Steyning and District Community Partnership

“Volunteers working to maintain and develop our community”
Under the control and guidance of an executive committee, groups can identify a need for a community project and work to together to help create something that improves our community for everybody. If you have an idea for a community project and / or wish to volunteer your services, please contact us via steyningsouthdowns@gmail.com.
Current actions being worked on:

Walk for All (Improved access for the less able to our local countryside and river walks) Improve local signage Getting the main projects identified in our 5 year Community Plan up and going forward.

Ongoing actions:
Civic Pride - Public amenities group.
CommunityWebsite: www.steyningsouthdowns..com

Visitor and Tourism Committee
Actions completed since our creation: MicroBiz - Promotion a fair for small businesses in the Steyning Centre 2006 and 2007. Explore Steyning - Updated visitor leaflet produced. Steyning Festival - Initiated first Steyning Arts and Cultural Festival 2007. (Now an annual event organised by a separate group) High Street Toilets/Bus Shelter - Involved in redevelopment plans with Parish Council. Fingerposts - Project to provide better visitor information signage in Steyning town centre. Working with Hidden Britain to design and publish 4 circular walks leaflets for Steyning and its neighbouring villages. Visitors and Tourism Group - Promotes Steyning and the surrounding villages. Tourist Information Facility – Established in Steyning Post Office. Create a 5 year Community Plan (Action Plan) for the whole District (latest one published 2015) Further detail on the Steyning and District Community Partnership

The District comprises of the villages of Small Dole, Upper Beeding, Bramber, Ashurst and Steyning.

Horsham District Council has 6 Community Partnerships centred on market towns south of Horsham and along with West Sussex provides funding to run the action teams.

Action teams working with the management executive seek grants from local and national providers to fund projects. Work to create the Steyning Community Action Plan was commenced in 2001 (updated in 2015 and called the Community Plan) by a number of Community groups, in conjunction with the Parish Council, and under the guidance of the Countryside Agency and Action in Rural Sussex. This involved the collection of data and a number of public consultations. This resulted in the identification of four key project areas. A management committee was formed in 2004 to oversee all the work and to seek funding opportunities. This committee is made up of community-minded people together with representatives from the Parish, District and the County Councils. In May 2007 the Partnership became incorporated as a company Limited by Guarantee.

The aims of the Community Partnership are these: • Maintain and improve the local economy • Create a community and environment where people continue to be proud and happy to live • Develop a prosperous, safe and secure environment • Enable tourists and visitors to get the most from the countryside and heritage in and around the town