Singleton and Charlton
Parish – Plans for the future
Where we are
The villages of Singleton and Charlton are nestled in the
South Downs National Park on the edge of the Goodwood Estate. Our villages are vibrant with a supportive
community and the vast majority of residents living and working here
permanently. There is a large proportion
of the community who have lived and grown up here along with the many others
who have chosen this amazing place to create a new home.
What we have
There is huge popularity for this parish as we have not only
access to the South Downs Way but also the Weald and Downland Museum, famous
for its extraordinary collection of heritage buildings and also more recently,
the location for the hugely successful tv programme the Repair Shop.
We have Two great pubs, The Partridge Inn and The Fox Goes Free
along with the Gallery Tea Rooms. A
beautiful church, mentioned in the Domesday book. Other visitor attractions include the Cricket
pitch, play park, off road cycling, horse riding, school and village hall.
The past and the future
Historically there has been a lack of investment in the
parish and this has meant that our infrastructure has seen better days. As a Parish Council we want to put this right
especially as the villages become more popular as the pandemic has increased
the awareness of our open spaces. We are
also aware of the large developments in the surrounding areas such as Westhampnett,
Oving, Lavant and Midhurst and these in turn are increasing the volume of
traffic and visitors to our community.
We want to future proof our Parish for the extension of the Centurion
Way and further developments nearby.
Having held a public forum and circulated a community wide
questionnaire, we know that top of the list for the community is an improved
playground and providing facilities for the older children and a proper parking
area by the Village Hall, opposite the school.
We also know that the increase in cars both on the A286 and the
surrounding lanes has increased speeding and anti-social driving.
We are committed to actioning the priorities of the
community’s wish list.
The first project is to improve facilities for older
children who live in the parish and also for visitors, creating a safe place to
play. It will be located at Glebe Field
which already has a fenced playground for little children. We want to create an area that is engaging
and fun for children and their families. The area will include a basketball
net, football net, hard surface for skateboards, roller skates and bikes which
will go around the whole area of the field.
We will also have a willow den and climbing frame along with picnic
benches to create a community space for locals and visitors to enjoy. The second phase of the project is to replace
some of the existing equipment in the smaller playground as it is beginning to
reach the end of its life.
The second project is to improve the configuration of
parking in the central part of Singleton village by the village hall and
opposite the school. It is used by
parents dropping off and collecting their children, visitors to the village
hall and the many walkers accessing Levin Down and the South Downs Way. It is also used by visitors going to see the
church and the playground.
In the winter months it is a mud bath and there is no safe
way of exiting your car and walking to these places without walking on the
road. The school and locals have all
reported near misses and dangerous situations with the volume of vehicles.
The plans for this area are to create a permeable surface
with designated parking spaces and a path that will lead from these spaces to
both the village hall pavement and a crossing to the school and Levin
Down. We want this to achieve a real
sense of place and pride in this area of the village. The materials used will
be environmentally friendly and sympathetic to our rural location. We are introducing heritage boards both in
Charlton and at the entrance to Levin Down.
They will highlight the historical significance of the area.
This project has been ongoing for some years and brings
together the community’s views of more cars on the roads, more speeding and
anti-social driving. Our aim is to
address some of these issues and make our community roads safer.
To this end we have installed the gateways in Singleton with
the second phase planned for Charlton.
We have also installed the SID (speed indicator device) which moves
around seven different locations in the parish.
We are in the process of further developing this project,
working closely with West Sussex County Council and these proposals include a
reconfiguration of the junction of Town Lane and the A286. Courtesy crossings on the A286 and a turning
circle for the school.
Looking after our
We have increased our budget for grass cutting and village
maintenance to include the painting of the railings and cleaning of signs
etc. The grass cutting is contracted out
but everything else is done by an amazing group of volunteers who help with all
All these projects connect our community and welcome
visitors by providing a safe environment and allow our community to be proud of
our parish and provide a sense of place.
We hope that this is useful information for you and we look forward to
working with you to achieve all of this.