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.
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.
Gillian Keegan MP will be hosting an Open Meeting at The Grange in Midhurst on 26th April from 7pm to 9pm. This is a chance for Bepton residents to raise any issues with her.
There is a poster here – open meeting with gillian keegan mp (1)
I am afraid that it is too large to copy directly on to this site.
Last week, Gillian Keegan MP visited The Severals to see for herself the area proposed for sand quarries. The local campaign group have issued the following press release:
Representatives from Bepton, Woolbeding and Redford, Trotton, Stedham and Iping and Rogate Parish Councils along with Midhurst Town Council met with local MP Gillian Keegan last Friday. The meeting was also attended and arranged by the local action group Severals Against Cowdray Quarries who have been conducting a lobbying and media campaign against the quarries.
The group raised joint concerns over new quarries at the Severals and Minsted which would affect a huge number of constituents in the Midhurst area and on potential HGV routes through Trotton and Rogate. Midhurst already breaches EU Air Quality Standards and the possibility of another 200 lorries going through the town every day could cause serious health problems.
Front row left to right Mairi Rennie (Rogate PC), Loppy Gibson (Severals House, Woolbeding resident), Philippa McCullough (Woolbeding resident), Gillian Keegan MP, Katherine Steele (Bepton resident), Margaret Guest (Midhurst Town Council), John Beckett (Bepton PC),Back Row David Edmondson (Stedham/Iping PC), Adrian Waddams (Minsted Residents Group), Adrian Hearle (Woolbeding/Redford PC), Alex Gibson (Severals House).