It was a little sticky underfoot, but nevertheless it was well worth donning a conspicuity jacket and hard hat to brave the mud for these latest photos of the growing development of 18 homes at The Croft, Cocking. Our thanks go to the Site Manager for the access and assistance he gave us. Click on the images below to view larger versions.
A proposal to move the Cocking Friendly Society Banner from its current resting place in the Bell Tower of St. Catherine's Church, Cocking was discussed at this evening's Parish Council Meeting (9th September).
The Council agreed that the Banner, dating from 1876 and restored in 1998, would be more readily accessible for viewing by the public in Cocking Village Hall and there was even the suggestion that it should be 'paraded' on its journey from the Church. The fine details were however far from finalised.
The Council formally agreed to co-opt Peter O'Neill as a councillor and to endorse the current set of financial regulations.
Although this was a fairly short, hour long, meeting, a wide range of topics were discussed, including:
- Progress on the Hyde Martlett development of 18 dwellings at The Croft, which appears to be on track and well-managed.
- Surfacing of the path leading from the development to the Sports Field.
- the use (and possible cost) of the Council using electronic planning application documents instead of paper. This would represent a cost saving move for the Planners, but one which would require Cocking Parish Council to use an overhead projector, screen and laptop to view the plans. Grants may be available apparently.
- Lack of progress with traffic management (speed control) and the safety problems preventing the introduction of a SID (Speed Indicating Device).
- Quotes for weed spraying the new allotment site, which it is now thought should be ready for handover to users in November.
- The support contract and future uses of the 'Cocking Community (laptop) Computers' that have been lying unused in store for a considerable time.
- The draft of the forthcoming edition of the Parish Newsletter.
Further details on these and other subjects discussed will be found in the official minutes when they are published by the Council in due course.
The cricket season is over, giving way as it does to football, and now tree felling.
Work has started again on the removal of the diseased chestnut trees surrounding the village green area at Cocking. Two specimens at the back near Milestone Garage were removed yesterday and a team of four have started to dismantle the last two by the A286.
Dismantle is an accurate description, because instead of felling the trees by an early cut across the trunk, these experts first remove branches from the top as can be seen from the photograph below, showing a gentleman wielding a chain saw.
These four fledgling swallows are enjoying the shade in my Cocking garage while outside their parents slave away, gathering their next meal in the 30 degree summer heatwave we are enjoying.