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Commemoration for the 75th Anniversary of the Boys School Bombing
There will be a commemoration for the 75th anniversary of the Boys School Bombing on the 29th September 2017. The day will commence with a special service at 10am at St Mary’s Church, which will be followed by an act of remembrance at the grave in the Horsham Road Cemetery. Afterwards there will be a reception at Petworth Primary School. The bombing of the Boys School is a tragic event in Petworth’s history and the whole community is invited to come along, including families who may no longer live in Petworth. There will be a free minibus service available from St Mary’s Church for those who are unable to walk to the cemetery and school.
Petworth Town Council’s Lorry Crackdown!
Petworth Town Council is currently collaborating with the West Sussex County Council Highways Department to improve the lorry situation in Petworth. They have recently undertaken a professional lorry survey and also sent a questionnaire to all the businesses in Petworth to ascertain their need for these large vehicles that cause problems in the town. Hopefully with the evidence that is being gathered, WSCC will be able to help with diverting these lorries away from the streets of Petworth.
How can you help with this?
We need as much evidence as possible, so we would ask that you report any lorries above 7.5 tonnes that you see, if they are using North St or Pound St and not collecting or delivering to residents or businesses in Petworth. This also applies to any other dangerous encounters you may have as a pedestrian on Petworth’s streets and pavements. The website for reporting these incidents is www.operationcrackdown.org and your contact details will be treated in confidence.
Christmas Event 2017
This year’s Christmas Event will be on Saturday 2nd December. This popular annual event attracts thousands of visitors and includes many different festive events, including a live nativity with Mr Darcy the donkey and the Christmas tree lights switch on.
If you are interested in having a stall at this event, please email firstname.lastname@example.org or phone the Petworth Town Council office on 01798 344883.
Virgin Mary Spring
Petworth Town Council are aware of the public concern regarding the walkway that had been constructed in front of the Virgin Mary Spring. They wish to clarify that this was not built on the instructions of the Town Council. After a meeting with the West Sussex Highways Department, it was decided that the walkway was inappropriate and it has now been removed. The council will be monitoring the area around the spring to ensure that it remains safe for those who wish to walk there and they will report back to West Sussex County Council on any issues of concern.
The council hope that this will clarify the situation for those residents who raised their concerns about what they felt was the inappropriateness of the walkway. Should you have any further questions regarding this issue, please contact West Sussex County Council.
Neighbourhood Plan Update!
Thank you to everyone who completed a questionnaire or online survey following our third and final public consultation phase of the Petworth Neighbourhood Plan.
Please click here to be directed to our dedicated Neighbourhood Plan page where you can see the results.
Petworth Skate Park
Petworth Town Council is aware that there is some concern regarding the construction of a skate park in Petworth. They will be holding a public meeting to outline the proposed plans and answer any questions/concerns you may have. The date of this meeting is yet to be confirmed, but as soon as it has been decided, we will post the details on the homepage of the website.
Petworth lies in the South Downs National Park in rural West Sussex. The Town Council serves the closely built ancient township close to the National Trust’s property Petworth House, the modern town, and an extensive surrounding rural area.
The total population in Petworth Town Council area is just over 3000 people (The 2011 census recorded 3027).
Petworth people enjoy a very active community with several churches, a public library, several public meeting places, a youth club, and a lunch club for the elderly, and tennis, bowling, football and cricket clubs. There are regular films, a town band, amateur dramatics and the world class annual Petworth Festival which draws music lovers from far and near, and the Fete in the Park, both in the summer.
It is well known as a centre for the antiques trade, and is a thriving shopping and business community. Additionally there are regular farmers markets in the town centre, and monthly book sale supporting the Petworth Society. The Petworth Community Association is the hub for many of Petworth’s activities.
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Photo Credits: Market Square : Copyright 2013 DanielCraigPhotographic. All other photos: Copyright 2014 John Pawsey