Bobservation No. 67: Conservation & Covid-19

Image of virus over Fulking EscarpmentConservation Area Conclusion Decision
Recent meetings by the inhabitants of the Downland parishes have reached a decision that, in order to protect the integrity of the Downland area, the Mayfield planning proposal should be moved from just north of Henfield to a situation to the north of Fulking bordered by Clappers Lane in the East, Holmbush Lane in the North, Small Dole in the West and the Edburton Road in the South . Surprisingly, this proposal engendered no objections whatsoever. It is anticipated the work will commence as soon as the Coronavirus runs its course. 1/4/20

Coronavirus Sundries
Great effort by the village led by the Parish Council to help any villagers who may be in need of supplies, prescriptions etc. As a vulnerable oldy my most grateful thanks to them.

Fulking Fair on hold for the minute. I must admit that at this point in time cancellation looks likely. If so it will be announced. Postponement is difficult but not impossible and could tie in with a celebration when (if?) we return to normal.

Bluebells will be good this year and at worst worth a look over the gate. If you phone 271 maybe we can organise individual walks around but this must be strictly accordance to the Government’s rules. Whatever, we will be restricted to a wave as a greeting!

Misleading headline

Shoreham floodingIf Mayfield ever happens, it will be in Horsham District, not Mid-Sussex. The report itself is more or less clear about this but the Shoreham Herald headline (also found in the on-line editions of the WSCT, the Worthing Herald, and the Mid-Sussex Times) is just ‘fake news’.

Stranded on Mock Bridge

Stranded on Mock Bridge
Consonant with the season, the altruistic folk at Mayfield Market Towns have developed a new fairy tale for children in Horsham District — ‘Sustainable Urban Drainage’:

Mayfields .. includes a broad Sustainable Urban Drainage network, storing run off water during periods of very heavy rain and trickling it back into the river network, mimicking natural green field run off and helping to counter further issues downstream during heavy rainfall as witnessed over the past week.

Read the rest of the tale at the West Sussex County Times.

Bobservation No. 60: Mayfield

Anthony Watts Williams (LAMBS), Malcolm Eastwood (Henfield PC), Karen Healy & Miles Firth (FPC)

The Mayfield Market Town Proposal
Impending disasters come at all levels. The international one is Global Warming, the national one is Brexit and at a village level there is Mayfield. Those of you who attended the Mayfield Market Town proposal meeting in the village hall on Wednesday 28 August will hopefully have come away with a sense of horror about the proposal. This will, if proceeded with, change the way of life of Henfield village dramatically and will lead to intrusion into the Downland villages of which Fulking is one. And, dare I say it!  have an retrograde effect on property values in this area. I do urge you to be aware of what is intended by looking at the proposal on line and registering your opinion with the Parish Council by emailing the Parish clerk. LAMBS (Locals Against Mayfield Building Sprawl) are the major local organisation objecting to all this.

Fulking Social Committee
Our next meeting is in the village hall on Thursday 17 October at 7.30pm when we will be discussing the way forward with the Christmas party and next year’s events. It is with great regret that our treasurer Nick Hughes will be leaving us as he has been a stalwart in so many ways. We desperately need new members if we are to continue as we have been over the last few years. Please come along, you will be made very welcome.

Village Meeting on Mayfield

Fulking Village Hall, Wednesday 28th August 2019 at 7:00pm

All residents are invited this meeting to discuss the Mayfield Market Town proposal, currently before Horsham District Council (HDC). The speakers will be Malcolm Eastwood, the chairman of Henfield Parish Council, and Anthony Watts Williams, former MSDC councillor and founder of LAMBS (Locals Against Mayfield Building Sprawl). There will be a Q&A session and the meeting will be chaired by Karen Healy and I.

This proposal is for a town of 7,000 new homes (20,000 people) within half a mile of the Henfield boundary in the Wheatsheaf Road area. After rejection by Mid Sussex District Council, Horsham District Council are now being targeted. They are currently under pressure to provide new homes in their region. Should this go ahead, there will be an enormous impact on the surrounding area in terms of stretched resources, increased traffic, etc., as well as on Henfield itself.

Please note that while this isn’t a formal FPC meeting, the Parish Council will note the general sentiment and provide feedback to HDC as an adjoining parish under their Community Involvement Policy.

Miles Firth