Forest Neighbourhood Council (FNC)

– representing the views of residents of Forest Ward (map)
– acting as a channel for consultation with the County and District Councils
and other community bodies

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Tackling climate change in Horsham District

 

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News and Updates

 

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Highway Works Programme 2024/2025

 

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Our latest Newsletter is available to read here

 

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Horsham Matters tackles the serious issue of isolation in Horsham District

 

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Community Link provides Lifeline Alarms, fall and smoke detectors, epilepsy sensors

 

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Ascot CareDay Club providing a range of activities with support from trained care workers

 

NOTES FROM MEETING HELD ON 20TH MAY 2024

GREENPRINT
Steve Hill, WSCC Highways, Transport and Planning Community Engagement Officer, explained Greenprint, an innovative project exploring the potential for using grass cuttings from highway verges in the production of biofuels and road materials. This website explains the project in detail.

West Sussex aims to be carbon neutral by 2030. In partnership with South Gloucestershire Council, it is examining how changing the way grass verges are managed can provide a source of materials and fuels to decarbonise highway operations. Other supporting benefits include increasing biodiversity and resilience to the changing climate.

WSCC has chosen six urban verges in Horsham as the first trial. Four are in Forest neighbourhood:
Macleod Road, the central green space
Bennetts Road, verges on either side of the road
St Leonard’s Road/Brambling Road junction
Harwood Road, either side of Stirling Way junction.

At each site the area has been divided into two:
1 - one side will be mowed twice a year in April and September, grass cuttings taken away;
2 - the other site will be cut as normal but the cuttings will be left behind. These verges will not be cut in May and June.

The experiment is assessing whether removal of cuttings reduces the soil’s fertility, which slows grass growth and enables a wider variety of plants and pollinators to thrive. It should mean that the grass’s growth height is reduced, leading to a safer roadside that can be cheaper to maintain.

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Mr. Hill emphasized that even though the sites have been carefully chosen, his Department will respond immediately if any sight line is compromised. Greenprint welcomes feedback. Please email comments to active.communities@westsussex.gov.uk with ‘Greenprint’ as the subject.

Mr. Hill said that it is a relatively small-scale experiment and might not be as successful as hoped. Conversely, the vision could lead to further innovative uses for the highway grass cuttings.

HDC WILDWAYS PROJECT
DC J Olson referred to HDC Wildways Project that is aiming to create a Nature Recovery Network across the District* by allowing species to move freely from place to place. Horsham District Council’s draft Green Space Strategy states that “while appreciating that our open spaces must serve many purposes, where possible sites will be managed sustainably and seek to enhance biodiversity and climate resilience.”
*There are no networks within Forest Neighbourhood.

HIGHWAYS MATTERS
Again, Forest Neighbourhood Councillors discussed local issues in great detail. It was suggested to a member of public that he now writes with his concerns to his MP and Ms. Joy Dennis, WSCC Cabinet Member for Highways and Transport.

WSCC CHARGEPOINT INSTALLATIONS
Three further sites have been identified and residents will be notified shortly. These are in St. Leonard’s Road, Devonshire and Cambridge Roads.

The Next Council Meeting will be on Monday 15th July 2024    Agenda

Our meetings take place at the Salvation Army Hall, Booth Way, Horsham beginning at 7.30 pm on the third Monday of each month (but the second Monday in December).

Members of the public are always welcome to attend. In the case of Zoom Meetings, prior notification is needed so an invitation can be issued, but this is not required for attending meetings in the Salvation Army Hall.


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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.


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