UPDATE: Council leader sorry to hear of Southwater parish chairman’s resignation

HOR 201009 Abbey Walk scheme opening at Ravenscroft, Storrington. RH20 4FG- Green homes with solar power etc. Councillor Ray Dawe officially opening the scheme, with Ian Phillips chairman,Adrian Buffery development director and cllr Chris Mason  -photo by steve cobb

HOR 201009 Abbey Walk scheme opening at Ravenscroft, Storrington. RH20 4FG- Green homes with solar power etc. Councillor Ray Dawe officially opening the scheme, with Ian Phillips chairman,Adrian Buffery development director and cllr Chris Mason -photo by steve cobb

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The leader of Horsham District Council has said he was sorry to hear of the resignation of the chairman of Southwater Parish Council.

Tony Bull quit last week protesting against what he deemed the ‘cavalier’ treatment of parish councils by both HDC and West Sussex County Council.

In particular he criticised HDC for recent vacillations on planning policy.

Ray Dawe (Con, Chantry), leader of Horsham District Council, said: “I was sorry to learn of Tony Bull’s resignation. We have always worked closely with Southwater Parish Council and much has been achieved in the village as a result of our partnership.

“We are, however, very keen to improve how we work with parish councils in the planning process and are optimistic that through the introduction of Neighbourhood Plans we will be able to do just that - putting local people much more in the driving seat.

“I would be happy to meet Tony’s successor to discuss any matters of concern and how we can resolve these.”

For a full report on Mr Bull’s resignation see Thursday’s West Sussex County Times.