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Sussex Police funding 2018-2022

Sussex Police have started the biggest intake of new police officers for over a decade. This has been made possible by the increase in police precept of an average £12 for a band D property, and the PCC releasing £17 million from reserves. It means that over the next four years, Sussex will have 200 more police officers on the frontline than it does today.

Although residents are pleased to hear that local policing will be strengthened by these 200 extra officers, they are already indicating that they would like even more. That is why the PCC has opened a survey on her website to gauge potential support for raising more funding locally if the Government lifts the current cap on the police precept.

Please take a moment to make your views known on this link

You can find out more about funding for Sussex Police 2018-22 here:…/sussex-police-funding-2018…/

A BIG thank you

On Thursday the 8th November Deborah Bailey and a group of ladies connected with Southwater’s Welcome Club came together to clear paths and overgrowth and tidy-up whatever needed attention around the railway embankment. They cleared the containers and planted hundreds of spring bulbs. The group also found time to tidy the memorial in readiness for Sunday’s Remembrance Day service. 

On behalf of the community we would like to say a BIG thank you for your efforts and hard work.

Memorial Benches unveiled in Southwater

Two memorial benches commemorating both the Great War and World War II have been unveiled at the War Memorial, dedicated to the memory of the men and women who served in both the World Wars.

Southwater Parish Councillors commented: “We hope that the benches will provide a place for individuals to spend a quiet moment reflecting and giving thanks to the men and women who gave their lives to ensure our peace and freedom.”

The benches, sponsored by Southwater Parish Council and Horsham District Council feature the words ‘Lest We Forget’ alongside red poppies and white doves.  Graham Watkins, Chairman of Southwater Parish Council added: “The Memorial Benches will be a cherished addition to Southwater, one which complements our existing installations and yearly services which pay tribute to the men and women who perished. We hope that residents and visitors will welcome the chance to take time out of their day in this evocative space to remember the history of the wars and the important role played by people from the Parish of Southwater.”

CAGNE Aviation Town and Parish Council Forum​

As you may be aware Gatwick has launched a Master Plan consultation, which ends at 5pm on 10th January.
The CAGNE Aviation Town and Parish Council Forum is group of elected members.  At our next Forum meeting Gatwick has agreed to speak.  It takes place on Wednesday 21st November at 7.30pm at Salford and Sidlow village hall courtesy of the parish council - The Village Hall, 5 Honeycrock Lane, Salfords, Surrey, RH1 5DG
We would like to invite you to attend as an elected body with a view to you joining the Forum, which is free to do.

More information can be found at

Gatwick unveils ambitious draft Master Plan for sustainable future growth

As the UK heads towards an important new chapter, Gatwick is today unveiling a draft Master Plan for ongoing development and sustainable growth at the airport, which sets out how the airport can meet the growing demand for air travel and deliver connections to global opportunities.

The draft Master Plan explains how Gatwick intends to develop and grow in a sustainable way into the early 2030s, creating the right balance between economic growth and environmental impact, across three scenarios: 

Using new technologies to increase capacity on Gatwick's existing Main Runway;

A plan to bring the airport’s existing Standby Runway into routine use alongside the Main Runway; 

Continuing to safeguard the land for an additional runway in the future, while not actively pursuing one today the proposals are in line with the government’s policy support for making best use of existing runways and will deliver highly-productive, incremental new capacity with minimal environmental impact, to complement expansion schemes at other airports across the South East.

Gatwick today makes a significant contribution to both the regional and national economy, supporting 85,000 jobs and adding £5.3bn to GDP, and through this draft Master Plan, is seeking to grow that contribution by unlocking new connections, jobs and trade.

We believe the plans offer safe, agile, low-impact ways of unlocking much-needed new runway capacity from within our existing infrastructure - however, it is important that everyone has their say so we look forward to hearing the views of our local communities, partners and stakeholders.

A 12-week public consultation is now live at and will include five public exhibitions in our local area, which will help inform the publication of the final Master Plan early next year. We would welcome your views and encourage you to respond before it closes at 5pm on 10 January 2019.

If you have any questions, please get in touch with the team by emailing”

The Community Safety & Wellbeing Team, West Sussex County Council​

The Community Safety & Wellbeing Team, West Sussex County Council​ Supporting Our Businesses – Your Perception and Views – West Sussex County Council Cybercrime/Online Safety Survey

The Community Safety & Wellbeing Team at the County Council have launched two surveys in order to gather feedback about perceptions and experiences of cybercrime/online safety across West Sussex over the last 12 months from a business and personal perspective. Your response to this survey will help influence how we at the County Council shape our cybercrime/ online safety support work in order to help local businesses in the future.

You will have 5 weeks in order to complete the survey. The survey will close at midnight on Monday 19th November, 2018.

If you are a business owner/manager, aged 18 or above, then please follow the link below to complete our cybercrime/online safety survey for businesses and organisations. We need your help to be able to better support our work with the business community.

Cybercrime/Online Safety Survey for Businesses & Organisations –

In addition, we are also seeking feedback from the wider West Sussex population. If you are not a business owner / manager, then please follow the link below to complete our Personal Use Cybercrime/Online Safety Survey.

Personal Use Cybercrime/Online Safety Survey Link –

Southwater Leisure Centre Overflow Car Park

The overflow car park, accessed from Fairbank Road have been changed to hopefully alleviate parking problems in the evening at Pevensey Road.

Opening times are as follows:-

Monday – Friday
8.15am – 9pm

Saturday and Sunday
9am – 6pm

Bus User Survey

Further to our recent Bus Strategy Consultation, West Sussex County Council would like to know more about how passengers use our supported bus routes across the county.

Most routes in West Sussex are operated by bus companies on a commercial basis, and these are not part of this survey. However, some routes receive a subsidy from the county council to help them run.

Below is a list of bus services which are currently either wholly or partly subsidised by the county council and are included in the survey:

Arriva - 63

Brighton & Hove - 59A

Compass Travel - 8/8A, 16, 19, 30, 31, 33, 36A/36C, 39, 42, 52, 62, 64, 66A/66C, 67, 69, 71, 74/74A/74B, 85/85A, 89, 93, 96, 99, 100, 150

Metrobus - 61, 65, 84, 98, 200, 270, 272, 291, 606, 610, 692, 693

Stagecoach - 46, 47, 50, 54, 56, 70, 91/92/93

Shared Taxi Service - Billilinks (Villages Transport Link)

We are keen to gather feedback from passengers and others to help us understand the impact of any potential changes to the routes above.

Further information and the online questionnaire is available at - or by calling 01243 642105 for a paper copy.

Parish Councillor Surgeries 

Your Southwater Councillors are volunteering to serve Southwater, and you. So if you have any problems, queries or suggestions about Southwater and the community, they are happy to help. Please come along to Beeson House and meet them.

Surgeries are held on the 2nd Saturday of  each month, 10 - 11am, Beeson House, Lintot Square.

Flooding and Drainage Issues within the Parish of Southwater

The Parish Council are considering applying for a County Council Watershed Grant once again.  Various areas were identified at the meeting when this matter was discussed including Cripplegate Lane (by the old bridge).  If you are aware of any area which you deem to be a flood or drainage risk within the parished boundary can you please contact in writing to the Parish Council office.   We will then look at these and establish whether or not they might meet the necessary grant funding criteria.  

Southwater's Christmas Event

The Parish Council are looking for volunteers/community groups/organisations who can assist them with this year's Christmas Event. If you can generally volunteer and assist in organising the event, provide music (bands/entertainment) please contact the Parish Clerk's office on 01403 733202.

Please note that this event takes approximately six months in the planning and the event if held runs from setting at 6am on the day until 8pm please consider your commitment to seeing the project through. We therefore need to commence discussions now in order to provide yet another brilliant event. If sufficient volunteers do not come forward this event may have to be scaled down.

Annual Canvass 2018

Don’t lose your voice - residents in Horsham District are urged to look out for their voter registration details in the post. Local residents are being warned not to lose their voice on matters that affect them by completing their annual canvass form and responding as soon as possible. click here

Residents Information Pack

Southwater Parish Council have produced this "One-stop-shop" Residents Information Pack to assist the understanding of; the extent of Southwater Parish, it's relative size and population, the roles and responsibilities of the three governing council authorities that operate within the Parish, SPC structure, and a breakdown of 2018/19 budget supported by various comparisons.

Southwater Parish Council hope the information is useful. Should there be any queries, please do not hesitate to contact SPC at the following:

Phone: 01403 733202






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Broadband Speed - help us to assess the problem

10 October 2016

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Worthing Road Street Lights : Work in Progress

06 October 2016

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