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Soft Sand Review Consultation - closing date 18th March
The review will consider the supply and demand of soft sand during the plan period to 2033 and how a steady and adequate supply will be maintained, including the potential need for site allocations.

Two potential sites in Duncton have been identified - Coopers Moor and Duncton Common.  

The consultation is open until 18th March and we are encouraging residents to comment. For more information visit the WSCC website 

The Parish Council sent the following comments to WSCC:

Further to our Parish Council meeting on 4th March where the Soft Sand Review was discussed, Duncton Parish Council (DPC) would like to submit the following comments in response to the Soft Sand Review Consultation.

The comments below are in response to question 5 on the Response Form and are concerning the Coopers Moor and Duncton Common sites.

  • The noise, light and air pollution generated by the existing sand pit at Heath End is ongoing and an extension of the current site into these new locations will make the closure, and importantly, the promised regeneration, of the Heath End site less likely.
  • The cumulative social and economic impact of this long-term development on the surrounding area is unjustifiable considering the area has already suffered from mineral extraction at Heath End for a number of decades. 

  • The sand pit is a blot on the landscape in an area of outstanding beauty which is visible from higher ground in the National Park, not least from the viewpoint on Duncton Hill, which the SDNP considers of strategic importance. There would therefore be an unacceptable impact on landscape character. 
  • The level of heavy goods traffic would increase and the dangerous turning from the Graffham Road onto the A285 is not suitable to accommodate large numbers of lorries. 
  • Sites of Special Scientific Interest (SSSIs) have been identified by SDNP rangers in Duncton Common, including rare grasses. 
  • The proposed extraction sites are adjacent to a National Trust conservation area (Lavington Common and Plantation) where extremely rare fauna and flora, including reptiles and birds recognised by the RSPB as endangered species are known to be found.
  • The Serpent Trail, which is a nationally recognised route featured in guide books and popular with walkers, runs through the middle of Duncton Common. It is regularly used for training purposes for the Duke of Edinburgh awards. 

  • The footpaths and key bridle ways running through the common are key links between the surrounding villages into the Petworth area.
  • The local school uses both proposed sites for the formation of forest school leaders and forest school activities with its pupils.
  • The development of the site has the potential to affect the amenity and recreational value of the adjacent areas. 
  • A reduction in the number of visitors to the area would have a severe adverse economic impact on such local businesses as The Cricketers and The Badgers pubs, the Graffham and Redlands campsites and the Heath End Farm shop.
Having lived with the existing sand quarry for many years, Duncton residents are very aware of the impact further developments would have. 

It is clear, moreover, that the extension of the current sand extraction site at Heath End into Coopers Moor and Duncton Common would have severe negative externalities on the lives of our parishioners, the environment, and the local economyAs such, we suggest that the criteria set out by the West Sussex Joint Minerals Local Plan’s Soft Sand Sites Selection Report from January 2019 would require both sites in our Parish to be excluded from consideration for minerals extraction.

Local Elections - 2nd May 
Local Elections are held every 4 years and your existing Parish Council will cease on 7th May. Elections will take place on 2nd May to elect your new Parish Council and we're calling on people who live in the Parish to please consider if they would like to stand and be part of your Parish Council. For more information, click here.

Spring Walk - Wed 20th March, 10;30 
The Spring Walk will be on Wednesday, 20th March, which is also the first day of Spring.
The meeting point will be at the Cricketers from which we shall start walking at 1030hrs promptly. The walk not exceed two and a half hours which will put us back at the pub before one o'clock. The route will include Duncton Mill, Beechwood Lane, Seaford College, part of Lavington Stud and then back to the Cricketers. We do have options on this route to make this best use of hard surfaces if there is much standing water around. I also hope to be able to fit in a short visit to a conservation area towards the end of the walk. I am looking forward to that bit and I hope you will find it interesting too. As usual, a lunch table will be booked at the Cricketers if you wish to stay for a chatty lunch.

Jill and helper will be at the half way point with refreshing (or warming) drinks and a supply of the now mandatory doughnuts - small donations towards these supplies will be grateful received.

John Mayes
01798 368345 (please note this is a new number)

Safety Works to the A285 between A27 and Petworth - posted 7 March 2019
The planned road safety works on the A285 route between the A27 and Petworth are now in full swing and will reach Duncton soon. These works is to provide a ‘safety edge’ where achievable within existing highway constraints along the route. Works are not anticipated to take place within any settlements along the route, should works in these locations be identified communications will be issued. The works will involve localised carriageway widening in places to a maximum of 0.5m on each side and provision of new edge lining, however the width of the running lanes will not be increased, the extra width is to provide a hard strip on the outside of the edge line. The works are being funded by a Department for Transport grant. 
For more information: WSCC Highways

Duncton Community Speed Watch (CSW) Group 
Since discussing the busy A285 at the Village Meeting in May 2017, a few residents have asked the Parish Council about CSW which is an initiative that allows local people to monitor vehicle speeds using speed detection devices. Since then, the Parish Council has helped set up Duncton CSW group and we're looking for volunteers.
Any vehicles recorded speeding as part of CSW is not enforceable, however Sussex Police will send warning letters to registered owners of any vehicles that meet the required threshold when driving over the set speed limit and if there is evidence of repeat or excessive offences, enforcement and prosecution will follow.

Volunteers will need to:
· Take the compulsory eLearning course (approx. 30 mins) and pass a multiple choice quiz at the end. The course can be retaken as many times as are needed.
· Be trained in the practical use of the group's deployable equipment.
· Carry out speed monitoring as and when they can 

This is a practical step that we as a village can take to help reduce excessive speeding and we welcome your thoughts and for volunteers to put themselves forward. 

For further information or to volunteer, please contact: Jane Landstrom, Clerk, Duncton Parish Council
clerk@duncton.org / 01428 707318
www.communityspeedwatch.co.uk

Duncton View Point Clearance & Fly tipping 
During the recent clearance at Duncton View Point, it was shocking and upsetting to see how much rubbish has been and still continues to be, dumped at the site.  To help with this, the Parish Council has installed a bin at the site and will pay for weekly ongoing collections. There is also new signage at the site and future plans to perhaps fence off the slope.
Fly-tipping is the illegal deposit of waste and carries a prison sentence and high fines. Chichester District Council has an enforcement team and is working hard to bring fly tippers to justice. Residents can report fly tipping by going to http://www.chichester.gov.uk/flytipping
The Midhurst and Petworth Observer ran a story on the clearance project - see here and we took lots of photos

"What IF".....There is a Power Cut
Power companies have launched a new national power cut phone line 105 to help people contact their local electricity network company. Callers dialling the free 105 number will be put straight through to their local electricity network operator, avoiding potential confusion or people contacting the wrong organisation. Using the 105 number, electricity customers will be able to report or get information about power cuts and report damage to electricity power lines and substations.
Do you need extra support during a power cut or know someone who does?
This free of charge service provides support to vulnerable people during a power cut.
To find out more information, go to Scottish and Southern Electricity Network and the UK Power Network