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Findon Valley Residents' Association

Protecting the interests of the Findon Valley community and the countryside around us

FVRA Accomplishments for the Community and Countryside

Over the years the FVRA, in its current capacity as well as under its former name of the Findon Valley Society, has achieved so much to protect and promote local residents' interests.

Our aim is to raise public awareness through leaflet drops, responsible protests, and writing to the local media. We also try to advise and support other groups of people with missions of mutual interest.

We also lobby local councillors and deal with organisations like the Highway Agency, West Sussex County Council, County Highways and work with other 'special interest' groups.

The wide range of actions undertaken by the FVRA have truly shaped Findon Valley as it is today - as always more needs to be done to continue with the new challenges that come our way.

The FVRA has and continues to focus its efforts in three main areas: The environment, Road Safety and Community Spirit.

Whilst many believe that concern over the environment is a 21st century development the FVRA has always looked to protect the environment in which we live, indeed it was formed in 1936 to stop industrial development in the valley.

ornamental plantersIn 2013 the FVRA took ownership of two ornamental planters on King's Parade and a contract was agreed with Ferring Nurseries to maintain them.

In 2015, we came up with the idea of planting of wild flowers, wildflowerseedingyoung trees and other plants on The Gallops to encourage wildlife like bees, other insects and a variety of birds. With agreement from our committee, the Adur & Worthing Council was approached and the result was a very colourful area of land with the most amazing array of wild flowers! Late autumn saw the planting of 30 young trees in another area of The Gallops.

During the spring of 2016, in association with The Woodlands Trust and the local council we were able to plant a wide variety of trees and another bedding for wild flowers. This was followed up with Adur & Worthing Council placing a few more benches on The Gallops for visitors to rest and enjoy the surrounding views. An oak tree was also planted to celebrate the 80th anniversary of the FVRA.

Over the summer and autumn more trees and bushes were planted alongside the placement of some new benches, each with a concreted area in front for visitors to enjoy the fine views around. To everyone's amazement orchids appeared in July/August time.

You can find further pictures in The Gallops gallery.

In liaison with Vale School, double yellow ‘no parking’ lines were painted on the corners of the top cross road junction close to the school.

Ongoing co-operation with the school and local authorities with the school run traffic flow, mindful of local residents' interests during the morning and early evening periods.

Offington Corner: 'Keep Clear' markings installed and re-painted.

The placement of 'Dismount/no cycling' signs on King's Parade.

Three disabled parking bays along King's Parade outside the Post Office, Tesco and Curtis & Son Estate Agents

A loading bay for HGVs on the A24 lay-by opposite Tesco for deliveries to the shops and businesses.

Upgrading of parking restrictions on both access roads at the foot of Vale Avenue.

Repainting of road markings along the A24.

New Puffin pedestrian crossing installed on Warren Road.

Warren Road crossing: high-mast signals and improved signage.

In July 2016 the third annual Charity Fun Dog Show took place, organised again by Pat Eves, Geoff & Lynn Raynsford on behalf of the FVRA with help from their friends.

Following a request from a local resident in late 2015, Maggie Winter - Planning Officer - applied for funding for a new bus shelter on the east side of the A24 Findon Road opposite Downside Avenue. Approval was made during the spring of 2016 as the FVRA received a grant of £1,600 for the materials. The result was a wooden bus shelter built by the West Sussex County Council Community Solutions Team. This was officially opened on 7 July with the resident who suggested the bus shelter alongside the team who built it with representation from W. Sussex Council and the FVRA. See an article published by the Worthing Herald.

During the summer of 2015 the second Charity Fun Dog Show was held on The Gallops.

In late 2015 a new Community Bench was placed on the north end of King's Parade for local people to use. The bench was crafted by the carpentry department of Camelia Botnar Foundation and funded by the FVRA subscriptions.

New community events took place during 2013/14 with the annual Quiz Night, an Antiques Valuation Afternoon, a Tea Dance Afternoon, a 'Variety Showstoppers' Show and the first Charity Fun Dog Show held on Bost Hill. All events were geared towards supporting local based charities.

The annual Christmas event is re-branded 'Spirit of Christmas' late night shopping and community event. Record breaking fundraising as 2012 saw an all-time high £2028 raised and this was beaten in 2013 with a staggering £2,516.26! Then in 2014 another record was set and £2,507.79 was achieved!!

Note: See the History of the FVRA page for further information of the association’s accomplishments over the years.