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NEW - It is with deep sorrow and regret that we report the death of Councillor Barry Compton last month, after a long illness. Barry joined the Parish Council a few years ago, and has been a great source of help and inspiration in all the Parish Council's various tasks and dealings. He was especially involved, along with Councillor Graham Stafford, in pushing through the Operation Watershed flooding issues in the Parish to a successful conclusion. Barry will be greatly missed.
The Parish Council must now look to find a new Councillor to serve on the Parish Council, and we are obliged to advertise the Notice of Casual Vacancy, which you can find HERE If an election is not called under the terms of the Notice by 29th April 2016, the Parish Council will be free to co-opt onto the Council, and a separate Notice will be posted at that point, seeking suitable applicants.
NEW - ANNUAL PARISH MEETING OF ELECTORS ON TUESDAY, 3RD MAY 2016 IN THE VILLAGE HALL AT 7.30 PM. Please make a note in your diaries and come to this important annual meeting. It is not a Parish Council meeting - it is your meeting. This is an opportunity to find out about the important things that have been happening in the Village, to hear from a number of expert speakers about things like policing, flooding, planning in Mid Sussex, and most importantly it is a chance for you to have your say, and to air your concerns. Please watch out for the Agenda towards the end of the month. See now HERE or on the Meetings page.
NEW - NEWS ABOUT TREE IN PLAYGROUND. Message from Parish Council Chairman.
"Unfortunately, a survey undertaken by MSDC (Mid Sussex District Council) apparently showed that the tree was unsafe. Branches were liable to fall. The PC was not informed in advance of the work.The Parish Council will be seeking a meeting with MSDC to discuss how the playground could be updated, and what the tree could be replaced with."
Meg Price; Chair PC
NEW - VEHICLE SECURITY: Our local Police Community Support Officer (PCSO) reminds Albourne residents to lock cars and vehicles securely, particularly if parked on a public road, and not to leave anything of value in them. In December, it has been reported that overnight, six cars were broken into and valuables stolen. Please be vigilant.
NEW - NEIGHBOURHOOD PLAN UPDATE: The period for public consultation under Regulation 16, has now closed (on 7th January 2016). The responses are with Mid Sussex District Council, and can be accessed from their website, under the Neighbourhood Planning pages. However, the Plan is ready for the independent examination stage of the process, and MSDC in consultation with the Parish Council, will shorty be appointing the examiner to carry out this task. He or she will be looking to confirm that the Plan meets all the requirements of the Neighbourhood Planning Regulations 2012, and so can be put to a referendum of the electorate of the Parish of Albourne, hopefully in the spring.
If you wish to view previous updates and/or documents about the Neighbourhood Plan, please view the News Archive Page, or view the key documents as set out below:-
Submission Neighbourhood Plan HERE
Sustainability appraisal HERE
Consultation Statement HERE
Basic Conditions Statement HERE
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;
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)