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Dear Editor

Now that the Seven Dials area has been greatly improved with the new road layout and the removal of railings etc, there is one building that spoils the effect and that is the Co-op on the corner of Dyke Road and Buckingham Place, where the ground floor windows are blocked up, giving a run-down, derelict look to that part of the road. I wonder if the Association in its official capacity could perhaps try and persuade the Co-op to fit some dummy windows here. The cost would be very little to a company of that size but I think it would surely have a great improving effect on the look of the area. Yours sincerely, (more…)

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One day, a cat – whom we shall refer to as Cat X – was outside, committing the heinous crime of ‘roaming without due care and attention’. Injury ensued but he managed to limp his way to a friendly safe house where his newly acquired surrogate family took pity on him and whisked him off to the nearest vet for treatment. He quickly recovered but his microchip information wasn’t up to date and so his new family were unable to return him to his regular home even though his regular home was only six doors away. Poor Cat X. (more…)

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The house sparrow is one of the most iconic urban birds in Britain. Although we are all used to seeing this sociable little brown bird hop and shuffle around our gardens, it in serious trouble. Over the past 25 years (a human generation) there has been a nationwide collapse in house sparrow population sizes. (more…)

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The  garden at back of West Hill Hall is crying out for some love and attention.  It has had a makeover recently in the form of a new retaining wall that was built to solve a damp problem in the Hall itself. There’s a newly cleared area of soil that could be used for growing vegetables or shrubs. If you’d like to expand your interest from a garden box to a 16m long space that you can tend to and grow things in, then please email Colette at westhillhall@gmail.com.

The antidote to flat-dwelling!

 

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Traditionally trees are still relatively dormant and the nesting season is nearly upon us so here are some good garden tasks to complete before Spring really sets in. (more…)

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Jim Gowans’ West Hill Watch . . .

Anston House

Despite widespread local opposition which included some 470 formal objections and a petition with over 3500 signatures a majority of councillors on the Planning Committee voted to approve a scheme to construct three tower blocks which will overshadow Preston Park. The Council’s own Heritage Team, the Council’s Conservation Advisory Group and the Council’s Tree Officer, together with the Sussex Gardens Trust, had all objected. (more…)

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Do you or someone you know need extra or quick support during a power cut?

Although power cuts don’t happen very often, when they do they can be worrying. UK Power Networks is the electricity network and it provides a ‘Priority Services Register’ for people who might need extra help in a power cut.  Older people, families with very young children, and people with specific medical conditions are among the many people who are eligible to register for free support.

You can find more details and register by visiting ukpowernetworks.co.uk/prioritysupport or by calling 0800 169 9970.

 

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