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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.


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 first newsletter:

https://mailchi.mp/b7b91cf89910/april-newsletter

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

If you missed our Plant a Mini Meadow launch project, here is a link to the poster promoting this.

Plant a Mini Wildflower Meadow Poster


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.