Residents Move into New Affordable Homes in Alley Groves

Residents are set to move into the 20 new homes In Alley Groves this week.

The affordable rented homes, built by Saxon Weald with financial support from Horsham District Council, consist of four one-bedroom flats, nine two-bedroom houses and seven threebedroom houses.

Following the completion of the development, Saxon Weald is celebrating the building of its 1,500th new home and marked the occasion by donating £500 to Cowfold Parish Council to go towards the cost of the village’s new Community and Sports Pavilion.

The cheque was presented to the Chairman of Cowfold Parish Council, Jonathan Palling, following a tour of the new development on Friday 22 September 2017.



First West Sussex Repair Café launches in Horsham

Left to right: Patricia Fitzroy, Carrie Cort, Laura Woodrow and Cliff Jackson

What do you do with a broken toaster?

Or a laptop which is on the go slow?

Or with a ripped pair of trousers?

Bin it? No, repair, remake, reuse and refresh, saving money and helping the planet.

Sussex Green Living, an environmental awareness and education community initiative, and Horsham Quakers are launching a Repair Café on 7th October in Horsham. This will be the first Repair Café in West Sussex and will take place at the Quaker Meeting House, Worthing Road, Horsham RH12 1SL, on the first Saturday of every month 10am– 12.30pm.

Volunteer repair experts and creative members of the community will be available to help make all possible repairs free of charge. Tools and materials will also be on hand. People visiting the Horsham Repair Café will bring along their broken items from home, clothes, laptops, PCs, toasters, lamps, hair dryers, and then with the assistance of a technical volunteer repairer they will learn how to mend the item.

The Horsham Repair Café will consist of a rotating theme of different repair café sessions starting with clothing repair, alterations and textile upcycling on Saturday 7th October. On 4th November laptops and computers can be brought for repairs and on 2nd December the repair café morphs into an energy café to look at how people can reduce their energy use at home and maybe switch to another energy provider to save money. Then on 3rd February the café focuses on woodwork repair and remaking. The themes repeat in 2018 with the addition of a small household goods electrical repair session on 7th April.  

Further information about the rotating repair and energy themes can be found on

Left to right: Jill Shuker, Laura Woodrow, Patricia Fitzroy, Maggie Weir Wilson, Jacinta White, Carrie Cort and Helen Whittington

airAlert (Sussex): Air Quality Early Warning Service

What is airAlert?

  • airAlert is a service, provided by the Sussex Air Quality Partnership (Sussex-air) that sends free messages direct to vulnerable people informing them about air pollution levels in their area.
  • airAlert is targeted at people with respiratory health problems who may be affected by air pollution.
  • airAlert warns people the day before or on the day that elevated air pollution is expected to occur.
  • airAlert sends a voice or text message direct to you (via your mobile or home telephone, email or via webpages or RSS on your PC)
  • People can register for free, then login for updates, changes, suspend/go on holiday or cancel the service.

Click here for more information.

Homes for Affordable Rent in Cowfold

Homes for Affordable Rent in Alley Groves, Cowfold

The following homes will be made available for Affordable Rent (80% of market value) at Alley Groves, Cowfold RH13 8BN:

  • 4 x 1 Bedroom Flats
  • 9 x 2 Bedroom Houses (4 person)
  • 7 x 3 Bedroom Houses (5 person)

The approximate expected completion date for the development is August 2017.

Registered provider

Saxon Weald, Saxon Weald House, 38-42 Worthing Road, Horsham, West Sussex, RH12 1DT

Telephone: 01403 226000


Applicants will be nominated to the rented properties from Horsham District Council’s Housing Register.

To get on the Register, applicants will need to apply on line at  Horsham District Council’s website.

Local connection criteria

This is a local connection development and, in order to have a local connection with Cowfold, applicants should:

  • Immediately before taking up occupation of an affordable housing unit had his/her only principal home in the parish of Cowfold for a continuous period of not less than two years or
  • Either they or a member of his/her household has a parent, adult child, brother or sister whose only principal home is and has been for a continuous period of not less than two years in the parish of Cowfold and s/he wishes to be near that relative or
  • Is and has been permanently employed in the parish of Cowfold for a continuous period of not less than two years
  • Where no person or insufficient persons have a connection with the parish of Cowfold as outlined above, then the following cascade will apply, Nuthurst, West Grinstead, Shermanbury, Lower Beeding, followed by the rest of the District of Horsham shall be substituted for the parish of Ashington.

Parish Council Lobbies For Action on Air Pollution

Nitrogen Dioxide – A Major Health Risk

A number of studies have shown that diesel engines produce high levels of nitrogen oxides and dioxides, together called NOx. Nitrogen dioxide (NO2) is particularly harmful – studies have shown it can cause or exacerbate a number of health conditions, such as inflammation of the lungs, which can trigger asthma and bronchitis, and increased risk of heart attacks and strokes. Recently, the number of premature deaths in the UK attributed specifically to NO2 stood at 23,500; the number of people generally affected by health problems will, of course, be much greater.

Although the UK, along with other European countries, was required to reduce NO2 levels to below a maximum annual mean concentration of 40 μgm-3, it has recently been given a “final warning” by the European Commission over its failure to address the problem of harmful levels of toxic air.

The Problem in Cowfold

Cowfold is suffering from increasingly high levels of Nitrogen Dioxide gases emitted from vehicles travelling through the village. The measurement of NOx levels at various roadside locations and subsequent results from a continuous monitoring station situated in the middle of the village (next to the village hall) show pollution levels increasing each year and in excess of both the EU and WHO maximum levels of 40 μgm-3, concentrations considered harmful to health.

The Location of Diffusion Tube Monitoring Sites in Cowfold

Reference/Location Data Capture 2009 % Annual Mean Concentration 2009 (µg/m3) Adjusted by Local Bias
Cowfold 1N – Olde House, The Street 92 49.4
Cowfold 2N – Olde House, The Street 100 49.1
Cowfold 3N – Station Road Margarets Coattages A272 92 42.5

Table: Cowfold Diffusion Tube Results 2009

The latest count shows a level of 50 μgm-3, which represents a significant increase on previous years’ figures.

The centre of Cowfold was declared an Air Quality Management Area (AQMA) by Horsham District Council on 1 December 2011. This led to the preparation of a Cowfold Air Quality Action Plan by Horsham District Council in conjunction with West Sussex County Council and the setting up of a Steering Group involving all stakeholders including a representative of the Parish Council, currently Stephen Clark.

We Need Urgent Action

Although the Action Plan includes proposals for a range of solutions, no action has yet been taken. The Parish Council is becoming increasingly frustrated at the lack of progress in the face of the mounting health risks to residents, from young children walking to school every day to the elderly, who are particularly susceptible to these higher levels of Nitrogen Dioxide.

As is apparent from the attached charts, HGVs make up only 4% of traffic through the village but they account for 37% of NOx emissions.

Estimated Annual Average Daily Traffic Flow (left) and Road Traffic NOx Emissions (right) by Vehicle Class, The Street Cowfold 2011
Vehicle categories:
Cars and LDV includes: cars taxis, light goods vehicles and vans
HDV includes: buses, coaches, minibuses and HGVs
TWMV: Two Wheels Motor Vehicles

In view of these results, the Parish Council has now written to our local MPs, Nick Herbert, and Sir Nicholas Soames, asking for their support in lobbying for the installation of signs on the A23 and the A24 (both northbound and southbound) to help keep HGVs on these major routes and deter them from taking detours/short cuts through Cowfold on the A272.

Neighbourhood Planning

The Neighbourhood Planning Team is still looking for new members to help in this important initiative.

In particular, support from someone to help look after the financial aspects of its work would be most valuable.Please contact Steve Clark on 01403 864776 or at