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New Parish Council minutes from 6th November and the agenda for the Meeting on 4th December are now available on the Council Meetings page.

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Parish Meeting 2010

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Perhaps for the last time, if plans for the new Village Hall come to fruition, the Cocking Parish Meeting was held in Cocking Church this evening.  Over 30 villagers attended the meeting which included a talk by Mr Robin Crane who spoke about the new South Downs National Park for which he has campaigned for many years.

The Parish Meeting was also the last for Gwen Miles in her position as Parish Council Clerk.  It was revealed that Gwen has served the Parish council under a total of 8 chairmen and women since 1987.

Further details of this year's Meeting will follow, but the minutes of the 2009 Meeting, the 2009/2010 Annual Accounts and today's Agenda are available on the Parish Council Papers Page, or just click here.  Note that the file is quite a large one (20Mb) and will take some time to download even with a broadband connection.

Work on Village Hall is Under Way

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Village Hall FoundationsIf you stroll up to the Sports Field, you can now see that progress is being made on the new Village Hall.  The contractors have been on site and work has begun constructing the slab on which the wooden structure will eventually sit.

If you want to know more about the Village Hall project, the Cocking Parish Council - Annual Parish Meeting takes place this week on Thursday May 20th. in the Church.

Election Day 2010

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Tea  Rooms Polling StationFor the second time, Moonlight Cottage Tea Rooms were called upon to act as Cocking's Polling Station.  From 7 a.m. (when your reporter cast the first vote) until 10 p.m., the booths were in use, collecting the votes of village residents.

For the record, the sitting MP (Andrew Tyrie) was returned again and the full results for the Chichester constuency were:

Andrew Tyrie (The Conservative Party) 31,427

Martin Lury (Liberal Democrat) 15,550

Simon Holland (Labour) 5,937

Andrew Moncreiff (UK Independence Party) 3,873

The turnout was 69.80%

Another Parish Walk

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There was another of the series of parish walks on 18th April, taking advantage of the wonderful spring weather.  The chosen 'Grade 1'  route took the walkers along Mill Lane, Hoe Copse, across the Graffham Road and to Heyshott, through Hampshire Copse.  The return journey was via Sage Barn and again Mill Lane.  Our image shows the intrepid party including a couple from Chichester, but not Peter O'Neill who took the splendid photograph.

You can view, and possibly download, a larger version of the photo if you click on the image itself.

Pearson plc Interim Results 2009

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The interim financial results for Pearson plc (£660m profit before tax) in which the local land owning Cowdray family has a stake, may be of interest to local residents

Full details can be found here on the company website and readers may also be interested in another article, this time about Cowdray wealth, which mentions the possibility of sand extraction back in April 2009.

Threat of Sand Extraction near Cocking

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Hawhurst Farm MapIf you have driven along the A286 between Cocking and Midhurst recently, you could hardly have missed the forest of banners on the roadside, protesting against the possibility of sand extraction on Hawkhurst Farm. It seems that the area to the east of the main road (shown shaded in red on the map) has been added to a list of potential sites just in time to avoid new planning rules accompanying the formation of the new South Downs National Park.

This is no doubt a complex issue as mineral extraction is a necessary evil and across Chichester District it is by no means confined to this area.  The Chichester District Council pages on the subject contain a bewildering amount of information, much of laced with jargon as even they admit.   In contrast, a single web page has recently appeared objecting to the possibility of sand extraction.  It may have been put up on behalf of West Lavington Parish Council, although that isn't clear, but it clearly asks local residents to object to an activity that they believe will blight their local environment and landscape.

So have a look at and see how you can have your say, one way or the other.

Click on the map above to see a larger version that should be easier to read.  Note: It may take a while to load, depending on the speed of your internet connection.

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