Residents of Clappers Lane will hold a meeting in the Village Hall on Friday 7th July at 7.30pm to discuss parking at the southern end of Clappers Lane. All villagers are welcome to attend and contribute to the discussion. The aim of the meeting is to look for solutions to ease parking for those without off-road parking — specifically residents between 5 and 27 Clappers Lane.
Most of us are aware of a number of recent incidents because of too many cars parked along a very narrow stretch of Clappers Lane and very large vehicles travelling regularly along the lane causing obstructions and accidents. It has also had a knock-on effect for parking in The Street.
Do come along with comments and suggestions. If you can’t attend and want to contribute your ideas, please email Linda Dyos at email@example.com or pop a note through her letterbox at number 11 in advance of the meeting.
Miles Firth and Linda Dyos
Horsham District is about to introduce car parking charges. We live in Mid-Sussex District so, obviously, we will be exempt from these charges. Er, no, apparently not. And both Henfield and Steyning are in Horsham District. You probably park briefly in one or the other on several occasions a week. Much the cheapest way to use these car parks on a regular basis will be by purchase of a disc*. Luckily, Horsham District is allowing Mid-Sussex residents to buy their discs so you will not need to bribe an acquaintance in Steyning to secure one for you. During March and April only, you can get two for £12. But the scheme goes live on Monday 3rd April so you will need to order your discs this month. Click the image above to reach the relevant website.
*The alternative is to buy a pay-and-display ticket each time you visit one of the car parks. This will cost you £39 a year assuming that you park just once a week.
We have had a good response to a plea for volunteers for Saturday 30th July but, as ever, there is still a need for various types of help:
The Teas Team are desperate for cakes! Please ring Tricia (255) or Pam (271) with your promise of a donation (which can be homemade or shop bought, they won’t tell!) and to arrange delivery. Even if you are bringing your cake on the day it is still important to let them know what you are bringing. Teas will be served in and outside the village hall (weather permitting).
Tombola prizes of any type are much needed and can be delivered to Louise at 13 Clappers Lane or call her on 773.
Childrens’ Games. Here Angela needs help in supervising the events which include Bouncy Castle, Stocks, Hook the Duck and Coconut Shy. Volunteers will have time to enjoy the other events but relief helpers would be very welcome. Please give Angela a call on 122.
Parking controllers are needed to direct the traffic to the parking in Downside Meadow, allocate spaces in the meadow and control traffic through the village. If you can help on this one give me a call on 271.
- Come to the fair on Saturday July 30th from 1pm till 5pm and make it a really successful day.
- Come to Call my Bluff at the Shepherd & Dog at 7pm on Friday 29th July. Tickets from the pub are £15 each and include superior nibbles and ten, yes ten! wines to quandary over. Bring your own food and drink if you wish.
- Be as helpful as you can to visitors from outside the village and remember this is a Fulking village and Shepherd & Dog combined event.
- Be as cooperative as possible where traffic is concerned. There will almost certainly be some disruption in The Street due to pedestrians moving from Downside Meadow to the North Town Field. Nothing will be gained by getting upset or abusive.
I understand that there have been recent occurrences of minor gridlock in the Street and that the parking problem has become of more and more concern to villagers. So the Parish Council, after discussions with Highways at West Sussex County Council, has agreed that the ’backway’ will be refurbished, asphalted and form the east to west section of a one-way system in Fulking.
The Street will form the west to east section. This will necessitate the compulsory purchase of land at the southern end of properties that abut the ‘backway’.
To obviate the need to negotiate the value of such land it has been mutually agreed that a standard sum in compensation of £50 be paid to the freeholder of each of the properties involved. It is expected that work will commence at the beginning of August and completion is anticipated by January 2017. Due to the Government Austerity Programme, the cost of the work involved will be shouldered by Council Tax bands D to F over a five-year period.