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Forest Neighbourhood Council (FNC)

represents the views of residents by acting as a channel for consultation with the County and District Councils and other community bodies

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Council meeting notes - May

NOTES FROM VIRTUAL MEETING HELD ON MONDAY 18TH MAY 2020

Please note that until further notice, Forest Neighbourhood Council Meetings will take place virtually using Zoom or similar. Approved Minutes will continue to be posted on this website. There was no meeting in April.

WSCC CORONAVIRUS (COVID-19) SURVEY

West Sussex County Council are asking residents to complete a survey to help shape their ongoing response to the pandemic. Please respond by 31 May.

"In these difficult and unprecedented times, it is crucial that we keep connected with how our residents are feeling about the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. It is important that we have a good understanding of how you are interpreting national guidance, how the pandemic is impacting your life and your use of our services in West Sussex, and the concerns that you may have during this time and when looking at the future.

We are grateful for your time in completing this survey, which should take no-longer than 10-15 minutes to complete. The responses you provide will be used by West Sussex County Council to help inform our future response to Coronavirus."
https://haveyoursay.westsussex.gov.uk/policy-and-comms/coronavirus/

HORSHAM DISTRICT COUNCIL COMMUNITY AND HEALTH WELL BEING

This Council has congratulated HDC on the way in which it is managing the Covid 19 crisis and the Volunteer Hub coordination. There is a partnership with Horsham Self Isolation Group (HSIS), Age UK Horsham District and Horsham Matters.

POTHOLES

Please use the Love West Sussex website if you think that there is a pothole in our neighbourhood that has not been reported. This is important as work will not automatically be carried out unless WSCC Highways is formally notified.

FACEBOOK

The Facebook page is well received. It will now act as an informer for future meetings and will be one way in which members of the public can ask to take part in the monthly virtual meeting.

In normal circumstances, members of the Public are welcome to attend any meeting without prior notice. These meetings are traditionally held on the third Monday of each month at The Salvation Army Hall, Booth Way, Horsham, 7.30 p.m. Virtual Meetings will be scheduled for the same day and time each month.

Questions and concerns should be addressed to: The Clerk – fnchorsham@sky.com

DRILL HALL

The current situation with Covid 19 has affected progress towards increasing usage and plans to set up a “Friends of Drill Hall” Group.

HIGHWAYS

Please note that it is beneficial to report any pothole issues directly to WSCC Highways. Please do not assume that WSCC Highways is aware of the state of a road surface.

LOCAL PLAN

We believe HDC has unsuccessfully asked Central Government to revise the presentation timescale. We understand that Central Government is unwilling to do this or to review the overall housing number for this district. A breakdown of resident responses to The Local Plan will shortly be published.

POP UP CYCLE AND PEDESTRIAN LANES

Central Government has set aside a sum of money which is immediately available to County Councils for the installation of pop-up cycle and pedestrian lanes. Horsham Cycle Forum is naturally keen to introduce some lanes in Horsham Town.

If you have any ideas, please submit these as quickly as possible to info@hdcf.org.uk. The closing date is 26th May 2020.

Forest Neighbourhood Council Membership

Vacancies

We have councillor vacancies and will welcome enquiries about the councillor role from residents within the Forest Neighbourhood.

Whilst we are a non-statutory council, we are a voice for local matters and liaise with Horsham District Council.

Next Council Meeting

Monday 15th June 2020 at 7.30 pm

Until otherwise advised, future meetings will be taking place using the Conference Call system. If you have any queries or concerns, please contact us by mail or email. We have every intention of carrying out our roles as much as possible!

IMPORTANT: Members of the public are usually welcomed at Neighbourhood Council Meetings which are held on the third Monday of each month (but usually the second Monday in December) in the Salvation Army Hall, Booth Way. However, due to the restrictions caused by the Covid-19 virus, we have had to make other arrangements.

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