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.
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.
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
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Home Start Crawley, Horsham and Mid-Sussex is a charity that does valuable work supporting vulnerable local children and families.
Families are referred to them due to issues such as financial hardship, isolation, disability, illness, bereavement or abuse. The charity offers tailored one-to-one support from trained volunteers within the family home, working to help parents give their children the best possible start in life.
The services are free to all families; however, it costs £1,300 to provide support to one family for a year.
A number of families in Cowfold have been supported by the Charity and it would be most grateful to receive donations that will allow them to continue this important work.
Check out their website here.
From 1st October 2016, West Sussex County Council is introducing changes at the County’s 11 Household Waste Recycling Sites (HWRSs) that, it claims, will enable the Council to make critical savings while still maintaining a comprehensive service for residents.
Opening hours for all sites will be:
- 10:00am to 5:00pm 1st October – 31st March (Winter)
- 10:00am to 7:00pm 1st April – 30th September (Summer)
There will be no change to opening days at Crawley, Burgess Hill and Westhampnett and they will, therefore, remain open seven days a week.
The Hop Oast site at Horsham will be closed on Tuesdays and Wednesdays but will remain open on the other five days of the week.
Charges will be introduced for the disposal of non-household waste, including:
- car and van tyres (LGV, tractor and mobile plant tyres will no longer be accepted) and
- waste from the construction, alteration or repair of residents’ homes and gardens, such as plasterboard, breeze blocks, bricks, rubble, soil, stones, turf (grass cuttings and gardening waste remain free of charge), ceramic bathroom fittings and tiles.
The charges are:
- £4 per tyre, or part tyre
- £4 per rubble bag (no bigger than 55cm x 85cm) or per item or per 2.4m x 1.2m plasterboard sheet
Payment can only be made by Visa or Mastercard debit and credit cards; cash and cheques will not be accepted.
More information can be found here.
Future Planning Committee Meetings will be held on the second Monday of the month, following the Ordinary Meetings of the Parish Council.
The equipment in the play area on the Playing Field has been thoroughly cleaned and freshly painted in bright colours. It is not only great for our kids but also improves the image of the village to passers by!
The Parish Council wants to smarten up the bus shelter in Henfield Road by mounting panels containing photographs of the village on the walls.
So, we are on the look out for high quality images which are worthy of such a prominent position. If you have any which you think may be suitable, please contact the Parish Clerk.
We will be pleased to include your name on the photograph if it is selected for the display.