Route 37 has now been withdrawn. Route 40 now includes Balcombe with buses leaving Balcombe on Mondays to Fridays at 1005 and 1230 for Crawley returning at 1210 and 1410. Buses from Balcombe to Haywards Heath will depart at 0810 on schooldays and 1227 on Mondays to Fridays returning at 0939, 1204 and 1504. Service 40 is generally operated with larger buses than the 37, and they will run via B2036, Bramble Hill and Haywards Heath Road in Balcombe (the route used until February 2015 by the 37). This is instead of the current route via Oldlands Avenue and Newlands. Please note that during school holidays you will need to REQUEST a Balcombe stop if you catch the bus from Haywards Heath South Road at 1504.
A consultation is currently underway by the railway operators, Govia Thameslink (GTR), which sets out proposed changes to the 2018 timetable on our Brighton mainline. The first phase of the consultation ends on 8th December and Balcombe Parish Council (BPC) would be grateful if you could respond to the consultation to ensure the train service (frequency and pattern of service, plus destinations served) from Balcombe improves; we are the smallest station on the Brighton mainline so your views are critical.
You can read the full consultation document at http://www.southernrailway.com/download/42915.6/timetable-consultation/
The section which affects Balcombe is on p.18 (Thameslink stopping pattern) where the proposal is to INCREASE services marginally during peak and off-peak times. However the proposals also REMOVE our direct service to London Victoria and no Southern services will stop in Balcombe from 2018 (p.46 onwards). All services will now go through London Bridge and terminate at Brighton ONLY.
You can respond to this consultation directly to GTR using the online questionnaire (NB you only need to answer questions 1-13, 21 and .
Respondents who provide contact details as part of the first phase consultation process will automatically be updated with developments in the second phase.
The second phase of the consultation, which will take into account views and comments raised with us during the first phase, will focus on providing detailed weekday and weekend timetables for review and comments. This consultation phase is expected to commence in late spring / early summer 2017.
One vacancy has been created due to the resignation of Councillor Katherine Daniel. Balcombe Parish Council will be filling this vacancy by co-option and electors are invited to apply for the position in writing to the Clerk at the address below submitting a CV of no more than one A4 side. Candidates must
[a] Be aged 18 years or over and included in the Electoral Register
[b] A British subject or a Euro national
[c] Resides in the Parish or within 3 miles of its boundary
[d] Occupies land or property within the Parish
[e] Has his/her principal place of work within the Parish
Prospective candidates are advised to familiarise themselves with the disqualification restrictions under Section 80 of the Local Government Act 1972 relating to Bankruptcy Restrictions Orders and Criminal Convictions carrying a sentence of more than 3 months imprisonment, without the option of a fine.
The closing dates for applications will be 20 November 2016
Mrs R. Robertson, Gleddoch House, Stockcroft Road, Balcombe West Sussex RH17 6LG or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Hereby signed by the Proper Officer of Balcombe Parish Council
Rosemary Robertson 19 October 2016
Yesterday, Tuesday 20 September, a resident in Stockcroft Road called police to report an intruder disturbed in their property just prior to 4.00 pm. The male was found in the kitchen having entered via the open back door and left promptly on being discovered. At this time it is not confirmed whether anything was taken. The only description we have is that he was a male wearing plimsolls.
Please be vigilant and report any suspicious activity, we would also urge you to keep doors locked even when you are at home. If you have any concerns at all, please don’t hesitate to contact the police. If you suspect a crime is in progress you should call 999 with details.
The Save the Half Moon Balcombe Community Interest Group are keen to hear your views on the Half Moon’s future. Please click on the link below to complete a short survey:-
All Balcombe residents are encouraged to take part.