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Election day is fast approaching. We’ll be voting not only for who is to be our new MP but also for our representatives on Horsham District Council. Claire Vickers, one of Southwater’s three current District Councillors (along with John Chidlow and Ian Howard), has asked us to publicise the fact that they will be holding a pre-election surgery at Beeson House in Lintot Square on Saturday 2nd May from 10.00 to 11.00am. Read More


Keep Southwater Green is delighted to announce that Dr Roger Smith is standing as an Independent candidate for Southwater in the Horsham District Council election. We endorse Roger’s candidacy because of his vast knowledge on planning matters and his unswerving commitment to protecting Southwater’s countryside from being completely covered with concrete and tarmac, and call upon all KSG supporters to vote for him on 7th May. Please read on to learn more about Roger’s manifesto. Read More


Last week the news sheet that is published by Southwater’s District Councillors, Claire Vickers, Ian Howard and John Chidlow, was delivered through letterboxes throughout the parish. Its headline article addresses the current position regarding planning proposals and explains the importance of the Horsham District Planning Framework. For those who’ve not read it, the full text is quoted below together with a pertinent piece from the reverse page. Read More


Dr Ian Thwaites, spokesman for KSG, has written directly to Tony Pidgley, who is the founder and Chairman of Berkeley Group Holdings, making explicit his concerns regarding the risk of anthrax should the field in front of Great House Farm be built on. The text of this letter is reproduced below. Copies were sent to Francis Maude MP, councillors and officers at HDC as well as Environmental Health. To date, there has been no reply. Read More


On 13th August, we had a meeting with Horsham District Council. The purpose was to get a feel for how HDC views the present situation now their Local Plan has been submitted to the Planning Inspector who will decide upon it during late autumn. Present at the meeting were Ian Thwaites and Richard Page of KSG, and Southwater’s three District Councillors, Claire Vickers, Ian Howard and John Chidlow, plus officers from HDC’s Planning Department and Environmental Health. This is our summary of the meeting.

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Our team of intrepid volunteers spent much of May and June gathering signatures door-to-door and in Lintot Square for the petition against Berkeley Homes’ planning application for 634 houses west of the Worthing Road. To date nearly 2800 people have signed this, and you can still add your name online HERE. We shall deliver it to Horsham District Council at the opportune moment.   Read More