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As many will know, over the last 12 months we have seen a disappointing increase in the level of mindless vandalism in Easebourne Park. This has included damage to benches, destroying young trees, smashing signs, attempts to break play equipment and damage The Roundhouse, broken glass in and around the children’s play equipment and general antisocial behaviour. Sadly, this spoils the environment for others, has made people feel uncomfortable, and it’s taking up valuable time and resources.
We need to stop this. We have today launched a GoFundMe campaign to help us raise funds to invest in CCTV cameras. This will mean we can monitor the activity of those who are abusing our community space and will help us identify those responsible and provide the Police with the evidence they need to prosecute those responsible. You can visit the funding page here: Go Fund Me
We want to carry out the installation as soon as possible and are asking for the help of our community and those who love using the Park to pay for the equipment. Please consider donating and then share with your friends, neighbours and families.
The Park is such an amazing and unique asset for our community and it should be a place that can be enjoyed by all, not mistreated by a few.
Unfortunately the Parish Council has taken the difficult decision not to progress with plans for a Picnic in the Park this September 6th as announced a few weeks ago. We hope to plan a similar event in 2021, perhaps in the Spring if restrictions are further eased at that stage.
The Midhurst Green Volunteers will be back in Easebourne for the next 2 Saturdays, the 1st August and the 8th August.
Working along Wheelbarrow Castle, the team will be cutting back overgrown vegetation and clearing paths and would be extremely grateful for some extra pairs of hands.
Meet at the top of Wheelbarrow Castle from 8.30am, all tools are providing but please bring your own garden gloves. The team usually finish by 10.30am and you’re welcome to join us then for a celebratory muffin! It really is a fun way to start your weekend, by joining this fun team and giving something back to your community.
If you ‘d like any further details please contact Sharon, our Parish Clerk or email@example.com.
From Monday 3rd August 2020 you will see traffic lights on Wheelbarrow Castle, which will be in situ so that some diseased and dead trees can safely be removed from Easebourne Park.
Residents are being reminded to keep West Sussex safe as restrictions to prevent the spread of COVID-19 are eased.
As businesses begin to reopen, public health leaders are reminding people that the virus is still active and are urging the public to continue to follow guidelines on social distancing and hand hygiene and take other preventative measures.
Amanda Jupp, Cabinet Member for Adults and Health, said: “It is tempting to feel that we are back to some semblance of normality and to relax into old routines. However, as we have seen elsewhere in the country, life is not back to normal.
“For us to keep our county safe, open for business and working well, we all need to take responsibility for how we act and how we live and work.
“Let’s do everything we can to keep West Sussex safe.”
People are advised to follow four key steps:
- Wash your hands regularly with soap or hand sanitiser.
- Keep a good distance from people not in your household – two metres if possible.
- Wear a face covering on public transport, in hospitals and when you are going to confined spaces where it’s not possible to keep a safe social distance, including shops and supermarkets.
- If you have symptoms (a new persistent cough, high temperature, changes in your sense of smell or taste), please get tested. Visit nhs.uk/coronavirus or call 119. If you or your household are asked to self-isolate, then please do so.
Last month West Sussex County Council published its plans for how West Sussex will respond to any local outbreak of COVID-19.
Anna Raleigh, Director of Public Health for West Sussex said: “We are keeping an extremely close eye on the data for West Sussex and we have detailed plans in place in the event of a significant increase in cases.
“As things stand, there is no need for any additional restriction measures in West Sussex and by following the public health advice, we will put ourselves in the best position possible to keep it that way.”
The Keep West Sussex Safe campaign will run throughout the summer.
Visit our dedicated coronavirus web page to get the latest information and to sign up to receive our weekly e-newsletter for residents: www.westsussex.gov.uk/coronavirus
It was so lovely yesterday to see people enjoying our beautiful park again.
Today, you see a brand new notice board being installed.
You will be able to read lots of information about the Parish Council and our latest projects. You will also see there is a place for you to put up your own community notices.
There is also one more very useful function to this notice board, it has a lost property station! So the next time you see a jumper left next to the slide or a lost teddy, you can hang it on the notice board, hopefully for its owner to collect.
Keep enjoying our park, but remember to stay safe.
Very sadly we have seen further deliberate damage to the internal roof of The Roundhouse in the last 48 hours, with several of the timbers being knocked out of place. We know it’s not something that could have become loose of it’s own accord as they were very firmly nailed in to the main roof supports.
The vandalism has been reported to the Police and it will be repaired at a cost to the Parish Council. If you saw anything suspicious or have any information about who has caused this deliberate damage, please either call 101 or get in touch with the Parish Council.