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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>>>


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...


Become a parish councillor for Westbourne  - Westbourne Parish Council has two vacancies to fill by co-option.

Would you like to be involved in the local community? Influence decisions for the benefit of Westbourne? Help residents by giving advice, guidance and support?

To find out more, contact Clare Kennett, Clerk to the Parish Council. Email: westbournepc@outlook.com

Post:  53 Skylark Avenue, Emsworth, PO10 7GB  Call:  07775 654483

The closing date for applications is Monday 7 September 2015.

Applicants will be considered at the Council meeting on Thursday 10 September, 7pm at The Meeting Place, North Street, Westbourne.

The Council’s election took place in May 2015 when five councillors were elected. In June, a further two councillors were co-opted. The Council is now looking to co-opt again. The Council has a total of nine councillor places.

Co-option is the process of appointing councillors following an election to fill vacancies.  

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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.


Westbourne Church Fete, Saturday 29th August 1pm – 4pm Rectory Lawn more...


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


Westbourne Neighbourhood Plan Consultation 11 July

There was a good turnout for the consultation in the Parish Hall on the location for new houses in Westbourne.  Parish Council Chairman Richard Hitchcock said 170 people had attended and 163 had filled in score cards.  There were 16 proposed sites and 17 proposed schemes and local residents were invited to provide feedback on the score card on how they rated each option from 1 to 5 where one was unacceptable and 5 acceptable.  All score cards submitted were entered into a prize draw to encourage participation.  

The sites are:  to the west of Monks Hill; on corner of North St.  and Long Copse Lane (two proposals); Ellesmere Nurseries; behind 30-56 Mill Road; at Deep Springs, Foxbury Lane; Gosmere, The Square; to the north of Chantry Hall; to the north of Cemetery Lane; east of Woodmancote Farmhouse; behind Parish Hall; Follyfoot stable yard, Cemetery Lane; at St. Lawrence, Duffield Lane; at South Lane Farm; north of Mill Lane, south of Mill Lane; Mill Meadows Farm.

The consultation exercise is to identify sites for the 25 new houses required by Chichester District Council’s Local Plan.  There were maps of all the possible venues with summaries of suitability, availability, achievability and acceptability.

Cllr. Hitchcock said:  “There was a steady stream of people.  We were pleased with the turnout.  Although the people who filled in score cards is a relatively small percentage of the population of Westbourne, the people who attended were very engaged.”

Report from Sandra McGregor - Many thanks


Vitally important meeting for Westbourne Parish Villagers this Saturday 11th July 2-30 to 4-30 in Parish Hall.

This is the day that all the sites put forward to the Neighbourhood Plan process are presented for all of us to vote on which we would prefer to see addressing the village need to build 25 houses over the next few years.

All the details of sites will be available for the first time and voting forms for each of us to complete will be available.

Please come along.



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...


New Village Business -  Paws & Claws pet photography service  more...


Westbourne village facebook is back in action . Click on the logo above and "like" on the page to keep up to date


Village News - Latest update  more…


Westbourne History Group books and publications now available for sale in the "Village Stores" (ex Lashleys) as they now stock all the available ones


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


Monks Hill planning appeal.  Chichester District Council confirm that a planning appeal is currently in progress against the planning refusal for the site on Monks Hill next to the Recreation Ground. The appeal is APP/L3815/W/15/3006346. and the latest response date to this is 20th May.  Application detail: "Material change of use of land for stationing of caravans for residential occupation with associated hard standing and utility block."

Anyone wishing to comment on this appeal should visit the site www.planningportal.gov.uk and follow links to Planning; Appeals; Search appeals and enter 3006346 to make comments.       (Apologies to all - Incorrect planning number entered - Should have been 3006346 not 3006345)


Hampshire Farm Community Open Space. Local resident has congratulated Havant Council for the excellent  space provided for the community but with regret has noticed already some vandalism with tree protectors removed and left lying around. They quote "The local community need to be made aware of the fact that some members of the community think it fun to trash the natural environment which gives others so much pleasure. "

We should all look after this asset and encourage others to do the same.


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


Long Copse Lane Fighting Team - Developers have raised new appeal against refusal.

Your help is needed again to help fight this. Letters to Inspectorate of planning by 8th May latest

Please see attached for more information more...



Two vitally important and open questions for Westbourne Villagers:

"Will the Neighbourhood Plan have "teeth" when completed ?" The answer is of course 'yes' as a village without a Plan will not have shown to the local authority that it "cares" and wishes to be involved in determining its future and as a result CDC will impose its judgement without reference to the village views.

"Does the Parish Council play an important role in our village?" The answer again is a very clear 'yes', as without a strongly representative Parish Council, the many functions from planning to village management of our services will not get done.

Both questions are being asked as both organisations are keenly seeking more support from Westbourne. The Neighbourhood Plan process has a further 6/9 months to completion and needs some additional volunteer support, and the Parish Council elections this May need nominees to stand for election as several of the existing team will be standing down.

The website is very happy to get your responses to these questions and pass them on to get answers for you from appropriate people involved in both processes. Contact...

Also the election of our District Councellor is coming soon. Mark Dunn is our current councillor see details... This election will be on 7th May and again it is a very important part of our democratic process which we should all involve ourselves.


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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Orchard project

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