Boundary Commission Parliamentary Review - The commission recently published their proposals for the West Sussex Parliamentary Constituencies as part of a broader process to equalise the number of electors per sear across the United Kingdom.
Andrew Griffith MP (Arundel and South Downs) reported that 'the proposals put forward would see that the rural parish of Washington moved into a completely new constituency called Shoreham and centred on that coastal town, some 14 miles away. More generally they would see West Sussex lose its last purely rural constituency."
The MP will be proposing to restore the Washington and Storrington Ward back into the same constituency which contains Arundel and most of the other Arun Valley settlements. He urges residents to support this and register their views on the consultation before it closes on 31st July 2021. In a letter to the Parish Council, he pointed out that "there is a strong track record of proposals changing but only when the community themselves respond to the consultation."
The Parish Council will be discussing a response at its meeting of the Planning & Transport Committee on Monday 19th July 2021. Click on this link to the commission's website for details of the consultation and online form .
MP launches petition following residents' concerns about development proposals at Longbury Hill Wood (land south of Rock Road, Heath Common Ward of Washington Parish) Storrington. Click here for letter to residents from Andrew Griffith MP (Arundel and South Downs) and for correct survey link to his e-petition. (link in the letter is broken).
Note: The land at Longbury Hill Wood is not designated for development in the Joint Storrington and Sullington and Washington Neighbourhood Plan or the emerging Horsham District Council Local Plan. It is also subject to strict forestry licensing conditions to be re-stocked and maintained as woodland.
Washington Parish Council supports the policies of the Neighbourhood Pan which assessed and agreed that one site in the parish should be designated for major development: Vineyards in Old London Road. This is currently in progress and meets the parish's housing needs identified in the recently adopted Neighbourhood Plan. See Planning Page for more information and an for an update on the landowner's responsibility to re-stock the woodland site in accordance with strict Forestry Licence conditions.
Parish Councillor Vacancies
There are 2 Councillor vacancies for co-option to the Council's Washington Ward and two for the Heath Common Ward. If you would like to be considered, please email the Clerk at: clerk@Washingtonparish.org.uk or phone 07776771921 for details and an application form. Closing date for applications being considered at the next meeting on 2nd August is noon on Tuesday 27th July 2021.
Additional to the above, a further casual vacancy is created on the Washington Ward. Click here to see the notice. If no by-election is requested for this vacancy within 14 days, the Council will be free to fill it by co-option. meeting.
_____________________________________________________________ Rampion 2 formal public consultation 14th July-16th September 2021:
RWE opened a 9-week public consultation on 14th July to expand the Rampion windfarm off the South Coast. The proposed inland cable route is through the South Downs and Washington Village.
Purple line of proposed inshore cable corridor through Washington Recreation Ground (pale blue) and Allotment land (pale green/adjacent). Go https://rampion2.com/consultation/ for maps with keys to symbols
For details and link to the consultation documents, go to:
Rampion 2, the only wind farm proposal off the UK’s south coast, aims to make a significant contribution to tackle climate change and meet Government targets to quadruple offshore wind capacity by the end of the decade
The public consultation will inform final proposals which will form the basis of the Rampion 2 development consent application, to be submitted to the Government late in 2021. It is understood that if consent is awarded, construction would begin 2025/26 at the earliest for completion in 2030.
Public Meetings with Rampion:
Rampion will present their draft proposals at a live virtual public forum via Zoom on Tuesday 27th July 12:00-13:00 GMT and Monday 6th September 18:00-17:30 GMT . The presentations will be followed by a Questions and Answers session. Register here for the virtual meeting on 27th July. Register here for the virtual meeting on 6th September.
Washington Parish Council has requested a public meeting with Rampion which councillors and residents can attend, on one of the following dates: Wednesday 1st September, Thursday 2nd September or Friday 3rd September 2021. Details will be announced on this webpage shortly.
The council will be making a consultation response to the proposals to be discussed at its Full Council Meeting on Monday 6th September. Feedback from residents will help inform its decision. Please share your views with the council by contacting the Parish Clerk by email: email@example.com
Rampion 2 - Share your views with Sussex MP
Sussex MP Andrew Griffith (Arundel and South Downs) has launched a survey to hear residents' views on the proposed expansion of the Rampion off-shore windfarm with associated onshore cable corridor and a new electricity sub-station. To take part in the survey and for more information on the scheme, go to: Rampion 2/Andrew Griffith (andrewgriffithmp.com)
The MP will be submitting a full response raising concerns on behalf of those constituents who have contacted him. He also plans to hold a real or 'virtual' roundtable meeting on the subject before making his submission to the summer consultation.
Click here for Washington Parish Council's response to the Rampion 2 initial proposals at the informal consultation in February 2021.
Further update to follow on the latest Rampion 2 Onshore Community Project Liaison Group Meeting for this area (held online 21st July 2021)
Spring/Summer 2021 Newsletter
Click here for the Parish Council's Spring/Summer 2021 Newsletter
Sussex Crisis Fund Phase 3
The Sussex Community Foundation has announced its third phase in Covid-19 funding relief. Click here for details and an application form: https://sussexgiving.org.uk/sussex-crisis-fund-support-and-recovery
The fund is particularly aimed at helping people who are experiencing greater health inequalities as a result of Covid-19 and those facing acute financial difficulties as a direct result of the coronavirus pandemic.
Published 29th April 2021
Coronavirus (COVID-19) Step 2 of the roadmap out of lockdown on 12th April 2021: Click here for details
Published 12th April 2021
Chanctonbury Churches Helpline during Coronavirus (Covid-19)
To access the helpline, hardship fund, or to talk or pray with someone, please call anytime between 8am-9pm on 01903 357043
Click on the following link for the latest Government information and advice: www.gov.uk/coronavirus
Click on this link for the parish council's dedicated webpage for local information and support on coronavirus (Covid-19)
Millennial Way gets £166,000 backing from the SDNPA
The South Downs National Park Authority has awarded the Community Infrastructure Levy funding for the Millennium Footpath to join up the South Downs Way. The project has been identified as an infrasturcture need and is scheduled in the SDNPA work programme next year. Click here for more information on the SDNPA website________________________________________________________
Bin collection timetable
For a schedule of Horsham District Council recycling and general waste collection dates in the parish, please click here.