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September 30, 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.

September 30, 2021

Was your child born between 1 Sept 2017 and 31 Aug 2018?

If so, they are eligible to start school in September 2022.  You can apply online from Monday 4 October 2021 - it's simple, quick and convenient.  If you miss the deadline of 15 January 2022, your chance of securing a place at one of your preference schools could be seriously affected.

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September 27, 2021

Titnore Lane closed

Titnore Lane is closed until 1st October while Southern Water repair a burst water main.

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September 26, 2021

Clapham Church Stonework fundraising update

We are delighted to say that we have exceeded our goal of raising £16,500 towards the renovation of the stonework. This means that Tilleys, the stonemasons, will begin work next month.  We will not have an Autumn Open Day, but instead plan to have one next year when the work is finished so you can see where your money has been spent.  This has all been made possible thanks to the generosity of The Friends, locals, visitors and a successful grant application from All Churches Trust.  You can still make a donation towards our beautiful Grade 1 listed church, as there will be more maintenance work to do on the roof tiles next:

  • BACS to PCC of Findon Clapham and Patching.

  • Sort code: 20-98-74

  • Account number: 90691585.

Please put your name and 'Stonework' as a reference.  Thank you!

September 16, 2021

Dappers Lane is under threat

Lots of houses are being built along Dappers Lane, and more are planned.  This means an increasing number of cars using Dappers Lane as a through road, which is bad for wildlife, as well as posing a threat to runners, walkers, cyclists and horse riders.  There is a campaign to stop up the top of Dappers Lane, making it a 'No Through Road'.

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September 16, 2021

Clapham Parish Design Statement

The Parish Council has approved the final changes to the document; the next step will be submission to SDNPA.

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September 13, 2021

20 is plenty?

There is renewed interest in the possibility of a 20mph speed limit for Clapham Street, although this has been considered and discounted in the past.  Please let the Clerk know whether or not you would support this.

September 8, 2021

What do you think of the new playground?

A condition of the grant which the Parish Council got for the Recreation Ground was that recipients evaluate the impact of the money. The Council are keen to ensure that everyone has the opportunity to participate so they have produced a short survey, which can be accessed here.

September 6, 2021

Where next for the Horticultural Society?

This is about the time of year that we would normally be looking forward to the Summer Show - a feature of village life since 1941.   We haven't been able to hold any events for the past 2 years, but maybe it's time to get going again?   The Drop-in session at the Village Hall on Sunday 5th September generated lots of ideas, as well as offers of help.  If you weren't able to make it, you can give us your views here.   And come to the AGM on 12th November - more details to follow.

​August 10, 2021

Clapham Parish Council needs you

There are two vacancies on the Parish Council.  Please let the Clerk know if you are interested.

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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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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 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 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.



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September 26, 2021

Gatwick Airport Northern Runway consultation

Gatwick Airport is now consulting on proposals to bring the existing Northern Runway into routine use alongside their Main Runway. Departures would be shared between both runways. The Northern Runway would be used for smaller aircraft. All arrivals would continue to use their Main Runway.
Gatwick are inviting comments from anyone with an interest in their proposals. Your feedback will play an important part in the development of their plans. The consultation runs until 11:59pm on 1 December 2021.

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August 30, 2021

Have your say on WSCC's Transport Plan 2022-2036

The public consultation runs until 8th October.  You might want to point out, in your response, the absence of any mention of 'quiet lanes' - unclassified roads which do not have white lines down the middle and average less than 100 vehicle movements per day.  That's what we have in our villages, and we'd all like to keep it that way!

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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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