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Bobservation No. 83: Blue Badges and Fair Timing

Merged image of Fulking fair in red and a disabled parking passBlue Badge Scheme
Since the years overtook my ability to do anything useful I have found the Blue Badge Scheme so very helpful in allowing me to park a short distance from anywhere I wish to drive to (or be driven!). However these badges only last three years and renewing on the web-site is a nightmare for anyone less intelligent than Berners-Lee. This process is made incredibly simple by the marvellous staff at West Sussex County Council (01243 777653) who can renew over the telephone in certain cases.
Fulking Fair Second Attempt
The weather scuppered the intended event on 25 July and we will have another go on 8 August . A number of intended stalls have not been able to reschedule including National Trust. We still have a big RSPCA fun dog show as the centrepiece and amongst others Shepherd & Dog bar, Rushfields pies, BBQ, Hot dogs, DeLucas Ice cream (including a doggie one), Homemade cakes, Teas & Coffees, Children’s games, live music from Tenderhooks and many other interesting stalls. We still could use some willing hands if you can spare the time.

Planning Meeting

You are cordially invited to an Extraordinary Meeting of Fulking Parish Council, on Thursday 5th August 2021 at 7.00pm at the Village Hall where the meeting will consider the item set out below. 

Mark Hind – Chairman  

Following the Local Audit and Accountability Act 2014, and regarding regulations on Access to Local Government Meetings, members of the public are advised that they have a right to film/record the meetings of Fulking Parish Council. Members of the public are also advised that by attending a meeting of Fulking Parish Council, they give their consent to being filmed/recorded by other members of the public, if such activity is taking place. 


Public Participation: There will be a period of 15 minutes set aside at the beginning of the meeting for the public to ask questions or make comments on items on the Agenda. Comments on items not appearing on the agenda can be made at the chairman’s discretion.  

21/069/PM.          Apologies for Absence. 

21/070/PM.          Declaration of Members’ Interests. 

21/071/PM.          Planning matters 

Location: Customary Cottage The Street Fulking BN5 9LU SDNP/21/03640/HOUS 

Proposal: Demolition of existing garage and erection of replacement oak frame garage 

Date of the next Ordinary Meeting: Thursday 7th October 2021 

Mayfield unspurned?

“The Government announced changes to the National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF) on Tuesday 20 July, without notice. These changes have significant implications on the Horsham District Local Plan.”

Peter Freeman resigned from the board of Mayfield Market Towns Ltd. in October 2020. He was then immediately appointed to become Chair of Homes England:

As Chair, Peter Freeman will lead the continued transformation of Homes England into a commercially focused organisation that works with the public, private and voluntary sector to deliver much needed homes and infrastructure across the country.

He will help to deliver the Secretary of State’s ambitious vision for housing, driving the delivery of new homes and infrastructure to support economic recovery and ensure everyone has the opportunity to access a decent, secure and affordable place to call home.

Ordinary Meeting of Fulking Parish Council 29th July 2021

Dear All, 

You are cordially invited to the Ordinary Meeting of Fulking Parish Council on Thursday 29th July 2021 at 7.30pm, to be held at the Village Hall. The meeting will consider the items set out below. 

Trevor Parsons – Parish Clerk  


Public Participation: There will be a period of 15 minutes set aside at the beginning of the meeting for the public to ask questions or make comments on items on the Agenda. Comments on items not appearing on the agenda can be made at the chairman’s discretion.  

21/053/OM.            Apologies for Absence. 

21/054/OM.            Declaration of Members’ Interests. 

21/055/OM.            Approve the Minutes of Ordinary Council Meeting of 15th April 2021.  

21/056/OM.            Matters Arising & Outstanding Actions To clarify and report on actions brought forward from the last meeting.  

1) Speed Indicator Device 

2) Village Signs 

3) Streetlights 

4) Finger Post 

5) Market Gardens 

21/057/OM.            Reports from District and County Councillors.   

21/058/OM.         Code of Conduct Review 2021 

21/059/OM.         Financial Regulations Review 2021 

21/060/OM.            Village Hall Update 

21/061/OM.          Yellow Lines Update. 

21/062/OM.            Fulking Secondary School Allocations Update. 

21/063/OM.             Asset Inventory and Maintenance 

21/064/OM.              Reports from Outside Bodies. 

21/065/OM.             Information Items.  To receive information and items for the agenda at future meetings. 

21/066/OM.              Correspondence.  To discuss correspondence and respond to correspondence received. 

21/067/OM.              Financial Matters. To receive the report on the Council’s income and to approve future expenditure. 

21/068/OM.               To set a date for the next Ordinary Meeting in October 2021. 



Bobservation No. 82: Wilding Dog Show

Wilding in Gardens
I have found wilding in our garden has given a remarkable increase in the range of insects, including bees, and an amazing variety of wild flowers (there are no weeds only wild flowers!). Instead of mowing all the grassed areas in straight lines we have created mown paths through the previously mown parts. The concept is not new but has been given a large boost by the success of wilding at Knepp Castle. Our vegetable plot has benefitted from allowing wild flowers to grow at the margins of vegetable beds by increasing the bee pollination rate. Obviously all this has to be kept proportionate to the space available but it is certainly worth giving it a try.

RSPCA fun dog show at Fulking Fair 2021
The centrepiece of this year’s fair will be the RSPCA fun dog show. Depending on what Covid regulations are in force it is the intention to hold the fair on Sunday 25 July from mid-day till 5pm. The Social Committee has once again proved to be a tremendous asset in preparing, manning and generally helping to make this all possible in a very difficult year, as have the hard core of village helpers. It is at times like this that I am reminded what a fantastic village we live in.