Looking across the Wildbrooks from Bury

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Referendum date postponed

Following the Examiner’s report the South Downs National Park Authority has liaised with the Steering Group and some minor amendments have been made to some of the policies in the Plan. Therefore there is a procedural delay and the Referendum will be held as soon as possible in the New Year.

The new date for the Referendum will be announced shortly.

Bury Village Hall Booking Coordinator

The Village Hall is an important part of village life and the Council would like someone to help manage this key asset.

The Booking Coordinator’s duties would include:

  • Take and confirm hall bookings
  • Keep the hall bookings calendar on the Parish website up to date
  • Show the hall and facilities to new users
  • Raise invoices and receipts
  • Deposit hire fees in the VH account at the Post Office or bank
  • Monitor janitorial supplies and replace from Cash & Carry when required
  • Help set up and put away tables, chairs and equipment, when required
  • Liaise with hall users and respond to concerns
  • Ensure users leave the hall in a clean and tidy state for the next user
  • Keep control of keys issued
  • Liaise with the Hall Cleaner 

This is a part-time role and it is anticipated it will require approximately five+ hours per week, with some flexibility as Hall usage levels naturally vary. Renumeration to be agreed. 

If you are interested, please contact clerk@buryparishcouncil.org.uk

Campaign to save rail services at Amberley Station gets results

From May of next year, rail services from Amberley Station are set to improve, thanks to the campaign led by Amberley Rail SOS.

Laura Rawnsley, a founder and active member of the campaign group, reports: “As you'll be aware, Southern published a proposed 2018 timetable at the end of June. This showed a net reduction of about 3 trains at Amberley station, with the loss of a number of 'favourite' trains, and no improvement from the additional services they were planning to run on the Arun Line during peak times.

Thanks to all of your support, we managed to submit over 100 consultation responses and Nick Herbert's office got 60 emails on the matter. Nick wrote to GTR on our behalf, as did APC and Parish Councils in Bury, Storrington and Parham. We also got support from a number of local and national organisations. This secured us a meeting with GTR at the end of July.

Not only were we able to get lost services reinstated, but we were also able to negotiate to get an additional 6 services to stop at Amberley. This means we will have a half-hourly northbound service in the morning (from around 6.00-9.15) and a half-hourly southbound service in the evenings (from 16.00-22.30).

You'll find more details on the campaign, support we have received, and the current and proposed services in the bulletin attached. These changes are all still going through the approval process with DfT, but GTR have reassured us that they are low risk and are highly likely to be approved.

This is just a starting point. We are meeting again with GTR in October to continue to push for all Arun Valley services to stop at Amberley. 

In the meantime, if you have any suggestions, or specific concerns with the timetable that you'd like us to try to address, please do get in touch with us at amberleyrailsos@gmail.com.

This is a great example of what we can achieve with such a strong community! Many thanks to everyone who has supported this campaign.”


Arun Valley Postcard Trail – Bury 

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…


Play equipment at The Green

Play equipment at The Green has been repaired recently and both The Green and the Wharf are cut regularly. 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. 

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. 

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 - Hours

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.

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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).