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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.

Installation of Vehicle Activated Signs

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.

High probability of snow week commencing 26th February

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.

Wheelbarrow Castle Field Planning Application

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.

Preparation work for Vehicle Activated Signs (VAS)

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.

Completion of Signalised Pedestrian Crossing

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.

Residents warned of property banding reduction services

People in the Chichester District are being warned to be extra vigilant and be aware of calls from companies offering to challenge their council tax banding for a fee.

Following a recent complaint, the council is reminding people that they can find out their council tax banding for FREE by contacting the Valuation Office.

A number of companies contact residents directly and offer to challenge the banding on a resident’s behalf.

The companies’ methods include:

  • Charging an up-front fee then not making the challenge at all.
  • Asking for a person’s bank details so they can provide a refund but instead taking money from the account.
  • Offering a resident an agent, telling them they must have one by law in order to challenge the banding, when this is not the case at all.

Chichester District Council is urging people not to give any bank details over the phone and to end any suspicious telephone call immediately.

Any suspicious phone calls, text messages or emails should be reported as soon as possible to:

  • Chichester District Council’s Council Tax team;
  • Sussex Police on 101; and
  • West Sussex County Council Trading Standards on 03454 04 05 06.

Residents are also reminded that any genuine direct phone number given by Chichester District Council will be in the format of 01243 534***.

In some cases these companies may carry out cold calls at people’s homes. Residents who do receive a cold call are urged to seek identification from the person at the door, ring a cold caller’s office to confirm their identity and dial 999 if a cold caller refuses to leave.

Councillor Philippa Hardwick, Cabinet Member for Finance at Chichester District Council, says: “We are urging residents to be extremely careful and not give out any details over the phone.

“If you are concerned about the banding of your property, you can do this for free by contacting your local Valuation Office. Anyone can do this and you do not need a third party despite what these companies may tell you over the phone.

“No council will contact residents in this way and we certainly will not undertake cold calls at people’s homes and ask for their bank details. I would urge everyone to be vigilant and also keep an eye on older relatives or neighbours. Anyone concerned about a call should report it immediately.”

For more information go to the Council Tax section at the Valuation Office Agency https://www.gov.uk/government/organisations/valuation-office-agency

People can also contact Chichester District Council’s Council Tax team http://www.chichester.gov.uk/counciltax.

For further information, please contact Rehannah Oozeerally, PR Assistant at Chichester District Council on 01243 521032

East Pallant House, 1 East Pallant, Chichester, PO19 1TY

Tel: 01243 521032 Email: roozeerally@chichester.gov.uk

Date of Release: 29 November 2017 Ref: 3773

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.


If you’re not familiar with planning you may never have heard of local plans, but they have the power to make a big difference to the world around you. Next spring SDNP will submit the first ever South Downs Local Plan to the Government – setting out planning policies across the whole of the National Park, how land is used and what can be built where. But first we need to have one final full public consultation.

Field update

Work on the new playground at Wheelbarrow Castle continues. After some initial consultation the working group has been liaising with a traditional play equipment supplier to obtain quotes and will now be working with the supplier and Wildwood to produce a final design. The Parish Council will consult on the final design.

At the same time, the working group is preparing the planning application for submission over the coming weeks.

Part and parcel of producing a final design will involve setting the costs of the new playground. In the interim, the Parish Council is applying for some grant funding to boost the coffers and is also looking at other funding options.