Looking across the Wildbrooks from Bury

Neighbourhood Plan – Update

The Bury Neighbourhood Plan has reached the examination stage. Mr John Slater has been appointed by the South Downs National Park Authority as the Examiner and is making his assessment of the submission documents, evidence base and representations received from the consultations. It is anticipated that he will complete his work within the next few weeks. SDNPA will then prepare their decision report and the Referendum of the parish electorate as to whether to adopt the Plan should take place in late November/early December. A simple majority of votes (over 50% of those voting) in favour of your Neighbourhood Plan is sufficient for it to succeed.

Bury Green - play equipment

Play equipment on Bury Green

The Green is now looking really good. The grass has been cut very short and the repairs have been done to the Play Equipment. The playhouse and slide have new paint, and the roof has a nice shingle roof and is marginally bigger to keep the rain off the platform. We are hoping that there will be plenty of children using it in their summer holidays.  

Amberley Rail SOS 

What is happening?

As part of the Govia Thameslink Railway (GTR) transformation programme, GTR are consulting on a new Southern Rail timetable. This timetable would come into effect in 2018 and be in place for 10 years.

What does this mean for Bury?

The new timetable provides increased services at all stations down the Arun Valley except for Amberley. This has been achieved by creating a more even half-hourly service and introducing additional trains at peak times.

But, Amberley Station does not benefit from these additional peak services. In fact, there will be less services between London and Amberley in the new timetable, particularly at peak times.

 Morning peak services to London will now depart Amberley at 6.19 (London Bridge), 7.14 (London Victoria) and 8.15 (London Victoria).

 While this provides a more even morning service, there are no additional peak services. There are a further 3 services that arrive in London before 9.00am and could stop in Amberley. These services stop at all other Arun Valley stations.

 Evening peak services will now be reduced to hourly, arriving in Amberley at 18.57 and 19.57. These depart London Victoria at 17.36 and 18.36. We will lose 2 services that currently depart London between 17.00 and 19.30.

 In the evenings, direct trains from London Bridge will no longer stop at Amberley.

 There are a further 5 services running down the Arun Valley line in the evening peak that could stop at Amberley. These stop at all other stations. These include two additional peak services direct from London Bridge, departing at 17.03 and 18.03.

In June 2016, a report by a railway expert to the Department for Transport (the Gibb report) recommended that Amberley’s off-peak service should be reduced to every two hours. While this has not currently been proposed in the new timetable, it remains a risk until the new timetable is finalised and proved reliable.

Why should I be concerned?

Amberley Station is used regularly by residents of Amberley, Bury, Houghton, Madehurst and parts of Storrington. It is used by tourists wishing to access the South Downs National Park, use local pubs and cafes, and visit the Amberley Museum. It is the only train station that is directly on the South Downs Way, making it a natural gateway for walkers.

A frequent train service during peak times helps to attract working age residents to the area. Likewise, a regular train service during off-peak times increases tourism and benefits local businesses and attractions. Reduction in service to every two hours is still a real risk until the timetable is finalised.

In general, a regular and reliable train service increases the accessibility of the area and has a knock on impact on the attractiveness of investment.

This is the biggest overhaul in decades and timetable changes could likely be in place for up to 10 years. Eroding services to Amberley sets a dangerous precedent, particularly as attempts to close Amberley station have happened in the past.

What can I do about it?

As members of the community, we need to protect our village station. Rail services are a national service. We need to ensure that people living in rural areas retain good access to public transport.

Please email our local MP, Nick Herbert, to tell him that you support this issue. He can be reached at: nick@nickherbert.com

You can follow our Twitter feed @AmberleyRailSOS. Please help us by retweeting posts.

You can like our Facebook page Amberley Rail Action Group to keep up-to-date with the campaign

If you would like to join the Amberley Rail SOS Action Group, or if you have any media contacts you could share with us, please get in touch at AmberleyRailSOS@gmail.com

Amberley Railway Station is being left behind in the proposed Southern timetable changes. It is up to all of us to take action to stop this. We are a strong community – our voices can be heard.

The Bury Neighbourhood Plan approved in March by the Parish Council has been finalised and submitted to South Downs National Park Authority under Regulation 15 of Part 5 of The Neighbourhood Planning (General) Regulations 2012.

SDNPA has confirmed receipt and is in the process of reviewing and checking the documents before conducting a further consultation exercise. The next stage will be the referral of the Plan by SDNPA for examination by an Independent Examiner.

If you would like more information and/or would like to download the consultation documents please visit the Neighbourhood Plan Website.


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Village Hall Bookings

To book the Village Hall please: 

  1. Check the Bookings Calendar to see if the date(s) you would like are available.
  2. Complete and submit the online Booking Request Form.
  3. Check dates are confirmed.

Bookings cannot be made online, only booking requests made and availability checked. 

The Bookings Calendar is kept up to date but there may be a short delay between a booking being made and it showing on the calendar so please complete the Booking Request Form so that any dates showing as available, still are available. Please do not 'phone at evenings or weekends. Thank you.

Anglo-Saxon Bury

There is a new section on the website for those interested in the history of the parish. Contributions, both written and illustrative, would be appreciated for this new section, which is in its early stages at the moment. 

Topics could include the 12th century Church of St John the Evangelist, Bury Manor, Bury House, River Arun, Pill Pond, etc. There could also be a section with old photographs and post cards of Bury. If you have some local knowledge of historical interest, please get in touch.

To get things started please see the interesting article kindly submitted by Matthew De La Pole published in ‘Sussex Past & Present’ in April 2017, along with the same writer’s MA Dissertation ‘The Anglo-Saxon Estates of the Arun River Valley, Sussex: A Study of Amberley, Bury, Coldwaltham and Houghton’. Links to these publications are on the pages titled ‘History’ and ‘Anglo-Saxon Bury’ 

Was your child born between 1 September 2013 and 31 August 2014?

If so then he or she is eligible to start school in September 2018. 

See the poster here…

See the 2-page leaflet here…

Door-to-Door Scam

There have been a few incidents recently of aggressive door-to-door salesmen (‘Hawkers’ or ‘Pedlars’).  

Please warn your neighbours, particularly elderly or vulnerable neighbours, not to open the door to strangers or buy on the doorstep. Some doorstep callers may offer poor quality goods at inflated prices and if a caller is not genuine, they may be gathering information for future crime. 

Please keep in mind that if cold callers don’t get any sales in the area, they are less likely to return.

They are known as ‘Nottingham Knockers’ and will knock on a door, offering cleaning items which they know are cheap and of very poor quality. The householder also knows they are rubbish but that is part of the scam. Many people will purchase items and pay them something, just to get rid of them. They can be very persistent and confrontational.

More details…

Recreation Field

The recreation field project team are preparing options for improvements inside the outer gate.  The Cricket Club is the primary user of our facility and we  want to ensure that we get the best out of this project to promote them and to attract other appropriate recreational users.


The Parish network of Bridleways and footpaths is very difficult to keep up with at this time of the year. The Coffin Trail has been cleared from West Burton. The Green and the Wharf are cut regularly and the top of the bank is being kept clear by BPC. Highways have done an inspection of the parish and have scheduled in some work. Recently, they replaced the bridge up to the Pill Pond which was becoming dangerous. Any problems with the view lines from the roads and the A29 can be reported to Highways via the 'Report a problem' page. 


Twitter logo

Bury Parish Council is now on Twitter: @BuryWestSussex or follow this link https://twitter.com/BuryWestSussex (a Twitter account is needed which is easy and free to set up, if you don’t already have one). 

Nextdoor local network

Nextdoor link

Nextdoor is an online service that enables communities to communicate among neighbours and build stronger neighbourhoods. Recently, a new local group was established for Bury and the surrounding area by Dave Nelson. 

On Nextdoor, members can:

  • Share local recommendations (plumbers, electricians, babysitters, etc.)
  • Sell or give away household items.
  • Publicise local events.
  • Exchange information about crime and safety issues.
  • Find neighbours in the directory.
  • View a neighbourhood map.
  • Ask for advice.

More details…

Report a problem

Report faults or problems such as:

  • potholes
  • fly-tippng
  • abandoned vehicles
  • non-illuminated bollards
  • road flooding
  • overgrown vegetation
  • damaged pavements 
  • noise nuisance
  • missed dustbin collection 
  • anti-social driving, etc. 

Please go to the ‘Report a problem’ page for details/links.

Mobile Post Office - Change of Hours

Please note the new timing. The mobile Post Office Van will be in Bury outside the Village Hall between 11.00 - 12.00 on Mondays and Thursdays. 

Clubs and Societies

There are a number of sections where more contributions would be welcome, such as ‘Clubs and societies’ and ‘Village events’. If you are involved in any of these or would like to add more, please email: clerk@buryparishcouncil.org.uk

Fly tipping

Fly tipping is on the increase. If you see anything, you can report it online via this link to Love West Sussex. A photo helps to assess how to deal with the problem. If you see it happening, take the vehicle registration, make, colour and time of the crime.  

Trees in Bury Conservation Area

We would like to remind Parishioners that if you are considering works to trees within the Conservation Area you must provide notice to the Chichester District Planning Authority prior to carrying out any works. This is the owners’ responsibility but a reputable tree surgeon should be aware of his obligations in this respect. It should be noted that unauthorised works to trees can be subject to unlimited fines. This applies not just to felling, but also crown reduction and lopping of all species of trees. For the avoidance of doubt the idea that seems to be circulating that leylandii and fruit trees are exempt is incorrect.

Please check if you are in a Conservation Area before carrying out works to trees. The easiest way to establish this is to email planning@southdowns.gov.uk with your address and they will let you know.

River Arun

If you would like to check the height of the River Arun (at Houghton Bridge) here is a link to the Environment Agency river levels data. The highest recorded level at Houghton Bridge was 3.69m on Christmas Day, 2013.

Keep in touch…

If you have any news that you think would be of interest to the residents of Bury & West Burton, please email The Clerk.