The land, which is about 2 acres, is entered through iron gates off Clappers Lane close to the entrance to Preston Nomads Cricket Club. We understand that, dating back to the 1960s, the site was used as a caravan park. Within the plot there is a large concrete hardstanding and the remains of a timber outbuilding with WC, electricity supply (not connected at present) and telephone (also not connected). on the south side of the land is a small caravan.
Another static caravan is due to be delivered to Market Garden this Friday (29th June) between 14:00 and 17:00. It will be arriving via Poynings Road, so it will travel through the eastern end of the village and the southern part of Clappers Lane. Clappers Lane residents are urged to move their cars elsewhere during that period. More details will be available from a leaflet due to be put through letterboxes in the next couple of days.
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.