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Housing development in Easebourne

As some residents may know, there has recently been a pre-application submission to the South Downs National Park Authority (SDNPA) for three development sites within Easebourne.

These three sites, on Egmont Road, the existing Cowdray Works Yard and the old Primary School, were all previously allocated in the Local Plan which was approved by Government and adopted last year.

As such, these three sites have all been deemed suitable for housing development of up to 20 units per site. The official adoption of the Local Plan means that some development will happen on these sites.

At this stage, the pre-application is effectively giving notice to the planning authority that the applicant intends to proceed with a detailed planning application in the near future.

Before that happens, there will be design workshops, public consultation and comprehensive discussions with various statutory bodies including the Parish Council. The proposals will also need to take into account the outcome of the Parish Design Statement that has been developed over the last 18 months, based on comments from residents. This document will shortly be adopted by the SDNPA as an official planning document.

Please be assured that there will be opportunities for residents to ask questions or raise any concerns about the proposals and as a statutory consultee, the Parish Council will be involved at all stages of the process and will strive to influence and achieve the best possible outcome for the Parish.

If you have any questions at this stage of the process, please feel free to get in touch by emailing parishclerk@easebourne.org.

Housing development in Easebourne2020-12-01T20:11:55+00:00

Tree Carving in Easebourne Park

We have some exciting news – tree carving will shortly be taking place in the North East corner of Easebourne Park, transforming the stumps of the recently removed overgrown conifers. We’re just finalising dates and will update on here and Facebook when we know. It could be starting this weekend and continuing between the 7th to 9th December and 21st to 23rd December. Cordons will be in place but please be aware and keep your distance as power tools will be in use.

Tree Carving in Easebourne Park2020-12-01T20:06:44+00:00

Chichester District Council Urges Covid affected businesses to apply for grant funding


Chichester District Council is urging local businesses affected by the recent national coronavirus restrictions to apply for Government grants, which can be applied for through its website.

Three types of grant funding are available, including Local Restriction Grants; Additional Restriction Grants; and the council’s Covid Recovery Grant. Details of all of the grants available can be found at: www.chichester.gov.uk/covidbusinesssupport.

Applications for the Additional Restrictions Grant scheme are now being accepted with grants of up to £3,000 available at www.chichester.gov.uk/businessratesnovember2020. These grants are to help the following businesses in the Chichester District:

  • businesses who were open and trading the day before national restrictions were imposed but are not entitled to the Local Restrictions Support Grant scheme as they are not responsible for business rates (e.g. non-essential market traders, bed & breakfast, shared workspaces in the non-essential retail and hospitality sectors).
  • businesses who, while not legally forced to close are nonetheless severely impacted by the restrictions put in place to control the spread of COVID-19 (e.g. businesses which supply the retail, hospitality and leisure sectors, or businesses in the events sector).

This discretionary funding follows the launch of the Local Restrictions Support Grant, which provides grants for local businesses forced to close during the national coronavirus restrictions period from 5 November to 2 December 2020.

The Local Restrictions Support Grant offers three rates of grant payments, ranging from £1,334 for businesses with a rateable value of £15,000 or lower; £2,000 for businesses with a rateable value over £15,000, but less than £51,000; and £3,000 for businesses with a rateable value of £51,000 or above. Affected businesses are urged to apply for this at www.chichester.gov.uk/businessratesnovember2020

Councillor Peter Wilding, Cabinet Member for Finance, Corporate Services and Revenues and Benefits at Chichester District Council, says “Applying for these grants is quick and easy, and I would urge all eligible businesses to do so as soon as they can. This will ensure businesses receive the support they are entitled to as quickly as possible.

“Chichester District businesses and organisations can also apply for the council’s Covid Recovery grants. These grants comprise of small grants of up to £1,000 towards the cost incurred of keeping customers and staff safe or larger, match funded grants up to £5,000 towards new projects for recovery from lockdown.

“We have set up a simple process on our website where businesses can check which grants they may be eligible for and apply at www.chichester.gov.uk/covidbusinesssupport.”

Applications for the Additional Restrictions Grant and Local Restrictions Grant are open until 13 December 2020. Businesses can find further information on the support available during the pandemic at www.chichester.gov.uk/covidbusinesssupport.

Businesses can also keep up to date by signing up to the council’s free business email newsletter, Ebiz:www.chichester.gov.uk/ebizsignup and the council’s general email newsletter: www.chichester.gov.uk/newsalerts. Both newsletters offer a great way to receive updates on the latest Government guidance and help during the coronavirus outbreak.


Chichester District Council Urges Covid affected businesses to apply for grant funding2020-11-30T06:43:16+00:00

Announcement of Notice of Conclusion of Audit

The 2019/20 Audit of the Parish Council has now be concluded (please see notice below).  You will also find this information under Freedom of Information, What we Spend.

Smaller Authority Name: Easebourne Parish Council



Accounts and Audit Regulations 2015

  • The audit of accounts for Easebourne Parish Council for the year ended 31 March 2020 has been completed and the accounts have been published.
  • The Annual Return is available for inspection by any local government elector in the area of Easebourne Parish Council on application to
  • Sharon Hurr, Parish Clerk                                                                                                                            
  • 1 Pennicott Road, Bersted, West Sussex, PO21 5AY
  • 07342 166188


Accounts available to view (following Covid-19 restrictions) by arrangement on Fridays between 9.00am and 6.00pm or Monday to Thursday between 6.00pm and 8.00pm

  • Copies will be provided to any person on payment of £2 for each copy of the Annual Return

Announcement made by Sharon Hurr, on Friday 27th November 2020


Announcement of Notice of Conclusion of Audit2020-11-27T14:06:27+00:00

West Sussex will be in Tier 2 from next week

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West Sussex will be in Tier 2 from next week

New local restrictions to control the spread of coronavirus will come into effect next week. The government has announced that from Wednesday (December 2), West Sussex will be in Tier 2. This is for areas with a higher or rapidly rising level of infections, and some additional restrictions will need to be in place.

You can find a full breakdown of the new restrictions here.

National restrictions continue to apply until December 2.

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Local support for NHS Test & Trace

Test and TRaceA new service has just gone live to support the national NHS Test and Trace system.

Working from West Sussex County Council’s COVID-19 Community Hub, the Local Tracing Partnership will take on responsibility for contacting individuals across East and West Sussex who have received a positive COVID-19 test result, but were unable to be contacted by the national NHS Test and Trace team within 48 hours.

Residents in West Sussex who need to be contacted by the Community Hub, will receive a text, call or email from one of the below:

  • Phone: 01243 642153
  • Email: West Sussex County Council Local COVID Tracing Partnership

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Immunisation job opportunities

immunisation recruitmentThe NHS is looking for people who can help deliver the biggest ever immunisation programme that Sussex has ever seen.

They’re looking for trained vaccinators and people who they can safely train to be vaccinators. This includes people who can work as flexibly as possible, including evenings and weekends.

Sussex Community NHS Foundation Trust (SCFT) also need people who can support the programme, including administrators, front-of-house staff, drivers and operations managers.

If you can help, please look at the job opportunities being advertised on the SCFT website, where you can also apply.

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Keep West Sussex Safe

West Sussex will be in Tier 2 from next week2020-11-26T19:21:09+00:00

Defibrillator incident

UPDATE 23rd November – after further investigation it’s clear that this was a deliberate act of vandalism and the Police have now been informed. Vandalism in all its forms is unacceptable but to deliberately remove and discard a piece of life saving equipment is beyond disgusting. This act could have resulted and could still result in a person who needs access to this device in order to save their life being unable to use it. 

If you have any information about who was responsible for this please contact the Police or the Parish Council. If you live in the vicinity of the phone box and heard anything or have an potential CCTV footage, please also get in touch. 

It was reported to us this morning, Saturday 21st November, that the defibrillator housed inside the telephone box near Egmont Road was found on High Path. The jacket that protects it was missing and the pads had been ripped.

It doesn’t appear to have been used but until it can be checked this lifesaving piece of equipment is unfortunately out of action. The necessary authorities are being informed.

If anyone has any information about this incident we’d really appreciate it if this could be shared with the Parish Council by calling or emailing parishclerk@easebourne.org.

Thank you

Defibrillator incident2020-11-23T19:19:54+00:00

Rain and rubbish…

We were sent these photos from a resident after a walk around the village last weekend and thought we’d share for anyone who didn’t see the high waters.

Sadly at the same time they sent us a photo of the rubbish left inside and around The Roundhouse. There are plenty of waste bins in the Park, several within yards of The Roundhouse, so if this was your litter please take it with you next time or put it in a bin. Thank you.


Rain and rubbish…2020-11-19T16:54:59+00:00

Green volunteer update…

Last Saturday, 7th November, the Green Volunteers worked so hard that they trimmed, raked, swept and tidied the whole of High Path in one session – they worked so fast there wasn’t even time for a photo! (Library pic above!)

This type of volunteer activity is still allowed in Lockdown, so this coming Saturday 14th November there’s a bonus opportunity to get involved in a different part of the village.

Meeting from at 8.30am on the corner of Egmont Road and Easebourne Lane, the team will be trimming and sweeping along the paths, in both directions, as far as they in the time that they have! They finish by 10.30am.

Last weeks effort was down to a great team of volunteers – it proves that more hands really do make light work. So please think about taking your daily exercise early this Saturday and doing something really worthwhile at the same time!

Just bring yourself and some gardening gloves. Everything else is provided.

Green volunteer update…2020-11-11T17:56:24+00:00

And our November Community Star is…

Just before Lockdown we presented our next Community Star award to a member of our community who has been going above and beyond, especially in recent months.

Sue Absolom was nominated by Rev Derek Welsman, who shared these comments:

“Sue has been an absolute brick throughout the Covid crisis; she has made masks and given the proceeds to charity, she has also supported many lonely and vulnerable people in the village – all without fuss or bother; I can think of no one better for an award.”

Sue is also a regular contributor to the parish magazine with her monthly poems and she helps out at the
church and delivers the parish magazine to subscribers.
The photo shows Sue receiving her Easebourne Star Certificate, presented by Rev Derek Welsman and Parish Council Chairman Mike Noble.
If you’d like to nominate someone for our next Easebourne Star Award in February 2021, please email parishclerk@easebourne.org.
And our November Community Star is…2020-11-11T17:46:39+00:00

Easebourne Park remains open

Even though we are now in Lockdown again, this time around the Government guidelines allow Parks and playgrounds to remain open.

However, social distancing must be adhered too and you must still follow the rules by not meeting up with any more than 1 person from outside of your household, even outside.

Please continue to take extra care when using the play equipment and wash or antibac hands after touching anything and before touching your face.

Thanks to Emma Chapman for the photo.

Easebourne Park remains open2020-11-06T08:33:33+00:00
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