Trotton with Chithurst parish council

Serving the people of Trotton and Chithurst

Parish Clerk: Mr Neil Ryder
Steps, Trotton, West Sussex
GU31 5EP

Tel: 01730 207447

  • Chithurst Bridge

    Chithurst Bridge

  • Chithurst Church

    Chithurst Church

  • Chithurst Monastery

    Chithurst Monastery

  • Doughnut tree at Trotton's annual fete

    Doughnut tree at Trotton's annual fete

  • Dumpford


  • Terwick Mill

    Terwick Mill

  • Trotton Common

    Trotton Common

  • Trotton Bridge

    Trotton Bridge

  • Trotton Church

    Trotton Church

Trotton with Chithurst is a civic parish a few miles West of Midhurst, in the heart of the picturesque South Downs National Park. In the 2001 census the parish covered 3 square miles and had 129 households with a total population of 328. It contains the two villages of Trotton and Chithurst, together with the hamlet of Dumpford and it straddles the A272 road and the Rother river. The parish council is the bottom layer of local government, but is run entirely by volunteers - 7 council members and a part-time clerk. It is financed by a "precept" collected with the rates by the district council, and amounting to roughly £1 per month for each resident. We have tried to include on this website a summary of the services we provide, with other local information and we hope you can find what you are looking for by browsing or searching the site; if not, please contact us.

Latest News

START community trust up and running

START community trust up and running

As foreseen in our annual parish report to residents last Spring, Trotton has joined with Rogate and Stedham to form a community land trust - START Community Trust. Our MP Gillian Keegan attended the inaugural meeting this week and learned that START has finally achieved legal registration by the FCA.

START's priority now is to finalise membership, finance and other policies ready for a public launch this summer, when it will aim to sign up every adult resident of all three parishes as voting members! The members will decide the trust's priorities (eg low-cost housing versus community centres, etc) and on who will be allowed to live in / use these community assets. More »

For more details and to sign up for more info, click here. » Less

Posted: Fri, 05 Apr 2019 12:00 by Neil

Brewers’ lifetime achievement award for chair of parish council

Brewers’ lifetime achievement award for chair of parish council

A "Lifetime achievement award" from the Society of independent brewers (SIBA) was announced this week for Carola Brown, the former owner of Ballards Brewery and current chairman of Trotton with Chithurst parish council.

Carola had been part of Ballards Brewery since it started in 1980 in what is now the Elsted Inn, where she was landlady. She took over the firm and moved the brewery to Nyewood in 1988, after the pub was sold to Tweazle Jones. Here it brewed and sold its well-known Ballards Mild, Best Bitter, Nyewood Gold, Wassail and other beers, as well as organising an annual beer walk (a local favourite 'pub crawl') until 2018, when Carola finally retired and sold the brands to Greyhound Brewery of West Chiltington. More »

Along the way, Carola did a 3-year stint as chair of the Society of Independent Brewers in the late 1990's, followed by a further 3 years as president. She was involved in many government and other public affairs campaigns on its behalf, including its long and successful campaign for the "Progressive Beer Duty" (also known as "Small breweries' relief"), which allows small breweries to pay less tax on their products and came into effect in 2002. The citation for this year's SIBA award says: "From all independent craft brewers, reflecting our immense gratitude for your outstanding contribution to the British beer industry". » Less

Posted: Sat, 16 Mar 2019 17:41 by Neil

Trotton PC objects to Severals sand quarry

The parish council has responded to the WSCC consultation on the Soft Sand Review of the adopted West Sussex Joint Minerals Local Plan. Our response is attached but, in summary, we objected strongly on the grounds that Trotton Bridge would suffer serious harm from the proposed extra 100-200 lorries per day the plan could require, and we agreed with other parish councils that there was insufficient evidence to justify this sort of proposal in the heart of the South Downs.

Posted: Sat, 16 Mar 2019 17:11 by Neil