Report of a meeting between the Residents’ Association and Chichester District Council, 25h May 2016

A useful meeting lasting 1 1/2 hours spent visiting each planter/area. The City team were keen to point out that if we are to take responsibility of the planters on Westgate then we must continue the upkeep and there would be no involvement from WSCC, apart from issues with any trees. Chichester City Council will remain responsible for the maintenance of brick work, they are also responsible for the roundabout and the two grassed areas at the beginning of Parklands.

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What it could look like?

PLanter Plan
AREA 1
ADOPTEE: CHICHESTER CITY COUNCIL
To be maintained by Chichester City Council

AREA 2
ADOPTEES: RICHARD BROWNFIELD, SUE DOGGART, PENNY TOMLINSON
The planter is completely pot bound. The City gardener advises that the roots of the thistles and dandelions will be approx. 3ft long. The only way to get rid of these is to empty the planter completely. This would involve Darren Rolfe of the WSCC and his equipment and this can’t happen until we complete their course. They advise for the immediate future we remove the thistles (they will return within a couple of weeks) and cut back and tidy the planter.

AREA 3
ADOPTEES: PENNY TOMLINSON, BRIAN RAINCOCK
The City gardener advised that the tall red leaf foliage is a Smoke Tree and not a shrub. He will cut the height of this and other shrubs to 7ft as agreed with the resident opposite. He will also tidy and cut back this area on the roadside, and clear the growth around the road sign. I have asked for this to happen before the street party and at present we are looking at next Wednesday. WSCC will continue to maintain this part of the area. We will be responsible for the street side of area 3. The bushes and foliage at the beginning are in good order and need cutting back and tidying, the second half needs weeding and will need re-planting with a couple of small shrubs. The whole area needs clearing back along the pavement area by approx 6″.

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How others do it

AREA 4.
NO ADOPTEE
Outside the side entrance if The Crate and Apple is OK for the moment.

AREA 5.
ADOPTEES: NOEL DAMON, MIKE & MARGARET GIBBONS
The long brick planter. Immediately it needs tidying up. The horse chestnut needs taking out. Chichester City Council have visited the site and do not think the exit view from St. Bartholomew’s Close is impeded.

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Could it look like this?

AREA 6.
ADOPTEE: CHICHESTER CITY COUNCIL
The land around the telephone box. One tree has been removed, the remaining tree has wind rush, it it is alive and new growth is coming through.

PLanter PlanAREA 7.
ADOPTEE: CHICHESTER CITY COUNCIL
The tree has wind rush as area 6.

AREA 8.
NO ADOPTEE
Opposite The Tannery. Tree is Crabapple, shoots need to be removed. Blackthorn to be removed.

AREA 9.
ADOPTEES: SALLY & VAUGHAN LOWE but not until the Autumn First planter outside
The Tannery. Tree is a Crabapple, suckers need removing from the base and an off shoot from the tree going into the tree needs to be dug out. Blackthorn and Pileta(?) need to be dug out.

AREA 10.
ADOPTEES: SALLY & VAUGHN LOWE as above
Second planter outside Tannery. The tree is an evergreen oak. Several of the planters have these trees which Peter says are unsuitable as eventually they will become too big. Not sure what will happen about this. Blackthorn needs removing. The weeds on the left hand side need removing and replanting so needed.

AREA 11.
NO ADOPTEE
The tree is an evergreen oak. Suckers need removing from the bottom. Remove everything else and replant. The wall has cracked. Chichester Council are aware of this and will attend to it in time. This is caused by the tree, other planters containing this tree will eventually crack too.

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AREA 12.
ADOPTEES: BRIAN & LOUISE COPE
The Copes already look after this. Tree is a cherry. Well kept already, ground cover needs cutting back under tree.

AREA 13.
BRIAN & LOUISE COPE & BARRY, no.64
The Copes are happy to take this on. Tree Evergreen oak. Suckers need to be removed. Small Ash sapling needs removing. Shrubs need trimming after flowering.

PLanter PlanAREA 14
NO ADOPTEE REGISTERED.

But it is obviously being looked after so we will follow this up. Tree is a Beech. Suckers need cutting off, a bit of weeding but in good order.

AREA 15
ADOPTEE: ROSY TURNER
Tree evergreen oak. Suckers need to be removed. Whips to be removed. Needs tidying and pruning. Wall damaged, Chichester a Council are aware and will repair.

AREA 16
ADOPTEE: ROD MACEY
Fruit tree, maybe cherry. Well looked after.

AREA 17
ADOPTEE: THE KINGS
Crataegus Tree. Outer beds in good order, middle bed needs weeding and planting, maybe a lavender.

ENTRANCE TO COLLEGE, old service road, responsibility of Chichester City Council.




Colin Hicks

Webmaster, Westgate Residents' Association Chichester

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