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Delays in Garden Waste Collections 
Due to large volumes of garden waste, there have been some delays in HDC collections. If your garden waste bin was not emptied on 31 March, please leave it out today Tuesday 1 April for collection. Affected areas: Storrington, Sullington, Washington, Thakeham and West Chiltington. 

Update 1 April 2020

 Practical and spiritual support from Chanctonbury Churches 
Please click here for contact details and help available from Chanctonbury Churches (Ashington, Washington and Wiston) during the Covid-19 (Coronavirus) outbreak. 

Update 1 April 2020 

 Message from West Sussex County Council Leader and links to WSCC services/support available in response to COVID-19 (Coronavirus)

 Update 1 April 2020 

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Message from Paul Marshall, Leader of West Sussex County Council to Residents

I know these are challenging, worrying and unprecedented times for everyone in West Sussex, the whole country and indeed the whole world. Our priority is to make sure we protect the vulnerable members of our community, working with colleagues across the NHS and all of our partners, to get them the support they need.

I want to thank you for doing all you can to prevent the spread of COVID-19 by staying at home and for your understanding as we stop providing some of our services, services we take so much pride in delivering under normal circumstances.

I am sure you will want to join me in thanking all of the dedicated council staff who continue to deliver services; social care staff supporting children, young people and their families; supporting our older residents and carers; and teachers who are keeping our schools open so that parents and carers can help in the fight against the virus.

We will continue to do all we can to tackle this outbreak and keep West Sussex residents safe. We can get through this together by staying apart for now.


Service updates
Some of our services have changed due to the coronavirus. Check their current status online.


Need some extra help?
Vulnerable residents can get support with our community hub. You can also volunteer to help. Find out more.


Schools and education
Find the latest guidance on keeping children at home during school closures on the GOV.UK website.

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Business support
A package of measures and financial support is now available for businesses big and small from central Government. 

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Caring for others
Guidance for social or community care and residential settings is available on the Government website.

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 Voucher scheme launches for schools providing free school meals
Weekly shopping vouchers worth £15 to spend at supermarkets while schools are closed due to coronavirus
Published 31 March 2020 

Find help or volunteer to Support Others

West Sussex County Council has launched a Community Volunteers Hub. If you need help or would like to offer your services during the Covid-19 Pandemic, please click on this link
Updated 30 March 2020

Washington Recreation Ground to remain open but Play Area and MUGA are now closed
The Play Area and MUGA (Multi-purprose Games Area) in the Washington Recreation Ground are temporarily closed with immediate effect (Tuesday 24th March).

This is to enforce the Governement's latest social distancing measures to help prevent the spread of Coronavirus (COVID-19) and people leaving home unnecessarily. 
Surfaces such as children's play area equipement present a significant risk to the spread of Coronavirus. Signs will be in place to make people aware of the closures.

Washington Recreation Ground will remain open until further notice but visitors are strongly advised to keep at least 2 metres away from eachother; no gatherings of more than 2 persons; stay at home if self-isolating or showing signs of Coronavirus symptoms. 

Closure of Household Waste Recycling Sites across West Sussex

All Household Waste Recycling Sites (HWRS) across West Sussex are now closed until further notice due to the current Covid-19 situation. Click here for details

At the present time, household recycling and waste collections will continue as normal. Click here for details for collections in the Horsham District and precautionary measures for householders.

Action Plan for Coronavirus (COVID-19)

Please click here for up to date government information on Coronavirus (COVID-19) 

Coronavirus - Community Support 
Please Click here for this message from Horsham District Council

Please Click here for the latest update from West Sussex County Council on the following:

  • Status of WSCC services 

  • Public Health Advice

  • School and education

  • Business and employers

  • Care homes, vulnerable and older people 

  • Resources

Food/Groceries delivery service - Washington, Ashington, Storrington, Findon, Thakeham & West Chiltington
Coronavirus - if you are vulnerable, self-isolating or a key worker and need groceries, click here for details of the delivery service offered  by the Village Larder', Washington (Squires Garden Centre) 

All meetings cancelled until further notice

Following government advice on the current Coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak, the Parish Council has taken the decision to cancel all meetings until further notice, including the Annual Parish Meeting (22nd May 2020), in the interests of public safety. This situation is being kept under review.

The Parish Council continues to operate during its normal office hours on Monday & Tuesday 9am-4.30pm and Thursday 9am-3.30pm.  The Clerk works from home and can be contacted on the Parish Mobile: 07776 771921 during these times or leave a message and we will get back to you.

Alternatively, please email: clerk@washingtonparish.org.uk

·       Parish Councillor Vacancies

There are vacancies for co-option on the Parish Council: 1 on the WashingtonWard and 2 on the Heath Common Ward. If you are interested in becoming a councillor, please contact the Clerk for an application form on:  0777 6771921;email: clerk@washingtonparish.org.uk. 

Please click here for details

For immediate release: 11 February 2020

Public consultation starts on the draft Horsham District Local Plan 2019-2036


Horsham District Council is currently preparing a new Local Plan which will guide future developments in the Horsham District until 2036. The public are encouraged to have their say on the draft Local Plan during the public consultation from 17 February to 30 March. 

The Government requires all local planning authorities to build a significant number of new homes in the coming years.  This will present considerable challenges for the Council. A  Horsham District Local Plan will seek to show how the District will deliver new homes while seeking to minimise the effect on the environment and landscape. The Plan will also support the delivery of community infrastructure, transport links and opportunities for local jobs.

The full Draft Local Plan is on the Council’s website from 17 February 2020 at www.horsham.gov.uk/localplanreviewCopies of the Draft Local Plan can also be viewed at the Council’s offices, Parkside, Chart Way, Horsham, RH12 1RL and in all District libraries during normal opening hours. A summary exhibition about the Draft Local Plan will also be available to view in Horsham Library between 6 and 30 March.

The Council is running a series of drop-in sessions across the District to enable residents to see a summary of the proposed options and raise any questions with the Council’s Planning team.

The drop-in sessions are detailed below:

17 February: Billingshurst Centre, Roman Way, Billingshurst, West Sussex RH14 9QW: 4 – 8pm

20 February: Ashington Scout Hall, Church Lane, Ashington, RH20 3JX: 4 – 8pm

25 February: Henfield Village Hall, Coopers Way, Henfield BN5 9DB: 4 – 8pm

29 February: Swan Walk Shopping Centre, Horsham RH12 1HQ: 10am – 4pm

3 March:       Ifield West Community Centre, 1A Dobbins Pl, Crawley RH11 0SZ: 4 – 8pm

4 March:       Beeson House, 26 Lintot Square, Southwater, Horsham RH13 9LA: 4 – 8pm.

Those who wish to receive updates, comment on the plan and give their feedback during the first consultation stage on the first complete draft of the Local Plan will need to register at www.horsham.gov.uk/localplanreview. All responses should be made on the official form and returned by 5pm on Monday 30 March 2020. 

Horsham District Council Cabinet Member for Planning and Development Cllr Claire Vickers said:

 “I am really pleased that we have now reached the stage where we can start our public consultation. The Government has instructed all local authorities to build a significantly higher number of new homes in the coming years.

“I do not underestimate the difficulty of this task, but if we are to have a new Local Plan ready for adoption in 2021 we need to work to a timetable and this consultation is part of that process.

“I urge everyone to read the consultation document and to give us your views.”


Keeping Your Home Warm This Winter
Click here for details of the Government's Warm Home Discount Scheme.More information is available at www.gov.uk/the-warm-home-discount-scheme, or by calling the Warm Home Discount team on 0800 731 0214 


Bin collection timetable
For a schedule of Horsham District Council recycling and general waste collection dates in the parish, please click here. The changes were rolled out in February 2018 to help the district recycle more.

Longbury Hill Wood
Tree felling of the Scots Pine plantation at Longbury Hill Wood, Rock Road, Storrington (Washington Parish) is completed. The harvesting will include re-planting and was approved by the Forestry Commission under felling licence to the English Woodlands Forestry, Ref: FLA019/180/17-18. 

Details of the approved planning application DC/17/2117 for a related access and loading bay area is available on the Horsham District Council Planning Portal at www.horsham.gov.uk

Heath Common Village Design Statement
The current Heath Common Village Design Statement is adopted. Please click on the following link 'Heath Common Design Statement' for further information and the adopted document.