The following meetings will now take place in February and March 2019.
26th February 2019 Neighbourhood Plan Steering Group Meeting
5th March 2019 Neighbourhood Plan Steering Group Meeting
6th March 2019 Parish Council’s Planning Committee
13th March 2019 Extraordinary Meeting of the Parish Council to Approve Submission of the Neighbourhood Plan
20th March 2019 Finance & General Purposes Committee Meeting
A joint County, District and Parish Council surgery took place in Beeson House, last Saturday 2nd February 2019 with councillors from all three present.
HA variety of issues were addressed at the meeting, these being a blocked culvert, continuation of a footway in Southwater Street and how this may be delivered, proposals for a small development in the Worthing Road (adjacent to the Infant School), and other general comments about matters of concern within Southwater. These will all be taken forward with a view to trying to resolve many of them either through the Parish Council or in partnership with principle authorities.
Please note that all Parish Council meetings are open to the public and the public are allowed to address the Council on items of concern to them at these, but the above meetings now being held on the first Saturday of each month in Beeson House, give local residents a chance to come along informally meet councillors and discuss such matters of concern.
In the meantime, the Parish Council office is open to the public from Monday to Friday in Beeson House between 10.30am and 3.30pm.
Southwater is located within Horsham District and is one of the largest rural communities in West Sussex. The Parish has 10,500 residents and includes the village of Southwater, Newfoundout, Christ’s Hospital, Tower Hill & Two Mile Ash. At the heart of the village lies Lintot Square with a wide variety of excellent shops, pubs, restaurants, library, post office, youth centre and health centre. Elsewhere within the Parish are two business parks, home to local companies and some of the largest businesses in the District. Recreation opportunities include our very own Leisure Centre, Country Park, and a huge range of sports and community clubs.
Beeson House, 26 Lintot Square, Fairbank Road, Southwater, West Sussex RH13 9LA
Telephone No. 01403 733202 Fax 01403 732420 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
VAT Registration No: 744 9660 96- 1 -www.southwater-pc.gov.uk
Further to comments made by members of the public on the Southwater Community Facebook site, (reported directly to the Facebook moderators who immediately removed the comment), residents should be reminded that all councillors must abide by a code of conduct setting out the following standards https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/the-7-principles-of-public-life/the-7principles-of-public-life--2 . All parish councillors are local residents with families living in the community; many work in areas where they are required to retain such standards and comments in relation to potential “corruption” can affect their employment.
To view the full Press Release click on link below.
Horsham District Cycling Forum
Next forum meeting Tuesday 5th February
The next meeting of the forum will take place at 7:30pm in the Lewes Room, County Hall North, WSCC, Parkside, Chart Way, Horsham. We have lots to discuss, including what’s happening (or not happening) on the town centre contraflows scheme and the latest on the Novartis planning application. We really value your input so please do join us!
Please enter by the side entrance. There is covered cycle parking available. You can view the agenda here: http://www.hdcf.org.uk/wp-content/uploads/2019/01/HDCF-Meeting-Agenda-5th-February-2019.pdf
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.
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.”
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 www.gatwickairport.com/masterplan2018 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 email@example.com”
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 www.westsussex.gov.uk/buses - 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.
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
Southwater Parish Council Chairman's Press Release Council Tax 2017/18
15 March 2017
Southwater Parish Council has agreed an amount of 20.77% for its part of the Council Tax for the 2017/18 Financial Year, this was not an easy decision to make a
HORSHAM DISTRICT COUNCIL PLAY STRATEGY CONSULTATION
03 March 2017
The Horsham District Play Strategy is being updated.
Help us to evaluate if the existing Play Strategy has made a difference to your residen
Protecting Crowded Places From Terrorism
22 December 2016
HDC Horsham Time Well Spent Events is undertaking a review in relation to counter terrorism measures
Broadband Speed - help us to assess the problem
10 October 2016
Parish Council calls upon residents to help it lobby for a better broadband service for all
Worthing Road Street Lights : Work in Progress
06 October 2016
Parish Council staff have reported the faulty lights in Worthing Road. We are told that SSE engineers attended the lights they found a fault with the undergrou