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
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