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Parish Council Minutes from 8th January and the Agenda for the Meeting on 5th February are now available on the Council Meetings page.

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Four Councillors Returned without a Vote

Written by The Editor on .

As there were only four nominations for the seven vacant places on Cocking Parish Council, the vote, due to be held on 7th May, will no longer go ahead.  Uncontested elections are by no means rare in small communities and the council can operate after 7th May as its quorum for meetings is a mere three councillors.

However, the number of councillors may be increased or even made up to a full complement by the co-option of extra members at a later stage.

The official notice tells the story:

Election Notice

SID News

Written by The Editor on .

The Speed Indicator Device (SID) was used again on the weekend of the Goodwood 73rd Members Meeting - 21st to 22nd March, on both the Saturday and the Sunday between  8.00am and 10.00am.
During those two hours on Saturday, 1,001 vehicles were counted driving through the village, of which 18 decided to exceed the 30 mph speed limit, the fastest travelling at 43mph.
On Sunday 825 vehicles passed through during the same period, of which 22 decided to ignore the 30mph limt, the worst hitting 50mph.  Also on Sunday there was a high volume of horse boxes on the road.  These caused big tail backs and kept the speed down.
Over the weekend nearly all those ignoring the limit were young drivers and many drivers gave a "thumbs up " with only one giving an opposite sign.
Very few bikers passed through Cocking, and they were contained in slower traffic.

David Imlach who is orgaising the use of SID hopes to have SID back for May 2nd, which is the first of the Goodwood Breakfast meetings.

Tell SID about Speeding in Cocking!

Written by The Editor on .

SIDIt has taken over two years and a lot of determination to overcome many obstacles, but a SID (Speed Indicating Device) has at last made its first appearance in Cocking.

Here we see Councillor David Imlach and fellow villager Angus Manson, members of a team of volunteers, manning the device which they have set up by the Children's Playground on the southbound lane of the A286 in Cocking.  The device will remain in Cocking for the rest of the month and return thereafter, every two to three months.  The team hope that it wll make a significant contribution towards eliminating the chronic problem of speeding through the village.

Our first image shows that a minority of drivers will ignore the speed limit even when re-inforced with SID.  The second shows quite a different aspect of traffic speed.  Unlike motorists, it was noticed that passing cyclists generally accelerated as they approached SID.  A matter of pride perhaps.

SID and a cyclist

Playground Improvements

Written by The Editor on .

Following a successful application, Cocking Parish Council has secured a £10,000 grant from the National Lottery towards improvements to the village playground.

Further details will follow, but in the meantime here are some pictures of colourful new equipment that will be appearing in due course.

[Equipment images courtesy of Wicksteed Playgrounds]

Playground roundabout

Playground ski sticks

Playground table

Orange Blames the Trees for Signal Loss

Written by The Editor on .

Today some local Orange Mobile customers received texts from the parent company, EE.

The texts said "You may have experienced problems recently with service in Cocking. We apologise for the inconvenience caused. We have now fixed the issue. For further details http://bit.ly/1zejcxa data charges apply."

The link from the texts to EE's 'Community' web site (not a site many would be aware of, and not one that Orange Customer Service seem to have directed many complainants to over the last 10 weeks) reveals this interesting post from Ed_H, Community Manager.  It was posted on Tuesday 28th October and updated the next day.

EE Community Article

 

Possible Improvements to Playground

Written by The Editor on .

We have learned that the Parish Council has applied for grant funding for the children’s playground to cover some necessary restoration of certain features, which although maintained in accordance with annual safety audits have nevertheless deteriorated during the 21 years since the playground was opened.  In addition, several new installations are proposed, all of which promise to be very appealing to our children – and those who visit from neighbouring parishes.

The application is for £10,000 – the maximum available under this funding heading, Awards for All – which would cover nearly all of the cost.  The Council would if necessary be able to meet the small extra sum if the quotation is accepted in full.
It is unlikely that a decision will be announced before mid-January, and the proposed work would be completed within two or three months.

Update: 18 Nov - The good news is that we didn't have to wait for January.  See this article.

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