Area News

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.

Sand Extraction Proposal Shelved

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Sand bucketReaders may remember the poster campaign last February, protesting against the possibility of sand extraction on Hawkhurst Farm (Click here for the original article).

Perhaps it had an effect because the latest news is that West Sussex County Council seem to have had a rethink and have suspended the whole of their Mineral and Waste Core Strategy. They state a number of reasons including "the implications of the new South Downs National Park"; a surprising omission for a strategy you might think.

On the face of it this sounds like good news, at least for the time being.  If you want to know more, see what  the Council are saying on their website by clicking here.

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):
Route:
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

To Infinity and Beyond

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Race to Infinity PosterMost of us have Broadband at home nowadays and you are almost certainly using it to view this page.  Broadband is a wonderful thing, but at cocking.org we subscribe to that old saying, "A Cocking computer user can never be too rich, too thin or have too fast a Broadband connection".  Let's face it, web pages take too long to appear, far too often.

Your Editor has to confess that he is a heavy user of the World Wide Web and the Internet generally, but he is probably not alone in wanting more speed from his Internet Service Provider.  His connection is from BT, but whether or not you are a BT customer, unless you use a mobile phone network it will still be BT's copper cables that deliver the connection and are therefore the speed they can provide is the limiting factor.  So we all have a vested interest in BT doing something to improve their infrastructure.

Maybe they will one day.  Recently BT launched something called the Race to Infinity to drum up public interest in having local exchanges upgraded to a faster speed using fibre-optic rather than copper cables.  They are offering five exchanges a priority upgrade and are encouraging local campaigns.  It is easy to be cynical and assume this is largely a marketing stunt by BT; it probably is and it's probably true that locally we are unlikely to win this competition.  Nevertheless, someone has to and if a high percentage of local people here and in other rural areas vote, perhaps even if they don't win, BT wlll get the message that nobody wants to move to a city just to get faster Broadband.

Today, 23rd October, the entry for the Midhurst Exchange showed that only 31 people or 0.66% had voted for our local exchange to be upgraded.  Ours isn't the lowest percentage in the country, but as the winners will be the exchanges with over 1,000 votes where the highest percentage of households vote, we will have to do better and aim at the 100% target of 4,680 votes.  So if you want to take part, click on the Race to Infinity Ad Banner at the top of this page when it comes round, or click here.  Good luck to us - we only have until 31st December to take part.

While you are waiting for Infinity, you can click here to test your connection speed.  It's a menu option under 'Help' too.

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