If 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 midhurst-sand.com and see how you can have your say, one way or the other.
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