2019 LANCING BUSINESS PARK PROJECTS
LBP HIGHWAY CHANGES BEING PROPOSED AS A COMMUNITY INTEREST SCHEME
Following the 2019 LBP Highways Consultation, feedback received from businesses at the LBP AGM and West Sussex Highways, LBP submitted an application to alter the Traffic Regulation Order (TRO) that governs the highways on Lancing Business Park.
The LBP application aims to:
We are very grateful to Cllr. Ann Bridges who visited the business park to see first-hand how the highway issues on the park are hampering day to day business operations and restricting business growth. Cllr. Ann Bridges appreciates the huge contribution to the local economy that is made by businesses on Lancing Business Park and is keen to help address our highway issues and enable further business growth.
After careful consideration West Sussex Highways determined that the LBP application required more than a TRO could provide and kindly considered the LBP application as a Community Interest Scheme instead. We are very pleased to report that the LBP Community Interest Scheme has been moderated and scored over the minimum threshold score and will be proposed to be included on West Sussex County Council's Annual Delivery Programme, although this is subject to available resources and governance. LBP are hoping for a final decision and delivery timescale by April 2020.
Please click the maps below to view the proposed highway changes:
2019 LBP BIG CLEAN
Each year LBP provides the LBP Big Clean of the public highways across the business park, to help clear any autumn leaves and mess which may have accumulated.
In preparation LBP liaised with businesses to ensure the roads were left as clear as possible to enable a comprehensive clean and undertook an audit of abandoned vehicles on the business park. LBP are very pleased to report that no abandoned vehicles were found on the public highway and arranged for a van to be removed from Peter Road prior to the 2019 LBP Big Clean.
On Sunday 1st December the 2019 LBP Big Clean took place and this year incorporated Peter Road and the access roads for Winston Business Centre and Marlborough Business Centre, to help raise the overall cleanliness of communal area on the business park. LBP would like to thank businesses for supporting the 2019 LBP Big Clean by helping to clear the roads of vehicles on the day, as this made a huge difference to the end result, enabling the park to start the winter as clean as possible.
Please click the images below to view a slideshow of before, during and after photos for each area of the 2019 Big Clean:
2019 SIR ROBERT WOODARD ACADEMY CAREERS DAY
First thing on Monday 15th July 2019, Sir Robert Woodard Academy (SRWA) students arrived for their 2019 Careers Day on Lancing Business Park, with six prominent manufacturers and business services companies opening their doors to welcome the Year 10 students.
First stop was Fizz Creations Ltd in Commerce Way, were MD Lawrence Boon shared his vast business experience, interview and CV tips, alongside explaining the world of novelty gift design, sales and distribution. Students were treated to a full tour of the facility where they recognised popular gifts and saw first-hand the Senior Management Team in action, in the product showroom.
The group then crossed the road to visit Adur & Worthing Council Services to hear presentations about the world of Public Service and what the Council is looking for in potential employees. Matt Marchant explained the vast range of careers within the council from Community Engagement to Planning and IT Services. Tony Patching then gave an overview of the Waste and Cleansing Services and what attributes they look for in potential employees. Finishing with Graham who explained the diversity of his role from repairing park equipment to serving on emergency planning teams for major incidents and volunteering opportunities within the council to gain valuable work experience.
Next the group visited Parafix Engineered Adhesive Solutions where Emma Pope and Vince Booker explained how their products can be found in medical equipment, luxury car manufacture, electrical devices and many more product areas. Emma outlined how the bespoke nature of their work requires a range of engineering and packing skills, along with how the company supports qualification training and career progression from within. Shaun Packham then gave the students a tour of the factory floor, demonstrating how the machinery produces the end products.
The students then toured the park to visit Paula Rosa Manhattan where they were very impressed by the kitchen showroom and met Lee Golby. Lee explained how the company has been manufacturing kitchens on the park since the 1960s and currently produces 300-400 kitchens a week, delivering to new build construction sites across the country. Lee outline the ten skill areas within the company, from designers, buyers to compliance and shared his colleague's journey from the production floor, all the way to working for Lee, helping to ensure the safe running of the whole facility. The students were then treated to a full tour of the production line within this vast former Railway Carriage Works, from initial wood blocks to finished products.
This was followed by a quick walk to Chartwell Business Centre where students met with Melanie Main and Cara Dzekawong from RR Donnelley to hear all about their outsourcing services. Melaine explained that RR Donnelley is the silent face behind many everyday financial and service companies, opening their mail, scanning their documents, processing and prioritising workflow. Melaine described how RRD are a flexible employer who cater for both full and part-time working patterns to match with employee needs. Melaine then gave the students a tour of the non-secure areas of the business and explained some areas are restricted access due to Data Protection.
The final company visit was to a major financial services company called Equiniti in Spencer Road, who have multiple sites throughout the UK employing 3500 staff and an additional 1500 staff internationally. Gavin Lane who kindly organised the visit introduced the students to Sue Clarke, Simon Smith and Georgina Hawes. Sue and Simon gave students a rundown of the services they provide, the career opportunities within Equiniti, what they are looking for in their new employees and how you can progress within the company.
By the end of the day the students had a better understanding of the route to work, how to present themselves to maximise opportunities and the range of local careers available to them.
LBP would like to thank all the companies involved and everyone for volunteering their time to help provide this invaluable student experience. LBP have already started working with SRWA on next year's event and hope to build this event further. If your company would like to be involved please click here to email your expression of interest..
2019 LBP HIGHWAYS CONSULTATION
The 2018 LBP Business Survey highlighted numerous highway issues across the business park. LBP has been working with businesses to resolve these issues, along with additional highway issues that have been raised since the survey. LBP have now recorded 50 highway issues to date, which we have been working with partners, businesses and landlords to resolve.
LBP are pleased to confirm that 14 highway issues have been resolved so far, such as:
Please click here to see more details of the highway issues resolved so far.
LBP has also been working extensively on the remaining 36 highway issues, meeting with West Sussex Highways to discuss each issue and obtain advice on how to best approach these issues. As a result, LBP have concluded that a full review of the double yellow lines across the business park is essential to solving many of the issues.
Please click here to see details of the 36 issues we are currently working on
On the 29th May 2019 Damian Pulford - LBP Chairman met with Cllr. Ann Bridges our Local Member for the County Local Committee, along with Mandy Bridson- LBP Director and Suzy Bastable - LBP BID Manager.
The County Local Committee have the difficult role of prioritising Traffic Regulation Order Requests and determining which two requests are implemented in Adur each year. A Traffic Regulation Order is required to enable any changes to a public highway e.g. double yellow line changes.
Cllr. Bridges was given a tour of the business park to demonstrate the enormity of the park, how successful the park has become, the huge number of daily traffic movements and the highways issues the business park is currently facing. Cllr. Bridges left the meeting with a full understanding of the contribution the business park makes to the local economy and the constraints that are currently restricting business growth.
To resolve many of the highway issues on the business park it will be essential to strategically assess these issues on a whole business park basis and to consolidate solutions across the business park. It is envisaged that some double yellow lines will need to be removed and others added, along with the creation of HGV loading bays with stopping time restrictions, whilst balancing the need for on-street car parking spaces. This will be a difficult and lengthy process, but LBP are committed to finding the best solutions for the business park.
LBP would like to start the process by ensuring that all highways issues have been captured prior to any action being taken and are therefore launching our:
2019 LBP Highways Consultation.
We are calling all LBP businesses that are currently experiencing highways issues on the business park, to please click here and review the highways issues already recorded, to see if your issue has been captured. If your highway issue has not been captured, please could you email details to firstname.lastname@example.org by close of play on:
Sunday 30th June 2019
Once the 2019 LBP Highways Consultation has closed and all highway issues have been captured, LBP will consolidate the information and prepare a 2019 Double Yellow Line Review Plan, which will be displayed at the LBP AGM on Wednesday 17th July 2019.