Defibrillator Training

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.

Road Closures

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

Public Notice Severals Road

ROAD CLOSURE Public Notice Severals Road

ROAD CLOSURE Public Notice Bell Lane, Cocking

Please take note of the two road closures taking place in the near future.

 

Midhurst Vision – Let’s shape our future

Midhurst Vision has now gone live.
This is very much a collaborative process involving all the local authorities but being led by the community. Also supporting and participating are all the local schools, local groups and organisations, local businesses, passionate individuals, Cowdray Estate and South Downs National Park Authority.
Please see below the postcard they have produced.
We are encouraging everyone to complete the survey online midhurstvision.org but we have printed a few copies for those not online – a few will be posted out to you next week. Printed copies are also available at The Grange Centre.
It is also on the front page of the local paper this week.
Many thanks for your continued help and support.

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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.

 

 

Vacancy for a Councillor

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: postmaster@milland-wsx.go.uk or speak to the Chairman of the Council Mrs Rosalind Hart, tel: 01730 815473.

Gillian Keegan MP visits The Severals

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:

 “ As the deadline for responses to the Joint Minerals Soft Sand Consultation draws to a close (deadline 18 March) groups opposing the quarries have joined forces.
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.
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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).
The beautiful Grade I listed bridge at Trotton is under tremendous pressure already from the number of current HGV’s and the narrow ‘pinch-point’ in Rogate by the church causes regular tailbacks and build-up of diesel fumes as lorries wait to drive through. The bridge at Trotton was built as early as 14th C and is one of only 200 medieval five arch bridges like it left in the country.

Other concerns discussed with Gillian included clarification on realistic figures on the need for soft sand for the building industry as figures quoted in the consultation varied considerably. Also the fact that West Sussex exports in the region of 1.8m tonnes of sand to other counties, which is similar to the amount considered it needs – so, if we stop exporting sand to other counties could we be self-sufficient? If more soft sand is required there is also the possibility of using marine sand which most other parts of the country do, but not the south-east.

Gillian spent two hours listening and asking questions of the group before agreeing that further investigation was needed before considering creating new quarries in the South Downs National Park.

 Gillian Keegan commented: 

‘It was great to meet with representatives from across the community about this important issue, many of whom I worked closely with when I served as a District Councillor. I will be continuing discussions with the South Downs National Park Authority and West Sussex County Council to further understand the implications of soft sand extraction and express the concerns that have been raised by the community.
 
I advise people to have their say in the consultation process before it closes on the 18th March.’
Issued by Severals Against Cowdray Quarries “
Don’t forget to have your say in response to the consultation. Details of how to do it are here.

Elections for Bepton Parish Council

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Elections for Bepton Parish Council will take place on 2nd May 2019. Bepton will elect seven Councillors to represent the Parish.

Parish Councils play an important part in local government. They are the first tier of local authority and work along with other tiers of local authority. In our area, Chichester District Council and West Sussex County Council are the next two tiers.

We welcome people who are interested in standing for Bepton PC. It is your opportunity to take part in your local community. There are no qualifications necessary, except the normal electoral ones. And it is important that the Council reflects the diversity of the community. There’s a link here to a list of the responsibilities of Parish Councils.

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If you are interested in standing for the Council, come along to the next Bepton PC meeting on 21st March at 7pm in the Park House. Or, if you can’t make that, have a word  with one of the current Councillors. Their contact details are on this website.

Nomination forms for the Council elections can be obtained from;

Howard Ewing, Three Bepton Grange, Bepton, GU29 0HZ (tel: 07958 316552).

The formal notice of election: Parish Council Election May 2019.