Two important Consultations:-

Proposed Budget Savings within the Library Service – Mobile Library under threat

We would like to make you aware of a public consultation currently running on proposed budget savings within the Library Service. The public consultation closes on Wednesday 13 November. It asks people for their views on proposals to cease the mobile library service and to reduce the evening opening hours in the four main libraries (Chichester, Crawley, Horsham and Worthing) by one hour, from 7pm to 6pm from April 2020.  We are keen for as many library users as possible to take part in the consultation and share their thoughts on the proposals.

The consultation will help inform the decision, due to be taken in November by the Cabinet Member for Fire and Rescue and Communities. The decision is one of a number of options being worked up to take forward in the 2020/21 budget to help meet the funding gap currently being faced by West Sussex County Council.

To find out more and to take part, visit West Sussex County Council’s website and  the Have Your Say web page

Concessionary Consultation

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Starting School Information

Was your child born between 1 September 2015 and 31 August 2016? If so they are eligible to start school in September 2020.
Apply online at:

Deadline: Wednesday 15 January 2020

You can apply online from Monday 7 October 2019. If you would like further advice or information contact: 03330 142 903

Free internet access to apply online is available at all: • West Sussex libraries • Children and Family Centres
Apply online! It’s simple, convenient and timesaving. If your application is received after the deadline of Wednesday 15 January 2020 your chance of securing a place at one of your preference schools could be seriously affected.

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Village Centre Enhancement Consultation

Village Centre

Earlier this year Balcombe Parish Council commissioned a traffic consultancy company to undertake a detailed study of Balcombe’s village centre, and to make recommendations on how to improve safety for both pedestrians and traffic. Last night around 70 people came along to look at the proposals.    If you missed the session you can click on the link below to view the documents and have a say by emailing

Project Centre Consultation Boards 2019

The image above is a computer generated illustration of Option Two.   Have a look at the different Options and let us know  how you rate them.    Any further comments you would like to make would be most welcome.   Email

The consultation closes 4 October 2019


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New Bin for Litter at Bramble Hall

Litter Pickers' Bin

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Notice of Public Rights and Publication of Unaudited Annual Governance & Accountability Return

The Notice of Public Rights and Publication of Unaudited Annual Governance and Accountability Return for the Year Ended 31 March 2019 is available by clicking below, together with the unaudited Annual Return.

Notice of Public Rights June 2019

Annual Return 18.19 Web


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Notice of Uncontested Election

Eleven nominations have been received for the eleven vacant seats on Balcombe Parish Council and so these people were duly elected Parish Councillors for
Balcombe Parish Council.

Please click on the link to see the full Notice of Uncontested Election with the names of the Councillors:-


Please go to the Mid Sussex District Council website to view the Statement of Persons Nominated in the Mid Sussex District Council elections Thursday 2 May for the Ardingly and Balcombe Ward.


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Bonfire Etiquette

Please have a thought for your neighbours on sunny days in the garden.

There are no bye-laws to prohibit bonfires in the Mid Sussex area, but the Environmental Protection Team are able to investigate any bonfires which are causing a nuisance by excess smoke, especially if they occur regularly. You can call the Environmental Protection Team on 01444 477292 or email The guidelines Mid Sussex District Council publish about bonfire etiquette are as follows:-
Please avoid burning at weekends and on Bank Holidays, or other times when your neighbours may want to enjoy their gardens. Site the bonfire so that it causes least disturbance to your neighbours, this may include taking into account the wind direction. Only burn dry material, this will reduce the amount of smoke produced.

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