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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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New Waste Plan Adopted

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Wheelie Bins The following Press release comes from West Sussex County Council:

In partnership, West Sussex County Council and the South Downs National Park Authority have prepared a Waste Local Plan which includes strategic waste site allocations.
The Authorities received the Planning Inspector’s report on 17 February 2014, and the Waste Local Plan has been found sound.  Subsequently, the Report and modifications recommended by the Planning Inspector were considered by the full authority meetings of both West Sussex County Council and South Downs National Park Authority. Both Authorities approved adoption of the Waste Local Plan with effect from 11 April 2014.  
The adopted Plan is now formally part of the statutory Development Plan for West Sussex and will be the basis for all planning decisions relating to waste development in the Plan Area.

Call 101 To Help Stop Illegal Off-Roading

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People witnessing illegal or anti-social off-road driving on paths in the countryside are being called on to report it to the police using the new 101 phone number.

Sussex Pathwatch is a special service set up to help protect the safety of everyone using rights-of-way, fields and woodland to prevent the damage that illegal offroading can cause. A similar service called Countrywatch has been set up in Hampshire. Anyone can report an offence by calling 101 or emailing This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. in Sussex and This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. in Hampshire.

Angela Ward, ranger for the South Downs National Park, said:
“Most people driving off-road do so legally and with consideration for other people. Unfortunately there are a small minority driving illegally. They put everyone’s safety at risk, give legal drivers a bad name and cause damage to the countryside.

“That’s why we’re working with the Police and local authorities on this scheme. If illegal off-roading isn’t reported then the police can’t take any action.”

Council to hold Affordable Housing Event

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Chichester District Council has issued this media release.

East Pallant House, 1 East Pallant, Chichester  PO19 1TY

Tel: 01243 534679     Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Date: Wednesday 19 March Ref: 3405

Register your local connection to Cocking

Households are being invited to register a local connection to Cocking for a new affordable housing development in the parish.

Chichester District Council and Hyde Martlet will be holding a Local Connection Registration Event on Monday 24 March at Cocking Village Hall, Bell Lane, Cocking, GU29 0HU. District and parish council staff, and Hyde Martlet representatives, will be available between 3-7pm to discuss the development.  

Thirteen new affordable rented homes are being built at the former garage compound and land north of The Croft in Cocking. They will include:

  • six two-bedroom flats;
  • five two-bedroom houses;
  • two three-bedroom houses.

The homes will be prioritised for households that are able to prove a Local Connection to the parish of Cocking.

Signs of Spring?

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These crocuses were spotted on one of the best days of the year so far; sunny and dry.  Maybe they were also enjoying the extra light caused by the removal of the chestnut trees.  In any case they were putting on a glorious show by the roadside and it was good to see the Childrens' Playground in use too.


A Message from Colin Bradley

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Over the last few years, Saint Catherine’s has begun to do more, not least since the village of West Lavington joined Cocking in the benefice.
Everyone linked to the Church is welcome to help in any way he or she wishes. Below is a list of activities to be involved in. If any one or more of these appeals to you, please just let me know and we can arrange for you to help just as much as you wish.
READING IN CHURCH AT THE 9.30 SUNDAY SERVICE: This is so important. The service is enriched by other voices, not just the priest’s.
SERVING AT THE ALTAR: (guidance will be given) This is one of the most spiritual of activities and really draws someone into the meaning of the service.
HELPING AT THE LUNCH CLUB: (once a month: serving at the tables; setting up the tables; clearing away). This is a very valuable activity and we desperately need extra help to cope with the work.
ARRANGING FLOWERS IN CHURCH: The flowers add colour and life to the church. Arranging them is an anonymous, but deeply appreciated activity.
CLEANING THE CHURCH:  We very much need the help. The church is visited by a lot of people (great!!) but some have MUDDY BOOTS. Do consider joining the rota of cleaners. We aim to have enough helpers to make the turn to clean come round every two months.
THE CHOIR: Naomi Dekker has built up a choir which sings on special occasions. It’s great fun and there is always room for more singers.
THE BAND: plays about once a month. The music is undemanding and it is great fun to be part of an all age group.
Do please think about how you might help. I am very happy to talk on a non committal basis about any of these activities. I know how precious time is, but it also matters to enrich the time. There may be something here which will enrich your time.
Best wishes,

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