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CHANGE OF DATE - Due to a clash of dates, please note that the November Parish Council meeting has had to be moved from Tuesday, the 12th November 2019 to Tuesday, the 19th November 2019.

MID SUSSEX DISTRICT COUNCIL WASTE COLLECTION FREIGHTERS will be at the Village Hall car park on Sunday, 27th October between 10.00 a.m. and 12.00 p.m. Please use this free service. See the poster HERE for full details.  

Further to the below, the external auditor, Moore Stephens, has completed the Annual Audit for the financial year, 2018/19. The Council is required to publish a Notice of Conclusion of Audit, which you can find HERE We are also required to publish the Statement of Accounts, the auditor's certificate and opinion, and any public interest report, or other recommendation of the auditor. Insofar as applicable, these documents can be found on the Transparency Code page.    

DEFIBRALLATOR TRAINING - There are 3 volunteers for the defib training in the Village Hall, which takes place on Friday, 4th October 2019, but 3 spaces are still available, and the trainers (John and Joy Parks) would very much welcome anyone who would like to take part in this valuable training. The training is free, starts at 7.00 p.m. and lasts for about an hour (after which the Albourne Arms opens!). Please apply via the Clerk at or see the Contact Us page.

UPDATE on roadworks at London Road, Hassocks (Stone Pound Crossroads). Hurst Road will be closed from 24th July 2019 to 2nd September 2019, with ongoing work controlled by signals thereafter. Please see HERE for a copy of a letter to residents affected by this work for further details.

2019 LOCAL ELECTIONS: As there were exactly seven nominations for the seven places on the Parish Council, please now find the Notice of an uncontested election on 2nd May 2019 HERE 

CLC MEETINGS: The next Central and South Mid Sussex County Local Committee is on 12th November 2019. Please see the Information page for further details. 

ALBOURNE PARISH COUNCIL has now completed the Annual Governance and Accountability Return for 2018/19, and the papers submitted for external audit - see the Notice of Public Rights and Publication of the unaudited annual Governance and Accountability Return HERE. Please also see the Transparency Code page for all the relevant documents and information for the 18/19 audit year, and for previous years.

PLANNING - Further to the below, the applicant has now submitted a new application to MSDC, under reference DM/19/1001. This application, and the Parish Council's response, will be discussed at its meeting on 14th May 2019. Please now see the minutes of this meeting, should you wish to view the response. Please note that this application was also REFUSED by MSDC on 26th July 2019.

PLANNING - Further to the Parish Council meeting on 3rd October 2017, the Parish Council has lodged a detailed submission to Mid Sussex District Council in response to planning application DM/17/3784 - site of the former Hazeldens Nursery (outline application for an extra care development of up to 110 units). Please find the response HERE Update: Please note that the application was REFUSED by MSDC on 23rd March 2018. 



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)