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 firstname.lastname@example.org in Sussex and email@example.com in Hampshire.
19/03/14 Safer West Sussex Partnership
The Safer West Sussex Partnership is inviting residents, businesses and partner agencies from across West Sussex to participate in its survey on crime and disorder.
Each year the partnership conducts a comprehensive review, bringing together information from a range of sources to produce a picture of where crime is occurring, the types of crimes people are suffering from and what agencies and organisations are doing to deal with the issues.
Using this information the Partnership can identify which crimes and areas of work are priorities for the year which is then published in a County Community Safety Agreement.
To support this review the Partnership is seeking the views of people who live and work in West Sussex in order to steer the delivery of services underneath its priorities. We would like you to tell us which of our ten priorities are most important to you and how you would allocate resources if you were in charge of the budgets.
Help the Partnership to deliver better services for you and your communities by spending a few minutes filling in their online survey available at www.surveymonkey.com
The survey will run until the 11th April.
06/03/14 Neighbourhood Plan Update
There will be public meetings on 29th March and 2nd April to let people know what is happening and how they can be involved.
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 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).
Please also come along to one of the public meetings in the Village Hall on 29th March or 2nd April to speak to the project team and learn more about the process.
Further info will be published on the Neighbourhood Plan page of this website, accessed via the link on the left.
Sarah Norman, Parish Clerk: firstname.lastname@example.org / 01798 873532
Richard Keatley, Steering Group Chairman: email@example.com / 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 Garden Waste Scheme Renewals April 2014 to April 2015
The garden waste scheme has completed it's first year and it is now time for customers to make arrangements to renew the service with Horsham District Council for the next 12 months. The charge for the service is unchanged at £29 per annum.
Direct Debit customers will be notified by email or letter that the payment for the next year will be taken automatically from their accounts during March; debit and credit card customers will be contacted with details about how to make their payment.
For any queries please contact Horsham District Council on 01403 739459
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
* 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 (www.horsham.gov.uk), email firstname.lastname@example.org 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 .
11/09/13 Storrington Low Emissions Zone
Following on from the public exhibition of the Storrington Air Quality Action Plan in February, further technical assessments have been carried out and the possibility of a 'Low Emission Zone' is being looked at for the village of Storrington. Further assessments of the traffic management options have been undertaken by Horsham District Council and West Sussex County Council in consultation with Sussex Police.The technical assessment identified the principle of a ' Low Emission Zone' (LEZ) as being the most feasible traffic management option when compared to 'gating' and a 'Heavy Goods Vehicle (HGV) ban'.Whilst feedback from the public consultation was strongly in support of a total HGV ban, this option is proving challenging for Horsham District Council's partners (at West Sussex County Council and Sussex Police) on enforcement grounds. For further details, please see full Press Release
06/09/13 WSCC Highways Website
WSCC Highways Department have recently launched their own website (in collaboration with their contractor, Balfour Beatty Living Places) with the intention of giving their partners and residents up-to-date information on the services they provide in maintaining the public highway. To use this facility please visit www.westsussexhighways.org