WEST SUSSEX COUNTY COUNCIL NEWS RELEASE – 09 January 2023
Hard work continues to find solutions following A29 Pulborough landslide
Highways teams continue their hard work to find solutions to the complex situation following the A29 Pulborough landslide, when an embankment collapsed.
Every effort is being made to ensure the stretch of the A29 impacted by the collapse (on December 28, 2022) is safe so it can be re-opened as soon as possible.
A West Sussex County Council spokesperson said: “Our Highways teams continue to work hard to progress a solution so that this stretch of the A29 at Pulborough can be reopened as soon as possible.
“The landslide occurred at the narrowest part of the A29, where both sides are flanked by steep embankments. Safety is always our top priority and geotechnical experts have assessed the embankments along this section of the A29 and advised it is not safe to reopen the road to vehicles and pedestrians.
“We cannot currently advise on timescales for reopening as the assessments, investigations and solutions are complex and involve our continuing dialog with the landowners involved.
“Meanwhile, we have improved the diversion route signage, including electronic signs at key locations, and would reiterate our appeal to road users to please use the signed diversion route and take heed of the “road closed” signs and barriers which are there for everyone’s safety.”
Every once in a while, our Parish faces some new development that raises a range of conflicting responses from many different angles. With this note, we want to bring to your attention the need to check the SDNP Planning Portal (Click Here) .
You will all be aware that recent discussions about possible plans to develop the area south of Brookview, by Barlavington Estate have brought to the surface other suggested sites for various levels of housing development. This week we have been made aware that a planning application has appeared on the SDNP Planning Portal for land on the south side of Waltham Park Road. It appears to be for 16 houses, but we are not sure of the detail of this, as yet, in terms of any housing ‘mix’. The reference is SDNP/21/00627/OUT.
The Parish Council will produce its own response to this, and we urge you to communicate your views – as briefly as possible – to the Parish Clerk via our website, as soon as possible. Please feel free to make your own responses within the Consultation process on the SDNP Planning Portal. Please ensure you make your responses within the time limit indicated by the SDNP.
During this lockdown period, it is clearly not appropriate to set up a Parish face-to-face meeting to hear your views, so please watch for emails that may indicate/propose an open “Zoom” meeting to hear all your views. In addition, please pass this note and information on to your neighbours and friends, in case they are not e-mail connected. It is also possible to leave a written response in an envelope with the SMVH Sub-Post office and it will be picked up by the Parish Council.
Coldwaltham Parish Council
23rd Feb 2021
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From Sebastian Anstruther, Barlavington Estates, who has asked the Parish Council to share this information with parishioners and residents.
“Barlavington Estate has been working on a Whole Estate Plan for the past 12 months and they would like to share some of their thinking with local residents. Asking for any feedback that residents might want to offer prior to producing the plan for review and consideration by the National Park Authority.
In a world without Covid-19 they would have set up an exhibition in a local village hall and invited residents of Coldwaltham to attend. Clearly that is not going to be possible so instead they have arranged to post this information online. The information is being hosted by their consultants, Rural Solutions, on a private part of their website. Barlavington Estate plan for the information (and associated feedback form) to be available for a six-week period, starting from 11th January.
To access the information please use the url https://ruralsolutions.co.uk/barlavington-estate/
You will be able to view a range of information about the Estate, their work, and the ideas they hope to include in the Whole Estate Plan. Residents will also be able to let Barlavington Estate have comments via the feedback form.
Once this period of online engagement is complete, they will then move towards completing their Whole Estate Plan and submitting it to the South Downs National Park Authority for their review.”
You can find out more about that process via the South Downs National Park website here.
Please note that the A29 at Bury Hill is closed OVERNIGHT not during the day as previously advised.
The temporary closure is scheduled to commence on 11th January 2021 for up to 5 days (It is estimated to be completed on 19th January 2021) and is required for the safety of the public and workforce while West Sussex County Council undertakes Tree Ash Die Back Felling & Clearing Works with works taking place either side of Disused Quarry.
Closure will not be in place at weekends. The restriction will be in place overnight only from 19:00 until 05:00.
An alternative route will be signed on site but please visit https://one.network/?tm=119283551 for more details.
For information regarding this closure please contact West Sussex County Council on 01243 642105 who will able to assist with scope of these works.