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    1. joseph simpson says:

      As more people are using the heath. When will the toilets at the heath be reopened as the only toilets open are tesco and the garage thank you

      • Kathryn Ellis-Blandford says:

        We are in the process of getting the toilets ready for opening and they will be reopen once it is safe to do so.

        • Phil says:

          providing they are cleaned regularly it is safe now, Bognor Regis do not have any problem!

          • Kathryn Ellis-Blandford says:

            We are currently conducting a risk assessment to see if they can be opened safely.

            • Kris says:

              Hello, I am hoping to do a sd picnic next fri (17th July), I notice the kiosk is open, but can you confirm if the toilets are or will be please?
              Many thanks

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    4. Alan Whitlock says:


      Is stand up and paddle boarding allowed on the lake at present? If so, do I need a boating licence?


    5. Emma says:

      Is the heath hiring out rowing boats at the moment or is it private boating only?

    6. Juliet Bolwell says:

      Hello, is there an accessible toilet open at Petersfield Heath?

    7. Deborah Merrilees says:

      It is my birthday on Sunday 5th July and would very much like to have picnic at petersfield lake. Is it open to the public?

      • Kathryn Ellis-Blandford says:

        Yes, Petersfield Heath is open to the public. We would be grateful if you could take rubbish home with you or use the bins provided. Happy Birthday! 🙂

    8. Moira Johnson says:

      Rather belated pandemic measures of pedestrian distancing given priority over car parking. They are nonetheless welcome.
      Those with disabilities face no changes.

    9. Christine Taylor says:

      Please could you update us on the toilets and if they are now open please?
      13 July 2020

      • Kathryn Ellis-Blandford says:

        Unfortunately environmental health officers and our own health and safety consultants are not yet satisfied that it is safe for us to reopen the toilets. We are trying to reach a resolution.

    10. peter Goodman says:

      Great to see some encouragement for more cycling into the town.

      • Michele soden says:

        I hope cyclist will stick to the rules and cycle on the roads and cycle paths. Not on pavements. Obey the traffic lights and other laws which apply to those on wheels. I have noticed in the past that cyclists are totally lawless…..Pedestrians are being over looked. Where do they walk?

    11. Liz says:

      Are the toilets open please.

      • Kathryn Ellis-Blandford says:

        Currently we are having difficulty in coming up with a regime for managing and maintain the facilities there that EHDC Environmental Health officers are happy with. A solution is still being worked on but the resource being sought by Environmental Health is significantly greater than we have provided hitherto and is representing quite a challenge. It is not being helped by the age and nature of the facilities themselves either as they are due for a significant refurbishment in the not too distant future. We will notify the public if there is any change. Thank you.

    12. JohnLees says:

      A good friend who will be deeply missed. John L.

    13. M Fellows says:

      In the interest of public hygiene now that so many more people are visiting the Heath and its pond and with many more children using the play reas I strongly advise you to get your act together and reopen the toilets by the cafe.
      Frankly this ought to have been done rather the time other councils opened theirs which was at least 10 days ago.

      Why are you being so dilatory?

      Please reply to Michael Fellows, email mikedfellows@gmail.com Thank you.

      • Kathryn Ellis-Blandford says:

        We have responded.

        • Kat Layard says:

          And what was the response? We are hoping to bring my 93 year old Mum (who hasn’t been out for 4 months) to the heath this weekend but she will need a toilet.

          • Kathryn Ellis-Blandford says:

            Environmental Health have yet to give us their decision so if this is going to be an issue for your mother then I would advise waiting until the situation changes. Thank you.

    14. SN says:

      Hi, when will the public toilets be open at the Heath lake please?

      • Kathryn Ellis-Blandford says:

        Environmental Health are not yet satisfied that they can be reopened covid-safely. We are working with them on this to try and find a solution. We will announce as soon as the situation changes.

    15. Zoe Parker says:

      George had great warmth and presence and will be sadly missed by this newbie councillor. He will stand out in my memory as an exemplar of kindness and commitment to the local community.

    16. Kat says:

      Hi – tried to send a response but not sure if it posted. I was wondering what the reply was to the above post as we are hoping to come to the heath at the weekend with my 93 year old Mum who will need a toilet. My e-mail is kc.sdic@yahoo.co.uk

      • Kathryn Ellis-Blandford says:

        Hi Kat, I believe we responded by email. Just to confirm that the Heath toilets have now reopened.

    17. C Tomlin says:

      Are the toilets at the pond open or closed. What are all the children doing for toilet facilities and the customers of the cafe?

    18. amy says:

      hi looking to have a family picnic at peterfield lake/ heath and wondered if toilets would be reopened by middle august?
      Many thanks

    19. Tracy Symonds says:

      Hi, is there any update on the toilet situation? When I went 3 weeks ago it was only the disabled toilet open, wiring for 10-15 mins and no toilet paper or paper towels of anything and the toilet was not clean

      • Kathryn Ellis-Blandford says:

        Hi Tracy, the Heath toilets opened at the weekend for the first time to the public since lock-down. The delay was was due to trying to find a covid-cleaning regime to satisfy environmental health.

    20. Caroline Carrigan says:

      how do we sign up to this?

      • Kathryn Ellis-Blandford says:

        Hi Caroline, you simply tune-in rather than sign-up as it is a FREE virtual event. Please refer to their full programme for timings of the live streams. They suggest you keep an eye on their social media channels for any change to timings @SDNPA on twitter, @SDNPA on Facebook, southdownsnp on Instagram or southdowns.gov.uk.

    21. CM says:

      Is The Festival Hall Covid-secure, so it can be hired please?

    22. Brian Knight says:

      Reduction in the number of Egyptian geese is a priority. Indeed removal may be best. Cessation of the sale of “duck food” is must. There are too many rats.
      The idea of cattle grazing is good, but the would need to fenced in. Would the public know to respond ,dogs and children.
      It is an exceptional asset and management is essential. Good luck in getting the plan accepted.

    23. Amy says:

      Hi, are the toilets currently open?

    24. Jane Gunning says:

      In the visions for the Meadows how about an area for tree planting.

    25. Jacky Anderson says:

      My email bounced back. Is the event still taking place. If so 4 adults and two children will be attending

    26. Craig says:


      Can you confirm if this event is still taking place?


    27. Judi Mcintosh says:

      At the moment, the new islands are an eyesore with the trailing black material round the edges which seems to be not only there but clearly visible in other areas and when using the new walkway. This makes for such an ugly and unnatural aspect. It seems to me that the natural rushes and bird nesting areas that were there before the changes appear reduced and it is a mystery why the bare islands can possibly be an advantage for the birds. It is depressing for nature lovers to see these dubious alterations which make walking round the Lake an upsetting experience rather than an uplifting one.

      • Kathryn Ellis-Blandford says:

        Thank you for your comments regarding the new Islands.

        The reason for introducing these was twofold. One was to provide a barrier against the wave action that was hitting the east side of the pond, and also to provide a haven for birds.

        Whilst the Islands have a long way to go in terms of making their appearance blend in with the rest of the Heath, the work on them has not been completed, and further work will be taking place in spring 2021. The plan is to provide some level of vegetation on these Islands and cover the black ‘nicospan’ belt that is currently surrounding the Island to stop them being eroded away during the early years of their establishment.

        Our expectation is that the Islands will eventually transform into suitable habitats for both birds and habitats, and will add to the current beauty of the heath and pond as a whole. It goes without saying that this will take time.

    28. Dave Chambers says:

      Agree with Brian on the Egyptian geese issue. They are a non native species and need to be eradicated, as their numbers (127 at my last count) will cause environmental problems going forward. Water quality will undoubtedly be affected adversely, which will increase the risk of another blue green algae outbreak. Rats are a problem too,, and over feeding of wildfowl definitely encourages them. From an angling point of view, we would like some effective fish refuges and would like to see the boats off the pond by the end of October each year, as the cormorants use them as a safe perch. The cormorants have virtually wiped out the Rudd and Roach populations, thus reducing the appeal of the pond as a mixed fishery. The Heath pond association would like to reduce the numbers of small carp, and restock some Rudd, Roach and Perch.
      We must continue to control the willow growth around the pond, and remove any willow that is growing within the Reed beds. The removal of willow from the Reed beds was identified as a priority around six years ago, yet this still has not been addressed.

      Dave Chambers
      Heath pond association.

    29. Duncan Hart says:

      The title of this page is rather leading, with Sussex included within it! Given that the meadow is in Hampshire calling it Sussex Meadow would be misleading and confusing. Why cede this land?! I can’t see any reason why it should be renamed from Criddell Meadow.

    30. Elizabeth Lyna says:

      I think the simpler “Goodyear Meadows” would work best

    31. Steve Sargent says:

      This travesty has disfigured the town centre for too long, and is based on non-existent ‘Covid’ reasons. A couple of days ago, only 0.25% of the East Hampshire population were currently suffering from Covid* – just 282 people, most of whom were either in the other EH towns, or in hospital, or self isolating. The chance of catching Covid in the street is immeasurably small.
      Meanwhile, shops are closing down and diverted cars are going the wrong way round the square and mounting pavements in Sheep Street and St. Peter’s Road, causing danger to pedestrians.
      We need to know:
      …when will the ‘temporary’ period end?
      …what is the current justification for keeping the scheme in place, given the low and falling infection rate, and the failure of the scheme to make any difference to infection rates in the autumn?
      …how does the council justify the additional traffic danger and pollution caused by the scheme?
      …how and when can we see the results of the consultation exercise?

      *ref: King’s College London ZOE Covid study, with over 4,500 East Hampshire participants.

    32. Fiona Clark says:

      This is good news. Lets hope that this year the hacking down of beautiful wildflower verges doesn’t take place and also ‘do gooding’ individuals are not allowed to remove wild flowers from kerbs.

    33. Andrew says:

      In 20 years as a resident the tourist information centre has been staffed by good and helpful “neighbours”. I visited on many occasions to find out a little more about our lovely area. Thank you to Graham and all the team for a splendid service.

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