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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.

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ESCC Cllr Galley Monthly News October

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October 2021
ESCC Cllr Galley Monthly News October

Our Police Force

The numbers of police officers in Sussex is now steadily increasing.129 New officers were recruited last year and 117 this year. A new recruitment drive is going ahead this autumn.

This is, of course, across the whole of Sussex but we do have extra staff locally. In particular we now have Police Community Support Officers with a specified area to patrol.

Covid Money

As you will appreciate most Covid related grants are now coming to an end. It is important to note, however that the total disbursements in business grants amount to over £65m which has kept our local communities and economy afloat. 14000 applications were handled by Council staff.

Planning in Limbo

Many of us have been deeply concerned about the extent of apparently indiscriminate

applications for house building across Wealden which threaten our rural way of life and landscape.

With a change of Secretary of State and a statement by the Prime Minister at the Party Conference that there will be no more building on green fields, we are expecting a major change of direction by the Government. The Council are trying to clarify exactly what this means.

Roads

The County Council are considering investing more money in roads which in my view is very necessary. Hopefully some of this new money will come to our country roads, not just to the towns in East Sussex.

There are a number of roads which I would like to see improved but I would be very pleased for residents to nominate roads to me. Whatever we put forward will need to meet the threshold for improvement so will have to be pretty bad!

Let me know your thoughts.

Little Piggies

Early in the month, an unpleasant story came to light. Boxes of pig remains were found at a number of locations near Crowborough and Eridge. This has been going on since early August.

They are professionally butchered and placed in boxes marked ‘Bones’.

We do not know where they come from or why they are being dumped. Officers are working with the Police Rural Crime Team and the Defra Animal and Plant Health Agency.

It is not apparently connected to supply chain issues in the pig industry.

I did a BBC radio interview on October 6th and appealed to witnesses to come forward if they had any information.

Roy Galley

October 10th 2021.

Your local Councillors.

Roy Galley. cllr.roy.galley@eastsussex.gov.uk

cllr.roy.galley@wealden.gov.uk

01825 713018

Peter Roundell. cllr.peter.roundell@wealden.gov.uk

01825 722030

Toby Illingworth cllr.toby.illingworth @wealden.gov.uk


Crowdfunding & Match funding in East Sussex

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September 2021
Crowdfunding & Match funding in East Sussex

A call to action from East Sussex County Council today: https://www.crowdfunder.co.uk/projects-that-matter-east-sussex

Part of Crowdfund East Sussex this campaign seeks to identify and support community projects committed to being environmentally conscious.

Up to 6 projects will be chosen to receive a share of £25,000 match funding (Up to £5,000 per project) to go towards a crowdfunding campaign, one-to-one coaching support from our experts as well as zero platform fees.

To enter, project owners are asked to enter 100 words descriptions. Entries close on Monday 11 October at midday.

See the eligibility criteria for more info.

And a sports fund from Sport England -and other Crowdfunder partners for grassroots clubs that are crowdfunding: www.crowdfunder.co.uk/funds/sports/extra-funding

Because of Crowdfund East Sussex there is extra support available for East Sussex Groups

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