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Completion of Signalised Pedestrian Crossing

Many of you have observed that the long awaited signalised crossing on the A286 close to Hollist Lane and Wheelbarrow Castle was completed just before Christmas. The Parish Council has been working hard over the last few years to encourage West Sussex County Council to progress the installation of the crossing and we hope you agree that it has been worth the wait.

The focus of the Parish Council Highways Panel has now moved to finalising the installation of two Vehicle Activated Signs to promote traffic speed reduction, and investigating options to improve safety on Wheelbarrow Castle.

Residents warned of property banding reduction services

People in the Chichester District are being warned to be extra vigilant and be aware of calls from companies offering to challenge their council tax banding for a fee.

Following a recent complaint, the council is reminding people that they can find out their council tax banding for FREE by contacting the Valuation Office.

A number of companies contact residents directly and offer to challenge the banding on a resident’s behalf.

The companies’ methods include:

  • Charging an up-front fee then not making the challenge at all.
  • Asking for a person’s bank details so they can provide a refund but instead taking money from the account.
  • Offering a resident an agent, telling them they must have one by law in order to challenge the banding, when this is not the case at all.

Chichester District Council is urging people not to give any bank details over the phone and to end any suspicious telephone call immediately.

Any suspicious phone calls, text messages or emails should be reported as soon as possible to:

  • Chichester District Council’s Council Tax team;
  • Sussex Police on 101; and
  • West Sussex County Council Trading Standards on 03454 04 05 06.

Residents are also reminded that any genuine direct phone number given by Chichester District Council will be in the format of 01243 534***.

In some cases these companies may carry out cold calls at people’s homes. Residents who do receive a cold call are urged to seek identification from the person at the door, ring a cold caller’s office to confirm their identity and dial 999 if a cold caller refuses to leave.

Councillor Philippa Hardwick, Cabinet Member for Finance at Chichester District Council, says: “We are urging residents to be extremely careful and not give out any details over the phone.

“If you are concerned about the banding of your property, you can do this for free by contacting your local Valuation Office. Anyone can do this and you do not need a third party despite what these companies may tell you over the phone.

“No council will contact residents in this way and we certainly will not undertake cold calls at people’s homes and ask for their bank details. I would urge everyone to be vigilant and also keep an eye on older relatives or neighbours. Anyone concerned about a call should report it immediately.”

For more information go to the Council Tax section at the Valuation Office Agency https://www.gov.uk/government/organisations/valuation-office-agency

People can also contact Chichester District Council’s Council Tax team http://www.chichester.gov.uk/counciltax.

For further information, please contact Rehannah Oozeerally, PR Assistant at Chichester District Council on 01243 521032

East Pallant House, 1 East Pallant, Chichester, PO19 1TY

Tel: 01243 521032 Email: roozeerally@chichester.gov.uk

Date of Release: 29 November 2017 Ref: 3773

FINAL CHANCE TO HAVE YOUR SAY ON SOUTH DOWNS LOCAL PLAN

If you’re not familiar with planning you may never have heard of local plans, but they have the power to make a big difference to the world around you. Next spring SDNP will submit the first ever South Downs Local Plan to the Government – setting out planning policies across the whole of the National Park, how land is used and what can be built where. But first we need to have one final full public consultation.

Field update

Work on the new playground at Wheelbarrow Castle continues. After some initial consultation the working group has been liaising with a traditional play equipment supplier to obtain quotes and will now be working with the supplier and Wildwood to produce a final design. The Parish Council will consult on the final design.

At the same time, the working group is preparing the planning application for submission over the coming weeks.

Part and parcel of producing a final design will involve setting the costs of the new playground. In the interim, the Parish Council is applying for some grant funding to boost the coffers and is also looking at other funding options.

North Mill Bridge

As many residents will be aware the plaque on North Mill Bridge was vandalised. Easebourne Parish Council is pleased to confirm that it has retrieved the broken parts of the plaque and is currently looking into getting the plaque repaired so it can be reinstated. We are liaising with Midhurst Town Council in this regard.

Read the story in the Midhurst and Petworth Observer

PUBLIC NOTICE

NOTICE is hereby given that in pursuance of the provisions of Section 14(2) of the Road Traffic Regulation Act, 1984, as amended, the use of (and parking on) Easebourne Lane, Easebourne from junction with Wheelbarrow Castle to Dodsley Lane is temporarily prohibited from 29/08/2017 for 4 days.

 

London rail travel delays anticipated in August

Southwest Trains have published details of major engineering works to extend platforms 1 to 4 which will require the closure of platforms 1 to 10 in order to undertake the work. The work is being reported to complete on the 28th of August.

This will impact all rail travel into and out of London Waterloo! Read the full story on SWT website.

SWT disruption anouncement




The full article on all of the details can be found on this link:

Waterloo & South West Upgrade

 

Potholes

If you spot a pothole, a sunken drain, overgrown vegetation, damaged kerbs or another problem anywhere in West Sussex that you think is a danger to road or footpath users, then it’s very easy to report it directly to West Sussex County Council via www.love.westsussex.gov.uk. Just click on the ‘Add report’ option and follow the steps, including as much detail as possible so they can pin point exactly where the problem is. Of course you can also email parishclerk@easebourne.org if it’s something specifically within Easebourne.

Careful drivers welcome!

We recently added the finishing touch to our village gateways that will be seen by motorists as they arrive in Easebourne on the A272 from Petworth. The ‘Please drive carefully through our village’ sign is another reminder that they are about to enter a 30mph residential area and they should revise their speed accordingly. Elsewhere in the village we’re working hard on other speed measures for the A286 and hope to have more news about progress shortly.

COWDRAY PROPOSED DEVELOPMENT IN EASEBOURNE

Easebourne Parish Council will be holding a planning meeting (in public as usual) to discuss the draft allocations policy for the village and the Cowdray Estate development proposals following its public consultation, details of which are below. We would encourage all residents to attend the consultation as any proposals will have an impact on the whole village.

The Parish Council’s public meeting will be on Monday 10 July at 7.30pm in the Refectory