It’s been a bit of a quiet month for the Neighbourhood Plan as the draft Plan and all of the supporting documentation is at Horsham District Council for checking. We expect their feedback by the end of April and, from there, we will look to make any necessary amendments before we enter several rounds of consultation and further amendments, ending up with a parish referendum. We have received an assurance from all 3 shortlisted sites that they will work together to present a joint ‘masterplan’ for development should the Neighbourhood Plan be adopted. This will ensure a comprehensive development rather than 3 separate bits. The benefit of this is that community facilities can be better located, highways, footpaths, landscaping and linkages can be inter-linked both between the sites and the rest of the village.
We are still looking for residents’ opinions and some volunteers to take part in a ‘memorial garden’ project in the village. We have some grant funding from the Armed Forces Covenant and are buying a commemorative bench for the village. We need some ideas on locations and designs and welcome anyone who wants to get involved.
This year saw Parish Council elections and we expect to have some new faces on the Council. Our Parish is of a size that requires 11 Councillors and I think we have at least 2 stepping down and will need to be replaced. The Parish Council would like to thank Ken Wood for his 30+ years of service as a Parish Councillor and our Village Tree Warden. He will be much missed.
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