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Singing for Health

Last updated - Spring 2014

The Singing for Health group is now in its third year, having been initiated at the beginning of 2012 by the Lavant Road Surgery Patient Participation Group & the University of Chichester Music Department. The emphasis is light hearted, embracing the idea that there's no such thing as a wrong note. But it has to be said that apart from being great fun, it's beginning to sound really good!

The sessions are led by music department tutor Dr Rod Paton who has over 30 years experience leading instrumental and vocal groups of all backgrounds and abilities.

There's a good core of regulars developing now, but always room for more voices. There's no audition and the only qualification you need is to be a patient from Lavant Road Surgery. Whatever your background or experience of singing, here is an ideal opportunity to join a local singing group with the aim of enhancing your health and well-being.

We meet on Mondays at 6:30pm in room H144 on the University of Chichester Bishop Otter Campus (just south of the courtyard between the canteen and the church). A contribution of £3 per person is appreciated.

A view from the Choir ... here

The Daffodil Field and the Lavant Gap

Last updated - December 2013

Taylor Wimpey lodged an appeal against the Council's decision to block the development and as a result, there will be a Public Inquiry. This will start on Tuesday 26th November at 10am in East Pallant House . It is scheduled to run for five days so is expected to continue until the 29th.

SRA and the Residents Against Greenfield Encroachment group (RAGE2) will be supporting CDC in their refusal of the planning application and will be working with CDC. It will be very important to have a good public turnout at the Appeal to show the strength of local opinion. So if the Lavant Gap matters to you, please try to be there!

Objections to the Appeal have been submitted as follows :-

  • SRA (Roger Hobbs)
  • RAGE 2 (Nick Reynolds)
  • RAGE 2 (Derek Kingaby)
  • Links:-

  • You can find the appeal here on the Planning Casework Service Portal. Search for Case Reference: APP/L3815/A/13/2200123
  • The CDC Planning Application Code is 12/03178/OUT
  • Taylor Wimpey initial thoughts on how the Site could be developed are documented here
  • The Residents Against Greenfield Encroachment Group (RAGE2) contact is pampriscott@hotmail.com
  • The Planning Inspectorate address is :-

    3/05 Kite Wing, Temple Quay House
    2 The Square
    Temple Quay
    Bristol BS1 6PN

    DCLG reference number: APP/L3815/A/13/2200123

  • Britain in Bloom - It's Your Neighbourhood

    Last updated - 2013

    Thanks to all for your efforts in respect of the assessment on 11th July last year (2012) We were awarded a level 3 'developing' which was considered excellent given that awards are not normally given to first year entrants and it gives us something to build on for next year!

    For details of what we are doing and how you can help, click here

    For more background, see the RHS Information pack

    20's Plenty

    Last updated - August 2012

    Implementation of the scheme was approved at the South Chichester County Local Committee meeting on 6th November (as detailed in their minutes ).

    We weren't in favour of a blanket 20mph limit for the whole area, but hope that it will deliver all that was promised. It looks to be implemented over the next couple of years, so we won't have to wait long to find out!

    Meanwhile some links regarding 20sPlenty as follows :-

    DfT Accidents by Speed Limit Table
    DfT Reported road casualties ... main results
    Radio 4 "More or Less" 17th August podcast
    "20mph Places" Conference Article - Eric Bridgstock
    20's Plenty Website

    Local Development Framework (LDF) - Core Strategy.

    Last updated - Oct 2011

    A brief history of consultations regarding development of the Local Plan (the Development Framework as it was known) is as follows :-

    In the Summer of 2011, Chichester District Council issued a   Parish Notice   to all parishes in the district:

    This was followed by a   letter regarding consultation   which was discussed at a Special Meeting of the Summersdale Residents on Thursday 8th September 2011.
    The minutes of this meeting can be seen here.

    National Planning Policy Framework

    Much has been said regarding changes to Planning Policy, which may affect local developments. The Government's new guidelines can be seen here

    The Council have an Interim Policy which is intended to reflect these changes - click here to view.

    Summersdale Neighbourhood Character Appraisal

    Last updated - May 2008

    Summersdale is an historic suburb with high quality architecture in street scenes that are worthy of enlightened protection.
    Click Here
    for the full report.