Briefly . . . 

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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Notes from Council meeting in January 2021

OLD ANTIX BUILDING, QUEEN STREET

Both District and Neighbourhood Councillors continue to be concerned about the poor state of this building which is derelict and unsightly. The matter is now with HDC Planning Compliance.

WEST SUSSEX COUNTY COUNCIL

Forest Neighbourhood Council receives regular updates from WSCC on matters relating to Covid 19 and the following excerpts may be of interest to our residents:

COVID-19 SUPPORT FOR RESIDENTS

“Please reassure residents they can still get help from the county council’s Community Hub in confidence by calling 033 022 27980 or by completing the online form. The Hub is open seven days a week between 8am-8pm”

DIGITAL HELP FOR RESIDENTS – LET’S GET DIGITAL

“If residents need help to get online, sending emails or searching the internet then let them know West Sussex Libraries offer a Remote Digital Support Service with volunteers giving basic support in one-off sessions by phone or online.

The Library Digital Support Team are available Monday-Friday 10am-4pm to take enquiries and arrange for a volunteer to help. Contact by phone 0330 222 3455 or email library.digital.support@westsussex.gov.uk

PRESENTATION OF THE LOCAL PLAN

This Presentation is delayed for approx. 2 months due to a Regulation Compliance issue. There is now a Proposal 4 for Rookwood Golf Course development. Details are not known but the plans should be available for circulation soon.

PROPOSED SHELLEY MEMORIAL

Forest Neighbourhood Council will be represented at a Group Meeting to further discuss a permanent Memorial for Percy Bysshe Shelley. It is not known the form that this Memorial will take, e.g. statue?

This Group is “bullish” about raising the necessary funds but there are differing opinions about the site. Current favoured sites include Horsham Park and Horsham Railway Station.

HIGHWAYS MATTERS

Residents are complaining about the length of time that the hoarding has been erected on the pavement at the lower end of New Street. We understand the developers say that the site is waiting for a gas main to be fitted and, at this time,

British Gas considers this to be low priority. However, FNC has asked for this reason to be questioned as it believes the lack of pavement is a safety issue at an already difficult junction.

Next Council Meeting

Monday 15th February 2021 at 7.30 pm

Until otherwise advised, future meetings will be taking place using Zoom video communication 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.

MINUTES OF MEETINGS

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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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