Earnley Parish Council is looking for a New Parish Councillor with energy!



  • Do you want to be involved in your community?
  • Have you got spare time to give?
  • Are you Enthusiastic and willing to make a difference?

The Parish Council intends to co-opt a person to fill a vacancy on the council.

Please apply in writing with a short description of why you are interested in being part of the parish council to:

Mrs Louise Chater, Parish Clerk, 1 Charlmead, East Wittering, Chichester, West Sussex, PO20 8DN

Tel:           01243 203040


Skype:      earnley.pc

See www.earnleypc.org to find out what we have been up to….

Closing date: Monday 4th July 2016

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If so please send your email address to the parish clerk at

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Election Nomination Packs Available

If you are interested in standing for election the nomination packs are now available for collection from the Clerk.  If you would like further information please call 01243 203040

Do you want to find out what is involved in becoming a local councillor?

Birdham Parish Council is holding an event

in Birdham Village Hall

on the 30th March 2015 at 7pm

to which all residents across the Manhood are invited to tell you all about

What your local council does

The role of a Local Councillor

 How to get involved

If you would like to make a difference and be involved in shaping the future of the local community, why not stand for election?





Footpath Closure


Road Traffic Regulation Act Temporary Closure Notice


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

EARNLEY: PUBLIC FOOTPATH NO. 52 as shown on the map below.

The path closure is necessary to protect public safety whilst the Environment Agency replace the damaged culvert under the footpath works.

Use is temporarily prohibited with effect from 5th March 2015.

There are alternative routes available using the public rights of way network to the north FP50 and FP51.

Map of closed route

This Notice will be effective for 10 days from the date given above

Contact telephone numbers: Public Rights of Way Team (WSCC) (01243) 777620

Date: 13th February 2015

Ref.: RL/RW/FP52


Are you registered to vote?

The National and Local elections are due to be held on 7th May 2015; are you registered to vote?

If you have recently moved house you may not be.

Register at www.gov.uk/register-to-vote it only takes two or three minutes  you will need your national insurance number.  If you have lost your national insurance number you can visit www.gov.uk/lost-my-national-insurance-number


West Sussex County Council – Participatory Budgeting

Local residents in the South Chichester area are being reminded to take part in a funding pilot aimed at involving communities more in deciding how a local grant scheme is allocated.

South Chichester County Local Committee (CLC) is taking part in a participatory budging pilot scheme to help it decide how to allocate its remaining Community Initiative Fund for the 2014/15 financial year.

Committee Chairman Margaret Evans said: “We’d love for residents in the southern part of the Chichester District to take part in this pilot and tell us which organisation they think we should allocate our money to. There are voting terminals in local libraries and an online poll which can also be found via our Facebook page.”

Voting terminals are in place at Chichester and Selsey libraries until Saturday 21 February 2015. The online poll will be live until this date too.

Results of the poll will be taken into consideration when the Committee decides to whom they award the CIF grants at the last South Chichester CLC meeting for the financial year, which will be held on Tuesday 10 March from 7.00pm at County Hall, Chichester.’

Surface Water Management Plan

The latest Surface Water Management Plan Newsletter is now available. Please use this link to access it.

Almodington Flood Relief: Newsletter No.1

We are pleased to announce that approval has just been given for some major flood relief works to commence in Almodington in February 2015.  Phase One of the project will involve works on the Grange Rife, which runs from just north of First Avenue to the new outflow at Medmerry.  Work will start at the downstream end and work upstream and will include the following works:

  • Digging out the existing Grange Rife and clearing blockages
  • Re-grading the Rife so that faster water flow is facilitated
  • Removing culverts that are impeding water flow
  • Replacing culverts that are damaged or of limited capacity
  • Jetting of existing culverts that are to be retained.

The work will be carried out and funded by the Environment Agency (EA).  Because the Grange Rife is legally a main river, the EA have responsibility, although their powers are only “permissive”, that is to say they do not have to do the work.  The ultimate responsible lies with the “riparian owner”, meaning the owner of the land through which the Grange Rife flows.  If the Rife forms the boundary between two properties then the two owners share the responsibility for maintenance.  Because of the history of flooding and the clear benefit to the whole community, on this occasion the EA have decided to fund and manage the whole project.

The Birdham & Earnley Flood Prevention Group (FPG) have received a sizeable sum of money from the County Council’s Operation Watershed fund and the plan is to use this money to divert some of the water that currently flows in the Grange Rife away from Almodington Village and the lanes that run through it.  This will form Phase Two of the project.  Nothing is certain yet because we are awaiting the results of studies to be carried out by the EA.  Watch this space!

All the landowners directly affected by Phase One have been personally contacted by members of the FPG.  They will shortly be receiving a formal letter of notification from the EA.

If you have any queries or want to discuss the matter further, please contact either:

Robert Carey, Chairman of the Birdham & Earnley Flood Prevention Group –

Andries de Vaal, Chairman of The Almodington Association (TAA) –

The members of the FPG and the TAA will work closely with all residents affected to ensure that disruption is kept to a minimum and that we achieve a successful outcome.


Land South of Clappers Lane – Appeal Decision

You will be pleased to know that the Planning Inspectorate dismissed the appeal for 160 properties for  planning application EWB/14/00457/OUT.  Please use the link to read the decision.


However, this is not the end of the story the applicants have already submitted an appeal for non-determination for the planning application EWB/00457/OUT for 110 properties on the same site.  The Parish Council has already submitted its objection to this application.

However, this is not the end of the story; Wates have put in a replacement planning application for 110 dwellings on the same Clappers Lane site, which will in due course be considered by the District Council Planning Committee. The Consortium will make its views known.