The current planning application for the Market Garden site will be considered at a formal meeting of the South Downs National Park Planning Committee. This is to be held at 10:00am on Thursday 18th January 2018 at Memorial Hall, South Downs Centre, Midhurst GU29 9DH. Click the graphic for details of how to be involved.
A mobile home is to be driven up Clappers Lane from the village end to the Conifers site tomorrow, Tuesday 23rd August. Residents will need to remove any parked cars in order to allow access. Timing unknown.
Stay vigilant this weekend – if you see trucks or Travellers entering Pondtail Wood, phone 999 immediately to inform the Police. Breaches of the Stop Notice should still be reported to Mike Airey as usual on 07884 165 867 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Local people came out in force on 16th May, along with representatives from Sussex Wildlife Trust and Friends of the Earth, to protest against the illegal felling of Pondtail Wood on Muddleswood Road (opposite Singing Hills Golf Club) and the illegal bringing in of hardcore to create a hard surface entrance, decimating the woodland and doing so without a felling licence or planning permission. Pondtail Wood was purchased earlier this year and since then there has been extensive felling of the planted wood. It is a Planted Ancient Woodland Site (PAWS) and is within the South Downs National Park. The trees that have been felled were mature and were of a pine variety. Local people raised concerns from mid-March and Mid Sussex District Council and South Downs National Park Authority were informed at that time. A ‘Temporary Stop Notice’ was issued on May 10th. The notices have been removed from the gate and work on the site appears to have continued. The South Downs National Park woodland is under threat if it cannot be protected. Local people want to see the destruction stopped and the woodland repaired and replanted. Further updates will be issued and a campaign on Facebook and Twitter is being set up. Mike Airey is collating information for SDNPA and other authorities. Any further activity that the authorities ought to know should be emailed to him at email@example.com or on 07884 165 867.
The Planning Application SDNP/15/04159/FUL (application for one gypsy pitch at Market Garden, Clappers Lane, Fulking) has been recommended for permanent approval by Mid Sussex Planning and is to be decided at a formal meeting of the Mid Sussex District Council Planning Committee to be held at 7:00pm on Thursday 19th November at Council Chamber, Mid Sussex District Council, Oaklands Road, Haywards Heath. This recommendation is contrary to what the Parish Council had previously been advised. Anyone who is interested in the application may attend (click the map above for a PDF copy of the relevant document). If you need more information, please contact Derek Blackhall (firstname.lastname@example.org).
The PC will be attending the Committee meeting and will be speaking against the application, based on comments and feedback received at the PC planning meeting held on 9th September.
There’s an illegal occupation by travellers near the Village Hall in Albourne, and the people may be moved on. MSDC and Sussex Police are aware of it. If you have any issues relating to this occupation, phone Sussex Police on 101 (the non-emergency number). If you see a crime being committed (or just about to be), phone 999 instead. As ever, please continue to keep your garden sheds, outbuildings, etc., secured.
Richard Corner, 219
Update: direct action by Sompting residents earlier this week.
There’s an illegal occupation on the football field in Poynings, and the people may be moved on .. Mid Sussex District Council and Sussex Police are aware of this. If you have any issues about this occupation, phone Sussex Police on 101 (the non-emergency number), quoting crime reference 1487 of 26 June. As ever, if you see a crime being committed (or just about to be), phone 999 instead.
Richard Corner, 219
Postscript 1: roads into Poynings were blocked by the police last night and access to Fullking from the East was via Clappers Lane only. The roads are clear now but the occupation persists. The photo below was taken at around 11:00 this morning.
Postscript 2: the recreation ground had been vacated by 12:50pm.
The Argus reports:
The Department for Communities and Local Government have confirmed that they will not be calling in a planning application for 12 permanent residential traveller pitches at Horsdean .. the Secretary of State confirmed the site will be given the go-ahead following his scrutiny. Brighton & Hove City Council will now be able to go ahead with their plans to create the site, which extends and improves an existing traveller transit site just to the east of Patcham on the north side of the A27.
Earlier coverage here.