Summerley Private Estate
Summerley Private Estate is home to 350 families. Built mainly in the 1920s and 1930s the houses are substantial and of individual design. The estate itself is run by LE Walwin & Partners Ltd (LEWP) who own the roads and common areas and control the covenants to which home owners are subject. The Summerley Private Estate Residents’ Association (SPERA) maintains the roads under an agreement with LEWP and collects annual maintenance fees for this purpose.
Each house is subject to various covenants, one of which is to contribute to the cost of Road maintenance. SPERA was formed in 1994 to expedite the maintenance of the Roads. SPERA. and LEWP signed an agreement giving SPERA authority to carry out maintenance works and to collect residents’ contributions to their costs. The annual membership fee is set at the AGM in April or May and covers (mainly) the cost of Road maintenance and (a small element of) Residents’ Association costs such as the cost of a summer gateman. While residents are not obliged to join SPERA they are obliged to pay maintenance costs and SPERA charges an administration fee to non-members which, in practice, makes membership the cheaper option. These arrangements and authorities have been tested in the courts and in practice 100% of residents are members of SPERA.
Please note that along with the covenants on the households there are also restrictions on beach access and ramps pertaining to exclusions of motor craft (including jet skis) which can not be launched from the Summerley Estate.
We sit in the middle of a string of important and interesting south coast towns.
Southampton and Portsmouth to the west provide the facilities of cities and, in particular, transport links – ferries to the Isle of Wight or to the Caribbean, air links from the friendly and growing Eastleigh Airport at Southampton.
Chichester lies 8 miles to the north – an elegant old town named for Cissa (pronounced Chizzer) an early king of the Kingdom of the South Saxons – with its fine shopping, theatres, cathedral and general all-round culture and civility (plus Waitrose).
Littlehampton and Worthing are pleasant seaside towns to the east with cosmopolitan Brighton further to the east. London is an easy 1½ or 2 hour rail or road journey away. We understand that it too offers a few facilities!
Felpham itself is famous for …. er …. well William Blake, mystic and poet who once lived in Felpham! Blake moved here in 1800 whilst working on his famous poem ‘Preface to Milton’, later set to music by Charles Parry and renamed ‘Jerusalem’. He apparently completed it in 1804 whilst awaiting trial in Chichester for high treason! … he was acquitted and moved back to London.
We can boast a beautiful stretch of un-commercialised beach front which stretches beyond our farthest eastern boundary, the full stretch of the Estate, and beyond our farthest western boundary. A westerly stroll along the promenade will take you onto the village beachfront, where there are two ‘traditional’ beach cafes, a stretch of beach huts, an active sailing club, tennis courts and the local fisherman’s pound. It is as much a delight to watch the lobster pot fishermen go out on a still summer’s morning as it is to watch the sailing dinghies battle the wind and waves on race days. If this sounds idyllic, it is because we feel it is!