CHICHESTER DISTRICT COUNCIL URBANISES RURAL VILLAGES WITH 2,194 HOUSING ALLOCATION!
Chichester District Council has unilaterally identified swathes of productive agricultural land for housing development consuming villages across the north of the district. The Housing and Economic Land Availability Assessment document, released a few weeks ago, has mobilised residents and Parish Councils who are enraged at the report.
Full release attached.
Kirdford Parish Council Response to the Government White Paper: Planning for the Future
Small rural community from before the Doomsday
Book, about to face a 21st century Doomsday future!
THE GOVERNMENT PLANNING WHITE PAPER “PLANNING FOR THE FUTURE” AND CHICHESTER DISTRICT COUNCIL’S HELAA (HOUSING AND ECONOMIC LAND AVAILABILITY ASSESSMENT) WILL DESTROY VILLAGES
Finally - the playground is done!
After many years of trials and tribulations, the final part of the playground equipment was fitted today. It took over a year to get the permission from the National Trust to have our old playground equipment replaced, once the Council had that permission, the various items were ordered.
Everything was delivered last autumn, but the terrible weather delayed the project again, it was decided to continue in the spring....
Just as the matting was being laid, Covid19 hit, and we had to stop again. In the 6 months of the pandemic, the crow's nest swing went missing, therefore we had to order another one, this has just arrived and Cllr Tony Piedade and Cllr Tony Brooks fitted it.
It is all finished - enjoy!
Speeding through the village
As a Parish Council, we are regularly contacted regarding the speed of vehicles travelling through the village or anti social driving. It is an item that comes up often in our Parish Council Meetings (you are always invited, we display the agendas on the Parish Council Noticeboards and on this website).
I wanted to give an update of where we, the Parish Council, are at the moment with this issue. We have discussed the problem with the Highways Department of Chichester District Council and hope to be implementing a speed survey in the near future. We are also investigating the following options.
- Speed bumps - this is not an option according to Highways as they cause vibration in the ground and extra noise.
- Speed indication signs - these show the driver what speed they are doing in a 30mph area. They are easily erected in various parts of the village and we have identified, together with Highways, the optimum location for the signs - we are currently getting prices.
- Village signs - usually white or wood gates either side of the highway, with the Kirdford Village sign on them, indicating to a driver that they are entering the village. We have also identified with Highways, where we can place the gates - we are currently getting prices.
- Adding a 40mph limit before entering the village - again this is not an option according to Highways as they are governed by legislation with regards to number of houses, density, etc.
Another option to reduce speeding through the village, is the formation of a Parish Traffic Group, this is a group of volunteers that stand at fixed locations and measure the speed of vehicles going past them. Any vehicles travelling in excess of the speed limit are noted and the Police informed via a website. The Police will then take action, especially in the case of re-offenders. The Parish Council are happy to support such a group and contribute towards the equipment needed. Please reach out to us if you would like to form one. There are already groups in Wisborough Green and Ifold.
With regards to antisocial driving outside of the village, the Parish Council are powerless to take any action, we can only recommend that if you experience any dangerous or antisocial driving, you should note the registration number of the vehicle and report it to the Police yourself.
Cllr Tony Brooks
Kirdford Bonfire Night Cancelled
Kirdford Parish Council is very sorry to announce that this year’s fireworks display and bonfire has been cancelled. It is simply not possible to safely run this event whilst working to the current guidelines and laws, as well as protecting our volunteers, contractors and the general public.
The Parish Council gave careful consideration to this at its meeting on 21 September. We very much hope the fireworks display will be back in 2021.
Please be aware that residents should not put there combustible waste on Butts Common this year, if you do so it will be considered fly tipping and you may be prosecuted.
NOTICE OF PUBLIC RIGHTS AND PUBLICATION OF UNAUDITED ANNUAL GOVERNANCE & ACCOUNTABILITY RETURN ACCOUNTS FOR THE YEAR ENDED 31 MARCH 2020
NOTICE OF PUBLIC RIGHTS AND PUBLICATION OF UNAUDITED ANNUAL GOVERNANCE & ACCOUNTABILITY RETURN
ACCOUNTS FOR THE YEAR ENDED 31 MARCH 2020
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
5. This announcement is made by Lynne Brooks RFO Kirdford Parish Council