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South Downs National Park Authority, Pre-Submission South Downs Local Plan -posted 4 October 2017
The Pre-Submission Local Plan Public Consultation is now open. More details can be found on the Local Plan webpage https://www.southdowns.gov.uk/planning/national-park-local-plan/
If you would like to respond, please use the consultation system - https://consult.southdowns.gov.uk/consult.ti/system/home 

This is your final chance to have your say on the Local Plan before it is submitted to the Government in 2018.
This is the first Local Plan to cover the entire South Downs National Park. It sets out 96 policies which will be used to determine planning application in the South Downs National Park - including a number of land allocations for development. 

While the consultation is mainly looking at the soundness of the plan, every comment will be passed, exactly as submitted, to the Planning Inspectorate who will respond to them as part of their examination into the Local Plan.

Wealden Buildings Study Group - posted 30 August 2017
The Wealden Buildings Study Group are offering individual householders the opportunity, via their website enquiry form, to understand more about the history of their home and request an initial visit by a member to assess their building. This could then lead to a Group visit which would result in a short written report of their conclusions.
For more information, read the PDF or visit their website.

Setting up a Community Speed Watch (CSW) Group - posted 26 July 2017
Since discussing the busy A285 at the Village Meeting in May, 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.
The Parish Council have spoken to Sussex Police and they are keen to support a Duncton group and have agreed to loan us their speed calming equipment.
Our nearest CSW groups are Petworth and Halnaker but there are no groups monitoring the A285 in the Duncton area so it makes sense that a new Duncton CSW group is set up. Once registered the group will be able to book out the equipment and use as often or as little as they like.
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

Duncton Parish Council are happy to support and lead the initiative but it requires willing villagers to volunteer and become part of the group as without enough support from the village, the initiative can’t go ahead.
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

Chichester Warm Homes scheme will continue helping vulnerable residents this winter - posted 20 July 2017
Low income households across Chichester District who are worried about how to heat their home, either because they have inefficient central heating or none at all, can now receive help. Chichester District Council’s Warm Homes Initiative can provide financial assistance for an energy efficient heating system for the whole house and thermal insulation. The resident doesn’t need to pay anything up front, the cost is repaid when the house gets sold, whenever that may be.
For more information and to apply, residents should contact the Chichester Wellbeing Team on 01243 521041 and ask to speak to their energy advisors, Jo Williamson or Emma Pagett.

DUNCTON VILLAGE MEETING 23 MAY: KEY POINTS - posted 6 June 2017
Thank you to those who attended the village meeting - we had circa 50 residents in attendance which is great.
Click here to read a quick synopsis of the meeting and useful follow up contact information.

Duncton View Point Clearance & Fly tipping - posted 16 February 2017
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 - posted 7 October 2016
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