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Trampolines at Easebourne Park

The trampolines are under construction!

Easebourne Park Carvings

A big Thank You to all the children who created wildlife images which have been carved into the oak dens in Easebourne Park.

Postponed – Easebourne Parish Council Meeting

Please note:  Easebourne Parish Council Meeting which was due to take place on 11th July 2018 has been postponed and will now take place on 18th July 2018.

Sussex Safer Roads Partnership visits Easebourne

As some of you may have seen, three new ‘Speed Camera/30mph’ signs were installed along Dodsley Lane last week in the latest phase of our attempts to reduce traffic speeds throughout the village. The Sussex Safer Roads Partnership speed van has also been positioned in the village today, Monday 9th July, and Easebourne will now be included as one of their regular scheduled locations. Our own Community Speedwatch activity will continue alongside these checks and we’re always happy to welcome new volunteers, so if you have an hour to spare a week to help us make our roads safer then please do get in touch with our Parish Clerk.”

Latest News from Easebourne Park

5th July 2018

As we approach the end of third week of the Wildwood phase of the Easebourne Park project, we are delighted to report that the Wildwood Trails and Dens are very much complete. Whilst trimming, small adjustments and carving remains outstanding, the surrounding raised bunding, designed to retain the bark, is in place and the bark is to be delivered on Thursday and/or Friday.  We are sure everyone we will be very satisfied with what Lawrence Trowbridge of Wildwood has achieved with the Cowdray Estate donated wood. Pleasingly, the children of Easebourne Primary School and Conifers School have provided carving designs which will be incorporated into the wood of the dens and trails shortly.

Filling the pond with water is an issue for now. ACS Groundworks very generously has donated a substantial amount of their water which has made a great start; however, we will need much more to fill the pond and allow planting of the water-loving plants to be undertaken. It may be that this aspect of the Park will have to remain unfinished until nearer the winter, when the pond will be filled naturally through the drainage system we have in place and through falling rainwater.
Chris Collyer, of Playsafe Playgrounds, is due to start on 16th July and PB Groundworks will be returning to finish off the park with paths in early August. So, all currently on time and on budget.

17th and 24th September, and 1st October 2018 – Volunteering Opportunities in Easebourne Park

Easebourne Parish Council have three new opportunities for volunteers to get involved in the creation of Easebourne Park, which is adjacent to Wheelbarrow Castle.

On three Mondays: 17th and 24th September 2018 and 1st October 2018, we will be joined by Darren Rolfe from West Sussex County Council who will the tasks which include installation of a new ramp and two sets of steps which improve access to the Park for everyone.

All equipment will be provided as well as tea and biscuits, so if you can spare a few hours or would just like further information, please get in touch! Contact parishclerk@easebourne.org or Sharon on 07342 166 188.

Look out for the Parish Council Tombola at the School Fete on Saturday

This year as usual the Parish Council will be at the School Fete on Saturday 30th June from 1.oopm. But what is unusual is that we will be running a fabulous Jars and Bottles (and a few little surprises) TOMBOLA which will include Prosecco and slime!  The funds raised from this will be used towards the new playground.

Please do come and chat to us, and see the display all about the playground and ask any other questions you may have about the Parish and the work of the Parish Council.

 

 

 

 

Building the Oak Structures has now Begun!

Easebourne Park Pond Excavation!

As some of you may have already seen, work has well and truly commenced on the early stages of the park. The drainage channels are in, with the exit of the drainage pipe designed to flow into the pond. The pond itself has been excavate and the natural clay liner due to be delivered and fitted early next week. The oak wood trunks and branches, kindly donated by the Cowdray Estate, will be delivered over the next 2 weeks with the first deliveries starting on Mon 25 June. Wildwood personnel recently visited Cowdray and inspected the timber which has been allocated to the project and came away very impressed indeed. These timber deliveries will be timed to cause minimum disruption to the primary school car park users. If this fine weather continues, the progress of the Park will be swift.

The pond dug, awaiting the natural environmentally-friendly clay liner, with drainage exit pipe from the groundworks clearly visible. The pond measures approx 11mtrs x 6 mtrs and is kidney shaped. It will have at least 2 log seats on its periphery.

Proposed Easebourne Parish Design Statement

As announced at the Annual Village Meeting on the 24th May, 2018 the Parish Council is proposing to create a Parish Design Statement. This is a document that would be adopted by the South Downs National Park Authority (SDNPA) as a Supplementary Planning Document (SPD). It would aim to influence future development within the Parish so that it is in harmony with its setting and local character.

A critical requirement of a Parish Design Statement is that it is created by a team of people with various interests and experiences, from across the Parish and not just by the Parish Council. In fact, for it to be officially adopted as an SPD it must have more residents than councillors involved in its creation.

A Parish Design Statement aims to do the following: 

  • Describes the distinctive character of the village and the surrounding countryside
  • Draws up design principles based on that character
  • Helps residents and planners understand local issues
  • Influences future design policies
  • Supports good planning once adopted as a SPD by the local authority

 So, we need your help

If you are interested in being part of the Parish Design Statement Team then please get in touch. We would be keen to talk to people with experience in planning and architecture, but also people who know the landscapes and history of the Parish. Perhaps most importantly we would like to hear from people who want to take an active role in shaping the future of Easebourne Parish.

What might the project involve?

There is a lot of information to share, but to give a flavour for what is involved, the project will include matters such as:

  • Researching our surroundings, Parish history, the character of the Parish, what residents like and what we don’t like –

From building design to green spaces, from views within the Parish to street signage, from types of hedges to building materials and everything in between.

  • Researching the great and not so great examples of other Parish Design Statements.

We are not the first Parish to do this, we can learn a lot from those who have already been through the process.

  • Planning activities including organised group walks to study the landscape, projects for all age groups to take photos of what they like and what they don’t like in our Parish, questionnaires for residents, fact finding with neighbouring Parishes.

Next steps?

  1. Register your interest in being involved by emailing parishclerk@easebourne.orgor via our website http://easebourne.org/services/volunteering/
  2. We intend to hold a briefing meeting for all those residents interested in conjunction with the SDNPA
  3. Following that meeting we will agree the scope of the project and allocate initial tasks
  4. We need to have our team in place and research underway by the end of August 2018
  5. The SDNPA has agreed to provide direct support from September 2018, including a new ‘Toolkit’ that will provide essential guidance in creating the final document.

Any questions?

Please don’t hesitate to email parishclerk@easebourne.orgor call 07342 166188 for more information.