• You won't believe what happened with Bosham Hilliers ....

    I thought because I may have mentioned my move to Hilliers while we were chatting, that you might want to know how it's all going.

    If you don't know what I'm talking about, let me give you a brief bit of the background.

    The old petrol station at Chidham was only short term. About 18 months ago we started plans to move to Hilliers on the Main Road at Bosham. Hilliers were delighted that I was moving there and I was excited about it too. Ourselves, Hilliers, and the architect couldn't see any problems with the move.

    Well.... unbelievably...we are staying put.

    After all the planning permission and subsequent appeals were fought for and failed, Chichester District Council decided in their wisdom to refuse us permission and this was borne out by a national government appeal. No one objected. No one. It turns out that the 'green initiative' got in the way and officials were worried about increased traffic. On a main road! To an existing Garden Centre! That'll be the same traffic that travels on this main road on a daily basis then ! If we were building a supermarket or building a football ground, I could understand it! We only wanted to put a log cabin in the Car Park!

    To say it's a disappointment is an understatement..... I'm gutted. But there is no recourse now as we've exhausted the appeal process.

    So the upshot is we're staying put, but...... the current site is being developed and we are trying hard to stay where we are. We are negotiating with the current developers, so I might have some good news soon.

    I'll keep you up to date with events as they unfold as we are talking to the developers this week.

    Whatever happens..... we WILL be trading. I'll keep you in the loop.

    Kind Regards


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