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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
Council meeting notes - June
Forest Neighbourhood Council continues to register its disappointment at the way in which potholes have been filled in St. Leonard’s Road. The response from WSCC Highways is that the contract specification has been met. Central Government has recently announced that it is awarding £9.8m to WSCC for pothole filling and/or resurfacing roads and this Council is pressing for St. Leonard’s Road to be resurfaced.
THE LOCAL PLAN
Although the official date has now passed, residents can continue to submit comments to HDC. As we believe this will have an impact on outcomes, Forest Neighbourhood Council is encouraging this initiative.
There is a Keep Rookwood Green Alliance Petition in circulation and an Open Spaces survey. Details of both initiatives have been posted on Forest Neighbourhood Council FACEBOOK page.
One outcome from this pandemic is that many more residents have visited local green lungs. This has highlighted the fact that natural habitats should be officially logged, and this includes where wild flowers are growing. This Council is happy to pass on any resident’s local information.
FOREST BOYS SCHOOL
It is now public knowledge that Forest Boys School Governors are proposing to allow girls to join Y7 from September 2021. The initial Consultation stage ends on 29th June 2020 after which there will be a further consultation process.
POP UP CYCLE ROUTES
Central Government has awarded all County Councils an immediate sum of money to install “pop up” cycle routes. An application in this area has been accepted for the first phase and this is a cycle and pedestrian route between Bishopric and John Lewis roundabout, using one lane of the dual carriageway. The work must be carried out very quickly.
This isn’t necessarily a grand project but we understand this is the first stage from a “pot of money” to encourage alternative travel and needs to be completed before accessing stage 2.
WSCC is asking residents to submit articles to place in a “memory box” that will be stored in the Public Archives. It has also asked residents to complete a questionnaire about how they have been affected by the pandemic.
Forest Neighbourhood Council Membership
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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