Worth Parish Council: Summer 2017

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Newsletter Summer 2017

Letter from the Chairman

Letter from the Chairman

I am delighted to welcome Graham Casella as a member of the Parish Council. Many of you will know Graham from his many years of organising the Copthorne carnival. Having lived in the village for nearly 30 years and been involved in various school and community roles, his knowledge and experience will be a great addition to the Parish Council.

We still have a vacancy for Crawley Down so if anyone is interested in serving as a Parish Councillor please contact the clerk and she will explain what is involved in being a Parish Councillor. Ideally you would be a resident of the Parish Council area but do not necessarily have to reside in Crawley Down.

We are grateful for those of our residents who made submissions as a result of the public consultation on the Copthorne Neighbourhood Plan. Over the next month we will be considering all of the submissions and making amendments to the plan where we feel they suggestions will enhance it. We will then reply to all of the respondents advising them of what if any action we have taken on their suggestions. We anticipate having to update our original housing survey for Copthorne and I would ask Copthorne residents to complete this and return them to the Council office as the larger the survey response the more weight it will carry when we are arguing for the type of housing that is needed in the village.

The inspectors report on further housing on Wychwood and the proposed development off Hazel Close in Crawley Down has been sent to the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government. We were expecting the Secretary of States response in early July, but the calling of the general election calls this into doubt and we are awaiting advice as too when we might expect a decision on the report.

The Annual General Meeting of the Parish Council takes place on Monday 22nd May at which new officers and Committee chairman will be elected for the following year.

Chris Phillips – Chairman Worth Parish Council.

General Purposes & Finance

Preliminary Income and Expenditure figures for the Parish for the year ending 31st March 2017 have been presented to the Council. In due course, these will be reviewed and audited. However, we can be confident that expenditure was under budget and, despite the costs of the Appeal, this has resulted in the Council’s Reserve position being healthier than we predicted earlier. Thanks are due to the Council’s Officers for their efforts in containing costs during the last financial year.

A grant of £500 was awarded to the Kent, Surrey and Sussex Air Ambulance Trust. I am sure you will join me in thanking them for their invaluable emergency assistance over the years.

Kerry Scott – Chairman General Purposes and Finance

Planning and Highways

This has once again been a busy period for the committee with a significant volume of new planning applications being made within Worth Parish, without the District Plan yet being approved at inspection. The District Plan has yet to have a defined number of houses to be agreed for the plan period. It is inevitable that Worth Parish will be required to accept more houses than originally anticipated by Mid Sussex District Council when the plan was submitted for inspection. The Secretary of State Inquiry into sites west of Turners Hill Road and at Hazel Close was completed in early February 2017 and the Inspectors report was submitted to the Secretary of State in early April 2017. The Secretary of State is due to make a decision statement by 06 July 2017 but this may be delayed due to the Parliamentary Election.

J Hitchcock Vice Chairman Planning and Highways Committee

Neighbourhood Plans

The Crawley Down Neighbourhood Plan is currently being reviewed to take into account changes in legislation , the local plan inspector’s decisions , judicial reviews and the recent housing white paper, “ Mending our broken housing market”.

The Copthorne Neighbourhood Draft Plan has now completed a Regulation 14 period of Consultation. Work is now required to respond to consultee comments and to re-draft the Plan ready for submission for examination by an independent examiner.

J Hitchcock Chairman Neighbourhood Plans

Power Failure

If you believe that you may require assistance during a Power cut, register with UK Power Networks (who maintain the electrical power network in this area) and ask to be added to their Priority Services Register, call them free on:

08003163105

To report a power failure in your area call UK Power Networks on 105

Street lighting

Street Lighting Faults. Street lighting in Worth Parish is partly the responsibility of Worth Parish Council and partly of West Sussex County Council. Please see the Worth Parish website for detailed responsibility –

http://www.worthparishcouncil.co.uk/faults.php

Where Worth Parish Council is responsible they should be reported to 01342 713407, All other faults should be reported to the County Council’s Contractors on 0800 0482435.

Future Meetings

Unless otherwise advertised, meetings are held in the Parish Council Offices in the Copthorne Hub, starting at 7:30pm. Planned Meetings for June and July are below. Agendas and associated paperwork for meetings are advertised on the Parish Council website and parish noticeboards with at least three working days’ notice.

June

Monday 5th – 7.30pm Planning and Highways

Monday 12th – 7.30pm GP and Finance

Monday 26th – 7.30pm Full Council

July

Monday 10th – 7.30pm Planning and Highways

Monday 17th – 7.30pm GP and Finance

Monday 31st – 7.30pm Full Council