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Buxted Parish Council

Buxted Parish Council came into being in 1894 when the present system of Parish Councils was instituted to give rural communities a voice. Buxted Parish covers some 7,000 acres with an electorate of about 2,500 out of a population of 3,200. It encompasses the villages of Buxted, High Hurstwood and Five Ash Down.

The parish is divided into two wards – Buxted/Five Ash Down (10 councillors) and High Hurstwood (5 councillors). Councils are elected for a term of 4 years. Council meetings are held on the second Tuesday in every month (except August), alternating between Buxted Reading Room, High Hurstwood Village Hall and Five Ash Down Village Hall, at 19.30. Meetings agendas are displayed one week in advance on the Parish notice boards in Buxted (on the Ionides Trust site), High Hurstwood (near The Hurstwood pub) and in Five Ash Down (outside the Village Hall) and on the website. The agenda includes a list of any planning applications received from Wealden District Council for consultation. All meetings of the Council and its committees are open to the public, who are welcome to ask questions or raise issues with the Council before the meetings formally begin.

An early requirement was to provide allotments, which we do. Councils can also support arts and crafts; contribute to maintenance of churchyards; protect commons, provide buildings for public meetings, functions and entertainment, maintain public footpaths and bridleways (jointly with ESCC), provide footway lighting (we don’t), provide and maintain public open spaces, and comment on planning applications.

We also take an active interest in highways matters, policy and our environment (e.g. trees and hedgerows). More and more we have to comment on government policies for local government and voice our electors’ concerns.

Parish assets include Buxted Reading Room, two recreation grounds (Buxted and High Hurstwood), two allotment areas in Buxted (recently re-generated) and High Hurstwood, children’s play areas in Buxted and High Hurstwood, and two bus shelters. The budget is set annually over the period October to December. Planned expenditure less income forms the ‘Parish Precept’ which is levied as part of annual Council Tax. Apart from meeting general running expenses of the council – specifically employing our Parish Clerk – the council makes grants to local organisations and contributes to local projects e.g. Buxted Traffic calming.

The Parish Council recognises the burden of Council Tax but is also conscious of local needs for improvements in the Parish that increasingly are not being covered by either County or District as they seek to keep within national government budgets. Before increasing Precept to cover costs of local improvements such as the recent traffic calming, the Parish Council ensures that such improvements are what our electorate want and are prepared to pay for.

Councillors sit on various committees (e.g. Finance, Planning, Communications) and outside bodies (e.g. Ionides Trust, Buxted Community Hall Trust). Each keeps an eye on different parts of the Parish, e.g. for planning purposes and trees.

Our Parish Clerks, Beccy Macklen & Claudine Feltham (01435 812798) who act as the Council’s ‘proper officers’ on the Council’s behalf and under its direction. Both Clerks are available at the Reading Room to handle enquiries personally from parishioners on the first Thursday of every month from 10.15-11.30.

Latest Parish News

Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II

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September 2022
Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II

It is with great sadness that we have learned of the death of Her Majesty, Queen Elizabeth II. The Councillors and Officers of Buxted Parish Council are deeply saddened and our thoughts are with the Royal Family at this time.

New funding pot for sports clubs, community groups and voluntary organisations

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September 2022
New funding pot for sports clubs, community groups and voluntary organisations

Message from Wealden District Council:

We are pleased to announce that we will be able to support and enable partners to reduce physical activity inequalities and deliver better health outcomes within the district through a new funding programme.

This is an exciting prospect which has been made available by funds being released by East Sussex County Council Public Health.

The funding programme is available to one or more delivery partners who can apply for between £1,000 and £15,000. Projects must support and enable Wealden residents to become more active. This will help individuals realise the many mental wellbeing and health benefits associated with living a more active healthier lifestyle and enable them to make positive health choices.

The deadline for the application is the 28th October 2022 with all funds to be spent by the 30th June 2023.

Funding Aims

The aim of this funding programme is to develop approaches to supporting physical activity in Wealden. These must focus on the impact that COVID-19 has had on the local sport, the physical activity sector and residents. The project will seek to identify and implement the actions needed to address the issues that have arisen due to the pandemic and support physical activity delivery and participation.

Funding will be prioritised to projects that demonstrate how they achieve this aim and the following objectives:

  • To work with residents to understand the impact of COVID-19 has been on people’s physical activity behaviour and support them to begin/return to activity.

  • To work with sport and physical activity clubs and organisations to understand the impact of COVID-19 on future delivery and participation, supporting the development of the physical activity sector through effective communication and networking.

  • To develop pathways into and out of the service which seek to increase uptake by high priority individuals
  • Provide participants with access to wider advice and guidance services to address wider determinants of health (e.g. housing, debt, unemployment). Note: assistance may be provided by us with this aim, if required.

If you are interested in applying please email wellbeing@wealden.gov.uk to be sent an application form. The form needs to be done online, but a word document can be sent to complete a draft before you complete the final application.

We look forward to hearing from you

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