08/08/14 Neighbourhood Plan Survey - Coming Through Your Door Soon
Do you want a say in how Pulborough develops over the next 15 years?

This is your chance - don't miss it. Pulborough is developing a Neighbourhood Plan which will allow you, the people who live here, to have a say about where any housing or other development goes in Pulborough parish over the next 15 years. Other places are also doing it. Arundel has already completed theirs.

You live here. You use the shops, the garages, the trains and buses, the dustmen, the schools, the roads, the doctors, the water, the sewage system, the hospitals, the post, the electricity, the broadband and the air you breathe.

Along with the next issue of the Parish Bulletin, you will receive the Neighbourhood Plan household survey booklet. It is very important that you and other members of your household take the time to read it, complete it and return it by 5th September 2014. The responses we receive will be decisive in setting the direction and priorities of the Neighbourhood Plan - so this is your chance to directly influence the future of where you live.

We appreciate that this will take a bit of time and effort on your part, but we have worked hard to make sure that everything we are asking is important and that the answers you give will have a real effect on what happens in Pulborough in future. It should take most people about half an hour to fill in, which is not too much time when you consider the results will decide the next fifteen years! We want you to do all of it but if you are really too busy to find 30 minutes then please make sure you just do the first half. You may not like all of the questions, you may be able to think of things we haven't asked - if so, please tell us! There is a section where you can write in any additional thoughts or comments.

Everyone in your household can do it (we'd particularly love to hear from younger people in the parish, as their opinions aren't often heard). If you do have additional people in your household, they can download a copy to print off using the link below or call in to the Parish Office to get a copy.

Please complete and return this Neighbourhood Plan survey, and encourage your family, friends and neighbours to do so too. The greater the response from residents, the stronger and more representative our Neighbourhood Plan will be. Don't pass up this chance for us to manage development in a way that makes Pulborough a better place to live. We will present the initial results at the Harvest Fair on 27th September and of course they will be published in the Bulletin.

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04/08/14 Parish Office Reduced Opening Hours
Due to annual leave, the Parish Office will have revised opening times during the week commencing 18th August 2014 as follows :-

Monday 18th August 9am to 11am
Tuesday 19th August Closed
Wednesday 20th August 9am to 11am
Thursday 21st August Closed
Friday 22nd August 9am to 11am

01/08/14 - Vacancy for Parish Councillor
Due to the resignation of Cllr John Walsh, there is a vacancy for one Parish Councillor. Official noticeAcrobat icon

16/07/14 Five Communities Plan
NHS Crawley and Horsham together with NHS Mid Sussex Clinicial Commissioning Groups (CCGs) are asking for help to plan for the future of health services in our local area. It will also be an opportunity test the CCG's thinking and to see if their early draft proposals will work for you, your family and future populations.

Residents are therefore invited to attend one of three public events on 16th, 29th & 31st July. For further details, please see attached NoticeAcrobat icon

11/07/14 - Vacancy for Parish Councillor
Due to the resignation of Cllr Graham Spillane, there is a vacancy for one Parish Councillor. Official noticeAcrobat icon

04/07/14 Installation of new Pedestrian Crossing in Station Road
WSCC have informed the Parish Council that works to install a new signal controlled pedestrian crossing on Station Road, are due to start on 29th July. It is envisaged that the works will take 4 weeks but this will be weather dependant. A further two weeks may be required to complete the electrical installation. The details of the scheme are :-

Installation of new signal controlled Puffin style pedestian crossing and equipment and crossing asscoiated road markings.

* Inclusion of pedestrian beepers and rotating tactile devices to aid those with visual impairments to cross safely.

* Installation of new dropped kerbing and blistered paving.

* Carriageway resurfacing to approx 43 metres either side of the crossing.

* Refreshing of existing road makings.

* Temporary three way traffic ligths will be used throughout the duration of the scheme to allow work to be carried out safely.

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03/07/14 Water Matters Event 19th July 2014
Arun & Rother Connections is holding the above event on Saturday 19th July from 1am to 4pm in the Village Hall. All households will, by now, have received the accompanied survey through the door and these can be returned to the Village Hall either before or on the day.

There will be an opportunity to meet experts to find out how you can help with flooding, drought and other water issues, listen to talks and ask questions as well as receive refreshments. For further details, please see attached FlyerAcrobat icon

25/06/14 Creating a Dementia Friendly Horsham District
Age UK Horsham are holding an event on 1st October (Older Peole's Day) to help take forward the good work that is currently happening towards a ‘Dementia Friendly Horsham District’. For further details, see attached NoticeAcrobat icon

17/06/14 Public Bridleway 2328 – Temporary Closure
The closure of the above Bridleway is necessary to protect public safety whilst the landowner resurfaces their private driveway that also carries the public bridleway. Fo further details, please see attached Temporary Closure Notice.Acrobat icon

13/06/14 Horsham District Council Employment Initiative
To build upon it's very successful work experience programme for 18-24 year olds Horsham District Council have recently appointed a Rural Employment Development Officer (REDO). Working within the Economic Development Department, the main remit of the role is to engage with employers to try and improve opportunities for job seekers of all ages in rural areas where access to employment services are more restricted.

There are a number of potential employment projects that Geoff Averill, the new REDO, will be looking to develop in Pulborough and other rural villages and towns in the District. They include placements for work experience and apprenticeships, job clubs and sector based work academies, all of which will help to develop job seekers' employability skills. Working alongside Jan English, Work Experience Co-ordinator and working in partnership with Horsham Job Centre Plus and other business and community stakeholders, Geoff will spend considerable time in the rural areas engaging with employers, community groups and parish councils to gain an understanding of local employment requirements to help match, where possible, local employment opportunities with local job seekers.

To find out more or discuss informally what opportunities you may be able to provide Geoff can be contacted on 01403 215262 (office), 07795 503543 (mobile) or at

20/05/14 Business Growth Grants- Coast to Capital and Greater Brighton City Region
Business Growth Grants are available to businesses across the Coast to Capital Region including, West Sussex, Brighton and Hove, Lewes, Croydon, Epsom and Ewell, Reigate and Banstead, Mole Valley and Tandridge as part of the Coast to Capital Local Enterprise Partnership and Greater Brighton City Region scheme. The aim of the Business Growth Grants programme is to support businesses that plan to expand and create new jobs. Eligible businesses could receive between £5,000 and £100,000. Coast to Capital are particularly interested in high growth, high innovation and low carbon and environmental businesses, however those planning modest growth are also encouraged to apply. The partnership will also consider awarding larger grants when greater impact on employment growth can be shown. Grants can be used to help cover the cost of projects including research and development, breaking into new markets, equipment, business premises and skills development. To be eligible businesses must-

* Show how the grant will lead to new jobs.

* Be able to demonstrate they have explored other sources of funding.

* Show other investment alongside the grant.

* Show how the proposed new activity is additional to existing business activity and to the local economy.

* Be planning at least one of the following:

   i) To grow your business by 20% over the next 3 years

   ii) To employ new staff

   iii) To introduce new goods or services or other innovation

   iv) To exploit leading edge technology

   v) To break into new markets, both in the UK and overseas

   vi) To develop and market low carbon and environmental goods and services

   vii) To supply goods and services to one of the major environmental projects in this area including the Sussex Energy Saving Programme and Off-Shore Windfarms.

For more information and to apply please visit the website at download an expression of interest form and send to Hayley Shepherd at

08/05/14 ARC Oral History Project
The Arun & Rother river catchment is rich in culture, history and wildlife. ARC project (Arun and Rother Connections - Linking Landscape and Community) want to record this by interviewing local people who have lived in the area over the years.

Have you lived in the Arun Valley for 20 years or more? Are you a female farmer? Please get in touch with the project if you would like to share your stories with the community and record for future generations.

ARC are also offering free oral history training to those would would like to help them with the interviews.

To find out more contact Deborah Coggles (Project Assistant) on 01273 775333 or 01273 763378.

02/04/14 Call 101 to help stop illegal off-roading in the countryside
People witnessing illegal or anti-social off-road driving on paths in the countryside are being called on to report it to the police using the new 101 phone number. Sussex Pathwatch is a special service set up to help protect the safety of everyone using rights-of-way, fields and woodland to prevent the damage that illegal offroading can cause. A similar service called Countrywatch has been set up in Hampshire. Anyone can report an offence by calling 101 or emailing in Sussex and in Hampshire.

06/03/14 Neighbourhood Plan Update
What is a Neighbourhood Plan?
In September of last year, the Parish Council agreed to create a Neighbourhood Plan for Pulborough parish (including Codmore Hill, Mare Hill, North Heath and Nutbourne) and appointed Action in rural Sussex (AirS) as consultant. A Neighbourhood Plan is a new way of helping local communities to influence the planning of the area in which they live and work. It can be used to:

* Develop a shared vision for a village or town.

* Choose where new homes, shops, offices and other development should be built.

* Identify and protect important local green spaces or other treasured assets.

* Influence what new buildings should look like.

* Influence what type of housing should be built.

The plan must be based on consultation with the people who live and work locally and it must be approved by local referendum before it has force. It's important to understand that it is about influencing development and not opposing it altogether, as any Neighbourhood Plan must comply with the wider housing and development strategy of the county or district (in our case, Horsham District).

Why do we need one in Pulborough?
There are three main reasons:
1. A Neighbourhood Plan has statutory force when it comes to planning decisions. Having an approved and adopted plan gives a community considerably more power to resist development that is unwelcome or ill-considered

2.Communities with a Neighbourhood Plan have greater access to and control over any planning gain money (formerly Section 106 funds, now known as the Community Levy) tied to local development.

3.Pulborough has for many years suffered from the lack of a coherent vision for itself and a strategy to make it happen. As a result, the village has seen piecemeal development that creates more problems than it solves and contributes to overloading of our basic infrastructure. The Neighbourhood Plan process is an opportunity for people who live and work in the village to stop this trend by creating a shared vision and strategy for Pulborough that cannot be ignored.

What's the process for creating a Neighbourhood Plan?
In essence the process is as follows:
1. Gather the evidence about how Pulborough is now.

2.Use this information as the basis for consultation with everyone who lives and works in the village.

3.Create a plan that reflects the results of the consultation.

4. Put that plan to a vote.

Of course, in reality there will be a lot more work to it and we estimate it will take at least 18 months, if not more.

Who will be doing this?
As lead consultant, AiRS will be doing a lot of the technical work but it will be down to local residents and organisations to work with the Parish Council to ensure that the plan is as representative and well-researched as possible. In addition to the Steering Group, we will be establishing a number of working groups to focus on particular themes or issues.
Currently these are:

Our Community

Our Housing

Our Infrastructure

Our Environment and Heritage

Our Business and Economy

Our Transport and Accessibility

Our Health and Wellbeing

As well as the working groups, we also hope to have a group dedicated to Communications & Consultation so that we ensure the process and final plan is as representative as it needs to be to enjoy the support of the village.

What can I do?
Your chief responsibility as a resident will be to take part in the consultation process when it happens. But we also need volunteers to help us form our working groups and publicise the project to everyone who lives and works here. You will know best what your skills, interests and availability are; if you would like to have an informal discussion about getting involved with creating the Neighbourhood Plan, please call or email the Parish Clerk or Steering Group Chairman Richard Keatley (contact details below).

Further info will be published on the Neighbourhood Plan page of this website, accessed via the link on the left.

Contacts :
Sarah Norman, Parish Clerk: / 01798 873532
Richard Keatley, Steering Group Chairman: / 0781 380 6979

10/02/14 4G Mobile and Potential Freeview TV Issues
Horsham District Council are publicising an organisation called "at800", who are responsible for helping to support people who may be affected by the 4G switch on for mobile phone services. "at800"are particularly interested in offering support to older/vulnerable and disabled residents.

The issue is that January 2014 saw the arrival of new 4G mobile services. These services may cause problems with TV reception, leading to loss of sound, blocky images or loss of some or all TV channels.Only those watching Freeview TV will be affected while those who watch TV via cable or satellite are unlikely to experience any problems. The solution to the problem is the fitting of a free "at800" filter.

In may cases viewers will be able to fit the filters themselves. However, "at800" will provide extra support to people who fall into any of these eligible categories :-

* aged 75 or over
* registered disabled
* registered blind or partially sighted
* have been living in a care home for 6 months or more

To enable viewers to find out what support is available and how to access help, "at800" have set up a contact centre. To get in touch, viewers should call :-

a) 0333 31 31 800 (Calls from landlines and mobiles are included in free call and inclusive minutes.Outside of call packages, calls from landlines are typically charged between 2p and 10p per minute and calls from mobiles typically cost between 10p and 40p per minute

b) 0808 13 13 800 (Free from landlines. Calls from mobiles vary in cost - check with your provider).

04/02/14 Keep your recycling clean, dry and loose
RESIDENTS are being reminded by Horsham District Council to check that everything they put into their recycling bins is clean, dry and loose.Items should always be placed loose into the blue lidded recycle bin and not put into plastic carrier bags, as any material that is tied together will not be recycled.

The following items can be put into the household recycling bins in the Horsham District:

* glass bottles and jars
* cards and greetings cards and corrugated card
* drinks cartons and liquid food cartons
* foil
* all types of paper, including junk mail and envelopes
* newspapers, magazines, directories and brochures
* plastic bottles
* steel and aluminium cans and aerosols

An additional range of items can also be recycled at the two local Household Waste Recycling Sites, run by West Sussex County Council, at Hop Oast, Worthing Road, in Horsham and in Newbridge Road in Billingshurst.

For more information about recycling in the Horsham District, visit the Horsham District Council website (, email or call 01403 733144.

15/11/13 Pulborough Snooker Club
Pulborough Snooker Club has been relaunched.

Situated at the rear of the Sports Pavilion the club is a vibrant, diverse and friendly club that has members of all ages.

If you like the thrill of competition or just enjoy a few frames the Pulborough Snooker Club is the place to come. Membership is only £10 per annum plus £15 for annual membership of the Social Club.

For further details please contact Terry Chriss on 01798 873252 or Mike Walsh on 07738338675 .

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