July 2018 Update
Recent Hot Weather
Just a reminder that in this searing heat the scale of the effects on residents can vary considerably and the elderly, in particular, can suffer badly in these times, so please look out for any close neighbours who may be suffering and offer help where you can.
Bramber's Neighbourhood Plan
We have recently carried out a Call for Sites exercise as part of our Plan and, as a result, an initial proposal was put forward for Clay’s Field. Stallards, the proposal's author, attended our last Parish Council meeting to discuss. To ensure residents were aware of this at the earliest possible stage flyers were distributed to all houses around the field and this resulted in a very good turn-out of around 100 people. The draft minutes will be updated to our Parish website very soon.
This proposal is outline only at present and I have updated it to the Neighbourhood Plan page to ensure openness. Those involved in the Plan will be assessing the proposal using agreed assessment criteria, discussing and agreeing the next stage of detail with Stallards, and subsequently providing that further detail to residents.
I will provide an update on the Plan overall in September when I hope to have more detail on the Clay’s Field proposal. After that there will be an open meeting for residents to attend where we will be showing progress on the Plan and where residents will be able to have their say on all areas involved.
Roger Potter - Chairman
Bramber parish is a rural area in the lee of the South Downs, located inland from Shoreham-by-Sea and extending to some 1770 acres. Much of the land is actively farmed and ranges from flood plain to upland on to the South Downs. There is a natural boundary to the East in the river Adur which separates the village from Upper Beeding. The southern side is wholly rural and joins farms in the parish of Coombes, elsewhere the boundaries mingle with Steyning. Part of the parish falls within the newly created South Downs National Park. The Parish Council works closely with the Parishes of Upper Beeding and Steyning in matters of mutual interest.
There are four identifiable residential areas: Bramber village, which is a single linear street (originally a causeway) and still contains listed buildings; Maudlyn Park, largely a post-war housing development accommodating the majority of the parish's population and the two picturesque hamlets of Annington and Botolphs.
Historically the area has been populated for well over a 1000 years. It is recorded that the village developed along a trade route from Cornwall through to Kent and the Continent; had strong Saxon links and by 959 St Botolph's church had been built. Bramber castle and the church followed in 1073.
The villages contain buildings of considerable historical interest such as the Saxon church at Botolphs, Bramber Castle, which is cared for by English Heritage, St Nicholas Church, the oldest Norman Church in the county, and the 15th century former pilgrims rest at St Mary’s House. St. Mary's still attracts great interest and, through the efforts of the current owners and volunteers, the house and gardens have been restored to their former glory and numerous events are held throughout the year.
Whilst farming remains an important aspect of the local economy, there is also light industry in an industrial estate in Annington. There are no shops in the village but there is a pub (the Castle Hotel), the 38 bedroom Old Tollgate Hotel and Indian and Chinese restaurants. Tourism is still a major attraction to the area, which is criss-crossed by many footpaths and bridleways, including the Monarchs Way, the Downs Link and the South Downs Way.
Local interests are well catered for by a Parish Council and a social group called the Bramber Society which meets in the pub every month. It organises various activities which bring residents together - talks, village cleanups, celebrations, arranging floral decorations through the village and Christmas carols and decorations. The maintenance of the churchyard is supported by some 12 residents who are known as the Flying Buttresses. The village also has links with several specialised interest groups.
Schools, health services and local shops are provided from the neighbouring villages of Steyning and Upper Beeding.
Steyning 10:10 have organised a tour of the new Bramber Brooks reserve. Details are here...
Parish Boundary (click for larger image)
The Neighbourhood Plan propsal for Clay's Field can be read here...
The Minutes of the latest Planning Meeting of the Parish Council can be read here...
A Level 2 Heat Warning has been issued. Tips for keeping cool in hot weather are here...
The Minutes of the latest Neighbourhood Plan Steering Group Meeting can be read here...
There is crowd funding money available for local projects. More details here...
Read about upcoming roadworks in Bramber, Steyning and Upper Beeding here...
Next Neighbourhood Plan Meeting: 22nd August
Next Parish Council Meeting: 5th September
Next Planning Meeting: TBA
Street Map (click for larger image)
Details of road closures due to the Velo South cycle event in September can be seen here...
The Minutes of the last Parish Council meeting can be read here...