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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.

09 March 2021

Parish Council Meeting

Remote Meeting Tuesday 7:00 pm View Details

Latest Parish News

Recycling electric items

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February 2021
Recycling electric items

Small Electricals – Kerbside Recycling

Recycling your electrical items just became easier! You can now recycle your small electrical items on your waste or recycling collection day. Please place the items in a carrier bag and place them on top of either your black or green bin. Please do not place items inside your black or green bins.

If the electrical items won’t fit into a carrier bag then it is too large to fit into the compartments on our collection vehicles and you should take it to a Household Waste and Recycling Site. Check the table below for examples of items you can present for collection.

Yes please:

• Anything with a plug.

• Anything battery operated.

• Cables, plugs.

• Only items that can fit in a standard size plastic carrier bag.

• Batteries (if removable) in a separate bag please.

No thanks (Please take these to a Household Waste Recycling Site):

• Items too big to fit in a standard size plastic carrier bag.

• Traditional old style light bulbs, low energy light bulbs and fluorescent tubes.

Yes please

No thanks

(Please take these to a Household Waste Recycling Site)

Small household appliances: Hairdryers, straighteners, irons, clocks and alarms, smoke detectors, electric razors and toothbrushes.

Small kitchen appliances: Food mixers, toasters, kettles, blenders.

Electric or battery powered toys and games.

Electric or battery powered tools.

Computer equipment: laptops, tablets, external storage drives, mouses, keyboards, small flatscreen monitors.

Telephones: telephone handsets, base stations, mobile phones, smart phones.

Music equipment: Radios, CD and DVD players, record players, portable speakers.

Remote control handsets.

Household lighting including LED bulbs, desk lamps, garden lights and Christmas lights.

E-cigarette tips.

Cables, plugs, transformers and charging units for the above.

Sockets, switches, dimmers, taps with safety features or sensors.

Refrigerator, freezer, washing machine, dryer.

Cookers, ovens and microwaves.

Televisions, (including flat screens).

Old style light bulbs, low energy light bulbs and fluorescent tubes.

Car batteries.

Batteries

Batteries are hazardous waste and should never be placed in your black bin or your green bin. Batteries cause fires within waste collection vehicles and at Waste Transfer Stations.

Please place batteries in a separate bag on top of either your black bin or your green bin.

Please remove batteries and battery units from any small electricals that you are putting out for collection. Integrated or built in rechargeable batteries do not need to be removed.

Alkaline, Silver-Oxide and Zinc carbon and lithium batteries can all be recycled through our kerbside battery collection service. Rechargeable batteries and power packs can also be recycled through this service.

Lead-acid, mercury and other types of industrial and vehicle batteries cannot be recycled through this collection services.

What happens to small electricals and batteries placed out for kerbside recycling?

Once taken back to depots, small electricals are collected by MDJ Light Bros in Lewes for reprocessing and recycling on its site at Greystone Quarry facility. There, the items are separated into the various different components for recycling. The separated components are then sold to customers depending on demand and market conditions.

Household batteries collected at the kerbside are taken to a facility in Garforth, Leeds, where they are bulked and sent on for recycling. The bulked batteries are taken to one of two specialist facilities owned by Revatech in Belgium. Here at either the Monsin or Engis facility, the batteries are sorted by type before going through mechanical treatment to crush and screen the material. The material goes through a chemical treatment process before being recycled. Base metals and plastics are recovered. The resources gained from recycling batteries are the very same materials being mined in other parts of the world.

Latest Parish Planning Update - 23 February 2021

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February 2021
Latest Parish Planning Update

NOTICE OF NEW PLANNING APPLICATION(S)

AND UPDATES ON APPLICATIONS PREVIOUSLY CONSIDERED.

The Planning Applications below are to be considered by members of the Parish Council Planning Committee via email consultation. This email method for consultation is a temporary measure due to the Corona Virus outbreak. The parish council will advertise this notice on their website.

If any member of the public would like to comment on any of the new applications being considered, please email your comments by to clerk@buxted-pc.gov.uk and also to Wealden District Council by email:planning@wealden.gov.uk

1.

Declaration of Members personal and prejudicial Interests in respect of items on this agenda

2.

The minutes of the Planning Committee held on date 10th March 2020 be approved and will be retrospectively signed as a correct record by the Chairman when the parish council next have a public meeting.

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Planning Applications




Application: WD/2020/2647/F

Expiry date for response to WDC: 12th March 2021

Location: KITCHENER'S, FIVE ASH DOWN, UCKFIELD, TN22 3AH

Description: A replacement dwelling with a new detached garage

Application:WD/2021/0254/F

Expiry date for response to WDC: 16th March 2021

Location: HOPES COTTAGE, 43 HURSTWOOD ROAD, BUXTED, TN22 4BB

Description: Small rear extension


Responses submitted to WDC:

Application: WD/2021/0196/F

Expiry date for response to WDC: 1st March 2021

Location: COXBROOK, HURSTWOOD ROAD, HIGH HURSTWOOD, BUXTED,TN22 4BJ

Description: Demolition of garage and detached store. Erection of garage

Response from Buxted Parish Council to WDC:

Whilst the parish council did not have any objections to this application, they would respectfully request that WDC consider a condition for the garage to be legally tied to the dwelling so that it cannot be used as separate residential dwelling.

(Cllr Cox declared a personal interest as the applicant is known to her and did not comment on this application).

Application: WD/2021/0199/F

Expiry date for response to WDC: 2nd March 2021

Location: 3 ASHENGATE WAY, FIVE ASH DOWN, UCKFIELD, TN22 3EX

Description: Proposed conversion of existing garage to habitable room and replacement of central rooflight to the rear elevation.

Response from Buxted Parish Council to WDC: the parish council do not object to this application, providing that there is private parking for at least two cars maintained within the boundaries of the property, as they are aware that parking is limited in this location.


Application: WD/2021/0222/F

Expiry date for response to WDC: 3rd March 2021


Location: OLD POPESWOOD COTTAGE, LIMES LANE, BUXTED, TN22 4PB

Description: Proposed two-storey rear extension.

Response from Buxted Parish Council to WDC: the parish have no objections to this application and ask if WDC can please make the conservation officer aware of this application in view of possible historical value.


Applications determined/updated by Wealden District Council

Application:WD/2020/1144/F

Description: Conversion of existing bakehouse into habitable accommodation. Two storey

addition to main dwelling with first floor terrace and alterations to fenestration.

Location: Strawberry Hall, Cobdown Lane, Five Ash Down, Uckfield TN22 3AR

Update: Withdrawn


Application:WD/2020/2357/F

Description: Erect a single storey, mono-pitch, timber, shiplap outbuilding.

Location: QUARRY COTTAGE, ROYAL OAK LANE, HIGH HURSTWOOD, BUXTED, TN22 4AL

Update: Approved


Application:WD/2020/2438/F

Description: Proposed rear single storey extension

Location: SANDROCK COTTAGE, BUDLETTS LANE, COOPERS GREEN, UCKFIELD, TN22 3AE

Update: Approved


Application:WD/2020/2288/F

Description: Proposed single storey rear extension

Location: GABLES, FRAMFIELD ROAD, BUXTED, TN22 4PP

Update: Approved


Application:WD/2020/1770/LB

Description: Conversion of existing dairy into accommodation ancillary to the main house

Location: THE OLD MAYPOLE FARM, HURSTWOOD ROAD, HIGH HURSTWOOD, BUXTED, TN22 4AH

Update: Approved


Town and Country Planning Act 1990 (as amended) - Planning Appeal against Refusal of a Householder Application

Planning Inspectorate Ref: APP/C1435/D/21/3267649

Appeal Start date: 19 February 2021

Location: QUARRY FARM, ROYAL OAK LANE, HIGH HURSTWOOD, BUXTED, TN22 4AL

Description: Retrospective application for the erection of a single storey double garage with apex roof. Construction of a hard surface joining existing driveway to garage. Proposed drainage carried out (soakaway) to minimise surface water run-off.

Planning Inspectorate Ref: APP/C1435/D/21/3267649

Appeal Start date: 19 February 2021

Claudine Feltham - clerk to the Parish Council

Copy to ESCC Cllr R Galley, WDC Cllr Illingworth

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