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Southwater Parish Council Skate Park – Stakers Lane

Dear Residents, please take extra care whilst currently using the above Skate-Park.  The Council are aware that remedial repairs need to be undertaken, this is in hand, however, due to the inclement weather this week, this will not be possible.  The Council know how important it is to try and keep this open because of popular demand for use and will endeavour to undertake repairs as soon as it possibly can.

New Neighbourhood Wardens for Southwater and Storrington

Horsham District Council has just recruited four new wardens for the district. Dominic Woodhead and Jacquie Cave are the new warden team for Southwater Parish and Chris Poore and Andy Cotton are the wardens for the parish of Storrington & Sullington.

Dominic, Jacquie, Chris and Andy join the existing team of 10 wardens based in Ashington, Billingshurst, Horsham Town, Pulborough and Steyning/Bramber/Upper Beeding (joint scheme).

Based within the community the Neighbourhood Wardens work alongside partner agencies to improve the quality of life for everyone by undertaking a number of activities from enforcement to community development, working with the elderly, vulnerable and young people. They are managed by Horsham District Council, working closely with the Parish and Neighbourhood Councils to set priorities. The Schemes are funded by the Parish Councils and Neighbourhood Councils Special Charge.

Storrington & Sullington Parish Council Chairman, Anna Worthington-Leese, said  “Storrington & Sullington Parish Council is looking forward to welcoming Chris and Andy and working with them to make our community a better place to live”. Southwater Parish Council Chairman, Graham Watkins, added, “We are very excited to introduce Dominic and Jacquie to Southwater. We truly believe that they will be an incredible asset to our community.’’

Also starting in a new role is Carly Jenkins, the Warden Supervisor. Carly will manage the work of the 14 wardens and will often be based out in the district with them.

Neighbourhood Wardens have certain enforcement powers and carry out high visibility patrols in their respective areas to deter crime and anti-social behaviour. Horsham District Council is accredited by Sussex Police and Neighbourhood Wardens can utilise certain police powers aimed at low-level anti-social behaviour. They can also exercise powers available to them as employees of the District Council in relation to environmental offences.

Contact details for each warden scheme can be found at


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Notes to editors:
The attached photo shows (L to R) Dominic Woodhead, Jacquie Cave, Carly Jenkins, Chris Poore and Andy Cotton.

Southwater Parish Council Announcement

The Parish Council is sorry to announce that Mrs Catherine Tobin has decided to leave the Council after 21 years’ service as our Clerk. Mrs Tobin leaves on 21st May 2019 and we wish her well and thank her for her 21 years’ service

The Council is pleased to announce that Mrs Dawn Spouge has been appointed as the Acting Clerk until such time as a recruitment process begins. Please direct any enquiries to Mrs Spouge at

West Sussex County Council launched West Sussex Crowd​

As you may be aware, last summer West Sussex County Council launched West Sussex Crowd - an online crowdfunding initiative enabling communities to make projects happen. So far, ‘The Crowd’ has provided local groups with a platform to present more than 120 shared ideas unite communities and raise funds to deliver sustainable projects. Here, individuals can run a crowdfunding campaign on behalf of their group, promote it among supporters and residents of direct benefit, plus demonstrate community demand by attracting monetary pledges towards their fundraising target. In addition to this, eligible projects can also pitch for a share of the county council’s £280,000 Community Initiative Fund, with grants of up to £5,000 available. In Year 1, the council gave its backing to a variety of enterprising projects floated on The Crowd, all of which pledge to produce in line with the authority’s priorities as set out in The West Sussex Plan.

Full document can be viewed below.

Planned roadworks in West Sussex between 17 April 2019 and 16 May 2019

Please note: we now only provide the weekly roadworks report in the map-based format.  A link to this format has been provided previously but an improved version has now been launched.  The Excel based report is no longer available. 

The map-based report, which is accessed via a web browser, will be updated and go live at 5pm each Wednesday.  The shortcut provided below will always take you to the current version of the report.

Click to open:                 Map-based report


Type into your browser:

The main benefits of the new map-based information are as follows:

  • The roadworks are sized and colour coded according to a score (number of days on site weighting by traffic management and road class) and plotted on an interactive map.  Therefore giving an indication of the impact of the works.
  • As the roadworks are shown on a map, the location is much clearer and unambiguous.
  • There is an option to zoom to a select parish boundary so you can easily see the roadworks for a particular area of interest.
  • Roadwork details are still available in table format (shown underneath the map) and the table can be customised to reflect only those works shown on the current map area.
  • Links to the latest information on the Travel Information website are still provided

To get the most out of the report, it is highly recommended that you read the detailed help file available here.

Please remember that the report is only a snapshot of the roadworks and is only updated once a week. The date the snapshot is taken is shown in the heading of the report.

Highway Improvements Works - Church Lane, Southwater


Southwater Skate Park

Public Rights of Way Routine Maintenance

Public Rights of Way inspections will be carried out next month in our parish. Following the inspection, routine maintenance work will be prioritised for delivery by contractors.

If you are aware of any problems on your Rights of Way you wish to discuss, please contact him directly by the use or call 01243 777620.

Village Community Facebook Page - Link Tiddlers &Toddlers

Election of Parish Councillors

List of candidates standing in the Parish Council local elections has been announced.  The vote will take place on Thursday 2nd May with the results counted and declared the following day.

Annual Parish Meeting

Southwater Residents areare invited to the Annual Parish Meeting on Wednesday 17th April 2019 at 7.30pm, in the Council Chamber, Lintot Square, Southwater. Come along and meet the Vice Chairman, Cllr Michael Neale who will open the meeting with a warm welcome a short introduction and present the Annual Report.

You will have the opportunity to ask questions regarding Council matters. Presentations by 4 Sight, Southwater Royals Football Club, Southwater Youth Project and Age UK (these organisations having received a grant from the Parish Council during Year 2018/19)

Refreshments  will be available - Everyone  welcome​

News Relase Easteds Barn

News Release

Having read with interest the Community Village Facebook Page and the misinformation from many, again it is thought helpful that the Parish Council proide some guidence.  To view the full Press Release click on link below.​

Southwater Parish Council Newsletter​

“Please note that an error in dates has occurred on Page 7 of the Newsletter which incorrectly states that the Parish Council has approved on the 13th March the next stage of the Neighbourhood Plan. This is incorrect the Parish Council will be considering this tonight (Wednesday 13th March) when a decision is hoped to be reached on the documentation before members.”

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Southwater Neighbourhood Plan

The Southwater Neighbourhood Plan was approved to be taken to Full Council on 13/03/2019.

At Full Council they will be considering whether to approve the plan and its supporting documents for Submission to Horsham District Council under Regulation 15 of The Neighbourhood Planning (General) Regulations 2012 (as amended).

The documents Full Council are to consider and hopefully approve can be found at

News Release

Councillor Surgery

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.   

About Southwater

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:

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Press Release

February 2019
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 .  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:

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.”

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”

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






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