Objectors to controversial drilling plan are being ‘kept in the dark’

The oil drilling company behind the controversial plan in the South Downs National Park (SDNP) at Markswell Wood has been accused of hiding information despite a pledge to be transparent.

Bill and Louise Jones, right, plant a tree in memory of son Tom, with, from left, Toms grandfather Laurie Vinten, family friend Will Prior and their daughter Kitty Jones

Orchard planting adds seven trees to new site

More trees have been planted at the new community orchard for Emsworth and Westbourne.

Tree warden Geoff King, left, and Portfield Primary Academy pupils Jessica Currie, Rose Webb and Cameron Webb with Chichester mayor Peter Budge

Jubilee diamond tree plaque unveiled

The formal plaque for The Tree Council’s Diamond Jubilee Celebration Project in Chichester has been unveiled.

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Tighter ‘fracking’ controls by South Downs National Park are welcomed

News that the South Downs National Park Authority is set to tighten up its ‘fracking’ policies in its joint minerals plan, have been welcomed by the Friends of the Earth.

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No 'major issues' are expected, the flood information service has confirmed

COUNTY NEWS: Phew! Chance of a flood is ‘very low’

The chance of Sussex being flooded over the next five days is ‘very low’, according to the flood information service.

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The lane is reported to be closed due to flooding.

TRAVEL NEWS: Flooding causes lane to close on M23 near Gatwick

A lane is reported to be closed on the M23 near Gatwick due to flooding.

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More information can be found on the council's website. Picture: Derek Martin

Tighter policies to cover ‘acid fracking’ in the South Downs National Park

Tighter policies to cover a new method of fracking have been called for by members of the South Downs National Park Authority in their emerging joint minerals local plan.

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International adventurer gets a taste of the South Downs National Park

International adventurer Ben Fogle has spent the day closer to home today (Tuesday, November 8) for World Responsible Tourism Day.

Portable buildings will be used to create the temporary school facilities for Selsey Academy pupils. Peter De Halle Photography.

New ‘temporary village’ unveiled at Selsey Academy

Students at Selsey Academy will start their school year for the second time tomorrow when they reunite at their new home.

A North American weevil, natural enemy of floating water fern

‘Remarkable’ weevils save historic waterway on Wey and Arun canal

Tiny beetles have saved a historic waterway from being choked by an outbreak of invasive weed, the Wey and Arun Canal Trust have announced.

West Sussex MPs Nick Herbert, Sir Nicholas Soames, Tim Loughton, Jeremy Quin, Sir Peter Bottomley and  Henry Smith with Schools Minister Nick Gibb

MPs appeal to schools minister for fairer funding

West Sussex MPs have met with the Minister for Schools to ask for extra money for the county’s cash-strapped schools.

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VIDEO: Tangmere solar farm reaches milestone

One year on since it was opened, Tangmere Solar Farm has generated enough clean electricity to power 1,500 homes for an entire year.

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Outcry grows over giant solar farm plan for Westhampnett

Villagers rallied to oppose plans for a giant solar farm in Westhampnett last night, as a presentation from developers failed to abate residents’ fears.

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The newly-refurbished scratter, in use for the first time. Picture: L. Trownson

Slindon Apple Day a shining success

It was a fun-filled day in Slindon on Saturday for the eagerly-anticipated Apple Day, an annual festival of fruit, juice, orchards, crumbles and more.

Residents voice concerns over Markwell’s Wood drilling plans

Residents voice concerns over Markwell’s Wood drilling plans

The expected planning application for oil drilling at Markwell’s Wood, Forestside, near Rowlands Castle, has been validated by the South Downs National Park Authority and can be seen on the park’s website.

The Oakwood West woodland in West Ashling near Chichester is up for sale.

Ancient woodland up for sale

More than 80 acres of woodland to the west of Chichester has been put up for sale, with a price tag in excess of half a million pounds.

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COUNTY NEWS: Dairy farm ordered to pay £8,000 for polluting Sussex river

A controversial energy farm has been prosecuted for spilling effluent into the River Kirk.

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COUNTY NEWS: Aerial footage shows river wall damage

Footage has been posted online showing the extent of the damage to a river wall in Sussex

Johnny Boylan and Belinda Pickering outside their house in River Road

COUNTY NEWS: Residents face ongoing threat of homes falling into river

Months after the collapse of a river wall, the man whose home is at risk of being overtaken by flood water has spoken about the ongoing stress and anxiety the situation is causing him.

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Turtle dove Streptopelia turtur, standing on grass. Photo: Andy Hay (rspb-images.com)

Act now to save UK nature - wildlife expert’s call to arms

It’s not too late to save UK nature but we must act now. That is the conclusion from a coalition of more than 50 leading wildlife and research organisations behind the State of Nature 2016 report.

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