May News from Storrington & Sullington Parish Council

Storrington, West Sussex

Neighbourhood Wardens:
Have Your Say

Just a reminder that the Annual Parish Meeting is being held on Wednesday 2nd May at 7pm and the matter of Neighbourhood Wardens is on the agenda.

Representatives from Horsham District Council will be available at this meeting to provide factual information about what the role of a Neighbourhood Warden entails and to answer any questions about the scheme.

If we go ahead with the introduction of Wardens, it will be necessary to increase the annual precept (the Parish Council’s share of the Council Tax) by an average of £17 per household from 2019 and so the Parish Council has decided to hold a public vote so that you can let us know whether you support the idea or not.

The details of how this vote will be managed have yet to be decided but I will report further on this in next month’s article. Rest assured that everyone who is entitled to vote will get a chance to voice their opinion. If you are unable to attend the Annual Parish Meeting on Wednesday 2nd May and have any questions, please contact the Parish Clerk.

Donald J Filliston MBE

The Parish Council was saddened to hear the news that Don Filliston passed away on 24th March 2018 aged 89.  Don was deeply committed to nature conservation, working tirelessly to protect and care for his local green spaces, and inspire others to do the same.

He was Chair of Sandgate Conservation Society for 20 years, during which time membership increased to almost 2000, making SCS the biggest parish-based society in England.  In 2003 he was awarded the MBE in the Queen’s Birthday Honours List for ‘Services to Conservation in West Sussex’.

And on his retirement from the Chair in April 2005, as recognition of his unstinting work in the area of countryside conservation that will benefit future generations, Don was awarded ‘Honorary Citizenship of Storrington’ by the then Chairman of Storrington and Sullington Parish Council, Ray Dawe.  He will be sadly missed.

Storrington & Sullington & Washington Neighbourhood Plan

By the time you are reading this, the Statutory Consultation period will have closed and we hope to be in a position to appoint an independent examiner very shortly.  I will keep you informed of progress in these articles.

Public Toilets

Some of you may have noticed that a planning application has now been submitted for the installation of a public toilet in the North Street Car Park.  At the time of going to print we are inviting tenders from contractors to construct the facility and will then be seeking grants to help fund the project. All being well we hope to have a facility in place before the end of the year.

If you would like further information on these topics or any of the Parish Council’s activities, please contact the Clerk on 01903 746547.

by Anna Worthington-Leese – Parish Council Chairman

 

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