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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.
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
The initial concept design for the Wheelbarrow Castle field was launched at the village meeting and the field committee has also consulted with the primary school on the initial design.
Click image for high resolution view of initial concept design for Wheelbarrow Castle field.
The feedback we have received has been positive and we have received some suggestions – lavatories, a kiosk and some kind of swing all of which are looking into.
The field committee is working towards producing a final design and will consult with the Parish again on the final design.
A big thank you to all the volunteers who helped with the village litter pick on Saturday. With a good number of helpers we were able to cover most of the village. It is always surprising that so many bags are filled and then always slightly depressing when a few days later the litter returns. The Parish Council is looking at the viability of installing bins in some of the litter hotspots.
The equipment on the existing playground is being removed at the end of January 2017 to give the Parish Council time to carry out remedial work to the playground site before handing the field back when the lease of the existing playground comes to an end.
Plans for the new playground are underway and the field committee is speaking to a number of contractors and are waiting for some initial design ideas which the field committee can discuss and progress in the early part of next month.
The Parish Council has a winter management plan in place in the event it snows. The salt bin in Henley has been filled and West Sussex County Council has delivered salt and hippo bags for the rest of the Parish. The Parish Council will liaise with the relevant contractors who help with gritting and clearance of roads and footpaths. If you have any queries or concerns on clearance if the weather does worsen please contact Jose Galego 07702 315830 at the Parish Council in the first instance.
Mike Noble, the head of the Parish Council’s highways committee met up with a band of volunteers from West Sussex County Council as well as a volunteer from the village and a parish council volunteer to dig holes and install the village gates. The gates were funded through the New Homes Bonus and thanks to the hardy volunteers who turned up on a frosty morning there were no labour costs. The gates have been installed on the A286 village entrance as well as the A272 entrance and will hopefully act as a reminder to drivers that they are entering a village and encourage drivers to slow down. A great example of what can be achieved through volunteering whether on the Parish Council or otherwise. Thank you to all involved.
The next village volunteer project is the burial ground tidy up on 14 January and if you are interested in joining the list of volunteers for this project please contact the parish clerk.
Easebourne Parish Council are embracing technology as a medium for keeping our community in the know. News, projects and general information cascades will be added to the websites and shared over social media.
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.