Mar 04

National Park Local Plan

Messsage from South Downs National Park

Following my email on 24/02/2014 I am writing with details of the National Park Local Plan Options Consultation Document and the Preliminary Draft Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL) Charging Schedule.  These two consultation documents will be out for public comment from Friday 28th February till Wednesday 30th April (23:59 hours). 

 The documents can be viewed online at: The link will take you to a screen where you will see both the local plan and the community infrastructure levy consultation documents. The webpage is quite self explanatory but there are basically three ways to comment:

 1.    You can view and comment online using our online consultation software.  PLEASE NOTE AN EMAIL WAS SENT TO ALL CLERKS ON FRIDAY 28TH FEBRUARY WITH LINKS TO THE ONLINE CONSULTATION SOFTWARE. THIS MAY APPEAR IN YOUR JUNK MAIL FILE, PLEASE CHECK, IF YOU HAVENT RECEIVED THIS LET ME KNOW AND I WILL ARRANGE FOR ANOTEHR EMAIL TO BE SENT. The link above will also take you to the same webpage where you can register by clicking register at the top of the page.

2.    You can download and read the consultation documents (local plan options and preliminary charging schedule) and make comment using our electronic comment form and email that back to us; or

3.    You can read the document and make your comments by writing to us in paper format

Once you click on either Local Plan Options Consultation or Community Infrastructure Levy you will be taken to the consultation page for that document, and will be presented with the three options above.

The SDNPA will also be running three Local Plan and CIL consultation workshops, where we will provide more background to this consultation programme and officers will also be available to answer any questions you have. At these workshops we will also be giving a simple presentation on how to use the online consultation software. There are still places left on all three workshops. You can book a place on one of the workshops below by contacting Please book places before 5pm Friday 7th March. The final agenda for each workshop will be circulated later this week.

Hampshire, 11th March 2014, East Meon Village Hall, 18.30 – 21.00

West Sussex, 12th March 2014, Leconfield Hall, Market Square, Petworth, 18.30 – 21.00

East Sussex, 21st March, Ditchling Village Hall, 12.30 – 3pm

If you are able to publish this important consultation on your parish webpage I would be very grateful. I have attached a copy of the public consultation poster which should provide all the text you require and you can use the link in this email so people can get straight to our webpage to make their comments.

Thanks again for all your support in assisting the South Downs National Park Authority in this important consultation. If you have any questions or need any assistance with providing feedback please do not hesitate to contact me.

Kind Regards


Chris Paterson

Strategy Lead – Communities

South Downs National Park Authority

Link to more details SDNPA Consultation

Feb 26

Volunteers Needed


Sussex Resilience Forum, Sussex Police, East and West Sussex Fire and Rescue services, South East Coast Ambulance, Local Authorities and other agencies are preparing an exercise to test the responding agencies to an incident in Sussex this year.  This will be a large exercise and we require a number of volunteers to help the emergency services, local authorities and partner agencies prepare to respond to emergencies and major incidents through Sussex.

Date 14th May 2014

Times (tbc) 12pm – 6.30pm approx

Location – Burgess Hill

Requirements – We are looking for a variety of role players to take part in this live exercise.  You will be given a specific role to play on the day and this may require you to simulate an injury, play a specific character or purely to be a person in the area that the exercise is in.  You should be aware that during this exercise we will have casualties with simulated injuries and therefore you may be in close proximity to these and those who would be uncomfortable with this are asked not to apply.  During the exercise there is a high likelihood of loud noises, disruption and a confusing scene to make this as realistic as possible again should you not feel comfortable at this time with this scenario then please do consider carefully if you wish to apply.

Previous Experience – We are looking for role players that have some acting ability or those who have taken part in similar exercises in the past and we do have a list of requirements we are looking to achieve for the exercise to be meaningful for the emergency services and others taking part, therefore we will look to match those that apply with these requirements.

Volunteering – You will be asked to make your own way and arrangements to attend a site in Burgess Hill and you will be provided transport to the exercise site following a safety briefing.  Once at the site you will be managed and directed by a team of emergency service personnel to play in the scenario and at an appropriate time you will be taken back to the site in Burgess Hill and processed and allowed to leave.  Light refreshments (tea/coffee etc) will be provided for you at the site in Burgess Hill, there will be no repayment of any expenses incurred to attend the site in Burgess Hill but parking will be made available for free.  There are public busses the serve the site in Burgess Hill should you wish to travel by Public Transport.

Exercise details – More detailed information regarding the exercise will be provided to you along with the exact location to meet in Burgess Hill if you are successful.

To register your interest to support this exercise please complete the form here or for more information please contact Dave Nelson or call 01243 777917


Feb 25

Happy Hookers

Just to remind you – Happy Hookers will be meeting again at the Royal Oak Poynings, this Thursday, 27th Feb from 8pm!  Whether experienced or beginners, come along and join us for a relaxed, chatty, crafty evening. I will have some extra hooks and spare wool if you would like to give it a try.

If you have made/are making something, do please bring it to show off/work on, and if you feel crochet or knitting isn’t for you, bring along absolutely whatever you love to make! It is always lovely to see your creations, and to swap ideas.

If you would like any further details, please contact Helen on 857425. See you there!

Feb 22

Mayfields Market Town update

Read about the potential flood threat from Mayfields ‘Market Town’ on the LAMBS website:


Feb 21

Better Connected Broadband Website

Please be advised that there is now a new website to help promote the benefits of better, faster broadband and therefore giving people information about what is happening and where.

A key feature is the interactive map which details activity by exchange area. As the network is being developed,  we will update the map to show where work is being carried out and when new broadband services will become available. Initially the information that we can share on the map will be minimal but once we announce the roll out (before Easter) then it should become a useful visual tool for people to see progress in their area.

The website also has a short animation explaining the technology we will use as well as information about the benefits of better, faster broadband. Users can check the availability of broadband to their home or business and get in touch with suppliers to contract to buy services, in the usual way.

Please visit for more information.

Feb 20

Sussex police Neighbourhood Watch

Burgess Hill Neighbourhood Policing Team

Neighbourhood Watch Bulletin

Where are your officers this week?

For your local officer’s contact details, information about local events and meetings and actions being taken regarding your priorities click on your ward below:

Keep even more up to date with what’s happening in your local area here:

Crime Update

If you have seen or heard anything related to these incidents please contact  Sussex Police here, email, call 101 or contact Crime Stoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.



1st – 10th February 2014









College Lane – Car broken into and handbag stolen whilst parked at the college.



Manor Road – several cars had their windows smashed.

Hassocks, Clayton & Keymer



Keymer Road – A garage was broken into by the padlock being removed and gas cylinders were stolen.



Underhill Lane – Fly tipping of household rubbish

Victoria Ward



Jane Murray Way – An industrial unit was broken into and a large amount of cash stolen.



Victoria Ave – A garage has had graffiti sprayed on it.

Dunstall Ward



Fairfield Gardens – An offender was disturbed stealing lead off a property and fled from the scene.


St Andrews Ward



Northway – several vehicles have been damaged whilst parked overnight.



Valebridge Drive – cable was stolen from a substation.

Meeds and Franklands Wards



Ferndale Road – A garage was entered and golf clubs and equipment stolen. Unknown how entry was gained.


Not sure how to find us online, want to comment on our updates or unsubscribe from this service? Email:


This message was sent by PCSO Anika Clough, Public Engagement Officer Mid Sussex


Please do not reply to this email to report crimes or incidents…Contact us online or call101 when it’s less urgent than 999

Feb 17

Film Night

To be shown in Poynings Village Hall


21 February 2014


Free Admission

A new film – released on 7 December 2013

‘The Truth behind the Dash for Gas’

This is a documentary concerning oil and gas exploration which may have an impact on this area    

Presented by Mike Airey

Feb 15

Mayfield Market Town

PLANNING BLIGHT IS ‘A FACT OF LIFE’ according to Lee Newlyn, one of the directors of Mayfields Market Town. 

Please do buy the local papers this week to read the latest press – articles appear in The Mid Sussex Times, The County Times (South Downs Edition) and the West Sussex Gazette.

The website is being continually updated so log on whenever you can and we are delighted to be approaching 600 followers on Facebook

We sincerely hope none of you are being affected by the flooding and can confirm we are keeping a log of rainfall and flooding in our area.   Look out for flooding news in next week’s press. 

Best wishes to you all


Feb 10

New Web Site

I have changed Poynings website as I was getting bored with the other one and it was difficult keeping it up to date.

Some of the older stuff has gone but hopefully it will be better. Any posts will automatically go out on an email so I should be able to send out requests a bit faster J

Hope it doesn’t crash!!!

Feb 10

Poynings Cricket Club Quiz night

Poynings Quiz Night, click on image to read.

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