Petition – to prevent funding being withdrawn

For 90 years the Government has supported rural people and communities through providing a financial contribution towards the work of AirS and our sister organisations in the ACRE network (Action with Communities in Rural England). Defra are now considering complete withdrawal of funding.


Our national association ACRE have initiated an online petition to get some momentum behind continued support for the Rural Community Council and ACRE network – that is AirS in Sussex. This is the link :


To stop supporting our work is symptomatic of a reluctance to understand rural social issues, especially for the most vulnerable in rural communities.

We urge you to please sign the petition and copy this email on to others on your Parish Council and also organisations within your village asking for their support too.


Once we get 10,000 signatures Defra have to publish a response.  When we get to 100,000 signatures it triggers the process for a debate in the House of Commons.


Please sign and copy this email on to all available contacts.


Thank you for your help.




—————————————- Jeremy Leggett

Chief Executive Direct Line: 01273 407331

Action in rural Sussex

Sussex House

212 High Street


East Sussex


Tree Planting at Medmerry

Peter Hughes the RSPB Warden at Medmerry has told me that he is just about to take delivery of 500 bare root trees for planting on the reserve around Earnley.

We are arranging to do this work over two days – Thursday 8th and Friday 9th  January. We will meet up at the Drove Lane car park at 10 :00 am. We won’t be far away and should be visible from the main track if you can’t make the 10 am start.

If you are able to come on any of these days, even for a short while, please bring gardening type cloves, sturdy footwear and appropriate clothing. If you have a spade please bring that too!!  If you don’t have a spade, don’t worry  Pete has a few spare ones. Please also bring your own food and drink.

What an opportunity to get some fresh air and if you are like me, work off all the excess food I am planning on eating over the festivities !!!

Please let me know if you are able to attend and on which days

Safer West Sussex Survey

The Safer West Sussex Partnership annual survey is now available on the County Council web pages. The survey has been devised by the Better Communities Team on behalf of the partnership and is an important barometer of resident views on crime & disorder.   Please take a few moments to complete the survey.

Road Closure – Highleigh Road Sidlesham




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

Highleigh Road, Sidlesham is temporarily prohibited from 27th November 2014

This closure is necessary to allow jetting to safely take place.

It is anticipated the works will be completed in 1 day.

Residential/Pedestrian/Emergency access will be maintained.

This notice will be effective for a maximum of 5 days from the date given above.

Any queries about the nature of the works or the effect of the closure on traffic using the highway please contact the West Sussex Contact Centre on 01243 642105.

Dated 13th November 2014

Geoff Mee

Head of Highways and Transport


WSCC Surface Water Management Newsletter

Every two months an update newsletter will be circulated to keep communities informed of the progress of the studies and outlining forthcoming activity to develop a set of plans to manage issues that contribute to flooding in high-risk catchments within the County.

Issue 2 – WSCC Surface Water Management Plans Newsletter October 2014

Issue 1 – WSCC Surface Water Management Plans Newsletter June 2014 (1)

Carriageway Resurfacing

Dear Residents,



Your Parish Council has been working with West Sussex Highways to have the road to the north and east of Earnley  Church resurfaced.

This road which has been very badly pot holed for a number of years will be resurfaced in a gravel coloured tarmac so as to be sympathetic to its location right in the centre of the Earnley Conservation Area.

Work is due to start on Tuesday 21st October and last for one day. This scheduling might change due to weather conditions etc.

For further information please see these links:





Planning Issues

East Wittering and Bracklesham Neighbourhood Plan Group has set up an e-petition (  with regard to the Wates Proposal to request the Local Plan figures for East Wittering and Bracklesham be increased from 100 to 500 (yes that is correct 500) new properties.  The Local Plan Inspector will be reviewing this matter on 6th November.  The District Council considered that 100 properties during the life time of the plan would not adversely affect the quality of life of the residents in the area.  All the parish council’s have joined together to fight these proposals in addition to the planning appeal for 160 properties in Clappers Lane.   Please note that Wates have submitted a further planning application which they have recently reduced from 140 to 110 properties on the same site as the appeal site even though they have give a different site name – please take the time to review this application and submit your comments to the District Council


West Sussex County Council’s – What matters to you? survey

In February 2015 West Sussex County Council will set its budget for the forthcoming year.

Over the next seven weeks the council will be embarking on a county wide consultation asking people what matters to them when it comes to what council services are most important to them and how much council tax they are willing to pay to fund them.

The survey is available online at or paper copies can be picked up from our libraries and children and family centres.

The Land Settlement Film Show

Sidlesham Past and Present


The Land Settlement Film Show


Monday 22nd September



Village Hall in Crooked Lane.


You are invited to join members of The Birdham History Society to see two films (1937 & 1976) which will explain why the establishment of The Land Settlement Association in Sidlesham was a historically significant event both nationally and locally.


Sidlesham has received Lottery Funding to develop a heritage trail which will celebrate and commemorate the development of the LSA. In 1936 three farms were compulsorily purchased and 118 smallholdings created. Most of the original smallholdings remain today, along with the packing shed, the propagation unit, two community huts and the extension to the school. But we need your stories to bring the heritage trail to life . . . . . .


  • In 1937 tenants were reprimanded for eating too many eggs which reduced the profits of the LSA.
  • In 1956 acres of glasshouses were destroyed by a whirlwind.
  • In 1985 at the closure auction you could have bought a tractor or a pair of wellington boots.


Are you related to an original settler?

Did you work on one of the smallholdings?

Did you have a weekend or holiday job at the packing shed?


Further information available from:

Bill Martin (01242 641154)


PCC launches public consultation on dealing with anti-social behaviour

The county’s Police and Crime Commissioner, Katy Bourne, has launched a public consultation today (Monday 28 July) inviting residents to have their say on how people who commit anti-social behaviour (ASB) are dealt with.

Community remedy, which is part of the Anti-social Behaviour, Crime and Policing Act (2014), is designed to introduce simpler and more effective powers for tackling lower level crimes. It is also designed to provide victims, should they want it, a say in how an offender will make amends for the matter if the crime warrants an out of court settlement.

From October this year victims of crime will be able to choose from a list of options and police officers will be responsible for ensuring the reparation is administered. This may include compensation for damage caused or repairing the damage themselves, such as removing graffiti.

Mrs Bourne is seeking the opinions of residents and partners on what these options should be in Sussex, to ensure they reflect the views of local people and businesses.

Once the consultation is completed the Commissioner will work with Sussex Police to develop a community remedy that both reflects the wishes of local people and is practical, effective and proportionate.

Commenting on the consultation Mrs Bourne said: “This new legislation supports the priorities in the Sussex Police & Crime Plan, which sets out a more locally-driven and victim-centred approach to criminal justice.

The results of a recent poll on my website showed that anti-social behaviour is one of the biggest concerns for local people, with littering, drug and alcohol misuse, and inconsiderate driving and parking topping the list of issues local people are experiencing most often.

“I am determined to ensure that the community remedy in Sussex reflects the views of local people. Policing and crime in Sussex is everybody’s business and I urge as many people as possible to have their say by responding to the consultation.”

The consultation will close at midnight on 30 September 2014. A survey can be completed online at, which gives respondents a list of options to consider as well as space for further suggestions.

Hard copies are being distributed at a number of public engagement events around the county and can also be requested from the Commissioner’s office by calling 01273 481561 or in writing to: Office of the Sussex Police & Crime Commissioner, Sackville House, Brooks Close, Lewes, East Sussex, BN7 2FZ.