Bramber Parish Council

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Speed Activated Signs in Bramber

Added: 24th June 2017

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The parish of Bramber does not have many through roads with speed restrictions, but of those that do, both Clays Hill and The Street suffer from speeding traffic, especially the former since the limit was reduced to 30mph some 6 years ago.

Clays Hill


This narrow access road to Steyning (wide vehicles like tipper lorries and buses have to slow down and pull to the edge to pass) is subject to obvious, and well documented, speeding in both directions, with various, fortunately non-fatal, collisions over recent times.  (The most recent survey showed that on an average week-day, 40% of the 7500 vehicles using the hill will be exceeding 33mph.)


West Sussex County Council have not considered the problem serious enough to address so the parish council decided to investigate what they could provide to remind motorists of the speed limit (it's a 30 limit by dint of being a lit road with no signage to the contrary).


After much work by several councillors, WSCC Highways finally approved the location of a vehicle activated sign adjacent to entrance to The Close, and this was purchased (from  Thermotor in East Preston) and installed (by local volunteers) on a post provided by WSCC.  (Such signs need to be set back from the footway kerb edge by at least 0.5m, and have about 80m of straight road in front of it, severely limiting possible sites on Clays Hill with its single narrow footway.)


The sign is battery powered with a solar PV panel providing battery top-up throughout most of the year (don't be surprised if it stops working for a while after a grey week in December or January).  When triggered by a speeding vehicle, the sign displays a 45cm diameter '30' roundel and the words 'SLOW DOWN', and the date, time and speed of the offending vehicle is logged.  The intention is to change the direction it faces every couple of months to reduce complacency, at the same time downloading the chronological speed data for vehicles exceeding the 30 limit for future analysis.

The Street


During the search for a lighter, more easily moveable sign for use at two locations in The Street, the option of sharing with Upper Beeding parish arose, provided the sign could operate on 20, 30 and 40mph limit roads.  Accordingly a SWARCO MVAS has been purchased, which mounts on brackets to be permanently attached to the chosen posts (lighting columns 9 and 17 in The Street + tba in Upper Beeding).  This displays a 30cm diameter speed limit roundel and the words 'SLOW DOWN' when triggered, as well as chronologically logging the speed of all vehicles passing the sign.  This sign will be moved around the two parishes at roughly monthly intervals, the batteries being changed and the traffic data downloaded at the same time.


Finance footnote


The decision to spend parish money on the signs was not taken lightly, and several possible county funding streams were investigated before the decisions to purchase using parish funds were made.


Mike Croker

Bramber Parish Council

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Wealden Buildings Study Group

Our Group was formed over 50 years ago to interpretively record as many as possible of the historic timber framed buildings still remaining in Sussex and the surrounding counties of the South East. The Group itself has recorded over 600 buildings to date but individually members have recorded several thousand more. Members also helped set up the Weald & Downland Living Museum near Chichester which opened in 1970 and now contains over 50 reconstructed buildings, and has referred many enquiries to us that their busy staff do not have time to answer. We have also recently worked with the South Downs National Park on collating many survey records of the buildings within their boundaries.


Much of the remaining earlier structure of many buildings is hidden behind later façades and additions, and needs to be evaluated and recorded by persons who are versed in the chronology of vernacular timber building development. A building may be a 'Listed Building' but very often this was only based on a brief visual inspection and consequently a vague general description. There are also many buildings that have these characteristics but are not, and probably never will be, listed but whose owners would wish to understand their historic development.


As many parishes and towns have done varying levels of research on their historic buildings and environs, and either published them or placed them on their websites, we would like to offer individual householders the opportunity, via our website enquiry form, to request an initial visit by a member to assess the building. This could then lead to a Group visit which would result in a short written report of our conclusions. The attached poster/flyer gives more detail on the process as does our website. Please use it as you see fit for display in A4 format, forwarding to interested parties, or perhaps include a link to us on your website.


Understandably as our service is provided at no cost by volunteers, we have a waiting list, and are just formulating the April to October 2018 visits programme. Nevertheless we will try at least to complete an initial assessment visit within a reasonable time. If a householder can provide a few photos of aspects of the building, with their enquiry, as illustrated on the poster, this would be most helpful.


Many thanks,


John Crane BA Hons | Wealden Buildings Study Group

Visits Secretary / Digitisation Project Administrator

Tel: 01903 717069

WBSG Website

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Added: 21st August 2017

Be Winter Ready

Added: 1st November 2017

UK Power Networks is working with the other Electricity Distribution Networks and our trade body, Energy Networks Association, on a new national campaign called Be Winter Ready.


Be Winter Ready aims to encourage people to prepare in case they experience a power cut or gas emergency this winter.


We’re contacting all of our stakeholders to make you aware of the campaign and to ask if you could help share this important information.




In recent years the chances of unscheduled problems with electricity and gas supply have dropped dramatically. Since 1990, network companies have invested £80bn in improving the reliability of local energy networks in the UK. As a result, on average, electricity customers have a power cut just once every two years and gas distribution customers will have their gas supply interrupted without advance notice just once every 40 years.


Whilst the UK’s gas and electricity supply is very reliable, bad winter weather can cause damage and disruption.


Steps you can take to ‘Be Winter Ready’:


  • Know your free emergency numbers: In a power cut dial 105 or, for a gas emergency, dial 0800 111999.

  • Prepare your home: Keep a torch handy and get your appliances serviced by a Gas Safe registered engineer to prevent carbon monoxide poisoning.

  • Register as a vulnerable customer: Vulnerable households can get extra support by signing up to the Priority Services Register. Click here to find out more about the Priority Services Register in London, the South and East of England or to sign up.

  • Keep your eyes open: Keep an eye on the weather forecast and, if you have a power cut or a gas emergency, check on your neighbours.

Winter Ready

Stay Well This Winter

With the weather turning colder and winter approaching fast, the County Council is highlighting some of the ways we can all help to stay well this winter.


Free Flu Vaccination


If you are eligible for a free flu vaccination it is important that you take up this offer.


You are offered the vaccine for free if you are one of the groups of people who are most ‘at risk’ of catching the illness.


This is one of the most important things you can do to stay well and it may also help relieve pressure on the NHS this winter.


To find out if you’re in an ‘at risk’ group speak to your local participating pharmacy or GP.


Meals On Wheels


Eating at least one hot nutritious meal a day is very important for our health and wellbeing, particularly in colder weather.


Some people, due to illness, frailty or a disability, may find it difficult or impossible to shop, cook or heat a frozen meal. The home-delivered hot meals service may be the answer.


The national award winning meals on wheels service in West Sussex is run on behalf of the County Council by apetito. Meals are delivered at lunchtimes between 11-2, up to seven days a week – including Christmas Day.


To find out more about meals on wheels or to sign up for the service call 01903 718893 or email


Ashvin Patel,

West Sussex County Council Senior Adviser for Adults and Health

Added: 7th November 2017

Horsham District Older Peoples' Insight Into Hospital

Added: 19th November 2017

Age UK Horsham District, Horsham District Older People’s Forum, the NHS Watchdog Charity Healthwatch West Sussex, West Sussex County Council and Horsham District Council have been working together to look at what statistics tell us about admissions and discharges from hospital, alongside getting direct feedback from over 60 local older residents and over 20 local and community organisations and charities.


The project report is now available and adds depth and understanding around hospital admissions and stays for Horsham District older people and calls for better joint working by all concerned to support this growing group of people who use our NHS services download and read it here.


The report includes:


  • Top Tips for Local People and Providers

  • Why the partnership did the piece of work

  • What the hospital statistics tell us

  • What local people told us about their hospital admission and stays

  • Next steps and of course that all important hospital parking information.


Martin Bruton Chair of the Horsham District Older People’s Forum said:


“For some time local older people have been coming to us saying that just getting to and from hospital is an issue. When we began to look at the figures we could see that this impacted large numbers of older people. In fact 2 in 3 emergency admissions and 3 in 4 planned admissions to hospital, from Horsham District, were for those 50+”


Martin went on to say


“I am proud of the partnership that we have forged between Age UK Horsham District, the district and county councils, colleagues in the Health Sector and local organisations to address finding simple solutions for our older residents getting to hospital appointments. However, I am not proud to be in a society where older people find it difficult to simply get to and from hospital, travel long distances or on time for appointments or in a manner that has become exorbitantly expensive, difficult or unnecessarily distressing. It’s not good for them or the NHS”


The Working Group still want to hear what people have to say and what solutions can be worked on together, if you want to comment on the report or any other health matter please contact 0300 012 0122 or ‘Have your say’ via the Healthwatch West Sussex website


Age UK Horsham District are also calling on people to write to their MP about the difficulties they have faced when travelling to and from hospital appointments as part of a new national campaign - Painful Journeys -. for more information on that you can visit


Judith Packer | Voluntary Sector Relationship Officer Horsham

West Sussex County Council

Partnerships & Communities Team, Communities & Public Protection

Post: Partnerships & Communities Team,

First Floor Hot Desks, Parkside, County Hall North,

Chartway, Horsham, West Sussex, RH12 1XA

Phone: 0330 22 25613

Mobile: 07860757615

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Spotting the Signs of

Child Sexual Exploitation

Added: 11th December 2017

Healthwatch West Sussex

Added: 30th January 2018

Healthwatch is the local consumer champion for West Sussex, they capture the views and experiences of local residents about services and use this information to help influence service provision, and ensure that users voices is heard. Healthwatch West Sussex want to recruit local community groups, to be part of their It Starts With You Network. Being part of this network means they can continue to stay in contact after they meet with a group, to gain valuable and up-to-date insight from members, and to keep the group updated on how their insight has been used, and other Healthwatch work. Some information about It Starts With You is attached for information.


Contact: Cheryl Berry Community Involvement Worker Healthwatch West Sussex / 07966 529756

Healthwatch Info

New Discretionary Disabled Facilities Grants

New discretionary Disabled Facilities Grants (DFG) are available from Horsham District Council.


** 3 New schemes ** Hospital Discharge (not means tested), Safe and Warm, and Tech grants available now


Click the button to see the briefing sheet with details of existing mandatory DFG scheme and the 3 new

Discretionary Grant Schemes including grant amounts, criteria, exclusions and referral pathways attached.

Money is available for residents who meet the criteria now.

Disabled Grants

Added: 30th January 2018

RAF Centenary Tea Party

5th April 2018

Added: 27th February 2018

Military Memories Tea Party poster

Early Warning Notice - Temporary Traffic Regulation Order

Spithandle Lane, Wiston - 25/04/2018

Added: 27th February 2018

Please be advised that West Sussex County Council has received a request for Temporary Traffic Regulation as follows:

The application is currently being processed and you will be advised further when details are confirmed.

Spithandle TRO

Bramber Community Orchard

Initial Planting

Added: 27th February 2018

The orchard planting day went well last Saturday and details of the trees planted can be seen by clicking the button below. The trees on the information sheet are numbered 1 to 8… with 1 being the nearest to the public footpath and 8 being furthest away.

Tree List

Added: 1st March 2018

Temporary Traffic Regulation

Maplehurst Road TTRO

Regular Youth Activities

Added: 4th March 2018


March/April Visitor Information

Click the button below to see the Horsham District Events listing for mid-March to mid-April, which we hope you will find useful. If you have any events in the Horsham District that you would like us to add to future listings, please send us the details.


For lots more information, please do visit our website:-


Kind regards,


Edwina Willsher

Museum / VIC Assistant


Visitor Information Centre, 9 Causeway, Horsham, West Sussex RH12 1HE

Added: 21st March 2018

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Planned Roadworks in West Sussex

21st March 2018 to 4th April 2018

Please find attached a list of planned roadworks either on-going or starting within the next fortnight.


Additional information on each roadwork is available by clicking on the road name.  This will take you to the Council’s Travel Information website, which contains the latest information for the works.  This includes the contact details for the contractor responsible for the work.  Please contact them direct if you require any further information.


Please note that carriageway works being undertaken by West Sussex Highways are subject to last minute date changes due to weather conditions, equipment breakdown or emergency work taking priority.  The works may start at any time up to 5 days from the planned start date given above.  On street yellow ‘Advanced Warning’ boards will provide details of latest dates.






Mark McNamara

TICC Operator

Residents’ Services – Highways and Transport

West Sussex County Council

Location: County Hall (Northleigh), West Street, Chichester, West Sussex PO19 1RQ

Contact: Internal: 23058 | External: +44 (0)330 222 3058 | E-mail:

Roadworks sign

Added: 22nd March 2018

Roadworks Report

Clays Hill, Bramber, affected!