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Shoreham-by-Sea and District, West Sussex, England

     25 July 2000 : Volume 2  Issue 26

Local News
19 July 2000
Shoreham Maritime:  Waterside North

On Wednesday 19 July 2000 a representative of Moss Environmental explained the latest stage in their Shoreham Maritime Plans, for the area known as Waterside North, to a few local groups.

There is a Draft document. The Weir or Barrage Plan has been officially dropped. 

The presentation by a representative of Moss was very low key and decidedly unenthusiastic, or even interesting. The development area was covered in flats (vertical mixed uses buildings*) that were either 3, 4 or 5 story (see illustration in the last Bulletin). There were lots of circles with words like focal points and amenity areas and it was mentioned that the area was only 5 to 10 minutes (actually more like 15-25 mins) walking distance to the railway station. There were lots of diagrams of trees (a list of suitable shrubs that are resistant to salt burn has been included in the draft plan).

(* these encourage social interaction, presumably like arguments over shared space)

This was meant to be a public consultation meeting but Alan Perrett kept on repeating "when" the development goes ahead. This ignores one major factor that the development goes against the Local Plan so the public should be consulted. So, it was just to curry support for an idea that did not seem particularly well thought out, or even detailed enough to be either criticised or appreciated. 

Furthermore, the questions I asked were NOT answered:

1)  Is there enough wharfage in the Port of Shoreham to relocate the existing businesses and to cater for any new business?
2)  Who is going to dredge and maintain the river if the Port Authority pulls out?
3)  What will be the population of the new area?

 NB 1) The first question may actually counter their argument that the plan has an object of regeneration of the port. How can they do this by removing wharfage space? The correct term would be "consolidation of port activities"  which actually means the opposite.
NB 2)  Presumably the Port relinquishes the expense and loads it on the taxpayer.
NB 3)  There were lots of references to the idea of building houses on brown field sites, and the Roger's supposedly new ideas. Actually, it is well detailed by Lord Rogers himself that his plan just involves increasing the density of homes. 
(The links to the web sites on this were included in earlier bulletins.)

The reference for the proposed departure from the Local Plan is:
AE8:  The District Council will permit permanent development unrelated to the Commercial Port where Port-related use is impractical or where wider benefits may be secured.

This is the current rule. I think they plan to change this to "Any other use". (This is typical Margaret Thatcher planning policy. We concluded after the Ropetackle debacle in 1983, that started in the same way, that no possible development could occur on the Ropetackle site because of the laissez-faire planning posed too many problems, e.g. inflated land values.)

Advantages of the Plan:

Involves moving Cooper-Barnes (Scrap metal), removing an eyesore that has grown gradually over the years.


Everything else.
Even flats in difficult locations have proved difficult to sell in Shoreham in the past. 

Comments should be sent to:
Alan Perrett
Adur District Council

Please send any comments to: Andy Horton

  • Wildlife Reports

    24 July 2000, Ray Hamblett noticed the same paucity of butterflies upriver near the old Cement Works, although he spotted a solitary Comma, and Gatekeepers and Red Admirals.

    There is a great deal of heartache, protests, arguments between farmers and the public, in Cornwall, over the cull of badgers to ostensibly investigate the causes of Bovine TB, Mycobacterium bovis,  which is almost unknown now amongst the human population in the UK since pasteurised milk.  Badgers are blamed for harbouring the disease, but how the disease is caught and spread amongst cattle is unknown. MAFF have planted traps in certain areas to capture and kill whole populations of badgers. The validity and need for the scientific experiment has been criticised by badger groups and other scientists.

    National Federation of Badger Groups, NFBG (Link)

    British Naturalists' Association (link)

    Find the Sites of Special Scientific Interest using this link:
    Friends of the Earth SSSI Navigator

    Words of the Week

    sustain  | ssten |  n. M17. [f. the vb.]  1 (A means of) sustenance. rare. M17-E18. 2 Mus. The effect or result of sustaining a note, esp. electronically. L20.

    sustain  | ssten |  v. ME. [AN sustein-, OFr. so(u)stein- tonic stem of so(u)stenir (mod. soutenir) f. L sustinere, f. as SUB- + tenere hold, keep.] 1 v.t.  a Support the efforts, conduct, or cause of (a person); support (a cause or course of action). ME-M18. b Support the argument, maintain, that. Now rare. LME. c Support as valid, correct, or just. LME. d Be adequate as a ground or basis for; substantiate, corroborate. E19. 2 v.t. Keep (a person, the mind, spirit, etc.) from failing or giving way. ME.  3 v.t. Cause to continue in a certain state; maintain at the proper level or standard. ME.  4 v.t. Maintain or keep going continuously (an action or process); carry on (a conflict or contest); spec. prolong (a musical note). ME.  5 v.t. Support life in; provide for the life or needs of; (of food) give nourishment to. ME. b Support (life). LME.  c Supply (a person's need). rare (Shakes.). Only in E17. 6 v.t. Provide for the upkeep of (an institution, estate, etc.). ME.  7 v.t. Endure without failing or giving way; withstand. ME.  b v.i. Bear up, hold out. LME-L16.  c v.t. Bear to do, tolerate that something should be done. Usu. in neg. and interrog. contexts. LME-E18. 8 v.t. Undergo or experience (something); esp. suffer (an injury or loss). LME. b Bear (a financial burden). arch. LME. c Represent (a part or character); play the part of. M16. 9 v.t. Support, bear the weight of, esp. for a long period. LME. b Withstand (a weight or pressure). LME.  c v.t. & i. Hold (something) upright or in position. LME-E18.
    2 P. G. WODEHOUSE The excitement which had sustained himhad begun to ebb. J. BRAINE There was something to sustain me over the next four weeks. 3 G. S. HAIGHT Next to Lewes, John Blackwood did most tosustain George Eliot's genius. News of the World Goalkeeper Allan Ross sustained his side's dwindling hopes with saves. T. BENN Coalan industry which had sustained our manufacturing economy since the industrial revolution. 4 K. AMIS She played a slow arpeggio, sustaining it with the pedal. A. T. ELLIS She wondered how long Charles could sustain this conversation. J. SUTHERLAND This story opens withbrisknessand sustains a rattling pace thereafter. 5 J. TROLLOPE Ianthe boughta fudge barto sustain her. P. MAILLOUX Tramping the roadssustaining himself entirely by begging. 7 A. R. WALLACE Each species [of plant] can sustain a certain amount of heat and cold. I. MURDOCH Antonia would not have sustained such a steady gaze for so long. 8 R. L. STEVENSON Labouring mankind hadsustained a prolongedseries of defeats. S. RADLEY Bell sustained multiple injuries. Japan Times They sustained burns and bruises. 9 L. SIMPSON These houses built of wood sustain Colossal snows.

    sustainability n. the quality of being sustainable L20. sustainable a. (a)rare supportable, bearable; (b)able to be upheld or defended; (c)able to be maintained at a certain rate or level: E17. sustainably adv. L20. sustainer n. (a)a person who or thing which sustains, upholds, or maintains something; (b)a supporting structure; (c)Astronaut. an auxiliary engine to maintain motion after boosters have ceased to operate: LME. sustainment n. (a)arch. = SUSTENANCE 1, 2; (b)the action of sustaining: LME.

    willock  | wlk |  n. obs. exc. dial. M17. [f. as next + -OCK.] An auk; esp. the guillemot.

    rechauffe  | rif |  v.t. rare. L15. [Fr. rechauffer: see next.] Warm up (again); fig. rehash.

    Lethe  | lithi, -i |  n. M16. [L f. Gk lethe forgetfulness, oblivion, f. leth-: see prec.] 1 In Greek mythology, a river in Hades whose water produced, in those who drank it, forgetfulness of the past (freq. in allusive phrs.); oblivion, forgetfulness of the past. M16.   2 Death. rare (Shakes.). Only in L16.


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  • Literature (Extract) of the Week

    by Charles Kingsley

    You are going down, perhaps, by railway, to pass your usual six weeks at some watering-place along the coast, and as you roll along think more than once, and that not over-cheerfully, of what you shall do when you get there. You are half-tired, half-ashamed, of making one more in the ignoble army of idlers, who saunter about the cliffs, and sands, and quays; to whom every wharf is but a "wharf of Lethe," by which they rot "dull as the oozy weed." You foreknow your doom by sad experience. A great deal of dressing, a lounge in the club-room, a stare out of the window with the telescope, an attempt to take a bad sketch, a walk up one parade and down another, interminable reading of the silliest of novels, over which you fall asleep on a bench in the sun, and probably have your umbrella stolen; a purposeless fine-weather sail in a yacht, accompanied by many ineffectual attempts to catch a mackerel, and the consumption of many cigars; while your boys deafen your ears, and endanger your personal safety, by blazing away at innocent gulls and willocks, who go off to die slowly; a sport which you feel to be wanton, and cowardly, and cruel, and yet cannot find in your heart to stop, because "the lads have nothing else to do, and at all events it keeps them out of the billiard-room;" and after all, and worst of all, at night a soulless RECHAUFFE of third-rate London frivolity: this is the life-in-death in which thousands spend the golden weeks of summer, and in which you confess with a sigh that you are going to spend them.

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