Evening Presentation – Reducing Your Home Energy Bill 12 June 23

Petersfield Climate Action Network

On the 12th of June at 19:30 – 21:00 at Merchistoun Hall 106 Portsmouth Road Horndean PO8 9LJ

To Book Free Attendance

What do you know about improving the energy efficiency of your home? Emissions from our homes are a significant contributor to our overall carbon footprint.

Many people want to improve their home’s energy efficiency to help the environment whilst at the same time making their home a healthier and more comfortable place to live.

Petersfield Climate Action Network (PeCAN) is running an informal, interactive and engaging evening, offering both short and long term measures to reduce your home energy consumption as well as introducing the Petersfield Area SuperHomes project as an option to reduce your bills and your carbon footprint.

There will be a Q&A session.

The Bepton Annual Parish Assembly will be at 7:30 pm on the 11th of May at the Park House Hotel – All Invited

Picture Credit: Gravelroots.net “Severals Green & Shamrock Pub”

This is an annual event where you can meet your local Councillors and ask questions. There will also be an opportunity to meet and hear your local PSCO (Police Community Support Officer) Nathan Ford give a presentation on scams and fraud. Tea and Coffee provided.

Below are some links with information relating the meeting

The Agenda for the Annual Parish Assembly Meeting

The Accounts for Bepton Parish Council 2022-2023

Comments on the accounts 2022-2023

Commentary Year Ending Balance

Join the Protest on Thursday at 10am in North Street regarding the aftermath of the devastating fire

Following the Business Network Meeting last Thursday evening and the decision by the local businesses to hold a peaceful protest this Thursday we wanted to share with you the reasons for the protest and why it is still going ahead – a few people think that since the announcement late on Friday by CDC that South Downs is taking over, there is no need – many more disagree. We know many residents from the area will be joining the protest.

What are we trying to do:

Put pressure on those in control (now SDNPA) to fully open the road urgently – even with recent announcements the way in which the last 6 weeks has been dealt with does not give us any confidence that suddenly things will be done differently.

We want to know:

When the road will open fully?

Why is the facade being saved – we understand that it is early Victorian and has a lot of damage – explanation required.

If South Downs can over-rule Historic England re keeping the facade why haven’t they?

Who at South Downs is in charge?

How much will it cost to shore it up – will that be tax payers money?

Will keeping the damaged facade add to the cost and time taken to clear the site and re-build?

What additional funding will be provided to ensure businesses receive further support while work is going on and footfall in town impacted? For as long as needed? 2/3 years?

Also we would like at minimum weekly, ideally twice weekly full updates on what is happening and when – communication from CDC has been very poor. More frequent updates, more detail and more transparency needed – this is a crisis for the businesses.

We know that this has been a challenging and complicated process, but does anyone feel that nothing more could have or could be done?

Kind regards,

Geoff Allnutt on behalf of Midhurst Business Network Philippa McCullough on behalf of Visit Midhurst

PS Everyone is welcome.

Statement of Persons Nominated & Uncontested Election for Bepton Parish Council

Dear Clerk

Parish Council Elections – 4 May 2023 – Statement of Persons Nominated

I attach for your attention a copy of the Statement of Persons Nominated showing particulars of the persons who were validly nominated for your Parish Council when the receipt of nominations closed yesterday at 4pm.   Could you please arrange for at least one copy of this notice to be displayed on a Parish Council notice board as soon as possible.

As you will see the number of candidates is lower than the number of vacancies to be filled and therefore will all be declared to be elected as unopposed and it will not be necessary to hold an election for your Parish.

I also attach a Notice of Uncontested Election, which will also be needed to be displayed.

Although there are insufficient candidates for an election, a quorum has been achieved (3 councillors or one third of the total seats, whichever is the greater).

Legislation requires that the Parish Council shall co-opt qualified people to fill the remaining seats.   This should normally be done at the first meeting of the Parish Council but MUST be done within seven weeks of the 9 May 2023.   If the vacancies have not been filled within that seven week period then it will be necessary to set a date for a further election to fill those vacancies.   The full cost of such election will have to be paid for by the Parish Council.

All elected parish councillors are required to complete a return of election expenses even if there is a nil return, these forms were included in the nomination packs but I attach it here for your information.  This must be completed and returned to the Returning Officer by 1 June 2023.  Failure to send in a Return of Expenses (even a nil return) or Declaration by the above date constitutes an illegal practice, and knowingly making a false declaration constitutes a corrupt practice.

If you have any queries please get in touch and thanks for your help this year.


Joanna Ward
Electoral Services Manager
Chichester District Council
Ext: 34592 | Tel: 01243534592 | jlward@chichester.gov.uk | Fax: 01243 776766 | http://www.chichester.gov.uk
East Pallant House opening hours: 9am-4pm Monday to Friday

Midhurst North Street is Open – Car Parks Free

As you will all be aware the fire last week at The Angel and adjoining businesses is having a devastating effect on Midhurst businesses. North Street is still closed for traffic but both car parks are accessible and are now completely free of charge to help support businesses (thanks CDC).

Midhurst is open for business – please come and support our wonderful local shops, cafes and pubs. Although North Street is still closed to traffic (following a devastating fire at The Angel and adjoining businesses) both car parks at either end of town are accessible and free!

Please share this with anyone who you think can help. #lovemidhurst
Many thanks Philippa McCullough