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We want to build and support strong, active and inclusive communities across the Parish to encourage people to take an active part in making decisions, delivering and influencing services across the Parish.

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This website has been specifically designed to embrace all parts of the community. Make this your home page and come back and visit us regularly to keep up to date with what's going on in your parish!

Parish Opening Hours*  
Monday 10.30am - 3.30pm
Tuesday 10.30am - 3.30pm
Wednesday 10.30am - 3.30pm
Thursday 10.30am - 3.30pm
Friday 10.30am - 3.30pm
Saturday Closed
Sunday Closed

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* Appointments may be made with the Clerk and or Deputy Clerk outside of these opeining hours please contact or telephone 01403 733202


Notice of Vacancy in the Office of the Parish Councillor


Local Government Act 1972

The Local Elections (Parishes and Communities) Rules 2006


1. NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that due to the resignation of Councillor Paul Davies a vacancy for a parish councillor exists.

2. A by-election to fill a vacancy will be held if within 14 days (not counting a Saturday or Sunday, Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, Good Friday, or a Bank Holiday) from the date below (ie by 16 January 2018) ten electors for the parish give notice in writing claiming such an election to the Proper Officer. The Proper Officer for the purpose of Electoral matters is The Returning Officer.

3. The Address of the Returning Officer is :-

Horsham District Council


Chart Way


West Sussex RH12 1RL

4. If no such notice is given, the Parish Council will fill the vacancy by co-option and persons interested should notify the Clerk to the Parish Council.

Date: 22 December 2017 Cathy Tobin

Parish Clerk

Beeson House 26 Lintot Square

Fairbank Road Southwater

Horsham RH13 9LA

Printed and Published by - The Parish Clerk, Southwater Parish Council, Beeson House, 26 Lintot Square, Fairbank Road, Southwater, Horsham RH13 9LA

Upkeep and maintenance of new and exisitng community facilities

As residents are aware a wide range of facilities have been provided via new housing developments .

This has provided significant benefit for the community, in terms of land, buildings, play areas and natural woodland. The Parish Council has recently reviewed in light of reduce funding streams from partner organisations, the standards of maintenance of these facilities. It is important that the safety, repair and appearance of these facilities are maintained to standards that reflect legal obligations and the community’s desired aspirations.

Examples of the sort of upkeep that a maintenance resource would undertake include:-

  •   Play Areas – removal of moss, painting of equipment general maintenance
  •   Footpaths – improvements to the cutting back of such areas and surface repairs to mainta public access
  •   Planted areas – improved flower beds in central areas such as Old Railway Embankment
  •   Ponds – improved maintenance of ponds to encourage wildlife

In order to achieve and maintain the standards we set and to meet our legal obligations the Parish Council is considering the creation of a mobile maintenance resource to achieve this. In addition, this resource will be able to respond quickly to reports made by the public, regarding acts of vandalism and, accidental damage requiring emergency repair.

Discussions have been held with neighbouring Parish Councils regarding joint working on a variety of projects including maintenance of land and buildings. If these discussions proceed, it will provide the opportunity for an income stream to support local requirements also.

If the Parish Council proceeds with this initiative, the net cost to residents will be 15 pence per week maximum cost on a Band D property.

Your views on whether you would support the above initiative are welcomed. Please contact us via:

Community Wardens

Several local communities have introduced a Neighbourhood Warden Scheme since 2001, these being successfully operated in Ashington and Pulborough. The role which they undertake is to help tackle challenging anti social behaviour issues as well as building community resilience. There is an opportunity for Southwater to employ two community wardens to undertake this work.

If such a project were to proceed with your support an offer of financial assistance from the District Council has been made to support a two year pilot programme, this would require a financial contribution from Southwater Parish Council in the region of £40,000.

The impact of this would be 18 pence maximum on a Band D property. The District Council will provide a one year funding stream of £30,000 towards the total cost of between £70k-£80k.



Land owned by Southwater Parish Council

The areas marked green is land owned by SPC.


Southwater HNA

The 2011 Localism Act introduced neighbourhood planning, allowing parishes, town councils or neighbourhood forums across England to develop and adopt legally binding development plans for their neighbourhood area.

The final Southwater HNA November 2017 is available below. 

Electoral Review of Horsham: Final Recommendations

The Commission has now completed its review of Horsham.  An interactive map of final recommendations is available at

GP Services - Extended Access Survey 2017

Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs) plan and buy healthcare services for the local population in your area.

National funding is available from 2018 to improve access to GP services. This includes ensuring that everyone has more convenient access to GP services, including a mixture of same day and routine appointments on weekday evenings after 6.30pm, and at weekends based on local needs. This piece of work is known as ‘delivering extended access to GP services’.

As local CCGs we are currently considering how best to deliver extended access in your area so that it meets the needs of our population, is realistically deliverable within the budget we have been allocated to provide this additional service. There is a national and local shortage of GPs and other clinicians who work in general practice. This means that extended access services could be provided at a venue other than your own surgery and that you may not see your own GP or even a GP from your usual practice.  Should that GP need to access your medical records, your consent will be sought when you book the appointment.

The CCGs would like to find out more about your views on extending access to GP services in the evenings and at weekends.

By completing the survey you have the opportunity to tell us:

  • How likely you are to use GP appointments in the evenings and weekends.
  • The kind of services you might want to use in the evenings and at weekends.
  • Whether you would consider alternatives to face to face consultations.

The link to the survey is

If you have any queries regarding this survey please contact the Primary Care and Community Development Team at NHS Horsham and Mid Sussex CCG/NHS Crawley CCG on  01293 600300 x4138 or send an email to:

Patient Round Up - NHS Crawley and NHS Horsham and Mid Sussex CCG

Latest Weekly Health Network Roundup

Rainfall 20-30mm possibly up to 40mm which may lead to a low risk of flooding from surface water and rivers.**A*appWest Sussex will see heavy rain and wind up to severe gales from 15:00 Wednesday, rain tailing off by 09:00 Thursday and the wind by Midnight Thursday. We could see:*SOUTRainfall 20-30mm possibly up to 40mm which may lead to a low risk of flooding from surface water and rStay in touch with us and like our Facebook & Twitter page

Southwater Parish Council has a Facebook Page!  To keep in touch with local events and news, or to interact with your community,  please "Like" our new Facebook page. 

You can now find Southwater Parish Council on Facebook here

Please take the time to read the new Southwater Parish Council Facebook Policy which explains how we run and manage Facebook pages under our control. The document is below. 

And remember you can still  "Like" our Southwater Skatepark page to keep up to date with all the latest news going on down at the ramps!    And also  "Like" Southwater Leisure Centre for the latest News, Events, Classes and Clubs. Keep fit! Feel good! Have fun! 

Southwater Parish Council also has a Twitter account!  Be sure to follow us.  Find us here

Guide to Extending or Converting your Home

For advice and expert advice on your building work see more at:

Contact the Elderly 

Contact the Elderly is a charity providing a lifeline of friendship for people aged 75 and over.  Members are invited to a volunteer host’s home for tea with the other members of the group.  They visit a different host each month but the group remains the same and relationships grow.  A warm welcome in a family home provides companionship and a vital link with the community.  This is all free of charge.  Please see poster below for more information

Power cut? Call 105: See our Public Information page for more details. Link to our Public Information Page is here

Do you need to report a problem with a Road, Pavement or Public Right of Way (Footpath)?  Read on........

Southwater residents who want to report a problem with a road (eg pot hole) or pavement (damage, flooded or restricted by vegetation) or any local  public right of way (eg missing sign post or blocked access etc) should use the following links.  More information is on our page ; Road & Pavement : ; Public Right of Way :

Southwater HNA Final November 2017

Adobe Acrobat Document (PDF) - 2.03 MB

Winter Wellness

Adobe Acrobat Document (PDF) - 186 KB

Contact The Elderly

Adobe Acrobat Document (PDF) - 172 KB

Southwater Parish Council Facebook Policy

Adobe Acrobat Document (PDF) - 159 KB

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