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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:

clerk@cowfold-pc.gov.uk


Our Next Meeting

The Parish Council Ordinary Meetings are currently 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 will be held in the Village Hall on Monday 12th July 2021.


Cowfold Village Improvements

Back in March we asked you to submit your ideas on how we can improve the Village. We had a great response and the ideas and comments can be grouped into five themes:

Take a look at some of the work going on locally which will help.


Press Release

July 14 2021

Rampion 2 wind farm expansion project opens public consultation

A nine-week public consultation on proposals for the expansion of Rampion Offshore Wind Farm, which could power over one million homes (1) in the UK and reduce carbon emissions by around 1.8 million tonnes (2) per year, opened today at Rampion2.com [14 July to 16 September].

An ‘Area of Search’ eight miles off the Sussex coast has been assessed by renewable energy producer RWE for a maximum of up to 116 turbines, the same number as the existing Rampion Wind Farm but using the latest turbine technology, so that the Rampion 2 Wind Farm could create up to three times the amount of power.  An underground cable route is proposed to carry the power under Climping Beach to Bolney Substation in Twineham, to connect to the National Grid via a new substation required close by.

“We encourage people in Sussex to visit  Rampion2.com, where you can take a tour around a virtual exhibition, explore our detailed proposals with maps and videos, sign up to attend a public forum with the project team, and complete our questionnaire,” said Chris Tomlinson, Development & Stakeholder Manager, Rampion 2, RWE.

Technical and environmental surveys and a four-week informal consultation earlier this year have helped to establish the proposed cable route, undergrounding the cables in short sections. Directional drilling would take them under Climping Beach, railways, major roads such as the A27, the River Arun, Washington Recreation Ground and other key areas, to minimise environmental impacts and disruption to local communities.

Rampion is committed to full reinstatement of the land, so that it is returned to its former state or better along the whole cable route and the successful reinstatement of the Rampion 1 cable route demonstrates this commitment. Since January, possible sites for the new substation have been reduced from three to two in the Twineham area following further development work and consultation with the local community.

Continued Chris Tomlinson, “We will consider all the consultation feedback alongside the results of technical and environmental surveys, to further refine our proposals and select construction methodologies and environmental mitigations that reduce impacts to a minimum.  We will submit our final proposals to the Planning Inspectorate for examination in early 2022.”

“Rampion 2 is the only wind farm proposal off the UK’s south coast, where much of the country’s energy demand is. Should the project achieve consent, construction could start around 2025/26 with the wind farm fully operational before the end of the decade, contributing to Government targets to secure clean, green energy supplies and tackle climate change.”

Discussions with local authorities, MPs, parish councils and experts on wildlife, environment, transport, geology, archaeology, business and fishing will continue throughout the consultation and beyond.

UK wind energy context:

The cost of offshore wind has halved in just two to three years and is now cheaper than nuclear and coal, while the industry is creating tens of thousands of jobs nationwide.  The UK leads the world in offshore wind and the Government is committed to quadrupling offshore wind capacity to 40 gigawatts (GW) by 2030. Rampion 2 can make a major contribution to this target.

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Media contact: Paula Seager, Natural PR, Email: paula@naturalpr.biz or Tel: 01273 857242

Editor’s Notes:

Rampion 2 is being developed by RWE, one of the UK’s most established and experienced renewable energy producers, RWE is one of the globally leading companies in offshore wind and a world leader in renewable energy production. It is developing the project on behalf of a joint venture company including a Macquarie-led consortium (comprising Macquarie European Infrastructure Fund 5, the Green Investment Group and the Universities Superannuation Scheme) and a subsidiary of Enbridge Inc. (a leading North American energy infrastructure company). Together with owners of the existing Rampion offshore Wind Farm they have signed an Agreement for Lease with The Crown Estate (managers of the seabed) securing an option to develop on the site.

References:

(1) based on an average annual domestic household electricity consumption of 3,618 kWh (BEIS, Dec 2019).

(2)  the calculation made using a static figure of 446g/kWh representing the energy mix in the UK (BEIS, July 2020).


Greening Cowfold

Greening Cowfold is a new initiative brought to you by Cowfold Parish Council and Cowfold Horticultural Society.

We are set up to help Cowfold become a more sustainable, biodiverse and healthy place to live. We want to work with all the organisations and businesses in Cowfold. So if you, or anyone you know, would like to plant trees, help Cowfold homes become greener or get involved in any way – we’d love your help. Please get in touch by emailing us at greeningcowfold@gmail.com.

Here is a link to our latest newsletter:

https://mailchi.mp/791dea60dd21/june-2021-newsletter

Please take a look and do forward this it to anyone else who might be interested – thank you!

In order to provide more details of our activities, we have established a separate web page which can be accessed here:

Greening Cowfold


Wild Verges

As part of the Greening Cowfold initiative between the Parish Council and the Horticultural Society, it has been proposed that for the next several years the village collaborates with West Sussex County Council to introduce an annual ‘No Mow’ policy for designated verges between March and September. These areas (see maps) will be clearly marked, not obscure any lines of sight for motorists and allow habitat regeneration with the possibility of enhanced wildflower planting from 2022.

Please complete and submit the following online form if you wish to comment on the proposal. The consultation period will end on Monday 5 July 201.

Wild Verges Feedback
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Cowfold Neighbourhood Plan

The Submission version of the Cowfold Neighbourhood Development Plan, which can be viewed at   CNP_Submission_Plan_Final_.pdf, has been submitted by Horsham District Council for independent Examination.

The Examiner’s report has now been published and can be viewed at:

https://www.horsham.gov.uk/__data/assets/pdf_file/0008/99251/Cowfold-Examiners-Report-19-April-2021.pdf

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:

CNP-Response-to-Examiner-Clarification-Note.pdf

The full documentation can be examined here:

https://www.horsham.gov.uk/planning/neighbourhood-planning/cowfold

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

The position as of May 2021 is as follows:

  • The Community Area can be hired for limited activities that allow current restrictions on social mixing to be adhered to (including social distancing); hirers are also required to comply with the COVID-19 Special Conditions of Hire, a copy of which can be provided on request. The Council hopes that the restrictions will be lifted by the Government in June 2021 but, of course, cannot make any commitments at this time.
  • In line with Government guidelines, the Changing Rooms remain closed at present but the situation will be reviewed on a regular basis.

For further information or to make a provisional booking, 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:

https://www.horsham.gov.uk/coronavirus/coronavirus-business-support-grants


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.


Public Footpaths