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Don’t forget: this evening’s Parish Council Meeting in the Pavilion from 7.30 pm. A copy of the Agenda has been on the notice board outside the Spar Shop and you should be able to download a copy from the Council’s website (www.slaughampc.co.uk). One thing I would point out, if you are intending to go along because you are interested in something down for discussion at the meeting of the Planning Committee, you don’t need to go this week! Due to the amount of time spent on parish matters at recent meetings, the Planning Committee has decided that it makes more sense for them to meet on the first Thursday of the month to discuss all planning matters. Therefore, the next meeting of the Planning Committee will be on Thursday, 3 November at 7.30 pm in the Pavilion. This change allows members of the Committee as well as members of the public, to get home at a reasonable hour; some meetings have not got started until getting on for 9/9.30 pm! A copy of that Agenda will also have been posted on the notice board outside the Spar Shop and can be downloaded from the website. As always, there is an opportunity to raise questions or queries relating to any item on either Agenda early in the meeting.

The Neighbourhood Planning Meeting: last week was a bit of an eye-opener for me as it brought home just how difficult it has been and continues to be to try and get a plan together in such a way that the parish will be happy with it. One of the bones of contention to everyone at the moment is housing, affordable and otherwise, and not least for the Committee how the parish can be seen to cater for the needs, real and projected, now and going forward over the next 15 to 20 years, the length of time the Plan will cover. The number of homes that will appear in the Plan will have come after consideration of not least what has happened to the population within the parish over the last 10 years from studying the last census, Mid Sussex District Council’s projections, as well as those coming down from central government. The latter two appear to have the habit of changing if not month to month, quarter to quarter! It is all very complicated and I have nothing but admiration for the Committee who have all been on a steep learning curve, which will continue until the Plan has been accepted, whenever that is! But don’t think all they are thinking about is housing, there are many other things that have to be considered and included in the Plan such as businesses and job opportunities, real and potential. I take my hat of them!

Finally: it is that time of the year again when the village plays host to the London to Brighton Vintage Car Run, this year on Sunday, 6 November. I appreciate this is over a week away but you might want to make a note if you live on the High Street as there are likely to be some parking restrictions in place and going on past experience, the police don’t always give much notice! If I recall correctly, the first vehicles usually come through any time between 9.45 am and 10.30 am, if they get a good run it could be a little earlier for some of the more ‘reliable’ vehicles. If the weather is kind on the day, I would expect a good turnout of visitors and locals to wave them through the village and down to Staplefield on their way to Brighton. It is always fun to try and spot the celebrities, either driving or as passengers, especially if they are in an open-topped car and it is cold!

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