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Parish Walk to Celebrate Sussex Day – June 16th 2008

As you may already be aware, June 16th is ‘Sussex Day’ when communities are encouraged to celebrate the county’s rich heritage and take pride in where they live. An excellent way for people to do this is to explore their area to discover the local rights of way and green spaces as part of a guided walk. The Parish Council is organising a walk on Monday 16th June starting at 6.30pm from the Village Stores in ‘The Street’. This walk will take 1.5 to 2.0 hours and cover a distance of 3 to 4 miles within the boundaries of the Parish.

Why not put this date in your diary now. We look forward to seeing you and if you do come along please remember to wear stout walking shoes. Watch the Notice Boards in the Village for more information.News 2007

From the Chairman

This is my first letter as Chairman of the Parish Council and I would like to begin by thanking Janet Valentine, on behalf of the whole Council, for her Chairmanship of the Council during the past three years. Janet chaired Parish Council meetings with characteristic firmness and fairness, always allowing members to have their say. She was also a great ambassador for the village and ensured that Slinfold was well represented and its interests defended when necessary. Janet’s will be a hard act to follow.

Sadly, our clerk, Beverley Turner, is leaving us at the end of July. This is a great loss. Beverley’s knowledge of local government is outstanding and she has been a great asset to the Parish Council. Beverley is efficient and enthusiastic about her role and wishes to extend her experience by taking a full-time post. We wish her luck in her new job. Meanwhile, we are actively seeking her replacement to start as soon as possible.

At a meeting of the Parish Council held in May, the Council voted in favour of supporting residents of Clemsfold in their efforts to get traffic restrictions on the A281/A29 between Roman Gate roundabout and the Volvo Garage. The Council felt that due to the number of home and business driveways, there is a need to discourage speeding and overtaking along this straight piece of road with a 50mph speed limit and double white lines.

At the same meeting, the Council voted in favour of continuing to push for speed and overtaking restrictions on the A29, Stane Street, from Random Hall to the south to the golf course entrance.

We have tried to get West Sussex County Council to bring in restrictions on these stretches of roads before, but proposals for new government guidance on the setting of speed restrictions currently being considered by WSCC adds support to our case.

I am looking forward to working on behalf of the village as Chairman of the Parish Council. 

Alan Mawer

Aircraft Noise

The somewhat unseasonable April weather has brought us all into our gardens and Slinfold residents may well have noticed an increase in aircraft noise. The factors which affect noise in our village are quite complex.

The Parish Council is a member of the Gatwick Area Conservation group (GACC) a lobby group which, amongst other matters, attempts to monitor noise levels. An important way in which the GACC receives its information about aircraft noise is from the airport operator, the BAA.

The Parish Council suggests that it may be in the interests of Slinfold residents to be involved in the monitoring of aircraft noise.

How to report aircraft noise:

1. Note exact time of aircraft.

2. Telephone Gatwick Airport - Freephone 0800 393 070 or e-mail lgwnoise_line@baa.co.uk

3. Ask for written reply and ask for print out of aircraft track, and details of its height over your house.

4. If you are told the matter will be taken up with the airline, or with Air Traffic Control, or with some BAA committee, insist on seeing response or action from that body.

Please copy any correspondence to Beverley Turner, Parish Clerk.

From the Chairman

This is my last article as Chairman of the Parish Council. I would like to thank everyone for their support over the last three years and especially, the Parish Councillors, for their hard work on behalf of the Parish.

When I became a Councillor in 1999, the Chairman, Nick Shields, was also doing the work of the Clerk, as we had no Clerk! The Council had been through a difficult time and was not held in very high regard by the Parish.

Since then we have had a very efficient and professional Clerk and over the years, under Nick’s Chairmanship, the Council has become more effective. We have Committees, who meet every two months, and who discuss issues fully and bring recommendations to the full Council, which means, not only are items dealt with in depth at Committee, but that full Council Meetings are more efficient - and shorter! Councillors are more involved in decision making and not just rubber-stamping.

I think that Slinfold can be satisfied with its Parish Council - that it is really working for the good of the village and I am pleased to have been given the opportunity to have played a small part in achieving this over the last eight years. I am sure it will go from strength to strength and I do urge anyone who would like to serve the village, to consider becoming a Parish Councillor.

Janet Valentine Chairman.

King George’s Field Maintenance Access Gates Mitchell Gardens

The Parish Council has a licence agreement for maintenance access to the King George’s Field from Mitchell Gardens. The maintenance access is through a pair of close boarded wooden gates in Mitchell Gardens. The Parish Council does not own the land the gates are erected upon, and thus is unable to open these gates for public access. The Parish Council is responsible for the repair and maintenance of these gates, and replaced them in September last year.

Unfortunately there is a small minority who are using this route through the King George’s Field as a short cut to Lyons Road and vice versa by climbing over these gates. The constant scaling of these gates is damaging them. Damage which is costing the Council Tax payer money to repair. The bill is now running into hundreds of pounds.

The Parish Council is liaising with the Horsham Crime and Disorder Reduction Partnership (CDRP) and Sussex Police, as this damage is criminal damage and is an offence.

The Parish Council has tried to discourage people climbing these gates by installing prikka strip anti-climb deterrent, but a section of this was removed almost immediately after installation. Unfortunately anti-climb paint (paint that never dries) is unsuitable in this location as a ball bouncing on to the anti-climb paint could transfer the paint on to other surfaces.

The Parish Council will continue to work with the CDRP and Sussex Police to catch the offender(s), and asks for your vigilance and to report any instances of persons climbing over these gates to Sussex Police on their non-emergency number 0845 6070999. If you know the name of the offender(s) and would like to pass this information on anonymously please contact Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

Reminder for all Equestrians

A number of equestrians have been observed riding along the pavements in the village, notably in Lyons Road. Equestrians might like to re-visit the Highway Code: Rules about animals: Rule number 40 which states:

You MUST NOT take a horse on to a footpath, pavement or cycle track. Use a bridleway where possible. Laws HA 1835 sect 72 & R(S)A sect 129(5).

Unfortunately, piles of horse excrement are building up on pavements leading to the centre of the village, which is unpleasant and potentially dangerous for pedestrians, especially after dark.

Flood Warnings Direct

The Environment Agency is encouraging people to register for their free Floodline Warnings Direct Service. This service is free and provides customers with flood warnings by telephone, mobile, email, SMS text, fax or pager. Upon registration customers will be sent a welcome booklet with the full details of the service.

To register telephone 0845 988 1188.

For more information, see the Environment Agency website:

http://www.environment-agency.gov.uk/

From the Chairman

The Parish Council agreed unanimously, at the February meeting to proceed with working towards attaining Quality Status. Once obtained, it will give us more input into decisions made by Horsham District Council concerning the parish and maybe more funding. 

The Council hopes to be able to meet the 80% electoral mandate requirement at the May 3rd elections. The Chairman and the Clerk will prepare the Annual Report for the Annual Parish Meeting, on Thursday 12th April, in the format to meet the Quality Status requirements and distribute a copy to every household in the parish. There will be three more newsletters during the year, available at various outlets.

At some stage in the future, Parish Councils are likely to be asked to work together and maybe eventually to merge. As a Quality Status Council we are less likely to be submerged by a larger Parish Council. This is another good reason for seeking Quality Status!

Janet Valentine Chairman.

Street Briefing with PCSO Sylfan Hammond

PCSO Sylfan Hammond would like to thank everyone who attended the recent street briefing in the Village Hall. He would particularly like to thank the Neighbourhood Watch and Parish Council for their assistance with organising the meeting. Some 40 people attended the meeting. Kathryn Hayhurst, Sussex Police Neighbourhood Watch Co-Ordinator, said it was the best street briefing she had attended and PCSO Tracy Bicknell said she really enjoyed herself talking to the public. There were a number of issues raised - Dog fouling - No longer a police issue as they no longer have powers to enforce. Parking – PCSO Hammond will continue to monitor. He has been advising drivers of their inconsiderate actions and asking them to move to more suitable locations. There were requests for PCSO Hammond to attend Beavers, Brownies, Cubs and Rainbows. PCSO Hammond reported that there was no serious complaints received which he said is very heartening.

Street Briefing

Come and meet your Police Community Support Officer Sylfan Hammond in Slinfold Village Hall on Saturday 03 March 2007 10.00am – 12noon.

No need to make an appointment, just pop along. You will have the opportunity to raise any matters of Police concern in the parish.

Coffee, tea and biscuits will be provided by the Parish Council.

From the Chairman

In the February magazine I reminded everyone that the Parish Council elections are due on Thursday 03 May 2007. We now know that names have to be in by noon on Wednesday 04 April 2007. So if you are thinking of standing or of asking someone else if they would be willing to let their name go forward, this is the date you are working to.

Being a Parish Councillor is a most interesting and rewarding way of serving the community. We know at present that we will have at least one vacancy to fill.

Janet Valentine, Chairman

Slinfold Youth Club

At the time of writing, Slinfold Youth Club has been forced to close!

Karol Jackson agreed to stay on as Leader for a while to avoid this but now is obliged, for family reasons, to bow out permanently. We have money (from grants) and are able to offer payment to a new leader (£7.25 to £9.29 per hour according to qualifications and experience) and training from West Sussex County Council. We have equipment- table tennis, table football, table hockey, badminton etc. and we have a team of helpers (none of whom is able to take on the position as leader).

What we need is someone keen to offer the youth of Slinfold a club of their own. We cannot complain about them hanging around the village, if we do not offer them something more worthwhile to do! If you could give them 2 hours a week as Leader of the Youth Club, please contact the Clerk 01403 266768 or West Sussex County Council 01403 210388.

Janet Valentine, Chairman Slinfold Youth Club.

News 2006

From the Chairman  

Although it may seem very early, I am reminding everyone that the Parish Council elections will take place on May 3rd. At present we do not know how many of the present council will let their names go forward - I hope a lot, as there is a need for continuity and experience.

Over the last 3 years we have tried to let people know some of the work which the Parish Council tackles. It is not just street lights and blocked footpaths, important as these are.

Being a Councillor involves one Parish Council meeting per month - usually from 7.30pm. - 10pm and one committee meeting per month - usually lasting two hours. If you think you can give this time and contribute in such a worthwhile way to the community, please put your name forward to the Clerk - tel. 01403 266768 or email clerk@slinfold-pc.gov.uk

If you know someone who you think would make a good Councillor, do have a word with them and persuade them to let their name go forward to the Clerk.

If we are to achieve Quality Status we need 11 councillors - this would then enable us to access extra money and to have more influence in decisions made by Horsham District Council. So please give it some thought in the next few months.

Janet Valentine, Chairman

West Sussex County Council

Waste and Minerals Development Framework

The Nowhurst Business Centre is identified in policy SWSA1 of the WSCC Minerals and Waste Development Framework Preferred Options Core Strategy document for the treatment of waste, which can include incineration. West Sussex County Council is holding a series of consultation events for you to:

  • Learn about Waste and Minerals – where it goes and where they come from?
  • Come and make a difference
  • Make sure your issues are being addressed
  • Exchange views
  • Learn the facts
  • Influence the Waste and Minerals Plan - get the best for West Sussex
  • Bring a Neighbour

There will be a series of five meetings held through January and February to give people an opportunity to get up to date information and share their views, before they submit their comments to West Sussex County Council who are developing the Minerals and Waste Plan for West Sussex. This is the start of the process of formal consultation into the Submission Draft Plan, which runs from the 19th January to the 2nd March 2007. The Plan will then be reviewed before further comments are invited in Autumn 2007.

The date of the local meeting is:

19:00 – 21:30

5th February 2007

Tanbridge House School, Farthings Hill, Guildford Road, Horsham, W Sussex, RH12 1SR

The intention is for everyone to leave the meetings having:

  • Been updated on what has happened in the Waste and Minerals planning process so far in West Sussex
  • Established the FACTS and what can be influenced
  • Checked, challenged and clarified the plans in terms of what is best for West Sussex
  • Raised issues and questions regarding Waste and Minerals in West Sussex
  • Had views heard and taken into account
  • Obtained more information in order to put forward appropriate recommendations

Creating an NHS Fit for Future Public Consultation Update

You may have seen the recent press coverage about the proposals for hospitals that cover our parish.

The South East Coast Strategic Health Authority encompassing five primary care trusts in Surrey and Sussex - Surrey, West Sussex, Brighton and Hove, Hastings and Rother, and East Sussex Downs and Weald - have been working through an extensive programme to design a new health system that will bring more care closer to people's homes and, at the same time, ensure the local NHS lives within its means.

They had hoped to begin formal consultation this autumn but, after talking to a wide variety of people, including NHS staff, patients, other partner agencies, local authorities and the wider public, have agreed to defer formal consultation until early next year. This is your opportunity to have your say on the future of the acute and major hospitals that cover Slinfold parish. Please keep an eye on the consultation website below and submit your comments in the New Year when the consultation commences.

Click here for more info

October 2006 From the Chairman

The Parish Council had Cllr. Liz Kitchen, Leader, and Tom Crowley, the Chief Executive of Horsham District Council, as guest speakers at the October Parish Council meeting. They have been "doing the rounds" of Parish Councils in a "getting to know you “ session and to understand our concerns.

Councillor Kitchen said that HDC value their relationship with Parish Councils and Tom Crowley said that planning issues have been high on the agenda. They certainly were on ours!

We asked why the community grant applications were decided by only two councillors at an unminuted meeting to which neither the applicants nor the public were invited. Councillor Kitchen said HDC would look into sending the agenda to Parish Clerks.

We also asked why we had received so little help and support from the Planning Department and the Conservation Officer with both the Village Hall Trustees project for a lift and new entrance, and also with the problem of the frontage of the pub. Mr Crowley said that "this was simply not good enough and HDC must do better". He has instigated a Light Touch Peer Review of the Planning Department. A report has been compiled which makes 18 recommendations. HDC will formulate a plan of action and will share this with Parish Councils. Watch this space!!

We asked why planning breach enforcement just does not happen. We were told that it is not a breach of criminal law but that they are looking to strengthen the Enforcement Section.

We also asked why the Parish Council was given only two weeks to comment on funding applications to the new section 106 panel. Mr. Crowley said that the panel had been in place for one year now and it was time to review their work, and Parish Councils would be consulted.

Finally, we pointed out that if we have to hold a contested election next year, the estimated cost would be £2,243, which is a huge part of our precept. Mr. Crowley said that this was decided nationally but as Returning Officer, he would raise our concerns.

The Parish Council felt that our problems were listened to and appreciated - now we wait to see if any action follows!

Janet Valentine Chairman

River Arun Flood Management Catchment Plan

The Parish Council was given the opportunity to respond to the River Arun Flood Management Catchment Plan consulation organised by the Environment Agency.

The Parish Council submitted the following comments:

This is a fairly detailed consultation document which covers a large catchment area from north of Horsham across to Petersfield and down to Chichester and Littlehampton. The plan outlines the various causes and contributory factors of flooding from climate change to urban growth. There is detailed information on the number of properties, both business and residential, which are at risk from flooding under different percentage probabilities of annual flooding events. This information is broken down into different river catchment areas.

A section of the document details the various opportunities and constraints to effective flood management as it applies to different parts of the catchment area.

The proposed policy is to use different ways to manage flood risk that suit the different parts of the catchment area. In our area, Horsham, the policy will be to, "take further action to sustain the current scale of flood risk into the future (responding to the potential increase in flood risk from urban development, land use change and climate change)".

This policy seems to suggest that the current level of risk in this area is acceptable. This is a view that might seem reasonable if you have not recently suffered personally from flooding. This does not seem reasonable for the people of Slinfold who have suffered flooding over the past few years. The Council suggests that the policy should include a clause that states that localised flooding issues should be addressed where a reduction of the current risk can be achieved.

September 2006 From the Chairman

Work is still ongoing into the issues around flooding in the village. West Sussex County Council has advised us that a new drainage scheme is planned for Hayes Lane in the early Spring next year.

The Phase 2 drainage works are due to start in February or March 2007 and are planned to concentrate on the section upstream of the village where the run-off from adjacent fields spills onto Hayes Lane. This scheme is a follow on to the previous Phase 1works, carried out at the end of 2005, which concentrated on the section at the Hayes Lane/West Way juntion, where properties had suffered the worst flooding.

Once Phase 2 is completed," Hayes River" should not flow down the lane again!!

Janet Valentine Chairman.

The Slinfold Parish Design Statement

The Slinfold Parish Design Statement was adopted at the Horsham District Council Cabinet meeting on 04 September 2006 as interim planning policy, pending adoption of the Local Development Framework Core Strategy.

Sarah Eastman, Senior Planning Officer at Horsham District Council congratulated the parish on their work.. The final design and printing of the document can now be arranged.

The Parish Design Statement is an important step for this parish. Now that it is adopted by Horsham District Council as planning policy it is a ‘material consideration’ when Horsham District Council determines planning applications. That is to say, the Parish Design Statement carries more weight, as it is adopted policy. The Parish Council is now actively using the Parish Design Statement when responding to planning consultations.

The Parish Council would like to thank Neil Peachey and his team for their work over the years to produce this document. We hope the parish will benefit from their work for many years to come.

July 2006 From the Chairman

This year, for the first time, the Chairman of the Parish Council was invited to the Achievers Day at Hillcrest. So on a very hot day I went there, never having been up the drive before. The theme was Hawaiian and the staff were dressed in grass skirts and garlands of flowers. Suitable music was playing, a barbecue was cooking and various games were on offer around the grounds.

I had a chat with the "Principal" who told me that there are 17 boys there at the moment and they are divided into small houses. It is all very informal. The staff, who work a week on/ week off system, to give the boys some continuity, all seemed very dedicated and to have a genuine relationship with the boys. They work on a reward system - the boys earning privileges such as trips out. Most of the boys go on to college or some form of training to enable them to get a job. From what I saw and heard, the boys there, who have had a bad start in life, are now getting constructive help to sort themselves out.

Janet Valentine, Chairman

Garden Bonfires

With summer upon us, there is an increase in the number of garden bonfires to burn unwanted garden waste. Therefore a timely reminder of bonfire guidelines, may help reduce air pollution, minimise health effects, prevent annoyance of neighbours and ensure the safety of those lighting them.

Bonfire Guidelines

Only burn what you cannot compost or put in your Acorn compost bin or take to the Amenity Tip. A bonfire should be a LAST resort. Please follow these guidelines and the chances are you won’t annoy your neighbours or cause a serious nuisance:

Only burn dry material.

Never burn household rubbish, rubber tyres, or anything containing plastic, foam or paint.

Never use old engine oil, meths or petrol to light the fire or to encourage it.

Avoid lighting a fire in unsuitable weather conditions – smoke hangs in the air on damp, still days and in the evening. If it is windy, smoke may be blown into neighbours’ gardens and across roads.

Avoid burning at weekends and on bank holidays when people want to enjoy their gardens.

Avoid burning when air pollution in your area is high or very high. Air pollution can be high in very hot weather. This information is included in weather forecasts, or you can check by telephoning 0800 556677.

Never leave a fire unattended or leave it to smoulder – douse it with water if necessary.

Barbecues

And finally, did you know that barbeques can also cause a smoke problem – especially if you use lighter fuel. If the weather is still and sunny, a barbeque will contribute to photochemical smog (this is formed in the summer, by the action of sunlight on pollutants). Again, be considerate. If you are having a barbeque – tell your neighbours. Don’t ignite it when they’ve got their washing out, and if its windy check that smoke won’t blow straight into neighbouring properties.

YOUTH CLUB HELPERS

We have a paid Youth Worker starting in September - funded by the grants we secured when the Youth Club was set up BUT we need helpers so that we can set up a rota and the same people will not be called on every week. There is no danger now that you will get landed with running the Club!!

So if you can spare a couple of hours occasionally on a Wednesday evening from 7-9pm, PLEASE contact the Clerk on 266768 or me 790279. Thank you.

Janet Valentine.

June 2006 From the Chairman

As you may have heard (especially at the weekends) the A29 is often used as a racetrack for motorbikes! What is needed to enable us to get something done about it is specific information. So if you live near, please keep a diary of dates, times and duration that the racing occurs and then give it to the Clerk. This will help us to get something done about it!

The same applies if you have any on-going nuisance occurring. Keep a diary and then we have specific evidence to give to the relevant authorities. Would not it be nice if everyone were considerate towards others so that none of this was necessary!

On behalf of the Parish Council I should like to thank Trevor Dayneswood for all his hard work for the Council, both as a Councillor and as Vice Chairman, as he has retired from the Council. As I said in the June issue, his work has been invaluable and we are very grateful for all the time he has given to Council business.

So - we are now looking for 2 Councillors! How about YOU!!??

Note to all Equestrians

A number of equestrians have been observed riding along the pavements in the village, notably in Lyons Road. Equestrians might like to re-visit the Highway Code: Rules about animals: Rule number 40 which states:

You MUST NOT take a horse on to a footpath, pavement or cycle track. Use a bridleway where possible. Laws HA 1835 sect 72 & R(S)A sect 129(5).

Unfortunately, piles of horse excrement are building up on pavements leading to the centre of the village, which is unpleasant and potentially dangerous for pedestrians, especially after dark.

May 2006 From the Chairman

The May Parish Council Meeting was our AGM. The Council re-elected me as Chairman for another Year and I thank them for their support and confidence. Trevor Dayneswood was re-elected as Vice-Chairman and his contribution to the Council is invaluable.

The Committees of the Parish Council are:

Highways, Byways and Transport chaired by Alan Mawer.

Recreation and the Environment including Litter, Street Lighting and Burials chaired by Trevor Dayneswood.

Finance chaired by Rosemary Hillyard.

Youth Issues chaired by Janet Valentine.

They have to meet in public and are minuted by the Clerk.

The Advisory Groups are:

Planning and Development chaired by Alan Mawer.

Industrial Liaison Group chaired by Rosmary Hillyard.

Parish Action Plan chaired by Janet Valentine.

Legal Issues and Public Information Group chaired by Trevor Dayneswood.

These groups do not meet in public or keep minutes but report back to the full Council.

Most councillors serve on two Committees or Groups and many represent us on outside Bodies like the Village Hall Committee, the School Governing Body, Horsham District Association of Local Councils, the Village Shop Association and the Police Consultative Committee etc.

We are still one councillor short of our full number of eleven! So if you feel feel that you can play a part in this important work in the village, please contact the Clerk on 01403 266768 or clerk@slinfold-pc.gov.uk

Janet Valentine Chairman.

South East England Regional Assembly (SEERA) South East Plan

The Parish Council was invited to submit comments on the South East Plan to SEERA. The Clerk reviewed the document and the Council agreed to submit the following comments to SEERA. You can view the document at:

http://www.southeast-ra.gov.uk/southeastplan/index.html

The South East Plan Core Document

Page 52:Policy CC10b - Strategic Gaps

The Council supports this policy as there are two strategic gaps identified in the Local Development Framework Core Strategy: Horsham and Crawley and Horsham and Southwater.

Page 82:Policy H1 – Housing Provision

Southern Water has already imposed a hosepipe ban, and drought order. Whilst the Council supports policy CC2: Climate Change, particularly the section on adaptation to risk, this Council objects to additional housing in the area as there is already a hosepipe ban and drought order, thus water supplies are already scarce without additional demand that would be created by more housing development.

Page 142:Policy W3 - Regional Self Sufficiency

The Council objects to this policy of asking West Sussex to provide management capacity for 10.1% of waste from London and comments that the South East Plan should deal with waste in a more sustainable manner.

The South East Plan Implementation Plan

Page 64 identifies one new hospital for the Gatwick sub-region, but no other details.

The Bagnall Report of 2002 recommended a 776- bed hospital at Pease Pottage. The Council asks why SEERA has not done more work thus far in the South East Plan on this vital piece of infrastructure needed to support the current population, let alone the increased population proposed by the housing policy H1 in the South East Plan.

The Council wishes to add that they have found it necessary to assist in funding a group of voluntary community responders because of the time sometimes taken for ambulances to arrive and because the nearest accident and emergency department in Redhill, Surrey is not easily accessible from Slinfold.

Master Planning the Development West of Horsham

The Chairman of Slinfold Parish Council has attended the ‘Master Planning’ sessions at Horsham District Council to discuss detailed options for the layout of the proposed development west of Horsham (at Broadbridge Heath and Denne). Additionally, several members of the Parish Council took the opportunity to attend the public exhibition of these options at Tanbridge House School on 20 May 2006. The Parish Council has submitted comments to Horsham District Council on the master planning options, but has made it clear that those comments are without prejudice to the Parish Council’s strong objection to the entire development of 2,000 houses west of Horsham.

This autumn, the government’s Planning Inspector will be holding an ‘Examination-in-public’ of HDC’s development proposals, and the Parish Council is also currently preparing its submissions for that examination in order to continue its strong objection to the development.

Whilst the Parish Council is unhappy that HDC is pursuing the master planning options prior to the overall public examination of its development proposals, it nevertheless believes that it is in the best interests of Slinfold to participate in the master planning. If the Planning Inspector’s report does permit HDC’s proposed development west of Horsham to proceed, then it will have been important to have been involved in the master planning.

At the Examination-in-public, the Parish Council will be setting forth arguments to support its opinion that the site west of Horsham is the wrong site for this development, as there are too may constraints to the layout including:

i. The main A264 and A24 roads cut through the development.

ii. A new junction is required on the A24.

iii. There are rivers running east/west and associated floodplains.

iv. There is a substantial gas main that restricts the type of development that can be built above and around it.

Notwithstanding these objections in principle, the Parish Council’s view is that – if the Planning Inspector should allow the development to proceed – then, of the three master plan options currently proposed (which can be viewed on HDC’s website at http://www.horsham.gov.uk/strategic_planning/LDDS/local_dev_documents_4548.asp (click on the links under “20 May 2006”)), Option One is the most suitable compromise, subject to the following comments:

i. Option One is the preferred layout, but the school should be within the Broadbridge Heath side of the development, not east of the A24.

ii. The football stadium is in the right place, nearest the A24 junction on the eastern side of the A24, so that visiting traffic does not travel through the housing estate.

iii. The western side of the A24 should provide the centre for the new development.

Mill Lane should be upgraded to a bridleway to provide a safe cycle route from Slinfold to Broadbridge Heath.

April 2006 From the Chairman

The Parish Council is again looking for a new councillor. We especially need someone who would be interested in serving on the Recreation Committee and as our representative on CARES and so help the further development of King George’s Field, amongst many other things!

The Parish Council is currently involved with: objecting to the Local Development Framework, especially the development west of Horsham, looking into highway matters and the problem of parking in Slinfold. We have representatives on the Governing Body of the village school, on the Village Hall Committee, on the Sports Association and we meet regularly with the two biggest industrial companies in the parish to discuss mutual concerns.

Committee meetings are usually every two months and the full Council meet once a month on the last Thursday. Meetings start at 7.30pm and we aim to finish by 10.00pm.

If you think you might be interested please contact the Clerk on 01403 266768 or clerk@slinfoldpc.fsnet.co.uk.

If you volunteer you can help to make the decisions, if you are not there you cannot!

Janet Valentine Chairman.

Flint Group (Formerly BASF) Woodland

Once again, it has been brought to the attention of the Parish Council that not all users of the Flint Group woodland are respecting the Countryside Code.

The Flint Group is very generous in allowing members of the public permission to use the footpath to walk through their private land in the woodland. However, members of the public must contain their route to the footpaths only and the majority do comply with this request.

Unfortunately, there have been some very worrying incidents in recent weeks of fires being lit in the woodland. Their proximity to the factories is of great concern.

The Parish Council would like members of the public to be vigilant and if you see anyone acting suspiciously in the woodland, then please contact the Police on 0845 6070999 for non-emergencies, the Parish Council on 01403 266768 or Flint Group Security Staff at their gatehouse.

Don’t let a minority spoil the countryside. With your help and vigilance, we can all continue to enjoy the woodland walks.

Billingshurst Emergency Assistance Team - BEAT

Billingshurst Emergency Assistance Team is a team of volunteers trained to respond to medical emergencies. They are alerted to emergencies from ambulance control. Their role is to give vital first aid treatment prior to the arrival of the ambulance crew.

One volunteer is Trevor Williams, who is a serving Paramedic with Sussex Ambulance Service NHS Trust based at Horsham and currently holds the post of co-ordinator for BEAT. There is a total of five emergency responders, one of which covers the Slinfold area.

All volunteers are CRB checked and trained by Sussex Ambulance Service NHS Trust in resuscitation including use of a defibrillator and administering oxygen. Defibrillators and response kits are supplied initially by Sussex Ambulance Service NHS Trust but these are only on loan. BEAT needs to fund raise to purchase their own equipment. The original kits then get returned for re-distribution to other areas of the county to start up more emergency responder schemes. Each kit costs around £2000, this includes the automatic defibrillator. BEAT hope to reach a situation where each responder has their own kit, because at the moment they are handing over the equipment at the end of the shift.

BEAT hope to recruit more people to assist in Slinfold and increase cover locally. The ideal situation would be to provide a response 24/7 with some kind of rota system.

If you would like to become involved with BEAT, please contact the Parish Clerk on 01403 266768 or email:clerk@slinfold-pc.gov.uk

March 2006 From the Chairman

The Parish Council sent a representative to the first meeting for the Master Planning of the development either side of the A24 near Tesco. This in no way implies that our opposition has weakened to the 2,000 houses but we felt that IF the development goes ahead we wanted to be in on the planning process.

At the Master Planning meeting, there was a strong feeling that the development east of the A24 was an extension of Horsham and that west of the A24 was an extension of Broadbridge Heath, and that they should be treated as separate developments.

There was no support for Horsham Football Club to move to Broadbridge Heath, apart from Horsham District Council and Horsham Football Club! Everyone else felt that there should be provision for Broadbridge Heath Football Club and that it should not be swallowed up by Horsham Football Club!

There was no support for a Park and Ride and the proposed new road system came in for a lot of criticism!

There will be a further full day meeting, which our representative will attend on 20 May, and an open meeting in September to which everyone is invited.

Janet Valentine Chairman.

Slinfold Parish Cottages and Slinfold Parish Council

Do you know that these are two separate organisations?

Slinfold Parish Cottages

The Slinfold Parish Cottages is a registered charity with the objective of providing housing for those in need with a local connection. The charity owns seven properties in Slinfold, five have two bedrooms and two have three bedrooms.

To join the waiting list for these properties, you must have a strong local connection, i.e. have lived in the village all or most of your life, or have parents, siblings or children that currently live in the parish.

The housing charity is run by a committee of five trustees.

Slinfold Parish Council

Your elected local government representatives are entitled to appoint two representatives to the Slinfold Parish Cottages Trustees, as detailed in the charity’s scheme. The Parish Council has appointed two representatives.

So why the confusion between the two organisations?

This has probably arisen because I am the Clerk to Slinfold Parish Cottages and manage the day to day running of the charity, and I am also employed as the Parish Clerk to Slinfold Parish Council. One person, but two different roles.

If you would like to be considered for the waiting list for one of the Parish Cottages, please contact me on 01403 266768, email: clerk@slinfoldpc.fsnet.co.uk

If you have a query you would like to put to the Parish Council, again please contact me on 01403 266768 or email: clerk@slinfold-pc.gov.uk

Beverley Turner

Clerk to the Slinfold Parish Cottages Trust

Clerk to Slinfold Parish Council

February 2006 From the Chairman

One Friday evening in February, someone vandalised the new equipment in King George’s Field by pouring pink paint over the swings, slide, safety surface, paths, seats and bin. A pupil at Slinfold School was in the park on Saturday afternoon and seeing the paint and the notice on the gate, asking people to telephone the Clerk if all was not as it should be, she did just that on her mobile. Her prompt action enabled us to get the advice of the manufacturer who was coming on the Monday. We will let the weather loosen the paint and if necessary set up a working party to pick off the rest!

If anyone has any information concerning this, please contact the Clerk.

It seems no sooner does one try to improve things someone has to spoil them! The Parish Council has presented a certificate to the child who alerted us, for her community spirited action.

Avian Flu Latest advice from West Sussex County Council issued, to read it click here. DEFRA Factsheet on Avian Flu, click here.

The grounds for suspicion issued by DEFRA on 26 February 2006 are any of the following:

• One or more dead swans, ducks or geese, or

• More than three dead birds of the same species, or

• More than five dead birds of different species

If you are unsure, the Parish Council can contact the Emergency Planning Officer at Horsham District Council.

From the Chairman

One Friday evening in February, someone vandalised the new equipment in King George’s Field by pouring pink paint over the swings, slide, safety surface, paths, seats and bin. A pupil at Slinfold School was in the park on Saturday afternoon and seeing the paint and the notice on the gate, asking people to telephone the Clerk if all was not as it should be, she did just that on her mobile. Her prompt action enabled us to get the advice of the manufacturer who was coming on the Monday. We will let the weather loosen the paint and if necessary set up a working party to pick off the rest!

If anyone has any information concerning this, please contact the Clerk.

It seems no sooner does one try to improve things someone has to spoil them! The Parish Council has presented a certificate to the child who alerted us, for her community spirited action.

January 2006

From the Chairman

At the Parish Council meeting in January we were lucky enough to have two candidates for the vacant position of Councillor. We agreed to co-opt Erik Sorensen who lives in Six Acres to the Parish Council but wished we could have offered places to both candidates. Vacancies do arise from time to time, largely due to Councillors change of circumstances either at home or at work. We hope that anyone who had it in mind to apply will look out for the next vacancy. New blood is always most welcome, as it brings new views and ideas, but we do greatly value our Councillors who have gained experience and knowledge over time and continue to serve the community.

Footway Lighting Upgrades for 2006 The Parish Council has agreed to continue the programme to upgrade the footway lighting in the parish. Once the following lights are upgraded, West Sussex County Council will adopt them, absolving the Parish Council of future supply and running costs:

· Greenfield Road – install new standard steel lighting column near to the junction with Streetfield Road. WSCC to adopt new light and two existing lights on completion.

· Streetfield Road – Remove light number 24 at junction with Greenfield Road. Install new standard steel lighting column between numbers 2 and 4 Streetfield Road. WSCC to fit old style lantern from light number 14 of Hayes Lane onto light number 23 (light at junction of Streetfield Road and Hayes Lane). WSCC to adopt new street light and existing light number 23.

· Lowfield Road – WSCC to re-site light outside house number 20 across the road near to the entrance of the footpath leading to Streetfield Road. WSCC to remove light number 25 outside 16 & 18 Lowfield Road. Install two new standard steel lighting columns outside house numbers 10 & 12, and house number 1.

The upgrades have been ordered and should be installed in the spring.

News 2005 December 2005

From the Chairman

The Parish Council handed in on 16 December its objections to the Local Development Framework - that is the plan to put more than 2,000 houses around Tesco, ( right up to the Five Oaks Road ) and a Park and Ride and the Football Stadium. A full copy of our objection can be found on our website http://www.slinfold-pc.gov.uk/

We have asked to appear in person before the Inspector. Although we were able to formulate our objections without professional help, we feel we may need this when it comes to the hearing and we have set aside some of the precept raised from the Council Tax for this purpose.

Starting in January are a series of meetings with Horsham District Council and all the parishes affected by the development, to discuss the detail of the planning. If anyone has any thoughts on this, please give your ideas to the Clerk on 01403 266768 or e-mail her at: clerk@slinfold-pc.gov.uk

This is our chance to influence what actually is on the ground in the development, any positive ideas would be welcome - whether this concerns type of housing, road network, effect of traffic on the surrounding area, infrastructure necessary for such a large development i.e. shops, schools, employment, health provision etc.

This is not the time to say whether we want the development or not, that is what our objections in December were about. This is the time to say that if the development comes, what we want it to be like and the infrastructure it should include.

Janet Valentine Chairman.

Waste Carrier

With effect from 21 November 2005 all householders in England will have a responsibility to ensure their rubbish is passed on to an authorised carrier, for example their local council or a waste carrier registered with the Environment agency. Local councils will now be able to fine householders if they have not taken care to ensure that their waste is passed on to an authorised person. This could affect householders if, for example, they hire builders, gardeners or scrap metal merchants who take materials away from their homes. If waste materials are fly-tipped, householders could also be liable and could even be fined. Therefore, the Environment Agency is advising householders that if they hire contractors such as builders and allied trades, landscape gardeners, tree fellers and surgeons, house clearers, retail establishments or scrap metal merchants who are removing waste items, these people will normally need a waste carrier registration. Householders should ask contractors if they are a registered waste carrier and ask for their waste carrier number.

The Environment Agency provides a Waste Carrier Validation Check service and can confirm whether the contractor is a registered waste carrier. Further information is available at http://www.environment-agency.gov.uk/

November 2005

From the Chairman

Unfortunately, the Parish Council is again looking for a new councillor, as Pauline Horrocks found that she could not fit it in with her new job and has resigned. Many thanks to her for all her hard work while she was on the council.

Being a councillor involves one full Parish Council meeting per month and being on two committees, which meet every two months. Parish Council meetings are usually over by 10.00pm and committee meetings usually last between one and two hours. How much more a councillor does is a personal decision and depends very much on the time they have available.

The Parish Council aims to make Slinfold an even better place to live in, to preserve the good things but to change with the times - a village which does not do this is a dead or dying village!

If you think you would like to be involved in these decisions, please contact the Clerk on 01403 266768 or e-mail: clerk@slinfold-pc.gov.uk

You will be warmly welcomed!

Janet Valentine Chairman.

The Missing Link.

A inquiry in regard to a Right of Way over the land of the former railway between Baystone Bridge and Christ's Hospital is due to be held shortly. The Parish Council has been asked for help in seeking witness statements from horse riders. Basically those promoting the scheme need information from anyone who may have used what effectively became a cul-de-sac following the transfer of the land to WSCC in 1968. Whereas this is quite a long time ago, it seems likely that amongst us there are persons who used to ride the section or know somebody who did. The importance of horse riding is that it could influence the outcome between a footpath and a Bridleway.

The Parish Council very much supports the opening of this section of this disused land as a Bridleway as it would provide a realistic opportunity of joining the two halves of the Down's Link. Witnessing would not be an onerous task and would only involve filling in a document to say that you had used it, although the more specific information that could be given, the more credible would be evidence.

Any help or information in this regard would very much appreciated

Please contact Beverley Turner if you can help.

Overhanging Vegetation Do your hedges or trees overhang a footpath or road?

Please think about footpath and road users and ensure that your hedges and trees are regularly trimmed back. Footpaths and roads can be dangerously narrowed by overhanging vegetation.

Please spare a thought for the elderly, blind, wheelchair and pushchair users on footpaths and ensure that your hedgerow is regularly trimmed, so that they are not forced to walk into the road.

You run the risk of formal notice from the County Council if you fail to keep overhanging vegetation under control, and could even face legal action from an injured member of the public.

Licensing Act 2003

For ease of reference, the Parish Council has published the licensed hours for Slinfold licensed premises on their website at:

http://www.slinfold-pc.gov.uk/

Go to News, then Licensing.

October 2005 From the Chairman

At the time of writing, the play equipment has already been installed in King George’s Field and handed over to the Parish Council but the path, seats, bins and the entrance work are still being completed.

By the time you read this, the Parish Council hope that the ROSPA post installation inspection will have taken place and the area opened to the public.

On behalf of Slinfold, the Parish Council would like to thank CARES for all their hard work in seeing this part of the development of King George’s Field to completion. It will be a real asset to the village and I am sure will be appreciated by the children of Slinfold.

Parish Council Website

Just a reminder, our website has moved to:

http://www.slinfold-pc.gov.uk/

The new website is kept up to date with news, consultations and minutes of Parish Council meetings.

You can contact the Parish Council by email:

clerk@slinfold-pc.gov.uk

Slinfold Youth Club

We are extremely lucky in Slinfold to have such a well attended Youth Club. Around 19 young persons attend each week.

The Youth Club is run by two dedicated volunteers who rely on help from other volunteers each week.

As the numbers of young persons attending the Youth Club is consistently high, we urgently need a rota of volunteers to assist our two dedicated volunteers.

Can you spare one evening per term to help for two hours on a Wednesday evening? We would be delighted to hear from you.

For more information please contact Beverley Turner, Parish Clerk on 01403 266768 or email: clerk@slinfold-pc.gov.uk

September 2005

From the Chairman

The Local Development Framework has had a bumpy history! When it was first launched, it was for 1,000 houses and a university on the Broadbridge Heath site. The university then disappeared with promises that that area would not be developed in this phase. Now, suddenly, we are told that the whole site will be for 2,000 houses and will all be built by 2018.

It is obvious that if the goal posts keep changing it is very difficult to know what the consultation process includes. The timetable, at the time of writing, is very tight - with a meeting to which the Parish Council have been invited to send a representative, on the 15th September, to explain the agenda for the Horsham District Council meeting which will be on 27th September, but comments have to be in by 16th September! The Parish Council has asked for an extension to the comments period, so that we can hold a special meeting on 19th to decide our response.

All this will be history by the time you read this and hopefully your Parish Council will have more information about the extra housing and answers concerning the provision of water, schools and healthcare for all these extra households! Clearly present facilities cannot cope with the present population, let alone 2,000 more in this immediate area.

Janet Valentine Chairman.

Toddler Swings, Six Acres

You may have noticed that the toddler swing cradles have been replaced in the Six Acres toddler play area. The cradles were faulty and were replaced free of charge by the supplier.

If you see any older children playing on this equipment, please ask them to refrain from doing so, as it is a valuable facility for the young persons of this parish.

Parish Design Statement Meeting

A meeting to discuss the Parish Design Statement was held in September. Its origins were explained by the Chairman of the Council, Mrs Janet Valentine. She said that the Parish Design Statement was created as a direct result of the Slinfold Parish Plan published in 2003. The Design Statement is part of the planning process and will be used by the public and Parish Council in Slinfold to influence local planning, and will provide guidance for any development proposal.

The Chairman of the Council explained that the draft version of the Parish Design Statement had been circulated to every household during July 2005, and the purpose of the meeting was to receive public comments on the document. She said that the comments would be considered by the Parish Design Statement Team, the Parish Council and Horsham District Council, before the final published Parish Design Statement is produced. The final version will be available for sale.

The Design Statement was instigated by the Parish Council and largely funded by Horsham District Council, but it was created by a team of dedicated local residents who gave their time freely to research and create the document. The Chairman thanked the Design Statement Team for their hard work, and especially Neil Peachey, who had kept the project going and pulled it all together. Neil Peachey then took the chair describing each section of the Design Statement and received comments from the 20 members of the public present to report back to the Design Statement Team.

August 2005

Press Release from HDCRP

Secure Your Motor – Don’t give thieves an easy ride

Crime levels are falling in Horsham District, making it the safest place to live and work within Sussex. The risk of becoming a victim of crime is at its lowest for 20 years – but it hasn’t gone away. Most crimes are opportunistic ‘spur-of-the-moment’ actions and none more so than car crimes. With 70% of all households in Horsham District owning a car, thieves can wait for a simple mistake or lapse in concentration before striking. By taking a few common sense steps to prevent car crime you can hopefully prevent yourself from becoming another statistic.

The Simple Facts

Fact: Vehicle crime has fallen by over 30% across England and Wales in the last 5 years. Even so, there are more than two million vehicle-related thefts each year.

Fact: Approximately 10% of all vehicle owners in England and Wales have in the past experienced at least one vehicle-related theft.

Fact: 40% of stolen vehicles are never returned to their owners.

Fact: Older cars are more likely to be stolen than newer ones.

Fact: More than 30% of vehicle crime happens in car parks.

Fact: You are more than twice as likely to have your vehicle broken into than stolen.

Car Sense – Tips to Reduce the Risks

Always

· Close the windows and sunroof, lock the doors and activate any security devices when leaving your car unattended.

· Park with care and when at home always use your garage if you have one, locking both your car and your garage door. If you don't have a garage, always try to park in a well-lit, open place, particularly at night or if you are leaving the vehicle for a long period.

· When parking away from home, always try and park your car in an attended car park. Why not look for a public car park which is part of the Police-approved Safer Parking scheme - www.saferparking.com

· Lock your doors and don’t open your windows fully when you are driving, especially in slow traffic.

· Have your car registration number or the last 7 digits of your Vehicle Identification Number (VIN) etched onto all windows, both windscreens and your headlamps.

Never

· Leave cash, credit cards, cheque books, mobile phones, vehicle documents or other valuables in the car. (If you have no choice but to do so, make sure they are hidden well out of sight before you begin your journey - thieves may be watching you park!)

· Leave keys in the car, even for a second - treat them as you would your cash and credit cards, especially when visiting petrol stations.

· Leave car keys on display at home or at work - burglars regularly break into houses and offices purely to steal car keys.

Buying a Second Hand Car – Be Prepared

Ask to see proof of the seller's identity and address - an official letter or driving licence, for example.

Make sure the car's Vehicle Identity Number (VIN) matches that on the registration document (V5), ensuring that you check for signs of tampering

Never let the seller bring the car to you, as you need to confirm their address details.

Don’t buy a car without the registration document (V5) - make sure it has a DVLA watermark and has not been altered in any way.

· If in doubt, ask the AA, RAC or another reputable organisation to inspect the car before agreeing to buy it.

Buying a new car

Where possible, ensure your car has as many of the following safety features and before buying, speak to your insurer about security - some systems may even reduce your premium.

· Electronic engine immobilisation

Locking wheel nuts

Secure in-car entertainment

Lockable fuel cap

Central locking

Security etching

Deadlocks

Alarm

Think about fitting a vehicle tracking system if you are buying a particularly expensive car or one that might be attractive to thieves.

Other Useful Information and Advice

· For security advice call the National Vehicle Security Helpline on 0870 550 2006 or try www.secureyourmotor.gov.uk

· For information about vehicle inspections call the AA on 0800 234 999, or the RAC on 0990 333 660.

· To check the status of a second-hand vehicle, call Equifax HPI on 01722 422 422.

· For a free copy of the Car Buyer's Guide or for general advise about car security contact Horsham District’s Crime Prevention Officer on 01243 520287.

· Sold Secure provides a list of recognised security products. Visit http://www.soldsecure.com/ or call 01327 264687.

· If you have any information on any crime you can call Crime stoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

· Don’t keep it to yourself - If you see anything unusual or suspicious, call the Police immediately on; 0845 60 70 999 or in an emergency dial 999

Advise sheet prepared by the Community Safety Unit. For further information about Car Crime or any other Crime and Disorder issue, please contact us on; 01403 215527 or email; communitysafety@horsham.gov.uk

Age Concern West Sussex - Money Maze Service

The way in which state pensions and benefits are paid has changed; order books have been phased out in favour of modernised payment methods. There are now several options available:

A Bank or Building Society Account

Post Office Card Account

Cheque Payment

Credit Union Account

Age Concern West Sussex is here t

· Provide information about this change

· Tell you more about all of the ways you can receive your money

· Help you get the right advice to make your choice

· Help you to solve any problems you may be experiencing

What to do next

Call us on Freephone 0800 019 1320. We can provide you with more information about the help and support that is available.

Call us to arrange a talk, event or put up a display. We can visit your local group or club to tell you more about your options and the help and support that is available to you.

If at any point you require additional support call the Freephone number above and the Money Maze team will be happy to help.

Parish Council Website

The Parish Council is pleased to announce that it has a new website:

http://www.slinfold-pc.gov.uk/

and the Clerk has a new email address: clerk@slinfold-pc.gov.uk

The website consists of four main sections:

About the Parish Council:

· Councillors

· Clerk

· Council Structure

· Freedom of Information

· Council Documents

Meetings and Minutes:

· Schedule of meetings and associated agenda

· Minutes of meetings

Planning:

· Map of Conservation Area

· Tree Preservation Orders

· Parish Plan

· Parish Design Statement

· Local Development Framework

· WSCC Structure Plan

News & Information:

· News 2005

· News 2004

· Handy Van Service

. Parish Statistics

Parish Councillor Vacancy

Following the resignation of Chris Ansell, the Parish Council has a vacancy for one Parish Councillor.

Have you ever thought of becoming a Parish Councillor? Not sure what it involves?

Current issues occupying the Parish Council are:

Parish Design Statement

Policy to upgrade street lighting in the parish.

Recreational facilities.

Local Development Framework

And many more….

For an informal chat about becoming a Parish Councillor, please contact the Parish Clerk, Beverley Turner on 01403 266768 or email: clerk@slinfold-pc.gov.uk

For previous news items, please select News 2005 or News 2004.

February 2005 From the Chairman of the Parish Council

Those of you who have been to Six Acres recently will be aware that the corner beds have been planted, various areas re-turfed, shrubs pruned ,dead trees replaced and various safety jobs completed. However at the time of writing, although another attempt has been made to do the footpath around the estate, it has only resulted in making it worse! The Parish Council will do its best to get a footpath we can use and then perhaps people will be able to visit the ducks and take the scenic route to the Toddler Play Park and to the kick-about area!

Janet Valentine

Parish Community Emergency Plan

Horsham District Council are a category 1 responder under the Civil Contingency Act 2004 to assist with business continuity following an emergency. At the request of Horsham District Council, the Parish Council has been asked to formulate an Emergency Plan to assist with the recovery of the parish following an emergency.

Experience has shown that areas with a Recovery Plan recover far quicker following an emergency than those that do not.

The Slinfold Emergency Contingency Plan is still in its early stages but at this point it would be most helpful if any person resident in the village, with the following qualifications or equipment, and who is willing to be a part of our plan, would contact the Parish Clerk on 01403 266768, or by email: clerk@slinfoldpc.com.

  • POLICE OFFICER
  • SPECIAL CONSTABLE
  • DOCTOR
  • NURSE
  • SERVING FIREFIGHTER
  • CHAINSAW
  • TRACTOR
  • MOBILE PUMP
Horsham District Local Development Framework
(formerly Local Plan)

Horsham District Council will formally launch their public consultation on the Local Development Framework Preferred Options document on 04 February 2005. The consultation period will last until 18 Match 2005.

The Preferred Options document includes the following topics relevant to the parish of Slinfold:

  • Strategic location west of Horsham identified for 1,250 houses
  • Amendments to the built up area boundary of Slinfold

The Parish Council will be submitting a formal response to the consultation document. Details of extraordinary meetings to discuss the consultation document will be publicised on this website and on the Parish Council notice board in the bus shelter in The Street, Slinfold.

Now is the time to make your comments to the Parish Council and directly to Horsham District Council, do not miss this opportunity.

Taking into account comments made on this Preferred Options consultation, Horsham District Council will prepare a submission draft to the Secretary of State in mid 2005. Late 2005/early 2006, the examination of the Local Development Framework will be carried out by an independent Inspector, who will consider representations on its content and examine the 'soundness' of the Plan. The decision of this Inspector will be binding on Horsham District Council.

Email Addresses:

Parish Council: clerk@slinfoldpc.com

Horsham District Council: planning@horsham.gov.uk


January 2005 From the Chairman of Slinfold Parish Council

There are almost as many dogs in Slinfold as people and we all know what dogs have to do every day! Please if you are a dog owner-be responsible- your dog cannot and it gives dogs a bad name if mess is left around the village and footpaths.

Please do not walk dogs and let them foul in play areas-King George 5th.,the Toddler Play Area in Six Acres, the Cricket Field or Cherry Tree Farm. It really is not a great chore to carry a plastic bag, pick it up and take it home.

We do have one dog bin on the Downs Link at Hayes Lane and will soon have another at the end of Spring Lane. So please let us keep our verges, recreation areas and footpaths free from dog mess, so that we can all enjoy our attractive village and its surrounding countryside without having to watch where we walk!

Janet Valentine

Tree Preservation Orders

We have recently had a case of preserved trees being felled in Slinfold village. The trees in question were mature English oaks at least 150 years old.

Tree preservation orders (TPOs) are put on trees when it is decided by Horsham District Council, that the trees are of outstanding natural beauty, are an asset to the local community, have amenity value and may be under threat of injudicious pruning or removal. Every owner of a preserved tree will have the TPO details shown during their house search before they buy the property or if an order is put on at a later date, they will get a recorded delivery letter that an order is in place.

It is an offence to work on a preserved tree without first contacting the Council to obtain their permission. Court fines for work on a preserved tree without permission could be in the region of £20,000 each tree, so it makes sense to telephone the Arboricultural Officer at HDC, his name is Will Jones, he is very knowledgeable, he will be pleased to assist you.

Regarding trees in conservation areas, no tree can be worked on without first obtaining permission from HDC, the waiting period is at least six weeks and must be adhered to as HDC are getting very firm regarding this problem.

Telephone call warning

A resident has received the following international telephone call:

"This is Santa calling from Disney. You have just won a holiday in Disney etc. etc. You will be staying on Sunset Boulevard etc. etc. The first ninety people will also win a cruise out of Fort Lauderdale. Press 9 to claim your prize".

If you receive this call, do not press 9 as it will connect you to a premium rate number. As the readout gave the call as international the call could cost several pounds per minute.

Highways and Transport Partnerships

West Sussex County Council has set up a number of new Highways and Transport Partnerships to cover the whole county. These groups or Partnerships are responsible for developing an input to the Area Transport Plan for 2006 to 2016 that reflects the main issues and concerns of their specific part of the county. The partnerships are made up of a number of County, District and Parish Councillors. The members of the partnership act as local representatives bringing forward transport issues and concerns of the people living within the area.

The Highways and Transport Partnerships replace the Urban Transport Forums and have the following main aims:

  1. To guide the development of the Area Transport Plan (ATP);
  2. To provide local perspective in order to allow the County Council, in consultation with District, Borough and Parish Councils, to develop ATPs which maximise local support;
  3. To enable early consultation on local transport schemes and projects;
  4. To help identify work that will feed into the WSCC Works Programme;
  5. To bring forward issues for discussion as representatives of the community;
  6. To be the focus for all transport issues within the area.

The job of the partnership is to prioritise the many various issues such as; road safety, the reduction of congestion, effective traffic management through villages, efficient public transport, and networked cycle routes. These Partnerships have been set up to ensure that local issues are considered for inclusion in the next transport plan.

It is important that individuals and organisations within the Slinfold village area have the opportunity to contribute. Slinfold is represented on the Horsham District Partnership by Alan Mawer. Anyone wishing to contribute to, or comment on, the plans for transport in the Horsham District should contact either the Parish Clerk or Alan direct by email at: aetmawer@btinternet.com

Footway Lighting

The Parish Council is committed to continue with the upgrade of the footway lighting in the centre of Slinfold.

As previously reported six lights have been replaced recently within the Conservation Area. It is our plan to renew three lights per year until we have uniformity within the village centre. To this end we will be replacing the light in Lyons Close to match up with the new light at the entrance to Lyons Close. We will also be replacing the lights outside the cricket field and Tilehurst in Lyons Road, these have been ordered and will be installed as soon as they arrive.

News 2004


December 2004 Rights of Way Routine Maintenance Visit

The West Sussex County Council Access Ranger recently carried out the routine maintenance visit of the public footpaths of the parish. The following works were completed during this visit:

  • 6 new wooden waymarkers
  • 5 repaired wooden waymarkers
  • 2 repaired stiles
  • 2930 metres of vegetation clearance
Flooding Update

Thank you to everyone who has sent the Parish Council photographs taken during the flooding in the parish earlier this year. The Parish Council now has several photographs taken around the parish, but would always welcome a few more. Just a reminder, that it is not just Hayes Lane that the Council is interested in but the entire parish.

West Sussex County Council have not yet appointed the contractor who is going to carry out the full survey of the parish to try to establish the cause of the flooding. As soon as there is any news, a further update will be sent to the Parish Magazine.

In the meantime, if we are unlucky enough to have another huge downpour that results in surface water flooding please don’t forget your cameras and take lots of pictures, but take care as floodwater can have a strong under current. The more evidence that we can accumulate, the more chance we have of identifying the source of the problem.

Please send pictures to Beverley Turner, Slinfold Parish Council, P.O. Box 360, Slinfold RH13 5GW or by email: clerk@slinfoldpc.com.

Battery Recycling at Civic Amenity Sites

ALL Household Waste Recycling Sites (Civic Amenity Sites) in West Sussex now have containers for household batteries, i.e. non-lead acid.

Batteries that are found in electrical appliances, toys and mobile phones can be recycled by disposing of them in the sweet jar looking battery containers. The majority of these containers will be placed next to the car battery containers already on site.

The batteries will be collected by G & P Batteries Limited, who are fully licensed to handle all types of non-lead acid batteries, both rechargeable and single-use including:

  • Nickel Cadmium
  • Nickel Metal Hydride
  • Lithium
  • Lithium Ion
  • Alkaline Manganese
  • Silver Oxide
  • Zinc Carbon
  • Mercury Oxide............ and many others.

The batteries collected from the Household Waste Recycling Sites in West Sussex will be among the first to be collected and sorted for recycling in the UK as, up until now, all household batteries collected have had to be exported. From early 2005 however, G & P Batteries will be operating their own battery recycling facility in West Bromwich for all Alkaline batteries, which make up about 85% of the batteries used in the UK.



November 2004 From the Chairman

As many of you will know, there is a balancing pond at Six Acres and this has been colonized by a family of ducks, varying in number from 4 to 11.Several people have asked me if the Parish Council could build an island or a raft for them. I took advice from the Arundel Wetlands and started to collect the materials (donated by Cordek) for a raft.

On going back to the Wetlands, they pointed out how difficult it would be to accommodate the huge variation in the water level. They then asked why I was doing it and on hearing that she had raised 11 out of 12 ducklings to adulthood , they said she did not need my help! They expect to get only 50% through! Their advice was to wait until next year and see how well she does- so that is why no raft has appeared!

If you have any stale bread or mixed corn this winter, please think of the ducks.

Janet Valentine

New Bench

The Parish Council would like to thank District Councillor Michael Dalrymple for the provision of the new bench at three ways in Park Street.

New Notice Board

The Parish Council has supplied a new notice board on the grass verge in Lyons Road opposite the cricket field. Village organisations are welcome to display their posters on this notice board.

Dog Litter Bin

It has been bought to the attention of the Parish Council that dog mess has been placed in the three litter bins on the Downs Link adjacent to Cordek (on the Spring Copse Industrial Estate). It is quite unpleasant for Cordek staff to empty these bins, and the public are asked to refrain from using these bins for dog mess. These bins are provided for litter only.

Accordingly, your Parish Council has just ordered a new dog litter bin for this section of the Downs Link. The new dog litter bin will be installed on the Downs Link on the boundary between Schenectady and Cordek on the Slinfold side of the gate.

Message from Police Community Support Officer,
Bernadette O'Grady

There are now several Police Community Support Officers PCSO's based at HorshamPolice Station, to provide a high visibility reassuring presence in thecommunity. Each has been allocated their own beat areas and will be patrolling localhotspots, collecting intelligence needed to set up ASBO's (Anti-Social Behaviour Orders) and ABC's (Anti-Social Behaviour Contract) andproviding links between the community and the Police.

It has been shown in local and national reports that a high visibility presenceand uniformed officers on the street does help to reassure the public.My name is Bernadette O'Grady and I am happy to introduce myself to you throughthe Parish Magazine as your local area PCSO.

I expect to become a regular sight in Slinfold and I am looking forward togetting to know many of you in the area and hoping for your support in myendeavours to reduce crime and nuisance and ensure you all can enjoy a moresecure and peaceful life. Should you wish to contact me please call 0845 6070 999 or leave a message with your Parish Council Clerk who will be able to pass those on to me personally.


October 2004 From the Chairman

Police Community Support Officers

You may have seen two people in uniform either bicycling, walking or driving around the village. They are our two Police Community Support Officers, Bernadette O'Grady and Richard Griffith. They cover several of the villages and hope to get to know people and to be known. They can respond quicker than the normal Police Service and hope to provide a more personal and flexible service based on local knowledge. You can contact them on 0845 60 70 999.

Youth Club

The Slinfold Youth Club is going well but is in desparate need of more helpers. If you can offer even the occasional Wednesday evening 7 -10pm, please contact Jackie on 790670 or me on 790279. It is such a worthwhile venture but cannot succeed unless we have enough adults to help!

Janet Valentine

Parish Council Changes

At the Parish Council meeting in July, David Fisher tendered his resignation as a Councillor, due to pressure of work. Mrs Rosemary Hillyard agreed to take over his position as Chairman of the Finance Committee, and Mrs Margaret Dunkerton was also appointed to that committee.

The Parish Council is now pleased to announce the co-option of Mrs Paulene Horrocks to the Council at the Council meeting on 26 August 2004.

Paulene has been appointed to the Youth Issues and Parish Mini-Bus Committees, and the Parish Action Plan Advisory Group.

The full list of current Parish Councillors is given on the Council members page and the current allocation of Councillors to Committees and Advisory Groups is given on the Committees page.

Flooding Update

As you may already be aware, the Parish Council is actively trying to co-ordinate efforts to investigate the cause/source of the flooding problems in the parish. The Parish Council is keen to see any photographs taken of the great flood in Hayes Lane on 28 April 2004, or of flooding elsewhere in the parish at that time. Additionally, if you know of any blocked ditches or culverts ANYWHERE in the parish, please can you inform Beverley Turner, Parish Clerk, on 01403 266768 or email: clerk@slinfoldpc.com.

Local knowledge will be vital in helping to identify the causes of these problems.

The Out of Hours Emergency Service

Local people currently benefit from a comprehensive Out of Hours Emergency Service provided by a co-operative arrangement of local GP’s. Under the terms of the new GMS contract introduced in April 2004, local GP’s have chosen to ‘opt out’ of providing an Out of Hours Emergency Service during the hours of 6.30pm to 8am weekdays, plus weekends and Bank Holidays. Responsibility for providing this service is therefore transferring to Western Sussex Primary Care Trust (PCT) on 01 September 2004.

Medical cover will continue to be available outside the hours of 6.30pm to 8am weekdays, plus weekends and Bank Holidays, but it may be provided in a different way. One example will be the change to Saturday morning surgeries, which will be replaced by an Out of Hours Emergency Service. Patients currently make contact with the Out of Hours Emergency Service by calling their GP practice – this will not change on 01 September 2004. In the longer term, the call will automatically be re-directed to the Out of Hours call centre. Calls will be handled by experienced administrative staff that help determine the service required by the patient.

The overall aim of the PCT is to enable patients to access a range of health professionals close to home, whatever time of day or night.


September 2004 Letter from the Chairman

Recreational Facilities

Following the decision not to sell King George V play area, the Parish Council set up a working party, under the Recreation Committee of the Parish Council, of three councillors and a number of volunteers from the public. The purpose was to look at all the recreational areas, assess their present use, see if they could be usefully improved and where to get the money to do so.

They have been meeting fortnightly and making great progress, so they should be able to report to the Parish Council on King George V area during the autumn. The hope is to get the work done during the winter, so a new King George V will emerge in the spring!

The village owes a big thank you to the working party who are meeting so regularly and toiling on our behalf! It really does take many hours of meetings, many telephone calls and many letters to get a project like this off the ground.

Thank you to you all!
Janet Valentine

Parish Pump Land

The “Parish Pump Land” is the triangular piece of land sandwiched on the corner of Lyons Road and Hayes Lane, between York Cottage and Stone Cottages, where the parish pump was once situated. The Parish Council has made enquiries into the ownership of this piece of land and has established that it is not registered to anyone.

Cllr. Dayneswood and the Clerk to the Parish Cottages looked at information held in the vault of the Parish Cottages’ Solicitors for clues to the ownership of the land. They were able to establish that:

  1. At a “Special Meeting held March 2nd, 1835”, at which the Churchwarden, Overseer and four Inhabitants were present,
    “It was unanimously agreed to build two more Cottages on the Waste Land belonging to this parish and our Churchwarden with Mr E. Child, Mr J. Puttoch be instructed to proceed immediately.”
    This is believed to refer to Stone Cottages. It is noted that the land is described as “Waste Land belonging to this parish”.
  2. From correspondence between officials of the Parish Cottages and the Clerk of West Sussex County Council in 1964 – 1965, it appears that W.S.C.C. had considered the “triangular area of land to the north of Stone Cottages” to be part of the highway. However, they subsequently agreed
    “to accept that the limit of the highway immediately to the north of Stone Cottages is a line which varies between 7 and 10 feet from the edge of the existing carriageway [as shown on an accompanying plan] and to forego the claim to the remaining triangular area of land …”
    This was due to be agreed at a meeting of the Parish Cottages committee on 10th January 1965, but the Minutes of that meeting cannot currently be found.
  3. In a recent telephone conversation, however, W.S.C.C. have indicated that they do not consider that land to be part of the highway, although they do attend to its grass cutting.
  4. Meanwhile, ownership of Stone Cottages was registered at the Land Registry, on 8 June 1964 under Title No. SX61521, to “The Rector and Churchwardens of the Parish of Slinfold”, but the Land Registry Title Plan very clearly does not include the “triangular area of land to the north of Stone Cottages” (where the map shows a pump).
  5. So it appears that, on the one hand, the Parish Cottages committee laid claim to the land as not being part of the highway and W.S.C.C. agreed to this, but, on the other hand, they did not include this area in the Land Registry title.

Therefore the Parish Council now considers this land to be in the ownership of the Parish Council, and is taking the necessary steps to register the title. Should you know any information contrary to the above, or indeed have any additional information to support the above, please contact the Parish Clerk on 01403 266768 or email: clerk@slinfoldpc.com.

Flooding in Slinfold

Neil Smith, Highways Manager, WSCC, attended the Parish Council meeting on Thursday 29 July 2004, at the request of the Parish Council, to discuss the flooding problems in the parish.

Neil Smith explained that he has been promoted from Local Highways Manager to Highways Manager and now covers the area of Mid Sussex and Horsham to the A272 for West Sussex County Council.

The most recent flooding event in the parish was on 28 April 2004 when 27mm of rain fell in 20 minutes causing flooding to several properties in the parish.

Following the flooding, heavy drain clearing equipment was sent to the parish which flushed out a lot of silt, gravel and even a dead badger, a pipe was repaired outside the Cobblers and a map of the drainage system was created.

Asked about the cause of the flooding, Neil Smith said that he thought the land drainage ditches fill up, and surcharge into properties and flood the road. The surface water from the road cannot discharge into the already flooded ditches, so this floods properties too. Slinfold is in between the Arun and Adur floodplain, which may have an impact on the level of flooding in the parish too.

Neil Smith added that the way forward to try to resolve this problem is to have a survey of the whole parish to investigate the current system, find the flows, map the area and land usage, and collate data on previous flooding incidents to try to establish the reasons behind the problems in the parish. Neil has funds for this survey in the current financial year, and has put the survey project out to tender. He has asked the Parish Council to produce photographic evidence of flooding, and to nominate a Liaison Councillor to assist the surveyors. He added that photographic evidence of flooding can be much more persuasive that mere descriptions in having flodding problems taken seriously and with high priority.

Cllr. Mawer has been nominated as the liaison officer and would be pleased to receive any photographs you may have of this most recent flooding event, or events in previous years. If you have any further information that you can give about the flow of water down Hayes Lane, and where you think it emanates from, please contact the Parish Clerk on 01403 266768 or email: clerk@slinfoldpc.com.

For those interested, a more detailed account of the discussion with Neil Smith is available in the Minutes of the July Parish Council meeting, which are available on this website or in the Post Office.

Six Acres

Toddler Play Area

The Parish Council is pleased to confirm that the toddler play area in Six Acres is now open. Repairs to the wet pour surface have been made in accordance with the RoSPA safety certificate, and appropriate signage has been erected.

The toddler play area is checked once a week for litter, but the Parish Council hopes that everyone will try to help maintain this facility to a high standard for the younger persons of our parish to enjoy.

Should you wish to report any problems with the toddler play area, please contact the Parish Clerk on 01403 266768 or email: clerk@slinfoldpc.com.

Kick-about Area and Open Space

The Parish Council is continuing to press Horsham District Council to resolve the legal issues currently hindering the adoption of the Kick-about Area and other Open Spaces on the Six Acres estate. It is also exploring other ways around the issues.

One of the outstanding tasks to be carried out by Wimpeys before adoption is the replacement of the planting at the estate entrance and of various dead trees around the area. Unfortunately, in order to ensure that the new planting establishes properly, this cannot be done until late autumn.

Mini-roundabout

The Parish Council have met (separately) with both the W.S.C.C. Highways Manager and Wimpeys to discuss the junction of Six Acres and Hayes Lane. The Parish Council sought to impress on the Highways Manager how unhappy they are with the changes made at that junction and how they feel that the junction has, if anything, been made more dangerous.

The Parish Council is hoping to have a further meeting, on site, with a representative from the Highways Dept. Cllr. Mawer will be liaising with W.S.C.C. Highways Dept. on this issue. If you have any particular points, or know of any (near) accidents or incidents at this junction, that you would like brought to the attention of the Highways Dept., please speak to Cllr. Mawer or contact the Parish Clerk on 01403 266768 or email: clerk@slinfoldpc.com.

Meanwhile, we understand that Wimpeys are hoping to make some minor improvements by moving the new signs in Hayes Lane to make them more visible (although they have been placed where Highways Dept specified!), and by cutting back some hedges slightly to improve the sight lines from Six Acres.

PLEASE REMEMBER that Hayes Lane traffic no longer has priority at this junction and must SLOW DOWN on approaching the roundabout and GIVE WAY to traffic from the right.


August 2004 From the Chairman of the Parish Council

Your Parish Council has been very busy on your behalf in June and July. Apart from our regular monthly meetings there was an Open Meeting to hear from Paul Rowley, Head of Strategic and Community Planning at Horsham District Council, the principles behind the Draft Local Development Framework and to ask him questions. Over 30 members of the public attended. The Parish Council then had a Special Meeting to consider their response, which is published in this magazine.

In June too, the Youth Club commenced as a result of the Village Action Plan. This has been well attended by around 20 young people and is ably led by Jackie Kane of Six Acres. More volunteers are needed to help on Wednesday evenings from 7-10pm,so if you can lend a hand please contact the Clerk, Jackie or myself.

Congratulations to the Cricket Club for organizing a very successful Village Day and what a good venue the Cricket Ground made! A very big thank you to all those involved from the whole parish.

Janet Valentine

Internal Auditor

Could you spare the Parish Council a few hours every six months to carry out an independent internal audit of the Parish Council accounts?

The internal audits are carried out in November and June. Some formal qualification in accountancy or book-keeping would be preferred, as you will be required to give an internal audit opinion and sign the Annual Return issued by the Audit Commission. The internal audit should take no more than 5 – 10 hours per audit, and you will be paid a small honorarium.

If you are interested in carrying out this vital role for the Parish Council please contact the Parish Clerk for more information on 01403 266768 or email: clerk@slinfoldpc.com

Slinfold Parish Mini-Bus

Bookings Secretary Needed

The Slinfold Parish Mini-Bus is a valuable community asset run as a non-profit making service for the benefit of the people of Slinfold. The mini-bus is owned by the Parish Council, managed by the Parish Council but operated by a group of volunteers.

Do you have a couple of hours a week to spare? If so, you could help take the bookings for the mini-bus and checking it in after use.

If there are insufficient volunteers to run this service, it may need to be withdrawn. The income from donations is insufficient to cover an employee to operate this service. If you are interested in helping with the parish mini-bus please contact the Parish Clerk on 01403 266768 or email: clerk@slinfoldpc.com


July 2004 All Change at the Parish Council

New Parish Council Chairman Mrs Janet Valentine

At the Annual General Meeting of the Parish Council, Cllr. Shields the outgoing Chairman nominated Cllr. Janet Valentine for the post of Chairman to the Parish Council. This appointment was seconded and agreed unanimously.

New Parish Council Vice Chairman Mr Trevor Dayneswood

Cllr. Shields then proposed Cllr. Trevor Dayneswood for the post of Vice-Chairman. This appointment was seconded and agreed unanimously.

New Parish Councillors

Mr Frank Catlow recently tendered his resignation as a Parish Councillor, leaving three vacancies on the Council. Mrs Margaret Bailey and Mr Chris Ansell were co-opted to fill two of those vacancies. The full list of current Parish Councillors is given on the Council members page.

Committees

The allocation of Councillors to Committees and Advisory Groups was reviewed and the new list is given on the Committees page.

Nick Shields

At the Annual General Meeting of the Parish Council in May, Cllr. Nick Shields stood down as Chairman of the Parish Council. Nick has been Chairman for the last seven years and really made an impact in the parish. His hard work and dedication has led to many thousands of hours of voluntary work which he has performed with quiet determination, including a period of many months when he also acted as unpaid Parish Clerk while we were without one.

The Parish Council would like to thank Nick for his contribution to the Parish as Chairman of the Parish Council and acknowledge some of his work:

  • Child Memorial Village Hall, Slinfold - modernisation program. Nick was one of the prime instigators of this project along with Brian Tanner, Jeremy Atkinson and Alan Chisholm. The parish is very grateful to all those who have worked so hard to ensure that this vital communal facility was extended and modernised.
  • The Parish Action Plan - started January 2001, printed September 2003. The plan has already been referred to in several grant applications as supporting evidence, and indeed is being used as a guideline for other parishes just starting their own Parish Action Plans.
  • Newly upgraded footway lighting in the Conservation Area, with programme to upgrade footway lighting in entire parish eventually.
  • Village shop buy-out in 2002, instigated by the Parish Council.
  • Industrial Liaison Group set up with BASF Printing Systems Limited and Schenectady has improved relationship between the industrial units and the parish.
  • Negotiated with HDC Planning Dept., applicant's agent and residents of Nowhurst Lane to achieve a mutually agreeable conclusion to this long running dispute over the Civil Engineering site.
  • Helped Parish Clerk become one of the first ten Clerks in the country to obtain the AQA Certificate in Local Council Administration and accompanied her to the presentation ceremony at the offices of DEFRA in London, December 2003. Nick said, 'This gives our parish national recognition'.

As you can see, Nick has guided the parish through a time of much change and expansion. The Parish Council is pleased to confirm that Nick is remaining on the Council as his knowledge and experience from 26 years on the Parish Council is still much needed. Nick has taken on a new challenge by accepting the difficult and demanding role of Chairman of the Planning Advisory Group.

And finally, not forgetting that Nick has been ably supported by his Vice-Chairman Cllr. Rosemary Hillyard for four years. Cllr. Hillyard has also stood down as Vice-Chairman to the Council, but will remain as a Parish Councillor. The Parish Council would also like to thank Rosemary for the many hours she has given as Vice-Chairman of the Council, and the work she has contributed to the projects listed above.

From the new Chairman of the Parish Council

I should like to thank my fellow Councillors for the confidence they have shown in me by electing me Chairman of the Parish Council. I shall work hard to live up to their expectations and to serve the Parish.

It is not an easy job to be a Parish Councillor; if you do nothing you are wrong, and if you do something you will be wrong in somebody's eyes - and few will ever say well done! Your Parish Councillors are only ordinary members of the community who have been prepared to come forward and say 'Yes - I will be a Parish Councillor and accept the responsibility'. They deserve your thanks for giving up a considerable amount of time to do what few others seem prepared to do.

I would like to think that the Parish Council is the voice for ALL members of our community and that we are available for everyone. Democracy does not mean all agreeing, but respecting other points of view, and the right to express them. If we cannot make it work in our village what hope is there for the rest of the world? Let us all pull together to make Slinfold an even better place in which to live.

Janet Valentine
Chairman of the Parish Council

Adoption of areas at Six Acres

The Parish Council very much regrets the delay in adopting the Toddler Play Area, Kick-about area and other open spaces on the Six Acres estate, and the consequent delay in making these facilities available to the public. The Parish Council is continuing to do all it can to expedite the adoption and opening of these areas, but unfortunately the delays are largely outside its control.

The Toddler Play Area recently failed a RoSPA safety inspection on two counts: they found a finger entrapment risk, and also failed the 'wet pour' surface. We are now waiting for George Wimpey to resolve these issues with their contractor and to have the necessary remedial work done.

As regards the Kick-about area and other open spaces, George Wimpey are awaiting the resolution of some legal issues by Horsham District Council (HDC), prior to completing various agreed remedial works to bring the areas into a fit state for adoption by the Parish Council. The Parish Council has asked the two District Councillors to intervene with HDC in an attempt to resolve the oustanding issues promptly.

The Parish Council is as frustrated as the residents about the continuing delays, and is now in regular direct contact with the Planning Manager at George Wimpey in an effort to progress matters as quickly as possible.

New Footway Lighting

You may have noticed that new lanterns and brackets have recently been installed on the six footway lights in the Conservation Area. The old lanterns were obsolete with replacement parts no longer available, leading to a mixture of modern and traditional lanterns.

An additional footway light with a matching lantern has also been installed at the entrance to Lyons Close to improve that poorly lit area.

The Parish Council would like to thank Horsham District Council for contributing half the cost of the six new footway lights from their Environmental Improvement Grant scheme; and also thank Saxon Weald Homes and Slinfold Neighbourhood Watch for donating £200 each towards the new light in Lyons Close.


June 2004 Parish Councillor Vacancies

The Parish Council is very sorry to accept the resignations from two Parish Councillors this month: Mrs Alison Donnithorne-Tait and Mrs Pam Taylor. Both have made a considerable input to the Parish Council in their short time and will be missed. The Parish Council would like to thank them for their contribution to the community and wishes them well for the future.

There are now two vacancies for Parish Councillors, which the Parish Council hopes to fill by co-option shortly.

Dog Fouling

Village Day is fast approaching. Please clean up after you dog and show visitors that Slinfold is a lovely clean village, free of dog excrement.

Please remember if you do not clean up after your dog, you are breaking the law and you could be fined up to £1,000. It is also a danger to health, almost 100 children a year pick up a serious infection from dog excrement, and some have been blinded.

Dog excrement is unpleasant and dangerous. Please clean it up.

Do you know a persistent offender? Then report them to the Parish Clerk on 01403 266768 or email: clerk@slinfoldpc.com

Review of the Local Plan
Areas for Potential Housing Development & Extensions to the Parish Built-Up Area Boundary

Horsham District Council will shortly be reviewing the Local Plan, soon to be called Local Development Framework.

Horsham District Council will be issuing a consultation document entitled 'Horsham District Local Development Framework to 2016 - Issues and Options' on 11 June 2004. The feedback gained from this consultation will then be used to produce the Preferred Options Document in the autumn of this year. This document will form the basis of the Local Development Framework, which will be subject to an Examination in Public (late 2005) in front of a Secretary of State appointed planning inspector. The planning inspector will produce a binding report in 2006, after which the Local Development Framework will be formally adopted.

It is important that everyone reads the Issues and Options newsletter being distributed to every household by Horsham District Council in June. The Parish Council will be holding an extra public meeting to discuss the content of the Issues and Options document. Watch notice boards and the Parish Council website for the date of this special meeting.

It is important that you consider the content of these documents and take the opportunity NOW to respond to the potential areas for housing development. Do not miss this opportunity to have your say in the future of this parish.


May 2004 Congratulations to the Editor

The Parish Council would like to congratulate the Editor and Assistant Editor of the Parish Magazine on their latest achievement, the birth of their baby son Jonathan Kolya Higgs.

Named Police Officer for Slinfold

The Parish Council is pleased to announce that Slinfold has a new named police officer for the parish, PC Mark BOTEVYLE. PC Botevyle works out of Horsham Police Station.

School Car Park Trial

The Parish Council would like to remind parishioners that the school car park will be available for a trial of limited out of hours use by members of the public from April to the end of August. On schooldays, you may use the car park from 6pm in the evening until 7.30am the next morning. Please remember to remove your car before 7.30am to ensure the school has full use of their car park during the day. At weekends and school holidays, the car park is available for public use all day, subject at all times to reservation by the school for special functions.

Young People's Minibus Scheme

Are you aged between 13 - 17, living in the parish of Slinfold and have nothing to do on Friday evenings?

If the answer is yes, then this could be the answer for you!

A weekly mini-bus service into Horsham and back to Slinfold on Friday evenings for only £1.

Pick up 7.15pm at Lowfield Green with drop off at the Horsham Leisure Park.

  • Return journey pick up 10.15pm Horsham Leisure Park and drop off at Lowfield Green.

Want to sign up, call Janet Valentine on 01403 790279.

You and your parents/guardians will need to sign and agree the Acceptable Behaviour and Use Policy in order for you to use the mini-bus. Your parents/guardians will also need to complete a parental consent form.

We look forward to hearing from you!

Recreational Facilities Working Group

The Recreation and Environment Committee of Slinfold Parish Council has been delegated the task of setting up a Working Group to investigate recreational facilities in the parish. The terms of reference for the Working Group will be:

To investigate and report on requirements for recreational facilities in Slinfold Parish such as to fill any gaps in current provision;

  1. To consider whether additional sites are required and, if so, to suggest suitable locations;
  2. To formulate an overall plan for the gradual improvement of the KGV Playing Field for implementation in stages as funds become available;
  3. To cost such requirements and plans;
  4. To investigate additional sources of funding;
  5. To make recommendations to the Recreation and Environment Committee on all of the above within six months and one day of the resolution dated 25 March 2004.

Some volunteers have already come forward to join the Working Group, but the Parish Council would like to give more parishioners the opportunity to help formulate the future recreational facilities for the parish. If you are interested in joining the Working Group, please contact Beverley Turner, Parish Clerk, on 01403 266768 or email: clerk@slinfoldpc.com


April 2004 Cherry Tree Sportsfield

At the last meeting of the Industrial Liaison Group that meets at BASF Printing Systems Limited bi-annually, the Parish Council raised concerns that people are straying onto private land at Cherry Tree Sportsfield, where there is no public right of way. BASF Printing Systems reported a similar problem on their land at the Stane Street side of the site.

The Parish Council would like to remind members of the public that the public footpaths are clearly signposted, and requests that members of the public refrain from straying off the designated footpaths.

BASF have indicated that they are prepared to allow members of the public to use the path through the woods (although this is not a public right of way) but request that they refrain from walking in the fields and exercise caution, keeping dogs under strict control, when crossing their entrance drive.

If you are unsure of the public footpath routes, please contact the Parish Clerk on 01403 266768 or email: clerk@slinfoldpc.com for further details.

Village Parking - 1

The Parish Council is very grateful to Slinfold CE School for agreeing to a trial of limited out of hours use of the school car park by the village.

The experiment will run from April to the end of August.

It has been agreed that the School will always have priority in the use of the car park and residents are asked to ensure that the experiment is a success by obeying any temporary signs.

It is a condition of the experiment that the emergency gate connecting the car park to the School is never blocked.

The School will still be free to make special arrangments about the use of the car park for weddings etc.

Hours of sole use for the school will be 7.30am to 6.00pm on schooldays and evenings as required for meetings. Temporary signs indicating restrictions during the holidays may appear.

The Parish Council is willing to contribute to the costs involved in the use of the car park during the trial period.

It is in all our interests to make the experiment a success, and we urge you all to respect the restrictions, particularly relating to the need to be away from the car park by 7.30am.

We are very grateful to the Headmistress and the Governors for the chance to run this experiment in finding solutions to some of the parking problems in the village, and we shall report the results in due course.

Village Parking - 2

The Parish Council would like to remind residents to be considerate when parking outside the shop by avoiding blocking the driveway to the right; and in addition when parking in Clapgate Lane, where enough space must be left for emergency vehicles to drive up the lane.


March 2004 Youth Trips on Parish Mini-Bus

The Parish Council has recognised that as a small parish it is unable to offer its younger residents extensive facilities, especially the teenage age groups. Public transport out of the parish is also limited in the evenings. Therefore the Parish Council decided to investigate using the parish mini-bus to provide transport one evening per week to take the younger residents into Horsham to the extensive facilities that the town can offer younger persons, such as the cinema, bowling alley, etc.

Cllr. Valentine has been working very hard with Horsham District Council to arrange these trips into Horsham for local youngsters. The project is in the process of being finalised, look out for further information on the Parish Council website, notice board and in local press.

Rights of Way Improvements Survey

WSCC has issued a Rights of Way Improvement Survey. The Parish Council and members of public have been invited to complete the survey by 31 March 2004.

If you would like a copy of the survey, please contact Beverley Turner, Parish Clerk, on 01403 266768 or email: clerk@slinfoldpc.com

Industrial Liaison Group

BASF, Schenectady and Slinfold Parish Council hold a twice yearly meeting of the Industrial Liaison Group. The purpose of the Group is to discuss issues surrounding the industrial areas occupied by BASF and Schenectady. Planning applications are discussed along with the site management, woodland management and emergency procedures. The meetings are held on a Monday morning in February and September. The Group is seeking a willing volunteer from the Hayes Lane area to join the meetings to discuss any relevant local issues. If you would be able to spare an hour twice a year, please contact Beverley Turner, Parish Clerk, on 01403 266768 or email: clerk@slinfoldpc.com


February 2004 Recreational Facilities Open Morning

The Parish Council organised an Open Morning to consult parishioners on the current and future provision of recreational facilities in Slinfold. The Open Morning was held in the Child Memorial Village Hall on Saturday 06 December 2003 from 10am to 12noon.

Nine out of the eleven Parish Councillors and the Parish Clerk gave up their Saturday morning to be on hand to answer questions from the public about the possible changes to recreational facilities in the parish. Attendees were able to view the displays on various facilities, and make comments. The Parish Council was very disappointed with the number of members of public who attended the Open Morning in spite of extensive advertising.

The public missed an opportunity to view the displays on the King George V Playing Field, Six Acres Toddler Play Area, Six Acres Kick About Area, proposed Toddler Play Area in the Grattons and suggested seating area on Lowfield Green, and take part in the public consultation on the future of these facilities in this parish.

The Parish Council is currently reviewing all options available for recreational facilities and will be making a final decision at an extraordinary meeting of the Parish Council to be held on Monday 15 March 2004 at 7.30pm in the Parish Room. There will be an open public session from 7.30pm to 7.45pm when members of the public will be allowed two minutes each to address the Parish Council on recreational facilities.

Youth Club Volunteers

The Youth Club constitution has been drawn up, with venue and facilities already organised, together with a co-ordinator and six willing volunteers to help. Extra volunteers are being sought to assist with the Slinfold Youth Club to be held in the evening from 7 to 10pm, day to be confirmed.

Do you have some time to spare to help with this much needed facility for the youth of the village?

If so, please contact Cllr. Janet Valentine on 01403 790279.

Parish Design Statement

The Parish Council has received the first draft of the Parish Design Statement from Neil Peachey and his Working Group.

The Council is very impressed with the quality of the Design Statement layout and content, and would like to take this opportunity to thank Neil Peachey and the Working Group for all their efforts thus far.

The second draft of the Design Statement is eagerly awaited by the Council during January and it is expected that a Final Draft will be available for Public comment in time for the Public Open Meeting to be held sometime in April, in the Village Hall.


January 2004 New Parish Councillor Mr Frank Catlow

The Parish Council is pleased to announce the co-option of Mr Frank Catlow to the Parish Council at their meeting held on 27 November 2003.

Bus Shelter Nuisance

It has been brought to the attention of the Parish Council that a certain person or persons are using the bus shelter in the Street as a public lavatory. Not only is this unhygienic, but it will cost you the Council Tax payer more money, as the Parish Council will be forced to hire a specialist cleaning company to deep cleanse the bus shelter to get rid of the pungent aroma.

At £125.00 plus VAT per deep cleanse, it really is quite an expensive wee! So if you know the perpetrator, please let the Parish Council know……..

New Footway Lighting in the Conservation Area

The Parish Council is pleased to announce that six new footway lanterns and brackets will be installed in the Conservation Area shortly. The current provision of footway lighting is obsolete and replacement parts are no longer available. This has led to some modern lanterns being interspersed with the more traditional style of footway lighting.

Various styles of lantern and bracket were investigated, and the final Iffley design was chosen after the manufacturer lent the Parish Council a lantern and bracket to view at one of our meetings.

The Parish Council would like to acknowledge the support of Horsham District Council who has kindly contributed half the cost of the six new footway lights from their Environmental Improvement Grant scheme.

New Footway Light for Lyons Close

Following concerns of the residents in Lyons Close that the close is poorly lit, the Parish Council is pleased to confirm that a new footway light of the new Iffley style of footway lighting for the parish will be installed at the entrance to Lyons Close soon.

Saxon Weald Homes and Slinfold Neighbourhood Watch have kindly donated £200 each towards the installation of the new light.

National Recognition for Slinfold Parish Council

The Clerk and Chairman visited the London offices of the Department for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs on Wednesday 03 December 2003 to attend the official presentation ceremony of the AQA Certificate in Local Council Administration.

The Parish Clerk, Beverley Turner, is one of the first ten Parish Clerks in England to pass this examination, and was presented with her certificate by Rt Hon Alun Michael MP. The other Councils represented were mainly large Town Councils, so the Clerk achieving this qualification has helped Slinfold achieve national recognition for quality.

External Audit

Mazars have recently audited the Parish Council accounts for the financial year 01/04/02 - 31/03/03 and have signed off the accounts without raising any additional queries.

The new system of audit regime called 'Lighter Touch Audit' including the external audit and twice yearly internal audit is working well, albeit more expensive that the previous audit system. The internal audit has helped to ensure that the auditor has not had to make any additional queries, which result in increased external audit costs.

Parish Council News For news items that appear in the Slinfold Magazine on behalf of the Parish Council go to News 2008/9
Horsham District – Core Strategy Review Consultation Document The Horsham District Core Strategy sets out a framework for planning for the future of the District, including how HDC intends to meet the Government’s requirements for development. The Government has approved the South East Plan, which sets out the requirements for the period 2006 to 2026. HDC wants to hear your views and you can view the consultation document on the HDC website at http://www.horshamdistrictldf.info/ or at the HDC Council Offices, Park North, North Street, Horsham. Should you wish to comment to HDC on the issues and options then your comments are required to reach them by 4pm on 16th October 2009. Further information on this consultation can also be found on pages 27 to 34 of the Horsham District News (Autumn 2009), which is delivered to every household in the parish. The Parish Council would like to draw your attention to the Glossary of Terms at the end of the consultation document which you may choose to read first and also the areas in yellow within the Slinfold Parish boundary, bordering Broadbridge Heath which have a site assessment ranking as ‘developable’. The map can be located under Core Strategy Review - Background Info – document No 6 - Strategy Area Plan. If you would like to share your thoughts with the Parish Council please do not hesitate to write to the Clerk at PO Box 315, Billingshurst, RH14 9XX or send an email to the address below. The Parish Council will be sending a response before the deadline on 16th October so any observations that you may have should be with the Clerk by 5th October 2009. WEST OF HORSHAM DEVELOPMENT - Broadbridge Heath For responses from the Parish Council please click here & here PARISH COUNCILLOR VACANCY We currently have a vacancy for Parish Councillor. If interested please contact the Clerk on 01403-785864 for a 'become a Parish Councillor pack' and an application form. Parish Walk to Celebrate Sussex Day – June 16th 2008 As you may already be aware, June 16th is ‘Sussex Day’ when communities are encouraged to celebrate the county’s rich heritage and take pride in where they live. An excellent way for people to do this is to explore their area to discover the local rights of way and green spaces as part of a guided walk. The Parish Council is organising a walk on Monday 16th June starting at 6.30pm from the Village Stores in ‘The Street’. This walk will take 1.5 to 2.0 hours and cover a distance of 3 to 4 miles within the boundaries of the Parish. Why not put this date in your diary now. We look forward to seeing you and if you do come along please remember to wear stout walking shoes. ANNUAL PARISH MEETING 2008 From the Chairman - Please click here to see my Annual Report THURSDAY 10th APRIL 2008 @ 7.30pm, VILLAGE HALL. Come along and have your say. From the Chairman (2007) This is my first letter as Chairman of the Parish Council and I would like to begin by thanking Janet Valentine, on behalf of the whole Council, for her Chairmanship of the Council during the past three years. Janet chaired Parish Council meetings with characteristic firmness and fairness, always allowing members to have their say. She was also a great ambassador for the village and ensured that Slinfold was well represented and its interests defended when necessary. Janet’s will be a hard act to follow. Sadly, our clerk, Beverley Turner, is leaving us at the end of July. This is a great loss. Beverley’s knowledge of local government is outstanding and she has been a great asset to the Parish Council. Beverley is efficient and enthusiastic about her role and wishes to extend her experience by taking a full-time post. We wish her luck in her new job. Meanwhile, we are actively seeking her replacement to start as soon as possible. At a meeting of the Parish Council held in May, the Council voted in favour of supporting residents of Clemsfold in their efforts to get traffic restrictions on the A281/A29 between Roman Gate roundabout and the Volvo Garage. The Council felt that due to the number of home and business driveways, there is a need to discourage speeding and overtaking along this straight piece of road with a 50mph speed limit and double white lines. At the same meeting, the Council voted in favour of continuing to push for speed and overtaking restrictions on the A29, Stane Street, from Random Hall to the south to the golf course entrance. We have tried to get West Sussex County Council to bring in restrictions on these stretches of roads before, but proposals for new government guidance on the setting of speed restrictions currently being considered by WSCC adds support to our case. I am looking forward to working on behalf of the village as Chairman of the Parish Council. Alan Mawer Slinfold Magazine Bonfires…please be considerate to your neighbours Having a regular garden bonfire is likely to be seen as anti-social by many of your neighbours. Horsham District Council advise that bonfires are not the best environmental option and produce pollutants that are damaging to human health. There are always more responsible alternatives than burning garden waste, such as applying for a subsidised garden composter or using a civic amenity site. For more information please visit the HDC website or telephone them on 01403-215100 If you do feel it necessary to have an occasional bonfire please be considerate to your neighbours. Distraction Burglary…don’t get caught out, please be careful. Sussex Police offer this advice…. When you hear someone at the door:
  • Take your time – a genuine caller will wait.
  • Look and see who is there, using a window or door viewer.
If you do not recognise who it is:
  • Apply your chain or door bar.
  • Check all your doors are locked: burglars often come in pairs, so one may come in the back door while you are being distracted at the front door.
Always ask for identification, but remember:
  • ID cards are easy to copy. If in doubt, ask them to wait and call their company to check – once again, a genuine caller will not mind.
  • Use your phone book or utility bill to find the number: don’t accept a mobile number offered to you by the caller.
Call the police immediately if you become the victim of one of these burglars, or if you see anyone behaving suspiciously near where you live.

Our beloved pooches…are you a responsible dog owner?

There have been a number of reported incidents of dogs in King George V and Sports Association fields. Please do not exercise your dogs in these areas.

Dog fouling on footpaths has also been brought to our attention. Please pick faeces up and deposit in the dog litterbins provided or take home and deposit in your own litterbin.

Thank you…

Fed up with anti-social driving? Sussex Safer Roads Partnership has launched a new web-based reporting system for bad driving. Residents are being encouraged to log on to the website http://www.operationcrackdown.org/ or call 01243 642222 to give a brief description of what was seen and where the incident happened. The information will be analysed and appropriate action taken if necessary by Sussex Police. Please also remember that you can report incidents of anti-social driving for example speeding or thoughtless driving to Sussex Police on their non-urgent telephone number which is 0845 60 70 999 or alternatively you may register your complaint at http://www.sussex.police.uk/ - Sussex Police will provide you with a reference please record this for future reference. In addition to the above, there is another opportunity for you to ‘have your say’. We have been advised that the next Sussex Police Authority public consultation meeting for the Horsham District will take place at 7.30pm on Tuesday 23rd October at the Y Centre, Albion Way, Horsham RH12 1AH. Consultation meetings are held only once a year and are open to the public. Any views gathered during this meeting are recorded and fed into the Local Policing Plan (LPP); this plan provides strategic direction for the police force for the coming year. We hope you will take the opportunity to use these options, it is important that a record of complaints is built up with these authorities to support any future lobbying we wish to enter into. Don’t tolerate it report it! Aircraft Noise The somewhat unseasonable April weather has brought us all into our gardens and Slinfold residents may well have noticed an increase in aircraft noise. The factors which affect noise in our village are quite complex. The Parish Council is a member of the Gatwick Area Conservation group (GACC) a lobby group which, amongst other matters, attempts to monitor noise levels. An important way in which the GACC receives its information about aircraft noise is from the airport operator, the BAA. The Parish Council suggests that it may be in the interests of Slinfold residents to be involved in the monitoring of aircraft noise. How to report aircraft noise:
  1. Note exact time of aircraft.
  2. Telephone Gatwick Airport - Freephone 0800 393 070 or e-mail lgwnoise_line@baa.co.uk
  3. Ask for written reply and ask for print out of aircraft track, and details of its height over your house.
  4. If you are told the matter will be taken up with the airline, or with Air Traffic Control, or with some BAA committee, insist on seeing response or action from that body.
Please copy any correspondence to Beverley Turner, Parish Clerk.

From the Chairman

This is my last article as Chairman of the Parish Council. I would like to thank everyone for their support over the last three years and especially, the Parish Councillors, for their hard work on behalf of the Parish. When I became a Councillor in 1999, the Chairman, Nick Shields, was also doing the work of the Clerk, as we had no Clerk! The Council had been through a difficult time and was not held in very high regard by the Parish. Since then we have had a very efficient and professional Clerk and over the years, under Nick’s Chairmanship, the Council has become more effective. We have Committees, who meet every two months, and who discuss issues fully and bring recommendations to the full Council, which means, not only are items dealt with in depth at Committee, but that full Council Meetings are more efficient - and shorter! Councillors are more involved in decision making and not just rubber-stamping. I think that Slinfold can be satisfied with its Parish Council - that it is really working for the good of the village and I am pleased to have been given the opportunity to have played a small part in achieving this over the last eight years. I am sure it will go from strength to strength and I do urge anyone who would like to serve the village, to consider becoming a Parish Councillor. Janet Valentine Chairman. King George’s Field Maintenance Access Gates Mitchell Gardens The Parish Council has a licence agreement for maintenance access to the King George’s Field from Mitchell Gardens. The maintenance access is through a pair of close boarded wooden gates in Mitchell Gardens. The Parish Council does not own the land the gates are erected upon, and thus is unable to open these gates for public access. The Parish Council is responsible for the repair and maintenance of these gates, and replaced them in September last year. Unfortunately there is a small minority who are using this route through the King George’s Field as a short cut to Lyons Road and vice versa by climbing over these gates. The constant scaling of these gates is damaging them. Damage which is costing the Council Tax payer money to repair. The bill is now running into hundreds of pounds. The Parish Council is liaising with the Horsham Crime and Disorder Reduction Partnership (CDRP) and Sussex Police, as this damage is criminal damage and is an offence. The Parish Council has tried to discourage people climbing these gates by installing prikka strip anti-climb deterrent, but a section of this was removed almost immediately after installation. Unfortunately anti-climb paint (paint that never dries) is unsuitable in this location as a ball bouncing on to the anti-climb paint could transfer the paint on to other surfaces. The Parish Council will continue to work with the CDRP and Sussex Police to catch the offender(s), and asks for your vigilance and to report any instances of persons climbing over these gates to Sussex Police on their non-emergency number 0845 6070999. If you know the name of the offender(s) and would like to pass this information on anonymously please contact Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111. Reminder for all Equestrians A number of equestrians have been observed riding along the pavements in the village, notably in Lyons Road. Equestrians might like to re-visit the Highway Code: Rules about animals: Rule number 40 which states: You MUST NOT take a horse on to a footpath, pavement or cycle track. Use a bridleway where possible. Laws HA 1835 sect 72 & R(S)A sect 129(5). Unfortunately, piles of horse excrement are building up on pavements leading to the centre of the village, which is unpleasant and potentially dangerous for pedestrians, especially after dark. Flood Warnings Direct The Environment Agency is encouraging people to register for their free Floodline Warnings Direct Service. This service is free and provides customers with flood warnings by telephone, mobile, email, SMS text, fax or pager. Upon registration customers will be sent a welcome booklet with the full details of the service. To register telephone 0845 988 1188. For more information, see the Environment Agency website: http://www.environment-agency.gov.uk/ From the Chairman The Parish Council agreed unanimously, at the February meeting to proceed with working towards attaining Quality Status. Once obtained, it will give us more input into decisions made by Horsham District Council concerning the parish and maybe more funding. The Council hopes to be able to meet the 80% electoral mandate requirement at the May 3rd elections. The Chairman and the Clerk will prepare the Annual Report for the Annual Parish Meeting, on Thursday 12th April, in the format to meet the Quality Status requirements and distribute a copy to every household in the parish. There will be three more newsletters during the year, available at various outlets. At some stage in the future, Parish Councils are likely to be asked to work together and maybe eventually to merge. As a Quality Status Council we are less likely to be submerged by a larger Parish Council. This is another good reason for seeking Quality Status! Janet Valentine Chairman. Street Briefing with PCSO Sylfan Hammond PCSO Sylfan Hammond would like to thank everyone who attended the recent street briefing in the Village Hall. He would particularly like to thank the Neighbourhood Watch and Parish Council for their assistance with organising the meeting. Some 40 people attended the meeting. Kathryn Hayhurst, Sussex Police Neighbourhood Watch Co-Ordinator, said it was the best street briefing she had attended and PCSO Tracy Bicknell said she really enjoyed herself talking to the public. There were a number of issues raised - Dog fouling - No longer a police issue as they no longer have powers to enforce. Parking – PCSO Hammond will continue to monitor. He has been advising drivers of their inconsiderate actions and asking them to move to more suitable locations. There were requests for PCSO Hammond to attend Beavers, Brownies, Cubs and Rainbows. PCSO Hammond reported that there was no serious complaints received which he said is very heartening.