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West Sussex County Council Coronavirus (COVID-19) Advice

Added: 31st March 2020

Click the button below to read the current advice from the County Council.

Horsham District Council Instructs: No Bonfires

Added: 31st March 2020

During the current Coronavirus outbreak Horsham District Council has received many reports and complaints that some residents are burning general waste and garden waste at their properties.

Smoke and smells from bonfires can aggravate respiratory problems such as asthma and bronchitis and affect those with heart complaints.

Please do not burn garden waste, or any other waste, under any circumstances and be mindful of neighbours and fellow community members.

Please either compost garden waste, keep it in a safe place, or put it into your brown-topped garden waste bin, as the Council’s garden waste service is currently operating as normal.

Visit the Horsham District Council website for information about the adverse health effects of smoke:


Home compost bins are a great way to help reduce garden and food waste and create great fertiliser for your garden. Find out more about composting at: .

Downs Link Surface Upgrade - Phase 2

Added: 31st March 2020

Covid-19 Mutual Aid Group Efforts Praised

Added: 31st March 2020

Covid-19 Community Response At The Beeding Hub

Added: 29th March 2020

Update On Significant Planned Road Works On The M23

Updated: 28th March 2020

The following works are scheduled on the M23, subject to weather conditions.

56 Hour Closure - Friday 27 to Sunday 29 March 20:00pm to 01:00am

Full carriageway closure from J10 to J8 plus all associated slips Northbound

Diversion for M25 via A264 Copthorne Road, A22 and join at J6 M25. Diversion for Gatwick, A2011 Crawley Avenue, A23 London Road, Airport Way into the terminals.

Sunday 29 to Monday 30 March 1am to 06:00am

Full closure of J8 to J10 Southbound

Diversion to Brighton via J6 M25, A22, A264 Copthorne Road and join at J10 M23. Diversion for Gatwick for J10 M23 continues on A2011 Crawley Avenue, A23 London Road, Airport Way.

Full closure of the Godstone to Crawley Link

Diversion to M25 J8, back to J6 and follow A22 diversion.

Full closure of J9 entry slip Southbound

Diversion, Airport way, A23 London Road, A2011 Crawley Avenue and join at J10.

Full closure of the Reigate to Crawley Link

Diversion to M25 J6 and follow A22 to M23 J10.

Voluntary Sector Support In The Horsham Area

Added: 19th March 2020

Responding together

We are very aware of the increased need to support vulnerable people across our communities, and the enormous response from people wanting to help in any way they can.

Horsham District Council are putting in place ways in which we can best support communities to ensure that the most vulnerable are kept safe and well during the coronavirus (COVID-19) situation. The best way to do this will be at the local level.

At first we will assist in enabling a coordinated response, and offer support wherever possible alongside existing organisations and volunteer groups; this will be a phased approach based on needs and capacity. Our focus will then shift into a more on-the-ground effort. Horsham District Council staff will be there to offer support where possible and necessary across the District in partnership with the volunteer groups.

We have also printed some template volunteer help cards, which can be used to let people know where their nearest support services are. These will need to be posted through letterboxes, so we will be looking for volunteers to do this so people have a way of contacting help if necessary.

This is a rapidly changing situation, and we are currently gathering information to help us organise and offer support.

Can you help?

Can you volunteer? Get in touch

  • If you are a volunteer or want to volunteer, please get in touch with us so that we can pass on your details at a local level

  • If you have organised or are currently running a new informal local coronavirus (COVID-19) volunteer group, please get in touch so we have the group's details


Get in touch to volunteer


Do you know someone who is vulnerable?

  • If you are vulnerable or know of somebody who is vulnerable please let us know

  • We will also hold information on what services and support is available in your area


Let us know about a vulnerable person


Contact details

Horsham District Council

Parkside, Chart Way, Horsham,
West Sussex,
RH12 1RL

Dedicated phone number: 01403 215230

Dedicated email:

Neighbourhood Watch Encourages Protecting the

Isolated and Vulnerable During the Covid-19 Outbreak

Added: 7th March 2020

You will all be aware of the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak. Neighbourhood Watch exists to look out for communities across England and Wales and at a time like this we encourage you to consider ways to keep yourself, your loved ones and those in your community safe, particularly the isolated and vulnerable. We are following the advice from the government and encourage you to do the same:

10 ways you, as a Neighbourhood Watch supporter, can protect yourself, your loved ones and your community:

  1. Meet with household members, other relatives, friends and neighbours to discuss what to do if a COVID-19 outbreak occurs in your community and what the needs of each person will be.

  2. If your neighbourhood has a website or social media page, consider joining it to maintain access to neighbours, information, and resources. Alternatively, share phone numbers and email addresses particularly with those who are isolated or vulnerable.

  3. Consider establishing a ‘buddy’ system within your community to ensure everyone stays connected to COVID-19 related news, services and can receive support safely, such as essentials deliveries.

  4. Plan ways to care for those who might be at greater risk for serious complications. 

  5. Choose a room in your home that can be used to separate sick household members from those who are healthy. 

  6. Learn how to self-isolate. Guidance can be found on the NHS website:

  7. Create a list of local organisations that you and your neighbours can contact in the event that one of you need access to information, healthcare services, support, or resources. Consider including organisations that provide mental health or counselling services, food, and other supplies.

  8. Create an emergency contact list of family, friends, neighbours, healthcare providers, teachers, employers, the local public health department, and other community resources.

  9. Learn about the emergency operations plan at your child’s school or childcare facility, and your employer’s emergency operations plan.

  10. Practice everyday preventive actions including regular hand washing.

    1. The NHS provides guidance on how to wash hands:  

    2. The World Health Organisation provides guidance on basic protective measures:

    3. The Centre for Disease Control and Prevention provides guidance on handwashing for families

Please note: whilst we encourage you to follow advice from UK Government we are also sharing links to organisations such as the Centre for Disease Control and Prevention an agency which works 24/7 to protect the safety, health, and security of America from threats here and around the world. Some of our key points above have been sourced from:

The Centre for Disease Control and Prevention also published (14th February 2020) Interim Guidance for Preventing the Spread of Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) in Homes and Residential Communities which you may find useful:
Regards and keep well,
Central Support Team at Neighbourhood Watch

Horsham District Draft Local Plan Public Consultation

Added: 24th February 2020

We're planning for the future

Horsham District Local Plan 2019-2036 update

We are now undertaking a review of our Local Plan which will take just over two years to complete.

The new Horsham District Local Plan will guide development in the District until 2036.

The Draft Local Plan (Regulation 2018) will be published on our website from the 17 February. See below for details on where you can find out more and get involved.


The next steps

There is now less than one week to go before the first draft Local Plan for the Horsham District is published for public consultation.  Have you registered yet to find out more and have your say?

Register here


Copies of the Draft Local Plan will be available from 17 February to view at the Council offices, Parkside, Chart Way, Horsham, RH12 1RL and in all District libraries during normal opening hours.

A summary exhibition about the Draft Local Plan will also be available to view in Horsham Library between 6 and 30 March.

In the meantime details about the Local Plan review process and timetable is available online now, including a video introducing the Local Plan process.


View the Local Plan introductory video here


Find out more at our public drop-in sessions

We are running a series of drop-in sessions across the District to enable residents to see a summary of the proposed options and raise any questions with the Council’s Planning team.

17 February, 4–8pm

Billingshurst Centre, Roman Way, Billingshurst, West Sussex RH14 9QW

20 February, 4–8pm

Ashington Scout Hall, Church Lane, Ashington, RH20 3JX 

25 February, 4–8pm

Henfield Village Hall, Coopers Way, Henfield BN5 9DB 

29 February, 10am–4pm

Swan Walk Shopping Centre, Horsham RH12 1HQ

3 March, 4–8pm

Ifield West Community Centre, 1A Dobbins Pl, Crawley RH11 0SZ

4 March, 4–8pm

Beeson House, 26 Lintot Square, Southwater, Horsham RH13 9LA

Find out more online


Quick links

Local Health & Leisure Walks In March

Added: 17th February 2020

All welcome to guided, free, sociable walks led by trained volunteers; no need to book, just turn-up at the start point. A booklet containing the walks is available from the Walks Co-ordinator on 07720 714306 or online at

Beginners are recommended to contact the Walk Leader: to discuss suitability. All walks can be wet and muddy in places. Forthcoming walks in the Bramber Parish and neighbouring areas are as follows:


Tue 3 & 17 March 11:00am Steyning Health Centre Walk 2 miles 75 mins

Walk 2276. Meet at Steyning Health Centre, Tanyard Lane, BN44 3RJ (TQ176113). Various routes taking in parts of Steyning and the outskirts. Includes some stiles and inclines. Can be muddy across fields, please wear sensible footwear. Toilets available in Health Centre. Ann 01903 297553 / Jacky 01903 815543


Wed 11 & 25 March 10:00am Henfield Byways 2-3 miles 1 hr

Walk 1033. Meet Henfield Library, High Street, Henfield, BN5 9HN. Lovely walk around the twittens, ginnells and snickets of Henfield. May be extended if walkers wish to walk further. No dogs. Anne 01273 493671


Sat 14 March 9:00am Wiston/Steyning Downland Dog Walk 2 miles 75 mins

Walk 2163. Meet at Steyning Cricket Pavilion, BN44 3LE. Please park in one of the Steyning car parks as there is limited parking at cricket pavilion. A walk for dog owners into accessible areas of the Steyning Downland Scheme and includes a hill. Supported by HDC & Steyning Downland Scheme. Maximum of two dogs per handler, you are responsible for actions of your dog. Ann 01903 297553


Sat 14 March 2:00pm Washington Common & Rowdell 3.5 miles 1 hr 30 mins

Walk 2161. Meet Old London Rd, Washington RH20 3BN, from Washington roundabout drive north on the A24 for 200 yards, turn left and then immediate left again onto the Old London Road. Drive to the far end. A pleasant circular route which starts at the National Trust's Washington Common woods before heading towards Washington Village. From there our route takes us along the foot of the downs past Rowdell before heading back along quite lanes to our starting point. Dogs welcome. Refreshments provided. Mick 01903 745971

Additional Support Is Available In A Power Cut If You Act Now

Added: 14th February 2020

Storm Dennis will bring strong winds over the weekend, so now is a good time to act.

What to expect?

  • Some delays to road, rail, air and ferry transport are likely

  • Delays for high-sided vehicles on exposed routes and bridges likely

  • Some short term loss of power and other services is possible

  • It’s likely that some coastal routes, sea fronts and coastal communities will be affected by spray and/or large waves


Storm Dennis is also expected to bring very heavy rain, flooding and disruption to travel over the weekend. There is an amber warning for rain in our area.

UK Power Networks own and run the electricity cables in most of Sussex, London and the South East, and fix power cuts. Scottish & Southern Electricity Networks does the same in some areas towards the West of the County. They deliver the electricity which you buy through your choice of supplier. They provide a free priority service for anyone who might face extra difficulty in the event of a power cut, including households with an elderly person, young children, someone less mobile or someone with a health condition.
By registering with your distributor you will be given a priority 24-hour phone number for communication, receive extra information and regular updates during any power cut. In the event of a longer power cut you could receive hot food, hot drinks and hot water, mobile phone charging and more. Those who rely on power to run medical equipment, such as dialysis or breathing apparatus, would also receive additional help.  

Click one of the links below, or if you are hesitant to click on links and prefer to search online feel free to do so, to register now, for yourself or somebody who gives you permission to register on their behalf:
UK Power Networks’ Priority Services Register
SSEN Priority Services

Which of the two areas do you live in? You can check by visiting Check if you’re in our area which is on the UKPN website. it will be made clear to you in the online registration process if there is a problem, and a link will be given to who your regional network operator is, so you can apply to join their Priority Services Register.

It’s quick and free to register by completing a short questionnaire. If you have family or friends who meet the criteria you can register on their behalf if they are happy for you to do so.  
Neighbourhood Watch urges everybody who is eligible to plan ahead and sign up to their appropriate Priority Services Register, to ensure that they receive free extra help in the event of a power cut. 

New Benches On The Walks For All Path

Added: 13th February 2020

Users of the Walks For All path may have noticed that there are now five new benches alongside the river.  These have been kindly provided by the Parish Council and are made of 100% recycled plastic.


Click the button below for a map of where the benches are located:-

River Adur Reaches Highest Level In Years

(Bramber Parish Council To the Rescue!)

Added: 13th February 2020

Monday 10th February saw one of the highest tides for a long time.  The local paper covered how the parish council stepped forward to safeguard those living near the river and in danger of flooding.  Luckily there was no damage but it was a close run thing.

Click on the link below to read how the local paper covered the story:-

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