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Severals Sand Quarry update

At the planning meeting on the 12 Sept 2019 of the South Downs National Park Authority the Draft Pre-Submission West Sussex and South Downs Single Issue Review of Soft Sand, which did not include the Severals East and West sites, was approved. For more information:

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Severals Sand Quarry Sites Back on the Agenda

After the Severals sand extraction sites were removed from the WSCC/SDNPA Minerals Plan, we were hoping that was the end of them. However, the Planning Inspector found that WSCC/SDNPA had not made enough provision for soft sand.

So WSCC/SDNPA were ordered to do a Soft Sand Review. They have now published their Issues and Options Consultation . In that document, both Severals East and Severals West have been identified as potential soft sand extraction sites. The consultation runs until 18th March 2019.

Litter control – On going support from the community – Thank you all

We are pleased to say that since this enterprise was started under the umbrella of Friends of Midhurst Common, we have seen a significant reduction in the amount of litter left on Midhurst Common. However, it is important to be constantly vigilant to keep the Common clear and make it a pleasurable place to walk and enjoy.





Midhurst Common still suffers the invasion of unlawful motorcycles, both along Rights of Way and around the area of the sand pits.

Unfortunately most who ride there are ignorant of the law and do not bother to find out the rules and regulations. Rights of Way and Open Access land is not the place to ride motorcycles and if caught, the motorcyclists run the risk of having their machines confiscated.


Data Entry and recording wildlife and flora.

A short training course was recently given for South Downs National Park and Sussex Wildlife Trust volunteers who record both wildlife and flora in their favourite areas in Sussex. iRecord is a database linked to various other recording centres to monitor the progress of nature in our County. Go to our Conservation and Management page, scroll down to the bottom where you will find a list of websites to explore and to use for this type of data entry (a link will shortly be established). There is also a website for an Open University course on Ecosystems, which is a free on-line course and one called iSpot, which is designed for beginners of wildlife recording. Hope you find them both interesting and useful.

The “personal memories” records are now being brought together in a co-ordinated manner, in the hope that at some date in the not-too-distant future, we will be able to publish some of the records of these memories.

If there is anyone who used to live in the area of Midhurst, West Sussex GU29 and has now moved to pastures new and who have memories of walking or playing on Midhurst Common and what the Common looked like, please get in touch via our e-mail – Thank you.

Chatting to local people and collecting their memories, the Half Moon Primary School in Petersfield Road (no longer there) played a large part in their lives and a lot of their outdoor activities and games were undertaken on an area known as the Bowling Green on Midhurst Common. A recent photograph passed to us, shows the Bowling Green being the setting for the Hunt on Boxing Day, when it was a complete area of sand. Today it is covered in very short grass, probably kept so by the rabbits.

The Brickworks are another dominant area in people’s memories (Midhurst Whites). The brickworks was in operation from  1919 until 1985.

The history of Midhurst Common is a very valuable source of information and dictates how the Common is today and will be in the future. It is a fascinating area.

For anyone who visits Midhurst, you will have noticed the continuing building and development for housing, which makes Midhurst Common an area increasingly worth preserving and protecting for the enjoyment of the local community and people who wish to visit. This is what FRIENDS OF MIDHURST COMMON strive to do.