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Bank closures affecting Billingshurst


A message from Citizens Advice Bureau



With Barclays closing in November 2017, and Lloyds and NatWest planning to close in May 2018, there will be no banks left in the town.

Citizens Advice are concerned about the loss of access to banking facilities, especially on the part of older people and those who have a disability.

If you live in Billingshurst, or nearby, and depend on using a bank there, we want to get your views on what the closure will mean for you. We can then tell the banks what you think.

One of our volunteers will be near Sainsbury's in the High Street on Friday, 23rd March, from 10 am to 2 pm, to give out more information and to invite you to take a short survey. Look out for the Citizens Advice logo.

If that’s not convenient, you could call our Adviceline (0344 477 1171, Mon-Fri, 10am-4pm). and tell the operator that it’s about Billingshurst bank closures.

However you contact Citizens Advice, all of your details will remain anonymous.





Following a suggestion from a local resident,

the Council has agreed to advertise for an operator to

provide light refreshments in Station Road Gardens,

on a seasonal basis, for a one year trial.



Councillors concur that it could be very welcome attraction

for visitors to the award-winning gardens.

The Council is now inviting expressions of interest from

would-be operators, who could provide a high quality

facility to compliment the popular site.



If anyone is interested or knows someone who might be

interested, please contact the Clerk for an informal discussion








NOTICE is hereby given that in pursuance of the provisions of Section 14(2) of the Road Traffic Regulation Act, 1984, as amended, the use of High Street, Billingshurst from entrance of High Seat Copse to junction with Hilland Roundabout, is temporarily prohibited from 5th March 2018

This closure is necessary to allow for the installation of new gas mains.

Emergency vehicle, Residential and Pedestrian access will be maintained at all times

The alternative route for traffic is via A29, A272 West Street, A272 High Street and vice versa.

This restriction will be effective for a maximum of 21 days from the start date given above

Any queries about the effect of the closure on traffic using the highway please contact West Sussex County Council on 01243 642105

Any queries about the works please contact Kim Gibbons working on behalf of EPLR Ltd on 01920 871403

Dated 09/02/2018

Matt Davey

Head of Highways and Transport











You may remember that last year, the

Parish Council appealed for local

residents to come forward and form a

Community Speedwatch Group.  The

Speedwatch Co-ordinators have recently

provided us with another update which

you can read below.



 We are up and running after a false start on Saturday 3rd February when we got rained off. However, our second outing was on the 6th February on Maringdean Road which proved to be very informative and also helpful for our resilient volunteers on such a freezing cold morning. The impact of our presence was immediately evident on what can be a fast road with most motorists slowing down as soon as they spotted us. Sadly we did have to log two speeding drivers at our first posi...tion along the road and another on our second. One lucky speeder (40 in the 30 limit) escaped us due to a filthy number plate causing some confusion. We were all a little apprehensive about the task ahead but everyone was happy and we met no opposition from motorists and very much support from passing pedestrians who seemed to universally support the campaign.


More campaigns are planned and more sophisticated equipment expected in the not too distant future.


So please, don't think this is an "old people's" pastime or you have to be retired, the CSW teams are open to everyone of all ages. It only takes up a very small amount of time at irregular intervals of no more than two hours per session. You can regulate your availability yourself and turn out as much or as little as you like.


    To find out more about the Community Speedwatch scheme, please click HERE











 We now have a dedicated

area which can be found on the top 

left-hand side of this front

page which gives more

information on the Neighbourhood

Warden Schemehow the Council

consulted with local residents, and

the decision taken by Councillors on

whether to proceed.







Following the announcement of the closure of


the Billingshurst branches of both


NatWest and Lloyds Banks next spring,


representatives of each bank were invited to attend


Council meetings where members of the public were


also invited to listen and ask questions.



Representatives of NatWest Bank attended a meeting


on Wednesday 10 January and the report from that


meeting can be read HERE




The Parish Council was very sorry that Lloyds Bank


chose to withdraw at the eleventh hour from a meeting


they had agreed to attend with Councillors and


residents on 18 January, to discuss the closure of their


Billingshurst branch.  However a big thank you


to the 30 residents who still stayed for an hour and let


Councillors know what they think.  We will now be


taking all these points to Lloyds when we meet with


them in (at their request), private, and will let you know


of their responses.  A report from the meeting of


18 January 2018 is available HERE.




 Billingshurst Parish

Neighbourhood Plan


This is the community's Neighbourhood Plan and we want YOU to get involved


 Please look at the dedicated page on the left hand side of this website to find out more about this important local project.  


Meetings are held on a monthly basis, please email sarah@billingshurst.gov.uk or clerk@billingshurst.gov.uk if you would like to get involved.





UK Power Networks is working with the other Electricity Distribution Networks and our trade body, Energy Networks Association, on a new national campaign called Be Winter Ready.


Be Winter Ready aims to encourage people to prepare in case they experience a power cut or gas emergency this winter. 

We’re contacting all of our stakeholders to make you aware of the campaign and to ask if you could help share this important information.


In recent years the chances of unscheduled problems with electricity and gas supply have dropped dramatically. Since 1990, network companies have invested £80bn in improving the reliability of local energy networks in the UK. As a result, on average, electricity customers have a power cut just once every two years and gas distribution customers will have their gas supply interrupted without advance notice just once every 40 years.
Whilst the UK’s gas and electricity supply is very reliable, bad winter weather can cause damage and disruption.


Steps you can take to ‘Be Winter Ready’:

  • Know your free emergency numbers: In a power cut dial 105 or, for a gas emergency, dial 0800 111999.
  • Prepare your home: Keep a torch handy and get your appliances serviced by a Gas Safe registered engineer to prevent carbon monoxide poisoning. 
  • Register as a vulnerable customer: Vulnerable households can get extra support by signing up to the Priority Services Register. Click here to find out more about the Priority Services Register in London, the South and East of England or to sign up.
  • Keep your eyes open: Keep an eye on the weather forecast and, if you have a power cut or a gas emergency, check on your neighbours.



 Would you find it helpful to have more information when there is a Power Cut?

Call 105 


Recently launched, 105 is a new three-digit number that people can call to report or get information about power cuts.


Click here for more information