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Neighbourhood Planning Committee: Whilst the hoped for exhibition earlier this month was cancelled by the Neighbourhood Planning Committee, things are still moving in the right direction. At the meeting earlier this month it was reported that the statutory consultation period for the Scoping Report has closed and the Committee is in the process of reviewing and incorporating comments where necessary. The consultants who are ensuring everything is as it should be are reviewing the housing numbers to ensure they match expectations of Mid Sussex District Council now that they have submitted the District Plan to the government for review.

Parish Community Land Trust: I attended the Annual General Meeting of the Slaugham Parish Community Land Trust recently along with two other members! Whilst there was not much to report from the last 12 months, they were able to tell us that they were in receipt of a lease which will ensure the Parish Hall can remain open for at least the next two years under the watchful eye of the current Management Committee! I say for the next two years, but if there is no change at the end of that period, they expect to be able to extend the lease. Any ‘change’ will come about if and when the Hyde/Hallam development gets started.

Open Gardens: On a lighter note, High Beeches will be opening in support of ‘NGS gardens open for charity’ on Sunday, 25 September between 1 pm and 4 pm; entrance is £7.50 for adults and children go free. Why not take the opportunity to enjoy the 25 acres of landscaped woodland and gardens, followed by a cream tea in support of this worthwhile organisation that raises funds in support of so many charities such as Macmillan, Marie Curie, Hospice UK, Parkinson’s UK and MS Society to name but a few.

Coffee Morning: Whilst mentioning Macmillian, there will be a Coffee Morning in aid of this charity on Friday, 30 September in the village between 10.30 am and 2.30 pm; more details of this next week.

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