This is the first published
Electronic Newspaper for
Shoreham-by-Sea and the
Adur Valley & District, West Sussex, England
12 November 2001: Volume 3 Issue 36
Compulsory Purchase Planning Enquiry
now received the Proof of Evidence of Contamination of the Ropetackle
inspection of the document now seems to indicate that it will probably
be in the public interest if the site is put into one ownership to remove
potential hazards to the public. I may withdraw my objections to the Compulsory
Purchase Order. This information was not revealed at the Outline Planning
I can understand why Outline Planning went through to enable these
CPO to go through to enable the site to be cleaned up.
owners can argue their own cases at the Public Enquiry.
that between the Outline and Detailed Planning there will be lots of alterations.
contamination of Ropetackle because of the following uses:
Gas Works/Solid Fuel Storage
Boathouses/Possible Victorian landfill
Car Repair Works/Coach Works
Car Retrieval Yard
places the report says that contaminated ash fill is extensive over the
site, and this has been recorded in excess of 1 metre in thickness.
tests revealed that the contaminants found that the site in its existing
condition (except for the old Council Yard) is not suitable for domestic
gardens or public open space.
includes zinc, arsenic, lead, mercury, copper, and polycyclic aromatic
the asbestos levels were not found, nor radiation. However, these levels
although exceeded the domestic garden levels, in most cases they did not
exceed the levels for parks and open spaces, so it seems that the levels
are not too bad.
remains the question whether the removal of the soil with contaminants
will cause more problems than covering them up. As they plan to raise the
land levels to prevent flooding, my backing is that will cover over the
mildly contaminated soil, as it appears there is no threat to groundwater,
only contaminating the tidal river (my comment). The Adur has copper in
excess of acceptable levels (this will be particle of - this is my research).
is after just a skim through the extensive document.
Planning Application was passed despite being very ordinary and without
a vent for air conditioning and humidity control for proper museum displays.
Downs National Park : Proposed Area
November 2001, the Countryside Agency will
be starting a public consultation on the designation of a National Park
for the South Downs. Detailed 1:25,000 scale maps will be available from
November 2001, for further information about
the designation process visit the Countryside Agency's website at
on the URL for the complete map
send any comments to: Andy Horton
chill of the last two days finally brought an end to the above average
temperatures of October. However, a Red
Admiral Butterfly fluttered across my
south Lancing garden.
Admiral Butterfly fluttered strongly over
my front garden in Corbyn Crescent, Shoreham (TQ 224 053), the first of
this species I had recorded in this residential street.
2001 Butterflies (All of Britain)
late Red Admiral Butterfly
flew up from the shrubbery around Glynebourne Court opposite the Civic
Centre near the centre of Shoreham. Most, but not all, of these butterfly
reports are in the town so they may be hibernating
insects being disturbed and this is what Allen
Pollard thought this was the case of a Peacock
Butterfly and two Red
Admirals at Shermanbury.
were frequently seen, notably on Middle Road Recreation Ground, Shoreham.
bright still sunny day with the Shoreham waterfront buildings casting reflections
into the midday spring high tide with
Swan cygnets, now the full adult size,
on both the River Adur estuary
near the footbridge and on Widewater Lagoon.
Admiral Butterflies were frequent (30+),
singly everywhere where there was vegetation and over the shingle
beach, Adur levels and the river. All the
were flying strongly and in good condition.
most interesting insect around was a small
darter dragonfly with a salmon-pink abdomen,
which was almost certainly the Common Darter
Dragonfly, Sympetrum striolatum.
the Adur levels (TQ 209 068) they were mating over the duckweed stream
and they were frequently seen (25+) on the flood plain and on the towpath
by the Airport. The abdomen appeared slightly bent when this dragonfly
were in the bushes on the railway track south of Old Shoreham. A male Kestrel
perched on the wooden stork sculpture. My distinct impression was the small
size of this falcon compared to the female. It left its perch to dive amongst
the grasses and then quickly returned to its look-out post.
solitary House Martin
flew north over Lancing Beach Green in the late afternoon. This bird was
bit late on its migration to Africa, but stragglers are not particularly
Full Moon at 5.43 am
ws the warmest October on record, although there was no days of really
fine sunny weather after a poor summer.
do not know if this will be the last butterfly of 2001, but a strong flying
good condition Red Admiral
fluttered around the tree and shrubbery in the Somerfield Supermarket forecourt,
in the central town part of Shoreham-by-sea.
Admirals were reported from Lancing and Shermanbury,
and a darter dragonfly
was also reported from the latter northern part of the Adur valley by Allen
Nature & History - October 2001 Newsletter
Ring Photographic Gallery for October
of Song of Praise to West Sussex
land that holds my heart in fee,
my feet may roam,
land of down and weald and sea,
hear you call me home.
the south wind sings and sighs,
the voice of your woods will fill
mean and empty leagues between,
my heart grows fain for the things unseen,
coombe and hurst and Sussex skies
the breast of a Sussex hill.
photograph (which I had not seen before) is dated about 1920 outside the
Head, which at the focal point and west end of Shoreham-by-Sea
(new name 1910) High Street features in many old photographs.
provided by Pete Weaver
King's Head closed in 1983 and was demolished c. 1990.
Archaeological Society EGroup
of the Week
hydrocarbons occur in nature. In addition to making up fossil fuels, they
are present in trees and plants, as, for example, in the form of pigments
called carotenes that occur in carrots and green leaves. More than 98 percent
of natural crude rubber is a hydrocarbon polymer, a chain like molecule
consisting of many units linked together.
are insoluble in water and are less dense than water, so they float on
its surface. They are usually soluble in one another, however, as well
as in certain organic solvents. All hydrocarbons are combustible. If burned
completely with sufficient oxygen, they produce carbon dioxide and water,
releasing heat. If the oxygen is insufficient, the combustion yields mainly
are divided into several classes according to their structure. The two
major categories are aliphatic and aromatic.
(c) 1996 Encyclopaedia Britannica.
Pumpkins at Slindon
by Neil Drury
Photoshop is a the most popular professional photo-manipulation program.
At first it is far from user-friendly (partially intuitive if you know
both about photography and computing), but because it is so good it is
worth persevering and for a photographer this facility to manipulate prints
makes it worthwhile reason to get a computer on its own.
original photograph of Lancing College on the left. It has been cropped
and the photograph on the right has been artistically manipulated to get
a pleasing effect - it rarely works all that well, but with this landscape
I got lucky.
menu procedure following the menu at the top in Photoshop is:
Filter > Artistic > Watercolor (further options)
the older computers, only the early versions of Photoshop will work, I
use Photoshop 4 on my Pentium II computer. The latest version is Photoshop
The Adur Wildlife Gallery
web pages were constructed using the Express Thumbnail Gallery program
which is shareware and can be discovered on the following web page:
The default files created
have the suffix *.html so anybody using the program has to be a little
bit cautious about overwriting existing files.
Saturday every month.
on Netscape Composer 4.6