Be the first to know Bolney Horticultural Society AGM on Friday 23rd November 2018 at 8pm in the Rawson Hall. Preview of next year’s Show entries for photographic topics, craft entries, children’s entries and other ideas. Members, non-members and guests are welcome to join us, contribute ideas on opportunities for displays of the amazing creativity of Bolney residents, followed by cheese and wine refreshments after the short AGM.
Sussex Police have started the biggest intake of new police officers for over a decade. This has been made possible by the increase in police precept of an average £12 for a band D property, and the PCC releasing £17 million from reserves. It means that over the next four years, Sussex will have 200 more police officers on the frontline than it does today.
Although residents are pleased to hear that local policing will be strengthened by these 200 extra officers, they are already indicating that they would like even more. That is why the PCC has opened a survey on her website to gauge potential support for raising more funding locally if the Government lifts the current cap on the police precept.
Please take a moment to make your views known on this link Sussex Police Funding
You can find out more about funding for Sussex Police 2018-22 here: https://www.sussex-pcc.gov.uk/about/transparency/sussex-police-funding-2018-22/
If you have a watercourse, ditch, stream, river or culvert on or next to your land you are known as a ‘riparian owner’. Riparian owners are responsible for the maintenance and upkeep of watercourses on their land to ensure that they are not a flood risk to other people or property.
Well maintained watercourses can significantly benefit the local community by reducing flood risk and creating habitats for wildlife.
The riparian responsibilities for landowners under law are to:
* Ensure the flow of water is not obstructed or polluted
* Maintain the bottom and sides of the watercourse (including managing any trees and vegetation growing on the banks)
* Remove any obstructions, such as rubbish, fallen branches or garden waste
* Maintain any structures (such as trash screens, culverts, weirs and mill gates) on it.
WSCC has updated some helpful information to guide landowners and community groups around this subject. Keeping our watercourses well maintained benefits the community as a whole. If an area experiences constant flooding, this becomes a nuisance to the community, can restrict access to property, makes everyday living difficult and results in considerable expense and inconvenience for those that have been flooded.
You can find more information here: Ditch the problem
Last week South East Water published their incident response following the ‘Beast from the East’ in March which caused a significant increase in the number of bursts on their network and on customers pipes.
They strive to supply customers with a constant supply of water whatever the weather, but the rapid freeze/thaw resulted in 27,000 customers losing their water supply and relying on bottled water.
Following feedback from stakeholders, customers and staff, the report details 61 actions they’re taking to reduce the impact and likelihood of a similar event happening again.
Areas they’re working on include developing a new approach to their winter communications campaign, building additional resilience into their planned maintenance activities, improving alternative water provision and ensuring vulnerable customers are given the assistance they need.
Read the full action plan at: https://corporate.southeastwater.co.uk/actionplan?utm_source=All+contacts+27%2F02%2F18&utm_campaign=ac75bbbfbb-EMAIL_CAMPAIGN_2018_10_09_01_24&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_7ba035fd27-ac75bbbfbb-59680627
Following closure of the post offices in Cowfold and Cuckfield, the post office at the Bolney Vineyard is almost the last chance to have a village post office in the area.
It is situated upstairs in the Vineyard Café, next to the tills.
If we want to keep our post office and help it thrive, then we need to use it, and Rebecca is very keen to continue serving the local community.
The opening hours are:
Wednesday: 9 am to 1 pm
Friday: 9 am to 1 pm.
The office is also open some Thursday mornings (ring beforehand).
You can always call during opening hours, on 01 444 881 649, to check that Rebecca is there.
Bolney Church Steps Handrails Project 2018
1.The parochial church council (PCC) of St Mary Magdalene is responsible for maintaining the fabric of this Grade 1 listed building and for upkeep of the churchyard over which two public footpaths give access from The Street to the school and Glebe Field.
2.A long-running aspiration of the PCC is to provide handrails to the set of three stone steps on the lychgate path rising from The Street, opposite the pub. At present the steps are a potential hazard to the less able-bodied, particularly in wet or icy conditions. Safety is very much on the PCC’s mind. This path is heavily used by visitors to the church, schoolchildren and their parents/carers, dog-walkers, and so on. The installation of handrails to provide support for users is a desirable objective. Two major issues: consents from statutory authorities and fundraising.
3.As a preliminary step, the PCC commissioned the church’s inspecting architect to advise on design options and to prepare drawings and specification. These are held digitally and can be viewed on request. The preferred scheme is a wrought-iron centrally mounted rail on the lower flight of steps, a similar centrally mounted rail for the short flight up to the lychgate, and a rail on either side of the wider flight leading towards the church.
4.Two types of formal consent are required: planning permission and a diocesan faculty. Applications were submitted by the PCC in August to Mid Sussex District Council and the diocese of Chichester respectively. Planning permission is needed because the proposal is “development”. A faculty is needed because nothing can be done affecting the interior or exterior of a church or its environs without the ecclesiastical equivalent of listed building consent.
5.Planning permission for “Erection of Steel/Wrought Iron Handrails to Three Flights of External Stone Steps on Path from The Street via Lychgate to Improve Accessibility to all Users of the Church and Churchyard” was granted by Decision Notice from Mid Sussex DC dated 18 Sep 2018, ref DM/18/3236. This is subject to the usual conditions that the development shall be begun within three years and that no materials be used other than shown in the submitted drawings.
6.The required faculty is however proving to be more of a challenge. A body known as the diocesan advisory committee (DAC), made up of experts in their field, did not like the scheme as originally presented but has recently said it will not object to a faculty. The PCC is now obliged to petition for a faculty, a procedure which first requires publicising the project (notwithstanding that the planning application was itself publicised) and then submitting supporting information to Chichester Registry for decision by the Chancellor. This convoluted and time -consuming procedure could yet take a couple of months and the outcome not guaranteed.
7.The PCC must of course have the necessary consents in place before proceeding.
8.One quote is to hand thus far from Burrows Lea Forge Ltd of Shere, Surrey: £6,405 plus vat. Blacksmiths skilled in this type of work have to be approved by the diocese. A second quote is awaited from Michael Hart of Cranbrook, Kent. The work must comply strictly with the architect’s specification.
9.The PCC has to rely on fund-raising for a project of this kind. Various grants have been investigated. Bolney Parish Council has generously offered £1,000 from its limited resources. Mid Sussex District Council has approved a Community and Economic Development grant of £2,500 as a contribution, subject to certain conditions. West Sussex County Council operates a crowdfunding site known as West Sussex Crowd for its Community Initiative Fund. The PCC has successfully passed the verification stage; however, a commitment to match fund has been deferred by WSCC to its next meeting in March 2019. The intention is that the PCC secures pledges to the value of 50% of the cost and WSCC meets the balance.
10.The PCC is budgeting for £10,490. This surprisingly high figure comprises (1) architect’s fee (paid) £1,950, (2) contractor’s quote incl vat £7,686, (3) contingency say £500, (4) SpaceHive fee £350. Allowing for grants of £3,500, and assuming WSCC will come up with 50%, the PCC needs to secure pledges worth in aggregate £1,745.
11.Individuals and local businesses interested in supporting the PCC over this project are invited to make a pledge of any amount however modest. There is a link to the site via www.stmarymagdalenebolney.com or direct to Spacehive : search for “Helping Hand” project.
12.The PCC will gladly provide further information on the above and answer queries. It much appreciates any support for the project.
Susan Ayres and Tim Hutchings as churchwardens for Bolney PCC 03.11.2018
coldAlert is a free service for Sussex residents, which alerts you to severe cold weather events before they happen.
coldAlerts are sent directly to you 24 to 48 hours before a cold weather event is expected. You can choose how you receive coldAlerts either via mobile App, text, automated voice message (to your home phone) or by email – it’s easy and free!
Receiving a coldAlert can help you prepare by prompting you to heating your home, to stock up on supplies of hot food and drinks and medication, it can also act as a reminder to wear extra layers of clothing when going outside in the forecast cold conditions.
Who should register for coldAlerts? Carers of elderly relatives or friends, parents of young children and people with health conditions (e.g. arthritis, heart or lung conditions) that worsen in severe cold weather, could benefit from receiving coldAlerts. To receive coldAlerts simply download the airAlert App (from the App Store or Google Play and subscribe to the coldAlert service), register at http://www.coldalert.info/ or call us on 01273 484337.
The service is managed by the Sussex Air Quality Partnership www.sussex-air.net and funded by the Sussex local authorities & Public Health.
Community Project – Handrails for the lychgate steps
Bolney Parochial Church Council have set in motion plans to erect handrails up the lychgate steps which are long overdue. As you will all be aware there are public footpaths running through the churchyard which many of us make use of, particularly school children, parents and walkers.
Planning permission has already been granted.
We have registered with the Community Initiative Fund via West Sussex Crowd to which you are all invited to make a pledge. We are encouraged to raise 50% in pledges and then WSCC will consider the remaining funding.
We are looking to raise £5,250.00 in pledges. The total cost of the project is approximately £10,500.00. Please follow this link to see what is intended. We would be most grateful if you feel able to make a pledge to something that will benefit the whole community.
Rawson Hall 11am to 3pm – Please join Bolney Local History Society for the launch of Patrick George’s book ‘Bolney & The Great War’, at 11am, and afterwards for refreshments – ALL WELCOME! There will be an opportunity to buy a copy (signed if you wish).
NOTICE IS hereby given that in pursuance of the provisions of Section 14(2) of the Road Traffic Regulation Act, 1984, as amended, the use of (and parking on) Foxhole Lane, Bolney from junction with Lodge Lane to junction with Cowfold Road is temporarily prohibited from 07/11/18 at 08:00 until 08/11/18 at 18:00.
The restriction will be in place day-time only between 08:00 – 18:00.
This closure is necessary to allow Balfour Beatty on behalf of West Sussex County Council to undertake carriageway patching.
Emergency vehicle, Residential and Pedestrian access will be maintained at all times
The alternative route for traffic will be signed via Foxhole Lane, Lodge Lane, The Street, Cowfold Road and vice versa.
This restriction will be effective for a maximum of 5 days from the start date given above
Any queries about the effect of the closure on traffic using the highway please contact West Sussex County Council on 01243 642105
Any queries about the works please contact West Sussex County Council on 01243 642105.