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Public consultation launches for 3 development sites

Metis Homes is inviting the local community to view and comment on its emerging planning proposals for three allocated development sites in Easebourne as part of an online public consultation.

The public consultation provides more information on Metis Homes’ plans for land at Cowdray Works Yard, land at Egmont Road and the Former Primary School, all of which have been allocated for development in the adopted South Downs Local Plan.

The proposals would see the three sites developed in accordance with the relevant Local Plan policies to deliver a series of up to 20 bespoke residential properties on each site and to make provision for an element of commercial development on the Cowdray Works Yard site.

The online public consultation will run from today, Friday 16th April until Friday 30th April 2021 and can be accessed via the project’s dedicated website, www.easebourne.consultationonline.co.uk, where feedback can also be submitted. This site also includes details of potential timelines for the next stages of evaluating feedback, submitting full planning applications and target start dates for development.

If you have any questions, or wish for a hard copy of the consultation materials to be sent to your address, you can contact Metis Homes’ consultants (BECG) on 0800 298 7040 or email feedback@consultation-online.co.uk.

Public consultation launches for 3 development sites2021-04-16T08:13:09+01:00

HRH The Duke of Edinburgh

The Councillors and Clerk of Easebourne Parish Council are deeply saddened at the news of the death of HRH The Duke of Edinburgh.  Our thoughts are with the Royal Family at this time.

Chichester Cathedral in West Street, Chichester is welcoming the laying of flowers near to the West Door.

An electronic Book of Condolence has also been made available by Chichester District Council, please find the link below:

https://www.chichester.gov.uk/condolencebook

An electronic national Book of Condolence is also available, please find the link below:

www.royal.uk

HRH The Duke of Edinburgh2021-04-09T18:27:42+01:00

Easebourne Park Anti-Social Behaviour vandalism – Friday 19 March 2021

Many parishioners will be aware of a rather unpleasant incident in Easebourne Park during the evening hours of Friday 19th and early hours of Sat 20th March, from reading social media and main-line press articles.

The event. From about 9PM onwards, a group of up to 30 youths gathered in the Park, centred upon The Roundhouse, and in clear contravention of C-19 laws. Members of this very noisy gathering upended a large charity clothes bank container, forced the door and threw the clothes all over the car-park and the Park. Four 4–5-year-old trees, which had been nurtured by volunteers for the past 3 years, were destroyed or severely damaged. One of the metal litter bins was repeatedly kicked, and badly damaged. Broken glass from spirit bottles and much other drinking-related litter left around children’s play equipment. Finally, some had chosen to urinate over several pieces of play equipment.  When approached by a local parent, concerned about the anti-social noise and C-19 defiant gathering of so many, some of the group hurled aggressive abuse and displayed overt hostility. The police were called several times by residents and later attended when operational priorities allowed.

The immediate local response. Early on Saturday morning a group of volunteers, socially distanced, cleared up the broken glass (before the Park was used by children), cleared up the rubbish, washed down the play equipment and righted the charity clothes-gathering container and replaced the clothes. It was no small effort. The police were informed and a crime number obtained, the local Trading Standards team consulted about possible underage sale of alcohol to youths (supermarket carrier bags seen carrying heavy loads to the Park and empty supermarket vodka bottles smashed on-site) and Paul Thompson, Director of Welfare, Midhurst Rother College has been informed. The local press helpfully ran a story about the communities’ disgust at the behaviour of these destructive and disrespectful youths, on Monday 22 March.

The future?  The CCTV system has now been enhanced to enable instant access, existing security patrols by Protec have been stepped up.  The Neighbourhood Youth Police Officer, PC Dave Phillips is gathering evidence and is liaising with MRC. Physical Police patrols by Chichester Police will continue. Additionally, the Cowdray Estate has very kindly offered to involve its security team with regular patrols. A WhatsApp group of concerned local residents has also been formed, Easebourne Park Watch, to help with seeking solutions to prevent a repeat occurrence. Very generously, Aylings Garden Centre has offered to replace the damaged trees, for which we are all very grateful.

If anybody has any information pertaining to this incident and/or to report any future anti-social behaviour observed in Easebourne Park, please ring one of the following Numbers:

  • Chichester Police, 101 or in an emergency, 999.
  • PC Dave Phillips, Neighbourhood Youth Officer, 07776 490067.
  • Protec Security, 07795 203248.
  • Cowdray Security Team, 07730 096270.
  • Clerk to Easebourne Parish Council, 07342 166188.
  • Paul Thompson, Director of Welfare, MRC, via 01730 812451.
Easebourne Park Anti-Social Behaviour vandalism – Friday 19 March 20212021-03-28T18:45:56+01:00

Easebourne Park CLOSED on Tuesday 30th March 2021

Easebourne Park will be closed from 8am to 6pm on Tuesday 30th March for essential groundworks to aid surface drainage in the Park.

As many of you will be aware, the Park was rather muddy for much of the winter. This was due to surface compaction not allowing surface water to drain away, something the groundwork on Tuesday will alleviate.

We apologise for any inconvenience caused, but trust you will find the park less muddy on your future visits.

Easebourne Parish Council
Easebourne Park CLOSED on Tuesday 30th March 20212021-03-28T16:43:10+01:00

Join the Green Volunteers this Saturday 27th March

The Green Volunteers are back in the village again this coming Saturday, 27th March – this time working from Egmont Road, south along Dodsley Lane clearing the paths heading towards the Midhurst roundabout.

Last week the team carried out a massive cut back and tidy up of the path north from Egmont Road, heading to the pedestrian crossing – over 2 tonnes of waste was cleared and with only 10 volunteers – AMAZING!

As always, volunteers will be given tasks that enable social distancing to be followed, please bring your own gloves but all other equipment will be provided. For this session we will be meeting on the corner of Egmont Road and Dodsley Lane from 8am on Saturday. The session will usually finish by 10.30am.

Please come along and lend a hand if you can.. many hands make light work.. but if you can’t lend a hand then the team always appreciate a cheerful hello and maybe a cake at the end of the session!

Join the Green Volunteers this Saturday 27th March2021-03-25T20:05:17+00:00

Update from Chichester District Council

This week has marked a really positive step forward in the journey towards the end of lockdown, with schools and colleges opening their doors again.

It has been wonderful to see children on their way to school in the morning, eager to see their friends again and resume face-to-face teaching. On Monday many pupils were greeted with balloons as they walked into their schools, which was a lovely celebratory touch. As a school governor, I know how hard our schools have been working in preparation for this week, from organising Covid testing to getting lesson plans in place and ensuring that the buildings are safe for everyone.

I know that teachers and support staff will be making their pupils feel really welcome and will be working over and above to help them adjust and get back into the swing of school life after such a long time studying online, away from the classroom. I’d also like to pay tribute to all the parents who have had such a difficult task over the past few months, homeschooling their children while often working from home themselves, and to our teachers for running online lessons and also keeping the children of our key workers safe in school.

It’s also especially heartwarming to know that care home residents are now being allowed to see one regular, nominated visitor indoors. This contact is hugely important for both our elderly care home residents and their families and I hope that it will bring much comfort to all those concerned.

As part of the Step 1 easing, we can now leave our homes and meet outside with one friend not from our household. As the days lengthen this is a very welcome boost, but as the Government explained last month, lifting restrictions is going to be a very gradual process. It depends on us all continuing to play our part as the vaccine programme carries on being rolled out, so I urge everyone – including those of you, like me, who have had your vaccine – to follow the current guidance. As the adverts say, every space made, every weekend spent at home, every virtual call and every window that you open, all help to reduce infection rates.

Although the roadmap to the end of lockdown is in progress, the financial effects of the past year will be with us long term. If you are experiencing financial hardship then I appeal to you to contact us for advice. There is a lot of help available, and we want to reach out to people before their situation worsens and before people slide into debt or are faced with potential homelessness.

There are many different circumstances affecting people: for example you may have been furloughed, or made redundant, or your household may have suffered the loss of one or both incomes. This may have caused you to fall behind with your rent or mortgage for the first time. Or, you may be a landlord with a single property which acts as your retirement pension but you are currently not receiving any income and don’t know what to do. Our benefits team can offer advice and guidance about your options and where to go for further support.

If your earnings have changed because of the pandemic then you can check www.entitledto.co.uk which is a quick and easy benefits calculator which will tell you if you would be eligible to receive any benefits.

If you need help with your mortgage then we can advise you of the different government help available and options around payment holidays which are offered by mortgage and loan providers.

And if you are struggling with the cost of your council tax I encourage you to get in touch with us to discuss your account so that we can try and work out how we can help you.

We know that there are people in our district who may be struggling with the stress of changes to their financial situation, but help is there and I really urge you to contact us before things get more serious, so that we can provide help and advice. You can find out more information at www.chichester.gov.uk/helpwithfinances

As ever thank you for the part you are playing in the fight against Covid-19, each action we take will make a huge difference.

Best wishes,

Councillor Eileen Lintill

Leader, Chichester District Council

Update from Chichester District Council2021-03-09T19:27:30+00:00

9.30am -3.00pm on 11th March 2021 Use of Glaziers Lane – Prohibited

 WEST SUSSEX COUNTY COUNCIL 

TEMPORARY TRAFFIC REGULATION 

GLAZIERS LANE, EASEBOURNE 

NOTICE IS hereby given that in pursuance of the provisions of Section 14(2) of the Road Traffic Regulation Act, 1984, as amended, the use of (and parking on) Glaziers Lane, Easebourne from junction with Easebourne Street is temporarily prohibited from 11/03/21. 

The restriction will be in place off peak only between 09.30 – 15.00 

This closure is necessary to allow Balfour Beatty to undertake urgent carriageway pothole repairs on behalf of WSCC 

Emergency vehicle, Residential and Pedestrian access will be maintained at all times 

The alternative route for traffic will be signed on site 

This restriction will be effective for a maximum of 5 days from the start date given above 

Any queries about the effect of the closure on traffic using the highway please contact West Sussex County Council on 01243 642105 

Any queries about the works please contact Balfour Beatty on 01243 642105 

Dated 26 February 2021 

Matt Davey 

Director of Highways, Transport and Planning 

9.30am -3.00pm on 11th March 2021 Use of Glaziers Lane – Prohibited2021-02-27T16:02:52+00:00

Update from West Sussex County Council

Update from West Sussex County Council2021-02-26T19:55:30+00:00

Join the Green Volunteers this Saturday 27th February

The Green Volunteers are back in the village again this coming Saturday, 27th February – this time working from Budgenor Lodge and clearing the paths heading both north and south from there.

Last week the team cleared leaves and cut back overgrown vegetation along High Path, from the bottom of Hollist Lane to Dodsley Grove.

As always, volunteers will be given tasks that enable social distancing to be followed, please bring your own gloves but all other equipment will be provided. For this session we will be meeting at the entrance to Budgenor Lodge from 8am on Saturday. The session will usually finish by 10.30am.

Please come along and lend a hand if you can.. many hands make light work.. but if you can’t lend a hand then the team always appreciate a cheerful hello and maybe a cake at the end of the session!

Join the Green Volunteers this Saturday 27th February2021-02-25T17:41:03+00:00

The Green Volunteers are BACK!

The Green Volunteers will return to the village this coming Saturday, 20th February to carry out a tidy up of the upper section of High Path.

They have been taking a break during the current lockdown but keeping a very close eye on the local stats and feel that the time is right to start their sessions again. The Government advice for the current lockdown didn’t actually prevent Volunteer Groups from continuing their work, but it was felt that taking some time off was the responsible thing to do.

As always, volunteers will be given tasks that enable social distancing to be followed, please bring your own gloves but all other equipment will be provided. For this first session of 2021 we will be meeting on the corner of Hollist Lane and Crossways, from 8.30am on Saturday. The session will usually finish by 10.30am.

Please come along and lend a hand if you can.. many hands make light work!

The Green Volunteers are BACK!2021-02-16T19:57:01+00:00
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