Amberley Parish Council May News

St Michael's Church, Amberley

Edited extracts from the draft minutes of the Parish Council meeting on 28th March 2019

Nyetimber Vineyards

Emma Wills (EW) introduced herself as Facilities Manager for Nyetimber Estates (NE) and the contact for anyone who has questions. EW said that at the moment the business plans were being worked on and she didn’t have any information regarding them. EW showed a map of where the vines were to be planted on the south facing slopes. Their plan is to use the rest of the land for grazing cattle and sheep but not for farming or for keeping pigs. They are aware of their responsibilities as landowners and are keen to be good neighbours to the village.

In response to questions EW said that NE Estates team had started an inspection of boundaries and are in touch with SDNPA on issues. There were no plans at present to establish a wine production facility, neither was there any appetite for selling any of the land until a business plan was completed, although she is taking requests for car parking for events. Al residents would be receiving invitations to visit Gay Street manor.

Planning

Two meetings about Strawberry Villas with SDNP who have now called it in.  The main focus was to do with insufficient provision of affordable housing.   Also, SDNP have requested landscaping plans now rather than after planning has been granted.  The planning application for Pickwick has been called in by SDNP on request of APC because of the plan for several dwellings on one site.

Roads and paths

The potholes remain a problem in the village although they have been marked but some of them are beginning to get bigger. The large one outside Wisteria Cottage was beginning to collapse into the ditch

Football pitch

Watersfield Football Club has requested use of the Football field pitch on Saturday afternoons after Storrington Vipers have played in the morning.

Village Bus

Compass Buses (have withdrawn) the twice-daily (Mondays to Fridays) No 74 service between Amberley and Storrington despite efforts by APC to maintain the route. The Village Bus will now offer a four month trial on a Monday morning from Bognor to Storrington and then to the Health Centre, Tesco and Sainsburys at Pulborough. The drivers have done a trial run for timings and the timetable has been published. Nick Herbert MP has been approached regard in relaxing rule regarding drivers over 70.

www.amberley-pc.org.uk

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