Henfield News

Henfield Parish Council have co -opted two new Councillors, Cllr Fiona Ayres and Cllr Adrian Willard. There is one further vacancy, the deadline for applications is the 15th of March. Please contact the Parish Office for more information and an application form if you are interested. 

Henfield Parish Council will be hosted the Annual Parish Meeting on Tuesday the 5th of March at the Henfield Hall. There will be presentations on the Year of Biodiversity, The Community Fridge and updates from the Electric Car Club and the newly appointed Parish Council Youth Coordinator. There will be a question and answer session afterwards. Please arrive for 6.30pm for a 7pm start as there will be displays to view around the Hall with updates on various projects, as well as a costume display and other items from the Henfield Museum. 

Horsham District Council News

Horsham District Local Plan 2023-2040 Regulation 19: Proposed Submission

On Friday 19 January 2024 residents and stakeholders were invited to share their views on whether the Horsham District Local Plan Regulation 19 Proposed Submission document meets national planning tests.

The period of representation is still open. You are reminded that the deadline for comments to be submitted is 5pm, Friday 1 March 2024.

How to have your say

Responses can be submitted via this link. You will need to register on the online consultation portal in order to submit representations on the Local Plan using the online portal (although all documents can be viewed without registering). The documents are also available to view during normal opening hours at:

  • Horsham District Council Offices Parkside, Chart Way, Horsham. RH12 1RL (Monday – Friday, 9am – 5pm)
  • And at the following libraries: Billingshurst, Crawley, Henfield, Horsham, Pulborough, Southwater, Steyning, and Storrington Library.

Alternative ways of submitting representations are available. Please see the Statement of Representations Procedure and Proposed Submission Document Availability for details.

If you are emailing your representations, please use the email address localplan@horsham.gov.uk.

At Regulation 19, responses must follow the format required by the Planning Inspectorate and be framed around the Tests of Soundness and legal compliance. A ‘Frequently Asked Questions and Guidance for making representations’ is available from the website given above.

All representations made in the proper way (‘duly made’) will be submitted to the independent Inspector appointed by the Secretary of State alongside the submission Horsham District Local Plan 2023-2040, statutory documentation and full evidence base

Council hosts cost-of-living summit for residents of Horsham District

Cost of Living summitAs part of its commitment to helping residents hardest hit by the cost-of-living crisis, Horsham District Council hosted a Cost-of Living Summit at Ashington Community Centre on Thursday 25 January.

The Summit saw some 60 different community organisations gather to discuss how they are working with the Council to tackle the effects of the current cost-of-living situation and what they can do moving forward.

Interactive breakout sessions with delegates at the Summit identified key challenges for both residents and community groups and what could be done by the Council and partner organisations to combat difficulties and deliver better solutions for the future.

Just some of the key challenges highlighted were:

  • Improving accessibility to services both digitally and non-digitally
  • Managing the increased demand for debt advice
  • Providing more support for residents with mental health concerns
  • Support for the lonely and isolated.

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Council completes purchase of Bramber Brooks to boost District's biodiversity

Bramber BrooksHorsham District Council is excited to announce that it has now successfully purchased Bramber Brooks, securing this public green space both for the benefit of local communities and to provide a vital boost to local biodiversity in its goal for the Horsham District to achieve net zero carbon emissions by 2050.

The site, which comprises some 34 acres of green space, is known as Bramber Brooks and benefits from public access, a private nature reserve and a community orchard, and is currently enjoyed by many members of the public.

This successful acquisition will secure Bramber Brooks as public green space for the future in order to retain the community benefits of the land and enhance biodiversity on the site, ensuring that it will continue to operate as a well-loved and much enjoyed area for people to enjoy.

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West Sussex County Council News

Extra £82m to be invested into vital day-to-day services

West Sussex County Council's budget and plans for 2024/25 have now been agreed. You can also watch interviews with WSCC Leader Cllr Paul Marshall and Cabinet Member for Finance and Property Cllr Jeremy Hunt. Catch up on what they had to say.

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Lose weight for free!

Gro Health is a free digital weight management service available to anyone who lives or works in West Sussex and is for people who want to lose weight and maintain a healthier lifestyle.

It offers personalised support for up to 12 months, is available in 19 languages and can be accessed online or via phone app.

MMR vaccination reminder

Measles cases are rising in England so ensure your child is protected from becoming seriously unwell by checking they are up to date with their MMR vaccinations.

Older children and adults who haven’t had both doses of the vaccine could also be at risk. Two doses are needed for lifelong protection and it’s never too late to catch up. Book with your GP.

Health surveys

Help improve the health and wellbeing of West Sussex residents by taking part in the Your Health Matters Survey – it’s open until 8 March and there’s a free prize draw with cash prizes of £750, £150 and £100.

Have your say about West Sussex Health Visiting and School Nursing Services. Closing date: 2 March.

Help to quit smoking

Quitting smoking is one of the best things you can do for your health. If you’re planning to quit this No Smoking Day on 13 March, you’re three times more likely to be successful if you have professional support from a trained advisor.

Visit West Sussex Wellbeing to find your local Stop Smoking service.

Support with mental health

If you or someone you know is struggling with their mental health, click here to find a list of organisations and resources.

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Help halt the flood risk

Do you know if you’re a ‘riparian owner’? This is someone who has a watercourse, ditch, stream, river or culvert that runs adjacent to, through or under their land or property.

This applies even if it does not fall within your property boundary as set out by your Title Deeds.

All riparian owners are responsible for the upkeep and maintenance of their watercourses to ensure that they are not a flood risk to other people, roads, paths or properties.

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Wellbeing support at libraries

March is West Sussex Libraries’ Wellbeing Month, when we celebrate the many ways that libraries support wellbeing.

Reading can help reduce stress, and with books on mental health, relaxation, yoga and mindfulness along with books to boost your mood, there’s something available for everyone’s reading list.

Our libraries teams will be hosting drop-in sessions throughout the month for several organisations including Age UK, the Alzheimer’s Society, West Sussex Mind and our Wellbeing Hubs.

Some libraries will also be sharing special wellbeing-themed story times and there is a chance to enter a prize draw with a Hunt the Bear Character game for under 12s.

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Stay alert to scams

Do you have the knowledge and tools to help you stay ahead of scams?

In just one year, a crime survey for England and Wales found 1 in 17 adults were victims of fraud.

‘Stop! Think Fraud’ is a new national campaign, helping you to protect yourself from fraud, and identifying if you’re at risk.

It helps you spot the tactics and techniques commonly used by fraudsters, to reduce your risk of becoming a victim.

It also includes information on how to access practical advice, support, and what steps you can take if you’ve lost money or data.

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