What is the Bury Neighbourhood Plan?
The Neighbourhood Plan has been prepared, following much consultation, to provide a clear framework for residents, local authorities and developers to guide future development in the Parish until 2032. The Neighbourhood Plan sets out planning policies covering;
- Settlement boundaries and built character
- New housing
- Protection for our locally important heritage
- Protection for our community facilities and green spaces
- Measures to enhance and protect the local economy
- Measures to preserve our natural environment and the landscape
- Transportation issues including parking and the public highway
What has been said about the plan?
As part of the process so far, the plan has been examined by an independent examiner to check it meets the required legal tests. In his conclusions he said “This is a locally distinctive plan that offers protection to the main village of Bury and the other settlements from inappropriate development. This is a really beautiful area within the South Downs National Park. The plan will provide the sound basis for decision making in the area over the next decade and a half. It strikes the right balance between protecting what is important to the community, at the same time taking the initiative in allocating a site to meet the Parish’s future housing needs”.
Please put 1st March 2018 in your diary to come and vote on your Neighbourhood Plan at the Village Hall 7.00 am – 10.00 pm.
The implementation of your Neighbourhood Plan for Bury Parish requires a majority YES vote.
For full information on the Neighbourhood Plan, the 'Bury Neighbourhood Plan - Referendum Version' and a link to the official page on the SDNPA web site, go to the Neighbourhood Plan page here.
There are three ways to vote:
1. In person
2. By post
3. By proxy
If you want to vote by post, you will need to complete an application form and send it to the Electoral Registration Officer to arrive by 5pm on Wednesday 14th February 2018.
Have your say on our Public Rights of Way
West Sussex County Council is asking residents' opinions on the County Council's draft Rights of Way Management Plan for 2018 to 2028. Anyone with an interest in accessing the countryside is encouraged to express their views.
The county council manages more than 4,000km, or 2,500 miles, of Public Rights of Way, such as footpaths, bridleways and byways.
The draft plan sets out its approach to managing the network, as well as signposting how improvements can be achieved over the next 10 years.
The closing date is 31 January 2018.
Rogue Traders and Scams
The talk on Rogue Traders and Scams by PCSO Richard Moorey at the Village Hall on Saturday 10th February was well attended despite the rain. You will find a booklet in the village hall covering Identity Fraud, Courier Fraud, Holiday Fraud, Mass Marketing Fraud - Scam Mail, Investment scams, Door to Door Scams, Banking and Payment Card Scams, Mobile Phone Scams, Ticketing Scams, Online Shopping and Auction Fraud, Internet Scams.
Scams target people of all ages, backgrounds and income levels.
10 Golden Rules to beat the scammers:
- Be suspicious of all ‘Too good to be true' offers and deals. There are no guaranteed 'get rich quick' schemes.
- Do not agree to offers of deals immediately. Insist on time to obtain independent/legal advice before making a decision.
- Do not hand over money or sign anything until you have checked the credentials of the company or individual.
- Never send money to anyone you do not know or trust, whether in the UK or abroad, or use methods of payment that you are not comfortable with.
- Never give banking or personal details to anyone you do not know or trust. This information is valuable, so make sure you protect it.
- Always log on to a website directly rather than clicking on links provided in an email.
- Do not rely solely on glowing testimonials. Find solid independent evidence of a company’s success.
- Always get independent/legal advice if an offer involves money, time or commitment.
- If you spot a scam or have been scammed, report it and get help. (www.actionfraud.police.uk) or contact the Police (999) if the suspect is known or still in the area.
- Do not be embarrassed to report a scam. Because scammers are cunning and clever there is no shame in being deceived. By reporting you will make it more difficult for them to deceive others.
Never deal with cold calling doorstep traders nor get into conversation with them (it is illegal unless they have a licence from Sussex Police and they normally do not issue them). Door to door scams involve selling goods or services that are not delivered or are very poor quality. You won’t get value for money and you may get billed for work you didn’t want or didn’t agree to. Never ring the telephone number on their ID card. Tell them to wait outside, shut the door and ring the genuine number from the website. If they come to your door, make sure you ask for ID. You DO NOT have to let them in and they must leave if you tell them. They will probably claim to be Young Offenders or recently Released from Prison, which may well be true, but they are breaking the law.
In Bury, they are dropped off from a mini bus and several of them go around the village. They have recently become very much more aggressive and try to put a foot in the door. They often come from Kent and the north of England and they only have the one intention. As soon as you can, report them to 999 and a policeman will be dispatched from the nearest location. As the crime is happening at that time, only use the 999 number so that there is a chance of them being stopped. There are many in the village who may not be able to go to the door immediately and they often will take the opportunity to go around the back of the property to look in. They usually sell this information on to a third party. If you leave your door open whilst you get them money, they will work out where you keep your money.
Protect your identity. Only give out personal details when absolutely necessary and when you trust the person you are talking to. Treat these details like you would money. Do not sign up for charities in the street until you have researched them.
Mobile Post Office
The mobile Post Office Van will be in Bury outside the Village Hall between 11.00 - 12.00 on Mondays and Thursdays.
Nextdoor local network
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.