Area News

South Downs Presentation to Parish Council

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On 19th May, Bruce Middleton, Central West Area Manager for the South Downs National Park Authority gave an excellent presentation on the new Park to the Parish Council's Annual Parish Meeting in the Village Hall, Cocking.  The talk provided the audience of councillors and villagers with a comprehensive guide to the purpose, scope and working of the National Park as well as some of the challenges facing it in its early days.

We hope that Bruce and his colleagues will be able to provide future updates, but in the meantime this presentation will be of interest to those who didn't attend the Parish Meeting and as a reminder of the details for those who did.

Note: Our article covering the 2011 Annual Parish Meeting can be viewed in a new window or tab by clicking here.  The presentation below can also be viewed full screen by clicking on the icon at its bottom right corner.

Forward to the Past

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Route 60 Leaflet... where this time the 'Past' means the (19)60s and we are paraphrasing the title of a once popular film series.  It seems that the Stagecoach bus company is sticking with its 60s theme of psychedelic paintwork on the local No. 60 route that passes through Cocking.  Not content with that however, they now intend to give their customers an even more 'groovy' experience by introducing nine brand new buses to the route.

These new vehicles are not the stainless steel time travelling DeLorean cars from that popular film, Back to the Future, but they do come with new 'green' engines, CCTV and low floor entrances rather than gull wing doors for easy access and time travel capabilities.  Yes, the buses probably have 'fab' paintings of rainbows and flowers on them too.

To explain all this with absolutely no references to Hollywood blockbusters, full colour leaflets about the service and its improvements should find their way to every Cocking household via the July edition of the Parish Magazine - out soon.  These leaflets even contain discount vouchers, but if you don't receive one or would like a preview, just click on the leaflet image to the left.

P.S. There is a picture of a DeLorean DMC-12 in the FEATURED spot on this page in case you have forgotten, or have no idea, what it looked like.  Even if you didn't watch the film, you may well have helped build the car that starred in it.  By the time the DeLorean company went bankrupt in 1982, the Northern Ireland Development Agency had invested something like £100 Million in its production at the Dunmurry factory, motivated by the desire to create local employment.

Stagecoach's New Clean Machine

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You will have heard the saying that you can wait for an article on buses for years and then three come along at once.  Well it's true and this, the third article, is a follow up to the news of the improved buses on the No. 60 Route between Midhurst and Bognor Regis.  The new buses that now run on the service were officially launched on 22nd June and appropriately, for a 60s theme, the 'Beatles' were in Chichester to give the upgrade a colourful send off.

60 Bus Send of by Beatles

All right, the Bus Beatles were Directors of Stagecoach (pictured above from the left) Tom Bridge, Mark Turner, Andrew Dyer and Richard Alexander.  Surrounded by the Fab Four is Director of Pallant House Gallery, Stefan van Raay who got in on the act because the livery design of the new environmentally friendly - Clean Machines - includes a painting of the Beatles from the Chichester Gallery.

The complete Stagecoach press release can be downloaded by clicking here and we leave bus articles for now with the Beatles striking what looks like a ZZ Top pose, as the splendid new bus drives off, presumably into service.

60 Route Bus Launch with The Beatles

Bus Services Under Threat

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In an attempt End of Bus Plan Road Signto reduce its subsidy of local bus services by £2M (from £4.7M to £2.7M) as part of its overall £79M savings plan, West Sussex Country Council is currently conducting an impact assessment and a public consultation exercise.  The earlier deadline of 10th June has recently been extended to Friday June 24th, giving anyone wishing to express a view more time to post a comment.

The list of affected services shown below is only a selection of those under the threat of cuts from 1st September, but it includes the most local to Cocking.

Bus no(s):
Possible outcome
Doris D1-7
Midhurst area
Withdrawal of service, replacement shopping services provided
51 Chichester - Selsey
Withdrawal of evening and Sunday service
52, 53
Chichester - Witterings
Withdrawal of evening and Sunday service
54 Petersfield - Chichester Timing changes and route altered north of Nyewood
55 Chichester - Tangmere
Withdrawal of evening and Sunday service
60 Midhurst - Bognor
Withdrawal of evening and Sunday service
67, 68
Loxwood - Chichester
Withdrawal of service
75, 76
Petworth - Horsham
Reduced frequency
91 Worthing - Petersfield
Withdrawal of evening and Sunday service
91, 92, 93
Midhurst - Petersfield
Reduced frequency
X92 Midhurst - Portsmouth
Withdrawal of Saturday service

If you want to have your say, there are several ways to do so.

Web: Go to this page on West Sussex County Council's website for further information and a link to the response form.

Phone: 01243 642105

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

Mail: Have Your Say, FREEPOST RSBK-CHTU-KGGG, West Sussex County Council, Chichester, PO19 1RQ

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