The footpaths committee take action to investigate reports of matters brought to the parish council as well as undertake inspections of their own. Findings are considered and appropriate recommendations are put forward to the parish council for consideration.
Footpaths – suspension of inspection and maintenance
Following the Government’s guidance, West Sussex County Council has suspended its 15 month public rights of way (PRoW) inspection and maintenance programme. Reported issues will still be reviewed and prioritised and the County Council will only take action where required to ensure public safety on the network. Other issues will be logged to be dealt with in the future when normal working practices are resumed.
PRoW problems reports can still be sent through the usual channels:
Email firstname.lastname@example.org (this is generally preferred to contacting Access Rangers directly as they are extremely busy at this time)
The County Council reminds walkers to follow social distancing guidelines and keep at least two metres from people if they choose to use Public Rights of Way for their daily exercise. Walkers should also be aware that others will have touched stiles, gates etc. and should wash their hands thoroughly when they get home.
We had a team of 6 volunteers from the village this morning along with another 6 from the Midhurst Green Volunteers to tackle the 2nd part of High Path. A huge amount of greenery was cut back, leaves cleared and edges re-discovered, resulting in a path that’s now at least twice the width as it was in places! A massive thank you to all those involved!
We’re going to be returning to the same spot a week today, Saturday 1st February to do the final clearance, so please feel free to pop along and lend a hand. Please note that next Saturday was going to be the first phase of working on Wheelbarrow Castle but this will now start on Saturday 8th February.
All the dates for all volunteer sessions are available here:
It’s important that it’s not just Easebourne sessions that villagers volunteer for. We really need to help with Midhurst sessions too if we are to retain the invaluable help of the Green Volunteers in the long term. All sessions are no more than 2 hours and it’s a great team to work with, so please consider joining if you can!
The Parish Council are organising the annual Spring litter pick for Saturday 14th April 2018, meeting in the Primary School car park on Wheelbarrow Castle at 9.30am. All equipment will be provided, including gloves, bags, hi-vis vests and litter grabbers. Please spread the word and come along to spend an hour making our village a cleaner place. All ages are welcome. If you can definitely make it please let our Parish Clerk know so we can make sure we have enough equipment. Thank you and see you on the 14th!
High probability of snow week commencing 26th February 2018
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 February 2018. If the situation changes significantly over the weekend we advise Town and Parish Councils to monitor the highways Twitter account for updates.