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Duncton Hall and Recreation Ground - posted 10th September 2019

The AGM was held on Wednesday, September 4.
Andy Beadsley was re-elected as Treasurer and Alison Pindell Secretary, with Tom Cole agreeing to continue in an acting chairman role. Other Committee members are Peter Thomas, Hilary O’Sullivan and Katharine Minchin, and we are pleased that Louise Exall and Sue Thomas are joining us and will help in organising events. 

The Hall remains in a good position financially. Turnover in the year to May was just under £21k and a modest surplus was generated. However, the important wedding market has slowed, but we were able to attract other hirers to part compensate.

We have continued to progress our Hall improvement programme. Over the past couple of years, we have installed a new floor, new decking and a new fire door, and the hall has been repainted internally. The heating system has been upgraded to allow seven-day programming, and we continue to address various maintenance issues. We will soon have new windows and doors too. We are indebted to Hilary O’Sullivan for her fund-raising efforts and for managing the project. Grants have been secured from the Sussex Community Foundation, Chichester District Council, Lord Egremont’s charity, the Barlavington Estate and Langmead. We are most grateful for their support, and we will be funding the balance from our reserves. Planning permission has been obtained, and an order placed with Ideal Window Solutions of Chichester, with installation scheduled for the autumn. 

The Hall and recreation ground are used for a variety of activities – weddings, family parties, wakes, Pilates, Art, Yoga, toddler groups, elections, camping/caravan clubs, and meetings of the Parish Council, the Catholic Church, the Croquet Club and the local community. Major events over the past year have included a Women's Vote Centenary dance, film and tea in October, the Fireworks and WWI Centenary Beacon in November, and the Duncton Fun Dog show in August.

As to future events, Art, Pilates and Yoga continue in September, there will be a MacMillan Coffee morning on October 4 and the annual Fireworks celebration on November 2. In fact, the Hall has already been booked on 42 days in Q4. We can accommodate more classes and activities, and offer very generous discounts for locals.

We wish to thank a number of people - Andrew Smith for taking on the role of Hall Manager since September 2018; Serena Danby for doing all the cleaning and housekeeping; Alastair Spence for undertaking the ongoing maintenance programme; Andy Gadd for mowing the recreation ground; Helen Brown for gardening; and Dominique Kenneway and the children of Duncton Junior School for producing a splendid colourful artwork which replaced a faded historical map. And of course, all the Committee for giving their time to ensure our valuable community asset is kept in good order and the business managed properly so that this great venue with wonderful views, and easy access, can be used and enjoyed by everyone in the local community.

Andrew Smith will be leaving us in October to move to Eastbourne, so we will be appointing a new Hall Manager. We would also welcome volunteers to organise community and charity events. We can help with the cost, organisation and publicity for any good cause. The Committee meets about four times a year. If you’d like to help let me know (Tom Cole ).

Soft Sand Review Consultation - March 2019
Two potential sites in Duncton have been identified - Coopers Moor and Duncton Common and 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.

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 / 01428 707318

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
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