Trees Shrubs and Hedges Overhanging Roads Pavement and Public Footpaths

West Sussex County Council, the Highway Authority has recently issued a reminder regarding the importance of ensuring that public footpaths are kept clear for pedestrians, particularly those who are visually impaired. For those people who cannot see so well overhanging vegetation is a common obstruction they experience when walking.

Under the Highways Act residents are responsible for maintaining trees, hedges and shrubs within their property that adjoin the public highway and therefore they must make sure that any vegetation does not overhang the pavement, public footpath or road that would obstruct pedestrians or vehicles or pose an unreasonable health and safety risk to pedestrians, cyclists or vehicles.

If you spot a problem with overgrown vegetation, you can report it using the Love West Sussex app available through app stores or at and clicking on “Roads and Travel”.


North Horsham Parish Neighbourhood Plan

North Horsham Parish Council is preparing a Neighbourhood Plan focusing on green spaces and housing design, but wants to hear more about what is important to you in Roffey and Holbrook.

We need people to get involved and to tell us about what you want to see in the future.

What is a Neighbourhood Plan?

A Neighbourhood Plan is a community-led framework for guiding the future development and growth of an area. It may contain a vision, aims, planning policies, proposals for improving the area or providing new facilities.

Neighbourhood plans relate to the use and development of land and associated social, economic and environmental issues. It may deal with a wide range of issues or it may focus on one or two issues that are of particular importance in a local area.

A Neighbourhood Plan will be subject to examination and referendum and then form part of the Local Development Plan. This statutory status gives Neighbourhood Plans far more weight than some other local planning documents, such as parish plans, community plans and village design statements. (Locality 2017)

North Horsham Parish Neighbourhood Plan

North Horsham Parish Council will be the overarching organisation for producing a Neighbourhood Plan, but the Council needs other organisations and individuals to get involved.  The whole parish has been designated for the preparation of the plan.

The North Horsham Parish Council will focus on the green areas and housing design. The Parish Council is aware that the area is becoming more developed and that the green, open spaces that are peppered throughout North Horsham provide a valuable facility for a variety of activities for everyone. These areas are used by a wide range of the community, families, dog walkers, sports people, young people and those who don’t have gardens themselves. We aim to find out what people think about their green, open spaces and to protect the green areas that are greatly valued by the community such as Manor Fields or Earles Meadow by having appropriate policies as part of the Neighbourhood Plan.

North Horsham Parish Council recognises that many people identify closely with the area that they live and the heritage of that area and that they would like to influence the housing design in their locality. Producing a Neighbourhood Plan gives people an opportunity to influence and to have policies that support what the local people want.

The Parish Council is looking for people in the community who would like to be involved in producing a Neighbourhood Plan and making a difference to their community.


If you are interested, please contact the Clerk on 01403 750786 or by e-mail at

Back to Work Support for parents

Are you a parent looking to return to work but feel that you would like some support?  This might include help with:

  • Accessing training
  • Rebuilding confidence
  • Gaining relevant work experience to your chosen career
  • Help looking for jobs
  • Support with cvs and application forms
  • Support preparing for interviews

If this is you, then there’s FREE help available through the Volunteering and Employment Coordinators at West Sussex County Council. Contact Julie Dutton ( or Maria Maloney ( for an informal chat.


Do you have some spare time?  Want to make a difference to the local community?

West Sussex County Council have opportunities for volunteers at our Children and Family Centres and Youth Services across the local area eg administration, operating the toy library, assisting at Play and Learn sessions, Baby Rhyme Time groups, Youth services, Music and Movement groups

The time commitment is usually 2 to 3 hours per week/fortnight.  We offer access to free training and pay travel expenses.  References are required and a DBS (police check) will be obtained at no charge to volunteers).

To arrange an informal meeting to discuss our opportunities and what you are looking for, please email Julie Dutton ( or Maria Maloney (