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May 4, 2021

Latest updates on Coronavirus in West Sussex

Some relaxation of the rules is expected on 17 May. West Sussex County Council provides regular updates on the latest Coronavirus figures and advice. BBC News also provides a search facility which provides statistics by postcode.

May 4, 2021

Angmering Raceway

Following some complaints about excessive noise from the Raceway, Arun DC Environmental Health have confirmed that 8 car events are allowed in winter and 16 in summer; mini-bikes and cars are allowed at any time, within certain restrictions.   They recommend keeping a noise diary.



May 3, 2021

Clapham Parish Design Statement

The Parish Council approved the updated policies at their meeting on 28 January.  The next step is for Council to approve the complete document at their meeting on 5 May, after which it will be submitted to SDNPA.

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May 1, 2021

Book to Recycle

There is now a trial scheme in operation at the recycling sites at Bognor, Littlehampton, Shoreham and Worthing.  This is to spread out demand safely over the week.   Slots can be booked up to 14 days in advance (but must be before the day of your visit).

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April 29, 2021

The Junction

We're hoping it will soon be possible to have socially-distanced coffee mornings once again (when the weather allows!) - you'll have noticed Yvette and John hard at work making a lovely outside seating area.  And in the meantime, Yvette can order almost anything for you...

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April 15, 2021

Spring is here!

... and Plant Swap is back.  Bring your spare plants, rooted cuttings, divisions of herbaceous plants etc to the footpath near Rectory Lane, Clapham, and take what you'd like for your own garden.  If you feel like making a donation, please send it to Turning Tides.

April 8, 2021

What's going on at Patching Pond?

SDNPA is aware that possibly illegal work is taking place at the Patching Pond site; the Enforcement Officer is liaising with the Environment Agency over this matter.


If anything needs reporting please email SDNPA are not asking anyone to actively monitor, watch the site, video or take photographs of any work taking place, though they cannot stop  residents from doing this.  But be aware that recently, a parishioner out walking took some photographs of activity at Patching Pond from the Arundel Road. Shortly afterwards he was assaulted and verbally abused. This has been reported to the police.



Other local news


May 4, 2021

Sussex kelp forests to be restored

Over 300 sq km of seabed off the Sussex coast have been protected from damage caused by trawling gear; a new byelaw was introduced in March,

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May 4, 2021

Highdown Gardens to reopen on June 2

A £1m improvement project is nearing completion, including a new visitors' centre and wheelchair access paths.  Visitors will have to book (booking opens from May) but admission continues to be free.

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April 12, 2021

Beavers are back in the South Downs National Park

A pair of beavers have been released by the National Trust, and it's hoped that they will breed.  Their activities will help to create wildlife-rich wetlands.

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