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Work on Easebourne Park has begun!

Easebourne Park – an update on progress

Excitingly, work on Easebourne Park has started.  The security fencing has been delivered and erected by Playsafe Playgrounds, allowing for a path outside the fencing from the public footpath to the south of the park to the school.  The drainage groundworks are about to start.
The paperwork for the necessary £40K loan to the Parish Council from the Department for Communities and Local Government (DGLC) has been submitted and consultations with DGLC has commenced.  Of note, is that the Parish Council has raised £90k, comprising the majority of the £130K funds required for the project.
A notice board with a diagram of the project has been installed to the Easebourne Park fence next to the school car park and the “Site Office” based in Easebourne Primary School, is now ready for use during the construction and installation work  from Monday 11th June 2018.
The overall schedule, remains as follows:
o   8th June 2018: Site security fence, security container and site loo, delivered and erected by Playsafe Playgrounds – completed.
o   11th June 2018: PB Groundworks to commence initial drainage groundworks.
o  20th June 2018: Wildwood UK to commence dens, trails, pond.
o   16th July 2018: Playsafe Playgrounds to construct and erect traditional play equipment.
o   1st August 2018: PB Groundworks complete groundworks (path, bench pads and make good).
o   13th August -20th August 2018: Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents (RoSPA) inspection of the park, signs erected, benches and bins installed, security fence removed.
o    Nominally, Saturday 1st September opening event.
Immediate Activity
1.  PB Groundworks will deliver a digger to the site on Monday 11th June 2018, a dumper truck on Tuesday 12th June 2018 and commence the drainage works.
2.  A large lorry load of pea shingle will be delivered later this week, at a time fully coordinated with the school.
For any queries about the Easebourne Park project, please contact the Clerk to the Easebourne Parish Council on 07342 166 188

MADhurst Carnival on 27th August 2018 is Seeking Road Closure Marshals

MADhurst Carnival needs volunteers to act as Road Closure Marshals.  

If you would like to take part, please email David Coote: david@cooteonline.com

Please find some important Briefing Notes for Marshals below:

1 Marshals are assigned to a particular location – see attached schedule and map

2 You will be given a Hi-Viz jacket at the briefing MTC or MADhurst unless you already possess one such as Rotary or Lions.  Please return to information tent just inside MSA on completion.

4 Barriers or road closed notice to be put in place at 12 noon and the Carnival Coordinator will assume that this has happened.

5 After that no vehicles may be allowed to access the closed streets unless a      member of the emergency services or the Event Co-ordinator David Coote -instructs you to do so.

6 A copy of the Road Closure Order you will be given to you at the briefing and should be shown to anyone who questions under what authority you are working.

  1. Protec Security will assist at the four main approach roads. The main purpose of having Protec staff at these points is to give assurance to Carnivalers and public and to ensure a speedy communication to emergency services in the extremely unlikely event of anyone acting with malicious intent.

8 At the back of the Carnival Procession about 100 metres behind the final entry in the procession there be will be a pace car.(A Midhurst Engineering vehicle) After the pace car has passed barriers/Road closed signs can be removed and traffic allowed through.

9 Radios will be given to Marshals located at Bepton Road, Petersfield Road, Mill Roundabout and Knockhundred to use in an emergency and inform Carnival Coordinator of infringement of road closure.  Radios to be returned to information tent on completion.

  1. Please do not give advice to motorists who want to find another way round Midhurst to avoid queues.
  2. If on the day there is a need to contact (DAVID) please ring me on my mobile 07979 221394

NOTE:  All taking part in the procession will enter the Showground via North Mill Roundabout.


Parish Council minutes are signed by the Chairman and are kept indefinitely as they record the decisions made by the Parish Council on all matters.  They are deposited and held at County Archives in Chichester, which is part of West Sussex County Council.

County Archives have recently informed us that the Parish Council minutes from 1981 to part-way through 1995 are missing, which means for whatever reason, they were not deposited.

The Parish Council is now trying to establish if these minutes still exist.

If anyone can provide any ‘clues’ as to where they might be, or who was involved with the Parish Council during those years either as the Parish Clerk or as a Parish Councillor, it would be much appreciated if you would contact the Parish Clerk either on 07342 166 188 or by email on parishclerk@easebourne.org

Also, if anyone has any copies or draft copies of any of the minutes during this time period, even if unsigned by the Chairman, these would also be gratefully received, and can be copied and returned to you.

Thank you,


Clerk to Easebourne Parish Council

Velo South Cycling Event – 23rd September 2018

Velo South Cycling Event – 23rd September 2018 – Impact on Easebourne Parish

On Sunday September 23, 2018, 15,000 cyclists will start a major new 100 mile closed road amateur cycle event from Goodwood Motor Circuit and will take a route that effectively circumscribes Easebourne Parish and routes out of the parish will be closed for large amounts of time during the day. Please see the route map below, on which are annotated road closure times.

Due to the scale and numbers participating in Velo South, it will be necessary to implement road closures across the full route to facilitate the safe passage of cyclists. The route has been carefully considered and selected through a partnership of all local authorities above Parish level, emergency services and transport operators to minimise the inconvenience of the necessary road closures. Emergency Services will be operating as usual and the public should use normal protocol in the case of an emergency. Velo South will do it we can to provide Easebourne Parish Council with more information on how parishioners can best navigate around the road closures. All Velo South road closure information will be shared with travel information services and satellite navigation providers and this page will be updated with detailed road closure and access maps to support local community access as the event approaches.

This will be a magnificent event to go and watch – viewing points will be advised later, on the Velo South website, but note that the ride will be passing through Fernhurst Town Centre which could be a great spot to watch from, although parking availability in this area may be problematical.

The Velo South website contains much information and will be continuously updated. The Parish Council strongly suggest you visit the Velo South website prior to making any travel plans for 23 September.



New Dodsley Lane Pedestrian Crossing

New Signalised  Pedestrian Crossing

Work is due to commence soon at Dodsley Lane, Easebourne on 23rd October 2017 and is expected to take three to four weeks to complete.

This project will include;

  • Installation of new signal controlled Puffin style pedestrian crossing and equipment and crossing associated road markings.
  • Inclusion of pedestrian beepers and rotating tactile devices to aid those with visual impairments to cross safely.
  • Installation of new dropped kerbing and blistered paving. The crossing will be 2.4m wide and include four poles with signal heads.
  • Carriageway resurfacing to approximately 50 metres on the north and south side of the crossing.
  • Traffic Management will be used during the duration of the works.

Hours of work will generally be between 7am and 5pm.

Before the works start, advance warning signs we will erected in the local area.

In order to protect the workforce and the public, traffic management will be used during the duration of the works with temporary traffic lights employed whilst the carriageway is excavated.


For information, West Sussex County Council have informed the Parish Council that the cutting and clearing of twittens is currently two to three weeks behind schedule and that they apologise for any inconvenience caused and are working to hard to resolve this issue.

Housing Allocation

Following last week’s meeting Easebourne Parish Council would like to make it clear that the leaflet issued to residents was not authorised by the Parish Council.  In addition, the plans on the leaflet were not the allocations policy plans.
South Downs National Park (“SDNPA”) is the statutory planning authority but it will delegate some decisions to Chichester District Council.  As the statutory planning authority SDNPA has to produce a local plan for the National Park areas which it is still in the process of doing.  In addition, it will have an annual housebuilding target across the National Park.  The allocations policy will enable SDNPA to look at how it might achieve its target for housebuilding.  It is rather a blunt housebuilding tool as the target is not ward/area specific and so housing need in areas is not always considered.
The Parish Council has requested a meeting with SDNPA to discuss the allocations policy and to share our concerns and those of residents raised at the meeting.  These will be reflected in the comments the Parish Council submits.  The allocations plan is then due to be discussed by SDNPA at its committee meeting on 15 June.
If SDNPA approves the allocations policy, the three sites identified will carry with them a presumption in favour of development but the landowner would still need to submit planning applications for the sites which would be considered in the usual way.  The flipside of this is that any other sites, not identified in the allocations policy, which are brought forward in the Parish, would not necessarily be considered suitable for development due to their omission from the allocations policy.

Telephone Kiosk – Dodsley Lane – Defibrillator

We are pleased to confirm that the redundant telephone kiosk has now been adopted by the Parish Council as a heritage asset. It has been completely re-painted and refurbished, and, thanks to the South East Coast Ambulance Service, now contains a life-saving defibrillator.

In the event of a relevant incident, when dialling 999, the caller will be directed to the defibrillator which can then be used easily following the verbal instructions. These life-saving defibrillators are appearing in many locations, including the Cowdray Golf Club and Riverbank Medical Centre, but the Dodsley Lane equipment is the only one available 24 hours a day.