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Welcome to the Cowfold Parish Council website

This provides information on the Council and links to related documents, as well as a summary of local facilities and village activities.

If you want to contact the Council, please call the Parish Clerk, Jan Wright, on 01403 864806 or send her an email at

The Parish Council Ordinary Meetings are generally held in the Village Hall at 7:30pm on the second Monday of every month and are followed at 9:00pm with the monthly Planning Meeting.

The next meeting is on Monday 12th April 2021 and, in view of the current Coronavirus (COVID-19) situation, will be conducted online via a Zoom video link.

Greening Cowfold –  Project Launch

Cowfold Horticultural Society Competitions

Cowfold Neighbourhood Plan

The latest version of the draft Cowfold Neighbourhood Plan (Cowfold Neighbourhood Plan – Submission Plan January 2020) is on the HDC website:

HDC published the full Regulation 16 documentation including all feedback and the Clarification Note from the Public Examiner in early March 2021.

Our response to the Examiner’s Clarification Note was sent by HDC to the Examiner on Wednesday 17 March 2021. This can be reviewed here:

The full documentation can be examined here:

An overview of the overall planning process is provided in the Cowfold Neighbourhood Plan page.

Re-opening of the Allmond Centre post COVID-19 closure

Following a detailed risk assessment by the Parish Council, it has been concluded that it is not possible or financially viable to ensure that the Community Area can be made COVID-19 Secure within the Government’s current guidelines. It will not, therefore, be possible to re-open the Area at the present time.

Also in line with Government guidelines, the Changing Rooms will remain closed.

The situation will be reviewed at the beginning of September 2020.

For further information, please contact the Parish Clerk, Jan Wright.

Grants available to businesses to alleviate the financial impact of the COVID pandemic

HDC has received a number of sums of money from central Government for grants to businesses to alleviate in part the financial issues caused by various lockdowns and shutdown measures as a result of the pandemic.

The issue in our District is that, despite a number of businesses applying for grants, it is believed that there are others that are not availing themselves of the possible grants. Some businesses may think that this help does not apply to them but it may, in one way or another.

If you are a small business that has not applied for a grant, please check out what support is still available on the Council’s website at:

Follow the Countryside Code!

Our local farmers and other rural businesses are pleased to see people out enjoying the countryside but have sometimes been negatively affected by irresponsible behaviour. Some of this is often due to a lack of awareness and the following poster is useful in explaining the basics.

Graphic with the outline of a car and an electric plug above, representing an electric car.West Sussex County Council’s Electric Vehicle Strategy 2019 to 2030

West Sussex County Council has published its electric vehicle strategy for the period from 2019 to 2030.

The vision for the County is that, when residents travel by car and small van, they choose ultra-low emission vehicles, and travel in a carbon neutral way.

To achieve this vision, WSCC has three highly ambitious aims:

  1. At least 70% of all new cars in the county to be electric by 2030.
  2. There is sufficient charging infrastructure in place to support the vehicles predicted to be reliant on public infrastructure to charge.
  3. Ensure that there is a renewable energy source for all charging points on County Council land or highway.

More details are given in the  WSCC Electric Vehicle Strategy document or are available on the WSCC website.