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Annual Village Meeting
7.30pm, Thursday 24th May 2018
in the Refectory, behind St Mary’s Church
This is the annual parish meeting which is hosted by the Parish Council.
Come along to hear about the activities of the Parish Council over the last twelve months and the plans for the next year.
The majority of the meeting will be dedicated to questions from residents and there will be an opportunity to chat to individual Parish Councillors over coffee and biscuits.
Please contact Sharon the Parish Clerk if you would like any further information either by email on email@example.com or by telephone on 07342 166 188.
Easebourne Parish Council received from Chichester District Council planning consent for the Wheelbarrow Castle Community Space and Play Park project at the end on April; accordingly we are now proceeding with this exciting project. The Parish Council has recently held the last 2 of a series of public consultations where the overwhelming response has been enthusiastic and supportive. Indeed, the consultations threw up several innovative ideas for additions to the present plans for the community space which the parish council are discussing and which may well form part of a phase 2 plan, to be enacted next year, subject to fundraising being successful. Thank you to all who have participated in the public consultations over the past 2 years. The present title for the community space and play park is a bit of a mouthful and we have sought suggestions during recent consultations: the majority opinion was that the space be simply be referred to as Easebourne Park. The plan for the park, shown below, will involve coordinated work between our 4 contractors, Affinity Chartered Surveyors, PB Groundworks Ltd, Playsafe Playgrounds, and Wildwood UK, and our close partners, Easebourne Primary School. The work is due to commence on 8 June this year, and the park should be completed by end of August. Regular updates on progress, to include an opening date, will be provided on this site – please keep looking. We would be delighted to answer any specific questions you may have about this project. Please contact Sharon Hurr, the Parish Clerk on firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
Midhurst recycling centre will be changing opening times from the 1st April 2018. Full details of times and services can be found on their website: http://www.recycleforwestsussex.org/recycling-sites/midhurst/
Please be aware that there are groups of thieves in Leicestershire and Rutland areas that are turning up in villages and attempting to remove kiosks. They claim to be from BT, but of course are not! Please see below for a description of the thieves contained in a message sent to us by one of our partner sites.
Today some men in high vis arrived with pneumatic drill and started excavating the phone box to remove it. This seen by a passer-by who was suspicious and who took a photo of the reg number. The occupants are thieves and the police have been informed. Another van parked up last week, with no tax or MOT, was also reported to the police. The Phone Box wasn’t removed, but nobody knows if they gave up or intend to return with some heavy plant and a steel band to drag it out overnight, so..
“locals have been advised of this and to call 999”
If they see or hear anything going on. The vehicles did check out as suspicious.
We would therefore recommend all communities with a phone box to be cautious and report any such activity to the police.
Easebourne Parish Council have just had installed (Monday 26th February 2018) 2 vehicle activated 30 mph signs (VAS). Located on the A269, on Dodsley Lane, at Budgenor Lodge activated by speeding traffic going south into Easebourne and the other, also on Dodsley Lane activated by any speeding vehicles leaving Easebourne heading towards Haslemere.
The Met Office weather forecast for next week indicates that there is a high probability of snow starting Monday evening and overnight. It is too early to accurately predict where the snow will be heaviest and how much accumulation there will be.
Day time and overnight temperature are likely to remain very cold for the few days afterwards so any snow that does accumulate is likely to remain.
Precautionary Salting operations will continue through-out the period and snow ploughs will be fitted when required to ensure main roads are kept open.
We are therefore advising Town and Parish Councils to be prepared to enact their Winter Management Plans if /when we issue an instruction to do so. We will continue to monitor the Met Office advice over the weekend and will issue a further update on Monday 26th Feb. If the situation changes significantly over the weekend we advise Town and Parish Councils to monitor the highways Twitter account for updates.
We are aware of the recent press report regarding the change of use planning application for the field and are in communication with the relevant authorities. We’ll post any updates on the website as soon as we have them.
The electrical work to prepare two existing street lighting columns for the installation of our VAS will take place this week, on the 8th Feb. The street lighting contractor for West Sussex County Council, SSE, will be carrying out the work. As soon as that is complete we expect to schedule an installation date for the VAS themselves.
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.