De-Silting Project at Pond

Friends of Middleton-on-Sea Pond & Green Charity

Project Information

WHAT IS GOING ON ? – The pond is being de-silted – an average of approximately 18 inches or 45cm of silt will be removed from its base and the banks reinforced to prevent them eroding and collapsing into the pond.

WHY IS IT NECESSARY ? – Middleton pond is an attenuation pond designed to act as a holding tank during high surface water levels.  Due to a build up of silt over the years the pond is not holding as much water as it should at times of high rainfall.

WHAT WILL IT ACHIEVE ? – It will allow the pond to hold more water in times of prolonged rainfall for flood alleviation and retain the water for longer in the summer to allow the amphibians to complete their life-cycle in good time.

AND THE END RESULT ? – Once the work is complete the Friends will restore the southern end of the green by planting a mini wild flower meadow to attract more insects.  Further donations will allow us to plant filtration reeds where the northern ditch enters the pond and more marginal plants.  As rain starts to fill the pond the duck houses will be refloated ready to welcome back our resident pair of Moorhens and with luck a pair of Mallards


Hopefully your pond will be holding more water and wildlife and be looking a lot more attractive this time next year.

FUNDING – The Friends were successful in their application to West Sussex County Council Operation Watershed Active Communities Fund Award, and secured a grant of just over £20,000.



West Sussex County Council – Coronavirus COVID-19 Survey

Pandemic survey – West Sussex

Dear residents and partners,

We know the current situation is affecting our residents in various different ways and we would like to understand how we can effectively support you.

We have launched a survey to gather your views and to assess the impact of the coronavirus pandemic on your lives.

Tell us how your lives have changed, how you are coping and what your thoughts are on life after this crisis. Your answers will help to shape our response to the current crisis as well as our plans for the future.

Please take 10-15 minutes to complete this very important survey by Sunday 31 May 2020.

Thank you in advance for your time and for your continued support.

VE DAY – In memory of those that died

The Parish Council will be laying 29 crosses around the Silent Soldier at St Nicholas Church in memory of those that died during the Second World War and lived in Middleton-on-Sea or Elmer.

Their names are:

Michael Ayris

Robert Batt

Maurice Beeson

Nigel Wendover Beeson

Michael Lyon Bowley

Tony Brady

Kenneth Buttermer

Bernard Fenton

Peter Burton Gyles

Denys Gillman

Victor George Tatman Godley

Neil Heighton

Derek Barrington Jewell

Geoffrey Thomas Kinmond

George Charles King

Jack Anthony King

Kenneth Lance

Anthony Alan Markwick

Derek Pearce

Eric Parsons

Geoffrey Phillips

Gordon Hugh Ramsay

George Michael Roddy

Peter Rutherford

Norman Sydney Smith

Patrick Saunders

Roy Stilwell

Charles Mervyn Voules

William Erskine Waters


Coronavirus – COVID-19 – Do you need support


Middleton-on-Sea Parish Council have issued 3,000 copies of their Community Support Pack to residents in the parish.  We have volunteers who will pick up shopping, collect prescriptions, make a friendly phone call and other areas of assistance that may be required.

Currently we have over 50 volunteers and have received over 20 support requests in the short time that the Community Support Pack was delivered to residents.

If you need support then please contact the Parish Clerk, Joe Lake on 01243 585262 or email

Activity & Well Being Packs

For those of you self isolating, or as many of us are just staying at home the Parish Council have available activity and well being packs which contain information regarding the Coronavirus and staying safe and activities such as crosswords, word search, jokes, short stories etc.

These are free so if this is of interest or you know someone that would benefit from receiving a pack then again please contact the Parish Clerk, Joe Lake (details as above) who will arrange for these to be delivered to you.



Major Development at Ford Airfield Site

Details of the proposed alterations to Ford Market have been revealed as plans for a major new development at the airfield were submitted to Arun District Council ( see planning application F/4/20/OUT).

The development is to be called “The Landings”

The Outline Planning Application is for the development of up to 1,500 dwellings, 60 bed care home, up to 9,000 sqm of employment floorspace, local centre of up to 2,350sqm including up to 900sqm retail/commercial and 1,450sqm community/leisure floorspace, land for a two-form entry primary school, public open space, allotments, new sports pitches and associated facilities, drainage, parking and associated access, infrastructure, landscape, ancillary and site preparation works, including demolition of existing buildings and part removal of existing runway hardstanding.  The application affects a Public Right of Way.

The Development control committee of the Parish Council will be discussing this planning application as to any comments it wishes to make.  The additional traffic onto the A259 will be a concern.


Change in Arun District Council Goverance Arrangements

At a meeting of Arun District Council on the 15th January 2020 it was resolved to change its governance arrangements to cease operating a Leader and Cabinet form of governance and to operate a Committee system with effect from the Arun District Council meeting on the 19th May 2021.

The new form of governance will result in most decisions on Council functions being dealt with by politically balanced Committees, subject to the general oversight of the Council. No individual member of the Council will have decision making powers.