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Consultation On Southern Water's Draft Drought Plan

Added: 22nd July 2021

Southern Water have launched a consultation on their new draft Drought Plan, which is expected to be published next year.


This drought plan sets out the actions they’ll take to save and produce more water during droughts so they can continue to supply enough for life’s essentials. Planning to tackle droughts is an important part of their work to make sure there is always reliable water for homes, businesses and in the environment.


This is an opportunity to help shape this important plan and they would like to have your views.  For more details about the plan, please visit: Drought consultation (


The deadline to respond to their new draft drought plan is August 2. They aim to publish the feedback results in September.

South Downs National Park Authority Design Guide Consultation

Added: 22nd July 2021

The South Downs National Park Authority (SDNPA) is consulting on a draft Design Guide Supplementary Planning Document (SPD).


They would like to hear your views on this document. Further details of how to respond to the consultation are given below.


The aim of the Design Guide SPD is to raise design standards in the National Park and to provide best practice guidance regarding the design of new development. The Design Guide SPD applies to both residential and non-residential development and will be a material consideration in the determination of relevant planning applications once adopted.


Responding to the Consultation

The Design Guide SPD and related documents are available to view on the SDNPA website.


The consultation will run for a period of ten weeks, starting on Monday 28 June 2021.

All comments must be received by 11.59pm on Monday 6 September 2021.


If you have no means of access to the internet, please contact the SDNPA on 01730 814810 to arrange an appointment to view the consultation documents at the South Downs Centre.  Please note that this service requires officer time to come into the South Downs Centre and is strictly for those who have no other means of accessing the documents.


Please respond by email to or in writing to Planning Policy, South Downs National Park Authority, South Downs Centre, North Street, Midhurst, West Sussex, GU29 9DH.


After the end of the consultation period, any comments received will be considered in reviewing the amended draft SPD prior to adoption.

Sussex Police and Crime Commissioner Survey

Added: 23rd July 2021

Talk Sussex is the Police and Crime Commissioner's programme of summer engagement events that gives you a real voice on policing and crime. There is a chance for you to tell Katy Bourne about how safe you feel in your area of the county and where/how you would like to see the policing budget spent. 

The survey link is:


Draft West Sussex Transport Plan Consultation

Added: 28th July 2021

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Support For Young People Over The Summer

Added: 28th July 2021

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Talk with us – and meet your local County Councillor

Added: 19th July 2021

This August Horsham residents will have the opportunity to meet their local County Councillors and ask any questions they have on county council-related business.

The session will be run virtually from 8pm to 8.30pm on Monday 2 August.

Please email if you would like to attend your local session and you will be sent the joining details. Anyone who would like to ask a question is requested to email it to the same email address at least two days before the planned session. If you attend the session you can then put your question in person as well as hearing other questions and how they are answered. Having the questions in advance will help ensure questions can be fully answered in the meeting.

Anyone who isn’t able to attend the sessions, but would still like to ask a question can also email and officers will ensure you get a response.


Steyning 20 mph Survey - Headline Results

Added: 11th May 2021

Survey Preliminary Results

Greening Steyning Repair Cafe

Added: 23rd February 2021

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Steyning, Upper Beeding and Bramber

Added: 15th February 2021

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Steyning Medical Practice Daily Updates

Added: 8th February 2021

Many of you will have already been offered your vaccination slot, but there are still more waiting - and worrying. The practice is swamped with phone calls from anxious people, and you can help to alleviate this pressure on them, and maybe reassure those who are phoning. Please share this site ( with your family, friends and neighbours. New information is emerging almost on a daily basis, but the practice still finds time to update this site regularly. If you prefer you can also recommend the telephone message service on 01903 651150. We are all in this for the long haul, and we can help our local practice and our community by encouraging people to use this site or the phone number. Please do what you can, and thank you.

Free Helpline For Help with Digital Skills to Reduce Isolation

Added: 31st January 2021

I am working on a digital inclusion project across Sussex and wanted to let you know about a new free Helpline we have launched to help people who need assistance with digital skills.   We all recognise how isolating the pandemic has been for many within our society.  Accessing our basic needs from ordering groceries, making doctors’ appointments and claiming benefits has all moved online.  Being online can also mean chatting with your loved ones and being lifted by the smile of familiar faces.  Once online you can also explore your hobbies and open up a whole new world in a safe environment.


During the first lockdown, John was isolating in his warden-managed accommodation.  Whilst he was happy there for many months, he hadn’t been able to see his family including grandchildren and great grandchildren, some of whom he had never seen before.  With the help of his family and organisations such as Citizens Online, John can now talk to his family through a simple device, and is enjoying a new lease of life as he stays connected despite what is happening around us all.  His brother said, “Seeing John’s face light up when communicating with his family was very emotional”.


If you know of anyone in your community who needs help with basic digital skills, gaining confidence online or support getting online they can all our FREE helpline on 0808 196 5883.  One of our team of trained digital champions will offer friendly, patient support over the phone.   It would be great if you could circulate this number within your community so it reaches as many people as possible.  If you have a covid support group, social media accounts, noticeboard, newsletter, local Facebook group then please share there too.  I have attached a poster you can use wherever you want to promote the helpline.


Citizens Online is a UK charity helping ensure the switch to online doesn’t exclude people.  Visit for more information or give me a call on 07917 446082 or email with any questions.


Sarah Collyer

Digital Champion Coordinator – Sussex

07917 446082

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Trail Blazing - 20 New District Wide Heritage Trails to Explore

Added: 19th November 2020

A scorching red hot furnace blazes out on one of the twenty new trails that has forged together the passion of local community for their heritage, the initiative of the Horsham District Community Partnerships Forum and funding from the Heritage lottery fund. Together with the support of Horsham District Council, some 40 volunteers and Treetop Design a stunning, engaging and informative range of trails have been created to entice residents and visitors alike to explore Horsham districts amazing heritage. With stories ranging from a memorial to a submarine crew, to medieval iron working, to gardeners to making salt, these 20 trails reveal just how rich, but also hidden the past is.

The project, initiated by the Horsham District Community Partnerships Forum back in 2018, was intended as a way of using heritage to promote tourism, to help the local economy. Now thanks to Covid its importance has been transformed as people search out local walks that connect them to their place and so contribute to a sense of well-being, as the Heritage Lottery Fund were keen to promote. Though the trails were the final outcome, what was as important was the training of volunteers in writing and producing trails. So a guide for groups to create their own has also been written, pointing out, as the trails do, interesting features and the path to follow to create an engaging well thought out route to the destination.


Drawing inspiration from the Millennium Heritage trail, some 32 plaques scattered across the district the Heritage lottery funded project enabled community groups to explore further their local heritage and explain to others why they should seek it out. It captures people’s passions for their area, stories that grabbed their imagination, be it a gate post from a long lost garden on the outskirts of Horsham to a Burmese door in Storrington. Most of the trails are designed for walking, though two that explore the various churches are more suitable for the bike or car. But what all the trails do is reveal either interesting sites or picturesque views, from country lanes to meandering rivers, to the farmland of the downs, or the urban setting with its mixture of architecture. 


So if you want to discover Storrington, Sullington, Steyning, Southwater, or Bramber, Beeding, or Henfield, Horsham, The Adur, Arun, or Rusper,  Rudgwick and then down the road to Billingshurst, or Coolham, Cowfold, or Knepp, then pick up the free trails. If you want to discover famous musicians, money men, poets, soldiers and statesmen, quirky houses to quintessentially English views then these are the trails to find. If you want to create your own trail, follow the route in the manual.


Horsham District Heritage trails was a project involving Local heritage groups across the district, the Horsham District Community Partnerships Forum, Horsham Museum (Horsham District council) Treetop Design and print and funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund, without whose financial support and all of those who buy the lottery ticket this project would not have been possible. 


The free printed trails are full of images will be available at local libraries post lockdown, whilst those on line are far simpler in look, so they are easy to download and can be found on Horsham Museum’s website: