected to be taken to the tip.
If you would like to join the team and think you have what it takes to wield a litter picking stick let me know.
Spotlight on Hamstead Meadow
Following the replacement of the footway light in Hamstead Meadow, it is worthy of note that this is only half the job!
The head is temporary, to be replaced when available, with a more ornate Victorian gas light type, and mock ladder rail (the horizontal bar just below the light used to rest ladders on when lit by hand with a naked flame). And finally painted black.
In the unfortunately protracted negotiations by the Parish Council about its replacement, we were careful to obtain the correct lamp, low energy in line with our on going policy to reduce energy consumption and light pollution. It is hoped the finished article will be in place soon.
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|Roadside gully drains
Two years ago the PC started to grumble about the dreadful state of these vital links to our drainage system. We drew up a map to show the relevant contractors where the drains were and offered them on site help. Not much changed, despite many letters, until very recently when the PC took photographs of the worst 18 gullies and sent them to the Highways department.
At last the Highways department have agreed that they have problems with their present contractors and the two before them. Now they are asking us to help them make the operation more efficient. So hopefully things should start to improve soon. This leads us on to….
Main Ditches in the Parish
The Parish Council has now identified the ditches that they will consider for possible financial help in maintaining. These we have called arterial ditches. These are ones that we feel will cause serious disruption /damage to houses and or access roads if they are not working well. These are also ditches that carry water from a large area and or many individual properties to the main collecting points either the Catchpond or the area behind Hamstead Meadow known as the Dell. The Parish Council is currently working on a decent map of all the major ditches in the Parish to help us all understand how they all work together to keep us dry. It is noteworthy that since the very damaging floods of 1994 when many houses were flooded and the subsequent major push by the PC to help people realise their responsibilities and to help some of those financially that the Parish has not been flooded again by water coming from poorly maintained ditches. Lets keep them that way.
West Chidham Tidebank - Work has started!
| The Dell
The land behind Hamstead Meadow in Chidham Lane is known as The Dell. It is an amazing area of mixed habitat, including deciduous woodland, open glades, wetland and a freshwater stream. Just have a look below at the long list of plants and animals to be found there! The list was compiled last year by Gillian Edom, who kindly undertook a habitat survey of The Dell at the request of the Parish Council.
In the past, generations of local people valued The Dell, as it is known, as a quiet place to visit and enjoy. However, over the years The Dell became overgrown and virtually unusable.
The Parish Council, local residents, the Chichester Harbour Trust and the Chichester Harbour Conservancy have worked together to rectify this unhappy situation. After much negotiation, the Harbour Trust has obtained a 125-year lease of that part of The Dell owned by the District Council. The traditional peppercorn was the ‘payment’ for the lease!