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The oak woodland around Great Common has evolved naturally from open Common land and has for some time been in need of thinning. As trees get older and larger, they require more space. This will involve thinning out mainly small spindly trees and occasional large trees where they are in decline or detrimental to other better trees. The ultimate aim is to improve the health and vigour of the remaining trees, whilst still retaining the overall character of the Common. Therefore some trees of unusual shape and some dead trees will be retained for their character and wildlife value. Due to the large amount of public access, paths, sports events and the public road, any trees which pose an unreasonable risk of harm to people will be felled. These will usually be dead or dying trees, but may be decayed trees which still appear to be healthy.

We anticipate starting the work about the 19 August and it is likely to take 2 to 4 weeks. It will be apparent work has commenced when warning signs are erected. As the work progresses, certain paths and sections of the Common will be closed on week days for your safety. There are lots of paths and there will be other routes that will still be open.

We wish you to still enjoy the Common, but please remain aware and keep 2 tree lengths away from any felling and machinery and comply with signs. The work will take place in 5 stages — marking and environmental assessment, some hand sawing to cut out extraction racks and to clear some understorey, the felling, followed by cutting up of the lop and top and then probably a gap before the wood is extracted. The wood will be extracted to behind the parking area, where it may remain for some time before being removed by lorry.

The work will initially have an impact on the look of the woods, but it will soon settle down and the lop and top will decay as part of the natural processes and the vegetation and flowers will grow. The birds love the lop and top to nest in. The timber from the work will be sold as firewood and for oak beams and fencing. This pays for the work, so please don't help yourself and refrain from clim bing on the timber. It is not necessary or feasible to replant after just thinning a woodland because the canopy closes too quickly. Please accept our apologies for any short term inconvenience and noise disturbance. If you wish to discuss this work, please feel free to phone or e-mail me.

Neil Humphris

Leconfield Estate Head Forester 07768 618565 neil@leconfieldestates.co.uk

FSC@ SA-FM/COC- 004807 F07 All timber sold is FSC 100%

                                                                                      AGENTS: SAVILLS - SMITHS GORE    Timber supplied from well managed forests



Kirdford Parish Council



Local Audit and Accountability Act 2014 Sections 26 and 27  

The Accounts and Audit Regulations 2015 (SI 2015/234) 


1. Date of announcement Tuesday 21st July 2020 (a) 

2. Each year the smaller authority’s Annual Governance and Accountability Return (AGAR) needs to be reviewed by an external auditor appointed by Smaller Authorities’ Audit Appointments Ltd.  The unaudited AGAR has been published with this notice. As it has yet to be reviewed by the appointed auditor, it is subject to change as a result of that review.  

Any person interested has the right to inspect and make copies of the accounting records for the financial year to which the audit relates and all books, deeds, contracts, bills, vouchers, receipts and other documents relating to those records must be made available for inspection by any person interested. For the year ended 31 March 2020, these documents will be available on reasonable notice by application to:

Kirdford Parish Council Clerk 

PO Box 437, Kirdford, Billingshurst, West Sussex. RH14 4DE 


commencing on.   Wednesday 22 July 2020  

and ending on      Tuesday 2 September 2020  

3. Local government electors and their representatives also have:

The opportunity to question the appointed auditor about the accounting records; and 

The right to make an objection which concerns a matter in respect of which the appointed auditor could either make a public interest report or apply to the court for a declaration that an item of account is unlawful. Written notice of an objection must first be given to the auditor and a copy sent to the smaller authority. 

The appointed auditor can be contacted at the address in paragraph 4 below for this purpose between the above dates only. 

4. The smaller authority’s AGAR is subject to review by the appointed auditor under the provisions of the Local Audit and Accountability Act 2014, the Accounts and Audit Regulations 2015 and the NAO’s Code of Audit Practice 2015.  The appointed auditor is: 

Moore (Ref RD/hd) 

Rutland House, Minerva Business Park, Lynch Wood, Peterborough 

PE2 6PZ 

5. This announcement is made by Lynne Brooks RFO Kirdford Parish Council 

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