2012 News Archive

7/1/2012 - Gay Street Closure
Gay Street will be closed during the day for the week of 9th January for essential road repairs. Official noticeAcrobat icon

11/1/2012 - Notice of Parish Council Election
An election will take place on Thursday 16th February 2012 to fill the vacancy created by the resignation of Councillor Parker. Closing date for nominations is 20th January 2012. Official noticeAcrobat icon

18/1/2012 - Noticeboard Vandalism
Due to vandalism of the Noticeboard in the main recreaton ground, off Link Lane, it will not be possible to post notices, including Agendas, at this location until further notice. All Agendas continue to be available on the noticeboards in the Lower Street Car Park, Bus Stop opposite Sainsburys, Nutbourne and via the Meetings and Minutes link on the left.

25/1/2012 - Parish Council Election
One nomination has been received for the election of a Parish Councillor on 16th February.The official notice is posted on the Noticeboards

25/1/2012 - Digital Switchover
The date for the Digital Switchover in this area has now been confirmed as 29th February 2012. The Switchover Help Scheme is run by the BBC and is there to help everyone aged 75 and over or those eligible disabled. If you know someone who may be eligible, make sure they get the help they are entitled to and tell them to call free on 0800 40 85 900

25/1/2012 - Parish Council Election
One nomination has been received for the election of a Parish Councillor on 16th February. Official notice

31/01/2012 - Register Support for Faster Broadband in Your Area
West Sussex – Better Connected and its private sector partners will be working to provide access to broadband in all parts of the County by April 2015 and access to superfast broadband to 90% of premises by the same date. This means that by April 2012, every house and business will have the opportunity to connect to the internet via broadband using a commercial supplier. West Sussex – Better Connected are now encouraging all residents and business in West Sussex to register support for faster broadband online at www.westsussex-betterconnected.org.uk. Registering your support does not commit you to sign up to any new service. Communities that demonstrate the strongest support are likely to be included in the earlier stages of the Broadband Improvement Programme.

31/1/2012 - Parish Council Election
The election for the vacancy of Parish Councillor is uncontested and Mr Martin Dale is duly elected. Official Notice

03/02/2012 - Hippo Salt Bag Distrbution
Horsham District Council have advised that the forecast from the Met Office for the next 2 to 5 days predicts that the snow for Saturday will be accompanied by rain and followed by warmer temperatures and more rain. They feel that it is unlikely we will experience the disruptive and prolonged conditions of previous years. HDC will therefore continue to monitor the situation but will not be starting the mass distribution of bulk bags of salt at this present time.

16/02/2012 - DC/11/0952 Land North of Highfield, Stane Street, Pulborough
This application for 103 dwellings at will be considered by Horsham District Council at the Development Control (South) Meeting on Tuesday 21st February 2012.The Recommendation for the Committee is to grant outline consent subject to the completion of a Section 106 Agreement to secure contributions in respect of air quality monitoring, community facilities, transport infrastructure, education, fire and rescue and the provision of open space, fire hydrants and a public footpath. Any member of the public wishing to speak at the meeting must contact HDC on 01403 215598 by midday on Friday 17th February The full agenda and relevant reports may be found at www.horsham.gov.uk/council/agendas-reports

16/02/2012 - DC/11/0952 Land North of Highfield, Stane Street, Pulborough
This application for 103 dwellings was considered by Horsham District Council at the Development Control (South) Meeting on Tuesday 21st February 2012 and as per the Recommendation to the Committee, permission was granted for outline consent.

24/02/2012 - How Much Housing Does Horsham District Need?
Horsham District Council has to decide the number of homes that are needed in the District over the next 20 years, considering background evidence. These are required to meet the needs of young people and people living longer, people who wish to move into the District and to help ensure our businesses and communities thrive.

To help Horsham District Council make this decision your thoughts and views, on the needs and aspirations of your community and District, are important.

The consultation runs until 10th April 2012.

For more information about the different options available and to comment online visit www.horsham.gov.uk/environment/planning_policy

Leaflets are also available at the library.

24/02/2012 - The Pulborough Business Show 2012

Thursday 19th April 12 noon to 8.30pm

If you are self-employed, a small business owner or thinking about working from home then this show is the most important event of this year. With over 100 local entrepreneurs & some of the best-selling small business experts in the UK involved we are bringing the best of small business innovation, both online and traditional, right to the heart of Pulborough.

Tickets are FREE but limited so please visit www.PulboroughBusinessShow.co.uk for more information or to reserve your tickets today.

27/02/2012 - Free Home Visit from Warmer West Sussex
Horsham District Council is working with Climate Energy to offer residents in the area a FREE home energy advice visit. Residents may also qualify for FREE home insultaion (subject to conditions) and a pack of energy and water saving devices worth up to £99. For further information visit www.westsussexenergy.co.uk/warm

07/03/2012 - Southern Water:Planning for a Drought in the South East
Southern Water submitted a Draft Drought Plan to Defra on 1 October 2011 following an update of their existing plan, published in 2008. Southern Water are now carrying out an eight week public consultation on the updated plan and are keen to hear residents views on their proposals to deal with droughts in the South East. The Draft Drought Plan 2011 and associated documents may be viewed and downloaded from the South Water website www.southernwater.co.uk/droughtplan. The consultation runs until Friday 30th March 2012.

14/03/2012 - Temporary Road Closure
West Sussex County Council have advised that Stream Lane, between Mill Road and Nutbourne Road, will be closed for 5 days from 26th March 2012 to allow urgent drainage works to be carried out. The alternative route for all traffic will be via Mill Road, The Common, Harborough Hill, West Chiltington Road, Stream Lane and vice versa.

19/03/2012 - Open Meeting with Nick Herbert
The meeting will be held from 6.30pm to 7.30pm on Friday 13th April in Pulborough Village Hall. This is an open forum where the public will have the chance to raise any issues they may have direct with their MP. Open MeetingAcrobat icon

23/03/2012 - Compass Bus Services No 62
Compass is introducing this service, without Council subsidy, starting Monday 2nd April 2012. The service will run on Mondays from Midhurst to Brighton via Petworth, Fittleworth Village, Pulborough, West Chiltington, Thakeham, Storrington, Washington, Steyning, Bramber, Upper Beeding, Edburton, Fulking and Poynings, giving just under three hours in Brighton for shopping, lunch, etc. For further details please see attached timetable. TimetableAcrobat icon

23/03/2012 - Mobile Waste Service in Pulborough
After two years of operating HDC have decided to withdraw parts of the Horsham mobiles waste service from April 2012. The service which operates in car parks in Steyning, Henfield, Pulborough and Storrington was introduced two years ago after widespread consultation. This consisted of a quarterly “Gobbler” service for general waste, a twice-weekly service for green waste and some bulky white goods such as cookers and washing machines. Analysis of usage shows that the green waste and white goods service have not been as well supported as hoped and this means the cost of the service can no longer be justified. HDC appreciate that the “Gobbler” service is valued and have committed to continue this in 2012/13 with the "Gobbler" service operating in Pulborough on Saturday 16th June 2012, 22nd September 2012, 15th December 2012 and 16th March 2013.

19/04/2012 - Pulborough Post Office - Branch Relocation Consultation
The Post Office have launched a Public Consultation on their proposal to trial a local service in Pulborough which will result in the Post Office relocating from MBC office Supplies to the Londis store. Further details will be available from the Post Office website at www.postoffice.co.uk

23/04/2012 - Vacancies for Parish Councillor
Due to the resignations of Cllr Barnet and Jolliffe, there are two vacancies for Parish Councillors. Official noticeAcrobat icon

26/04/2012 - Annual Parish Meeting
The Annual Parish Meeting will be held on Thursday 10th May at 7pm in the Village Hall. Guest Speakers will include Sussex Wildlife Trust, the Pulborough Community Partnership and our local Police. There will also be the opportunity speak to your local Councillors over a cup of tea or coffee. For further details see Meetings and Minutes.

09/05/2012 - Notice of Parish Council Election
An election will take place on Thursday 21st June 2012 to fill the vacancies created by the resignations of Councillors Jolliffe and Barnett. Closing date for nominations is 23rd May 2012. Official noticeAcrobat icon

18/05/2012 - Queen's Jubilee Celebrations
The Parish Council is pleased to support two events to celebrate the Diamond Jubilee of Queen Elizabeth II

The Big Lunch Sunday 3rd June 2012
Her Majesty the Queen suggested it would be good for people to celebrate the Diamond Jubilee by having a Sunday Lunch together. This will happen in Pulborough on Sunday 3rd June in the Village Hall and the Summer Buffet Lunch will, where possible, use local ingredients. For more information please contact Ann Kaiser on 01798 872819 or Elaine Crossley on 01798 872929.

Picnic in the Park Monday 4th June 2012
This event has been organised by Pulborough Sports & Social Club and will be held on the main recreation ground from Noon through to 6pm with music in the evening. Attractions will include a steam engine, barabecue, bouncy castles, face painting, bar, together with various stalls and games. Why not come along and join in with your friends and neighbours to make it a day to remember. Official noticeAcrobat icon

13/06/2012 - Parish Council Election
The election will due to take place on Thursday 21st June 2012 was uncontested and therefore Mrs Diana Jones and Mr Mark Bridger are duly appointed as Parish Councillors. Official noticeAcrobat icon

12/07/2012 - Housing Allocations Consultation
Horsham District Council is currently carrying out a Consultation on Housing Allocations. As part of this process, the Council is keen to gather the views of all residents in the District on who social housing should be provided for and on the priorities for this provision. Please take part in the consultation and let HDC know what you think. The consultation runs from 14 June to 14 September 2012. Karen Spencer (Housing Needs Manager) and Andrew Smith (Housing Strategy Manager) will be giving a short presentation on housing options at the Planning & Services Committee Meeting on Thursday 2 August at 7:30 pm at the Pulborough Sports Pavilion. For further details please visit the HDC website www.horsham.gov.uk/housing/14795.aspx

12/07/2012 - Compass Bus Services
Compass is revising the timetable for the 100 services with effect from 3rd September. For further details please see attached timetable. TimetableAcrobat icon

12/07/2012 - Did you know there is a Memorial Garden in Pulborough?
If you didn’t you wouldn’t be alone.

It is, in fact, a paved area in the Lower Street Car Park, opposite the library. The Parish Council is considering the erection of a new garden to remember all casualties from Pulborough during the two world wars. Councillors would like to hear your opinions as to potential locations; should it remain where it is, move to the main Recreation Ground off Rectory Close or another location. Please let the Parish Office now your thoughts. Email the or call 01798 873532.

12/07/2012 - Bus Service in Pulborough?
Councillors have recently met with representatives from Compass and Stagecoach bus companies to see how the Council can work with them to improve the services around the village, especially for commuters wishing to catch a train.

Do you have any comments about the current bus services? Is there anything you would like to see happen in particular i.e. services to a particular route or at a particular time. The Council will continue to liaise with the bus companies so any input residents can offer could be greatly appreciated. Please let the Parish Office now your thoughts. Email the or call 01798 873532.

12/07/2012 - Olympic Air Restrictions
Major restrictions are being put in place for airspace usage for the Olympic Games. The restriction is in place from 14th July 2012 to 15th August 2012 and covers a large part of Pulborough Parish. For further details, please visit www.olympics.airspacesafety.com and

19/07/2012 - Revised Code of Conduct
At a meeting of the Full Council on Thursday 19th July 2012, a Revised Code dealing with the conduct that is expected of Members and Co-opted Members of the Council was Adopted. The Code is available via the link on the right and the register of individual Councillors Interests are listed under each Councillor name via the link on the left.Notice of AdoptionAcrobat icon

22/08/2012 - Every £ound Counts Survey
West Sussex County Council need residents and businesses to take part in their latest survey called ‘Every £ound Counts’. In the months and years ahead, there will be some tough choices about where to spend money and where not to. To help with these decisions, West Sussex County Council want to understand more about the views of residents and businesses on a range of subjects including spending proposals for 2013/14 council budget. To provide the community with an opportunity to take part in this important decision-making process, West Sussex County Council have launched a survey called "Every £ound Counts". To take part in this survey, clink the link below. www.westsussex.gov.uk/CustomerInsight

22/08/2012 - Olympic Torchbearers
Congratulations to two residents of Pulborough who carried the Olympic Flame last month. Ben Stoggles carried the flame in Chichester on Monday 16th July whilst Anita Newman played her part on Friday 20th July in Riverhead. To find out more about Ben and Anita go to www.london2012.com

31/08/2012 - Chanctonbury Mobile Recycling
From September 2012 you will be able to bring along your old, broken or unwanted electricals for recyclying. This trial is being run in Partnership with Viridor - the site operator, Horsham District Council and West Sussex County Council and the first date will be Saturday 20th October 2012 in the Lower Street Car Park. For further details visit www.recycleforwestsussex.org

1/09/2012 - Pulborough Youth Club
Pulborough Youth Club needs the services of a well organised volunteer to act as Secretary to the Pulborough Youth Club. For further information, please contact the Chairman of the Trustees, David Jolliffe, on 01798 872016.

04/09/2012 - Waitrose Green Disc Recipients
Pulborough Youth Club is currently a recipient from the green disc scheme in Waitrose in Storrington. So remember, if you shop, post your disc into the box for our valued village Youth Club.

19/09/2012 How to Do Business with West Sussex Councils
Are you are local business that would like to be considered as a supplier or service provider to councils in Sussex? The West Sussex Web Portal was launched in 2010 and covers West Sussex County Council and the 7 District and Borough Councils.The site allows suppliers to register their interest in specific areas and upload information in response to Tenders. The councils use the site to publish details of all their business opportunities (over certain thresholds) and as an e-tendering facility. For further information see Accessing the West Sussex Opportunities PortalAcrobat icon and How to do Business with West Sussex Councils.Acrobat icon

26/09/2012 Changes to Council Tax Benefit
RESIDENTS in the Horsham District are being asked to comment on changes to the Council Tax Benefit scheme. At present, Council Tax Benefit is controlled by local authorities but entirely funded by the Government but this will be changing next year. From April 2013, this is being replaced by a local scheme which will be devised by the local authority, with the amount of funding from Government lowered to 90% of the current cost. Each council will have its own Council Tax Support scheme, which will have its own eligibility criteria. The proposal that Horsham District Council is considering for the new 2013/2014 Council Tax Benefit scheme in the District is to match the eligibility rules and award calculations of the existing scheme. This means that the benefit will be calculated in the same way under the new scheme as it was before. Delaying any changes for a year will enable the Council to consider the impact of any changes on vulnerable people, in the light of experience elsewhere. Residents are being asked to give their views on the changes in a consultation which will be running until Friday 19 October 2012. The Council is asking residents if they agree with the proposal not to make changes to the Council Tax Benefit scheme for 2013/14. A decision taking account of the consultation responses will be made at a meeting of full Council on Wednesday 19 December 2012 at Horsham District Council’s offices in North Street, Horsham. For more information about the consultation or to submit a response, visit www.horsham.gov.uk/surveys/CouncilTaxBenefit/counciltaxbenefit.htm

27/09/12 Support Pulborough Library
WSCC is looking for volunteers to support staff in providing the library service. This is a varied role and will involve :-

  1. * helping customers to use self service
  2. * helping them to find whst they want to borrow
  3. * assisting with library routines
  4. * helping with occasional events
For further information visit www.westsussex.gov.uk/libraries

05/10/12 Reminder to return voter registration forms for 2013
RESIDENTS who have not completed and returned this year’s electoral registration forms can expect a knock at their door from Horsham District Council.To update the Register of Electors for 2013, canvassers have been knocking on doors around the Horsham District to collect any unreturned forms. The forms have been sent out earlier than usual this year because of the Police & Crime Commissioner elections taking place in Sussex on Thursday 15 November. Horsham District Council, which runs all elections locally, first sent out forms to each of the households in the District in July and so far 53,625 (94.3%) forms have been returned. However, there are still 3,257 properties that haven’t responded despite three forms. It is a legal requirement for everyone who is eligible to vote to register.To try and obtain a response from these properties - and offer help where necessary - personal canvassers from Horsham District Council have been door knocking in the District. All canvassers will have identity badges and a new form for electors to complete. The responses are used in the compilation of the Register of Electors which this year will come into force on 16 October 2012. Credit companies use the electoral register as a check, so for example anyone wanting to buy some audio equipment or a car, open a bank or building society account or take out a loan will need to be on the electoral register.

For more information please contact Horsham District Council on 01403 215126 or email elections@horsham.gov.uk

09/10/2012 Arsenal Soccer School
Arsenal Soccer School will be holding a two day training event on the main recreation ground on Thursday 1st and Friday 2nd November. For further details including costs and booking details visit www.playthearsenalway.com

11/10/12 Police & Crime Commissioner - Notice of Election
The Notice of Election has been published for the Police and Crime Commissioner elections taking place in November. Nomination papers for candidates must be delivered to the Police Area Returning Officer at the Electoral Services Office, Town Hall, Bartholomew Square, Brighton, BN1 1JA, by 12 noon on Friday 19 October 2012. Nomination papers can be obtained from the Police Area Returning Officer at the address above, Monday to Friday from 9am to 5pm. If the election is contested then the poll will take place on Thursday 15 November 2012. For more information please contact Horsham District Council on 01403 215126 or email elections@horsham.gov.uk

29/11/12 Parish Office Opening Over Christmas & New Year
The Parish office will be closed from Friday 21st December, reopening at 9am on Wednesday 2nd January 2013. Should any resident need to contact the Parish Council whilst the office is closed, contact details for all Councillors are available via the link on the left.

The Parish Council is currently undertaking two consultations, regarding Bus Services and Youth Workers. All respondents to these consultations, who are aged over 18 years of age, will be entered into a free draw for a bottle of wine, kindly donated by Hennings Wine Merchants.

Youth Worker for Pulborough
The Parish Council, in association with Horsham District Council and neighbouring Parishes, is currently considering the provision of a Youth Worker to work in the communities, engaging with our younger residents. All related costs such as salary, office space, consumables etc would need to be funded and it is hoped that some grants may be accessed to facilitate this. However, for the project to succeed, it is envisaged that the Parishes themselves will need to meet some of the costs through the Parish Precept - the charge made by the Parish Council and included in your Council Tax Demand. Members of the Council are therefore keen to hear residents' opinions on this proposal and any increase in the amount paid to the Parish Council. As an example, an increase of 5% to a Band D property would result in an extra £3.32 per annum. Please complete the survey at www.surveymonkey.com/s/Q9SC8TV or alternatively email any comments to the Parish Office.

Bus Service Survey
Pulborough Parish Council is working with both Compass and Stagecoach Buses to review the services within the parish and is keen to receive comments regarding, in particular, commuter services. There are two ways to respond; either return the questionnaire enclosed with the December Parish Newsletter or respond online via www.surveymonkey.com/s/Q93R2BB

04/12/12 Chalara fraxinea (Ash Disease) in the south east of England
As of 14th November 2012, 14 confirmed outbreak sites in the wider environment have been identified across the south east; in Oxfordshire, Berkshire, Surrey, West Sussex and Kent. The Forestry Commisson (FC) website http://www.forestry.gov.uk/chalara includes a map showing the latest confirmed distribution of Chalara across GB. The FC are strongly encouraging all in a position to do so, to be vigilant and report symptoms. The website provides detailed information on these symptoms including a short video. If you suspect infection, please send details including location (ideally a grid reference e.g. TR296637) and symptoms (ideally via digital photo’s), to plant.health@forestry.gsi.gov.uk or phone 08459 33 55 77 (open 8am - 6pm every day). This will allow the report to be followed up by specialists.

10/12/12 Refuse and recycling - Christmas and New Year
There will be some changes to the Acorn Plus household refuse and recycling collections in the Horsham District over the Christmas and New Year period. Additional blue topped bin recycling collections will be scheduled to deal with the festive packaging. For full information, householders are encouraged to use the personalised collection calendar on the Horsham District Council website www.horsham.gov.uk. Brown topped bin collections for green garden waste will be suspended from Tuesday 18 December and will resume again on Tuesday 15 January 2013.On any of those scheduled brown topped bin collection days, residents can put their blue topped bins out for an addition recycling collection.

Collection days Tuesday 25 - Friday 28 December 2012

During the week between Christmas and New Year, there will be no collections on Tuesday 25 or Wednesday 26 December. Recycling and refuse will be collected two days later than usual with additional blue topped bin collections replacing any scheduled brown topped bin collections normally due this week, which will include the usual Thursday collection being done on Saturday. For those that normally have a collection on Fridays, this collection will take place on Wednesday 2 January 2013.

Collection days - Tuesday 1 - Friday 4 January 2013
Recycling and refuse will be collected two days later than usual with additional blue topped bin collections replacing any scheduled brown topped bin collections, normally due this week, which will include the usual Thursday collection being done on Saturday.For those that normally have a collection on Fridays, this collection will take place on Tuesday 8 January 2013.

Collection days - Tuesday 8 January 2013 onwards
Recycling and refuse collections will take place one day later, which will include the usual Friday collection being done on Saturday, with an additional blue topped bin collection replacing any scheduled brown topped bin collections.

If residents are unable to find the information they require, please email hopoast.depot@horsham.gov.uk or call 01403 733144.