West Chiltington Road – REOPENed 12th April

Update from WSCC :

‘Relatively dry weather over the last week cleared the way for highways work to forge ahead at West Chiltington Road and it was reopened this afternoon (Friday, 12 April).

A West Sussex County Council spokesperson said: “We would like to thank the public for their patience while we designed and built a long-term solution following the collapse of a culvert in West Chiltington Road, near Panners Drive.

“The collapse caused flooding and significant damage to the road surface. Since then, our efforts to design and build a long-term solution were largely thwarted by persistent, heavy rainfall and flooding. However, during the relatively dry weather over the last week or so, our contractor made significant progress and the road was reopened today (Friday).”

The most recent work included installing a culvert pipe, pouring the concrete surround and reprofiling land on either side of the road to ensure that water can flow into and away from the culvert. Various sections of carriageway were then reinstated today (Friday).

The highways team will continue to check local roads that were being used as cut throughs to ensure that any safety issues, such as potholes, are picked up.’

We await information on when the No1 bus will resume service to West Chiltington and will post updates on that as we receive them.  

Road Closures – The Hollow & Stream Lane May2024

The Hollow, between The Common and East Street  and Stream Lane, between The Hollow and Nutbourne Lane will be closed for carriageway patching works on 30th and 31st May, between 09:30 and 15:30. It is estimated the work will be completed on 31st May. 

Council Meetings to Move to the Windmill Room at the Village Hall 

All Parish Council and Committee meetings between 21st May and 16th July (inclusive) will be held in the Windmill Room at the Village Hall. This is to accommodate the cataloguing of the museum artefacts which are currently stored in The Parish Office loft space. 

Community Transport Survey

Community Transport Sussex is working in partnership with Parish/Town Councils and other community transport operators to carry out a survey to understand the need for community transport in local areas, to inform future planning of local transport provision across West Sussex. To participate click survey.  

Proposed Permanent Traffic Order – 30mph Broadford Bridge Road, Adversane Lane and Harbolets Road

WSCC proposes to introduce a permanent Traffic Order to reduce the 40mph speed limit across the Broadford Bridge junction to 30mph. The 30mph speed limit will apply to lengths of B2133 Adversane Lane, B2133 Harbolets Road, West Chiltington Lane and Broadford Bridge Road. Click Consultation for further details and to register your comments. The Consultation period ends on 21st March 2024 so please ensure your comment is filed before that date.

MP Q & A 

We were delighted so may parishioners attended the Q&A with Andrew Griffith MP on 16th March. The Village Hall was filled to capacity, and we managed to cover a broad range of questions, all submitted by parishioners. A huge thank you to those who came to the event and to those who posed a question. We hope you found it enlightening! 

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Allotment Waiting List

The current waiting list for our allotments is unusually short, so if you are interested in taking an allotment next year, now is the time to let us know. Contact The Allotment Association by email: allotments@wcwebsite178

County Councillor Report

West Sussex County Councillor Charlotte Kenyon’s monthly report can be read here.

Broadford Bridge Bore Hole – Update March 2024

See our Planning dropdown to access

Neighbourhood Plan Update

Following a long delay due to Natural England’s position statement on Water Neutrality, Horsham District Council has now formulated a policy to address the issue and included it in its Regulation 19 Draft Local Plan whose consultation begins on Friday 19th January 2024.

We are therefore anticipating that we should be able to incorporate this policy and progress our Draft Neighbourhood Plan in the next few weeks. All updates will be posted here as and when we have them.

April 2023

Following the most recent meeting with Horsham District Council, The Parish Council is disappointed not to be able to progress our Neighbourhood Plan. HDC’s document dated April 2023 explains their position

Please see the Draft NP as at 28th March 2022

Letter from HDC – 7th February 2022

Letter from HDC – 28th February 2022

Letter from HDC – 26th April 2022

Letter from Natural England – 23rd March 2022

(Please follow the link to a page showing the Regualtion 14 survey results and consultation responses which are held on a separate website).

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.

Your Council

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 an emergency, The Parish Clerk can be contacted on 07483 114836 outside these hours

Defibrillator Locations:

    • In the phone box opposite The Queens Head Pub – The Hollow

    • In the phone box opposite NISA Stores – Haglands Lane

    • The Village Hall