Parish Councillor Vacancies
Your parish needs you!
We have two vacancies on the Parish Council. If you have the time to spare and would like to contribute to the parish in which you live by giving your time, expertise and experience, please click on this Parish Councillor Co-option Notice for more information and to consider joining our team! We are certain that you’ll find it a very rewarding experience.
Ukrainian Refugee Community Network
The West Chiltington Community Network has been set up to help families in the village who have offered to home Ukrainian refugees. Please click Community Network for information on how you can lend your support to us.
Neighbourhood Plan Update
Many of you will be aware that following concerns expressed by Natural England (NE), all new development has been suspended in the Horsham and Crawley areas because of the impact on water extraction and the effect this is having on protected habitats. NE requires any new development to demonstrate water neutrality. At the present time, how this will achieved has not been established.
HDC is currently taking legal advice on the matter, and will meet with the relevant stakeholders to fully understand the implications, but has stated that until the matter is resolved, our Neighbourhood Plan cannot not move to the next stage of consultation which is submission at Regulation 15.
The Parish Council has questioned HDC officers about the way forward and who will pay for the work required and how long it will take to move to the next stage. There are no timescales, but they have agreed to fund the work needed once they understand the issue more fully. They are, however, quite adamant that if the Plan was submitted at this time it would not meet the Basic Conditions (which are a legal requirement) and it would be rejected.
This stalemate is not helpful since a great deal of work has gone into getting the Plan to this stage, but we have no option but to wait until the legal position is clarified.
We do not intend to make any changes to the Draft document which has been amended to reflect the comments made by residents and statutory consultees. The Draft , along with correspondence with HDC and NE can be found below.
We will keep you informed as we know more.
Please see the Draft NP as at 28th March 2022
A Village with a Past & a Future
Nestling near the foot of the South Downs between Storrington and Pulborough, just over 50 miles from London, the picturesque village of West Chiltington is home to a 12th century church, a beautifully restored windmill and has a colourful history dating back to Norman times.
Covering an area of just over 6.69 sq miles, with a population of approx. 3,500, the parish encompasses a variety of land usage from residential and agricultural, to small businesses and leisure facilities.
The Council is the first tier of local government for West Chiltington comprising 13 Councillors who are elected or co-opted for up to four years. The Parish Council meets on the second Tuesday of every month and is always keen to ensure that it reflects the wishes of the electorate and as such, all meetings are open to the public and include a session for public comments. Councillors work in partnership with local organisations, West Sussex County Council and Horsham District Council to preserve the essence of the area, and to protect the identity and character of the parish for the enjoyment of parishioners, visitors and future generations.
The Parish Council has statutory duties and powers to provide services for the Parish of West Chiltington. Within these powers, we provide allotments, community buildings, dog and litter bins, community facilities, and we own and maintain many areas of public open space within the village on behalf of the community.
Parish Council Office
The Parish Council Office is open on a Tuesday and Wednesday morning from 10:00am-1:00pm.
- In the phone box opposite The Queens Head Pub – The Hollow
- In the phone box opposite NISA Stores – Haglands Lane
- The Village Hall