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Horsham District Council - Southwater Country Park

12th August 2022

Horsham District Council would like to gain your views and any improvements to the Southwater Country Park. To complete the survey, please visit HDC's website -

The survey will end on 30th September 2022. Thank you. 

Southwater Country Park

Finance & General Purposes Agenda Available 

11th August 2022

The Finance & General Purposes Agenda is now available to view on our website - Finance & General Purposes ( and on the noticeboard outside Beeson House. 

Met Office Issues Heat-Health Alert Warning

8th August 2022

Met Office have issued a Heat-Health Alert. To view the full warning, please visit their website.

If you know or look after someone that may be susceptible to the effects of this hot weather period please help make sure that they stay cool and well, and if possible check in advance that they are prepared for this hot spell.

Please follow this advice to keep cool and comfortable and reduce health risks:

• Shut windows and pull down the shades when it is hotter outside. If it's safe, open them for ventilation when it is cooler.
• Avoid the heat: stay out of the sun and don't go out between 11am and 3pm (the hottest part of the day).
• Keep rooms cool by using shades or reflective material outside the windows. If this isn't possible, use light-coloured curtains and keep them closed (metallic blinds and dark curtains can make the room hotter).
• Have cool baths or showers, and splash yourself with cool water.
• Drink cold drinks regularly, such as water and fruit juice. Avoid tea, coffee and alcohol.
• Plan ahead to make sure you have enough supplies, such as food, water and any medications you need.
• Identify the coolest room in the house so you know where to go to keep cool.
• Wear loose, cool clothing and a hat if you go outdoors.

Also, please don’t forget about the animals in your care and view the top tips for keeping pets cool in hot weather by using the RSPCA link

Southwater Parish Councillor Vacancies Filled

2nd August 2022

Following the Full Council Meeting which took place on Wednesday 20th July, three new councillors were co-opted as Parish Councillors. Thank you to those who showed an interest in becoming a Parish Councillor. 

For more details on your Parish Councillors, please visit our website - Councillors (

WSCC Public Notice

1st August 2022

West Sussex County Council Public Notice - Tower Hill, Horsham. For more details, please see below: 

Public Notice

Neighbourhood Warden July 2022 Report

1st August 2022

The Neighbourhood Warden July 2022 Report is now avilable to view on our website - Neighbourhood Wardens (

Highlights from the report are as follows: 


  • 10 Reasons why swimming in a quarry lake is dangerous
  • Lowest number of reported ASB incidents for 6 months
  • Lowest amount of Drugs litter for 6 months
  • Over 25 cars found insecure and unattended – Lock it or Lose it.

Neighbourhood Warden Report

Met Office Issues Extreme Heat Warning From Sunday - Tuesday

15th July 2022

There is a Met Office Extreme Heat Warning in place from Sunday to Tuesday, with temperatures likely top 35°C during the day and remain high during the night. At this time it's really important to protect yourself and others from too much sun or heat.

  • Stay hydrated, and carry water when travelling
  • Try to keep out of the sun between 11 and 3, when UV is highest
  • Look out for those who may struggle to keep cool: older people and young children are especially vulnerable


Please stay safe, stay hydrated and check in on your neighbours.

Full Council Agenda Available 

14th July 2022

The Full Council Agenda is now available to view on our website - Full Council Meetings ( and on the noticeboard outside Beeson House. 

Southwater WBC Boxing Session Cancelled

14th July 2022

Southwater WBC Boxing session planned for today at The Ghyll has been cancelled due to both coaches having tested positive for Covid.

WSCC Public Notice - Station Road, Christs Hospital 

13th July 2022

Christs Hospital Station Road Temporary Closure

WSCC Temporary Speed Limit - Broadbridge Heath: A24 Southbound

12th July 2022

NOTICE is hereby given that West Sussex County made an Order under the Road Traffic Regulation Act 1984, the effect of which will be to prohibit any vehicle from travelling at a speed exceeding 40mph southbound for a distance of 700 metres on the A24 Highwood Hill interchange.  

The Order is necessary to protect public safety whilst gas mains works are undertaken.       

This Order will come into effect on 18 July 2022 and will last for 18 months or until the proposed works are completed, whichever is earlier. It is expected the works will take 2 weeks to complete.   

Any queries about the works to take place should be directed to Morland Utilities telephone number 01952 681981. Any queries about the effect of the Order on vehicles using the highway should be directed to WSCC, telephone number 01243 642105.

Temporary Speed Limit

Met Office issues Level 3 Heat Health Alert

8th July 2022

The Met Office has issued a Level 3 Heat Health Alert from 09:00 Monday 11th July to 09:00 Friday 15th July, Heat Health - Met Office. There is a 90% probability of Heat Health Alert criteria being met. Temperatures are expected to rise in to the low 30s.

Please take care of yourself, family and neighbours, especially if elderly or vulnerable. Visit WSCC website for more information: Heatwave - West Sussex County Council


Forthcoming Works to Old Poppy Close Play Area & Future Plans for the Area

8th July 2022

Dear Residents,

Notice is hereby given that from the week commencing Monday 25th July 2022, initial works are to be carried out to the area of land that was formerly known as Poppy Close Play Area. The location specified links Thistle Way, Poppy Close and Wild Orchid Way by means of paths.This area has been redundant for several years becoming heavily overgrown with vegetation, weeds, and moss where the metal fencing and surfacing also requires attention.It was proposed and agreed by SPC to carry out the removal and disposal of existing surfacing and perimeter metal fencing and gates. There will be a supply and implementation of topsoil back to existing ground levels to allow planting or seeding.

Letters were sent to residents who reside in close vicinity of the old Poppy Close Play Area to gain their feedback on future use of the land. If you received a letter, please do contact the Parish Office by confirming your preference of proposal by email to , telephone on 01403 733202, or in writing to Southwater Parish Council, Beeson House, 26 Lintot Square, Fairbank Road, Southwater RH13 9LA (For attention of Parish Office Staff).

If you did not receive a letter but would like to share your feedback, please see below 2 proposals: 

  • Proposal 1: Allow the area to develop on its own as a low-cost way to naturalize the site.  Base of compost and topsoil with mulch added on top of that. A native selection of seeds of plants will be added to outcompete nettles.


  • Proposal 2:  As above, with native trees to be planted in pots which would give some structure and would raise the growing area by a few feet giving them increased access to light.  Further improvements to be implemented to the area to increase the aesthetic appeal with either pea shingle and/or white ornamental stone laid around the surface of the pots. A path could be added running through the area, covered with pebbles, (pea shingle topped with brighter white stone) or wood chip.  several circular stopping points could be added for people to use to investigate nature/the re-naturalization of the area. These one-meter circles would also act as passing places for people walking in different directions. With the path being such a focal point, pots can be scattered about, filled with flowers, vines, shrubs or trees and topped with white stone or wood chip. Recommended ornamental native trees outside of the free trees available through the Woodland Trust, depending on the package of free trees we chose, would be blackthorn, bird cherry, dogwood, elder, guelder rose, hazel, holly, lime, maple, rowan, spindle and wild service trees.


Please do share your feedback by email to , telephone on 01403 733202, or in writing to Southwater Parish Council, Beeson House, 26 Lintot Square, Fairbank Road, Southwater RH13 9LA (For attention of Parish Office Staff).

Thank you. 

Planning Committee Meeting Agenda 

7th July 2022

The planning agenda is now available to view on our website - click here Planning Committee Meeting's Page or on the noticeboard outside Beeson House. 

Thank you - Councillor Surgery Open Day

4th July 2022

Thank you to the many residents who attended the Councillor Surgery Open Day Event on Saturday 2nd July 2022. It was great to see you all speaking with your Councillors on various matters. The next scheduled Councillor Surgery will be on Saturday 3rd September 2022. We hope to see you there.

Thank you for attending the Councillor Surgery Open Day

The Duke of Edinburgh Award - The Living Legacy Fund

1st July 2022

Don't miss a fantastic opportunity to apply for funding towards the DofE award. For more details on who can apply and how to apply, please see below.

To apply for funding, please visit our website - DofE Living Legacy Fund Page where you will find an application form. Alternatively, please email the parish office on Once you have completed the application form, please send it to us via email. Thank you. 


Drone Footage Notice

29th June 2022

Dear Residents, 

Notice is hereby given that from the week commencing 4th July 2022, Droneologist will be undertaking drone footage on assets owned by Southwater Parish Council (8 play areas and 1 skate park) for the redevelopment of the new website, marketing and PR purposes and to carry out an aerial survey of the recently refurbished play areas. Thank you. 

Reminder - Councillor Surgery Open Day 

28th June 2022

This is a reminder that the Councillor Surgery Open Day will be taking place this Saturday 2nd July 2022 from 10:00-11:00am at the Parish Council Chambers, Beeson House, 26 Lintot Square, Fairbank Road, Southwater, West Sussex RH13 9LA. 
This will act as the usual Councillor Surgery, however, it will be an opportunity for you to meet your councillors and find out more on what your local council does, what your local councillors do and how to become a local councillor.

Light refreshments will also be served so please come along to the Councillor Surgery Open Day Event and spread the word! The code to get up the stairs in Beeson House is 8118. 

Temporary Footpath Closure 

27th June 2022 

For more details, please see below: 


22nd June 2022

Annual Parish Meeting 

22nd June 2022 

The Annual Parish Meeting is taking place today, 6:30pm at the Parish Chamber in Beeson House. If you would like to attend, please contact us by emailing to book a place due to limited room capacity.
This meeting will also be livestreamed via YouTube -
We hope to see you there! 

Annual Parish Meeting Poster


Temporary Road Closure

20th June 2022

Station Road, Christs Hospital from junction with King Edwards Road is temporarily prohibited from 23/06/2022. For more details, please see below.

Heatwave - Warning Issued by Met Office

15th June 2022

Temperatures are likely to be very hot from Friday until Sunday, with a Level 3 heatwave warning issued by the Met Office.
Please remember to:

  • Shut windows and pull down the shades
  • Stay out of the sun between 11am and 3pm
  • Drink cold drinks regularly

More information on protecting yourself from the heat can be found on West Sussex County Council's website. 


Road Closure 

14th June 2022

Amundsen Road, Horsham – Carriageway patching - 15.06.2022– North Horsham for Carriageway repair / Patching works.
An alternative route for traffic will be signed on site. For more details, please see below. 

Road Closure

14th June 2022 

A281: Brighton Road, Monks Gate – Removal of Road Studs – 15.06.2022 – North Horsham
An alternative route for traffic will be signed on site. For more details, please see below.


Councillor Surgery Open Day Event

13th June 2022

The Councillor Surgery Open Day Event will be taking place on Saturday 2nd July 2022 at 10:00-11:00am in the Parish Chamber at Beeson House. This will act as the usual Councillor Surgery, however, it will be an opportunity for you to meet your councillors and find out more on what your local council does, what your local councillors do and how to become a local councillor. Light refreshments will also be served so please come along to the Councillor Surgery Open Day Event and spread the word! The code to get up the stairs in Beeson House is 8118. 


Downslink Temporary Closure

10th June 2022

For more details, please see below. 

Queen's Platinum Jubilee Commemorative Coins

10th June 2022

Children attending primary and infant schools in Southwater received a commemorative coin to celebrate the Queen's Platinum Jubilee. If you are a resident of Southwater and your child is age 11 or under but does not attend Castlewood Primary School, Southwater Junior Academy or Southwater Infant Academy and would like a coin, please contact the Parish Office. Please note, there are a limited number of coins. Thank you.


Finance and General Purposes Agenda 

10th June 2022 

The Finance and General Purposes Agenda is now available to view on our website Finance & General Purposes ( and on the noticeboard outside Beeson House. 

Public Notice from WSCC

8th June 2022

Temporary ban of right turn of Worthing Road Southbound, West Grinstead CP, 21st June 2022. For more information, please see below.
Public Notice from WSCC

Downs Link Notice 

7th June 2022

West Sussex County Council have provided a Downs Link Notice. The annual grass cut will be taking place between 27th June and 8th July 2022. 

Neighbourhood Warden Drop-In 

7th June 2022

Taking place on Saturday 11th June 2022 between 1400-1600 hours outside Beeson House. The Drop-In is an opportunity for residents to express any concerns that you may have and discuss issues and solutions. Our Neighbourhood Warden will be joined by Support Officer, Damian Cecil from Sussex Police.


Thank You! 

6th June 2022

A huge thank you to Southwater Community Partnership for organising Southwater's Jubilee Jamboree Event. We would also like to thank all the volunteers, performers and everyone who took part in making the event a memorable occasion for everyone. Lastly, a massive thank you to everyone who joined the celebrations. What an excellent turnout and great to see so many people attend! 

Queen's Platinum Jubilee

Photo's taken by Southwater Community Partnership

Queen's Platinum Jubilee

1st June 2022

We hope you enjoy the Queen's Platinum Jubilee Celebrations this weekend. Please note, our office will be closed on Thursday 2nd and Friday 3rd June 2022. Normal office hours will resume on Monday 6th June 2022. Thank you.

Southwater Finger Posts Refurbished and Installed 

1st June 2022

Take a look at how great the Finger Posts look! 

Southwater Finger Posts

Neighbourhood Warden Report May 2022 

1st June 2022

The May 2022 Neighbourhood Warden is now available to read on our website - Neighbourhood Wardens (

WSCC - Public Notice

31st May 2022

WSCC Public Notice - Broadwater Lane, Copsale, from junction with Bar Lane to junction with Sedgwick Lane is temporarily prohibited from 31/05/2022. 

Action in Rural Sussex 

25th May 2022

Action in rural Sussex (AiRS) are inviting you to take part in their survey so they can better understand the needs and aspirations for you and your community. The survey aims to identify areas for local people to work on together to become stronger and more resilient. What is your vision for a sustainable community? Click on the link below to complete the survey -


Temporary Road Closure - Sedgwick Lane & Broadwater Lane

23rd May 2022

WSCC have provided a notice for a temporary road closure along sections of Sedgwick Lane and Broadwater Lane. The Order will come into effect on 6 June 2022. 

West Sussex County Council - 'Talk With Us' 

23rd May 2022

West Sussex County Council's 'Talk With Us' is taking place on Thursday 7th July at 7:00pm. For more details, please see below. 

To register to attend, either email or call using the contact details provided below. Alternatively, please use the link provided - Horsham County Local Forum Tickets, Thu 7 Jul 2022 at 19:00 | Eventbrite

If you have a specific question, please email at least 5 working days before the meeting.


No Councillor Surgery in June

23rd May 2022

Please note that there will be no Councillor Surgery taking place in June due to the Queen's Platinum Jubilee weekend. Thank you. 

SPC Response to the Land North West of Southwater Berkeley Homes Proposal

16th May 2022

Following on from the Planning Committee meeting of 11th May 2022, Southwater Parish Council have responded to Berkeley Homes with a letter of the following contents:

'On behalf of Southwater Parish Council I write this open letter with respect to the recent proposals that have been produced by Berkeley Homes for the land northwest of Southwater and presented to the public for consultation.

Southwater Parish Council would like to express its disappointment that Berkeley have not taken into account the feedback the Council provided on the proposal at the pre-application meeting on 29th March 2022, and subsequently did not allow sufficient time to ensure all residents receive notification leaflets prior to the dates of the public exhibitions, many informing us they received the leaflets after the 4th May 2022, the first exhibition.

Regarding the proposed development of 1,500 homes on Land Northwest of Southwater. The Parish Council would like to state on public record that it is in conflict with the Southwater Neighbourhood Plan which is the latest adopted/made planning policy relevant to the site. National policy is clear that presently in Southwater, the adverse impact of allowing development that conflicts with the Southwater Neighbourhood Plan is likely to outweigh the benefits significantly and demonstrably'.


WSCC Public Notice - Temporary Road Closure

16th May 2022 

Please note, WSCC have issued a Public Notice regarding a temporary road closure to Reeds Lane, Southwater which will be taking place on 6th June 2022. 

Annual Meeting of the Parish Council - Agenda now Available

13th May 2022

The Agenda is now available to view on our website - Full Council Meetings ( and on the noticeboard outside Beeson House. 


Parish Councillor Vacancies - We Need You! 

11th May 2022

Become a Parish Councillor and have a say in where you live. If you are interested in becoming a Parish Councillor, please email for more information. 

'No Mow May'

10th May 2022

Plantlife’s annual 'No Mow May' has launched. Join legions of gardeners and say “no” to the mow this May and let the wild flowers in your lawn bloom. In accordance with 'No Mow May', some of our public open spaces which are operated by SPC will not be cut. This is to allow them to flourish, help our bees, wildlife and us! 

Planning Committee Meeting Rescheduled and Agenda 

9th May 2022

The Planning Committee Meeting has been rescheduled for Wednesday 11th May 2022 at 6:00pm. The Agenda is now available to view via our website Planning Committee ( and on the noticeboard outside Beeson House. 

HDC - Job Opportunity (Neighbourhood Warden Southwater) 

4th May 2022

HDC have announced a new job opportunity for a Neighbourhood Warden in Southwater. For more details and to apply, please visit their website - Neighbourhood Warden (Southwater) | Horsham District Council

Invitation to Participate in Berkley's Public Consultation 

3rd May 2022

Southwater Parish Council have not yet formed a view on the proposal. The consultation will allow the people of Southwater to provide their opinion on Berkeley's proposal. Your Parish Council will be discussing with Horsham District Council the detail of this proposal and will be issuing a statement soon.

Neighbourhood Warden April 2022 Report

3rd May 2022

The Neighbourhood Warden April 2022 report is now avialble to view on our website - Neighbourhood Wardens (

The highlights from the report are:

  • Free Boxing session returns to The Ghyll for invited young people
  • Southwater Business met with Parish Council to address ASB impact
  • Increased joined up working with Sussex Police
  • Warden Drop-In at Christs Hospital

Sussex Police and Crime Commisioner - Launched The Safe Space Sussex App

3rd May 2022

SPCC have launched the Safe Space Sussex App.The app is available for free download from the Apple App and Google Play stores now. For more information, please visit their website - SPCC - Launching the Safe Space Sussex app (


Councillor Surgery - Taking Place Face to Face

3rd May 2022

The Councillor Surgery is taking place face to face on Saturday 7th May 2022 at 10:00am in the Parish Chamber. This is an opportunity for you to speak with your Councillors and raise any queries/concerns you may have. The code to get up the stairs inside Beeson House is 8118.


News Release - Emerging Proposals from Berkeley Homes

28th April 2022

Berkeley Homes have recently advised Horsham District Council and Southwater Parish Council of their proposals to build 1500 homes on land in the north west of Southwater. They will be holding a public exhibition as part of their consultation process, which they will announce soon.

Your Parish Council have had limited time to consider this proposal having only had one Pre-Application Panel meeting with Berkeley where the Councillors present expressed the view that the proposal was over and above the scope of development set out in the Southwater Neighbourhood Plan, that the people of Southwater accepted in 2021.

The consultation will allow the people of Southwater to provide their opinion on the proposal.  Your Parish Council will be discussing with Horsham District Council the detail of this proposal and will be issuing a statement soon.


Tree Works in Progress

27th April 2022

Tree Works will be carried out within the Parish on Southwater Parish Council operated land as identified by a tree survey conducted at the end of 2021. Commencement of Tree Works is scheduled to take place from Tuesday 3rd May 2022 with works starting from the top of the village (North) and progressing South over the course of the works.

The areas that will be covered are listed below:

• Blakes Farm Bund
• Red Route North
• Wild Orchid Way Open Space
• Warren Drive Open Space
• Larkspur Way East
• Charlock Way Open Space
• Pond Farm Ghyll North
• Pond Farm Ghyll South
• Nutham Lane Open Space
• Red Route South
• Eversfield Open Space
• Eversfield Corridor
• Turners Close Open Space
• Roman Lane Open Space

Further updates will be posted in due course.

Thank you.

Planning Committee Meeting Cancelled (4th May 2022)

27th April 2022

Please note due to apologies received and in part the “Big Conversation” event that HDC Leader Jonathan Chowen is holding at the same time and date that the Planning Committee is scheduled for (6:00pm 4th May 2022) is cancelled/postponed.
We hope to reschedule the meeting and will keep you updated. Thank you.

Neighbourhood Warden Drop-In

25th April 2022

Taking place on Saturday 30th April 2022 on the Green, Station Rd, Christ's Hospital at 14:00-16:00pm.

The Drop-In is an opportunity for residents to express any concerns that you may have and discuss issues and solutions.

WSCC - Health & Wellbeing Board

25th April 2022

Members of the public are invited to attend the next meeting of the West Sussex Health and Wellbeing Board where they will be able to put their questions directly to the county’s health leaders. The Board works to improve the health and wellbeing of West Sussex residents.

The Health and Wellbeing Board will meet on Thursday, 28 April from 10.30am in the Council Chamber at County Hall, in Chichester.

The agenda includes a public forum where residents of West Sussex can submit their questions to the Board prior to the meeting and be there to hear the response from members. Those who are unable to attend, or who don’t wish to, can still submit questions and receive a response at a later date.

Questions for the Board can be submitted in advance by calling Rachel Allan, Senior Democratic Services Advisor, on 0330 222 8966 or emailing

The full meeting agenda is available on the county council’s website - Agenda for West Sussex Health and Wellbeing Board

Sussex Police and Crime Commissioner

21st April 2022 

How safe do you feel in Sussex? Sussex Police and Crime Commisioner have the opportunity to bid for money from the Home Office's Safer Streets Fund to tackle neighbourhood crime and anti-social behaviour as well as reduce violence against women and girls in public spaces, including the night-time economy. To have your say, please spare a few moments to complete a quick survey:


19th April 2022

Temporary closure of King Edward Road, Southwater, 10th May 2022.


19th April 2022

FOOTPATH CLOSURE 20th April 2022
Croudace Homes have arranged for a tree surgeon to be back onsite at The Ghyll on Wednesday, 20th April for further works to the trees situated on their land, along the pathway.

For the safety of all residents, the footpath highlighted in the picture from York Close to Pevensey Road/The Ghyll will be closed between the hours of 08:00 and 17:00 on the 20th April for this work to take place.

The left side of the car park at The Ghyll will also be closed again. Please accept their sincere apologies for any inconvenience this temporary closure may cause. For any queries please contact The Ghyll at


19th April 2022

WSCC are seeking to hear what everyone who has an interest in the Plan and how it is setting out to improve the lives of children and young people and their families, thinks about it.
For more information, please click on the link provided where you will find a link to take the survey - Children and Young People's Plan.The consultation closes on Sunday 26th June 2022.



14th April 2022

West Sussex County Council have just launched #WestSussBus - a long-term engagement project - to collect views, suggestions and ideas about local bus services. It’s on the WSCC engagement hub - where you can share your thoughts on buses in West Sussex.



13th April 2022

The F&GP agenda is now available to view on the noticeboard outside Beeson House and on our website - F&GP Agenda


6th April 2022

The Leader of Horsham District Council, Cllr Jonathan Chowen, is inviting the public to join 'the big conversation' with the community about some of the key issues the District are facing. Locations, dates and times are specified below as well as topics that will be discussed.

In order to meet each venue's capacity requirements, please register your place to attend using the link provided - Register for The Big Conversation ( This form also gives you the opportunity to set out your question in advance of the meeting.

The closing date for registration is Wednesday 20th April.



5th April 2022

The Ghyll have informed us that the tree surgeon has completed their work ahead of schedule and are pleased to announce the footpath is now open again. We appreciate your understanding while this essential work was undertaken.

Footpath back open


The neighbourhood warden montly report has now been published and is available to read on our website - Neighbourhood Warden Report

March 2022 Neighbourhood Warden Report

4th April 2022

FOOTPATH CLOSURE - 4th & 5th APRIL 2022 (Path Connecting York Close and The Ghyll)

31st March 2022

Southwater Ghyll CIO inform us that there will be a tree surgeon, as arranged by Croudace Homes, onsite at The Ghyll (Formerly known as Southwater Leisure Centre) on Monday, 4th and Tuesday, 5th April 2022 to remove the oak tree situated on Croudace Homes land (adjacent to The Ghyll/Pevensey Road) that came down in the recent storm.

For the safety of all residents, the footpath highlighted in the picture from York Close to Pevensey Road/The Ghyll will be closed between the hours of 08:00 to 17:00 on the 4th & 5th April for these works to take place. The left side of the car park at The Ghyll will also be closed to accommodate these works. Southwater Ghyll CIO apologise for any inconvenience this temporary closure may cause. For any queries please contact us or Southwater Ghyll CIO at


31st March 2022

The planning committee meeting agenda is now available to view on our website using the link provided - Planning Committee Meeting Agenda or on the noticeboard outside Beeson House. 



29th March 2022

Only 3 more days until the public consultation ends for stage 2 of Southwater Infrastructure Delivery Plan. If you have not done so already, please complete the online response forms which can be found using the link provided - Southwater Infrastructure Delivery Plan webpage. Alternatively, there are paper forms which can be found at the Parish Office or Library inside Beeson House. 


24th March 2022

The Neighbourhood Warden Drop-In will be taking place on Wednesday 30th March 2022 at Lintot Square between 13:00-15:00pm. Come along and speak with our Neighbourhood Wardens. 


23rd March 2022

WSCC have issued a public notice for the temporary road closure of Tower Hill, Horsham from junction with Horsham Bypass to junction with Worthing Road is temporarily prohibited from 23/02/2022 (today).


23rd March 2022

The Virtual Councillor Surgery will be taking place on Saturday 2nd April 2022 at 10:00am. This is an opportunity for you to speak with your Councillors and raise any queries/concerns you may have. To join, please use the link provided - Virtual Councillor Surgery Zoom link and enter using the passcode provided below. Please ensure your full name is visible when joining the zoom. 



23rd March 2022

Thank you to those who have submitted their response forms for stage 2 of the Southwater Infrastructure Delivery Plan. There is still some time left to submit your forms so please do this if you have not done so already and have your say! The public consultation will be running up until the end of March 2022. All information can be found on our website - Southwater Infrastructure Delivery Plan Information


18th March 2022

Dr. Bike Southwater rescheduled due to staff injury. New date is Wednesday 30th March 2022. Extra appointments now available. Visit to book your FREE 1-hour expert bike safety & maintenance and advice appointment. FREE chain oil & puncture repair kit for every participant!


18th March 2022

Unfortunately, tomorrow's session (Saturday 19th March 2022) has been cancelled at Southwater Lintot Square due to injury of their bike expert. A new date will be confirmed and will be shared across our social media platforms and website.


18th March 2022

Join the Great British Spring Clean at Southwater Village taking place on Saturday 9th April 2022 between 10:00am - 14:00pm outside Beeson House. Come and help keep the village looking good. 


15th March 2022

Temporary Closure of Public Footpath - Northern end at its junction with Blakes Farm Road running in a north-westerly direction for a distance of approximately 90 metres to the edge of the Martindales estate.
The County Council will make the below temporary traffic Order to protect public safety whilst construction works are undertaken in the vicinity.



14th March 2022

This week is National Association of Care Catering (NACC) Nutrition and Hydration week. Apetito are working with West Sussex County Council in delivering the 'Meals on Wheels' service for WSCC delivering two-course hot meals to their clients homes 7 days a week. Apetito are continually working with WSCC to help promote the service in your area to inform residents that they are here when you need them. As well as a hot meal, their drivers will also carry out a safe and wellbeing check on delivery to help clients live safer and well in their own homes, where they want to be. For more information, please visit their website - Apetito Website



11th March 2022

The Full Council agenda is now available to view via our website - Full Council Agenda and on the noticeboard outside Beeson House. 


9th March 2022


8th March 2022


7th March 2022

Introducing Southwater's first Youth Council. Would you like to become a youth councillor or know anyone interested in joining? For more information, please email 



7th March 2022


2nd March 2022

The Virtual Councillor Surgery will be taking place on Saturday 5th March 2022 at 10:00am. This is your opportunity to speak with your Councillors. To join the zoom please use the following link - Virtual Councillor Surgery Zoom Link


1st March 2022

We are now in Stage 2 of the SIDP process which is Community Engagement.

We would like to invite the community to look at the initial work done and let us know whether we have missed anything, and whether you agree with the priorities identified. This feedback will be used to update the work done to date and enable the preparation of the SIDP.

The consultation is running from 1st – 31st March 2022 and you are asked to respond to a series of questions, providing comments on the assessments undertaken so far, and highlight any errors/omissions in both the assessments.
The main consultation documents can be downloaded by following the links provided:

If you would like to complete the Response Form Online, please use the link provided - Online Consultation Response Form

Alternatively, you can complete the word version of the consultation form using the following link (Consultation Form Word Version) and return them via email to or send a printed copy to the Parish office.
All documents are available to view on our website - Southwater Infrastructure Delivery Plan Webpage

Paper copies of the documents and response forms can also be found at Southwater Library and the Parish office at Beeson House.

Thank you.


25th February 2022

4 DAYS TO GO! Don't miss out on an opportunity to have your say!

The public consultation will be Stage 2 of the SIDP - Community Engagement. This will provide you with an opportunity to give feedback on the initial stage 1 findings and identify any gaps within the assessments.


24th February 2022

Covid-19 Update:


24th February 2022



24th February 2022

Broadwater Lane, Copsale is temporarily prohibited from today (24/02/2022). 


22nd February 2022

7 more days until the SIDP public consultation goes live.

Stage 1: Initial community engagement took place which provided local groups and organisations with an Identification Form where they could identify infrastructure that was important to them and place them into categories.They were asked to score the infrastructure as being either in good, reasonable, or poor condition and were also asked to identify any gaps in infrastructure and why they are needed in the Parish.

The public consultation will be the 2nd Stage - Community Engagement so stay tuned!



21st February 2022

Cripplegate Lane, Southwater from junction with MIillfield to Station Road. 

Temporarily prohibited from Monday 21st February 2022 (TODAY) on behalf of WSCC to carry their emergency drainage repairs.

An alternative route for traffic will be signed on site.


21st February 2022

The public consultation is based on the Southwater Infrastructure Delivery Plan (SIDP) where you will have the opportunity to have your say.

The SIDP will enable the Parish Council to effectively prioritise and progress new/improved infrastructure in collaboration with the community.

To find out more information, please see below.


The Met Office issue a Red Weather Warning and to "stay indoors" for West Sussex

18th February 2022

Dear Residents, please be aware that the #MetOffice has issued a RED WEATHER WARNING and to “stay indoors” for West Sussex, with #StormEunice ‘set to cause significant disruption and dangerous conditions due to extremely strong winds.’

Parish Council staff have been recommended to work from home to ensure their safety and are still contactable during normal working hours via the office number of 01403 733202 and via

Answerphone messages will be monitored throughout out of office hours and during the weekend for emergencies and staff and Councillors will be available in the event of any emergencies to assist.

Stay #WeatherAware by following the Met Office for the latest updates - Met Office



16th February 2022

Please be aware that as part of HDC's standard maintenance program we will be replacing a small section of fence around the main lake next week. They are replacing the existing fencing with like-for-like post and rail and taking this opportunity to install a specific gate for our resident swans to facilitate further their entrance and exit into the water. This gate will be closed when the swans are nesting to ensure their safety.

This work will start on 21 February and should be completed within five days. There will be some temporary path closures but visitors will still be able to access both the café and Dinosaur Island. Please follow all on-site signage and take extra care in the area while the work is on-going. Thank you. 


16th February 2022

The Met Office has issued an Amber weather warning for wind this Friday. StormEunice may cause significant disruption due to extremely strong winds. Flying debris and fallen branches could result in a danger to life, and roads, bridges and railway lines could close.

Stay Weather Aware by following the Met Office for the latest updates, and check HDC's Emergency planning and extreme weather page for advice from leading organisations on staying safe during extreme weather:


15th February 2022

Southwater residents will have an opportunity to have their say in a public consultation taking place very soon regarding Southwater Infrastructure Delivery Plan. More information will follow so please stay tuned!


10th February 2022

Finance and General Purposes AND Extraordinary Full Council Meeting taking place on Wednesday 16th February 2022. To view the agendas please visit our 'Agenda & Minutes' page.  Alternatively, the agendas can be viewed via the noticeboard outside Beeson House.

Members of the public must book in with the Executive Officer(s) prior to the meeting if they wish to attend in person due to limited room capacity. Alternatively, a live stream link to the meeting will be available for any persons wishing to view online - Southwater Parish Council Youtube Channel


4th February 2022


3rd February 2022


2nd February 2022

Notice of Vacany - Parish Councillor PDF

PRECEPT 2022-23

1st February 2022


1st February 2022


31st January 2022

West Sussex County Council has received a request for Temporary Traffic Regulation for the Felling of Multiple Trees due to Ash Dieback as follows:

Various Locations along the A24 through Shipley & Southwater Road will be closed Northbound and Southbound from the junction with A264 North and Southbound Roundabouts to the junction with Coolham Road (Northbound) and the junction with Cowfold Road (Southbound).

A24 North and Southbound (Nights Only 20:00 - 06:00)

The below dates are February 2022.


12th January 2022

Due to unforeseen reasons, the F&GP meeting has been postponed to Wednesday 19th January 2022 at 6:30pm.


10th January 2022


20th December 2021

The Parish Office will be closed and unstaffed from 4:30pm on Monday 20th December 2021. Staff will return to the office on Tuesday 4th January 2022 due to public holidays and annual leave.

In the case of emergencies only, please call the office number 01403 733202 which will be monitored on a regular basis. A staff member will return your call when possible. All other Non-emergency matters will be dealt with when the office re-opens on 4th January 2022.

SPC wish all residents a very Happy Christmas and New Year!


15th December 2021

We have received from NALC and WSALC following the Government Announcement of Plan B advising that Councils do not consider meeting physically in December. Thus, as a precautionary measure to ensure the safety of all prior to Christmas, the F&GP Committee meeting scheduled for 15th December 2021 will thus be cancelled.
Apologies if this causes any inconvenience.



14th December 2021

West Sussex County Council has received a request for Temporary Traffic Regulation for the Felling of Multiple Trees due to Ash Dieback as follows:

Various Locations along the A24 through Shipley & Southwater Road will be closed Northbound and Southbound from the junction with A264 North and Southbound Roundabouts to the junction with Coolham Road (Northbound) and the junction with Cowfold Road (Southbound). A24 North and Southbound (Nights Only 20:00 - 06:00) between10/01/22 - 23/02/22.

Dates and locations are mentioned below.



10th December 2021

Please be advised that due to the poor weather last night (Thursday 9th Dec), WSCC were unable to complete the re-surfacing works at Hop Oast roundabout.

This work is now programmed to be completed overnight on Wednesday 15th December under a full carriageway closure. As before, no traffic will be allowed access to Hop Oast roundabout, however traffic will still be able to join the A24 northbound from Southwater using the new A24 northbound access lane. Apologies for any inconvenience caused.



1st December 2021

Due to apologies only just received it is now cancelled.  Apologies for any convenience this may cause.


30th November 2021

The Virtual Councillor Surgery will be taking place on Saturday 4th December 2021 at 10:00am. 

Please use the link provided to join the Zoom - Zoom link or use the meeting ID and passcode in the image above. 

Please ensure you display your name when joining the Zoom. 


29th November 2021


  • Face coverings will become compulsory from tomorrow (Tuesday 30th November 2021) on public transport and in shops. This does not include hospitality.
  • All international arrivals entering England must take a day 2 PCR test and self-isolate until they receive a negative result.
  • All contacts of suspected Omicron cases must self-isolate for 10 days, regardless of their vaccination status. They will be contacted by NHS Test and Trace.



26th November 2021

The Christmas Festival is nearly here, taking place on Saturday 27th November at Lintot Square from 12.30 - 4.30pm and brought to you by Southwater Community Partnership. There is so much to look forward to such as live stage acts, stalls, Santa's Grotto, fair rides and many more. So come along, you won't want to miss out!


23rd November 2021

Congratulations to the whole team involved in the Southwater Neighbourhood Plan. Thank you for your hard work and contribution to the SNP.

Southwater Neighbourhood Plan was nominated as a FINALIST for the RTPI South East Awards for Planning Excellence 2021. A huge congratulations to the whole team involved in the SNP. What a great result!


23rd November 2021

Temporary road closure - A24 Southwater bypass including Hop Oast Roundabout


12th November 2021

Covid-19 message from Alison Challenger, Director of Public Health for West Sussex.


12th November 2021

HDC can confirm that they can continue to determine most planning applications for householder development, some very minor schemes and certificates of lawful development under Parts 1 and 2 of the Town and Country Planning (General Permitted Development) Order 2015 (as amended) as they have previously done, as they will not have a significant effect either individually or cumulatively on the Arun Valley sites.

All other types of permitted development, including prior approvals, will likely need to be screened to consider whether they have a significant effect. The applicant may though need to seek approval under Section 77 of the Habitats Regulations to seek to demonstrate the proposal does not have a significant effect. This is because Regulation 75 of the Conservation of Habitats and Species Regulations 2017 imposes a condition on any permission granted by the General Permitted Development Order that is likely to have a significant effect on a European Site, that development must not commence until a developer has received written notification of the approval of the local planning authority under Regulation 77.

HDC will therefore likely receive a new type of Section 77 application. This will not be subject to public consultation as the key consideration will be any response from Natural England and the Council’s ecologist, to ascertain whether the development has a significant effect. These will though be available to view through the Councils weekly list.

HDC can continue to determine non material amendments and condition discharge applications as HDC have previously. Amendments to permissions already granted will need to be assessed on a case by case basis depending on the likelihood of implementation of the extant permission and what the changes are.

In the case of all other development, where an increase in water consumption is likely (including reserved matters), HDC will require the application to be accompanied by a water neutrality statement setting out the strategy for achieving water neutrality within the development. Water neutrality can be achieved by developers building significant water efficiency measures into new development and by providing offsetting measures to reduce water consumption from existing development, so the development becomes water neutral. The statement will need to calculate the water balance and HDC will be providing some further guidance on what should be included in a water neutrality statement. It is not just a case of providing water efficiencies measures onsite as this will not make the development water neutral.

This also applies to any applications which have a resolution to grant but have yet to be granted. Any applications which have been to committee will need to return to committee if HDC are able to continue to recommend approval, after consideration of the water neutrality matter.

If an application cannot demonstrate water neutrality is reasonably achievable this will mean the development will not meet the requirements of Section 63 of the Habitats Regulations, and the application could not be determined positively.

As this is a recent and very significant matter, HDC will allow time for water neutrality strategies to be produced and submitted where the issue of water neutrality is the only outstanding matter preventing the grant, or recommendation of grant, of planning permission. If a water neutrality statement is received on a current application HDC will allow for a period of re-consultation for Parish, Neighbourhood Councils and any neighbours to comment. Going forward HDC will be updating their local list and water neutrality statements will be provided at the point of validation.

At this stage there is no known mitigation for the potential impacts on the Arun Valley sites other than demonstrating water neutrality.

There are some useful background documents on the Waterwise website including ‘A Review of Water Neutrality in the UK.’ Any proposal in Horsham District will though need to provide locally sourced information.

Document available - A Review of Water Neutrality in the UK


11th November 2021

Full Council Meeting taking place on Wednesday 17th November 2021, at 7:30pm. 

Download Agenda - Full Council Meeting


11th November 2021


8th November 2021


3rd November 2021

A Virtual Councillor Surgery will be taking place on Saturday 6th November at 10:00am. 

To join via Zoom, please use the link provided - Councillor Surgery Zoom Link or use the meeting ID and passcode provided below. 

Please ensure your name is displayed when joining the Zoom.



3rd November 2021

Southwater Parish Council Email Address


1st November 2021

Free bike safety & repair clinics in Horsham, Southwater and Broadbridge Heath. Delivered by Velo Square and supported by Horsham District Council on behalf of Cycling UK and the Department for Transport.

Dr. Bike clinics offer free 30-minute bike safety & repair appointments to help new and returning cyclists get back on the road with a safe and roadworthy bike. Clinics are by appointment only, limited to one per person and are open to anyone in the Horsham District area.

For further information and to to book an appointment, visit the Velo Square Website
Alternatively, email Velo Square at, or call 07786 633 582.


1st November 2021

October 2021 Report PDF


28th October 2021

Judo mats are no longer required at The Ghyll. If you are interested in making an offer, please email All offers must be made by Monday 8th November 2021. 


THE ENVIRONMENT AGENCY UPDATE - Possibility of flooding this weekend

28th October 2021

You can find advice on responding and dealing with extreme weather on the West Sussex website

For any weather warnings issued by WSCC Resilience & Emergency Teams please monitor:

Facebook: What If? Sussex
Twitter: @WSCCResilience
Or the WSCC Website newsfeed depending on the severity of the weather warning.

NHS Update - Get Vaccinated. Get Boosted. Get Protected

25th October 2021

To find out if you are eligible, please click on the image above. 

WSCC Update - Advice on Energy Bills 

25th October 2021

If any of you are worried and need advice or information, please visit the West Sussex County Council website on the link provided which has details of information tailored to each area of the county - West Sussex County Council Website - Energy Saving

WSCC Update - Free Trees for the Community

25th October 2021

The Woodland Trust, partnered with the Queen’s Green Canopy, is offering FREE trees to community groups. Before you apply you’ll need to:

  • Know the six digit grid reference for the land you wish to plant using the grid reference finder - Grid Reference Finder Website
  • Read through a short list of FAQs - Woodland Trust Website FAQs - They are packed full of important and useful information which will help your application.


Trees can be planted from this month (October 2021), when the tree planting season begins, through to the end of the Jubilee year in 2022. They are currently taking applications for trees to be delivered in March 2022.

To plant a tree for the Jubilee please use this link to apply - Woodland Trust Website 

Outdoor Gym 

14th October 2021

SPC has had various interest from residents in opening an outdoor gym. We are currently researching the project and would like to consult with the residents as to which equipment to include in the outdoor gym.

We would really appreciate your feedback on what equipment you would like to see should the project progress.

Please click on the image below to take the survey. 

Outdoor gym - please take our survey using the link provided

Freedom of The Parish - October 2021

14th October 2021

Congratulations to David Scott who was awarded the Freedom Of The Parish yesterday for his significant contribution to Southwater for 25 years. We would like to thank David for everything he has done in keeping Southwater a safe place for the community.

WSCC Update - Temporary Road Closure 

13th October 2021

Water Neutrality and Planning Decisions in Horsham District Council 

8th October 2021

Position Statement

Sussex North Map

Extraordinary Full Council Meeting Agenda has been published 

8th October 2021

To find the agenda, please click on the 'Agendas and Minutes' tab where you will find the 'Extraordinary Meetings' option. 

Horsham District Council Planning Committee Meeting - CANCELLED

5th October 2021

Southwater Parish Council Planning Committee Meeting - 6th October 2021

5th October 2021

Councillor Surgery - 2nd October 2021

29th Septmber 2021

Drop-In - 16th October 2021

30th September 2021

Council Building For Sale

29th September 2021

Council Building For Sale (Formerly old Parish Council Offices)


Upcoming Road Closures in Southwater

17 August 2021

Please be advised that the A24 Pollards Way including Pollards Hill and Hop Oast roundabouts will be closed on the dates and times specified below for carriageway surfacing works. An alternative route for traffic will be signed on site where applicable.  Please note that these works are weather dependant, we will endeavour to inform you should there be significant changes to the programme.

This road closure is covered by the 14.1 order made on 21st June 2021.

Road Name


Date (from and to)

Timing of Closure (eg, 24hr, off peak 09:30 to 16:00, Night 08:00 to 06:00)

A24 Pollards Way (Northbound)


18th August 2021 – 6th September 2021

Mon – Fri: 20:00 – 06:00

A24 Hop Oast Roundabout


7th September 2021

20:00 – 06:00

A24 Pollards Hill Roundabout


8th September 2021

20:00 – 06:00

A24 Pollards Way (Southbound)


9th September 2021 – 4th October 2021

Mon – Fri: 20:00 – 06:00


District and Parish Council recommend refusal but Planning Inspector overturns decision on Rascals Farm, Shipley Road, planning application for up to 100 units.

3 August 2021

SPC have just received this appeal decision from the Planning Inspectorate in relation to Rascals Farm, Shipley Road application Ref DC/20/0695.  Unfortunately, the Inspector has allowed the appeal due to Horsham District Council failing to have a 5-year land supply and as per the reasons outlined here: Reference: APP/Z3825/W/20/3257700 (

The appeal site is located in the Parish of Shipley rather than Southwater and it is not allocated for housing within HDPF or the Shipley Neighbourhood Plan. Unfortunately, the Southwater Neighbourhood Plan could not offer protection here either as the site was not situated within the boundary of Southwater.  As the development is situated in the Parish of Shipley, Community Infrastructure Levy payments arising from the development would go to Shipley.



Update on Policing and Anti-Social Behaviour in Southwater from SPC

29 July 2021

Southwater Parish Councillors recently met with the Sussex Police and Crime Commissioner to discuss, amongst other matters the recent spate of anti-social behaviour and criminal activity that has occurred in the Parish. The Councillors made a case for having at the least a permanent PCSO in the village supported by officers from Sussex Police. The Crime Commissioner was receptive to our concerns and has agreed to discuss the matter with the Chief Constable.
Since that meeting, and because of a request for an urgent meeting following the incident in the Country Park car park, Councillor Lewis had met with two supervisors from the Neighbourhood Policing Team to discuss the concerns of the residents and the way forward to address these issues. Southwater Parish a council would like to reassure residents that we are working on their behalf to address the recent problems and will continue to do so until the situation improves. It has to be stated that it is not appropriate to use social media to discuss individual cases, or action being taken by the Police as this could jeopardise investigations. It is not always the case that nothing is being done, and it is also important that residents support the Police by providing evidence where possible which could assist in any judicial proceedings. Sussex Police are keen to address these problems with further meetings and discussions scheduled to take place. If anyone wishes to discuss this matter in more detail, please contact Councillor Steve Lewis at


Wellbeing and Mental Health Support and advice for young people and parents throughout August

22 July 2021

Pop along to the new Wellbeing Centre in Horsham Town Centre (in the walkway between Black Horse Way and the Forum) between 10am-4pm, from Monday 2 - Friday 6 August. There will be advice and information for young people (in years 7-11), and their parents, on a variety of subjects.  Also Virtual Mental Health Events (see document for details).  There will be Youth Work Sessions in Horsham (times and days available on attached document).  Neighbourhood Wardens 'Talking Tents' also available across Horsham District for young people.


Have your say and provide SPC Feedback on the recent HDC Local Plan Housing Allocation in Southwater

16 July 2021

Please note there will be Public Meeting held at The Ghyll (Formerly known as the Leisure Centre) in the Lardner Hall to give residents an opportunity to express their views to Parish Councillors. Wednesday 21 July 2021 - 7:00 to 9:00pm.  See flyer more details:


Emerging Horsham Local Plan - Update from SPC

8 July 2021

Horsham District Council have now published their draft Regulation 19 Local Plan which is heading towards Cabinet for consideration by District Councillors on 15 July 2021. The document can be found at It includes a number of new strategic allocations across the District including 3250 homes on Land West of Ifield, 350 homes on Land East of Billingshurst, 2100 on Land at Buck Barn and 1200 homes on Land West of Southwater.

This news comes shortly after our Neighbourhood Plan, which we have worked on for a considerable time, has been voted on and come into use. The allocation now proposed by Horsham District Council would mean an additional 750 homes coming forward to the west of Southwater.

The Parish Council and Neighbourhood Plan Steering Group are currently considering how best to respond to this news and would like this response to be informed by our community.

We will be arranging a public meeting as soon as one can be arranged (details to follow), however in the meantime we would appreciate it if you would respond with your initial thoughts by using the form at


Comments and Allegations by Residents on Social Media - SPC Statement in Response

8 July 2021

Following on from the Council’s previous statement with respect to the recent allegations and comments targeting Councillors on social media we are pleased to see the allegations have now been removed or deleted.  These remarks are unacceptable and will not be tolerated.  The Parish Council and its members operate by the Standing Orders, Members Code of Conduct and within the law. The Council and its members are also closely monitored by the principal authority and its Monitoring Officer and by its independent Internal Auditor and External Auditor.  If you have reason to believe a member has acted in a manner that breaches the law or the Code of Conduct, then it is important that you report this to the principal authority (Horsham District Council) and make a complaint that you believe there to be a breach of the Code of Conduct rather than make allegations on social media.  The Council will not tolerate unfounded allegations made on social media and will instigate proceedings against individuals for libellous defamation. This statement does not preclude any legal action being privately instigated by the party or parties mentioned in the targeted Councillors.

5 July 2021 

The Council has been aware of certain comments and allegations made by some residents targeting Councillors. This is being investigated and a further considered response is to be made the latter part of this week. The Council has referred to a legal advisor for guidance.


Planning Committee Meeting / Extraordinary Council Meeting - 7th July 2021

2 July 2021

Please note that there will be a confidential Extraordinary Council meeting to follow the Planning Committee meeting scheduled to start at 6:00pm.  For more information on the Extraordinary Council meeting please see agenda.  Members of the public are able to attend the Planning Committee meeting but must book in prior due to room capacity and COVID-19 risk measures.  Members of the public can still view the meeting via the live stream available on YouTube.


Temporary Traffic Regulation - Notice from WSCC

29 June 2021

Temporary Traffic Regulation - Notice from WSCC relating to STATION ROAD, SOUTHWATER

NOTICE IS hereby given that in pursuance of the provisions of Section 14(2) of the Road Traffic Regulation Act, 1984, as amended, the use of (and parking on) Station Road from junction with Cripplegate Lane to junction with Worthing Road is temporarily prohibited from 06/07/21.
The restriction will be in place off peak only between 09.30 – 15.00.
This closure is necessary to allow Balfour Beatty to undertake urgent carriageway pothole repairs on behalf of WSCC. 

This restriction will be effective for a maximum of 5 days from the start date given above
Any queries about the effect of the closure on traffic using the highway please contact West Sussex County Council on 01243 642105
Any queries about the works please contact Balfour Beatty on 01243 642105


Freedom of the Parish Awards - June 2021

29 June 2021

Congratulations to the two latest additions, Janine Taylor and Peter Buckley who were awarded the Freedom Of the Parish last Wednesday for their significant contributions to Southwater over the last few decades. 


Councillor Surgery - Saturday, 3rd July 2021

28 June 2021

Please note that a Councillor Surgery has been scheduled for this Saturday (3rd July 2021) for 10:00am to 11:30am via Zoom. This will be the last one until the first Saturday in September due to a recess in August. This is an opportunity for residents to ask questions and have discussions with Councillors. Please ensure your name is displayed when joining the Zoom call.

Join Zoom Meeting:
Meeting ID: 928 2392 9689
Passcode: 456175

Statement from HDC on recent youth related crime and disorder

28 June 2021

On 21st June 2021, a number of District and Parish councillors met virtually with Sussex Police representatives and other professional agencies to consider a longer term response to some of the youth related crime and disorder experienced over recent months in Southwater village. The meeting was productive and an approach was agreed to work with the community in developing an action plan named ‘Project Southwater’ aimed at tackling some of the underlying causes of the behaviour which will be overseen by a group comprising local residents, councillors, businesses and other professional service providers. Some of the responses will be quicker to implement than others, however there is a strong commitment to work together and crucially with the community to solve some of the issues and better support local young people. Information will be available in the near future on how residents can get their voice heard and find out how to help with the response.

Annual Parish Meeting & Freedom of the Parish Meeting - 23 June 2021

17 June 2021

Please note the Annual Parish Meeting (Annual Parish Meeting Reports) and also an Extraordinary Council meeting for presentation of Freedom of the Parish is scheduled for 23 June 2021.

For the Agendas and more information please click on either the Annual Parish Meeting or Extraordinary Council Meeting hyperlinks.


Notice of Public Rights

10 June 2021

Please note the announcement made by RFO today (10th June 2021) in relation to Notice of Public Rights - see here.


Councillor Surgery - Tomorrow (Saturday) 10:00am, 5th June 2021

4 June 2021
Please note that there will be a Councillor Surgery tomorrow on Saturday, 10:00am, 5th June 2021, all members of the public are welcome to attend and ask questions.  Please ensure your Full Name is displayed in order to join the Zoom meeting. This is an opportunity to ask questions and have discussions with the Councillors.

Join Zoom Meeting

Meeting ID: 996 2687 5061
Passcode: 034195


Planning Committee Meeting (2nd June 2021) - CANCELLED

2 June 2021

Please note due to illness and apologies received the Planning Committee Meeting scheduled for 2nd June 2021 (6:00pm) is cancelled.  


Great British Spring Clean - 13th June 2021

2 June 2021

Please note there is a Great British Spring Clean and litter pick organised by Keep Britain Tidy on 13th June 2021 as per the flyer below.


Bike Event (Free Half-Term Event) - Thursday 3rd June - 1:00-4:00pm

1 June 2021

FREE HALF-TERM EVENT for under 18s

[🚴‍♀️] [🌞] Now the sun’s here - get your bike ready for summer! [🌞] [🚴]

Thursday 3rd June, 1-4pm

New Skate Park, Sports Club, Church Lane.

Southwater Wardens are working with The Bike Side and Sussex Police to offer bike safety checks and security marking

We look forward to seeing you! [😁]


Job Opportunity Available at Southwater Parish Council

28 May 2021

Please note SPC have a job opportunity available at the Council for the full time position of Assistant Officer.  Deadline for application submission is 30th June 2021 and please see the following attachments for more information.

Assistant Officer Job Opportunity Advert

Assistant Officer Job Description

Application Form Template


Annual Meeting of the Parish Council - Tonight at 7:30pm (19 May 2021)

19 May 2021

Please note that the Annual Meeting of the Parish Council scheduled tonight at 7:30pm has very limited capacity for public attendance due to COVID-19 and the space available in the Chamber to maintain safety (places had to be booked prior with the Clerk). If you would still like to 'attend virtually', the meeting will be available to view by live stream on YouTube: 


Temporary closure of Reeds Lane, Southwater, from 1st June 2021

12 May 2021

Message from WSCC: NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that from the date specified below, West Sussex County Council has temporarily closed to all traffic Reeds Lane, Southwater CP, in the Horsham District under Section 14(2) of the Road Traffic Regulation Act 1984, as amended, on Reeds Lane from the junction of Coltstaple Lane to the junction of Jackrells Lane. The temporary closure is scheduled to commence on 1st June 2021 for up to 5 days (It is estimated to be completed on 4th June 2021) and is required for the safety of the public whilst UKPN undertake a new electricity connection in the carriageway safely. The restriction will be in place day-time only from 09:00 until 18:00. For more information see the full notice.


Update on the Council Reserves (General and Earmarked)

5 May 2021

As requested by the Chairman of the Council in response to the various posts on social media, the Council is publishing the unaudited Detailed Balance Sheet (appended below) ahead of it being approved by Full Council and audited by both Mulberry & Co and Moore UK as part of the Annual Governance and Accountability Return (AGAR).

For the Update on Reserves and the unadutied Detailed Balance Sheet for Year Ended 31 March 2021 please see here.


Closure of Downslink for Surfacing Works

28 April 2021

Please note that the Downslink will be closed on Wednesday 5th May 2021 for surfacing works for approximately 6 weeks.  It will be closed between Lintot Square and towards Bonfire Hill.  Please see notice for more information.

Southwater: Public Bridleway No. 3568 - Downs Link – Temporary Closure Notice (Issue no. 32168)

Temporary Closure Notice in respect of the above route amd Diversion Plan received from HDC. The closure is required to ensure public safety whilst utility installation and resurfacing works are undertaken in relation to Ash Dieback disease.


Reminder of F&GP Meeting / Extraordinary Meeting 

28 April 2021

Please note there is an F&GP Committee Meeting to be held tonight at 7:30 and an Extraordinary Full Council Meeting to follow which will be taken in confidential session due to the nature of the items to be discussed and considered.


Marking a Silence / Duke of Edinburgh Award - Chairman Discretionary Fund

20 April 2021

Thank you to those who marked the Minute Silence in memory of H.R.H. Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh on Saturday 17th April whether at Beeson House or at home in their own bubbles.
It was previously discussed that the Chairman Discretionary Fund would help to assist youngsters in Southwater progress to the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award Scheme by the formation of a ‘Living Legacy Fund’ – Details to follow.

F&GP Meeting scheduled for 21st April 2021 is Postponed

15 April 2021

Southwater Parish Council joins the nation in mourning the death of H.R.H. Prince Philip, The Duke of Edinburgh and during the Mourning Period the Parish Council's arrangements may be restricted. The Council has received advice from WSALC (West Sussex Association of Local Councils) that the Council is prevented, by legislation, from issuing summons to Council meetings, i.e. the Agenda for Finance and General Purpose meeting, until after the period of mourning.

The Finance & General Purpose meeting scheduled for 21st April 2021 is therefore postponed to a later date.  Further confirmation of the date for the postponed F&GP meeting will follow next week.

Please note that a Minute Silence – In memory of H.R.H. Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh will be held on Saturday 17th April – 2.45pm – Outside Beeson House.  The Palace is giving a strong lead on adhering to guidelines about public health and the current restrictions in regards to the COVID-19 pandemic. It is encouraged by WSCC that communities/residents mark this occasion at home in their own bubbles where possible.  It is essential that any attendees adhere to current restrictions, social distancing and wear face coverings. 


Marking a Silence for H.R.H. Prince Philip, The Duke of Edinburgh

13 April 2021

A Minute Silence – In memory of H.R.H. Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh will be held on Saturday 17th April – 2.45pm – Outside Beeson House.

The Palace is giving a strong lead on adhering to guidelines about public health and the current restrictions in regards to the COVID-19 pandemic. It is encouraged by WSCC that communities/residents mark this occasion at home in their own bubbles where possible.

It is essential that any attendees adhere to current restrictions, social distancing and wear face coverings. 


Announcement of the Death of H.R.H. Prince Philip, The Duke of Edinburgh, on day of death

9 April 2021

Made by the Chairman of Southwater Parish Council

The Chairman of the Parish Council wishes to express heartfelt condolences on behalf of Southwater Parish Council and the Residents of Southwater Parish, to the Royal Family on hearing the announcement of the death of H.R.H. Prince Philip, The Duke of Edinburgh.

The Union Flag is being flown at half mast and will continue to be flown as such for the recommended period.

The Parish Council Chamber will hold a book of condolences for all those wishing to pay their respects. The Chamber will be opened at 9am until 12 noon by appointment only from Monday to Friday.

Graham Watkins
Chairman of Southwater Parish Council


Electronic Book of Condolences can also be found via The Royal Family website

and via West Sussex County Council


Recent Incident In Lintot Square - 4th April 2021

8 April 2021

Like the residents of Southwater, Councillors and Officers of Southwater Parish Council (SPC) are appalled at the incident which occurred in and around Lintot Square on Sunday. We wish the victim a full and speedy recovery.

It is essential that our community works with the police, our wardens and other agencies, to help them investigate. If you or others have information, please share with either the police or our wardens.

It is important not jump to conclusions and make statements which are based on speculation and have no basis in fact. The Police are leading the investigation and continuing with their enquiries and it is they who will comment on the case in due course.

There is an ongoing multi-agency involvement addressing the recent anti-social behaviour in Southwater. These include The Police, HDC and Youth Services. Our MP Jeremy Quin is aware and has raised the issue with the police.

Our Community Wardens are making great progress in building dialogue with some of the young people in the area, and recent criticism of the Wardens on social media is both unfounded and detrimental. SPC will continue in the effort of engagement to ensure that Southwater is a safe, healthy, and enjoyable place to live and urge our residents to work with us to achieve this.

In conclusion we would ask that residents refrain from speculating on such incidents as not only can it hamper investigations, it can also cause distress to others in the community.

Southwater Neighbourhood Plan Press Notice - Fact Check

7 April 2021

Regulation 5 of The Neighbourhood Planning (Referendums) Regulations 2012 places a restriction on the publication of material by the Parish Council relating to the neighbourhood plan. This regulation does however confirm that the Parish council can publish factual information where the sole purpose of the publication is to refute or correct any inaccuracy in material published by a person other than the relevant council. The Parish Council will monitor statements made about the plan in the run up to the referendum on 6th May 2021 and publish a ‘Fact Check’ where it is considered appropriate to do so.

Keep Southwater Green published a statement on their Facebook page at 07:55 on 7 April 2021 and in a Facebook Community Group for Southwater.  Please see this Fact Check Press Notice for the details of what was published and the Council's Statement Fact Check.


Early warning - closure of Reeds Lane, Southwater 01/06/21

30 March 2021

Please be advised that West Sussex County Council has received a request for Temporary Traffic Regulation as follows (please click link):

The application is currently being processed, please be aware that the details are subject to change.

For any questions regarding this TTRO, please email


Councillor Surgery - 11:00am Saturday, 3rd April 2021

29 March 2021

Please note that there will be a Councillor Surgery on Saturday, 11:00am, 3rd April 2021, all members of the public are welcome to attend and ask questions.  Please ensure you Full Name is displayed in order to join the Zoom meeting.

Join Zoom Meeting: 

Meeting ID: 982 2056 3217
Passcode: 742154


Councillor Vacancy

29 March 2021

Following the resignation of Councillor Robert Williams there is now a Councillor Vacancy.  Please see this attachment for more information.


Statement from Sussex Police - Multi Agency Meeting

24 March 2021

A multi-agency meeting has been held to address concerns of ongoing antisocial behaviour and youth-related disorder in the Southwater area.

The event took place on Tuesday 16 March and included representatives from Sussex Police, Southwater Parish Council, Youth Justice and Youth Provision, Neighbourhood Wardens and Neighbourhood Watch.

PC James Munden, of the Adur, Worthing and Horsham Neighbourhood Policing Team, who chaired the meeting, said: “We looked at the identified ‘hotspot’ areas where such behaviour is occurring. A joint report from the council and police was submitted, looking at constructive ways in which by working in partnership, we can tackle some of the issues. Examples of this include installing better lighting, CCTV, more signage and generally smartening up the area by the old railway bridge.

“We discussed plans for extra patrols in the Southwater area, including joint patrols involving police, wardens and youth workers, with a view to better engaging with local youths.
“With Covid restrictions easing, we also discussed the current and proposed provision for young people. Investigation into recent offences has resulted in positive action and young people being referred to the Youth Offending Service.

“We would continue to encourage local residents to report any incidents of antisocial behaviour. This can be done by calling Sussex Police on 101 or reporting it online. If it is an emergency, dial 999.

“Remember, reports to police help us to determine where we need to focus our resources. We can only act upon what we know about. Thank you and stay safe.”


Yellow Weather Warning - Met Office

10 March 2021

Please note that the Met Office has announced a Yellow Weather Warning.  For more information please visit Met Office.


Anti Social Behaviour - Report from Southwater Youth Project

8 March 2021

Please see this attached report for an update from Southwater Youth Project on Anti Social Behaviour (ASB).


All households with children of school age to get 2 rapid COVID-19 tests per person per week 

3 March 2021

Whole families and households with primary school, secondary school and college age children, including childcare and support bubbles, will be able to test themselves twice every week from home as schools return from 8 March.

For more information on this new relesase please visit here.



24 February 2021

Grants for business rate payers are available for those who were required to close as a result of Tier 2 restrictions that came into effect on 2 December 2020 or for those required to close between 5 November and 2 December and for businesses such as nightclubs, dance halls and adult entertainment venues required to close from 23 March 2020.

There are also discretionary grants available for businesses that are non business rate payers and these are for businesses financially impacted by the national restrictions put in place (Lockdown 2), and also businesses linked to hospitality, hotel, B+B and leisure sectors, affected by Tier 2 restrictions that came into effect on 2 December 2020.

On 5 January 2021 the Chancellor confirmed another set of funding for grants including one-off top-up grants for retail, hospitality and leisure businesses. In addition, there will be one-off discretionary grants for businesses required to close due to this lockdown.

As can be seen, there are many options for businesses affected by the various Government measures associated with COVID to look at and apply for. The grants can be from £1000 one-off grants, £1,500 grants for a 14 days qualifying period, and in some cases, grants up to £3,000 for four weeks or now as much as £9,000 as a one-off grant.

The issue in our District is that despite a number of businesses applying for grants, we feel that there are a number of businesses that are not availing themselves of the possible grants.

Funding Grants are available and can be applied for on the Council’s website at:


Extraordinary Full Council Meeting - 7:30pm 24 February 2021

22 February 2021

Please note that there will be a extraordinary full council meeting to be held at 7:30pm, 24 February 2021.  Please see here.


Update - Councillor Surgery Saturday / Neighbourhood Wardens / CCTV

22 February 2021

Southwater Parish Council would like to thank the residents who joined the Councillors Surgery last Saturday. SPC are aware that some residents were unaware that this was taking place because it had been brought forward at short notice to address current issues  and whilst unfortunately some people may have missed the details, SPC  would like to thank those that were able to attend. SPC would also like to thank the moderators of Southwater Community Page on Facebook who shared details of the meeting.

During the meeting the idea of Neighbourhood Wardens body cams was put forward. The Council have this morning been in conversation with Horsham District Council regarding this and the feasibility of this will be pursued  and hopefully be able to be considered  in the near future.

The Parish Council are also liaising with Horsham District Council in respect of the CCTV cameras in Lintot Square in regards to their condition and monitoring of these cameras and will update the residents accordingly.

All details of all Council meetings can be found on the Parish Council Website.


Free Event by NALC - Become a Councillor and Have a Say in Your Community

22 February 2021

On 2 March 2021, NALC (National Association for local Councils) will host a free public event for people interested in getting involved with their local council. The event will tell you what you need to know about local councils, what they do, the councillor's role, and how to become one. The viral sensation, Jackie Weaver, and a panel of community "heroes" will be speaking at the event. Visit the NALC website to find out more about this event and registration information, see the link below:



Councillors Surgery this Saturday, 11:00am 20th February 2021

17 February 2021

Southwater Parish Council are holding a Councillors Surgery via Zoom this Saturday 20th February 2021 at 11:00am.
This meeting will give residents an opportunity to speak with representatives of their Council regarding the current situation within the Parish.

Councillor Surgeries are a monthly occurrence, however this one has been brought forward to reflect the concern that both residents and the Parish Council are showing regarding the spate of antisocial behaviour. Any resident or businesses are welcome to attend using the link below.

Join Zoom Meeting:

Meeting ID: 812 4072 5061
Passcode: 697228

UPDATE 20th February 2021 11:06am: Please note there have been live stream issues due to technical difficulties, hence, the Zoom meeting is thus being recorded and will be uploaded to YouTube immediately after the meeting. Apologies for any inconveniences. Please note you are still able to view/participate in the meeting live by connecting to the Zoom meeting link.


Anti Social Behaviour

16 February 2021

Southwater Parish Council are aware of the recent incidents of antisocial behaviour and criminal damage that have occurred in the village. SPC would like to assure residents that the Council and our Neighbourhood Wardens are in regular contact with Sussex Police and Horsham District Council who have been made fully aware of our concerns.

Our Neighbourhood Wardens have and will continue to collate all information they can concerning these and other incidents which they pass in a timely fashion to Sussex Police. Our Wardens also take action when they can and assist the Police in their continued investigation.

Please do report any incidents should you witness them to Sussex Police to enable the Police to take action against those responsible for this antisocial behaviour.

In an emergency, please dial 999.

For all other incidents please contact Sussex Police by dialling 101.

They can also be contacted at Sussex.Police.UK where you can follow the links to report antisocial behaviour or crime.


Southwater Neighbourhood Wardens can be contacted as follows


Jacquie Cave 07789 943156

Dominic Woodhead 07789 943193


Reduction in Southwater Parish Council Precept and Council Tax for 2021/2022

25 January 2021

The Parish Council agreed the budget and total precept requirement on 20th January 2021. The total precept requirement of £687,312 produced a decrease to household tax band payers of 2.37%. 


Extraordinary F&GP Meeting 

20 January 2021

Please not that there is an Extraorrinary F&GP Committee meeting at 7:00pm prior to the Full Council Meeting at 7:30pm tonight, 20th January 2021. For Agenda and Youtube Link please visit:

Full Council Meetings (

Extraordinary Meetings (


Planning Decisions - Southwater Neighbourhood Plan - Decision Notice

19 January 2021

HDC having issued the Decision Notice with regards to the Southwater Neighbourhood Plan are now taking the SNDP into account with "more weight" than previously on planning applications.

HDC's Planning Authority decision of the recent planning application, DC/20/1216, was based on the following:

"The proposal (DC/20/1216) is therefore contrary to policies 28, 32 and 33 of the Horsham District Planning Framework (2015) and Policy SNP16 of the Submission Southwater Neighbourhood Development Plan (2019-2031)"

With further explanation, as follows:


Neighbourhood Plan:

The Council has issued a decision statement on the Southwater Neighbourhood Plan, following recent examination, which is now of weight. The following policies are of most relevance to this current application:-

SNP1 - Core Principles

SNP16 - Design

Southwater Parish Design Statement"


Road Closure Public Notice - Kerves Lane

18 January 2021


Councillor Vacancy

13 January 2021

Please see notice here.


Coronavirus Vaccine Update from Sussex NHS CCG

13 January 2021

Please see here for more details.

Census 2021 is Coming - Taking Part

12 January 2021

The census is coming. By taking part, you can help inform decisions about services that shape your community, such as healthcare, education and transport.

 It’s important that you fill in your census questionnaire because it gives us the most detailed information we have about our society.

 Without the information you share, it’d be more difficult to understand our community’s needs and plan and fund public services.

 Ahead of Census Day (Sunday 21 March), the Office for National Statistics (ONS) will send you a letter in the post with an access code and instructions.

 You can do your census online as soon as you get yours. If your household circumstances change on Census Day, you can let the ONS know.

 The ONS aim to make things as easy as possible for everyone, but if you need help taking part in the census, there’s a wide range of support services available.

 You can request support for yourself, or someone else, including:

 guidance and help in many languages and formats

a paper version of the questionnaire, if you prefer

accessible census guidance, for example, in braille

There is a help area on the census website. It covers everything from who to include on the questionnaire to how to answer each question.

If you cannot find what you need there, there’s a dedicated contact centre where census staff will be on hand to give help over the phone, in a web chat or on social media.

If you need help, visit


Fraud/Scam Warning - COVID-19 Vaccine

11 January 2021

As of 7 January 2021, Action Fraud had received 57 reports from members of the public who have been sent text messages claiming to be from the NHS, offering them the opportunity to sign up for coronavirus vaccinations. The texts ask the recipient to click on a link which takes them to an online form where they are prompted to input personal and financial details. In some cases the online form has looked very similar to the real NHS website.

Pauline Smith, Head of Action Fraud, said: 
Remember, the vaccine is only available on the NHS and is free of charge. The NHS will never ask you for details about your bank account or to pay for the vaccine. If you receive an email, text message or phone call purporting to be from the NHS and you are asked to provide financial details, this is a scam.”

How to protect yourself:

In the UK, coronavirus vaccinations will only be available via the National Health Services of England, Northern Ireland, Wales and Scotland. You can be contacted by the NHS, your employer, a local GP surgery or pharmacy, to receive your vaccination. Remember, the vaccinations are free of charge and you will not be asked for a payment.

The NHS will never:

ask for your bank account or card details
ask for your PIN or banking passwords
arrive unannounced at your home to administer the vaccine
ask for documentation to prove your identity, such as a passport or utility bills

If you receive a call you believe to be fraudulent, hang up. If you are suspicious about an email you have received, forward it to Suspicious text messages should be forwarded to the number 7726, which is free of charge.

If you believe you are the victim of a fraud, please report this to Action Fraud as soon as possible by calling 0300 123 2040 or visiting

 *Please forward this email to any friends, family members, or colleagues that may find this information useful*

Notice from HDC

5 January 2021

As you may know, there is currently a Public Spaces Protection Order (PSPO) in force across the Horsham District.  This came into effect on 1 April 2018 with the aim of addressing anti-social behaviour and improving public spaces. Each PSPO lasts for three years and the current one expires on 31 March 2021.

 Horsham District Council would like to renew the PSPO for a further three years (1 April 2021 - 31 March 2024) and also include new prohibitions.

What is in the current PSPO?

 The Horsham District PSPO currently prohibits the following activities:

Nuisance behaviour relating to alcohol
Anti-social use of vehicles
Not picking up dog fouling
Lack of control of dogs
Unauthorised access and nuisance behaviour - Horsham town only
Racing of horse drawn vehicles on any dual carriageway, including the A24 and A264

Suggested additional prohibitions to be included:

 District wide

No intoxication or possession of psychoactive substances

It is proposed to add a prohibition to the Order that states that no person shall drink, inhale, inject, or otherwise use or be in possession of any intoxicating substances, or “legal highs”, or drug paraphernalia including nitrous oxide canisters.

 Horsham Town Only

No unlicensed busking

Licensed buskers are required to meet certain conditions and to make available their badge for inspection by Horsham District Council Neighbourhood Wardens, Police, Environmental Health or Licencing officers. If added to the PSPO, failure to either produce their badge or to stick to the conditions would lead to a fixed penalty notice.

 No selling of periodicals which include a prize competition dependent on skill

We have received complaints from the public about companies who purport to being charitable in status when in fact they are for profit, employing aggressive sales tactics and misleading information. Despite challenge, these companies continue to operate considering that they do not require a traders licence as they are running a prize competition based on skill. The tickets are categorised as ‘periodicals’ as the competition is drawn once a year. It is proposed to implement a prohibition to deal with this problem and to tackle the aggressive selling techniques, whilst not affecting legitimate selling such as the Big Issue.

 No anti-social behaviour or nuisance behaviour in car parks and stairwells

There have been numerous complaints of anti-social behaviour within the car parks in the town centre, caused by young people consuming alcohol or drugs, causing damage and playing loud music. These activities have given rise to complaints to both the Council and the Police from residents and are causing nuisance, annoyance and distress to other members of the public wishing to use these public spaces.

 No drinking of alcohol in The Causeway and Gardens of Remembrance

The Council and Police have received numerous complaints concerning individuals gathering on benches in the Causeway and the Gardens of Remembrance in Horsham town. Those gathering often do so to drink alcohol together and then to on to engage in anti-social behaviour such as public urination, using threatening and abusive language, and being drunk and disorderly. The behaviour from such individuals generally improves upon the arrival of Police or Council staff making it difficult to effectively respond to the issue. It is therefore proposed that the drinking of alcohol within the restricted areas of The Causeway and Gardens of Remembrance is prohibited.



Horsham District Council would like your views on the new prohibitions and whether we should extend the PSPO for a further three years. An online consultation is now live on the Council’s website now: until 31 January 2021.

Please feel free to promote the public consultation locally by adding the above copy to your websites and/or e-newsletters.


Kind regards

 Greg Charman

Health & Wellbeing / Community Safety Manager 
Telephone: 01403 215124   


4 January 2021

With the Governments announcement on 23rd December West Sussex will move into Tier 4 from Boxing Day and we have been advised that this will remain until at least 18/01/20.

Clinically Extremely Vulnerable

This is a formal return to Shielding as we saw in phase 1. Those who are Clinically Extremely Vulnerable are advised not to go to the shops, limit interaction with others to a minimum and stay at home as much as possible. They are still remain in their support bubble if they have one.

Government Guidance – What food support is available for me/ Clinically Extremely Vulnerable?

You are advised not to go to the shops. Use online shopping if you can, or ask friends, family or local charities to collect and deliver shopping for you.

West Sussex County Council Community Hub will continue to provide support for those who need can contact in confidence by calling 033 022 27980 or by completing the online form

Food including shopping organised through a number of different avenues
Medication collection organised through a number of different avenues
Financial support for those impacted by the Pandemic and recent restrictions

WSCC Community Hub are still here to help if you need it



From Saturday 26 December, West Sussex will move to TIER 4 – STAY AT HOME restrictions, along with most other local authority areas across the South East.

The new rules will mean we MUST not leave or be outside of our home or garden, except where we have a ‘reasonable excuse.’


Latest Case Data: See the latest data on coronavirus cases in West Sussex here.

Other messages:

·A message from Leader Paul Marshall

Question around Domestic Violence - Anyone who believes they are experiencing domestic abuse, or is worried about a friend, neighbour or family member, should contact West Sussex County Council’s WORTH service by calling 0330 222 8181 or emailing Our trained advisors are ready to offer support.


Parish Office Update

4 January 2021

Due to Tier 4 restrictions coming into force during the Christmas period, Parish Council Office staff will work remotely and the situation will be monitored to continue to ensure safe working is a priority. Should you wish to contact the Parish Office during this time, please do email

If your query is of an urgent nature that needs an immediate response, please call 07737 056412. Please can we ask for your patience at this time in replying to your queries/emails.


Hen and Chicken Pub, Southwater - Community Asset Application

16 December 2020

Southwater Parish Council has just received a decision letter from HDC regarding the application for Asset of Community Value made 3 November 2020 for The Hen and Chicken Pub, Worthing Road, Southwater, West Sussex, RH13 9BH. Unfortunately, the community nomination was rejected byHDC but Southwater Parish Council will be appealing it and will be making further submissions.


Parsih Office Christmas Closure

16 December 2020

The Parish Office will be closed and unstaffed from 2pm on Friday 18th December 2020. Staff will return to the office on Monday 4th January 2021 due to public holidays and annual leave.

In the case of emergencies only, please leave a message on either 07737056412 and 07486590445 both of which will be monitored.



Temporary Closure of Permissive Footpath by Easteds Barn

9 December 2020

Please note that the Permissive Footpath by Easteds Barn, which links Nutham Lane to Easteds Lane will be closed 25th December 2020 for 24 hours only.  Please use an alternative route or consider the route as pictured and marked in red. Apologies for any inconvenience this may cause.

UPDATE: following feedback from residents it has been decided that the date of closure will be changed from 16th December 2020 to 25th December 2020. The change has been made possible by a volunteer coming forward to assist with closure arrangements, as prior to this office staff were to be used, hence a date prior to the Parish offices closing for the winter holiday period.



Christmas Lights Issues - Lintot Square

7 December 2020

Dear Residents

As you are aware, the Christmas Lights for 2020 have been installed in Lintot Square. We are very much aware that some of the lights keep tripping and going out. We as a Parish Council have done all we can to try and mitigate this, engaging with electrical contractors, installing new electrical breakers etc. However, the Lighting Columns themselves are at fault and these are maintained by HDC's contractors Lambert Smith Hampton. LSH were informed in 2018 and 2019 that maintenance was required on the Lamp columns due to water ingress and therefore tripping the electrics in the columns. Unfortunately despite SPC pressing this issue, the matter has not been addressed and this year the Columns are in bad repair and water ingress has increased. We are continually pressing for this to be addressed and apologise if the lights do go out on occasion, particularly when it rains. We will endeavour to press LSH to improve the columns to allow the lights to remain on.

Dawn Spouge

Clerk to the Council



1 December 2020

NOTICE is hereby given that West Sussex County Council has made an Order under the Road Traffic Regulation Act 1984, the effect of which will be to close the alleyway known as Talbot Lane between Market Square and Denne Road.

The Order is necessary to allow repairs to a boundary wall to be undertaken     

The Order will come into effect on 10 December 2020 and will last for 18 months or until the proposed works are completed, whichever is earlier. It is anticipated the works will take 2 months to complete. 

Any queries about the works to take place should be directed to Woodland Construction telephone number 01272 376076. Any queries about the effect of the Order on vehicles using the highway should be directed to WSCC, telephone number (01243) 642105

Director of Law & Assurance

County Hall,



Sussex Police Notice - Keeping Christmas Kind

26 November 2020

Please see attachment for the flyer from Sussex Police


WSCC Notice: Local support for NHS Test & Trace launches across Sussex

 26 November 2020

A new service has just gone live to support the national NHS Test and Trace system.

Working from West Sussex County Council’s COVID-19 Community Hub, the service will take on responsibility for contacting individuals across East and West Sussex who have received a positive COVID-19 test result, but were unable to be contacted by the national NHS Test and Trace team within 48 hours.

Contact will be made to these individuals via text, phone or email.

The local service will also be on hand to:

Provide advice regarding positive test results and requirement to self-isolate;
Collect details of the individuals’ contacts during their infectious period and enter them into the national NHS Test and Trace system for the national team to get in contact with;
Offer additional support as required, including the wide range of help and advice available from the Community Hub service.

The service will operate between 8am-8pm seven days a week, including public and bank holidays.

Paul Marshall, Leader of West Sussex County Council, said: “Our COVID-19 Community Hub was set-up to support our most vulnerable residents when the pandemic started. The extension of our service to now include support for the national NHS Test and Trace system is another example of how we are doing all we can to keep residents safe and our case numbers down.

“We are also really pleased that our team is supporting our neighbouring county, East Sussex, with their local Test and Trace calls. This strong partnership working highlights how important it is that councils continue to work together to keep residents safe during this challenging time.”

Keith Glazier, leader of East Sussex County Council said: “The ability to trace everyone who has tested positive for COVID-19 is vital in our fight against the virus. We are pleased to be working with West Sussex County Council to deliver a local service which will be invaluable in helping us to increase the effectiveness of the national system.

“We know that many people are often reluctant to answer a phone call from a national number they don’t recognise, and hope a call from a local East Sussex phone number will result in more people being made aware of a positive test result and taking the necessary action to protect others in our community.

“Our residents are doing a fantastic job in following the guidance and keeping themselves and others safe, and we must continue to work together and do everything possible to stop the spread of the virus and bring the pandemic under control.”

Residents in West Sussex who need to be contacted by the Community Hub will receive a text, call or email from one of the below:

Phone: 01243 642153
Email: West Sussex County Council Local COVID Tracing Partnership

The Community Hub will then ask individuals for the following details:

Their name, date of birth and postcode;
If they live with other people;
Any places they've been recently, such as a workplace or school;
Names and contact details of any people they were in close contact with within the 48 hours before their symptoms started (if they know these details).

The Community Hub will NOT:

Ask for bank details or payments;
Ask for details of any other accounts, such as social media;
Ask residents to set up a password or PIN number over the phone;
Ask residents to call a premium rate number, such as those starting 09 or 087.

For further details about the local test and trace system, visit


Public Notice - Temporary Traffic Regulation Order - Bar Lane, Southwater - Start date 02/12/2020

18 November 2020

See here for details.


West Sussex Highways - Online Pothole Reporting

11 November 2020

As you may be aware last month West Sussex County Council launched a new online form, on our website, for reporting potholes.  They want to improve the experience of reporting a pothole and have developed an interactive map displaying all reported potholes, so that customers can identify if already reported and to subscribe and receive future updates should they wish to. As this form is a trial we are welcoming customer feedback as they wish to continually improve our offer to Residents. Feedback can be provided by visiting their webpage and clicking on the page link provided.   

If you are a regular pothole reporter please can we ask that you support WSCC by using the new pothole form but also to provide valuable insight and feedback.

For the duration of the trial the online reporting of all other enquiries regarding the roads in West Sussex, such as grass cutting, flooding etc, have remained on Love West Sussex.


Concrete Skate Park (Church Lane/Downs Link) - CLOSED Until Further Notice

6 November 2020

Please note that the concrete skate park off of Church Lane/Downs Link by the Southwater Sports Club and cricket pitch is CLOSED due to New National Restrictions imposed by Government.   

Sadly, all indoor and outdoor skateparks in England have been ordered to close from Thursday 5th November 2020 by the Government, following Parliamentary approval of a four-week national lockdown. 

Skateboard England and Skateboard GB have sought guidance from and argued the case for exemptions from the Government for skateboarding, due to the ability to take part, while social distancing. Unfortunately, the increased national lockdown measures will force the closure of all indoor and outdoor skateparks.

We know this is hugely disappointing news but we must all pull together as a community and continue to follow the Government guidance to keep ourselves and each other safe. 


SPC Consultation Response to White Paper: 'Planning for the Future'

6 November 2020

The response was submitted prior to the deadline and is available here.


Rememberance Day

5 November 2020


The Ghyll (formerly known as Southwater Leisure Centre) and The Laurie Apted Building

28 October 2020

Southwater Ghyll CIO will officially be taking over full Management of The Ghyll and The Laurie Apted building from 1st November 2020. They have informed SPC that there will be a gradual phased return in regards to hirers at The Ghyll. For any booking information on hires please contact the Chairman of The Ghyll CIO, Mr Neale on -


Free Half-Term Activites with HDC - Basketball & Dance/Cheerleading

21 October 2020


Basketball & Dance/Cheerleading

For ages 13-16
On Wednesday 28th October 10am-12pm
At Southwater MUGA / playing field, Pevensey Rd
Limited spaces available, so to join either session, please contact us:
With your name, age, contact details and choice of activity.


F&GP Meeting tonight - 21 October 2020

21 October 2020

Just a reminder that there is a Finance & General Purposes meeting tonight at 7:30pm which will be streamed on Youtube as per the new norm.

For the Agenda and link to the stream please see here.


Police and Local Authorities Sign Pledge To End Slavery In Sussex

16 October 2020

Council and police leaders across Sussex are marking the occasion of Anti-Slavery Day on Sunday 18 October by signing up to a joint pledge to stop all forms of slavery, human trafficking and exploitation.

Anti-Slavery Day aims to raise awareness of the dangers and consequences of modern-day slavery and human trafficking and the Sussex Anti-Slavery network has already been driving efforts to ensure that partners, but in particular local authorities in Sussex support medium and long term plans towards the eradication of slavery and exploitation in Sussex.

Now Chief Constable Jo Shiner, West and East Sussex County Council Chief Executive Becky Shaw, and Brighton and Hove City Council Chief Executive Geoff Raw are formally committing their respective organisations to the "Pledge to become a Slavery Free Community in Sussex".

The Pledge states; 

"As leaders across Sussex we commit to doing everything in our power to make our county free of modern slavery. 

"We will work proactively with national and local government, law enforcement agencies, businesses, the voluntary and community sector, faith bodies and our local communities to:

• Demonstrate strong local leadership for anti-slavery initiatives;
• Raise awareness amongst our staff, associates and the people we serve on a daily basis;
• Train our staff to recognise and respond appropriately to potential signs of slavery;
• Share intelligence and information to help detect slavery and ensure it cannot take root;
• Support victims and survivors in our communities;
• Remove slave-based labour from our supply chains;
• Contribute to building a prosperous and slavery-free local economy.

"In this way Sussex stands in support of the United Nations Global Sustainable Development Goal 8.7, to take immediate and effective measures to eradicate forced labour, end modern slavery and human trafficking and secure the prohibition and elimination of the worst forms of child labour by 2030."

Chief Constable of Sussex, Jo Shiner, said; "This is a significant step in our work to combat modern slavery in Sussex. For the first time Councils and law enforcement from across the county are making a declaration at the highest level to jointly address the scourge of trafficking and exploitation of people. 

"It is testament to the work of the Sussex Anti-Slavery Network which brings together strategic partners from the entire county.

"Modern slavery is a serious crime often hidden in plain sight. There is no one image that neatly defines a victim of modern slavery. Cases are complex, often entwined with other serious offences such as drugs, knife crime and sexual exploitation, trading in human misery and exploiting people for profit. 

"To protect people who are being exploited we must work with our communities and partner organisations."

Dame Sara Thornton DBE QPM, the UK's independent Anti-Slavery Commissioner, said; "I welcome the leadership of the local authorities and partners across Sussex in working together to eradicate modern slavery and human trafficking.  Public bodies spend millions of pounds on procuring goods and services and this work will put them in a great position to ensure that their supply chains are resilient, sustainable and avoid the exploitation of our fellow human beings.”

The Sussex Network works in close collaboration with many other networks in the UK through the National Network Co-ordinators Forum (NNCF), driven by the West Midlands anti-trafficking network and the charity “Human Trafficking Foundation (HTF)”. 

This work also supports the protocols of the United Nations sustainable development goal 8.7.
The Pledge comes during a two-week human slavery public awareness campaign being led by Sussex Police which is focusing public attention on work with partner organisations to tackle modern slavery offences in local communities.


Waiting Restrictions Introduced on Church Lane - Notice from WSCC

12 October 2020

For more information see here.


Southwater Bridleway No. 1662 - Closure - Notice from WSCC

10 October 2020

The path closure will take effect from 19th OCtober 2020 for 3 days.  Please see here for more information.


Neighbourhood Wardens Survey - PLEASE COMPLETE

9 October 2020

The Southwater Neighbourhood Warden Scheme aims to improve community safety by tackling crime and anti-social behaviour and improve community confidence. The Wardens' aim is to engage with local community and statutory groups, it seeks to identify and address concerns in relation to community safety and the environment.

Two Neighbourhood Wardens are employed Full Time in Southwater. These Wardens engage with, support and listen to the needs of local communities and act as a deterrent to help reduce low level crime and anti-social behaviour as well as encourage good environmental conduct such as prevention of litter of all types.

Southwater Parish Council funds the Wardens, however, they are managed and employed by Horsham District Council in conjunction with Southwater. The two year pilot scheme will end in April 2021 and an evaluation in its effectiveness is required to ascertain the future needs in Southwater.



Councillor Surgery - Saturday, 10th October 2020

7 October 2020

Please note there is a Councillor Surgery this Saturday 10th October 2020 at 10:30am via Zoom.  If you would like to drop by (virtually) to ask the Councillors any questions please join the Zoom meeting via the link or Meeting ID and passcode.  

Join Zoom Meeting 

Meeting ID: 915 7509 7830
Passcode: 12345

Please note future Councillor Surgeries will be the normal time of 11:00am and should typically be on the first Saturday of the month.

Also available on YouTube live stream - this is for anyone wishing to view only:

Changes to the Planning System - HDC Consultation Response

5 October 2020

Please find attached a link to Horsham District Council’s response to the recent Government Consultation ‘Changes to the Current Planning System’ for your information.  This document included the proposed change to the way the housing requirements are calculated.
Please note, this is a separate consultation response to the Government’s proposed changes to the planning system set out in the ‘Planning for our Future’ White Paper. This consultation is still open and Horsham District Council and Southwater Parish Council are both preparing our responses, which will be shared with you in due course.



Freedom of the Parish Award

1 October 2020

Following on from last night's meeting of the Parish Council to award both Pauline Flores-Moore and Robert Graham Piper the Freedom of the Parish.  Please see photos as below.



Notice from WSCC

30 September 2020



Message from HDC on Bonfires

28 September 2020

It has always been the advice of Horsham District Council that uncontrolled (open) burning should not take place. This predates the current situation, and will continue to be so. 

Having a bonfire is not prohibited, but it is controlled. There are good health based reasons why any materials, whether garden waste or not, should not be burnt even in largely rural areas, because of its contribution to diffuse air pollution.  However, having a bonfire is not a statutory nuisance in itself; the nuisance is the emission (or likely emission) of smoke from a fire and how this affects another person’s enjoyment of their property.

Neither the number of nor absence of complaints, nor the distance from neighbours is relevant to the judgement of nuisance but may become relevant if proceedings were to follow.  For cases where the fire has not yet been lit, there will be no complaints of smoke.  However officers can still act if they are satisfied the scale and/or nature of materials to be burnt are likely to cause nuisance.

Garden waste, paper, or any other waste should not be burned, under any circumstances.  Everyone should be mindful of their neighbours and fellow community members. The smoke and smells from bonfires can aggravate respiratory problems such as asthma and bronchitis and affect those with heart complaints and this is particularly an issue given that Coronavirus attacks the respiratory system.

The disposal of waste or other materials by burning is not the only way in which such items can be disposed of and these options should be exhausted before burning is considered.  Garden waste can be composted or put into a garden waste bin for collection, alternatively keep it in a safe place until it can be taken to the tip or have it collected by a collection service. The Horsham District Council website and social media are updated regularly with kerbside collection information and general waste can continue to be put into the refuse bin.


Extraordinary Council Meeting and Freedom of Parish Meeting called for 7:30pm 30 September 2020

23 September 2020

Please see here for Agendas and Live Stream Link.


Full Council Meeting Reminder - 16 September 2020

10 September 2020

Full Council Meeting will be live streamed.  For Agenda and link to YouTube stream please click here.


Extraordinary Council Meeting called for 10:30am 4 September 2020

28 August 2020

Please see here for Agenda and Live Stream Link.


Council Meeting - F&GP Committee 7:30pm 19 August 2020 Live Stream

19 August 2020

Live stream of meeting available here from 7:30pm: 


Public Notice - Temporary Traffic Regulation Order - BAR LANE, SOUTHWATER 8 Sep 20

18 August 2020

See Here for more information.


Tree Works in Southwater Parish (Land owned or managed by SPC)

18 August 2020

Dear Residents

To keep you informed, If you see tree works being undertaken on Parish Council land, Southwater Parish Council have appointed a contractor to carry out tree works over the next couple of months as a result of the recent Tree Survey that was undertaken.

Kind regards,

The Clerk to the Council.


Message from Neighbourhood Wardens - Trespassing and Swimming at The Quarry Lake

17 August 2020
To all residents and visitors please remember that this land/lake is not accessible for public use. 
In addition to the risk of cold water shock there are a number of other dangers and underwater hazards:
• The water is extremely deep - the middle of the lake depth is over 20m.
• There is a ring of barbed wire underwater, around the perimeter of the whole lake, approximately 3.5m down.
• An abandoned digger is submerged in the water and there are also pipes which can create unpredictable vacuums.
Although it may look tempting to have a dip on a hot day, any of these factors could result in fatality, so DO NOT SWIM here. 


13 August 2020

The Skate Park in Stakers Lane has partly burn't down. PLEASE DO NOT VISIT THE AREA, it needs to be investigated and therefore is absolutely important that people do not walk or go near the area.  It is DANGEROUS and is CLOSED WITH IMMEDIATE EFFECT.  Any dog walkers in the nearby area, please keep your dogs on the lead because it is a dangerous area.

Consultation on New Planning Regulations

10 August 2020

White paper/consultation can be found at: 

Response’s can be found on page 5:

You may respond by going to the Goverment website

Alternatively you can email your response to the questions in this consultation to

If you are responding in writing, please make it clear which questions you are responding to.

Written responses should be sent to:

Planning for the Future Consultation,
Planning Directorate, 3rd Floor, Fry Building, 2 Marsham Street, London SW1P 4DF.

When you reply it would be very useful if you confirm whether you are replying as an individual or submitting an official response on behalf of an organisation and include:
• your name,
• your position (if applicable), and
• the name of organisation (if applicable).


Notice of Public Rights and Publication of Unaudited Annual Governance & Accountability Return for Accounts Year Ended 31 March 2020

30 July 2020

Owing to the impact of COVID-19 MHCLG had made amended Regulations which extended the statutory audit deadlings for 2019-20.  Hence the requirement for the public inspection period to include the first 10 working days of July was removed and the AGAR must be approved and published by 31 August 2020 at the latest or approved earlier where possible (See 'The Accounts and Audit (Coronavirus) (Amendment) Regulations 2020' for more information).

NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that the unaudited Annual Governance & Accountability Return for the year ended 31 March 2020 has been published on the council’s website and I attach the NOTICE OF PUBLIC RIGHTS


Return to Full Council Meetings - 29th July 2020

23 July 2020 (Updated 27 July 2020)

Please note there is a Full Council Meeting at 7:30pm, Wednesday, 29 July 2020.  Agenda can be found here.

How to access the Live Stream to be confirmed in next few days.

UPDATE (27 July 2020) - Live YouTube Stream - 

Reminder - Full Council Meeting Originally Scheduled tonight is Cancelled

15 July 2020

Please note that the Full Council meeting originally scheduled for tonight at 7:30pm 15 July 2020 is cancelled and it is proposed there will be a full council meeting on 29th July 2020 via live stream and Zoom.  More information will be released nearer the time.


Temporary Closure of Downs Link - Advanced Warning

10 July 2020

Downs Link Temporary Closudre between Stakers Lane and Bar Lane.  Closed between Monday 20th July till Saturday 25th July 2020.  No alternative route available.  Dragons Estate are carrying out urgent tree works due to Ash Dieback. They have apologised for any inconvenience this may have caused.  01342 410122.  SEE HERE for more information.

Improvement scheme ahead for busy A24 Robin Hood roundabout in Horsham

8 July 2020
• WSCC-A24 Robin Hood roundabout improvements scheme illustration.pdf WSCC-A24 Robin Hood roundabout improvements scheme illustration.pdf

Designs are being finalised for major improvements to the A24 Robin Hood roundabout aimed at reducing traffic congestion at this busy junction.
Road widening will improve traffic capacity to allow for the increased traffic generated by local developments over the last decade. A new traffic-light system will help manage flows in peak and off-peak periods and there will also be improvements for both pedestrians and cyclists.
The scheme will:
• Widen the A24 southbound from two lanes to four lanes;
• Widen the A24 northbound from two lanes to three lanes;
• Widen the exit from Warnham Road on to the roundabout;
• Introduce traffic-light control on the A24 approaches to the roundabout and on the Warnham Road;
• Introduce a signalised “Toucan” crossing across the Northbound exit of the A24 (towards A24 Great Daux);
• Improve the footway and cycleway connection from Warnham Road to Robin Hood Lane and the Public Right of Way.
There are likely to be two stages of work, site clearance and utility diversion works in the autumn / winter of 2020/2021 and main construction starting in mid-spring of 2021.
More information is available on the county council’s web page. Just before the main construction starts, residents and businesses will be able to find details on the web page about how to sign up to weekly email updates from the appointed contractor.
Funding for the scheme is coming from planning contributions from local development and the county council’s overall project delivery budget is approximately £3.7million.


Southwater and District Councillor Surgery (via Zoom) - Saturday, 11 July 2020

7 July 2020

Southwater Councillors Surgery is available this coming Saturday 11:00am, 11 July 2020 virtually.  Please follow the link to access the meeting with Councillors (password if required is: Southwater):
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Public Notice - Temporary Traffic Regulation Order - Road Closure Pollards Way (A24), Southwater - Start date : 23.07.2020

6 July 2020

For more information please see this document.


Proposed Full Council Meeting Date – Live Stream

3 July 2020

The Council is planning to have its first live streamed Council meeting with Councillors attending remotely and with some Councillors (only) attending the Chamber in person whilst adhering to social distancing measures and safe working protocol (i.e. all those attending in the Chamber will adhere to the 2 metres apart safety guidance and the room well ventilated with PPE available to all attendees). 
The proposed time and date of the first live remote Full Council Meeting is planned to be at 7:30pm on Wednesday, 29th July 2020; the Agenda will be issued 3 clear days prior to that date. The public will be invited to ask questions on a limited basis with an invite to speak and participate at the meeting limited to 3 persons (first come first serve, the Clerk must be contacted in advance).  Time limits will be as per current Standing Orders.  The public that have been selected to speak will be able to ask one question and one ancillary question only that must relate to a specific Agenda item.  A live stream of the meeting will be available to all of the public and more information on the above and on how to access the meeting will be issued nearer the time.

Dawn Spouge

Clerk to the Council


Reopening of Play Areas operated by SPC

1 July 2020

Following the Government’s advice, we are delighted to be re-opening playgrounds, from Monday 6th July.  
All of our playgrounds have been inspected.  However, we cannot clean all of our playgrounds once they are back in use to ensure that they are free of COVID-19 and so will be asking parents and carers to take reasonable precautions.  
Therefore please be aware the play area facilities would have been safety inspected but cannot be sanitised.  Please take all reasonable precautions to ensure you and your family’s safety.  The 2m social distancing rule remains in place – please be respectful of other people.  If you or any of your party are showing symptoms of coronavirus (COVID-19) DO NOT enter the play area. Return home and seek medical assistance. 
Equipment which can accommodate multiple children e.g. climbing frames or a basket swing should be used by one family unit at a time.  If a piece of equipment or the playground is busy please wait patiently or come back later.  
Adults (and your children) are reminded to ensure good hygiene by providing regular hand sanitation, especially on leaving the playground. Please hand sanitise before and after and wash hands as soon as you can.
Please avoid drinking or eating in the playground.  Please place your litter in a bin, or take it home with you.


Select and Collect Service coming to West Sussex Libraries

1 July 2020

Libraries in West Sussex are introducing a phased reintroduction of services from Monday 6 July, starting with a ‘Select and Collect’ service.
The service will allow residents to collect books from a specified entrance/exit door (please check with your Library) of all 36 West Sussex County Council owned libraries without the need to enter the building.
People will be able to reserve specific titles in the usual way online or by phoning their local library. In addition, people who may not know exactly what they want to borrow, will be able to ask for a more general selection of books chosen by a member of the West Sussex Library team.  
Customers can complete a short online form or phone their local library giving them some basic information so that appropriate books can be selected.
People will also be able to pick up existing reservations made before Monday 23 March.
When items are available, the library service will let customers know and arrange a time for the items to be collected.
Duncan Crow, Cabinet Member for Fire and Rescue and Communities, said: “Throughout the coronavirus pandemic, the West Sussex Library Service has done their utmost to make sure that they offer all library users an alternative service to tide them over until lockdown restrictions were eased. 
“Now, they are taking their first step back to a ‘new normal’ by offering this fantastic ‘Select and Collect’ service. We hope that this will get our regular library users comfortable with heading back into their local library when they re-open fully at a later date. It will also allow library users to see some of their regular library staff and have a chat or talk through any worries or concerns they may have about using the libraries at this current time. 
“Whatever you plan to do, the staff at all of our libraries are looking forward to welcoming you back.”
Browsing inside the library is not yet available and all libraries will be operating with reduced hours for the foreseeable future.
Once the ‘Select and Collect’ service has been trialled, the next priority is to restore customer access to IT whilst still enabling staff to work safely.
For anyone who cannot visit the library and would like to borrow a selection of stock or request specific items, the Essential Delivery Service, which was set up when libraries closed towards the end of March, will still be available.
There are currently no overdue charges for outstanding items, so please do not worry if you are unable to return your books at this stage.
To take advantage of the ‘Select and Collect’ service, visit and fill out the short online form.
For further information please contact the news desk on 0330 222 8090 or email 


Temporary Closure Notice - Public Footpath No. 1664 (part)

12 June 2020

Southwater – Public Footpaths No. 1664 (part) – Temporary Closure Notice

I attach, for your information, a copy of a Temporary Closure Notice in respect of the above route. The closure is required to ensure public safety while tree surgery works are undertaken. 

The path will be closed for 2 days from the 16th June 2019.


Scam Alert - Update from Neighbourhood Warden (Dominic Woodhead)

12 June 2020

“I wanted to report a potential scam that is underway at the moment (in Storrington in particular). A man is going into business premises saying he is working with the NHS and Horsham District Council. He tries to hard sell a monthly subscription for hand sanitiser for £50 per month and has the direct debit form with him which he pushes hard on the business to sign up to there and then.”

I have been advised that no such agreement has been made with any company and HDC and therefore this person is attempting to secure a contract fraudulently. At this stage I do not know whether he will actually deliver any product or whether it is merely a method by which he can secure payments. In any event, could you please consider ways of getting this message out to businesses via all channels as it is said that his attire and demeanour were quite convincing and some companies may well be drawn in.


Southwater Councillors Surgery - Saturday, 6 June 2020

2 June 2020

Southwater Councillors Surgery is available this Saturday 11:00am, 6 June 2020 virtually.  Please follow the link to access the meeting with Councillors (password if required is: Southwater): 


Consultation on the change of status for The Forest School, Horsham and St Andrews CE High School for Boys, Worthing to co-educational schools - West Sussex Update

2 June 2020

Please be advised that the Statutory Consultation on the schools named above has gone live (1 June).
Both consultations will run for a total of four weeks until 29 June 2020.
They can be accessed via the following links.

If you require any further information please contact the school organisation team via email and a member of the team will come back to you.

Household Waste Recycling to Accept More Items from 1st June 2020

27 May 2020

Residents will be able to dispose of the following items at all sites in West Sussex:

• garden waste
• general household waste
• wood
• cardboard
• electrical items
• bulky items
• white goods
• furniture.

Vans and pickup trucks with a permit can now enter sites. Trailers are still not allowed at this time, to help ensure social distancing and to limit queues.

For more information please visit: 


Anti Social Behaviour / Vandalism to MUGA (at The Ghyll Leisure Centre)

21 May 2020

I am sad to report that since locking the MUGA again with very robust locks provided by our locksmith, they have been hacksawed off (including part of the gate). The MUGA was again full of alcohol and litter. These crimes have been all reported to the Police.  5 locks have now been cut off and an attempt to cut through the outer wire of the MUGA as well as other internal damage.  Whomever is causing this is intent on repeating the crime.  Therefore we have now had to leave the gates open.  It is a persons own responsibility to stay safe and adhere to the guidelines, crowds are being policed and our Wardens are also patrolling and looking out, ready to advise on any unsafe gatherings. 

Kind Regards, The Clerk to the Council.


Governance Committee agrees way forward on council meetings until July 2020 - WSCC

21 May 2020

A decision on which council meetings will take place between now and the end of July has been taken by West Sussex County Council.
The decision by the Governance Committee at its meeting on Wednesday 20 May, will allow for a focus on priority and essential business whilst in the midst of the coronavirus pandemic.
Cabinet meetings will continue to be held monthly for collective decision making as well as for updates on and the impact of Covid-19 and the Council’s response.
Scrutiny Committees will continue to meet to consider proposals that the Cabinet is expected to consider.
The Council’s Audit Committee will also still meet as planned as will the Full Council meeting on 17 July and the agenda for this Council meeting will be settled towards the end of June.
Some other meetings will be cancelled or postponed, particularly where there is no urgent or time critical matters to be dealt with.
The current plans will run to the end of July 2020.
All County Local Committee (CLC) meetings have been cancelled up to the end of July.
Community Initiative Fund (local small grants) and Traffic Regulation Order (small road schemes) decisions, which are currently taken at CLCs, will still be considered by the members of the committee informally and completed without the need for a meeting.
Janet Duncton, Chairman of the Council and Governance Committee, said: “At such a difficult time, it is really important that the democratic process remains in place as much as is practicable. But we also need to be able to prioritise matters which will have an immediate impact on residents across the county.
“We will keep arrangements for our meetings under review as we move towards the next phase of the public health emergency.”
Meetings still scheduled to take place will be audiocast at It is hoped to have meetings videocast in the coming month.
Residents can check what meetings are still taking place by visiting


Supporting Schools to Safely Begin Reopening - WSCC

20 May 2020

The County Council is continuing to work closely with West Sussex schools to support a phased return of pupils in a safe and managed way.
Detailed discussions have been held with school and academy representatives and unions to consider the government’s position that schools should begin to reopen from next month.
The council’s aim is for the phased return to start from 1 June , in line with national guidance. Schools are showing support for this approach.
Schools’ individual risk assessments are identifying how they can best manage this and maintain the safety of their pupils and staff. Priority places will continue to be given to children who are vulnerable, those with Education Health and Care Plans and the children of key workers across all year groups. The council is also asking schools to prioritise disadvantaged pupils and those who have limited access to online resources in both primary and secondary schools.
It means that the way schools will manage the return of different year groups will vary across the county and may mean that not all of the specified year groups will go back to school at the same time.
Nigel Jupp, Cabinet Member for Education and Skills, said: “I would like to thank all of the teachers and school staff across West Sussex who continue to work tirelessly for their pupils. I am also extremely grateful to the children, parents and carers who have adapted so well in very difficult circumstances.
“We are supporting schools to plan for a phased reopening in a safe and managed way for all pupils and staff.
“Throughout the lockdown, our education team has worked together with headteachers, governors and unions. The number of children, including those who are vulnerable, attending school during this period has been above the national average. Everyone involved in education in West Sussex wants what’s best for our children – to keep them safe and keep them learning.”


Update from Neighbourhood Wardens

14 May 2020

Naturally, we have ramped up our high-visibility patrols around the parish not only providing a visible deterrent but possibly more importantly, offering reassurance to residents. 
Where possible, we have responded promptly to reports of breaches of the COVID-19 regulations and have provided guidance and advice to a number of people in the village. 
With the waste recycling centres only now coming back on-stream, we have seen an incidents of fly-tipping.  As more people than ever are out and about and many waste bins have been removed or covered, there is an increase in litter and dog waste so we have increased our litter picking whilst on patrol to support our colleagues.
In relation to drugs litter, which has recently been the subject of scrutiny I can report 10 separate incidents involving 16 items of litter in 8 individual locations (drugs litter found in the same on repeat occasions – potential hotspot identification)
We will, as expected, produce our monthly report in a few weeks but with the national picture constantly evolving and local issues in sharp focus, it was felt that an interim report of our activities would be beneficial so I hope this helps.



The Annual Meeting of the Parish Council 

14 May 2020

The Annual Meeting of the Parish Council, originally scheduled for Wednesday, 27th May 2020 has been cancelled. Any further scheduled date to be advised.


The Ghyll - Design Logo Competition from Prospective Trustees of Charity (CIO)

11 May 2020


Southwater War Memorial - VE DAY Friday, 8th May 2020

8 May 2020


Update from the Southwater Community Partnership - VE DAY Friday, 8th May 2020

7 May 2020

Please also see these documents:

VE Day Tribute

The Nations Toast To The Heroes


Safe Space for victims relaunched in ‘lockdown’

7 May 2020
‘Safe Space Sussex’ is an online directory of local victim services, created by Police & Crime Commissioner Katy Bourne. In response to the ‘lockdown’ and concerns raised around crimes like Domestic Abuse, this site has been upgraded and advice has been shared on social media (@SussexPCC) to help victims covertly reach out for help whilst stuck in isolation – search #SafeSpaceSussex.
With the entire country in lockdown, many services have expressed their concerns about victims of crime not feeling able to safely reach out for help.  They have seen a decrease in engagement from victims with reports of crimes (like domestic abuse) made to Sussex Police, reducing by around 4%.
It’s vital that residents are aware of the support that is still available if they need it. Safe Space Sussex has been equipped with a new search tool so that within 10 seconds, victims of any crime can find the service they need. It also has a ‘leave site now’ button that users can press to quickly exit the site.
Tailored guidance has been shared across social media community groups on how victims can access the new website covertly, using incognito tabs, as they may be living with their perpetrators during ‘lockdown’ and their search history may be monitored as a result.
Victims can also covertly let Sussex Police know they are in danger. The '55' technology is in place for those too scared to speak, to alert a call handler to the fact they need help by pressing 55 on their mobile phone once they've dialled 999.
There is still help and support available for all victims of crime during the Covid crisis.
If you find yourself in an emergency where you think you or others may be in immediate danger dial 999. Sussex Police are always there for you when you need them. Don’t suffer in silence.
If you would prefer not to contact the police you can report a crime anonymously via Crimestoppers online: or by calling: 0800 555 111 has all the information on support services who can help any victim of crime across Sussex.


County Council confirms how and when Household Waste Recycling Sites will reopen

6 May 2020

Household Waste Recycling Sites (HWRSs) across West Sussex will reopen from Monday 11th May, the County Council has confirmed.
Final preparations to reopen the sites are being completed this week, taking into account the latest government advice, which was issued today (Tuesday).
If you are thinking of taking a trip to one of the HWRSs there are several things you need to consider.
Before planning your journey you should:
• Consider whether your journey is essential. You should only visit a HWRSs if your waste or recycling is not suitable to be picked up in your kerbside collection and presents a risk of injury or harm to health. If it doesn’t, please safely store your items at home for now or make other legal arrangements for it to be removed.
• Note emergency laws on essential travel still apply and these essential reasons provide the only “reasonable excuse” for travel – the fact that sites are open does not.   
• Check our opening hours. Sites will be running their usual summer opening days and hours. (Please note our Shoreham site is closed on Mondays. Other sites may close on other days.) Please check when your local site is open at before leaving home.
• Consider whether you need to come straight away Sites may be busy in the first few days and at weekends, if you can wait a little longer it may mean a shorter waiting time.
Before visiting a site please note:
• Only garden waste and residual waste will be accepted. Garden waste means green waste such as grass cuttings and hedge trimmings. Residual waste is other waste that presents a risk of injury or harm to health and will be landfilled. We hope to be able to accept other items soon. Please continue to use your household collections for recycling and general waste.
• Only cars will be allowed on site. Trailers and large vehicles such as vans and pickups will not be allowed access at this time.
Once at the sites there will be certain measures in place for the safety of visitors and staff:
• The number of vehicles accessing the sites will be restricted. Visitors should prepare for delays at sites and should delay their visit to avoid the first couple of weeks if possible.
• Social distancing barriers will be in place. Visitors will be directed into enclosed bays to dispose of their waste.
• Only one person will be allowed to get out of a vehicle. Please travel to the sites alone if possible. If other people travel to the site with you, they must remain in the vehicle.
• Site staff will not be able to help unload your waste and recycling. Please do not bring anything that you cannot safely remove from your car on your own.
• Abuse or aggression to site staff will not be tolerated and could result in sites being closed again.
Deborah Urquhart, West Sussex County Council Cabinet Member for Environment, said: “The health and protection of residents and our staff is our absolute priority. We know the closure of our recycling sites has been inconvenient for many and we know there will be a lot of people who will now want to visit the sites as soon as they reopen.
“However, I would ask people to consider whether their journey is absolutely essential. If you can store your waste and recycling without risking injury, health, or harm, then please do so.
“We are expecting the sites to be busy when they reopen and social distancing measures will mean fewer cars can access the site at any one time, so users should plan for significant delays and long queues, which could affect the road network.
“In order to maintain social distancing and keep everyone safe we have had to restrict the service we can offer and therefore the types of waste we can accept. We hope to be able to expand this in the coming weeks and we thank everyone for their patience.”


Southwater Neighbourhood Wardens Update

1 May 2020

Both Dominic and Jacquie are now both based back in the community of Southwater. 

Their contact details are;

Dominic Woodhead - 07789 943193

Jacquie Cave - 07789 943156



Councillor Surgery – Virtual Zoom Meeting

29 April 2020

Saturday 2nd May – 11am
If you would like to participate, please use the link and password below.
Billy Greening is inviting you to a scheduled Zoom meeting.
Join Zoom Meeting
Meeting ID: 833 4156 0460
Password: Southwater

Callout to West Sussex Businesses for PPE

29 April 2020

[News Release from WSCC]

West Sussex businesses are being asked if they can supply or donate any personal protective equipment (PPE) to help protect frontline workers who are delivering essential services to residents during the coronavirus outbreak.
West Sussex County Council Cabinet Member for Adults and Health, Amanda Jupp, said: “I’d like to say a huge thank you to all those businesses who have already come forward to donate or supply PPE for frontline staff in West Sussex during the COVID-19 crisis.
“As businesses will be aware, there is nationally an acute shortage of PPE across all services that support the public. Our council is urgently looking to increase its supplies of PPE for frontline staff which includes social workers, care home workers, community hub delivery drivers and Fire and Rescue Service workers.
“Whilst we are receiving PPE supplies, the current situation means we need to continually increase supplies coming in - obviously there is great demand across the county for equipment, with the NHS understandably being prioritised.
“We would really like to talk to any business in West Sussex that has or is producing PPE that could be donated to or purchased by the County Council.”
Examples of PPE needed are:
• Hand sanitiser gel (greater than 60% alcohol)
• Hand sanitiser gel dispensers
• Disposable shoes, overalls and plastic aprons (single use) - CE marked
• Eye protection EN166:2001 Frame Marking 3
• Disposable gloves (single use) EN:374/5 (Viral protection)/nitrile purple/ nitrile blue
• Fluid repellent surgical mask (single use) Type 11R medical use
The Sussex Resilience Forum (SRF), which brings together public service agencies in responding to COVID-19, has a full list of PPE required on its website: In addition to the items on the SRF list, there is an urgent need for sanitiser gel dispenser bottles (ideally not larger than 1 ltr and flip lid or hand pump preferred).
All PPE items need to conform to the correct safety standards - detailed specifications are available on the website.
If your business may be able to help in any way, please email and the council will get in touch with you.


Coronavirus (COVID-19) - Fraud and Cyber Crime

28 April 2020

Measures announced over recent weeks to deal with coronavirus (COVID-19) have seen our day-to-day life drastically changed – we are spending more time at home and online. Unfortunately, criminals will use every opportunity they can to scam innocent people and their businesses.

This guidance explains simple steps you can take to protect yourself and your business against fraud and cyber crime and where to get help.

Coronavirus (COVID-19): advice on how to protect yourself and your business from fraud and cyber crime


Annual Parish Meeting - Cancelled

23 April 2020

The Annual Parish Meeting that was scheduled for Wednesday 29th April at 7.30pm and hosted by the Parish Council (It is not a Council meeting), is cancelled.  Any groups that usual report at this meeting, please send your reports to by Tuesday 28th April.  These can then be circulated to all other groups that attend and put on the Parish Council website for residents to note.


F&GP Meeting of 15th April 2020

15th April 2020

A reminder to note that tonight's F&GP Committee meeting is cancelled due to government guidance with regard to COVID-19 and as agreed at Full Council Meeting of 18th March 2020. 


Southwater Neighbourhood Wardens Update

11th April 2020

Both Dominic and Jacquie are having to self isolate due to medical reasons following government guidelines. They are still working and able to respond to phone calls and email as usual to give advice and support. In addition to their usual role they are supporting a team that is contacting over 2500 vulnerable families across our district including Southwater. 

Their contact details are;

Dominic Woodhead - 07789 943193

Jacquie Cave - 07789 943156



Contact details for each warden scheme can be found at

For more information:


Public Notice - Temporary Traffic Regulation Order - Old House Lane, Southwater 29/04/20

9th April 2020

NOTICE IS hereby given that in pursuance of the provisions of Section 14(2) of the Road Traffic Regulation Act, 1984, as amended, the use of (and parking on) Old House Lane, Southwater from junction with Dragons Green Road to junction with Lackenhurst Lane is temporarily prohibited from 29/04/20.
The restriction will be in place off peak only between 09.30 – 15.00.

Notice from West Sussex County Council


Southwater Neighbour Network

9th April 2020

For more information about how to access help and what is available locally.
Southwater Neighbour Network - SNN does have an established infrastructure including a recently redesigned website which is easy to use giving clear information about how to access help and important information like shops, pubs, etc who deliver,  payments over the phone (which has been reported as a particular issue). The SNN website also has a contact form which could be used as another way of requesting help.  For information please see attached the link to the SNN website


Planning Committee Meeting of 1st April 2020

1st April 2020

A reminder to note that tonight's Planning Committee meeting is cancelled due to government guidance and as agreed at Full Council Meeting of 18th March 2020.


Voucher Scheme Launches for School Providing Lunches

31st March 2020

Weekly shopping vouchers worth £15 to spend at supermarkets while schools are closed due to coronavirus are to be made available by the government. Please follow this link for more information.


Help to Residents during Coronavirus Restrictive Measures

30th March 2020

Dear Residents, if there are any individuals or groups that require help during these times of restrictive measures, please do contact the Parish Office to enable us, if possible, to put you in contact with groups offering assistance.

Email -

Phone - 01403 733202



30th March 2020

On Monday 23 March the Government issued new guidance on how much time we are to spend outside and where we are allowed to visit.

All Allotment holders are reminded to please follow the social distancing guidance when at their allotment. When using communal gates, padlocks, tools and taps, please make sure you wear gloves at all times and clean your hands as soon as you can.  Visiting the site constitutes your daily exercise set out by the government.

For further advice, please visit the National Allotment Society website. 

On the website mentioned above it specifically says ( amongst other guidance ) DO NOT gather for a chat.

Please do continue to do your bit in keeping yourselves and others safe and well.


Home Fire Safety Warning After Recent Fire - West Sussex Fire and Rescue

30th March 2020

Firefighters in West Sussex are reminding residents to take extra care with candles following a fire in a teenager’s bedroom on Tuesday. Two crews from Burgess Hill and Haywards Heath were mobilised to a property on West Street, Burgess Hill, at 12.52pm after candles on the teenager’s bedroom window set fire to the curtains. Upon arrival at the house, crews found the fire had already been extinguished by an adult living at the property, but crews offered some safety advice to the household and helped ventilate the property. Ed Swain, Crew Manager at Burgess Hill Fire Station, said: “Luckily there was an adult in the property at the time when the fire broke out and he managed to deal with the fire himself upon hearing the smoke alarms actuating.
“With the latest advice from the government to help curb the spread of Covid-19, people should be staying at home and observing social distancing guidance.
“We would like to take this opportunity to remind people of the dangers associated with naked flames and candles and the importance of keeping them away from flammable materials. They should only be used in a proper candle holder, and they should be extinguished before you leave the room or go to sleep. Candles should never be left unattended.
“By following these simple steps you can enjoy having a candle lit, without putting the household at risk of fire.
“In this instance, it didn’t take much for the curtains to catch fire, and this had the potential to become a much more serious incident. There was a fair bit of heat damage to the curtains and the teenager’s bed, as well as smoke damage to the rest of the room.
“Fortunately this house also had a working smoke alarm fitted, which gave the family an early warning that something was wrong.”
West Sussex Fire & Rescue Service (WSFRS) have issued some home fire safety tips with more people working and being in the home due to coronavirus (Covid-19).
Advice includes:
Smoke alarms should be on every level of the home. Check they’re working regularly.
Avoid smoking in comfortable furniture or beds #DontSnoozeAndSmoke

For more information on home fire safety visit:…/west-suss…/home-fire-safety/


Closure of Downs Link for Improvement Works

30th March 2020

EAFRD funded Downs Link surface upgrade - phase 2. Closure of Downs Link and West Grinstead car park. The Downs Link surface has been upgraded in Rudgwick, Slinfold and Henfield parishes. Work begins in West Grinstead parish in mid April 2020. It is expected to take 3 months to complete. The work will make it easier for walkers, horse riders and cyclists to use the route all year round and is being funded by the European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development.

West Grinstead old station public car park will be closed from 30th March in preparation of the resurfacing works.

The contractors are working to current COVID19 Government Guidelines. For updates please visit…/walking-horse-r…/downs-link/#

A 37 mile (59km) shared route linking the North Downs Way with the South Downs Way.

Downs Link - West Sussex County Council


Free on-street Parking for Social Care and NHS workers during Coronavirus Outbreak

27th March 2020

Social care and NHS workers can now park free-of-charge in West Sussex County Council on-street spaces during the coronavirus outbreak.
It follows a central Government announcement that local councils in England should provide free parking in on-street parking bays and council-owned car parks for both groups of key workers.
Roger Elkins, Cabinet Member for Highways and Infrastructure, said: “Social care and NHS workers are doing a vital job, supporting the most vulnerable in our community during the coronavirus outbreak. It is only right to take away the worry of time restriction and cost as these two groups of key workers try to park safely, as close to their workplace as possible.”
Social care and NHS workers will be encouraged to display supporting evidence in their windscreens, such as photocopies of their work pass with sensitive information removed, or a letter of evidence from their employer.
Local councils are also being encouraged to waive any fines incurred by health and social care staff while carrying out their duties in recent days. The staff are encouraged to appeal any fines, with supporting evidence of their work.
Note to editors:
The Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, Robert Jenrick, has announced that local councils in England are to provide free car parking for NHS staff and social care workers during the coronavirus outbreak.


Message from HDC on Community and Coronvirus

26th March 2020

Please be advised that in response to the current Coronavirus situation Horsham District Council’s Community Development and Community Link teams, supported by various community partners, are in the process of developing a number of Community Volunteer Hubs across Horsham District.
The teams are registering requests for help from vulnerable residents and matching up these requests with registered volunteers who can provide support. The Hubs are being activated at different stages as they become available.
Please see below a page of information which has been set up on the HDC website giving the details people need to know and encouraging people to volunteer.
We will share further details and provide updates on the Hubs and their progress and any changes, as soon as we are able.
For more information please see the link:


A Thank You to NHS Volunteers

26th March 2020

The Parish Council wishes to thank all the volunteer responders for the time they are giving in this emergency period.  Your commitment is commendable and you have the gratitude of the public.


From the Chairman of Southwater Parish Council - Freedom of Information Requests and General Advice - members of the Public.

26th March 2020

You will be aware that the Parish Council Offices are open and employees are there to run the general business of the Parish. Freedom of Information requests along with certain complaints will be saved to file during this Emergency Period and will be answered at some time in the future, once we are out of this current situation.
As this could be some months away, please refrain from raising numerous repeated or vexatious
requests. You have the ability to complain to the ICO for a response taking longer than 20 working days, please assume that you will need to do this should you not feel that you can wait longer for a reply in these current times.


From the Chairman of Southwater Parish Council - To all Parents - Coronavirus

26th March 2020
We have had many reports since Monday of Children and young adults congregating around the Play Parks and Skate parks within Southwater.
The Police have been inundated with calls in relation to reports of gatherings of more than 2 people and refraining from calling them to report this would enable them to carry out their usual Policing and additional monitoring of these situations in current times. 
You will be aware from the News report that the Covid-19 virus does not differentiate, between young and old, no-one has an inbuilt immunity, the advice is keep at least 2 metres apart and do not go around in groups.
The virus can survive on hard surfaces for days, and can be transmitted easily. Please advise your unsupervised children to avoid these dangers at all costs.


Council Meeting Agendas - Placement on Noticeboards

25th March 2020

During these current difficult and unprecedented times, Agenda's of proposed meetings will only be placed on the following noticeboards in Southwater.

Notice board outside Beeson House
Notice board outside the Doctors Surgery

Important Notice - Play Areas, Skate Parks and Multi-use Games Areas

25th March 2020

It has been brought to our attention that despite the current Government Legislation to NOT USE Play Areas, Skate-Parks, Multi-user Games Areas and other leisure facilites, but people are still congregating in these areas. These areas are closed in accordance with the current government legalisation.  PLEASE NOTE that our facilities are  CLOSED UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE.  Signs have placed at all the areas to ensure all are aware. Notices have been placed on this site and Facebook. Please act responsibly and adhere to the current government legislation for the protection of yourselves and all others.


Update from GOV.UK on Coronavirus (COVID-19)

25th March 2020

Click here


All Play Areas, Skate Parks and MUGAs are closed

24th March 2020

All Southwater Parish Council Play areas, Skate Parks are closed. MUGA's are locked up. Notices have been put up. Please do not use these facilities to help keep you safe and in contact contagion, protecting others as well.
Please also note HDC have sent this notice yesterday of all their facilities being closed:
Southwater Country Park
• We are closing all four car parks to dissuade people from travelling here and just keeping it for locals.
• Closing the public toilets and café.
• Closing and possibly fencing off dinosaur island play area
• Closing the watersports
• Lock all small public bins (the emptying of these is a health and safety risk to our staff)
• Potentially putting heras fencing up or crowd barriers at the main entrances.
• Additional signage throughout the site.
Warnham Nature Reserve
• We are closing the site including the car park
Horsham Park
• Closing the play area
• Close the skate park
• Close the two outdoor gym pods
• Close the café
• Close tennis courts
• Lock all small public bins
• Keep car parks open
Leechpool and Owlbeech
• Close car parks
Play areas
• Close all play areas

• The Needles Play Area (Blackbridge Lane, Forest, Horsham)
• Roffey Rec Play Area (Leith View Road, Roffey, Horsham)
• Victory Rec (Victory Road, Trafalgar, Horsham)
• Pondtail Rec (Amundsen Road, Horsham)
• Bartholomew Way
• Beech Glade and Beech Road Play Area
• Bennetts Field Play Area (Brighton Road)
• Blackhorse Way (nr Sainsbury’s)
• Groombridge Way
• Highwood
• Bluebell Close
• Littlehaven Lane
• Manor Fields
• Woodstock Close
• South Holmes
• Brooklands Way
• Cedar Drive
• Forge Way
• Ostlers View
• Meadowside
Open access ball courts
• Close at Bennetts Field, Woodstock Close, The Needles


Contacting the Parish Office

24th March 2020

Note to all Residents, should you wish to contact the Parish Office for any reason, please do continue to either telephone on 01403 733202 or email -


PRoW Update from West Sussex County Council

24th March 2020

Following the Government’s guidance, the County Council has suspended it’s 15 month public rights of way (PRoW) inspection and maintenance programme. Reported issues will still be reviewed and prioritised and the Council will only take action where required to ensure public safety on the network. Other issues will be logged to be dealt with in the future when normal working practices are resumed.

PRoW problems reports can still be sent through the usual channels:
- Email (this is generally preferred to contacting Access Rangers directly as they are extremely busy at this time)
- Online via

May we take this opportunity to remind people to follow social distancing guidelines and keep at least two metres from people if you choose to use Public Rights of Way for your daily exercise.  Please be aware others will have touched stiles, gates etc. and you should wash your hands thoroughly when you get home.

FOI Requests

18th March 2020

Southwater Parish Council are currently suspending FOI request time limits due to other pressures during this unprecedented time.


Cancellation of Friday Youth Club / Closure of Leisure Centre due to COVID-19

18th March 2020

With the recent government guidelines on COVID-19 the Friday Youth Club is cancelled (Please pass this on to all those you know who attend this activity) and The Ghyll (Leisure Centre) is closed until further notice.
Sorry for any inconvenience caused


Parish Council Office

18th March 2020

Dear Residents, just to confirm, the staff will remain working in the Parish Office, you can contact the staff via email, or telephone 01403 733202 but the office is closed to public walk-ins until further notice.


Cancellation of Hires with Respect to Coronavirus (COVID-19)

17th March 2020

Dear Residents
Following latest government guidelines and in line with our stance on trying to help with prevention of contagion where possible, prevention always being better than cure; SPC have taken the decision to cancel all hires in their community buildings until further notice.  Daily advice from central government will be adhered to and discussed and any updates on future hires will be given as the current unprecedented times unfold.

Stay Well, Stay Safe.
Dawn Spouge
Clerk to the Council

Impact of Coronavirus on Council Meetings

17th March 2020

Dear Residents, in light of increasing measures being put in place to try and mitigate any risk of contagion or spread of Coronavirus to those more vulnerable in our society, SPC ask that any residents whom are unwell at all do not attend any Council meetings. Please do not be offended, but if you do attend and are coughing or seem unwell in any way, you will be asked to leave the building immediately.

Any attendees will be directed to wash their hands prior to entering the chamber, you will not be allowed entry if you do not wash your hands first.
Please also do not attend if you are over 70, or have any health problems with your Heart, Kidneys or lungs. Councillors will also not be attending meetings should they be unwell, over 70 or have similar health issues.

We do hope that you understand these sensible measures we need to put in place. Central government have stated that the majority of the population who contract Coronavirus will have little or mild symptoms. However, it is important that we all remember that even though some may have mild symptoms, they could infect someone with underlying health issues and for them, the symptoms could be life threatening.

If you have been in situations where you may have been at risk of contracting the virus, i.e. daily use of public transport etc, please also do not attend.

I am sure the people of Southwater understand the reasons behind this and by working together we can help protect the vulnerable.


Keep Well - Keep Safe

Clerk to the Council


Coronavirus Advice

16th March 2020

Please follow this link: 


Coronavirus Update - Parish Office Closed to the Public

9th March 2020

The Parish Office will be closed to all public with immediate effect and until further notice.   This decision has been taken today as a precautionary measure to help prevent the spread of the coronavirus, particularly to those more vulnerable in our society.  Should you wish to contact the Parish office staff, please do so by email or telephone.  Should you have made arrangements to collect or drop of any items, please press the buzzer from outside the main doors, top buzzer marked Parish Council.  A member of staff will be able to speak with you through the buzzer entry system to collect or leave the items in a safe area.  I do hope that you understand the reasons behind these temporary measures.  Should you have any future hires booked at any Parish Council venues, please check with the Parish Office first.
Kind Regards
Dawn Spouge
Clerk to the Parish Council


Metrobus grant £500 towards College Road Bus Stop Perch Seat

5th March 2020

The Council is delighted to announce that Metrobus have kindly awarded a one-off award and full grant of £500 to the Council for the installation of a perch seat at the bus stop on College Road opposite Gardner House.  The works order for installation of a 2 bay perch seat has been issued and will hopefully benefit users of the bus stop in the area greatly.


Horsham District Council's Local Plan 2019-2036 Public Consultation

2nd March 2020

It has come to our notice that HDC have wrongly advertised the venue for their public consultation on the draft Horsham District Local Plan 2019-2036.  It is NOT in Beeson House, but in the Lardner Hall at The Leisure and Community Centre (The Ghyll) on 4th March 4 - 8pm.


Update on the Parish Noticeboards across the Village

2nd March 2020

To maintain the provision of public notice boards across the parish, the proposal is to replace and re-site some of the boards. Below is a list of the current boards showing the plan for them. If this change affects your ability to obtain information, please visit or call the Parish Council on 01403733202 or email

Location                                           Proposed Change
Beeson House                                   None
Traffic lights/Doctor’s Surgery            None
Junior School                                     Remove
College Road                                     Remove
Tower Hill                                           Remove
Christ’s Hosp bus shelter                   None
Blakes Farm Road                             Remove
Cedar Drive/Edinburg Close              Remove

New Boards are to be installed in the following bus stops/shelters:
Cripplegate Corner
Cedar Drive/Cripplegate Lane
Southwater Street

By placing the boards in the bus shelters, avoids damage from weather and vandalism. The above changes are intended to take place later this year.

All Parish Council information is accessible from the website address on this notice.

Dawn Spouge
Clerk to the Council        

Examination of the Southwater Neighbourhood Plan

Position Statements NOW PUBLISHED


The National Lottery awards Grant to The Friday Youth Club

Southwater Parish Council has recently been awarded £10,000 by The National Lottery Community Fund towards the Friday Night Youth Club that operates at The Ghyll (formerly Southwater Leisure Centre).  This will be used towards new equipment and games, staffing costs and improvements to the facilities used by the club.  The Council is incredibly grateful and hopes this will help continue the clubs’ success at facilitating youth activities in Southwater.


Horsham District Local Plan 2019-2036 Update

10th February 2020

HDC are now undertaking a review of their 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 their website from the 17 February 2020. See below for details on where you can find out more and get involved. 

Copies of the Draft Local Plan will be available from 17 February to view at the Horsham District Council’s 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.

They 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


HDC want to hear your views on Crime and Disorder

Horsham District Council wants to hear your views on crime and disorder. If you are a resident of the Horsham District please take the time to complete a short survey here: .  If you would prefer a paper version, please email or call 01403 215173 .
The deadline is Sunday 16 February and all completed surveys will be entered into a prize draw for a £100 gift card that can be spent in local shops.
The survey is anonymous but if you would like to be entered into the prize draw, you will need to leave a name and either a phone number or email address so you can be contacted. 


Planning Comittee Meeting Rescheduled to 10th January 2020

6th January 2020

Please note that Planning Committee Meeting originally scheduled for 8th January 2020 has been rescheduled to 7.30pm Friday, 10th January 2020.  Apologies for any inconvenience this may have caused.


Horsham District Local Plan 2019-2036

2nd January 2020



Southwater Leisure Centre is looking for Trustees to the Charity

19th December 2019

The future CIO (Charitable incorporated organisation) are looking for a minimum of 3 other Trustees to join them in forming this exciting new Charity which will run Southwater Leisure and Community Centre and the Laurie Apted Building.  Trustees will need to consider the minimum term to serve as Trustee on the Charity is four years.
Can any interested persons please contact the Clerk of the Parish Council on

Infinity Gymnastics at Southwater Leisure Centre

19th December 2019

SPC are happy to announce that the Council have agreed to work with Infinity Gymnastics and their expansion of a future long term permanent use of the Main sports hall at the Leisure Centre.  This is an exciting venture for the community, SPC, the future CIO (Charitable Incorporated Organisation) and Infinity Gymnastics, in working with other community groups, some existing and others to be developed, for the benefit of Southwater now and in the future.

Infinity Gymnastics provides a safe child friendly environment, where the emphasis is on fun, fitness and friendship! Classes are available for children from 12 months up to adults and aims to develop all the participants physically and psychologically through the wonderful world of gymnastics! Infinity is looking forward to introducing gymnastics and its benefits, to the wider local community.

This is one of the first exciting steps of the proposed future changes that will enable Southwater to have a thriving Leisure and Community Centre that will benefit all age groups now and in future years. SPC will continue to engage with community groups and the wider public within Southwater to realise this future provision.


Sporting Moments (Know Dementia) at Southwater Leisure Centre

26th November 2019

SPC are happy to give an update on working with Sporting Moments-Know Dementia at Southwater Leisure Centre. As mentioned previously, SPC are very committed to working with all the groups throughout the changes that will occur at the Leisure Centre in the near future. They have continued to meet and work with this group to finding a solution going forward to enable them to stay at the Centre and Sporting Moments will be staying at the Centre going forward with only a few minor changes next year. SPC have been able to help and advise them on other important information. SPC look forward to continually helping and working with groups where possible to provide facilities for the residents of Southwater.


Leisure Centre Car Parking Closure Times

The Leisure Centre Car-Park and the LC Overflow Car-Park behind Beeson House, opening and closing times have changed in accordance with the previously notified new opening and closing times of the Leisure Centre. As from today, 4th November 2019, both Car-Parks will open at 9:00am and be closed at 9:00pm, Mon-Fri and will be opened at 9:00am - 6:00pm, Sat-Sun.  Please ensure if you have parked your Car, whilst using the centre within these times, it is removed prior to the gate being locked at 9:00pm.  Otherwise your car will have to remain within the Car-Park until it is re-opened at 9:00am the following morning. Thank you for your cooperation.

Why We Are Consulting

We are proposing the following changes to the library service and would like to seek your views on the two key proposals:

Mobile Library Service

We currently have 2 Mobile Libraries, Community Mobile 1 (CM1) based at Bognor Regis Library and Community Mobile 2 (CM2) based at Horsham Library. We have been reviewing the service for economy and usage since the last formal review in 2011 and have postponed replacing the vehicles in anticipation of a saving requirement. Unfortunately following its pre-MOT inspection in June 2019, we were advised by our transport colleagues that repairing CM1 would cost more than the vehicle was worth so reluctantly the vehicle had to be taken off the road and sold. Unfortunately we are now in a similar position with Community Mobile 2.

Since CM1 had to be withdrawn existing mobile library users have already started accessing their nearest static library. Overall use of the Mobile Library Service is in decline with a 27% drop in loans since the last review in 2011. Mobile Library customers now account for less than 1% of our total customer base, and some of those already also use a static library so for some the use of the mobile is a choice not a necessity.

What matters is that vulnerable and isolated people still get a service wherever they are.

Changes to opening hours

Evidence shows the peak times for library use are during the day generally
between 9am and 4pm, with a peak around 11 am.  In our largest libraries, which currently open until 7pm on five days a week, use between 6pm and 7pm has been declining. It is the quietest hour of the day in all libraries.

However, buildings on more than one floor require a staffing presence to maintain customer and staff safety and wellbeing, so per customer this is an expensive hour to offer. We are proposing to adjust opening hours patterns so that no library is open beyond 6pm, thus maintaining a consistent offer.

The full council proposals can be found here (please see Agenda Item 9).

Impact of the proposal

If these proposals are taken forward then the Mobile Library Service will cease from April 2020 and no library will be open beyond 6 pm. 

Have your say


Footpath leading from Nutham Lane Open Space past Easteds Barn - 08/10/2019

Dear Residents, it has been requested that the Parish Council look at lighting the area mentioned above, although not a public right of way, the Council are currently looking at improving this footpath to enable better use.  This is currently still be investigated and it has become apparent that lighting will most probably need planning consent prior to any installation, other discussions with the correct authorities on this area are also being undertaken.  Therefore, do please bear with us whilst this is being looked at, it could take a few months to ensure that all avenues are being explored to ensure it can be done legally and within guidelines.  During this time when nights are drawing in and mornings are darker, it would be safer for all those whose usually use the path, to not use the path for their own safety.

Southwater Leisure Centre Gym

Southwater Parish Council are aware of the recent comments that have been placed on the face-book site in reference to the announcement that Southwater Parish Council have made to their Staff and Gym Members and Class tutors in regards to a Council decision to close the Gym at the Leisure Centre on October 31st 2019.

It was important, legally correct and fair that the Staff immediately affected by such a decision were informed first and on the same day if possible, all gym members and class tutors affected were also informed, prior to putting out any official statement on social media, I am sure you all understand this.

It is not a decision that the Parish Council have come to lightly, there has been many discussions and deliberations on the Leisure Centre over the last few years, whilst recognising that change needed to happen due to continued financial losses, the Parish Council explored as many other options as possible first.  In a village with a population over 12,000, it is disappointing that despite many incentives run by staff to try and attract new Gym members, membership has been falling continuously, competition from other new and existing Gyms within the area attracting many within the village to their membership and therefore at the Leisure Centre currently, the gym has 160 direct debit members who use the gym, (a limited volume of members only, attend classes and do not use the gym).  The cost of staffing the opening hours and maintenance and upkeep of the gym equipment is not sustainable against the income generated by the limited membership numbers, and contributes significantly to the increasing Leisure Centre deficit.

I am sure you can understand that it is not possible to continue to offer such a facility because of all the costs associated with running it, expenditure far exceeding any income. 

To be more specific, since the start of this financial year (2019/2020), the Leisure Centre’s expenditure has continued to exceed the revenue that it generates, resulting in an accumulation of deficits.  For the last financial year, the Council incurred losses of £148,000, with an expected £95,000 budget deficit on the Leisure Centre this year, which has resulted in an immediate requirement to reduce expenditure.

In addition, usage statistics have highlighted that there are periods where there is little use of the facilities, in particular on bank holidays and during the Christmas period, but also prior to 9:00am and after 9:00pm Monday to Friday. The extended hours of opening have created challenges with shift cover and financial analysis of revenue versus cost has indicated that opening hours should better reflect usage in order to be cost effective.

As a result of these challenges, the Council has identified an urgent need to review the way in which the leisure centre is run, with a view to achieving the required cost savings needed if it is to continue to offer a service of any kind in the future.  

Based on the business requirements, the Council have determined the need to;

  1. Cease to operate a gym in the leisure centre building, instead focussing on hiring out or licencing space in the leisure centre building on a self-serve basis, therefore requiring significantly reduced staffing from the council
  2. Reduce the opening hours during the week (Monday to Friday) from 6am to 10pm as it is currently, to 9am to 8pm
  3. Maintain the current weekend opening times of 9am to 6pm
  4. Close the centre on all Bank Holidays; all days the Parish Council Offices are closed over Christmas period (except weekends) and on New Year’s Eve, as there is limited usage on these days to warrant the cost of maintaining the facility and to reduce issues previously arising out of staffing such days.
  5. The Council is still reviewing the long term operation of the Leisure Centre as agreed at previous Parish Council meetings.

Dawn Spouge


Southwater Parish Council

Telephone – 01403 733202


Community Building - Laurie Apted Building

Southwater Parish Council are shortly due to take over a new Community building, called the Laurie Apted Building that is situated off of Church Lane, near to the new Sports Building.  The Parish Council would like to invite an expression of interest from any local community group in managing this building for community use, benefitting the community in which they live.

Once the Parish Council have taken formal handover of this building, they will be placing this information on this website and all interested parties will be considered at the following Parish Council meeting, the dates of which are published on their website.

Please register your interest by filling in the expression of interest form that can be found by using this link, this will then need to be emailed/posted/delivered by hand to the Parish Council office.