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HAZELDENS. Further to the item below, the appeal has now been determined, and the Planning Inspector has decided to allow the appeal. If you wish to view a copy of the extensive decision letter, please contact the Clerk. In essence the Inspector decided that the benefts of the development outweighed any harm. 

FINANCIAL YEAR 2019/20. Further to the audit item below, the external auditor, Moore, has now completed the Annual Audit for the financial year, 2019/20. The Council is required to publish a Notice of Conclusion of Audit, which you can find HERE along with the Auditor's Certificate and opinion HERE. We are required to publish the Statement of Accounts, the auditor's certificate and opinion (as above), and any public interest report, or other recommendation of the auditor. Insofar as applicable, all these other documents can be found on the Transparency Code page.

HAZELDENS, AND HORSHAM DISTRICT COUNCIL DEVELOPMENT PLAN. The appeal for the develoment of the former Hazeldens Garden nursery site has now finished, and the result from the Planning Inspector is awaited. As a rule 6 party, the Parish Council played a big part in the appeal hearings, all of which were conducted remotely. Please see the News Archive page for the history of the planning application(s). Likewise, the Horsham District Plan review consultation, taking in the Mayfields market town proposal as one of the strategic sites being considered by HDC. 

ALBOURNE PARISH COUNCIL has now completed the Annual Governance and Accountability Return for 2019/20, and the papers submitted for external audit - see the Notice of Public Rights and Publication of the un-audited annual Governance and Accountability Return HERE. Please also see the Transparency Code page for all the relevant documents and information for the 19/20 audit year, and for previous years. 

In view of the current lock down situation, all Parish Council meetings (in person) are suspended until further notice. Please see the meetings page of this website for further information.

A message from our Chairman, Councillor Graham Stafford-

The Parish Council is concerned about any vulnerable residents in the Village in the light of the current Coronavirus situation. We want to take the lead in being as helpful as we can, and being aware of anybody that may require help, should they find it necessary to self -isolate. Please let us know if you need help, or if you are aware of anyone who does. Should residents have to stay indoors, perhaps a phone call or a tap on their window to check their mental well being would let them know we (as Councillors and the wider Albourne community) are thinking of them and are here to help if required. With kind regards and keep healthy.

A message from West Sussex County Council Public Rights of Way (PROW)-  

"Please note WSCC has suspended the 15 month Inspection and Maintenance Cycle, due to the Covid 19 pandemic, and is currently only taking action on Public Rights of Way where reported issues require work to ensure public safety on the network. Should any enquiries received not be of this nature it will be logged so it can be prioritised and addressed in the future when normal working practices are resumed. We are currently reviewing when we can re-start inspections in line with government guidance and ask you for your patience in dealing with issues that arise. It is also important to note that our summer clearance programme for surface vegetation has now begun on selected paths and is running between the 1st June and mid-August.

· At this time it is important to remind people that public footpaths are for use by the public on foot only and cycling on these routes is a trespass against the landowner. This unlawful use risks conflict on the paths themselves and considerable challenges for people trying to keep the necessary 2m apart whilst enjoying the countryside.

It is also important to note that landowners are responsible for any side vegetation encroaching onto the path and any structures on the PROW network, such as stiles and gates. If appropriate to do so please contact the landowner, if known, directly to make them aware of the issue but if not you can continue to report such issues by following the link below.

A final reminder is the need to ensure good hygiene when using the PROW network including regular hand washing along with social distancing in line with government advice."    

CLC MEETINGS: The next Central and South Mid Sussex County Local Committee is on Tuesday, [      ] at 7.00 p.m. Please see the Information page for further details or view poster HERE (when meetings are able to resume). 



Most people who are lucky to live in and around Albourne village see it as an idyllic place with its lovely rural setting yet close proximity to all the facilities required for day to day living. This is not to say, however, that there isn’t room for improvement. One area which causes problems for residents is the volume of heavy goods vehicle (HGV) traffic on the Henfield Road (B2116) which has increased in recent times. Concerns have been expressed about the physical presence and speed of these vehicles as well as the noise disturbance, vibration and pollution they cause. There are also safety concerns for the children who use the road on their way to and from the school as well as for other pedestrians, cyclists and horse riders. Abourne Parish Council is committed to doing what it can to improve the situation and, with this end in mind, set up a working group to tackle the problem. To date this group has carried out traffic surveys, challenged WSCC over planning decisions, set up speed indication devices (SIDs) and held a series of meetings with Olus one of the major users of HGVs at the Firsland and Winterpick industrial sites. These meetings have resulted in voluntary speed restrictions through the village and some rerouting of HGVs to and from the sites. Most recently the group has prepared an application to WSCC for reduced speed limits and improved road signage. The Parish Council is also considering village gateways, which together with other changes, could have a traffic  calming impact. Your views on these and any other measures that could be taken to reduce the impact of HGVs in particular, and speeding traffic generally, would be welcome as would details of any road incidents or near misses involving vehicles. Please email the Parish Clerk at




Albourne, a small village with a population of about 600, is situated in the low Weald and Mid Sussex, just north of the South Downs. It is an area of outstanding natural beauty. The scattered village is rich in old and historical buildings. The old rectory and the original village school are in an idylic setting adjacent to Cutlers Brook, an alder-lined stream from which the village gets its name: 'Al' from alder and "bourne" - a small stream.

In the heart of the village is Woodbine Cottage, childhood home of James Starley, a pioneer maker and inventor of the differential gear used on early bicyles, whose success brought prosperity to the City of Coventry. For further information, please see the article HERE, which is reproduced with the kind permission of Sussex Living magazine. Both 'Gallops' and 'The Pound' are c17th century. The former, a timber-framed building, is perhaps the old building in the village, and the latter used to impound straying animals. Albourne Place, in Truslers Hill Lane, is a large mid-17th century former manor house where William Juxon, later Archbishop of Canterbury, lived following his imprisonment by Cromwell, reputedly for refusing to tell the secret of the last words of Charles 1 on the scaffold.


This website has been designed and constructed to provide what the Parish Council hope will be a valuable resource, especially to find out more about what is happening within the Council and the wider Albourne community.  As the site develops we hope it will become the local access point for information about the Parish Council and principal Local Authority Services and further advice on these services.  Our 'Useful Links' page contains a number of links to websites that will be of interest to a wide range of residents.
 We plan that it will be a further resource for community development and support through:

  • involving local people more in what is happening in the village;
  • improving communication;
  • engaging everyone in local issues, through providing you with more information.

All within the parish we hope will share views and create positive change in what might be a fast changing world for us in the coming years.

To find more information within the site, use the navigation buttons on the left hand side of each page.

We also intend through the website to help us increase our links with the community.  If you would like to advertise your event on the site, please contact us.

Parish Statistics

Population estimated 2012: 600
(information gathered from Mid Sussex District Council)