“Level 3 Heat Warning” Issued by WSCC

Residents in West Sussex are being advised to take precautions with heatwave conditions continuing this week, according to the Met Office.

A Heat Health Watch Level 3 has been issued for the South East from today (2 July) until tomorrow night, with highs of 31˚C during the day, and 16˚C expected overnight.

High temperatures are then expected to continue into the weekend.

Some tips on how to cope in the hot weather are:
• avoid getting too hot in the first place – keep windows closed if it is cooler inside, close curtains or blinds. Open windows again when it starts to get cooler outside and temperatures drop but be mindful of security
• check your home’s thermostat or thermometer to see how hot your home is getting
• have plenty of cold drinks and avoid alcohol
• have regular cool baths and showers
• avoid being outside during the hottest part of the day (11am to 3pm), stay in the shade and avoid strenuous activity
• wear appropriate cool, light clothing and a hat
• when going outside, make sure you and your family use sun cream at all times to protect your skin

For more advice, you can visit our Safer Seasons page.

Speedwatch Goes Live in July

The Scheme is now live for our three villages. The Police have signed off the two sites for the operation in Coldwaltham and Watersfield, as “approved” and we are hoping to get a site approved within the 40mph section of the A29 in Bury.

We have eight volunteers, but will need more, as it will be important to ‘spread the load’ across each village.

If you would like to join the Scheme, please go to the web site noted above and have a look at the way that it operates. There are now more than 500 groups across the South East. It is required that volunteers do a little bit of ‘training and testing” before they are officially signed up; this can all be done on line, at home.

If you wish to get in touch with me to volunteer your services, please contact our Parish Clerk, via the Parish Council, who will put you in touch. E-mail is the quickest way to find me.

We shall probably begin operations in July, so you might like to warn friends and visitors that we are going to do this, on a regular basis. Until then, I hope that we will be do some “practice” observations to see that we can  track both speeds and recognise car (and bike) registration plates. We have a very neat “radar” to do this.

This does not mean that the Police radar “Van” will cease operations, but their presence is inevitably limited, so we will be operating at different times of the day to complement this.

The Parish Council has supported the purchase of this equipment, and we are hoping to gain some additional funding from SDNP.

We hope this scheme will also support the work of our School Crossing operator in persuading drivers that “Speed Limits” are there for everyone’s safety.

John Evans


Pot Hole Repairs

West Sussex County Council has advised that Balfour Beatty is due to carry out pot-hole repairs to the following:

Sandy Lane – (from London Road to Stane Street Cottage) on 5th June between 9.30am and 3.00pm
Kings Lane – (from Old London Road to Fulbrook) on 6th June between 9.30am and 3.00pm

Any queries please contact West Sussex County Council on 01243 642105.

Coldwatham Parish Council’s Comment regarding the SDNPA Development Brief

Coldwaltham Parish Council Response to the Draft Development Brief for Coldwaltham.

We do not, as a Parish Council, support any large developments in the village as we clearly expressed in our submission to the Local Plan. We understand that this development brief will be swiftly abandoned if the Local Plan is not agreed and would welcome confirmation of this. We note the photographs used in this development brief do the site little justice; there are more positive views available.

There are a number of confusing and contradictory statements in the development brief. We would like it to be amended to show:

  1. A written confirmation of the maximum number of houses and commitment to 50% social housing requirement. Pages 39 and 46 (para 42) both refer to a mix of market and affordable homes, but there is no quantification.
  1. Clarity over the settlement boundary line, will it be a ‘full stop’ or a ‘feathered’ edge. We would appreciate some clarity over the location and scale of non-residential parking, for both the new open space and the shop. Page 47 (para 48) says the layout must create a ‘full stop’ at the settlement edge; para 47 says dwellings on the edge should be informally arranged.
  1. An assessment of the impact on the landscape. The strong relationship to the South Downs from this site means houses should not be obscuring it. There should be no linear arrangement of houses restricting views across to the Downs from the A29. All development proposals should be subject to viewsheds to show impact on views. Page 46-7 (para 47) advocates a linear arrangement of houses along the A29; page 45 (para 36) says they need to be placed to retain views from the A29 into the site and across the Arun Valley.
  1. An agreed plan for the remaining land with appropriate guarantees to prevent any further development of the open space part of the site in perpetuity. This must include a commitment from the SDNPA for a long-term sustainable solution to the management of this important area. Currently this is not a role that the present PC could envisage taking on although the PC would like to be part of any future discussions. There is no detail over costs or how this might be funded.

The development brief should make clear that there will be a planning condition requiring no development to be undertaken until a sustainable management plan for the public open space has been agreed by the SDNPA. Pages 44-5 (paras 23, 26, and 28) highlight the need for management but not the means for delivering it.

  1. A sustained commitment to the ‘Dark Skies’ policy, no ‘buts’ on this, including shop lights. We have no street lighting in our Parish and we do not want any, including ‘bollard’ lighting. Page 44 para 17
  1. An enthusiasm to consult with the local community on all future developments. This would include using evidence based local views on environmental impact, design and access and parking and disabled access.
  1. A commitment to honour environmental assessments and consequential changes to the site arising from these assessments. This should include impact on housing design, use of solar panels and footpaths. The brief also needs to recognise and address the environmental and ecological reservations about this site we understand to have been submitted to the SDNPA by the Sussex Wildlife Trust, the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds, and Natural England.
  1. With 25-30 homes, the development apparently comes within the guideline that there should be more than one vehicle access, but it remains unclear how if at all this aim could be met. The guideline is invoked on page 14 (para 4c) but no second vehicle access appears on pages 45-6 (paras 38-41).
  1. A commitment to road safety by the SDNPA through a planning condition that no development should proceed on the South side of the A29 without prior agreement with West Sussex Highways to provide a new crossing for residents to access the school, Sandham Hall / Church etc. on the other side of the A29.
  1. Support for our current Post office based in Sandham Hall. We wish for the sub-PO to remain where it currently is and not be part of any new shop.

We welcome the consultation opportunity and have some strong views on the proposal.

Coldwaltham Parish Council

20th April 2018


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