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ANNUAL RETURN for 2016/17. The Parish Council has completed the Annual Return for the Parish Council's finances for the financial year 2016/17. The public are entitled to inspect the accounts, and so please now find HERE the statutory notice advertising such rights, along with the relevant pages of the Annual Return. The accounts have been audited by the internal auditor, and have now been submitted on to the external auditor, PKF Littlejohn, for the external audit to be carried out. Please let the Clerk know if you have any queries.  

At its meeting on the 6th June 2017, the Parish Council unanimously elected Suzi Sawyer to serve as a Parish Councillor for Albourne. The Parish Council is delighted to welcome Suzi on to the Parish Council, and is pleased that the Council is now back up to its full complement of 7 Parish Councillors.

Following the resignation of Councillor Meg Price, a casual vacancy on the Parish Council now exists. The Parish Council is obliged to publish a statutory Notice of the Vacancy, which please find HERE In essence if 10 electors of the Parish do not call for a by-election within 14 days of the date of the Notice (4th May 2017) the Parish Council may proceed to fill the vacancy by co-option.

The Parish Council would like to record its immense gratitude to Meg Price for all her hard work on behalf of the Parish, both as a Councillor, and over the last four years as Chairman.    

Further to the above, no election has been called, and so the Parish Council hopes to fill the vacancy by co-option at its next meeting on 6th June 2017. If you are interested in becoming a Parish Councillor, please see the Notice HERE  

 NATIONAL HEDGEROWS AND BOUNDARIES GRANT: Farmers and land owners are invited to apply for financial assistance to provide environmental benefits for their land, under a scheme promoted by West Sussex County Council. The maximum available grant for each farm business is £5,000. For further details and how to apply please contact Please note that the deadline for applications is 28th April 2017. 

LOCAL WATERWAYS: Both the Adur & Ouse Catchment Partnership and the Ouse & Adur Rivers Trust are working to improve the quality of local waterways, specifically in this case the quality of their water. Please see HERE for further information.

RECREATION GROUND: In November, Mid Sussex District Council intend to replace the leylandii hedge running along the footpath from the Street by the Village Hall to the Recreation Ground. This will be with a Cooper Beech hedge (which retains its leaves even in winter), with the planting of reasonable size whips in double rows. They will also be putting in a retaining fence until the new hedge becomes fully established. Inevitably, there will have to be some loss of privacy for the properties on the other side of the hedge, but Beech is fairly quick growing and hopefully, it won't be long before we are back to normal. Incidentally, MSDC say that the die back of the current hedge, was due to aphid damage, rather than the recent cutting back.

The Parish Council is making progress with MSDC about hopefully putting up a climbing frame in the play area to help make up for the tree that was felled earlier this year. MSDC also intend to replace the tree, with a liquid Amber, just outside the play area, but it will not be for climbing please!    

The external audit of the Parish Council's financial affairs for the financial year 2015/16 has now been completed by PKF Littlejohn, and under the audit regulations, the Parish Council is obliged to publish a Notice of the Conclusion of Audit, along with the Annual Return. The Parish Council is pleased to confirm that the auditor has given the Council a clean bill of health. Please therefore find the Notice HERE, and the Annual Return HERE. Please note that I, the Clerk to Albourne Parish Council, do hereby certify that these are true and accurate copies of the original documents, which will also be posted on the noticeboard outside the Village Hall. Iain McLean.     


RESULT: Turn out 43.4%. YES votes: 228. NO votes: 9. This represents a 96.2% majority in favour of the Plan. Mid Sussex District Council will now formally "make" the Plan as soon as possible. THANK YOU you to everyone who took part and voted. If you wish to view the Plan, or to see a record of all the information the Parish Council has published over time, please see the dedicated Neighbourhood Plan page on the menu to the left, and use the links provided. 


PLEASE HELP: The Parish Council is monitoring the use of the local roads, particularly the Henfield Road to find out the frequency of HGV lorry use early in the morning, or after hours in the evenings, i.e. before 7.00 a.m. and after 6.30 p.m. These are mainly delivery lorries going to the Firsland Park Industrial Estate or Winterpick Farm. If you live on any of the routes, and you are being disturbed, especially in the early mornings, by these vehicles, please could you log the date and time (and the name on the lorry if you can) and report this to The Parish Council can then keep a record of all the activity, and provide it in evidence in its continued efforts to have something done about this ongoing problem. Thank you.




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)