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23 January 2017: Over a thousand Billingshurst residents have already contributed to the preparation of their Parish Neighbourhood Plan. The consultations were launched in June last year, and four more public sessions are still to come, plus one at The Weald School.
To date, ‘Health’ is seen to be the top priority for Billingshurst residents by a margin of 35% over ‘Parking’ and ‘Retail’, with ‘Education’, Infrastructure’ and Transport’, equal third. These are followed by ‘Environment/Recreation’, ‘Employment’, and ‘Tourism, Arts and Culture’.
The Parish Clerk, Greg Burt, said, “The Steering Committee stresses that the Neighbourhood Plan represents a ‘once-in-a-generation’ opportunity for every resident to have a real say in future development within the Parish. The public response has been outstanding and if anyone wants to ‘get involved’ in producing the Plan in any way, large or small, just contact the Parish office or see www. billingshurst.gov.uk or call 01403 782555”.
Mr. Burt said that the Steering Committee canvassed the public at the Billingshurst Show and the Billingshurst Flower Show in the summer, and at BilliFest in December producing a combined 650 responses. Two other public consultations in the High Street and one at the Railway Station produced 265 responses. In addition, 62 businesses responded as well as Churches, the Chamber of Commerce, and the Lions Club.
The four upcoming public meetings will be held on 28 January (11am-3pm), 16 February (6pm-9pm) and 4 March (Noon-4pm) in the Billingshurst Centre, and on 7 February (5pm-7pm) in the Adversane Hall.
The Neighbourhood Plan project started early last year after the establishment of a Parish Council Steering Committee made up of six Parish Councillors and six non-Councillors, plus County and District Councillors and a number of other volunteers.
The non-Councillors include representatives of the Billingshurst Chamber of Commerce and the Billingshurst Community Partnership. Planning consultants, Troy Navigus Partnership were appointed to advise the Steering Committee, and the process is expected to take some two years to complete.
The Steering Committee comprises Parish Councillors Sue Kingston (Chair), Paul Berry, Paul Leaney, Adam Du Lieu, Roy Margetts, and Lesley Wilding (Vice Chair); County Councillor Amanda Jupp, and District Councillors Nigel Jupp, Gordon Lindsay and Kate Rowbottom. Non-Councillors are: Vince Bellenot, Ken Johnston, Patrick Perks BEM, Martin Spurrier, and Alan Wadey.
For further information please contact the Parish Clerk at 01403 782555 or Martin Spurrier 01403 741391 / 07799368464
You can also find supporting evidence for the project on these pages under Demand Review which was previously included on this site under Current Projects but has now been included in the Eye section of the website. The Demand Review provides information about feedback from the community obtained from the public during the consultation phase of this project.
This is a community project which has been eight years in gestation and we are now at the post-planning stage where legal agreements between various authorities are being drawn up. Peter Woodman is very supportive of the project, and the site, which is adjacent to the school’s all-weather pitch near Myrtle Lane, will be of great benefit to the school and its students.
The EYE Project (an initiative to build a dedicated youth facility in the village) is looking for support from any parent with professional legal skills to oversee some legal documents on our behalf. We are not necessarily looking for free (pro bono) help – although we wouldn’t object – but rather than simply pay High Street rates, we wondered if there is a Weald parent who may be able to do the work, or knows anyone with the necessary professional qualifications, who would offer their services at a reduced rate.
If you feel you can help please respond in the first instance to Michelle Goodenough the Head’s PA.
Many thanks in advance.
The EYE Project Team.
Piazza Italia Tour visits Billingshurst in April - Ciao!
The Piazza Italia Tour was back in Billingshurst on Sunday, 2nd April with some extra antipastos!
Some 400 people flooded the Library Carpark at Riviera del Billingshurst to see, hear and smell millions of euros’ worth of the best throbbing Italian automobili in the brilliant sunshine. More than 20 of the growling monsters were on parade.
And to keep the crowd entertained until the Roman invasion arrived, a very gentlemanly collection of classic cars quietly assembled for all to see - thanks to Paul Curry (of Hepworth & Co, Brewers Ltd ) who put out the call to local owners. Eccellente!
Whispers was in full swing inside and with delicious comestibles, cappuccinos and espressos. The ‘Italian wagon’ was at the show too with goodies for the children and, other attrazioni was clebrated local singer, Rob Nicholl, who serenaded the crown, al fresco.
The Community Plan 2014 - 2019 is now available on this site. Please click on the image above for further information. Opens as a PDF file
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Billingshurst unemployed to benefit from new job club
The unemployed in Billingshurst and surrounding areas are set to benefit from the launch of a new job club thanks to Horsham District Council.
The Work Information and Support Hub (WISH) is a free job club to help unemployed people gain vital employability skills and knowledge that employers are seeking.
The club aims to provide friendly and practical advice on how to overcome concerns about finding work and will provide the opportunity to meet fellow job hunters in a relaxed atmosphere. WISH will provide a series of weekly sessions based locally, helping people with CV writing, applying for jobs and how to create a good impression at job interviews.
The Job Club is available to those who are long term unemployed, returning to work after a career break or have recently been made redundant.
Commenting on the initiative, Cllr Gordon Lindsay, Cabinet Member for the Local Economy said:“This accessible programme aims to help unemployed people across all age groups get jobs and contribute to our growing economy. If you are looking for a job, I recommend that you sign up for the programme which will help you develop your job seeking skills.”
The WISH Job Club is another employment project organised and provided by Horsham District Council and is operated in partnership with Billingshurst Community Partnership and Horsham Job Centre Plus. It receives a start- up funding contribution from the Department of Work and Pensions and the Think Family Neighbourhood initiative will fund the running costs for this project.
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LOCAL SOCIAL ENTERPRISE SUSSEX GREEN LIVING ASKS THE PEOPLE OF HORSHAM TO HELP THEM IN THEIR EFFORTS TO WIN THE 2015 WRAPPERS TO RICHES COLLECTION CONTEST AND A SHARE OF £500 IN CHARITY PRIZES
Sussex Green Living in Horsham are participating in the UK wide 2015 Wrappers to Riches recycling fundraising contest to see who can save the most used biscuit wrappers from landfill
29 April 2015: Sussex Green Living, a social enterprise based in Horsham is busy collecting as many used biscuit wrappers as they can whilst competing in the nationwide 2015 Wrappers to Riches recycling collection contest, in an effort to help both the local environment and the school itself. A combined £500 in charity prize donations will be awarded to the top twenty collectors across the country, so to help improve their collections and chances of being a winner, Sussex Green Living is calling for the support of people in Horsham.
The contest, which will run from Monday 2nd March 2015 at 9am to Sunday 31st May 2015 at 6pm, is part of a recycling fundraising scheme set up by McVitie’s and recycling experts TerraCycle called the McVitie’s Biscuit Wrapper Brigade. The scheme aims to reduce the billions of wrappers being sent to UK landfill as a result of most local councils being unable to recycle the mixed plastic packaging biscuit wrappers are comprised of.
As well as working towards becoming the 2015 Wrappers to Riches winners, the fundraisers earn four TerraCycle points (normally two) for the weight of each biscuit wrapper of any brand they send in for recycling during the contest. Each point can be redeemed for a 1 pence contribution for the school, charity or non-profit organisation of the sender’s choice.
Local collection efforts in the 2015 Wrappers to Riches Collection Contest can also help to beat the overall total of 115,000 biscuit wrappers that were saved from UK landfill during the 2014 contest.
Carrie Cort from Sussex Green Living says: “We joined the McVitie’s Biscuit Wrapper Brigade in 2013 and so far we have saved 3,466 biscuit wrappers from landfill. We use the funds we generate through the TerraCycle recycling fundraising programmes to support William Penn Primary School in Billingshurst, WAKOOS and Horsham Matters.
“We are asking the wider community of Horsham to support us by saving their biscuit wrappers for us to help boost our chances of becoming a 2015 Wrappers to Riches Collection Contest winner. Simply drop your used biscuit wrappers back to one of our network of public drop off locations such as William Penn School in Coolham between the hours of 8.35 am and 3.15 pm Monday to Friday, or the Quaker Friends Meeting House on Worthing Road in Horsham where we have a 24/7 public collection point and we will send them in as part of our collections. You can see a full list of our public drop off locations and the types of waste they can recycle at www.sussexgreenliving.co.uk/recycling-zone/recycling-for-charity/.”
Pictured above: Mr Kear, Headmaster and Mrs Jackson, School Secretary with pupils from William Penn Primary School with some of the used biscuit wrappers they have saved from landfill as part of the 2015 Wrappers to Riches Collection Contest.
Local people are asked to help Sussex Green Living in their attempts to save more biscuit wrappers from landfill by bringing them to their collection boxes at William Penn Primary School, Coolham, Nr Billingshurst in West Sussex between the hours of 8.35am and 3.15pm Monday to Friday, or the Quaker Friends Meeting House in Worthing Road in Horsham which is a 24/7 public collection point. You can find a full list of the Sussex Green Living network of public drop off locations and they types of waste each will accept for recycling at www.sussexgreenliving.co.uk/recycling-zone/recycling-for-charity/.