New Parish Council Chairman
After seven years, Mr Ian Heustice has decided to stand down as Chairman, although he remains a Parish Councillor. He has been replaced by Mr Adrian Revill, the previous Vice-chairman and Mrs Judith Macdonald-Lawson has become Vice-chairman. Mr Heustice chaired seven very active years for the Parish Council, with issues such as King Edward VII re-development, the formation of the South Downs National Park, the opening, and partial closing again, of the Ruins, to name but a few, on his agenda.
Annual Village Meeting
Our very successful Annual Village Meeting was attended by over 90 people this year, almost completely filling the Refectory. Under discussion was the acquisition by the Parish Council of the former playing field at the Midhurst Rother Academy site in Wheelbarrow Castle. The Parish Council plans to make this site available for village community uses such as fetes, barbecues, recreation and informal sporting activities, as well as it being a public green space. There may also be the opportunity to move the children’s playground to the site, funding permitting. Also under discussion was the idea of building a village hall on the site. The public’s input into the meeting was invaluable and we will continue to involve village residents in our future plans.
Annual Village Spring Clean
Sixteen willing volunteers, including Councillors and members of the public, gave the village its annual “litter pick”, filling over 20 bags of rubbish. Our sincere thanks to the people who gave their time to keep the village looking neat and tidy. Drinks at the White Horse were enjoyed by all at the end of evening!
Car Parking in Midhurst
The car park adjacent to the Royal Mail sorting office is no longer ‘permit holders only’ but has become a ‘pay and display’ area. Parking at the Midhurst Rother College site is available at weekends and during the school holidays.
Following the total lack of support from West Sussex County Council in distributing the sand/grit bags we were promised, during the snowy period last January, we have made alternative arrangements for the future. We now have these bags stored at the Cowdray Estate Yard and they will be distributed by the Estate when, and where, required. For this arrangement we are extremely grateful to the Cowdray Estate.
The next Parish Council meeting will be held on Wednesday 10th July 2013, at 7.30pm in the Refectory. All are welcome.
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