Bury news

Be prepared for Scammers and Rogue Traders

A talk by PCSO Richard Moorey at Bury Village Hall on Saturday 10th February at 11.30

There will be a presentation in Bury Village Hall on Saturday 10th February at 11.30 by PCSO Richard Moorey about scams and rogue traders.

PCSO Moorey will first talk about a number of the most prevalent scams, these being courier fraud, computer fraud and investment fraud. He will then talk about door to door rogue traders and how to get rid of them. There will also be a short session on trading standards. This should take between 45 minutes to an hour, dependent on the number of questions raised.

There is also a short video (approximately 15 minutes) of real life examples of fraud victims.

PCSO Moorey will give out ‘scam books’ to the attendees along with door stickers which will put off any cold caller who comes knocking.

In addition, we hope to get a traffic officer to speak about the speeding, noise and anti-social behaviour on the A29.

Coldwaltham and Watersfield are welcome to join us, as it affects them, too.

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 see the Neighbourhood Plan page here.

Dorset House School

Employment opportunity for part-time minibus driver

Dorset House School is looking for a morning Minibus Driver to start as soon as possible (subject to safeguarding checks).

They are looking for someone to drive a minibus from Bury to the Wisborough Green area to collect pupils and bring them to Dorset House School, 7.5 hours per week (7.00am to 8.30am – Monday to Friday), term time only.

Dorset House is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and expect all staff and volunteers at the school to share this commitment. The successful applicant will therefore be required to undergo vetting checks, including an enhanced disclosure from the Disclosure and Barring Service before any offer of employment is confirmed. The salary is £8 to £12 per hour.

If you are interested, please call Andrew Owens, Bursar, on 01798 831456 for further details.

Annual Village Christmas Lunch

The Annual Village Christmas Lunch was held on Thursday 14th December and attended by approximately 80 residents. This is mainly a Charity Fund Raising event and an opportunity for both new and old residents to get together. The main fundraising event was a tombola with about 70 prizes, kindly donated by many residents and local businesses; Sue Billsberry spent many hours collecting all the prizes and Gill Labarte worked her magic in making the display look very attractive.

The lunch was cooked by a number of residents and brought to the Hall hot and ready to serve. A full turkey lunch was served followed by Christmas pudding and mince pies. The afternoon ended with the children from Bury Village School entertaining us with singing, getting the audience to join in with traditional carols. The money raised was divided between the Village Hall, Snowdrop Trust and Bury C of E Primary School (for Computers). The total raised was about £850.00.

This annual event was enjoyed by everyone, so look out for the announcement in ‘The Link’ for 2018.

Janet Mattey

A welcome at the bar

Welcome at the bar.

Annual Christmas lunch

About 80 residents met at the village hall for the Annual Christmas Lunch.

Amberley Station Campaign update

From Amberley Parish Council and the AmberleyRailSOS campaign

At the last Amberley Parish Council meeting we were given an update by the AmberleyRailSOS campaign. They had met with GTR (who run the Southern franchise) at the end of October.

At this stage, GTR were keen to ensure that any off-peak trains serving schools had a stop at Amberley and became a 'protected service' (e.g. they would not run fast through Amberley if the train was delayed). The team have collated and sent this information to GTR, specifically asking for an additional stop on the 15.14 from Billingshurst (serving Weald College). Likewise, GTR felt that a half-hourly Saturday service could be introduced for Amberley to promote tourism and visitors to the area. If this was agreed, GTR (in conjunction with local organisations) would run a marketing campaign to promote Amberley.

We discussed this as a Parish Council and agreed that this would be a positive outcome for Amberley and neighbouring parishes. Specifically, this will be a big support to the Amberley Museum and other local businesses and organisations. As a number of you will have seen, GTR have now launched the third phase of consultation on the weekend services. Malcolm Pheasey has helpfully circulated a synopsis of this timetable recently on Listserve. This does not currently show the half-hourly Saturday service to Amberley that was discussed, but GTR are confident in their ability to introduce this, especially if they have the backing of another strong local response to the consultation.

We would again encourage everyone to respond to this consultation, showing your support for a half-hourly Saturday service. The timetables can be found at https://www.transformingrail.com/ . There is a survey to complete, but, as Malcolm has also suggested, you could respond directly to the consultation via email address: mailto:gtr.timetableconsultation@gtrailway.com

Please could you copy mailto:amberleyrailsos@gmail.com into any consultation feedback to help the team track the number of responses. The deadline for responses is 20th December.

Given what we were able to achieve with the weekday service, a similarly strong response should help us to secure an improved Saturday service!


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.


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.

More details…