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Vernon Knights · 7th November 2015 at 2:30 pm

Vernon Knights apologises for not being able to attend today’s AGM, because he’s ‘under the weather.’ Sincerely, Rosemary Knights.

William D'Arcy · 25th April 2016 at 5:29 pm

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Zoe Neal · 6th November 2016 at 7:35 pm

As you know, the Whitehouse Farm development plan envisages the laying of a new and permanent southern access road from the Sherborne Rd/Westgate junction mini roundabout. The additional traffic to and from the new development will cause gridlock for you as residents of Westgate, as it joins with the other existing Sherborne Road traffic travelling towards the Cathedral Way/Via Ravenna roundabout and then to the A27 Fishbourne roundabout or towards Chichester’s city centre. This will likely coincide with future A27 upgrade work. Whatever the timing, clearly permanent chaos lies in prospect for years.
Much of this can be alleviated if A27 traffic to and from the development could be separated by a direct and permanent southern access to the A27.
However, the A27 is part of the national Strategic Route Network under Highways England’s jurisdiction, and such an access is not acceptable to it.

If we can get a Northern bypass then that becomes a new section of the A27. A new A27 trunk road, realigned to the north, will result in the current southern section stretching eastwards from a point west of Salthill Road being designated as a County local road no longer under the control of Highways England. This means that a direct access from the Whitehouse Farm development to this redesignated local road becomes feasible!

So, A27 traffic to and from the development could be separated from local traffic at source by a direct and permanent southern access to the trunk road. So far this has been a taboo and is a clear example of a lack of joined up planning. Nor would there be years of A27 upgrade works to be endured. .

Do join the voices in the South and push the Government for a Northern Bypass.
Click on the link below and sign the petition for a Northern Bypass and pass it on to your neighbours, friends and family.
We can still make a difference, but we need your voices and online signatures too.
Thank you in advance for your support.

Brian and Lois Cope · 11th December 2016 at 7:57 pm

We are sorry to be late returning our Committee Nomination Form. Our votes are to reappoint the current committee members for the coming year in view of the sterling work that they have undertaken in rejuvenating the Association and fighting so many battles regarding the Whitehuse Farm development and organizing such an extensive social programmes. Congratulations.

We trust that this is sufficient endorsement of the Committee’s continuing roles without the need for signature by members and counter signature by the nominees..

KAREN THOMPSON · 12th June 2017 at 8:12 pm

I am tracing my family tree and have discovered that my family lived in Westgate in Victorian times.
One of my ancestors worked at the tannery in Westgate and died in 1867 after a terrible accident there.I have traced the inquest details.
Does anyone have any old photographs of the tannery or details of the Sims family who lived at Westgate please?
Many thanks
Karen Thompson

Paula Chatfield · 6th July 2018 at 3:07 pm

Hi Karen, if nothing else has come to light, there was a report on the physical history of the tannery submitted a couple of years ago as part of a planning application for redevelopment. I can look up a link/send a pdf, if you like (my email is There’s also at least one aerial photo on the website “Britain from above”.

I’m sorry I don’t know anything about the Sims family (the only Sims I’m aware of is the estate agency named Sims Williams).

Antony Hemans · 17th June 2019 at 3:19 pm

Can I down load your report on the closure of Fishbourne Crossing in 2016 please as I am researching into the three Branch Lines to Chichester.

Finan Letts · 29th July 2019 at 7:35 pm

You’re welcome to copy anything you like directly from the website – thanks.

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