Worth Parish Council: Summer 2018

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Newsletter Summer 2018


This took Place in April this year. The Council invite all groups who have been in receipt of a grant in the previous year to attend and to give a brief talk on the grant.

Surrey & Sussex Air Ambulance- £500

A representative from the Air Ambulance thanked the Council for the grant. It is a charity with little funding from central government as it is not part of the NHS but works closed with the NHS Ambulance Service. It costs £6.5 million to keep the ambulance in the air, and it helps 4 million people across Sussex, Surrey and Kent. The operational base is at Redhill aerodrome but is shortly to move to Rochester due to housing development proposals at Redhill.

There are currently two helicopters which, are limited in size and fuel capacity. A new machine has just been leased, which is much larger. This means that paramedics can work on a patient in the cabin rather than on the ground. The new helicopter is in the process of being adapted to be an ambulance; it takes around a year to become operational.

The Council asked that its grant be used for blood storage equipment. The blood must be stored at between 2 and 6 degrees, and then must be heated before giving to a patient hence the specialist equipment. 150 people required blood last year, so the Council’s grant was very gratefully received.

Sunshine Pre-School – £200

Kim Brimelow from the Pre School thanked the Council for the grant of £200. The garden area was muddy and the children could not use it. The money was used to put bark down to improve the area.

St John the Evangelist Church – £412

Sue Williams, Church Warden, thanked the Council for the grant which was used towards the cost of tree surgery in the church yard.

Copthorne Village Hall – £500 plus £2875 from Worth United Charities

The current project is to remove and replace the stage area. This was built in 1927 and asbestos was found. The Council’s grant of £500 is going towards the asbestos removal.

The Committee were delighted to receive the £2875 from the dissolution of Worth United Charities, which will go towards a new stage. This project will cost in the region of £30,000; the old stage is being removed in August.

All Saints Church – £250

Kerry Scott Church Treasurer, showed slides of tree works which took place in the churchyard. A huge branch fell down over the Christmas period, causing damage. Whilst there is insurance, the Church was liable.

The Council gives an annual grant of £500 to each of the churchyards; All Saints and to St John’s; as anyone in the village has a right to be buried in the churchyard, so it is a community asset. However, safety is a prime concern, as graves sink, and the trees need maintaining.

The Haven Centre – £2875 from Worth United Charities

The Centre opened in 1990 as a Social Club. The Club closed in March last year but the Centre re-opened within two weeks. There is no longer a pub in Crawley Down and residents felt strongly that there should be a bar in the village.

They were also keen to have a café, and one was opened in July last year, to give locals the opportunity to meet up for coffee and cake. Initially it was open for 3 days a week, but that soon went up to 5 days a week A new café servery area has been created, with a new coffee machine.


There are various issues, which are not legally relevant to the consideration of a Planning Application and will carry no weight should you decide to comment, these are called NON-MATERIAL PLANNING CONSIDERATIONS and include.

• Matters controlled under building regulations or other non-planning legislation e.g. structural stability, drainage details, fire precautions, matters covered by licences etc.

• Private issues between neighbours e.g. land/ boundary disputes, damage to property, private rights of access, covenants, ancient and other rights to light etc.

• Problems arising from the construction period of any works, e.g. noise, dust, construction vehicles, hours of working (covered by Control of Pollution Acts).

• Opposition to the principle of development when this has been settled by an outline planning permission or appeal

• Applicant’s personal circumstances (unless exceptionally and clearly relevant, e.g. provision of facilities for someone with a physical disability)

• Previously made objections/representations regarding another site or application

• Factual misrepresentation of the proposal

• Opposition to business competition

• Loss of property value

• Loss of view


Mid Sussex District Council is offering local micro businesses grant funding of up to £2000 to help them grow and expand.

The grants are available to any Mid Sussex business that has less than 10 employees and an idea for a project that will help their business grow. Up to £1500 is also available to help micro businesses take on an apprentice.

This is the second year that Mid Sussex District Council has offered grant funding to help support the local economy and encourage sustainable business growth.

Mid Sussex is one of the strongest local economies in the country and is keen to support businesses and economic growth. The planned growth of Mid Sussex over the coming years will create thousands of jobs, see new business parks being built and bring investment in infrastructure. They want local small businesses to be able to benefit from these opportunities, grow and thrive. Last year, micro-business grants helped more than 40 local companies to expand and develop their business in Mid Sussex.

For more information or to apply online visit www.midsussex.gov.uk/businessgrants


Age UK East Grinstead have set up an Outreach Service in 2018 to support older people. The Outreach Service is for residents in rural areas who may be isolated or having problems due to poor health. AgeUK aim to enhance residents lives by: promoting independence, wellbeing and offering friendly support. Sometimes residents don’t know who to ask for help and we can offer assistance over the phone or offer a home visit to discuss any issues.

This is a free service, the Outreach Coordinator and volunteers, can listen to residents’ challenges and inform them about organisations that can help. For example we inform residents about transport available such as Community Transport Sussex, as village buses are infrequent or information about activities, coffee mornings, lunch clubs, computer classes, telephone befriending, dementia and Alzheimer’s services.

If you know of an elderly resident, 50 years or older, in the above areas who requires support. They can contact the Co-ordinator, Fiona Turner, on outreach@ ageukeastgrinstead.org.uk or call on 01342 327 046.

Silver Sunday celebrations

Mid Sussex District Council is offering grants of £250 to help local groups host fun events for older people as part of Silver Sunday 2018. Silver Sunday is a national celebration of older people and their contribution to communities. This year Silver Sunday is on 7 October and Mid Sussex District Council is encouraging local people to show their support by organising an enjoyable activity for people over the age of 65.

The Council is offering grants of £250 to any group that would like to organise a Silver Sunday event this year. The offer is available to all, from large charities right through to small community groups who would like to show their appreciation for their older neighbours.

To apply for a grant simply complete an online application form at www.midsussex.gov.uk/grants and submit it by Saturday 30 June 2018. For further information contact Regina Choudhury, MSDC Community Development Officer on 01444 477495 or email culture@midsussex.gov.uk.

Useful phone numbers!

Anti-social behaviour 01444 477292

Anti-social driving 01243 642222

Bus Pass 0845 075 1018

Council Tax 01444 477564

Doctor: Copthorne 01342 774888

Doctor: Crawley Down 01342 713031

Dog Fouling 01444 477440

Library: Crawley 01293 651751

Library East Grinstead 01342 332900

Litter bins 01444 477440

Noise Nuisance 01444 477292

Overgrown paths / pavements 01444 477440

Pest Control 03444 828 336

Refuse and Recycling 01444 477440

Senior Railcard 0345 3000 250

Further information can be found here: West Sussex County Council – www.westsussex.gov.uk Mid Sussex District Council – www.midsussex.gov.uk Worth Parish Council – www.worthparishcouncil.co.uk K. Scott Chairman (General Purposes & Finance)

Council Meetings

Dates of Council meetings are published on the Councils notice boards and website with at least three working days’ notice! Unless otherwise stated all meetings are open to the public, and are held at 7:30pm at the Parish Council Offices, 1st Floor The Parish Hub, Borers Arms Road, Copthorne.