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About Southbourne

Southbourne is a small, semi rural village and civil parish about half way between Portsmouth and Chichester and on the shore of Chichester Harbour. It lies to the east of Emsworth, the west of Nutbourne and south-east of Westbourne on the West Sussex coastal plain. To the north lie the South Downs recently designated as a National Park. The A259 road, formerly designated A27 and the main coast route until the construction of a new dual carriageway, runs through the village.

Prinsted, the oldest settled area of Southbourne is a conservation area consisting mainly of ancient  buildings along narrow lanes in a rural setting. PRINSTED CONSERVATION AREA Prinsted  is also in the Chichester Harbour AONB the northern boundary of which runs along the A259.

The parish has a land area of 1068.36 hectares (2639 acres). In the 2001 census 6001 people lived in 2595 households of whom 2762 were economically active. This figure is most likely to have significantly risen since the building of an estate of affordable housing.

At the heart of the parish is the church of St. John the Evangelist.  Close by are the Co-op food store  which also houses the Post Office,  Southbourne Farm Shop, the local chemist and the Southbourne Surgery as well as the Travellers' Joy public house.  North of the A259, in First Avenue, are the Library and Village Hall.  Bourne Community College is a large comprehensive school and there are infant and junior schools serving the educational needs of the parish.

The Parish Council provides a recreation ground in Park Road with two football pitches, pavilion and a children's playground.

Whilst there is a small industrial estate, the area is predominantly residential and agricultural.

There are several community organisations including a bowls club , a football team and social club. Each year a number of community events are held in the village including the Annual Sussex Day Fete

A map of Southbourne and its environs




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