Lights out for WWI

To commemorate the beginning of World War I there is an event to turn out all the lights and to leave one candle burning in a window between 10pm and 11pm on 4th August 2014. For further information please see 

We cannot take legal responsibility for your particpation in LIGHTS OUT.  Please be sensible, please be safe.

Planning in Clappers Lane

Yesterday application 14/00457/OUT went before Chichester District Council Planning Committee who unanimously resolved to oppose the application.  The applicant have already lodged an appeal with the Planning Inspectorate as the District Council had not made its decision within the required time limit.

By opposing the application it means the District Council will be opposing the application on three points:

  1. Density of dwellings
  2. Traffic
  3. Unsustainable in particular the lack of local employment

The Parish Council working with local residents associations will continue to vigorously object to this application.

However, the applicants have already submitted a further application please take the time to review this application  14/01806/OUT and submit your comments.

Broadband Update

By the end of this month, the  first five thousand premises will to be able to be connected to broadband provided through the Better Connected project.

Superfast connection packages are now available from internet service providers from upgraded cabinets connected to exchanges at Bosham, Billingshurst, Fittleworth, Petworth and Siddlesham. Services will soon also be available from upgraded cabinets connected to exchanges at West Chiltington, Storrington, Graffham and Pulborough.

In July West Sussex County Council anticipate that new broadband services will become available from cabinets connected to exchanges at Wisborough Green, Ashington, Bury and Kirdford which will conclude phase one of the roll out.

Network preparation and building is now underway at exchanges in phase two.  Work to extend the existing underground spine and sub ducts has taken place at Bracklesham Bay, Burgess Hill, Chichester, Haywards Heath and Selsey and continues at Birdham, Eastergate and Sutton.

New fibre-holding DSLAM cabinets have been built at Birdham, Bracklesham Bay, Crawley, Haywards Heath, Chichester and Eastergate.  Work has been taking place around Coldwaltham to connect communities to broadband through Fibre to the Premise (FTTP) technology and we anticipate that all new broadband services delivered in phase two via FTTP or upgraded cabinets will become available from this September.

Please do visit for more information.


Annual Parish Meeting

You are invited to
meet your local councillors and share a drink with them
The Annual Meeting
of Parish Electors of Earnley
is to be held on Thursday 29th MAY 2014
in the Community Room
at Bracklesham Barn Beech Avenue PO20 8HU
At 7.00pm
In the coming year, we intend to develop a Community Led Plan but we need your help to guide us.
Representatives from West Sussex County Council & Chichester District Council will be present to help answer your questions. What is important to you and what would you like to see in the future?

There will also be a presentation from the Flood Prevention Group on the work achieved and that to be completed.

We also have an exhibition by Poppy Scott, Home Energy Efficiency Officer, giving advice on Tariff Comparison, Oil Clubs and Energy Efficiency measures.

The evening will begin with the Chairman’s review of your work over the past year, We hope that you can help us to formulate our goals for the coming year.

We look forward to seeing you. If require any further information please do not hesitate to
contact the Parish Clerk.

Temporary Road Closure


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 Bookers Lane, Earnley from outside property Apricot Cottage for a distance of 50m north is temporarily prohibited from 19th May 2014

This closure is necessary to allow construction of a new pre-cast concrete box culvert spanning beneath Bookers Lane.

This notice will be effective for a maximum of 5 days from the date given above and followed by an Order to cover the remaining duration of the works.
Diversion route will be Bookers Lane, Clappers Lane, Bracklesham Lane and vice versa.
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 1st May 2014
Geoff Lowry
Head of Highways and Transport

Temporary Road Closure



Almodington Lane, Bracklesham Bay

 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

Almodington Lane, Bracklesham Bay between Bookers Lane and Eaton Lane is temporarily prohibited from 22nd April 2014.

 This closure is necessary to allow BT safe access to replace telegraph pole

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

Emergency vehicle, Residential and Pedestrian access will be maintained at all times.

 This notice will be effective for a maximum of 5 days from the 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 A-Plant Lux Traffic Control on 0370 0500792

Dated 8th April 2014

Geoff Lowry

Head of Highways and Transport


Flooding in the Parish – Newletter Amendment

To clarify the article on page 4 of the Newsletter, the Bookers Lane Flood Alleviation Scheme is not quite in its “final stage”.  After the completion of the Almodington Lane culvert crossing, it is planned that the Environment Agency will return in late April to complete the building of the channel in the field opposite the houses in Bookers Lane.  The very final stage will be when the County Council contractors return in the summer to build the Bookers Lane road culvert and ford, which will entail the closure of Bookers Lane for 8 to 10 weeks.  This will finally complete the project, which will mean a continuous waterway from Somerley, where the Earnley Rife starts, to the Medmerry outflow to the sea.

We plan to have a formal opening ceremony in the summer, to which you will be invited as well as our local councillors (parish, district and county) and the press.

Robert Carey, Chair Birdham & Earnley Flood Prevention Group.




Sewage Issues – Newsletter amendment

The Parish Council is working with the local District and County Councillors to resolve the many issues relating to the inadequacies of the local sewage network served by the Sidlesham Water Treatment Works. District Councillor Graeme Barrett has registered a formal complaint to the Consumer Council for Water. Local Councillors and Chichester District Council Officers have also met with representatives from Southern Water.

To support the work currently being undertaken by local Councillors on your behalf, residents and businesses in the Parish are requested to provide a catalogue of incidents affecting your properties and businesses over the past couple of years. With this evidence, a clear case can be put to Southern Water from which remedial action can be planned and taken, thus safeguarding your properties in the future.

The problems being experienced by Earnley residents are similar to those of residents in the adjoining Parishes of Birdham, East Wittering/Bracklesham and West Wittering, those served by the Western Sector of the network.

It would be greatly appreciated if you could, as soon as possible, provide examples of incidents affecting your homes or businesses to Southern Water Customer Services   and copy to Consumer Council for Water referencing Incident Reference Number 140103-000019.

Housing Need Survey Report

The Parish Council carried out an housing need survey in December and the results of this survey have now been analysed by Chichester District Council and are available for your information. Housing Need Survey Report

Superfast Broadband – update

To help keep you informed West Sussex County Council have created a new website which includes an interactive map to keep track of what is happening where. As the County Council  begin building the network they can update the map to show where work is being carried out and when broadband services will become available. The website also has information about the benefits of better, faster broadband and helps to put users in touch with broadband suppliers. The website will be live this week.

For more information please do visit the website