Memorandum of Understanding between Community Partnerships and LA

HRTF MoU signingThe community partnerships in the rural towns of Horsham District have signed a memorandum of understanding with West Sussex County Council and Horsham District Council. The final signatures were added at a meeting at Pulborough last Wednesday, 2nd September. The two-page memorandum was the result of negotiations with the two councils over many months.

“It places the relationship between the community partnerships and the two councils on an official level where everyone understands what is expected of the others” said Ken Johnson of Billingshurst CP who had led the negotiations.

“The community partnerships can help the council officers understand more about the communities they are trying to help and working together can achieve more for the community,” said Les Ampstead from Pulborough. “Both they and the parish councils have a deep knowledge of the places they live in and that knowledge can save hard-pressed councils much time and money. Instead of employing a consultant, just come and ask the community.”

In the picture

Standing, left to right,

David Hurst, Pulborough Community Partnership (CP)
Les Ampstead, Pulborough CP
Ken Johnson, Billingshurst CP
Andy Castles, Storrington & Sullington CP
Denise Campbell, Billingshurst CP
Tony Jackson, Henfield CP
Patrick Perks Billingshurst CP

Seated, left to right

Mary Crosbie, Horsham Town CP
Jane Apostolou, Horsham Town CP
Kate Rowbottom, Horsham District Council, Cabinet Member for Communities
Reina Alston, Steyning CP

“Supporting rural communities in Sussex to be vibrant and diverse places in which to live and work.”