Bramber Roundabout Verge Cutting
This year. the cutting of the verges around the Bramber roundabout (at the junction of The Street, Clays Hill and the A283) will change.
Usually there are multiple cuts carried out by West Sussex County Council (WSCC). Now, apart from a regular edge cut (1-2m wide), they will only be cut once (cut number 4) in late summer. After this, the cuttings will be removed by Greening Steyning volunteers.
Should any significant complaints or issues arise, Greening Steyning will contact WSCC immediately and should the grass get too long (impacting pedestrian or vehicle safety) please do contact Greening Steyning so that they can arrange for an interim cut to be done ASAP (they will also be keeping an eye on this).
To ensure that it is clear to local residents that this is a managed process (not neglect) signage will be put up on the verge shortly.
Click on this image to see the actual location of the edge and verge cuts. The areas in purple will be cut as normal. The areas in maroon (towards the back of the verge) will be left and cut only once a year.
Update (13th May)
You may have noticed that the verge has in fact been recently cut. This is a WSCC error and they have been contacted about it. Signs should be going up on the verge soon.
At the meeting of Bramber Parish Council held on 5th January 2022, councillors agreed to the 2022/23 precept (the precept is the amount Horsham District Council taxpayers will see in their Council Tax bills for 2022/23 relating to our Parish Council). The councillors agreed to a 2.19% increase. This means that an average Council Tax Band D taxpayer will see a rise of £1.45 per year (or about 3p per week) from £66.07 per year (2021/22) to £67.52 per year (2022/23).
The 3p per week increase is due to the funding of Neighbourhood Plan projects. Residents will recall that in May 2021, Bramber residents voted overwhelmingly (90%) to agree to the Plan. A copy of the full 2022/23 budget and precept is here.
Remember, the vast majority of the Parish Council's income comes from the precept and only about 3p in every £1 you pay in council tax comes to our parish.
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Next Parish Council Meeting: 22nd June
Bramber - A Snapshot
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 the Parish Council and a social group called the Bramber Society. It organises various activities which bring residents together - talks, village cleanups, celebrations, arranging floral decorations through the village and Christmas carols and decorations. 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.