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The Parish Council would like to hear your views on the recent flooding in the village and have launched an online Survey Monkey questionnaire in order to do so.
As already mentioned, we’re looking into obtaining funding from West Sussex County Council in order to plan some significant improvements to current surface water drainage in an attempt to stop the events caused by Storm Ciara and Storm Dennis from happening again.
A critical element of any funding application will be to demonstrate that we have strong support within the community for the proposed improvements and so your feedback is very important.
You can find the survey here, which should only take a few minutes to complete:
We will also be dropping some leaflets through the doors of those houses most likely affected giving the same details. If you prefer you can email your comments to email@example.com or write to the Parish Council address on this website.
Please share all your comments with the Parish Council by Wednesday 11th March 2020. Thank you.
The flooding that happened in Easebourne over the weekend was one of the worst events we’ve experienced and we would like to take this opportunity just to briefly explain why it happened and what’s happening to try to prevent it in the future.
Normally, the River Ez that flows past the White Horse Pub, enters a culvert and flows mostly underground until it reappears again at the back of the Conifers sports field. It should run through the fields and discharge into the River Rother downstream of the North Mill. The culvert is known to be damaged, and possibly undersized, resulting in the River Ez bursting out of the culvert and taking a new route flowing almost entirely through the streets.
We are working with the landowners effected and various Councils, investigating whether the culvert can be replaced. Until then, we regret that similar flood events might be possible and advise anyone in a vulnerable situation or at risk from flooding to take necessary precautions.
As soon as we have more information we’ll share on this website and on Facebook.
The Parish Council has arranged for Chichester District Council road sweepers to work on areas of the A272 and A286 tomorrow, Tuesday 18th Feb, that have suffered deposits of silt as a result of the flooding yesterday. If you would normally park along the road between Lutenor Road and Vanzell Road or just opposite the BP Station, please try to park elsewhere during the day.
The BP Station has very kindly offered use of their limited parking spaces to the left of the forecourt although they are expecting some drain clearance work to be taking place during the day so at times access on and off of the site maybe limited.
The Council has been investigating the problem of flooding in the village for some time. We are continuing to work with the relevant parties to agree an appropriate solution and hopefully avoid any further repeat of the weekend flooding.
We now have an updated calendar for the Midhurst Green Volunteers, including all sessions due to take place in Easebourne. Please check your diaries and join a session when you can.
We really need you, as Easebourne residents to come forward to join this initiative. If as a village we cannot contribute our own volunteers then unfortunately it’s unlikely that further sessions in Easebourne will be planned. We can’t really expect these dedicated volunteers from Midhurst to give up their time to help us unless we are prepared to get involved!
If you have appreciated the work that’s been done along High Path and Wheelbarrow Castle so far and would like to see other areas of the village maintained to the same high standard, please come and help.
Many of you will have noticed by now that Wheelbarrow Castle received an initial cut back by the Midhurst Green Volunteers last Saturday! We started by clearing the corner close to the bus shelter and worked up towards to school, reaching the crossing point before time ran out.
The next sections will be tackled on Saturday 29th February and Saturday 7th March, from 8.30 until 10.30 each day.
The volunteers did an amazing job in a short time, although disappointingly we had only 1 villager step up to help, versus 6 volunteers who came from Midhurst. Luckily our 1 helper was ideally suited to the job, being a professional tree surgeon! Thank you Connor!
Working with the Midhurst Green Volunteers is essential if we are to improve areas such as this within our village, but we can’t expect this to continue if we can’t contribute pairs of hands on the day! There simply isn’t money within Chichester District Council to maintain these areas so without volunteers it will sadly grow wild.
There’s a great team spirit at these sessions, you don’t need any experience or equipment and you don’t need to be a tree surgeon to help! Just a willingness to get stuck in to help your community and a sense of humour! We’ll also provide some refreshments at the end! Please check your diaries and consider sharing an hour of your time for the next sessions.
If you want to know more please email firstname.lastname@example.org – thank you.
Once again our village saw some mindless vandalism at the end of last week, with graffiti being sprayed at various points along the northern section of High Path. It seems that as volunteers were preparing to further improve the southern section on Saturday, vandals were preparing to deface the upper section.
It’s such as shame that on one hand we report on so many positive things that are happening in our community and happening for the good of many. Then on the other hand we have to share news that a few people feel it’s OK to destroy other parts of our community.
The Parish Council are taking steps to remove the offending material, sadly at a cost to every resident. If you have any information about this incident or previous criminal damage in our Park, please consider sharing with the Police or the Parish Council. Thank you.
Our volunteers were out again yesterday, Saturday 1st Feb under the expert guidance of the Midhurst Green Volunteers to finish off the High Path Project. We were a little light handed and it was hard work, but more brambles and branches were cut back and path edges rediscovered! We even extended the clean up around the entrance to the Riverbank Medical Centre and down towards the bridge into Midhurst. We hope you like the result!
This was over 8 hours of work for volunteers across 3 Saturdays, not including the time it takes to plan the sessions, prepare equipment and then dispose of the waste.
Next Saturday, 8th February the team will be starting to tackle Wheelbarrow Castle, again, cutting back overgrown vegetation and widening these well used paths. Please come along for an hour if you can, especially if you regularly use this route. All equipment will be provided and we’ll be meeting at the top in the school car park from 8.30am!
We’re back at High Path this coming Saturday 1st Feb for the last cut back and clearance session and extra pairs of hands would be much appreciated! Meet at the southern end of the path, near the surgery entrance from 8.30am, all equipment provided and we will finish by 10.30am.
Full details of the Green Volunteers programme can be found here:
Please note that we were scheduled to be starting Wheelbarrow Castle this Saturday but High Path has taken longer than anticipated! Wheelbarrow Castle will start the following week!