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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

Please note that following the recent resignation of Mid Sussex District Ward Councillor, John Allen, there will be an election for a new Councillor for the Bolney Ward, which covers Albourne, on 4th May 2017, to coincide with the Councillor elections for West Sussex County Council. See the Press Release HERE. 

Your Village Hall needs you!

There are two vacancies concerning the running of the Village Hall (VH) · A new co-opted member for the VH Management Committee · A Bookings Manager and Treasurer (this post attracts a small honorarium payment). If you are interested in either position please contact:

Mr Iain McLean; Parish Council Clerk at- albournepc@gmail.com

before the 1st September 2016.

NEW: The Parish Council is delighted to have unanimously co-opted Jerry Butler back onto the Council at its meeting on 12th July 2016, so as to return to the full complement of seven Councillors. Jerry has previously served on the Parish Council, so he brings "ready made" knowledge and experience of the role. We very much welcome him back.

The new owners of Pondtail Wood, opposite the Singing Hills Golf Club, have had a temporary stop notice placed on them by the South Downs National Park Authority (SDNPA), as they have been felling ancient trees and laying hardcore without any permission from the relevant Authorities, or even any application to do so. Please log in to the Albourne Community website at https://www.disc-net.org/albourne to find out how to support the SDNPA, and/or visit www.facebook.com/savepondtailwood

West Sussex County Council is consulting on some proposed changes to their household waste disposal plants "Council dumps" across the County. These could have some significant effects on opening times. Please see HERE and visit the link given in the letter for more information. The consultation ends on 12th June 2016.

 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

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.

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. We can now confirm that no election was called under the above Notice, and so the Parish Council is now free to co-opt a new member onto the Council (hopefully at its meeting on 7th June 2016). The Parish Council is therefore seeking suitable applicants for the position of Albourne Parish Councillor. Please see the formal advertisement HERE If you want to know more about the role, and what is involved, please do contact the Clerk.

 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. 

The Parish Council intends to hold some open sessions in the Village Hall about the Plan, so that anyone who wants to find out more about its policies and direction, and how it has evolved over the last 18 months or so, will have an opportunity of doing so. Further details about these events will appear here soon.

Official Mid Sussex District Council release- 

 "Albourne Parish Council has prepared a Neighbourhood Plan for the Parish of Albourne and submitted it to Mid Sussex District Council and the South Downs National Park Authority. MSDC is acting as lead Local Planning Authority for the purposes of the consultation. The Plan seeks to retain the rural village character; it sets out the development principles and allocation of areas for future building and land use. MSDC is publishing the submitted Albourne Neighbourhood Plan. The publication will run for six weeks from 26th November 2015 until 7th January 2016. The documents are available at http://www.midsussex.gov.uk/neighbourhoodplans Formal comments can be submitted online at www.midsussex.gov.uk/neighbourhoodplans or by post to Planning Policy and Economic Development, Mid Sussex District Council, Oaklands Road, Haywards Heath, RH16 1SS. Comments must be received by midnight on 07th January 2016. All comments received will be for public information."  

Mid Sussex District Council is increasing the housing numbers it needs to find in its District Plan. Please see their press release HERE  

 The audit of the Parish Council's financial affairs, for the year 2014/15 has now been completed, and signed off by the external auditors, Littlejohns. The Parish Council is obliged to publish the complete Annual Return, and so please find the document HERE 

  The South Downs National Park Authority (SDNPA) is holding a number of public drop in sessions to promote and explain their own Local Plan, which will guide the planning process within the National Park. A small part of the Parish of Albourne to the south, falls within the Park. Please see HERE for further details. 

 Albourne pop-up Village Pub "The Albourne Arms" opens on Sunday 19th July. Please see the events page for further information. Please come along and support this new Village initiative.   

 Mid Sussex District Council has published its pre-submission District Plan. This is the cumulative result of previous versions and consultation exercises. It also takes on board all the latest work MSDC has carried out since the original Plan was found by the Inspector not to have met the duty to co-operate. The closing date for comments is 24th July 2015. For further details, please click HERE  

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 was therefore one vacancy (see further below).

[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.] 

 At the Parish Council meeting on 2nd June, Di Howard was co-opted to the vacancy on the Parish Council, so as to take the Council back up to its full complement of 7 Councillors. We very much welcome Di onto the Council, and hope that she enjoys the role.   

 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.

Mid Sussex District Council as the Local Planning Authority, has now accepted the Parish Council's Plan as the formally submitted document, for the next legal step of the process, known as Regulation 16 Consultation (see below). This gives a further period for people and organisations to have what should be their final say on the contents of the Plan, given the changes that have been made to it, since it was first drafted and consulted upon. The period of the consultation is 6 weeks, and this started on the 26th November 2015, running to 7th January 2016. Under the rules, MSDC must publish the Plan, the Sustainability Appraisal, a Consultation Statement, and a Basic Conditions Statement (all prepared by the Parish Council). All these documents are available for viewing on MSDC's website (see links below), and any consultation responses must be sent to them, not to the Parish Council. Again, details of how to respond are set out on MSDC's website. (see links below) However, if you wish to view any of the documents here, please find them below as follows:-

Submission Neighbourhood Plan HERE

Sustainabiliity appraisal HERE

Consultation Statement HERE

Basic Conditions Statement HERE  

The Parish Council intends to hold some open sessions in the Village Hall about the Plan, so that anyone who wants to find out more about its policies and direction, and how it has evolved over the last 18 months or so, will have an opportunity of doing so. Further details about these events will appear here soon.

Official Mid Sussex District Council release- 

 "Albourne Parish Council has prepared a Neighbourhood Plan for the Parish of Albourne and submitted it to Mid Sussex District Council and the South Downs National Park Authority. MSDC is acting as lead Local Planning Authority for the purposes of the consultation. The Plan seeks to retain the rural village character; it sets out the development principles and allocation of areas for future building and land use. MSDC is publishing the submitted Albourne Neighbourhood Plan. The publication will run for six weeks from 26th November 2015 until 7th January 2016. The documents are available at http://www.midsussex.gov.uk/neighbourhoodplans Formal comments can be submitted online at www.midsussex.gov.uk/neighbourhoodplans or by post to Planning Policy and Economic Development, Mid Sussex District Council, Oaklands Road, Haywards Heath, RH16 1SS. Comments must be received by midnight on 07th January 2016. All comments received will be for public information."  

Mid Sussex District Council is increasing the housing numbers it needs to find in its District Plan. Please see their press release HERE  

The audit of the Parish Council's financial affairs, for the year 2014/15 has now been completed, and signed off by the external auditors, Littlejohns. The Parish Council is obliged to publish the complete Annual Return, and so please find the document HERE 

  The South Downs National Park Authority (SDNPA) is holding a number of public drop in sessions to promote and explain their own Local Plan, which will guide the planning process within the National Park. A small part of the Parish of Albourne to the south, falls within the Park. Please see HERE for further details. 

Albourne pop-up Village Pub "The Albourne Arms" opens on Sunday 19th July. Please see the events page for further information. Please come along and support this new Village initiative.   

Mid Sussex District Council has published its pre-submission District Plan. This is the cumulative result of previous versions and consultation exercises. It also takes on board all the latest work MSDC has carried out since the original Plan was found by the Inspector not to have met the duty to co-operate. The closing date for comments is 24th July 2015. For further details, please click HERE  

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 was therefore one vacancy (see further below).

[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.] 

At the Parish Council meeting on 2nd June, Di Howard was co-opted to the vacancy on the Parish Council, so as to take the Council back up to its full complement of 7 Councillors. We very much welcome Di onto the Council, and hope that she enjoys the role.   

 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. 

 

 

The next West Sussex County Council "County Local Committee" (CLC) meeting is on 1st December 2015. Please see "Information" page for further details.  

Halloween!!! Please see this press release from MSDC HERE and the poster referred to HERE (should you want to print it off and put it up).

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-

Albourne 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.