Help at Hand’s Cream Tea: earlier this month was well supported by the usual crowd who enjoyed plenty of scones with cream and fresh strawberries, the scones being freshly made by Linda in the village. Along with the many and varied raffle prizes it is expected that about £180 will be raised which is much appreciated. They are always on the lookout for more drivers to help ferry people to various appointments, some local, some not so local but if you were thinking about offering your services, please don’t be put off by this as you can claim 45p per mile towards the costs of taking those in need. If you would like to help but don’t drive, they would also welcome people who can be ‘Duty Officers’; this involves manning the phone for a morning once or twice a month to take calls from those in need and then matching them to a driver. It is all very simple once you get the hang of it and it is a service that is very much appreciated and valued by those who use it. If you would like more information, get in touch with Ian Ratcliffe on 400763, I’m sure he would be very pleased to hear from you.
The Neighbourhood Planning meeting: last week was very poorly attended (only one member of public!) and whilst I did not stay to the end, it was very interesting to hear what was being discussed. The consultants who have been employed to help the parish get the Plan together in such a way that it will withstand scrutiny by an Examiner were there. They, along with the Committee, were going through the Plan as it currently stands, not quite word for word but nearly, to try and ensure what was said couldn’t be misconstrued by any potential developer and would therefore prevent as far as possible, unwanted and unnecessary (as far as the parish is concerned!) development! The Committee is also trying to ensure that the very different identities of each village that makes up the parish are respected and the ‘space’ between the villages is not built on, especially that between Pease Pottage and Crawley and Pease Pottage and Horsham. It is all very complicated and technical but I’m sure it will be well worth the time and effort in the end and we all have to support them when the time comes when we can see what it is all about before going to the vote early in 2017.
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