Bluebird Cafe licence application

The Bluebird cafe on Ferring seafront has applied for a ‘pub’ – type licence enabling alcohol to be sold between 10am and midnight six days a week (10.30pm on Sundays). At present, there is a ‘restaurant’ – type licence where alcohol can only be served with a substantial meal, indoors only, between 10am and 11pm.

Also the owner wishes to extend his operating hours for music and dancing until 12.30am six days a week.

Ferring Conservation Group values the facility of a beachfront cafe and restaurant in the village, as well as its occasional use for late evening private parties, but we feel that the possible advent of a pub and in effect a night club up to six days a week until 12.30am in this residential location is not sustainable. We consider that there would be unreasonable problems of noise and disturbance, an increase in anti social behaviour, more litter and an increase of late night traffic in the narrow unlit residential roads leading to and from the cafe.

We are objecting to this application, as is Ferring Parish Council. If you agree and would like to lodge your own objection, please do so to by e mailing  – licensing@arun.gov.uk. The reference number is 14483.

Rife and Country Centre tree planting

P1000637On Tuesday 15th March, a band of volunteers from Ferring Conservation Group gathered on the banks of Ferring Rife for a tree planting morning. Over 100 native trees had been obtained by the Group from the Woodland Trust to add to those trees already planted in the area over the last five years. The long term plan is to provide an effective wildlife corridor here, and the varieties of trees planted – Downy Birch, Rowan, Hazel, Hawthorn, Holly and Crab Apple – will result in a diverse habitat. These will be well suited to the open and exposed location.

Later, in conjunction with the nearby Ferring Country Centre, the workers went on to plant a large number of Willow whips around the boundary of some of their horse paddocks stretching out towards the East Preston Gap. Again, this will provide a feature which will develop over  the years, it will attract wildlife and will act as a windbreak. After the planting was completed, most of the work party visited the cafe at the Country Centre for a hot drink and something to eat.

Group Chairman David Bettiss,who organised the morning, said, “This was another successful morning by Ferring Conservation Group to generally improve the area for wildlife and as a place for people to visit as the trees grow. I want to thank our volunteer members who have turned out again to help. We were very lucky though to have a bright, sunny but chilly day. The rewards of our efforts on the day and from previous work days will be seen over the years to come.”