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  • Special Meeting to Amend Constitution

    Existing Neighbourhood Forum members are invited to attend a Special General Meeting online. We need to make a small change to the constitution to align with the rules of our new bank account. Thurs 20 January, 7pm, online via video conference Members Only (10 - 25 participants) SUMMARY: We need at least 10 members of the Forum to attend an online meeting to approve a minor change to the Constitution. This is also an opportunity to present our community engagement plans for feedback, suggestions and volunteers. We will send an invite by email and members can RSVP here: https://www.shorehambeachforum.com/rsvp DETAILS: The Forum needs more funding for community engagement to finalise the Neighbourhood Plan. The vast majority of funding is via grant applications - deposited to a qualifying bank account. However, the banking conditions have changed and now the Forum’s bank will only provide accounts on the basis that any one signatory can approve a transaction. This requires a small change to the wording in the Constitution. Currently, the Constitution requires two signatories to sign a cheque (paragraph 10.1) and that the Treasurer must be authorised by the committee to operate the account online (paragraph 10.2). The Treasurer has proposed the following motion: CHANGE 10.1 ... Three cheque signatories will be nominated by the Committee (one to be the Treasurer). Any two of these must sign every cheque. TO “... Three cheque signatories will be nominated by the Committee (one to be the Treasurer). Any one signatory to sign” DELETE 10.2 “The committee must authorise the Treasurer to make any online banking payments” This change is purely technical to satisfy the bank's terms and conditions and makes no practical difference to the way the Forum will operate its finances. It is essential that the account be set up as soon as possible as this will enable the Forum to apply for additional funding, necessary to fund the website, surveys, promotion and engagement. View the Constitution: https://www.shorehambeachforum.com/constitution For more information about funding options and expenditure, please visit: https://www.shorehambeachforum.com/funding

  • SBNF Winter 2021 Update for Beach News

    We publish updates about the progress of the Neighbourhood Plan in every edition of Beach News. Here's a copy of the latest update from our new Committee members: The Forum has been re-designated and the committee has been re-elected to complete our Neighbourhood Plan. We welcome two new steering group members with extensive sustainability, conservation, and architectural experience. It’s not an easy process for local residents to write planning policy for the next 15 years and there’ve been several setbacks including a lack of funding, lack of volunteers, lack of digital skills and a large delay due to the pandemic. However, we’ve worked closely with the ADC planning officers and believe it’s shaping up to be a great document. To help understand what the Plan is - and why we think it’s still necessary, we’d like to answer some common questions: What is a Neighbourhood Plan? It’s a legal document that developers and planners must adhere to. It’s different to the Local District Plan because it’s written by the community, for the community and specifically tailored to our unique neighbourhood - Marine Ward - which includes Adur Rec. It began as a protest by one resident who was concerned about the negative impact of the ‘two-for-one’ trend and the difficulties in dealing with the planning process. The Plan cannot stop development, but it aims to improve the planning process to make it easier for architects, developers, and builders to know what’s appropriate. It also helps neighbours to visualise the impact of proposed new buildings before they are approved, and to protect the unique character of the neighbourhood. Residents have identified the best qualities of our neighbourhood, incl. the eclectic architecture, cherished views, the nature reserve, the river, and other local green spaces that need protecting. Policies are written to encourage responsible recreational activities and facilitate a healthy lifestyle and cohesive community. We’ve also identified opportunities for traffic calming, better parking, and reducing litter. Can the Plan stop development? No, but the Neighbourhood Plan is an opportunity to influence development, prepare for changes and ensure the Beach can cope. How do I find out more? We have an extensive website and social media presence. We welcome your interest and hope you will spread the word and comment online. Also look out for surveys, workshops and/or Have Your Say Days. How far have we got? Most policies are written, and our job now is to raise funding to re-engage the local community, gather final evidence and write a summary. Once the residents and Local Authority have approved the content, local people will get the chance to vote. What happened to the photos I submitted? Your photos are being used on the covers and throughout the document. How can I help? Please visit www.shorehambeachforum.com/get-involved It’s hard to make Shoreham Beach an even better place to live, but let’s try! You can read the full magazine here > #Press

  • SBNF Officers Meeting Minutes - December 2021

    9 December 2021 at 1900 Committee Room at the Shoreham Centre Agenda: 1. Opening new SBNF Bank Account with Santander 2. Application for SEA Appraisal of the Neighbourhood Plan 3. Any Other Business 1. Opening of new SBNF Bank Account with Santander Santander have informed the committee that they only provide accounts on the basis that any one signatory can approve a transaction. Currently the Constitution requires two signatories to sign a cheque (paragraph 10.1) and that the Treasurer must be authorised by the committee to operate the account online (paragraph 10.2). JM has proposed the following motion, which was presented by the Chair in JM’s absence: To amend the Constitution as follows, in order to clear the way to opening an online Treasurers account with Santander, the wording of Finance 10.1 should simply be amended to read “Any one signatory to sign” Also, 10.2 “The committee must authorise the Treasurer to make any online banking payments” should be deleted. This change is purely technical to satisfy Santander’s terms and conditions and makes no practical difference to the way the Forum will operate its finances. It is essential that the account be set up as soon as possible as this will enable the Forum to apply for additional funding, necessary to publicise and hold Have Your Say Days. The Committee voted unanimously in favour and so the motion was carried. In accordance with the Constitution the proposed amendment must be put to the Forum for approval at a Special General Meeting. This will be held as an online meeting at 7pm on Thursday 20th January, to maximise attendance. RSVP: https://www.shorehambeachforum.com/rsvp 2. Application for SEA Appraisal of the Neighbourhood Plan A critical part of getting the Neighbourhood Plan completed is for Adur Planning to carry out a Strategic Environment Assessment (SEA) of the emerging plan. This can be a lengthy process so it is important the committee applies to Adur Planning for this appraisal to be undertaken. This will not prevent further revisions to the draft plan being made during and after the assessment. The committee unanimously agreed that the Chair should initiate this process. 3. Any Other Business KH raised the point that according to the constitution three committee meetings each year need to be open for forum members to attend. No meetings since the 2021 AGM have been open. This was discussed and it was felt that such open meetings would ideally be held when matters of the widest Forum interest were to be discussed. DJ suggested it would be helpful if an annual calendar of monthly meetings was created. It was suggested that the second Thursday in the month could be the default date. Those present agreed, JM and MG will be consulted before this is adopted. MW suggested the committee should survey forum opinion more frequently. To get the widest circulation for digital surveys, DJ suggested using the Forum’s announcements published in Beach News. Links to questionnaires could be published there. This was agreed. Meeting closed at 1955. The next committee meeting will be held on Thursday January 13th. See events calendar Attendees: Dave Collins (DC) Chairman Mike Whelan (MW) Secretary Kevin Hall (KH) Vice Chairman David Johnson (DJ) SBRA James Breckell (JB) Architect Apologies received from: Jonathan Marshall (JM) Treasurer Mike Gibson (MG) Planning Consultant #minutes #management #ADC #funding

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  • SBNF Winter 2020 Update for Beach News

    SBNF Winter 2020 Update for Beach News We publish updates about the progress of the Neighbourhood Plan in every edition of Beach News. Here's a copy of the latest update from our Engagement Officer: Shoreham Beach Neighbourhood Forum’s application to be re-designated was duly taken to Adur District Council’s Joint Strategic Committee (JSC) in July. The JSC, comprising Executive Members from the Council's ruling Conservative Group, required further information before it could reach a final decision. To assist the JSC, the Forum has produced an Action Plan to address the matters raised at the July meeting. In addition the Forum has requested a meeting with ADC Planning Officers ahead of the meeting of the JSC to review progress on the emerging Neighbourhood Plan and agree the programme of work needed to complete it. A joint meeting between committee members of the Forum and of Shoreham Beach Residents’ Association (SBRA), chaired by the County Councillor for Shoreham South, Cllr Kevin Boram, was held on October 12th to seek SBRA support for redesignation. SBRA has agreed to a further meeting with SBNF to discuss the emerging Neighbourhood Plan. It is the hope and ambition of the Forum that all this work will secure the JSC’s approval for re-designation in December. The Forum will then be in a position to press ahead to complete the process of producing the Draft Neighbourhood Plan early in the New Year for full consultation with Beach residents in the Spring. After any final amendments, the Forum will submit the Plan to ADC who will organise an Independent Examination and a Referendum when all Marine Ward residents on the Electoral Register will be able to vote. The Forum is keen to encourage further engagement with the community to help refine the Neighbourhood Plan. We strongly encourage residents to join the Forum and participate in our consultation events. This is your opportunity to have a say in the future development of the Beach. Visit the Forum website www.shorehambeachforum.com for full details. Alternatively you can contact the Chair of the Management Committee, Cllr Dave Collins, on 07956 759949 or via the contact form. You can read the full magazine here > #Press

  • New Beach Boardwalk Extension in May 2018 and NP Draft Policy

    New Beach Boardwalk Extension in May 2018 and NP Draft Policy Adur Council is planning to start building the boardwalk extension to Forthaven in May 2018. Here you will find the planned route and notification to residents. Our own research and consultations suggest that a westward boardwalk to Beach Green and beyond is needed even more. Why is it needed? With increasing numbers of visitors, the boardwalk provides access to those less able to walk on the shingle and reduces impact upon the rare vegetation. This heat map shows the routes the popularity of the existing boardwalk for those who track their walking and running activity. You can see that a lot of people continue westward along the shingle towards Beach Green. Where do people access the water? This activity map (made by users of the fitness tracker app) shows the routes people take across the beach to access the water - see more detailed map here > It will be interesting to see if the new eastward boardwalk extension enables an increase in water activity in that area... although this is limited due to the popularity of fishing > and associated waste at the West breakwater of Shoreham Port. Draft Neighbourhood Plan Policy TM4: Boardwalk Extension to the west The Plan strongly supports the extension of the pedestrian boardwalk westwards to the proposed new Beach Green cafe and from Beach Green to Widewater lagoon - as outlined in the Beach Green Master Plan Policy NR 4. The Rationale: Improve pedestrian safety and reduce clashes with cars and cyclists by extending the pedestrian boardwalk westwards to the new Beach Green cafe and from Beach Green to Widewater lagoon. Find out more here about the draft policy here: http://bit.ly/sbnf-plan-latest Beach Green Draft Master Plan: http://bit.ly/sbnf-beach-green-master-plan Transport & Movement Workshop 2016: http://bit.ly/trans-report-feb2016 Notification from ADC Engineering Services: Following the successful completion of Phases 1 and 2 of the Shoreham Beach walkway, tenders for Phase 3 of the project were issued on Friday 23 February, and construction of the walkway is likely to commence on site in May 2018. The above plan (click to enlarge) shows the route of the Phase 3 walkway. The works are to be undertaken by the Council under its Permitted Development Rights, these rights are also known as “permitted development” (PD) as set out in The Town and Country Planning (General Permitted Development) (Amended) (no.2) (England) Order2008. This covers works that do not require planning permission. The route of the phase 3 extension will run on land owned by Adur DC, between the existing hard concrete access path at The Burrells, and the boundary of their land at Shoreham Fort and then on Land owned by Shoreham Fort. The path will follow the more northerly existing established footpath on the shingle beach between the patches of vegetated shingle, to the Shoreham Port land where it will turn north to follow the existing muddy path before joining to the WSCC footpath at Forthaven. The chosen route is designed to give access to those less able to walk on the shingle and to formalise a route that reduces impact upon the vegetation. The proposed route has been discussed and agreed with the Environment Agency and with West Sussex County Council’s, County Ecologist and Countryside Ranger, and Shoreham Port. Whilst the project is widely supported by the Adur Councillor, Shoreham Residents Association, Friends of Shoreham Beach and the residents of Shoreham in general, we understand that some residents whose properties back onto the beach may have concerns Should you wish to comment or seek clarification on any points, please contact Ken Argent, Engineer via e-mail: ken.argent@adur-worthing.gov.uk #boardwalk #ADC #heritage

  • Final Report on concepts for school expansion and Beach Green development by independent planning sp

    Final Report on concepts for school expansion and Beach Green development by independent planning sp Final report: http://bit.ly/sbnf-aecom-report-L Background Many ideas, suggestions and options about development opportunities have emerged from our community engagement work over the past two years. Inevitably there are competing views – what to some residents is an opportunity to improve the Beach may be seen as a threat by others. Moreover, some developments could be implemented in the first five years of the plan period, whereas others will not be feasible until later and may eventually prove to be non-deliverable within the 15 year life-time of the Neighbourhood Plan. The Shoreham Beach Neighbourhood Forum made a successful bid for an Urban Design Consultancy Package from the Government programme for supporting communities preparing Neighbourhood Plans. Thus independent planning and urban design consultants AECOM have prepared sketch schemes to help Beach residents to more fully understand the potential development opportunities which have been identified by residents. Objective Ideas for potential development up to 2031 These schemes are not firm proposals but they are technically feasible. They were presented to enable residents to discuss them with independent external professionals and express their opinions (or offer alternatives). Feedback from residents was reviewed by AECOM and SBNF as an evidence base for site specific interventions across the Neighbourhood Plan area. Following on from the consultation exercise, it was agreed that there was sufficient interest in delivering an improved school facility to warrant the preparation of two additional spatial options. Consequently, AECOM prepared the following options: Beach Green Option 3 This option is based on Beach Green Option 2, but with a primary school instead of residential development on the car park. As with Beach Green Option 2, the car park moves towards the middle of the open space. Split School Site Several consultees suggested retaining the school site in some form of community use. Following on from these suggestions, it was agreed that there might be merit in looking at a school option which provided for nursery and Key Stage 1 (up to 7 years) in a new facility on the existing site and Key Stage 2 (7-11) in a new facility on the Harbour Way Industrial site. Both of these new facilities would provide additional community provision for the wider community, which would be available outside school hours. This short report comprises the following: • Section 2 of the document sets out the rationale for choosing the sites which formed the basis of the options exercise; • Section 3 provides detail as to the options; • Section 4 records the responses from the public events held in October 2016; • Section 5 offers additional spatial options arising from that consultation exercise, and • Section 6 provides a summary of the outputs. Final report: http://bit.ly/sbnf-aecom-report-L All feedback from October 2016 Have Your Say Days: http://bit.ly/hysd16-feedback-aecom #BeachGreen #school #design #AECOM #planning #housing

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