• Rookwood: Council "Not for development . . . at present"

• New! Small electrical and textile recycling collection service

• Recycle most batteries from your home

• Symptom-free Covid-19 community testing now available

• Unequivocal request for withdrawal of Rookwood Development

• FNC responds to Government planning upheaval

• Rookwood plans 'slammed' by FNC

Horsham District Council: "no longer considering Rookwood for development ... at this time"

HDC appear to have reacted to the views of the town but the site remains under scrutiny as a potential selection for future development.

In a statement given to the West Sussex County Times by Tony Hogben, HDC Deputy Leader, Mr Hogben said “It is vital that we engage with local groups and find out how we can best use the council owned land at Rookwood. We are committed to listening and engaging over the next two years before making any longer term commitments on the future of Rookwood.”

Recycle broken small electricals and unwanted textiles

Horsham District Council has collected over 9 tonnes of small electricals, textiles and batteries within just four weeks.

The free kerbside collection service of small electrical items, textiles and household batteries was launched by the Council in May 2021.

Broken kettles, toasters, irons, hairdryers, radios, electronic toys, power tools and many more small electricals if it fits in standard sized carrier bag. Most small electrical items that have a plug, battery or lead, are accepted but some restrictions apply.

Many of these items often stop working but could be repaired, they may be unwanted but have re-use value to others, so the Council is urging residents to consider re-use and repair options where possible and only use this service for broken items.

Batteries should be placed in a small, clear plastic bag (such as a sandwich bag or food bag) and the bag placed on top of either green-top rubbish bins or blue-top recycling bins on the usual collection day. They should not be placed inside recycling or rubbish bins.

More details here

Recycle most batteries from your home

Put your batteries in a small, clear plastic bag (such as a sandwich bag) and place the bag on top of your blue-top recycling bin or your green-top refuse bin on collection day.

See the full list of which batteries you can recycle

Symptom-free Covid-19 community testing now available

Adults in West Sussex who have to leave home for work or caring responsibilities can now book a symptom-free Covid-19 test.

This may include those that cannot work from home, or those that need to leave home to volunteer or provide care to others.

If you have already been vaccinated, you should still book a test as it’s possible to still carry the virus.

Unequivocal request

FNC has written a letter asking ask HDC to withdraw Rookwood Golf Course Development in its entirety from the draft Local Plan

Neighbourhood Council replies to planning shake-up

FNC has replied to the Government "Planning for the Future" proposals by letter which can be seen here

Objections to Rookwood plans

Read Forest Neighbourhood Council's letter of objection to the proposal for development on the Rookwood golf course site