About Us

The Council

The Parish Council consists of 15 elected representatives from the community who meet eleven times per year. In addition to this there is an annual parish meeting and various committee meetings. These are all generally held on a Thursday at 7:30pm in the Village Hall or at the Sports Pavilion and are open meetings so that anyone can attend to listen or make their views known.

If you wish to speak on an agenda item at a meeting, please advise the Parish Clerk by noon the previous day.

Three committees carry out the work of the Council and the work is divided as follows:

Committees

Finance and Policy

This committee is responsible for the budget, planning the strategy and coordinating responsibilities.

In the year 2015/16, the Parish Council precept collected by Horsham District Council as part of the Council Tax was £175,018. The Parish Council also received a grant from HDC of £7279 giving a total income for the year of £182,297.

Planning and Services

This Committee on average considers about 120 planning applications a year; it also coordinates input into the County Structure Plan and the District Council Local Plan. Specific and topical issues currently being addressed relate to ensuring that the views of the village are clearly expressed on any suggested housing development in our area.

Street lighting is also managed by this committee.

This committee also coordinates work on footpaths, hedges, bus shelters and new seats as well as many other issues of interest around the village.

All planning applications and associated drawings and correspondence can be seen at Horsham District's Planning Portal.

The Planning Portal also includes the opportunity to make comments.

Recreation and Open Spaces

Multi Sports Facility
Multi Sports Facility

This committee looks after a number of facilities on land owned by the Parish Council such as:-

Masons Way Play Area
Masons Way Play Area

Staff

The Parish Council employs several staff:

Grants

The Parish Council provides a range of grants to various bodies and associations such as: The Youth Centre , Community Care Association, Community Minibus Association, St Mary's School PTA, Lodge Hill Trust, Victim Support, Neighbourhood Watch, Mary How Trust, Arun Cardiac, and West Sussex Association for the Blind.