At the planning meeting last week of the South Downs National Park Authority the Draft Pre-Submission West Sussex and South Downs Single Issue Review of Soft Sand, which did not include the Severals East and West sites, was approved. This is wonderful news for the residents of Bepton, Midhurst and other surrounding villages. Thank you to the members of the campaign group who worked so hard to prevent the sites being included. According to the Midhurst and Petworth Observer, of the 900 public responses to the consultation earlier this year, around 90 per cent were about the Severals sites.
However, there are two more stages of the process: a consultation on the allocations at the end of this year, and then the final stage when the Planning Inspector will determine whether the Soft Sand Review is sound.
Please be advised that West Sussex County Council has received a request for Temporary Traffic Regulation as follows:
|Road Name||Bell Lane|
|Village / Town / Parish||Cocking|
|Specific Location||Closed between the junction with High Meadow to the junction with Bepton Road with works outside Apsley Mead|
|Type of TTRO||14.2 Road Closure|
|Reason for TTRO||To repair a manhole cover in the carriageway|
|Proposed start date/Time||Date: 05/11/19||Time: 09:30|
|Proposed End date/Time||Date: 05/11/19||Time: 15:30|
|The restriction will be effective|
|Day-time only from 09:30 to 15:30|
|Diversion route (if applicable)||Bepton Road, New Road, Chichester Road, West Lavington Hill, A286 and vice versa|
|Access arrangements||Access maintained for emergency services, residents and pedestrians|
|Applicant name||J B Constructions on behalf of Southern Water|
|Applicant contact tel number||01962 716397|
|Any other details|
The application is currently being processed and you will be advised further when details are confirmed.
Following the installation of a defibrillator in the redundant telephone kiosk near The Country Inn, we are holding a training session at the Park House Hotel at 7pm on Wednesday 28th August. Please come; you could save a life.
Please note that there is a sign from WSCC in Severals Road announcing the closure of the road again on 28th August.
Please note there has been an amendment to the Severals Road Road Closure Public Notice
Please take note of the two road closures taking place in the near future.
The speaker at the Annual Parish Assembly on 23 May was local resident, Ms Philippa McCullough, representing Midhurst Vision.
Midhurst Vision brings together local people, groups and businesses to explore and agree a vision for the development of our town. This will help guide local plans and generate confidence in our town’s future. It’s an evolving process, encouraging collaboration between everyone in the Midhurst area and a real spirit of ‘can do’. The process is supported by Chichester District Council and Bloom Consulting, an independent organisation that specialises in bringing communities together to create a shared vision for the future.
The first step is a short town-wide survey that covers what Midhurst does well, what’s not so great and what people might like to see changed. It’s confidential and aims to give everyone a voice, old and young , with a chance to make a difference to our town.
Feedback from the survey will form the basis for developing a clear identity for the town. That’s important because it helps to create a better place to live, work and visit.
The survey launches early July so keep an eye on social media and the Midhurst Vision website for the link when it goes live. Printed copies of the survey will also be available at The Grange.
Go to MidhurstVision.org.uk or search #MidhurstVision to find out more.
The Parish Council of Bepton has a vacancy for a Councillor caused by the uncontested election result. The council has 35 days to co-opt a person, otherwise they must hold another election and meet the costs of that election.
If you are interested in being co-opted onto the Council please contact the Parish Clerk, Mrs Lorraine Grocott, email: email@example.com or speak to the Chairman of the Council Mrs Rosalind Hart, tel: 01730 815473.