Area News

Fewer Fire Engines at Midhurst?

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Fire PosterWest Sussex County Council Fire and Rescue Service have published a consultation document on proposals for changes to their services from 2015/2016.

The proposals for Midhurst include the removal of the second fire engine, mitigated by a possible increase in the use of a four-wheel drive vehicle.  This is  set against a background of declining use and the authority say that the change would save money.  The downside would be that there would be an increase in the time taken for a second appliance to attend incidents in our area of about 10 minutes, as any second appliance would usually have to come from Petworth.  The detailed calculations in the proposal document for Midhurst Station also show that against the savings there would be increased costs "in terms of life and property damage."

As these proposals affects the safety of local residents, it is suggested that you read the proposals in full and comment on them, if you feel moved to do so, before the deadline of 23rd August.  For further details and documents relating to this article you can visit the Council's web page on the subject here, where you will find amongst other items an interesting profile of Midhurst Fire Station and instructions on how to have your say.

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.

Meeting on Oil Extraction

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We have received notice of an upcoming public event on Oil & Gas exploration and extraction that may be of interest.

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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.”

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