NOTICE OF ELECTION

BALCOMBE PARISH COUNCIL
Election of Councillors for the Electoral Area listed below

Electoral Area
Number of Councillors to be elected Balcombe Eleven

1. Nomination forms for Parish Council Elections may be obtained from the Returning Officer at Mid Sussex District Council, Oaklands, Oaklands Road, Haywards Heath, West Sussex, RH16 1SS. Visit http://www.midsussex.gov.uk/elections, Telephone: 01444 477222 or email: elections@midsussex.gov.uk
2. Nomination papers must be delivered by hand to the Returning Officer, Mid Sussex District Council, Oaklands, Oaklands Road, Haywards Heath, West Sussex, RH16 1SS on any business day after the date of this notice but no later than 4pm on Wednesday, 3rd April.
3. If any election is contested the poll will take place on Thursday, 2nd May 2019.
4. Applications to register to vote must reach the Electoral Registration Officer by 12 midnight on Friday 12 April 2019. Applications can be made online: https://www.gov.uk/register-to-vote
5. Applications for, amendments to or cancellations of postal votes and amendments to or cancellations of proxy votes must reach the Electoral Registration Officer at Mid Sussex District Council, Oaklands, Oaklands Road, Haywards Heath, West Sussex, RH16 1SS by 5pm on Monday, 15th April 2019.
6. New applications to vote by proxy at this election must reach the Electoral Registration Officer at Mid Sussex District Council, Oaklands, Oaklands Road, Haywards Heath, West Sussex, RH16 1SS by 5pm on Wednesday, 24th April 2019.
7. Applications to vote by proxy at this election on grounds of physical incapacity or for work/service reasons (which must have arisen after 5pm on Wednesday, 24th April 2019) must reach the Electoral Registration Officer at Mid Sussex District Council, Oaklands, Oaklands Road, Haywards Heath, West Sussex, RH16 1SS by 5pm on Thursday, 2nd May 2019.

Dated: Monday 18 March 2019                                                 Tom Clark, Returning Officer

Click here to see the Mid Sussex District Council Notice of Election

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Angus Energy Update

As of 1 March 2019 Angus Energy informed us that all operations are on hold at Lower Stumble whilst they prepare a plan going forward.   The Community Liaison Group meeting which had been scheduled for February was cancelled and never took place. 

When we have more information we will keep you informed.

 

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Parish Council Village Centre Update

The consultations carried out for the Neighbourhood Plan identified the safety and traffic flow in the village centre as the overwhelming priority for the community.
Balcombe Parish Council is now poised to take the next step in looking at solutions.
In order to make any proposals to both the village and then onward to West Sussex Council who are responsible for our roads, we need a comprehensive analysis of the situation, and some well thought through proposals for the village to choose between.
This is a specialist piece of work… comprising traffic flow analysis, highway design taking into account regulations and standards and the due process for any future adoption of a scheme. We also need a sense of the costs associated with each proposal.
Therefore, BPC is proposing to retain a specialist consultant, highly experienced in under taking these kind of projects to provide options and costings that can in future be taken on to implementation.
There is a cost for this consultancy, and whilst it is significant at c£20k, it will put us in position to choose options and understand costs. Without this step we will be unable to change anything.
This investment will be discussed and decided at the next Parish Council meeting 17 October, and anyone with opinions on the merits of taking this step are invited to attend.

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Lower Stumble Flow Test Finished

Angus Energy have informed us that the flow test has now finished and they will be  moving equipment off the site at Lower Stumble in the next few days.

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Lower Stumble Complaints

The Environment Agency (EA) is the environmental regulator of operations at Lower Stumble, the oil well site.  Angus Energy Limited holds an environmental permit, granted by the EA.     They have undertaken to inspect the site before, during and after well testing, and have the right to carry out unannounced inspections.  They may carry out joint inspections with West Sussex County Council Mineral Planning Authority and the Health and Safety Executive.

Reporting an incident – If you wish to report an environmental incident, including noise and odour, please contact: the Environment Agency Incident hotline on 0800 80 70 60 (Freephone, 24 hour service). Please also ring Angus Energy Limited on 0203 974 2991, especially if the incident relates to amenity issues such as noise and odour, as it may be able to deal with these immediately.

Environmental permit enquiries
Information about the permit can be found at https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/rh17-6jhcuadrilla-balcombe-limited-environmental-permit-issued.   Frequently asked questions and final submissions made under the permit, such as monitoring information and compliance assessment reports can be found on Angus Energy’s website. Angus Energy has set up and email address: community@angusenergy.co.uk and information hotline: 0203 974 2991. Environment Agency held documents may also be requested at: https://www.gov.uk/guidance/access-the-public-register-for-environmental-information

If you have any other questions relating to the environmental permit for this site, please email SSDEnquiries@environment-agency.gov.uk

General enquiries
For all other enquiries, please go to this website for contact details https://www.gov.uk/government/organisations/environment-agency#org-contacts

By email using: enquiries@environment-agency.gov.uk

Or by post: National Customer Contact Centre, PO Box 54, Rotherham, S60 1BY

Reporting complaints to Environment Agency Sept 18

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New Permit Scheme at WSCC Household Waste Recycling Sites

A new scheme means householders in West Sussex who use a van, pickup or single axle trailer for private purposes will need to obtain a free permit.    This comes into effect from 1 October 2018.    The permit is available to West Sussex residents only and allows those who drive a commercial-type vehicle or have a trailer to continue to use it to dispose of just their household waste. The scheme does not cover waste generated by a business or household waste that has been collected by a trader for a charge.

The permits are being introduced to help address congestion at the sites, eliminate illegal disposal of commercial waste and discourage out-of-county visitors from bringing in large loads.   Over 8,000 permits have been issued so far.

As well as the new permit scheme, some vehicles will no longer be allowed to use HWRSs. Restricted vehicles include:

• multi axle trailers (four wheels),
• horse boxes,
• tipper trucks,
• flatbed or dropside trucks,
• Luton (box) type vans.

Please visit www.westsussex.gov.uk/permitscheme to find out more.

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LOWER STUMBLE FLOW TEST STARTED

Information this morning Monday 24 September – Angus Energy received all regulatory permissions to start the well test at Lower Stumble last Friday. The test has now officially commenced.    They will be posting all the relevant permissions on their website in due course.    

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