WELCOME TO THE ALBOURNE PARISH COUNCIL WEBSITE
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NEW - The Parish Council election on 7th May 2015 was uncontested, as there were only 6 nominated candidates for the 7 seats on the Council. As a result Councillors Price, Stafford, Ernest, Compton, Jordan, and Wergan are deemed automatically elected as Parish Councillors for a term of four years. There is therefore one vacancy.
Mick Gratton decided to stand down as a Councillor in 2015, although he still going to be heavily involved in taking the Neighbourhood Plan through. Mick has been an invaluable member of the Council, particularly on planning matters, and we thank him for all his hard work and dedication over the last four years. We also wish him all the very best for the future.
NEW - Thank you to everyone who responded on the pre-submission draft Neighbourhood Plan. The period for comment is now closed, and the Parish Council will be considering all the input it has received, and deciding if the Plan needs amendment and revision as a result of the comments made. After that, it will prepare the submission Plan, along with a Consultation Statement and Basic Conditions Statement, which it will then formally submit to Mid Sussex District Council.
*****NEIGHBOURHOOD PLAN***** Probably the most important document Albourne Parish Council has ever produced. Since the draft Plan was published some months ago, it has now been finalised into its pre-submission state (to Mid Sussex District Council), and the rules now require (under Regulation 14) that the Parish Council publishes the draft and puts it out to formal public consultation. This has to be for a period of at least 6 weeks. The Plan was originally published for a 6 week period from Saturday,12th July 2014, but because there have been some changes and inclusions to the Plan, it is now re-published FOR A FURTHER 6 WEEK PERIOD. This period starts (TODAY), SATURDAY 11th OCTOBER 2014 and runs to MONDAY 24th NOVEMBER 2014. Please view the draft Plan and the Sustainability Appraisal against which it is prepared, and let us know your comments and views, even if you have previously commented. See the revised draft pre-submission Plan HERE, and also please see the corresponding Sustainability Appraisal HERE To see how to comment, and the additional events which the Parish Council is holding in order to help with the consultation, and to explain the Plan, please see the poster HERE
[Still on the News Page is a document containing the Council's draft Neighbourhood Plan policies, and the Scoping Report for the Sustainability Appraisal. These are left in place to view, so that you can make any comparisons and see the changes. Please have a look at these by clicking on the documents. We welcome all input and comments. It is the community's plan, and in order to have it approved through the independent examination and referendum process, we need your support! It will help shape planning and development in the Parish over the next 20 years.]
Following the recently advertised vacancy, we are very pleased to report that Nick Wergan was unanimously co-opted onto the Parish Council at the meeting on 4th November 2014. Nick brings a wealth of financial experience from his previous work in the private financial sector, and much community experience from his current role as the Head teacher of a major School in Mid Sussex. Nick lives in the Village in Church Lane, and we very much welcome him as our seventh Councillor onto Albourne Parish Council.
Albourne Parish Council publishes its annual return and audit (both internal and external) for the financial year 2013/14. Please click HERE to view. Also included is a report from Councillor Meg Price, Chairman of Albourne Parish Council, on the activities and achievements of the Parish Council during the year. This can be found on the first page of the report.
Flooding and drainage issues. Land owners are respectfully asked to do their bit to prevent problems in the Parish. Please see the advice HERE
West Sussex County Council want to know your views on their budget plans. What matters to you? See the survey at www.westsussex.gov.uk/whatmatters
The Parish Council has added to its slot on the News Page, some information and guidance on winter management planning and maintenance, for the coming winter period.
Sussex Police has re-launched Operation Crackdown - a system that enables anyone to report anti-social driving and abandoned vehicles either on-line or by phone. (See Useful Links and Information page).
Remember that if you suffer from noise nuisance from neighbours or any other source, the Environmental Health Department at Mid Sussex District Council can help. Please see the link on the Useful Links and Information page under Mid Sussex District Council.
Albourne Parish Council publishes its annual return and audit (both internal and external) for the financial year 2012/13. Please click HERE to view. Also included is a report from Councillor Meg Price, Chairman of Albourne Parish Council, on the activities of the Parish Council during the year. This can be found on the first page of the report.
Mid Sussex District Council fail the Duty to Co-operate test on submitted District Plan, and so both the Plan and the Community Infrastructure Levy have had to be withdrawn. See News page.
Albourne Parish Council supports MSDC's local plan-
Parish Council is supporting the Mid Sussex District Council local development
plan, which has been published for final consultation before being submitted to
the government planning inspector in August 2013. Albourne Parish
Council considers this plan protects the best interests of Mid Sussex, and the rural nature of our
area. The MSDC plan does not include or support
recently publicised developer led concepts for major development between Sayers
Common and Henfield. Please note that the statutory consultation period has now closed, and the Plan will go forward for examination as above. See also further below as to the latest news. For further information on the Plan, visit MSDC's website. Click on the link /ClientAdmin/Text/www.midsussex.gov.uk
The New Market Town proposal referred to above has been in the local and south east news just recently. Click HERE to view a press release from Nick Herbert, who is MP for Arundel and South Downs. He is joined by Mid Sussex MP, Nicholas Soames. Albourne Parish Council, along with many of its neighbouring Parishes, will be keeping a close eye on this issue, and watching any developments with interest. Also, an independent organisation, Locals Against Mayfield Building Sprawl (LAMBS), has been formed to voice local opposition to the proposed scheme. It is establishing a fighting fund in order to enable it to match the financial muscle of the promoters, and to help with its objective of defending the countryside in the area of the proposed development. If you wish to contribute to the fund, or find out any further information about LAMBS, please visit their website http://lambs.org.uk/
Mid Sussex District Council publishes its draft Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL) Charging Schedule. This sets out how much money a developer will have to contribute towards local infrastructure, etc. Please see the press release on the Press Releases page, or visit MSDC's website to access the document. Parish Councils with a Neighbourhood Plan will receive 25% of CIL monies directly.
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 of Coventry. 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;
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.
Population estimated 2012: 600
(information gathered from Mid Sussex District Council)