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July 25, 2021

Latest updates on Coronavirus in West Sussex

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.

July 25, 2021

Explore the archaeology of Clapham Woods

Clapham contains one of the last truly ancient woodlands in the area, hiding a plethora of undisturbed archaeological remains.  We've arranged a special walk for local residents, with Worthing Museum's resident archaeologist.  We will explore the woods and take in the breath-taking views over Long Furlong; we will also be able to examine items that have been found in the area. The first walk, on Sunday 12th September, is now fully booked but there will be a repeat on Sunday 26th.

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June 28, 2021

Ride and Stride in support of our local ancient churches

The Sussex Historic Churches Trust is organising its annual 'Ride and Stride' on Saturday 11th September.  This is a sponsored cycle-ride, horse-ride or walk between some of the beautiful and historic ecclesiastical buildings in our local area, raising money to ensure that they will be here for future generations; there is no fixed route, so you can choose which church or chapel is your start point, which is your end, and how many you visit in between!

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June 28, 2021

South Downs National Park Consultation

SDNPA are consulting on a draft 'Design Guide' supplementary planning document.  The aim is to raise design standards in the National Park, and to provide best practice guidance on the design of new development.  Consultation closes on Monday 6 September.

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June 27, 2021

Beware of back door burglars

Neighbourhood Watch has reported two men with a van, going round the back of properties and trying the back door.  When challenged, they say they have been asked to do a house clearance.  If spotted, you should report them to the police; and keep your back door locked!

20 June, 2021

Book to Recycle

The trial scheme in operation at the recycling sites at Bognor, Littlehampton, Shoreham and Worthing has now been expanded so that you can make up to 5 visits within a month.  Slots can be booked up to 14 days in advance (but must be before the day of your visit).

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June 4, 2021

Natural History Award

Do you know a young person (11-25) who has made an outstanding contribution to natural history in Sussex?  They could win a prize worth £250. Nominations must be in by 31 July.

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May 16. 2021

The Junction reopens - carefully

Yvette and John are starting with Saturday coffee mornings, 10.30-12.30, from Saturday 22nd May.  Please wear masks.

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May 9, 2021

Join Clapham's litter-picking team

Clapham Parish Council has kindly provided equipment to enable people to litter-pick safely in and around the village.  If you'd like to join the team, contact Sian Fletcher or John Kelly.

May 9, 2021

Patching now has a defibrillator

It is situated near the Parish Council noticeboard at the top of Coldharbour Lane; it can be used to try to restart someone's heart after a cardiac arrest.  It can be used without training, but if you'd like to participate in a training session please contact the Council.

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May 8, 2021

Clapham Parish Design Statement

The Parish Council approved the complete document at their meeting on 5 May; it will now be prepared for submission to SDNPA.

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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.

 

 

​​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 enforcement@southdowns.gov.uk. 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

 

28 June, 2021

Trying to make sense of the travel traffic light system?

Which? magazine has produced a helpful guide to what the ever-changing traffic light system is, what it could mean for your holiday and your rights if your travel plans are affected.

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24 June, 2021

Shedding light on the halogen light bulbs ban

On 9th June 2021, the UK government made a press release about the forthcoming halogen light bulb ban.  The proposed UK legislation will apply from 1st September 2021 with a one month transition allowance.  If you want to go on using halogen bulbs after that date, you'll need to stock up!

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24 June, 2021

Unexpected charges on online purchases from the EU

If your order is worth £135 or more, you may find yourself hit by additional delivery and other charges.  Which? magazine explains what they are, how much they might be and your rights if you choose not to pay.

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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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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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