The District Council is going out to Public Consultation on its Local Plan – Preferred Options in March or April of this year. Although the Plan itself does not cover the National Park area in which we live, it will inevitably affect us all and therefore you may find the attached article interesting.
As anyone living in the village will know, Cocking does not have a mains gas supply and consequently the choice of heating fuel is somewhat limited. Heating oil is a common fuel choice, but it has always been rather expensive and the oil price has always been liable to fluctuations - See our indicative Oil Price Watch Graph.
Not being mains supplied, oil also presents delivery and storage problems. The historically high price has also led to a rise in the incidence of oil theft, especially in rural areas.
So there is plenty to think about and options you many not have thought about, such as buying syndicates.
Well help may be at hand, because as part of "BIG ENERGY SAVING WEEK 2012 *", Action in Rural Sussex is holding two events in the Chichester District and the first is to be held in Cocking.
WITH ADVICE AND INFORMATION ON VARIOUS ENERGY SAVING MEASURES
The last Cocking Parish Council By-Election attracted a record turnout of 49% of our electorate, but this week's Police & Crime Commissioner Election was not as well supported.
Across Sussex, the turnout was only about 15%. Nevertheless we now have a new Commissioner in Katy Bourne, Conservative Party candidate, District Councillor and business woman. Katy beat her nearest rival, Labour's Godfrey Daniel in the 'second round' by 80,028 to 55,602 votes including voters' second preferences. The three other candidates were eliminated in the first round of voting.
[Photo by Peter O'Neill: Jeff Mableson, Jennifer Hall, Naomi Barnett, Sheila Hanrahan, Jennifer Harvey, Alan Hall and a horse.]
On Sunday 14 October 2012, a party of seven villagers took a walk of nearly nine miles in quiet country to the east of Cocking. Starting at 09.30, their two cars were parked at the view point on the A285 at the top of the hill above Duncton, from which there is a wide panorama northwards across the Sussex Weald. The walkers descended through woods towards Barlavington and north to Burton Park from which they continued west past Duncton Village Hall, Westerlands Stud and Upper Norwood to Graffham where they enjoyed an excellent lunch at the busy Foresters Inn.
Their route then went past Calloways – after which the photograph was taken – to East Lavington and through the grounds of Seaford College before a steep climb through woods up the scarp slope of the Downs to the car park for their return to Cocking.
It had been perfect autumn day, the sky cloudless except for a brief interlude when the photograph was taken by the seventh walker, Peter O’Neill.
[Photo Peter O'Neill: Alan Hall, Jeff Mableson, Jennifer Hall, Naomi Barnett, Sheila Hanrahan, and Jennifer Harvey.]