WELCOME TO THE ALBOURNE PARISH COUNCIL WEBSITE
Please visit the pages using the links on the left.
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.)
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)