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Draft Minerals Plan CoverWest Sussex County Council and the South Downs National Park Authority are working in partnership to prepare a new Joint Minerals Local Plan for West Sussex.  This will replace the existing Minerals Local Plan (2003). Attached is an Update letter providing details of upcoming meetings at which the Proposed Submission Draft Joint Minerals Local Plan will be considered for approval by members.

Further information on the West Sussex Joint Minerals Local Plan can be found at www.westsussex.gov.uk/mwdf.

 

Cocking to get More Gs

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Hill Barn MastUsers of mobile phones in Cocking will be aware that the service provided by EE (formerly Orange) is only a 2G one.  That means that it is fine for telephone calls (when it's working), but not useful for Internet browsing or other more challenging uses such as streaming video.

It seems that all this is due to change following a planning application that EE lodged last March which has just been approved.  As a result, the commpany will be making a major upgrade to the equipment linked to the mast adjacent to Hillbarn Farm, overlooking the village.  That upgrade will enable EE to offer 3G and 4G services in the area.

In its application EE states that "The existing installation provides 2G coverage for EE in the local area, as well as forming part of their wider linked network. The proposed equipment upgrade would enhance the operational effectiveness of the site and would introduce new 3G and 4G services to the EE network, along with 3G services for
H3G.

In addition to enhanced voice and texts services, this will allow customers to use ultra-fast speeds when browsing the internet, streaming videos, or sending emails wherever they are. By providing a  "virtual office environment" there are significant potential benefits in terms of reduced commuting; which is helpful in supporting the sustainable development agenda. It also means faster downloads on the go.  It has been possible to introduce these services through a minor equipment upgrade at an existing site rather than through the introduction of additional base stations in the locality."

It remains to be seen when the work will take place and how much interruption, if any, there will be to the existing service.

Minerals Local Plan - Consultation Latest

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You may not have realised it, but West Sussex County Council and the South Downs National Park Authority are working in partnership to prepare a new Joint Minerals Local Plan for West Sussex.  This will replace the existing Minerals Local Plan (2003). The Council is now consulting on the content of the Draft Plan for a nine week period which will end on Friday 17 June 2016.  You will find attached below a letter providing further details of the consultation and how you can comment.  
 
The documents can be viewed at West Sussex libraries and County, District or Borough Council offices, including the South Downs National Park office in Midhurst. You can also view the consultation documents, the draft Plan and information on how to respond online at www.westsussex.gov.uk/mwdf.

Mineral Plan Consultation Letter

 

2015 Elections

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There may be no need to vote for Cocking Parish Councillors on 7th May, but two other elections take place on that day.  As long as you are registered to vote, you can exercise your democratic rights and place your crosses on the ballot papers by visiting Cocking Village Hall between 7 am and 10 pm.

Click on any of the candidates names below to view the associated web pages we found by searching on the Web.

The General Election - Election of an MP for the Chichester Constituency
Candidates (in alphabetical order)

Andrew Emerson (Patria)
Mark Farwell (Labour)
Andrew Moncrieff (UKIP)
Jasper Richmond (Green)
Andrew Smith (Liberal Democrat)
Andrew Tyrie (Conservative)

District Council Election - Election of a District Councillor for Stedham Ward (Chichester DC)
Candidates (in alphabetical order)

John Cherry (Independent)
Caroline Neville (Conservative)

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