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Neighbourhood Plan sites scorecard

For those villagers who were unable to get to Saturdays meeting regarding the village housing sites for the NP process, please use the following link to see all the information from the exhibition and provide your On-line say on the sites presented. For information, just over 170 people visited on the day.

 <<<Click hereto have your say>>>


Latest publication released September 2015 by History Group - Village Trades People 1845 - 1938 more...


Neighbourhood plan update - timeline more...


20mph zone in Westbourne

By now, I assume that we are already getting used to the fact that most of Westbourne is in a 20mph zone. Opinion appears to be divided as to the effect this is having on the speed of vehicles travelling through the village. I have heard from one person that it is making no difference at all and from another that people are slowing down noticeably.  My understanding is that, within a year of the scheme being implemented, WSCC will monitor speeds to see if they have been reduced. If this is not the case, then they will look into alternative strategies to achieve the required outcome.

Although 20mph speed limits are enforceable, it is not always clear whether or not the police have the resources to do so. It is therefore up to us to do what we can to ensure that everybody complies with the new limit. If you are driving at 20mph or slower, the person behind you will be doing the same. If you see anybody exceeding the limit, perhaps you can indicate in some way that they should slow down. And, possibly as a last resort, don’t forget ‘Operation Crackdown’, a facility set up to deal with those who drive carelessly, deliberatively aggressively or dangerously.

 Go to http://www.operationcrackdown.org/

20’s Plenty – let’s just hope that we all understand it is in everybody’s interest.  Richard Hitchcock


Westbourne Neighbourhood Plan

Thanks to all of you who have responded in some way to the sites that were revealed at the July exhibition and the Church fete in August. Details are still available on the village website (http://www.westbournevillage.org/nphome.html).

In the last three months, the NP Steering Group have been working hard to assess the sites in terms of their availability, achievability, suitability and acceptability, at all times working within the somewhat rigorous constraints placed upon us by the Chichester Local Plan and the National Planning Policy Framework.   This is no easy task and, in order both to ensure objectivity and that our Plan takes the various constraints into consideration, we have recently employed the services of a professional consultant.

No decisions have yet been made with regard to the sites that will eventually be identified. It is, however, hoped that the Plan will reach the pre-submission stage towards the end of this year or, at the latest, in January 2016, at which time all stakeholders will have access to the document as well as the opportunity to comment.  -  Richard Hitchcock.




Become a Parish Councillor for Westbourne  -  Westbourne Parish Council has two vacancies to fill by co-option – the process of appointing councillors following an election to fill vacancies. If you would like to be involved in the local community, influence decisions for the benefit of Westbourne, and help residents by giving advice, guidance and support, email westbournepc@outlook.com or call 07775 654483.

Applicants are invited to attend the Council meeting on Thursday 8 October, 7pm at The Meeting Place, North Street, Westbourne.


Neighbourhood plan latest update more...


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Free bike marking service on  Wednesday 9th Sept at Southbourne Coffee Connect. See poster for more...


An important and significant lecture will be taking place at Stansted House as part of the annual Stansted lecture series. This year the lecture will be given by The Right Reverend and Right Honourable the Lord Carey of Clifton and is entitled ‘Can Termination be Right for The Terminally Ill?’ It will be taking place  on the 15th September at 4pm at St Paul’s Chapel in Stansted and tickets cost £12 and can be obtained from The Stansted Park Foundation on 023 9241 2265.


New business added to website: New Dawn Furniture more...


Westbourne is now 20 mph! Have you seen the signs?

After some years of campaigning (at least 4) 900 resident signatures, 40 letters of support from local businesses and community groups and 86% of the public consultation favouring a reduction in the traffic speeds, Westbourne has finally become 20 mph.

The 20 signs went up at the village entrance in early August and smaller sympathetic ‘conservation area’ signs are dotted about the village.  There is frustration amongst residents that the speed limits are still 30 in some places including Foxbury Lane, Monks Hill and Old Farm Lane and the 20 ‘zones’ are further into the centre of the village. These speed limit areas were decided by West Sussex CC due the speeds cars were travelling were just too high in the first place to warrant the drop from, in some cases 40 mph to 20 mph.  A compromise was reached to make these areas 30 mph.

However this new village speed limit is something to be celebrated and a positive step towards a safer village to live in for pedestrians, cyclists and the car drivers themselves.

Westbourne is the first smaller village to become 20 mph following a successful 20 mph campaign in Chichester. Some areas in Havant and most of central Portsmouth are already 20 mph so really we are just playing catch up. The speed limit was operational and enforceable in Westbourne from 10th August 2015 and a 20 mph ‘school safety zone’ will follow.

The proof of success is in the implementation. I was pleased to follow a car into River Street last week and them slow down to 20 mph when entering the village encouragement that people will take heed of the new signs.  However it is up to us as residents to lead by example and be proud of this wonderful village and help make it a safer place by driving considerately at the correct speed. These changes in speed to not affect car journey times minimise the chance of serious accidents and create a feeling of a safer place place to live and visit.


WemsFest 2015 - Details of the events specific to Westbourne >> more... This will be the 4th multi-arts festival and runs 1-18 October 2015


Village website saw its visitor number break thro 80,000 this week. Success !!


Westbourne Open Gardens 14th June – A Resounding Success!

Anyone trying to navigate their way round the village on Sunday 14th June would have had difficulty contending with the vast number of enthusiastic garden viewers.  One participating family counted 1043 pairs of feet moving through their garden and we suspect that this was not the total number of visitors. Car parking in the Wren Centre and the WOW Clinic overflowed; ticket brochures at the Parish Hall and in the Square had to be constantly replenished and raffle tickets ran out  before the draw took place. Children thoroughly enjoyed searching for exquisitely crafted Fairy Houses (and then tucked into equally special chocolate fish kindly donated by Montezuma’s). WI ‘Vintage Teas’ were appreciated all day and served with style and care in the Scout marquee erected on the Rectory lawn.

The final sum raised will be in excess of £11,000 (£4,500 more than achieved in 2012). Beneficiaries include: St Wilfrid’s Hospice; Ems Valley Community Transport; Westbourne Scouts; Westbourne WI; The Restoration of the Westbourne War Memorial Fund; Westbourne Allotments Association ; Westbourne Primary School and the Linda Newell Memorial Fund in Emsworth.

As a committee we agreed that the event showed Westbourne Village as a fine community. The sun shone, garden owners had preened their gardens to perfection and too many people and organisations to be named here had generously sponsored or donated services or raffle prizes.

The accounts of appreciative visitors are numerous and overwhelmingly enthusiastic. There was not a single unpleasant incident.

The charities who will benefit are: St Wilfreds Hospice Westbourne Scouts Ems Valley Community Transport Westbourne WI Westbourne Primary School The Church & War Memorial The Allotment Association & Flower Show.

All Raffle Prize winners have now been contacted  

Thank you all.    more...


A true success story in Westbourne. - Westbourne Scouts have reformed and ready to go for local children. Read their story: more...


Village Orchard Project.  The first meeting of the “core” team to get things started, was held at the Meeting Place in Westbourne on Tuesday 21st April and was very well supported and established a group of willing volunteers to take this forward to getting the first planting of trees in place by this coming autumn.

See new link above to the Orchard Page


Village history on this website. You may have already seen, but if not, please take a look at the Village History section recently added and updated.

Keith Hart, ex villager, has done a fantastic "in depth"  set of pages and is well worth a visit. more...  or click on the village history tab above.


Dates & times to meet PC Booker P.C.S.O. for Funtington/Westbourne Wards :He will be attending the Coffee Morning's on Monday 9th March at 11:00 until around 11:30. I will also be attending on Monday 27th April again at 11:00 until around 11:30.

The Westbourne History Group have a number of interesting publications based around life in Westbourne.

They are available to purchase. more... for details

The Village Website is very keen to show more pictures of “Old Westbourne”. Do you have any pictures that you would like to share with the Website ?                   more... Contact us


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Welcome to Westbourne, the pride of West Sussex. Nestling on the southern edge of the South Downs National Park on the border between Hampshire and West Sussex.

The parish of Westbourne is a thriving community and consists of the attractive village of Westbourne itself and the two hamlets of Woodmancote and Aldsworth covering approximately 1,846 acres of countryside and is the home to some 2,000 residents.

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