Henfield News

Cllr Malcolm Eastwood has been relected for the 6 year as Henfield Parish Council Chairman.

Henfield Parish Council has also released its three year Business Plan, details can be found here 

Work continues to find a solution to the problem of illegal parking on the zig zag lines outside One Stop in the High Street.

Agreement has been reached and a contractor appointed to make repairs to some of the pathways in the cemetery.

Jubilee Celebrations in Henfield

2 June – Children’s Fun Day 11am to 3pm on the Kings Field

3 June – Concert “70 years of Platinum Hits” with the Brighton Beach Boys at Henfield Hall

5 June - Big Family Picnic & fancy Dress Contest- 12 midday to 6pm on the Memorial Field

Full programme here https://www.henfield.gov.uk/jubilee

West Sussex County Council News

WSCC now have a new section on their website all about climate change, including their strategy and commitment as well as how residents can get involved. Please have a look a the new pages by clicking here. They would apprecate feedback

WSCC are warning of a new scam where criminals cold call people asking for their bank details, falsely saying this is required in order for them to receive the Government’s £150 energy grant. Councils will never ask you to give your bank details over the phone. If someone does ask you, hang up immediately. If your account is paid by direct debit then the council already has your bank details on record, if you’re not on a direct debit scheme, the council will send you a letter in the post.

A countywide road safety review is underway, instigated by Joy Dennis, West Sussex County Council’s Cabinet Member for Highways and Transport.

Joy has asked her Adviser on Road Safety, former traffic police officer Tom Richardson, to lead a cross-party group of fellow county councillors in the review.

The Task and Finish Group (TFG) will review the county’s road safety framework, including:

  • reviewing speed limit policy, to make it easier to introduce a lower speed limit, where appropriate
  • exploring other traffic management measures that could help reduce serious-injury accidents
  • considering other highway-related issues that may contribute to road traffic collisions.

Children’s Services in West Sussex are making significant strides to improve the service. This has been acknowledged by the announcement from Will Quince, MP and Minister for Children and Families that the service will no longer become a standalone Trust and will remain within the County Council.

The Government decision was made on the evidence of significant improvements within the service over the last two years, including Ofsted monitoring, the completion of the Council’s ‘Reset and Reboot’ governance programme, a report from the Children’s Services Commissioner for West Sussex, and the Council’s commitment to put children first.

It means Children’s Services will not be placed into an independent trust and will continue to be run by West Sussex County Council pending a reinspection by Ofsted.

Horsham District Council News

HDC Leader Jonathan Chowen leads The Big ConversationCllr Jonathan Chowen, Leader of Horsham District Council, hosted the first of his three public meetings last night on the 4 May which saw a packed audience get involved in two-way discussions about some of the key issues the Horsham District is facing.

Accompanied by some of the Council’s Cabinet and the Council’s Chief Executive, the Leader discussed topics on the climate and environment, the Local Plan and water neutrality, and plans for celebrating HM The Queen’s Platinum Jubilee.

There are two more events coming up, in Pulborough (limited space) and Ashington. Register to attend by Wednesday May 11.

Find out more                  

Officers and volunteers gather to celebrate the Bees Need AwardHorsham District Council and The Friends of Horsham Park are delighted to announce that they have won a national award for their exemplary work to support the development of pollinator plants in Horsham Park. They have been presented with a Bees’ Needs Champion Award for 2021.

The Bees’ Needs Awards recognise and celebrate examples of exemplary initiatives to support pollinator flowers and plants.

A new round of LEAP grant funding is now open to Horsham District small businesses.

LEAP grant funds provide an injection of funding of up to £2,000 aimed at start-ups and small businesses based in the Horsham District with less than 20 full-time employees. Applicants will need to match fund the grant funding by contributing towards 25% of their total project cost with their own investment. Find out more here

Horsham DIstrict Council has announced a consultation on proposed parking charge increases. There is more information available here


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