ESCC Cllr Galley Monthly News October

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October 2021

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

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

Wealden Community Grants Fund is now open

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September 2021

Wealden District Council has three strands to its Community Grants Programme in this round for groups and organisations to benefit the people of the Wealden District. Editable pdf application forms for each can be downloaded from our website: CommunityGrantsProgramme

Organisations may only apply to one strand of funding. There are no capital awards available in this round, although groups looking to make improvements to the fabric of a building or community space such as a playground or recreation ground may make contact for general advice.

A Recovery Fund is open until 24th October for Funding to be Spent by March 2022

A second round of Recovery grants is available to help any third sector organisation, which did not benefit from a Recovery grant in the last round. Groups can apply for between £500 and £3000, to be spent by the end of March 2022. Last year groups were supported with help towards equipment, measures to ensure safety, provision of alternative delivery methods, and help with utilities, rent and other expenditure which needed to be met when organisations were struggling with reduced income due to the pandemic. Expenditure for general activities to support communities was also provided. We are aiming to give decisions and start the procedure for releasing funding during December.

A Small Grants round is open until 30th November for activities between April 2022 and March 2023

Grants of between £500 - £3000 are available to third sector organisations which are planning activities in the next financial year (April 2022 – March 2023) to benefit Wealden residents. Decisions will be given in March 2022 and the funding will be released in April.

Partnerships Service Level Agreements of 3 years are also available with a deadline of 30th November

Three year funding is also available to key organisations which support residents in multiple parishes to be spent between April 2022 and March 2025. Please make contact if you are considering a Service Level Agreement application.

If you need any advice or have any questions after reading the guidance and application form, please emailcommunitygrants@wealden.gov.uk or call (01323) 443520

Wealden council praised for review over providing public health funerals

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September 2021

An in-house review on providing public health funerals has led to Wealden District Council being praised by an anti-poverty charity.

Quaker Social Action’s Down to Earth scheme, which offers practical support for people struggling with funeral costs, said Wealden council’s service and its informative and sensitively written website had reached the gold standard.

Under the Public Health (Control of Disease) Act 1984, councils in England and Wales are required to provide public health funerals – often referred to as pauper’s funerals - to bury or cremate the body of anyone who has died alone in poverty, or whose relatives cannot afford a funeral.

Wealden carried out 11 public health funerals in 2020 and four so far this year – a higher number than many neighbouring authorities – and the service and the website the authority provides is enabling bereaved people to receive the right support when they need it.

Council officers undertook a review after a report from the QSA showed many local authorities did not carry out their legal duty to provide public health funerals and did not follow government guidelines.

In addition, some councils’ websites had no information on public health funerals on their website, while more than half of those that did offered incorrect or misleading information.

Council officers at Wealden had reviewed the service against the government good practice guidelines during the height of Covid-19 and when the QSA study was released, they contacted the charity to ensure its website was meeting the criteria.

The QSA said Wealden’s website was sensitively written and included much key information. The charity praised the work of officers saying it was encouraging to work with people who care so much about the service.

Wealden District Council’s community and public health portfolio holder Councillor Philip Lunn said, “Our officers contactedQSA after the study came out to quality check our website, worked on it with them until it met their standards and were praised for our approach to this area of work.

“Two thirds of local councils are not following good practice guidance but Wealden is among the top performing authorities and we are pleased with the endorsement from the Quaker Social Action.

“We reviewed our service at the height of Covid-19 to ensure that it met with the government best practice guidance. We found that it met all recommendations and we continue to review our standards in line with changing times.”

Councillor Lunn said that providing public health funerals is more than a statutory duty and it is a measure of our duty to community and society.

He said, “The council has a duty to arrange for the burial or cremation of any person who dies or is found dead in its area, where it appears that no funeral arrangements are being made or are likely to be made.

“The council is usually called upon where people have died either without family or without family who are willing or able to make the necessary arrangements.

“A council arranged funeral will comprise of a simple service. We will provide a celebrant or representative of the deceased’s faith, a coffin, transport of the deceased to the crematorium or cemetery in a hearse, and sufficient bearers to transfer the coffin to the chapel.”

People needing help with public health funerals should visit https://www.wealden.gov.uk/environment-and-pollution/public-health-funerals/

Dementia friendly activities start across Wealden in September

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September 2021

Memory cafes are set to re-open across Wealden this month (September) alongside a host of activities for those living with dementia and their families and friends.

The cafes, film screenings and dementia friend sessions are run by Wealden Dementia Action Alliance in partnership with community groups, volunteers and businesses to raise awareness of dementia across Wealden. All are working towards making the district dementia friendly.

The Memory Café in Polegate – on the first Thursday of every month and run in partnership with Home Instead Eastbourne and Hailsham – is opening on Thursday 2 September from 2-4pm at Polegate Community Centre in Windsor Way.

Hailsham Community Café – on the second Thursday of every month and also run in conjunction with Home Instead Eastbourne and Hailsham – opens on Thursday 9September from 2-4pm at St Wilfrid’s Church Hall, South Road.

The new Crowborough Community Café – held on the last Thursday of each month – will open on Thursday 30 September in Oasis Community Church, Beacon Road from 2-4pm.

All the cafes provide free refreshments and entertainment, light-hearted activities and support for families and carers.

Pine Grove Pictures is kindly hosting three new dementia friendly film screenings until the end of 2021 at Crowborough Community Centre, Pine Grove. Everyone is welcome to the relaxed afternoons. Doors open at 1.30pm with screenings starting at 2pm. Entry and refreshments are free and donations are welcome.

The screenings start on Tuesday 14 September with Calamity Jane starring Doris Day and Howard Keel.

Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers star in Top Hat on Tuesday 14 October and White Christmas will be screened on Tuesday 14 December.

In addition, Wealden's dementia local forums are still taking place. The forums consist of community organisations, carers and members within the community all working towards making their local areas dementia friendly communities.

The forums are in Hailsham, Crowborough, Polegate and Uckfield. Anyone wishing to attend any of the forums should contactcommunitydevelopment@wealden.gov.uk

There is also a new Friends of Wealden Dementia Action Alliance group on Facebook for members to chat and share news and ideas. Please join the group to keep up to date with local information on the activities and events going on around the district.

Dementia friend sessions are also available and anyone interested in becoming a dementia friend can contactcommunitydevelopment@wealden.gov.uk to arrange a session with a local champion. The sessions are great for everyone to be more aware of dementia and have a better understanding. We have worked with many local businesses across Wealden as well, so staff can support their customers better when using their service.

People can also visitwww.wealden.gov.uk/dementia for more information on other activities from partners of the WDAA including Sporting Memories, Sporting Moments, lots of other cafes and some great research projects you can get involved in.

Wealden District Council’s community and public health portfolio holder Councillor Philip Lunn said he was delighted to see activities resuming.

He said, “It is great to see these cafes reopening and activities starting up again following the lifting of Covid-19 restrictions. Memory cafes provide individuals living with dementia a safe, relaxed and friendly place to enjoy a chat, light-hearted activities and some tea and cake.

“In addition they provide a great support service for families and carers, who can get answers from health professionals and meet and learn from other people in similar situations.

“I am pleased that Wealden District Council is doing all it can to support this important community project.”

September is World Alzheimer’s Month and for more information visitWorld Alzheimer's Month | Alzheimer's Society (alzheimers.org.uk)

Parish Council Grant Scheme - Deadline Friday 3rd September

Parish Council Grant Scheme - Deadline Friday 3rd September

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September 2021

The deadline to apply for a Parish Council Grant for April 2022 is this Friday 3rd September.

See attached documents for more information

Support for Afghan refugees pledged by Wealden District Council

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August 2021

Afghan refugees arriving in the area will be provided sanctuary as Wealden District Council has pledged support to help those fleeing the tragic war zone.

Councillor Ray Cade, the housing and benefits portfolio holder at the authority, said, “In Wealden we are committed to playing our part in providing a safe and welcoming place for vulnerable people coming to the UK.

“We are very proud of our diverse, multicultural community and place great value on the richness people from all over the world bring to life in our district. We are also proud to have been among the first councils to commit to the resettlement scheme for refugees from Syria, in 2015, and to have supported many other refugee families to settle happily in the district.

“We are well placed to support the Afghan refugees due to our experience and success gained from resettling Syrian refugees.

“Like many other local authorities, Wealden stands ready to provide sanctuary for those fleeing the terrifying events taking place in Afghanistan, but the government must ensure we are properly resourced to provide the safe haven and specialist support that these people need and deserve.

“As we have watched the traumatic events unfold over the past week, our thoughts have been with all those affected - particularly women and girls, the LGBT+ community, civil rights activists and all others fearful of what the future may hold.

“We work in close partnership with local organisations, including the NHS, to support the health and wellbeing of refugees, asylum seekers and vulnerable migrants, and enable them to fully participate as valuable members of the Wealden community.

“However, resettlement of refugees, with the appropriate support needed to ensure they can live healthy and fulfilling lives, is a complex process that requires leadership and coordination at national level, as well appropriate funding.

“We are in discussions with the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government about how we can support the emerging scheme for refugees from Afghanistan, and call on the government to ensure councils are properly funded to undertake this vital work.

How can I help?

Wealden residents who want to do something to help at this early stage can donate to the following charities:

Emergency relief charities, such as The International Rescue Committee and the British Red Cross, are still working on the ground in Afghanistan.;

Women for Women International helps female survivors of war rebuild their lives

Charities such as Care4Calais are preparing to support refugees arriving in the country by collection clothes donations

FurnitureNow supports refugees in our district

Afghanaid provide kitchen kits that allow people who have left their homes to cook and safely store food.

Don’t lose your voice - residents urged to check voter registration details with Wealden council

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August 2021

Wealden residents are being warned not to lose their voice on decisions that affect them by making sure their electoral registration details are up to date.

The annual canvass ensures that Wealden District Council can keep the electoral register up to date, identifying any residents who are not registered to vote so that they can be encouraged to do so.

Trevor Scott, the electoral registration officer at Wealden District Council said:

“It’s important residents look out for messages from the council so we can make sure we have the right details on the electoral register for every address in Wealden. We will send you a form/email for you to respond to. To make sure you are able to have your say at elections, simply follow the instructions sent to you.

“If you’re not currently registered, your name will not appear in the messages we send. If you want to register, the easiest way is online at www.gov.uk/register-to-vote, or we’ll send you information explaining how to do this in the post.

“As we carry out this important work to update the electoral register we continue to follow public health guidelines, including respecting social distancing.”

People who have moved recently are particularly encouraged to look out for the voter registration messages from Wealden District Council and check the details.

Research by the Electoral Commission, published in 2019, indicates that recent home movers are far less likely to be registered than those who have lived at the same address for a long time.

Across Great Britain, 92% of people who have been at their property for more than sixteen years will be registered, compared to 36% of people who have lived at an address for less than one year.

Melanie Davidson, head of support and improvement at the Electoral Commission, said:

“It’s really important that everyone who is entitled to vote is able to do so. Checking the messages that you will get from your local authority is the easiest way to see if you’re registered to vote.

“If you’re not, make sure you provide the necessary information to your local authority when it is needed and register to vote online at www.gov.uk/register-to-vote.”

Information on registering to vote is available on the Electoral Commission website.

Any residents who have any questions can contact their local registration team at Wealden District Council – elections@wealden.gov.uk or 01892 602417.

New Wealden chairman supports local charities and pledges to get involved with the community

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August 2021

Supporting local charities as well as businesses and organisations is at the top of the agenda for newly elected Wealden District Council chairman Councillor Ron Reed.

Councillor Reed, a councillor for Crowborough Central since 2015, has announced Dementia Support East Sussex and The Children’s Respite Trust will be the two charities he will support throughout his term of office.

The former mayor of Crowborough - and also currently a member of the town council - said he is also looking forward to attending various events across the district now that lockdown restrictions have been lifted following the Covid-19 pandemic.

Councillor Reed, a former operations director with a major engineering company and who

has been married to his wife Lyn for 45 years, has been a member of the Bluebell Railway for 25 years where he has volunteered and worked his way through the ranks to porter, a station master and a guard.

He is also a member of the Lions Club and a past president. In his spare time he and Lyn enjoy cruises and he is a keen gardener having turned half of the garden at his home in Crowborough into a wildlife area.

Councillor Reed said the chairman’s charities he had chosen to support did ‘fantastic work’ within the community.

He said, “The team at Dementia Support East Sussex has started to return to care homes/centres with their singing sessions and it is clear to see their clients have missed them and are delighted to be able to connect with them again - long may it continue.

“They continue to run sessions online as well as one-to-one ‘chat and sing’ sessions over the phone. I hope to attend more of their sessions and promote their fantastic work so they can reach even more of our residents across the district.”

The Children’s Respite Trust, based in Uckfield, has supported some 34 families in the district and county through its charity work.

It gives families much-needed respite from the strain of caring for a disabled child 24 hours a day and this respite takes many forms. For most, it means regular support at home from a Children’s Respite Trust carer. For others it involves attending a regular activity or it can mean a day session at the new Children’s Respite Centre.

Councillor Reed said, “I would encourage everyone to have a look at the amazing fundraising events on the website to not only help raise funds for this fantastic charity but to raise awareness of the work it does and how children with disabilities and their carers/families can be supported.”

In addition to supporting the charities, Cllr Reed is keen to help support and promote local businesses and organisations in the district.

He said, “I am pleased to report the Civic Office is getting busier, invitations are coming in, and it is great to be able to get back out in to the community and support local events, particularly local businesses as they ease out of lockdown.

“I urge people to contact the Civic Office at Wealden District Council if they are planning special events that I can support and help to promote.”

Stepping up the role of vice chairman of the council is Councillor Angela Snell, a Polegate town councillor and Wealden councillor representing the ward of Polegate North since 2015.

Councillor Snell is also a former mayor of Polegate, was a school governor for three years and works part time as a wedding celebrant and a registrar.

To find out more about the chairman and to invite him to an event you can complete an online engagement form athttps://www.wealden.gov.uk/councillors-and-committees/chairman-of-the-council/ or contact the chairman’s PA, Miss Amy Clemens on 01892 602435 or emailamy.clemens@wealden.gov.uk

Solar Together Sussex - Group Solar Buying Scheme for East Sussex Homeowners

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August 2021

Solar Together Sussex is being run by councils in East Sussex, West Sussex and Brighton & Hove in conjunction with group buying experts, i-Choosr. The council-supported scheme is gives residents in East Sussex the chance to install high quality solar panels and battery storage on their homes at a competitive cost.

By generating electricity from the sun, homeowners could reduce carbon emissions by around 1 tonne each year and help East Sussex to become carbon neutral.

· Homeowners can register their interest in Solar Together Sussex from 23rd August until 27th September 2021, giving details of their roof size and position.

· Homeowners who register will receive a no obligation proposal including the cost of the installation and the likely return on investment from the electricity they generate. This will help them to make an informed decision whether to go ahead with the installation.

· The solar panels will be installed by pre-vetted contractors and at a competitive cost because of the volume of installations being carried out across Sussex.

· The scheme is being run by a company called iChoosr, who have run many successful schemes across the UK, including in East Sussex last year. All information is on the website at https://solartogether.co.uk/eastsussex/home including FAQs

Next Phase - Sussex COVID-19 Vaccination Programme

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August 2021

Please see attached for information a briefing from NHS East Sussex CCG on the next phase of the COVID-19 vaccination programme.

Free courses start for Wealden and Eastbourne residents

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August 2021

From managing stress and anxiety to maths, yarn making to yoga, and pizza and bread making to practical money management, Street Learning free courses return in September for Wealden and Eastbourne residents.

Street Learning is a partnership project providing access to a range of free courses designed to help residents develop new skills and enhance existing ones and also achieve GCSEs in English and maths.

The aim is to reduce social, digital and financial exclusion and improve access to training.

Street Learning courses are provided in venues in the local community including East Sussex College in Eastbourne, Uckfield College, Uckfield Civic Centre and many of the courses will be held online.

They are completely free of charge and are available to all Wealden and Eastbourne residents – aged 19 years and over.

There are practical courses like family cooking and pizza and bread making, arts and crafts to courses to help with wellbeing to those that will help people get to grips with computers and the internet as well as those designed to help with career progression.

Councillor Roy Galley, Wealden council’s cabinet member with responsibility for employment opportunities, said, “Learning is fundamental for economic prosperity, social well-being and personal fulfilment.

“Through learning, whatever the subject, we can gain greater confidence in our own abilities. And be better prepared to help those around us.

“These courses are very relevant to increasing self-confidence and helping with job opportunities. And for some, the opportunity to learn from the comfort of their own home may provide an additional incentive.”

Street Learning is a project run by Wealden District Council, in partnership with ACRES, East Sussex College, Sussex Community Development Association, East Sussex County Council Library, Job Centre Plus, GRH Training, Compass Community Arts and Sussex Recovery College.

Visit www.wealden.gov.uk/streetlearning orstreetlearning@wealden.gov.uk

New courses are being added online on a regular basis.

Information from Southern on the Uckfield line service

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August 2021

Unfortunately, from Monday 6 September, there will be a reduction in the middle of the day to services to and from Uckfield. This is part of a wider change across the network and is enabling us to reintroduce school time services on other Southern routes, but I did want to be clear that from the Uckfield / Edenbridge Town perspective, it does unfortunately mean fewer trains on weekdays. There is no change on weekends or to services between Tonbridge and Redhill.

In terms of the specific change, as today, services from Uckfield will continue to be half-hourly between 06:30 and 07:30 to support the schools on the route. The service will then remain as hourly throughout most of the day, but will reduce to every two-hours in the middle of the day when trains are quieter in the following periods:

  • Uckfield to London Bridge: 10:30-16:30
  • London Bridge to Uckfield: 09:07-15:07 and 21:07-23:07

In terms of why this change is taking place, as you know on the 26 July, we reduced services across five Southern and Thameslink routes in response to the effect of coronavirus on our people. With the return of schools and colleges, we now need to ensure that all of our routes have their school trains running and this is why we are making the changes on the 6th September and with it to our Uckfield to London Bridge services. We do have a significant long term impact from the eighteen months of coronavirus in terms of absence and delays to regular training, which will take our driver resourcing some time to recover from – although the change in advice to track and trace isolations is helping us to make progress. The new timetable will help us to ensure that our services are as reliable as possible with the train crew we have available.

In terms of the future, we will continue to monitor demand and will add additional services where needed, when crew availability improves to the point where we are confident it can be delivered consistently - our first priority being to return Uckfield’s services to hourly thoughout the entire day. I recognise this will be disappointing news and if you would like to discuss these changes in more detail, please do let us know.

Southern

Wealden Open Space Survey

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August 2021

Wealden District Council have appointed Knight, Kavanagh & Page (KKP) to undertake research to gather information to understand our current public open space provision and whether this meets the needs and aspirations of Wealden’s local residents, workers and visitors. The open space study once completed will assist to inform the Local Plan and its open space policies.

As part of this is a general short survey aimed at gathering wider views on open spaces from a broader range of residents, organisations and other stakeholders. This wider, more general survey started this week and is open until 28th September 2021. You can access the survey Wealden Open Space Survey with further details available on our website: Wealden Open Space Consultation.

Wealden DC would be grateful for residents of Wealden to complete the survey.

Statement from Buxted Parish Council Clerks Regarding the Refurbishment/Redevelopment of The Reading Room

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August 2021

Buxted Parish Council has a policy of councillors not responding to social media posts (unless factual information), however as Proper Officer and Responsible Financial Officer of Buxted Parish Council, Claudine and I as clerks have felt that some recent posts have brought into question our integrity of running the council and its finances, therefore it is important for us to provide as much accurate information to parishioners as possible, in this case in relation to the status and historical facts regarding the Reading Room.

Redevelopment of the Reading Room in Association with a New Hall

In 2006 parishioners gave a clear steer to the Parish Council via the Parish Plan that a new hall was desired in the village of Buxted. The Parish Plan gave leverage to the Parish Council to request funds towards a new hall from the redevelopment of the Grampian site, Five Ash Down (which is now Ashdown Place). The new hall would be situated on the Ionides Trust site and be fit for purpose for all types of user groups, surrounded by open green space with full disabled access. Funds were secured from the developer of £108,000 which were tied by legal agreement to be spent on or associated with building a new hall for Buxted. As part of this project, the Parish Council agree to support a community led project wherever possible, which included eventually selling the Reading Room for redevelopment to provide funds for the new hall. To this end and when it seemed that the new hall would be going ahead the Parish Council secured planning permission for semi-detached houses on the site of the Reading Room in preparation for when the funds were needed.

What Changed? Why Then Refurbish the Reading Room?

The new hall was always a community led project, supported by the Parish Council, but sadly a number of circumstances eventually led to the Buxted Community Hall Trust folding in 2019. By this stage, the footings for the new hall had been completed which means the project could still be taken forward at any future time. At this point the Parish Council were left with a situation where they could either take up the hall project or look to refurbish the existing Reading Room. As enthusiasm and drive for a new hall (or at least the one which had permission) had dissipated, the Parish Council decided to refurbish the Reading Room. A survey was sent to each user group and every household in the village and advertised online. This questionnaire asked for what improvements/changes could be made; however, it did not give the option of the closing the hall as this was never the intention. We received a very small response of 3% which mostly highlighted the improvements which were already thought to be necessary.

Once a decision was made, it was always the intention of the Parish Council to refurbish the Reading Room, and this is reflected in the working party notes from 2019 to the beginning of this year. Professional advice was sought, and fire and electrical wiring surveys were undertaken, highlighting some serious issues. It was only when the surveyor provided total estimated costs of £200,000 for works, that a refurbishment was brought into question. The Parish Council initially budgeted £50,000 of public money towards the project, with a total possible spend of up to £100,000. However, when the estimate of £200,000 was provided this presented the Parish Council with a very difficult decision, given that it does not have this much money to spend.

Parish Council funds are public money, and the Parish Council has a responsibility to provide best possible value for that money. Can the Parish Council therefore justifiably spend parishioners’ money (or money raised by grants if available) on a village hall that is grossly underused and even if modernised and would always have a limited usage due to its design, layout, and lack of parking?

Current Usage of the Reading Room

In the last ‘normal’ year, 2019, the regular user groups were the daytime Art Club (once a week), Evening Art Club (once a week), W.I. (once a month), Horticultural Society approx. 6 times per year and Buxted Players (2 weeks, 2 times per year in addition to rehearsal times). There were four other ad hoc hires of the hall that year. Two groups use the Reading Room free of charge, this is a long-standing arrangement. All of this is very different to the thriving hall in Five Ash down and a well utilised hall in High Hurstwood.

Costs for the Reading Room for financial year 2018-19 were £3,693 revenue and £6,159 expenditure

Yes, the hall is a community asset and is heavily subsidised by the Parish Council, but is this enough usage to warrant a £200k spend on the hall without a guaranteed increased income?

The Parish Council has knowingly allowed the Reading Room to get into a state of disrepair?

This is untrue, the Parish Council has continued to maintain and repair the hall, when necessary, which has included a new heating system, various roof repairs and very recently the installation of a telephone and internet line. What it has not done however is to replace the entire wiring system or replace the roof and windows with all up to date requirements at a large expense when it was the intention to demolish to hall to provide capital funds for the new facility.

The estimated costs of £200,000 now include all the above in addition to the requirements for the fire regulations and installation of a new kitchen and toilets (all of which can be viewed on the agenda details for the 10 August 2021 parish council meeting)

What Happens Next?

Armed with the knowledge from the surveys, the Parish Council remains very uneasy to continue to use the hall in the long term until further advice has been received from our insurers which is the position, we are currently in. The safety of the hall users is paramount which in part explains why the estimated costs are so high. It is also important to note that that those volunteer Cllrs would be personally liable should something happen and we were considered deemed not to have taken action to prevent it following the receipt of the surveys. At the current time and until clarification is sought from the insurance company the hall will not be available for hire.

As mentioned above, Parish Council money is public money, your money, and councillors are unpaid, volunteer custodians of these funds with a responsibility of spending where necessary and for best value.

Finally, I would comment that all parish council finances are audited both internally (by an internal auditor outside of the parish council) and externally by a government appointed auditor and are also available to any member of the public on request.

Round 2 of Lottery Local Connections Fund - closing date 6th August

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July 2021

The National Lottery Community Fund is investing £2 million into this second round of funding to fund hundreds of ‘microgrants’ between £300 and £2,500, so small, local organisations (with an annual income of £50,000 or less) can bring people and communities together.

If you received funding in Round 1, you will not be eligible for funding in Round 2.

What the funding's for

The funding is aimed at bringing people together in safe and secure ways, making people aware of what services are available to reduce loneliness and to build lasting connections to help make:

  • people and communities feel more connected
  • individuals feel supported and less lonely or isolated
  • people more aware of services available that help them to connect with others and get involved

As the COVID-19 restrictions start to ease, we want to change the focus of this funding for Round 2. We know the dangers of COVID-19 are still present, so it’s important applicants demonstrate how they can adapt to meet any restrictions which may be put in place at short notice. For Round 2, we want to focus on:

  • activities which physically brings people together in a safe and secure way
  • remote activities but where this is the best or only way to build connections for that particular community - this might work well for people who are geographically isolated, those with illnesses or disabilities, or those who are not quite ready to meet people face-to-face
  • helping individuals to get out of the ‘lockdown mentality’ and meet people in their communities again for activities which will be a positive experience for people
  • helping organisations who work to reduce loneliness restart activities - this might be getting volunteers or service users to clean and refresh their meeting space or grounds, or refreshing materials and ensuring equipment is ready to be used.

Applications close - 6 August 2021 at 5pm

https://www.tnlcommunityfund.org.uk/funding/programmes/local-connections-fund-round-2

High Weald Walking Festival - Book from 9 August!

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July 2021

Festival programme coming soon...!

The team has been working hard to curate more than 30 FREE guided walks across the High Weald Area of Outstanding Beauty, as well as a range of self-guided walks allowing you to explore this precious landscape at your own pace. This year's event runs from Saturday 11 – Sunday 19 September 2021.
Things are running a bit differently this year, with a simple booking system to help manage numbers. From Monday 9 August, you will be able to view the walking programme on the Festival website<https://highwealdwalks.us4.list-manage.com/track/click?u=4314449745fa024cc3c37a609&id=606e5c9373&e=93c73cff16>. Each walk has its own Eventbrite booking page, and you can join as many as you like. The process is quick, easy and - most importantly - every walk is free!
Here are a few highlights of the Festival programme to whet your appetite:

* High Weald Dark Skies Walk: This will be a leisurely walk to enjoy the stars across the High Weald with a Dark Skies story.
* WealdWay 40th Anniversary Walk: A circular walk using the WealdWay and Tunbridge Wells Circular, visiting the village of Spelhurst for lunch.
* Full Steam Ahead at Horsted Keynes: Recapture the golden age of steam on this walk beside the Bluebell Railway and through fields and woods.
Please share these details with any friends, family or colleagues who might have discovered a love of walking over the last year, and encourage them to join in.
There will be an email reminder when booking goes live, so join the mailing list to make sure you don’t miss out<https://highwealdwalks.us4.list-manage.com/subscribe?u=4314449745fa024cc3c37a609&id=6627a87157>!
Help us promote the Festival

Thank you for your support and see you soon,
The High Weald Walking Festival Team

Upcoming works - Buxted Road, Coopers Green

06

July 2021

ESCC will be carrying out drainage works on A272 Buxted Road, Coopers Green.

This work will include installing new drains, replacing two inspection covers, installing new drainage pipes and ensuring our drainage outfall is working correctly.

Work will start on Wednesday 21st July 2021 and continue until Thursday 29th July 2021.The road will remain open with temporary 4-way traffic lights in place.

Please also see their website for information about this work: https://www.eastsussexhighways.com/highway-schemes/buxted-road-coopers-green-drainage

Upcoming works - Buxted Footpath 67, Britts Farm Road/High Street

05

July 2021

ESCC will be carrying out drainage works on the Buxted Footpath 67 (next to Britts Farm Road). Work will start on Monday 19th July 2021 and continue for 3 days. Footpath 67 (highlighted in red) will be closed for the duration of the works.

Engineering Works This Week

05

July 2021

Road Closure - Royal Oak Lane - 3rd to 5th August 2021

15

June 2021

Please be aware that the following works will be carried out:-

U7853 Royal Oak Lane, High Hurstwood, Buxted

Temporary Road Closure

From the junction with the C402 Hurstwood Road, for its entire length.

3rd August 2021 to 5th August 2021

works anticipated to take 3 days to complete.

To allow BT Openreach to carry out apparatus repair works.

Royal Oak Lane is a no through road, a diversion route is not applicable.(please see map attached)

Advance warning signs will be placed on site advising of actual date of works

If you need to discuss this further please contact:

Kelly Traffic Management (on behalf of BT Openreach) on 0247 664 2814

Sussex Police - Operation Blitz Update 2020-21

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June 2021

Due to the global pandemic Op Blitz for the last financial year has given us slightly different results then we would have expected during a standard year. Due to officers being deployed to operations around Covid and also other high priority operations. The money provided by the partnership has ensured that officers were available for Op Blitz over every weekend.

Half way through the year we started to include anti-social driving into the direct taskings for Op Blitz. This included the opportunity to run 5 dedicated operations targeting those using the roads in a dangerous and/or anti-social manner.


As part of these operations we were able to secure additional resources from the Neighbourhood Policing Team (NPT), Neighbourhood Enforcement Team (NET), Roads Policing Unit (RPU) and the newly formed Specialist Enforcement Unit (SEU). These 5 dedicated ops have given the following results, with more ops being planned for this year:-


• 2 arrested for Possession with intent to supply

• 67 vehicle stops

• 4 Section 59 warnings for anti-social driving

• 5 Traffic offence reports (tickets)

• 1 Court summons for a motoring offence

• 2 vehicle seizures and tickets for no insurance

• 2 arrests for drink driving

• 2 investigations for drug offences

Over the past year officers have dealt with the following, whilst patrolling the areas highlighted as being ‘hotspots’:-


• 95 calls to the dedicated Blitz phone

• 23 calls made to the Police switchboard

• 158 people stopped

• 10 alcohol seizures

• 1 person dealt with for drug offences

• 31 vehicles stopped.

COVID Memorial - Ionides Trust Site

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May 2021

Following a suggestion and funding raising from a local resident, the Parish Council is pleased to be able to support a COVID Memorial to be situated on the Ionides Trust land in the centre of Buxted. The local resident raised nearly £500, and together with funds from Ionides Trust, three cherry trees will be planted alongside the existing cherry trees on site together with a reflection bench. The trees and bench have been ordered and it is hoped to be able to complete the project in the autumn. Please see the attached plan of the site.”

South East Open Studios 2021

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May 2021

MAY 2021

Diary Date: South East Open Studios … 4th to 20th June 2021

Government guidelines permitting, South East Open Studios, one of the most established annual arts events in the South East, will be going ahead from the 4th to the 20th June.

For the first time several artists from Fairwarp, Nutley and Lindfield are participating at Black Shed Studios and Ashdown Pottery in Fairwarp. There are over 200 artists who are involved in the region. All 200 members feature on the South East Open Studios website, www.seos-art.org and on social media platforms. The event is supported by a full-colour, high-quality guide. Around 30,000 copies will be printed and distributed to targeted outlets across the South East. It will also be available to view online.

SEOS is a not-for-profit organisation. Members practise painting, printmaking, pottery and ceramics, jewellery, glass and woodwork, sculpting, textile art, digital work, illustration and mixed media. Many artists choose to demonstrate their techniques during the two-week event.

Follow @seopenstudios on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter and join the mailing list to receive news about the event and artists.

For more information please contact: Gabrielle Argent, SEOS Co-ordinator Tel: 07887812346

www.seos-art.org

DRAFT April Planning/Parish Council minutes

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April 2021

Clerks: Beccy Macklen & Claudine Feltham

PO Box 202, Heathfield, East Sussex, TN21 1BN

t: 01435 812798 e: clerk@buxted-pc.gov.uk w: buxtedvillage.org.uk

13 April 2021

MINUTES

Minutes of the REMOTE meeting of the Council held on Tuesday 9th February 2021 at 7.00 p.m.

Present:

Cllrs. Blandford (Parish Council Chairman), Cllr Rose (Planning Chairman), Cox, Coxon, Illingworth, Marshall (19.15), Moss and Roberts

Also present: ESCC Galley, Clerks Beccy Macklen and Claudine Feltham.

Public:

One member of the public was present.

01/04/21

APOLOGIES FOR ABSENCE

Apologies were received and accepted from Cllrs Bolton, Humphrey, Johnson, and McQuarrie

02/04/21

DECLARATION OF MEMBERS INTERESTS

All councillors declared a personal interest in any matters relating to the Ionides Trust by virtue of the parish council being managing agents of the site.

Cllr. Rose declared a prejudicial interest in any matters relating to the land west of Church Road (Beechbrook Park due to having owned part of the application site

Cllr. Illingworth declared a personal interest in any matters related to the St Margaret’s and St Mary’s Churches by virtue of being a member of the PCC.

Cllr. Cox declared a personal interest in any matters related to the allotments by virtue of being an allotment holder.

03/04/21

MINUTES OF PREVIOUS MEETING

The minutes of the REMOTE meeting held on 9th March 2021 were signed by Cllr Blandford as a correct record of the meeting. This was proposed by Cllr Coxon and seconded by Cllr Roberts.

04/04/21

05/04/21

Planning applications considered:

Application:WD/2021/0555/F

Deadline for response to WDC: 22nd April 2021

Location: POPESWOOD FARM, POUND GREEN LANE, BUXTED, TN22 4PL

Description: A classic timber and glass greenhouse on a dwarf brick wall to be placed in the garden of Popeswood Farm.

Buxted Parish Council to Wealden District Council: no objection, recommend approval.

Application:WD/2021/0488/F

Deadline for response to WDC: 19th April 2021

Location: 38 Mead Lane, Buxted, TN22 4AS.

Description: 1.5 storey infill extension between the 2.5 storey house and garage to provide a new kitchen, children's playroom, and home office. Installation of bi fold doors to rear and 2 no. sun tunnels to main roof, dormer to front of property & chimney.

Buxted Parish Council to Wealden District Council: no objections, recommend approval.

Cllr Blandford asked Cllr Illingworth for an update re the land at Coopers Green application for 35 houses that was refused by Planning Committee North.

Cllr Illingworth thinks the applicant may appeal the decision. The reasons for the refusal including the amount of development around Uckfield without any infrastructure in place. Members of planning committee north are getting increasingly concerned. There are applications in the pipeline for approximately 4,000 new dwellings in the Uckfield and surrounding area.

Cllr Blandford voiced her concerns over traffic impact in Buxted.

To consider any planning applications received after the publication of this agenda, where the details have been made public on the WDC website: None.

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.

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

Buxted Parish Council response to WDC: the parish council object to this application on the grounds of over development of the site. The parish council feel a replacement bungalow of similar height to the current dwelling, with an increase in floor space of up to 50% would be more appropriate.

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

Response from Buxted Parish Council to WDC: no objections.

Application: WD/2021/0257/F

Expiry date for response to WDC: 17th March 2021

Location: LOWFELL, FIVE ASH DOWN, UCKFIELD, TN22 3AP

Description: Erection of first floor extension above existing kitchen at rear of property. Fit bi fold doors in back of kitchen.

Response from Buxted Parish Council to Wealden District Council: no objections, recommend approval, subject to any comments from neighbouring properties. The parish council are unaware of any concerns from neighbours, and unsure if the WDC planning notice has been put up on site yet.

Application:WD/2020/1088/MAO

Expiry date for response to WDC: 30th March 2021

Location: LAND WEST OF FIVE ASH DOWN ROAD, COOPERS GREEN

Description: Outline planning application (all matters reserved except for means of access) for the development of land for up to 35 residential dwellings. Highway response received 10/03/2021.

Response from Buxted Parish Council to WDC: Object as before (pls see below). If granted the parish council would like to suggest improvements to paths and junction that could be made, some of which are suggested in ESCC Highways report. Making the traffic lights 4 way instead of the current 3 way which gives little time for vehicles from Uckfield to turn right to Buxted.

Response from Buxted Parish Council to WDC, submitted July 2020: the parish council strongly object to this planning application. Cllr Rose advised that he had spoken to the neighbouring councils of Uckfield and Maresfield and the general opinion was that they were not in favour of this development. The parish council had received many letters of objection for this application. Cllr Humphries (Five Ash Down Ward Cllr) had been inundated with objections for this development. The parish council discussed how this development site was not appropriate and outside of any development boundary. The parish council has serious concerns over the impact this would have on Highways. This development would connect the town of Uckfield to the hamlet of Five Ash Down and Coopers Green would lose its individuality. Five Ash Down has already seen vast development with the homes at Ashdown Place. The parish council noted the serious concerns of the local parishioners and would support their objections. Cllr Blandford understood that WDC has a policy on coalescence, and they would not support the joining up of hamlets and communities. 2 04/07/20/3 04/07/20/4 05/07/20 05/07/20/1 05/07/20/2 Whilst the parish council strongly object to this application, should the local authority decide to grant permission then the parish council would respectfully request that full consideration is given to:· Significant footpath improvements· For there to be no street lighting· Installation of a fully coordinated traffic light system to allow safe pedestrian crossing of each of the roads on this junction· Improvements to the pumping station and address all flooding issues· For a wider buffer for some of the houses on the design.

Update; REFUSED at WDC planning committee.

Application:WD/2021/0500/F

Expiry date for response to WDC: 7th April 2021

Location: WINSFORD, BUXTED WOOD LANE, BUXTED, TN22 4QE

Description: Alterations and first floor bathroom addition.

Response from Buxted Parish Council to WDC: no objections, recommend approval.

Application:WD/2021/0357/FR

Expiry date for response to WDC: 12th April 2021

Location: SILVER BIRCHES, BUXTED WOOD LANE, BUXTED, TN22 4QE

Description:Part retrospective application for the change use of land to residential garden. A second storey extension over the existing single storey side extension, two storey extension to rear, new dormer window to side, replacement carport, new front porch, and new garden office building.

Buxted Parish Council response to WDC: no objection

Application:WD/2020/2048/F

Expiry date for response to WDC: 6th April 2021

Location: HAVEN COURT, ETCHINGWOOD LANE, BUXTED, TN22 4PT

Description: to change the use of land from agricultural to mixed

agricultural and private equestrian. To construct a stable block and manege for private use only. Amendments relate to: Reduction in size of stable block, minor relocation within site and submission of ecology report.

Buxted Parish Council response to WDC: as previously submitted to WDC, the parish council do not object to this application, but now note the comments and concerns made by the neighbours with regards to the position and odours from the muck heap and would request that lighting by restricted and for the private use to be a condition attached to any planning approval.

06/04/21

Update on applications previously considered by the parish council, and determined by the district council:

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

Application: WD/2020/2684/F

Description: Single storey conservatory to the rear of the property

Location: 46 MEAD LANE, BUXTED, TN22 4AS

Update: Approved

Application: WD/2020/1829/F

Description: Construction of a single storey dwelling and formation of a new vehicular access.

Location: ROUNDWOOD, COOPERS GREEN ROAD, UCKFIELD, TN22 1HB

Update: Approved

Application: WD/2017/1858/F

Description: Erection of two shepherds huts for overnight accommodation in connection

with horse holidays from 1st April - 31st October each year.

Location: HURSTWOOD EQUESTRIAN CENTRE, HURSTWOOD FARM, ROYAL OAK LANE, HIGH HURSTWOOD, BUXTED TN22 4AN

Update: Approved

Application: WD/2021/0074/F

Description: Proposed two storey side extension

Location: FOWEY, FIVE ASH DOWN, UCKFIELD, TN22 3AP

Update: Approved

Appeals

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.

Application: WD/2020/0765/F

Appeal decision date: 15 March 2021

Location: Tamarisk, Park View, Buxted

Precis of Issues:

· Justification of a condition relating to windows on north elevation.

· Effect on living conditions for occupiers of neighbouring property

Decision: appeal DISMISSED

Comment: Cllr Roberts spoke of a potential application on a site near to Oast Farm for 50 houses. This has not yet been received by the Parish Council.

1915 hours – Cllr Rose finished chairing the planning part of the meeting, Cllr Blandford took over to Chair the parish council.

07/04/21

ESCC/WDC REPORT

Cllr Galley commented that the WDC new waste contract continues to work well however there appears to be an increasing about of rubbish on the roadsides. There is a programme in place for litter collection on A roads, but it has been suggested we may need to do this more often. Cllr. Galley has as a meeting with WDALC the following day to discuss B & C roads.

Overall, County Council business is quiet at the moment due to the pending elections, however Cllr Galley wished to address the numerous emails between himself, a local resident and ESCC officers regarding the width of the footway between Redbrook Lane and the Toll Farm triangle and the speeds of traffic in this area. Cllr Galley has walked the path and has noted the hedge could be cut back and he will refer this to the ESCC Highway Steward. With regards speeding, the parish council has investigated this on many occasions. We do have flashing 30mph signs and the white lines were changed from the centre to the edges of the roads to give the appearance of a narrower road. Furthermore ESCC/Police do not support any further engineering works along the road. It was therefore agreed that the parish council are unable to pursue this matter any further.

Cllr. Rose mentioned that a recycling vehicle had accidentally distributed some waste from the back of the lorry along an A road, near the depot, and when pointed out to the depot that all it would need was some netting across the back of the lorry, the suggestion was not met with a positive response.

Cllr Illingworth wished to reiterate his response in support of the refusal of the application at Cooper Green although we now await the possibility of an appeal. He hopes that recent decisions may go some way to restore the public’s faith in the planning system.

Finally, Cllr. Illingworth referred to recent fly tipping in Nan Tucks Lane which WDC cleared quickly. This seems to be happening more in the local area. He is hoping Sussex Police can get on top of this issue.

08/04/21

OUTSTANDING MATTERS

Mobile phone coverage: Nothing to report.

Public footpaths: Nothing to report.

Road Safety: See minute (07/04/21) above.

Wealden Local Development Framework: Nothing to report.

Property issues:

Reading Room renovation – Fire Safety Assessment Report - if received –Not received prior to the meeting.

Buxted Football Club -Land to the rear of the pavilion – update following meeting with owner.

On 23rd March 2021 two members of the parish council, both clerks and two members of the Buxted Football Club/Bonfire Society met with the owner of the land to the rear of the clubhouse (subsequently named Jabb Farm) to discuss the issues regarding the boundary and the state of the boundary.

It was established that the owner is going to remove the rubbish from the top of the earth bund, and he is planning to install a 2m green metal fence all along his boundary right from the bottom corner of his land (from the previous cut through to Buxted Park), right up to the beginning of his driveway which will run along the boundary line to the rear of the football pavilion. As he plans to do this there is little point in the parish council installing an alternative designed fence purely along the back of the pavilion.

It was therefore agreed that if the owner wishes to erect a temporary fence between his land and the pavilion to prevent any access to his land, this would be for him to carry out.

What is also required is some drainage to protect the back/side of the pavilion which is prone to flooding. This drainage work can also be done in conjunction with the hardstanding that will be installed at the front of the clubhouse (agreed at the last PC meeting and to be paid for by the football club). Three quotes for drainage will be obtained and presented to the parish council.

The Football Club are also keen to move the concrete table tennis table from behind the Scout Hut.

The chairman referred to the bench and trip hazard paving slabs at the top of Queenstock Lane. The bench and slabs have not yet been removed so Cllr Rose would chase this with the developer and confirm that the slabs do not need to be retained. It is likely a new seat will be purchased for the COVID memorial planting, to be discussed later, but this bench still might be able to be reused.

Telephone Box Seed Swap – Cllr. Illingworth advised there is a carpenter who lives opposite the BT box who may be willing to create some shelves and boxes. He would investigate.

Communications Matters: Nothing to report.

09/04/21

CORRESPONDENCE

P1– East Sussex Association of Local Councils (ESALC) – request for annual fee of £1,264.03 – Following the dissolution of the Sussex and Surrey Association of Local Councils, we have been advised that Trevor Leggo (working two days per week) and one member of staff will now form ESALC. An annual fee of £1264.03 is being requested. Following an email to all clerks, many other parish councils are querying the fee given the reduced amount of service which will be provided by ESALC. However, to be a member of the National Association of Local Councils (NALC) you also must be a member of the local branch. All guidance and legislation provided to the council is via NALC and therefore it would seem that we have no choice but to continue to be a member of ESALC to ensure all guidance and legislation is continued to be received. It was agreed that the parish council would pay the fees for this year and the clerk will raise this matter at the next clerks meeting with regards questioning value for money.

10/04/21

FINANCE

(i) to approve the payment list for April 4651 to 4667 totalling £12,701.97 + VAT. Proposed by Cllr. Rose seconded by Cllr. Illingworth - approved.

(ii) to approve the bank reconciliations for March 2021 – noted

(iii) to receive the RBS reports: EMR, Cash & Investment Reconciliation, Receipts, and payments to date - noted

(iv) Account’s summary – circulated separately to councillors, to be attached to minutes – noted.

11/04/21

OTHER MEETINGS

None

12/04/21

MEMBERS QUESTIONS

Cllr Coxon raised a suggestion for a notice to be placed at the dog bins that tend to become full. Not wishing to add more ‘notices’, the clerk would source stickers to attached to the bins to say, “If this bin is full, please take your dog waste home with you and report the full bin to clerk@buxted-pc.gov.uk or via the Wealden District Council website”. The clerk would also put a notice on the website and Facebook page.

(Cllr galley left the meeting at 19.52)

13/04/21

ANNOUNCEMENTS:

  1. Confirmation May meeting moved to 4th May 2021 due to online meeting rules ending – noted.
  1. Social Media communication – The parish councils’ attention has been drawn to some posts on social media referring to parish council/Ionides Trust activities and decisions. Some posts recently on a local social media page were incorrect. Buxted Parish Council generally, through the clerks, officially use social media only as a mean of disseminating helpful information, as in roadworks, messages from other government bodies etc. Clerks and councillors do not always see all posts which refer to the council. Buxted Parish Council are available to answer any questions residents have concerning issues raised. Contact can be made via the website: www.buxtedparishcouncil.gov.uk or direct to the clerks clerk@buxted-pc.gov.uk or residents can always attend meetings should they have an interest or want to express an interest in matters raised within their community.
  1. Notification of an agricultural determination application for a hardstanding at Jabb Farm, (formerly Lower Totease Farm), Framfield Road, Buxted – noted.

The meeting closed at 1956 hours.

East Sussex County Council Ongoing Matters:

DATE RAISED

CASE NO

DESCRIPTION

OPEN/CLOSED RESOLUTION

21/12/2020

00529461

Britts Farm Alleyway – access through difficult due to blocking by vegetation and fallen fence

21/12 – passed to officers.

31/3 – map received by clerk showing part of alleyway in ownership of Highways and part Rights of Way Team. Clerk written to Rights of Way Team to ask that trees on their part (footpath 67) be assessed.

31/3 Rights of Way Team confirm the trees are on ESCC land however could be the responsibility of the landowner which ESCC are not. I wait to be advised.

21/12/2020

00527587

Switching off streetlamps in Britts Farm alleyway, or at least switching off one on 24 hours

21/12 – passed to officers.

26/1 – still being discussed by officers.

22/2 – resident advised that the orange light has now changed to a bright white light and is still on 24 hours (so worse situation)

10/3 – apologies from ESCC for slow response. Explanation of why lamp was changed to white light. Still looking at putting timers on lights

11/3 – Response by clerk. Crossed wires, we want the lights turned off not on timers.

23/3 – ESCC confirm they are still looking into being able to switch off lights

21/01/2021

00539076

Blocked drain outside St Mary’s Church, Church Road, Buxted

25/1 – passed to officer to investigate

27/01/2021

COMPLETED

00541323

Width of pavement between St Raphael’s and Toll Farm Triangle, Buxted

27/1 – passed to officers.

9/2 – officers could not identify location they need a better description! Email response sent.

31/3 – after more correspondence between Cllr Galley, ESCC Officer Johnson and Local Resident, Cllr Galley has confirmed this matter cannot be pursued any further. Pavement is a fair width, and the hedge has been recently cut back. Engineering works and cameras will not be installed by ESCC on this section of road.

Ionides Trust Update:

  1. Scout Lease – signed and completed, emailed the solicitor for digital copies. Are we agreed Dawson Hart, solicitors keep the originals in which case it should be noted where they are held.
  2. COVID Memorial –

Prior to the meeting the clerk circulated a plan and example cherry trees for the COVID Memorial. If agreed, it was suggested that the trees are ordered now to ensure delivery by autumn planting. The bench can be installed prior to the trees being planted. What shall the engraving be? – Cost for trees approximately £600-£700.00 and bench £500.00. The additional funds can be sourced from either parish council funds or Ionides funds. However, we must make it clear where the monies are coming from, public donations and covering the extra cost and that the trees will be planted on Ionides Land, but it is the parish council, as managing trustees, who carry out all the planning and work. Agreed and details would be included on the website. The quote for the bench would be “In Memory of all those loved and lost or severely affected during the Covid Pandemic”.

  1. Now that we have lost both our previous groundsman and councillor who used to help maintain the Ionides Trust land, the chairman requested that a new self-employed grounds person/handyman to help maintain Ionides Trust land (and Parish council land) be sought. This would include strimming around the fencing, maintaining the hedges, picking litter, checking, and oiling play equipment. This person could also carry out the work in looking after trees that have been planted over the years by the chairman as it is time someone else carried out the work on a regular basis! – agreed.

Gatwick Community Trust Grants

09

April 2021

DEADLINE APPROACHES FOR GRANT APPLICATIONS TO GATWICK AIRPORT COMMUNITY TRUST

Don’t miss out on the chance to receive project funding for your community group or charitable organisation.

This year’s deadline for grant applications to Gatwick Airport Community Trust is fast approaching – 21 May 2021.

As local community groups and charitable organisations start to plan more activities and offer more services after the challenges of the last 12 months, now is the time to apply for a grant.

The process is simple. Check the website www.gact.org.uk to make sure the project is eligible and falls within the Trust’s area of benefit which covers parts of East and West Sussex, Surrey and Kent.

Download the application form, complete it fully and send it to the address on the form to arrive no later than 21 May 2021.

With some £200,000 up for grabs, the normal level of grants awarded is between £1,000 - £5,000 to ensure the benefits are spread far and wide throughout the communities most affected by airport operations.

The Trust supports schemes that benefit diverse sections of the local community and are targeted towards the development of young people, the arts, sporting facilities, environmental improvement and conservation, improvements to community facilities, volunteering, the elderly and the disabled.

Grantapplications are assessed by a board of volunteer trustees who all bring local knowledge and expertise to the Trust ensuring that the money is used to the maximum benefit of the local community.

TEMPORARY ROAD CLOSURE - U7403 POUND GREEN LANE, BUXTED - 18/5/2021 TO 20/5/2021

Pound Green Lane, Buxted

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April 2021

Please be aware that the following works will be carried out:-

U7403 Pound Green Lane, Buxted

Temporary Road Closure

From the junction with the U7864 Nan Tucks Lane to the junction with the A272 Pound Green, works are a distance of approximately 30 metres.

18/5/2021 to 20/5/2021

works anticipated to take 3 days to complete.

To allow South East Water to carry out apparatus repair works.

Diversion via: - U7864 Nan Tucks Lane – U7505 Limes Lane – U7504 Framfield Road – A272 High Street - Pound Green and vice versa. 

Advance warning signs will be placed on site advising of actual date of works

If you need to discuss this further please contact:

South East Water on 0333 000 0365

ST MARY'S OPEN DAY & CRAFT FAIR 10th July 2021

St Mary's Church, Church Road, Buxted

06

April 2021

Our annual event will be going ahead this year, but not in May as it usually is. The Rector & Churchwardens have decided to defer the event until after 21st June, when remaining restrictions are due to be lifted. The new date is Saturday 10th July, from 12.00 until 6.00.

Census Help 2021

03

March 2021

As many of you will be aware the 2021 Census is due to take place this March and Census Day falls on Sunday 21st March 2021.

The census is carried out every 10 years and provides an excellent snapshot in time of our population; providing us with figures and key data on our local areas to help us provide evidence for grant funding applications and most importantly, understand the needs of our population!

This year will see the census being completed digitally for the first time. Adverts on the radio are saying it should only take 10 minutes to complete per person.

However we know not everyone is set up with IT at home and some residents may not feel confident completing the form online.

Support will be available to householders. We have been informed that there will be a support centre based in Uckfield to support the local community (see attached flyer)

Uckfield Town Council

Do Not Get Caught Out By A Covid-19 Vaccination Scam

01

March 2021

As if we haven’t all had enough to deal with and worry about since the outset of the COVID-19 (Coronavirus) pandemic, the situation has unfortunately been exploited by fraudsters with fake offers of vaccinations. At times of disasters and other crises, there is invariably an increase in fraudulent activity, for example, bogus charity donation requests. The current pandemic, unprecedented in its effects and global reach – is no exception. A massive increase in reliance on the internet and people’s concerns about their and loved ones’ health, wellbeing and finances have combined to create ideal conditions for fraud.


Over the last year, commonplace COVID-19-related scams have included fake advertisements for PPE to priority online shopping slots, HMRC monetary grants to travel refund services, and fake NHS Test & Trace messages informing recipients that they have been in contact with someone who has tested positive, and need to buy a home testing kit. A more complete list can be found at

www.getsafeonline.org/news/coronavirus-scams-you-should-be-aware-of .


With the UK vaccination programme in full swing, the most recent wave of scams has focused on fraudulent offers of vaccinations, attempting to persuade recipients that they can ‘jump the queue’.


The scams, which are perpetrated via email, text or telephone call, either request payment for a vaccination, or link to authentic looking but fake websites which harvest your confidential information. Those who fall for such scams fall victim to financial fraud, identity theft or both.


Avoiding COVID-19 Vaccination Scams – Top Tips:


Remember that COVID-19 vaccines in the UK are available only via the NHS of England, Wales and Scotland, or from Health & Social Care Northern Ireland.


Remember that the NHS will never:

  • Charge you for a COVID-19 vaccination
  • Ask you for your bank account or card details
  • Ask you for your PIN or banking passwordor memorable details
  • Arrive unannounced at your home to administer the vaccine
  • Ask you to prove your identity by sending copies of personal documents such as passport, driving licence, bills or payslips.


If you receive a call you believe to be fraudulent, hang up.

How you will be contacted to get your COVID-19 vaccination

The NHS will contact you when it is your turn to have the vaccination, by letter, text or email, with information on how to book your appointment. The vaccination is free of chargewithout exception. The vaccine is being offered at larger vaccination centres, pharmacies and some local NHS services such as hospitals or GP surgeries.

If you think you have been a victim of fraud, don’t be embarrassed but report it immediately to Action Fraud at www.actionfraud.police.uk or on 0300 123 2040 (if you’re in Scotland, Police Scotland on 101). Report any assaults to the police. If you are suspicious about an email you have received, forward it to report@phishing.gov.uk. Suspicious text messages should be forwarded free of charge to 7726.

Get Safe Online is the UK’s leading source of information and advice on online safety and security, for the public and small businesses. It is a not-for-profit, public/private sector partnership backed by law enforcement agencies and leading organisations in internet security, banking and retail. For more information and expert, easy-to-follow, impartial advice on safeguarding yourself, your family, finances, devices and workplace, visit www.getsafeonline.org.

Recycling electric items

23

February 2021

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

23

February 2021

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

Have Your Say - Survey on Dog Thefts

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February 2021

Sussex Police & Crime Commissioner Katy Bourne, in partnership with the Association of Police & Crime Commissioners (APCC), has launched today (19 February) a national survey, designed to understand public perception of dog theft, enforcement and the prosecution of offenders.


The Home Secretary is currently reviewing the issue of pet theft, and what future enforcement may look like with potentially tougher penalties for perpetrators.


The responses to this survey will help inform the discussions that PCCs will have on this issue nationally, and allow police forces to better understand the public's views on this crime and how they might improve their response to those concerns.


Demand for dogs as pets has increased during the coronavirus pandemic. The cost of some puppies, on Pets4Homes, is currently as high as £3,000, making them a valuable commodity to criminals.


According to Dog Lost, the UK's largest lost and found dog service, it is estimated thefts have risen by 250 per cent, with criminal gangs involved.


PCC Bourne says: “I am incredibly eager to get more detail around this issue and understand residents’ views and if they feel more could be done to respond to their concerns or for more preventative measures to be put in place to better protect their pets."

"I hope that the results of this survey will give the Government the evidence it needs to take more robust action against perpetrators."

The 60-second survey will be open until 17:00 on Friday 12th March. Make sure to have your say today: https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/dogtheft

Rights of Way and Stiles

16

February 2021

Some of the stiles and footpaths, where there is heavy footfall, are in a poor state given the increase in footfall and the extremely wet weather.

It would be helpful if councillors, or any members of the public, can report broken stiles and other problems to the clerk, so this can be passed onto the correct authority.

The image below shows all the footpaths in the parish and further details of footpaths can be found on the ESCC website:

https://www.eastsussex.gov.uk/leisureandtourism/countryside/rightsofway/map/

Please report any broken/damaged stiles direct to ESCC or to clerk@buxted-pc.gov.uk

Local Update from ESCC Councillor Roy Galley - February

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February 2021

Local Update

February 2021

Covid

Cases of Covid 19 continue to fall quite steeply across East Sussex and Wealden.

Over 90% of Care Home residents and staff have been vaccinated. All over 70s will be offered a vaccination by mid-February and over 65s by the end of the month.

The Community Hub continues to operate for those with food or medicine deliveries problems.

A series of Government grants are still available for local businesses and over £45million has been passed on to businesses since the pandemic began. Full details of what is on offer are on the Wealden website.

Council Tax.

East Sussex County Council has now decided to increase Council Tax by 3.5%. This is made up of 2% on basic Council Tax and 1.5% for the Adult Social Care precept. The government has allowed care authorities to levy 3% extra over two years. It could all be levied in one year or spread over two years. East Sussex has decided on the latter course. About 70% of Council Tax goes to fund County services.

The Fire Authority had agreed to a 1.99% increase for the Fire and Rescue Service while Wealden will be freezing tax for 2021/22. We are expecting a hefty increase from the Police and Crime Commissioner.

Policing.

This increase in the Police precept will, however, be put to good use.

Already 100 more PCSOs (Police Community Support Officers) have been recruited across Sussex with 17 new neighbourhood policing sergeants heading up local policing activity.

I have observed more police presence in recent weeks including more speed check activity and hope you have too if you’ve been able to get out and about.

In parts of Wealden Anti Social Behaviour patrols have been having noticeable impact and there has been a successful drugs busting operation.

As ever, overall crime levels are comparatively quite low.

Roy Galley

February 12th 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

01823 732115

Covid 19 NHS Organised Home Visits

10

February 2021

This message is sent on behalf of our partners at the Sussex Health and Care Partnership

The NHS in Sussex is committed to the roll out of the COVID-19 vaccination and ensuring that all those in the first priority groups are offered the vaccination by mid-February.

Home visits for people who are eligible and considered housebound across Sussex are underway, and people who are registered housebound with their GP will be contacted.

Home visit appointments are being coordinated by the GP led vaccination services in each area, which could be your GP practice, a neighbouring GP practice as in many places they are working in groups, or a team supporting your GP practice.

They will always contact you before a visit is made to confirm the appointment and ensure you are in when they come. They will know your name, address and NHS number, and will only be contacting you to confirm an appointment and not ask for any personal details – and definitely not payment.

If you have a loved one or a neighbour that you know should be expecting a home visit, check whether they have been contacted by the NHS.

When the person arrives to do the vaccination they will either be from a GP service locally or Sussex Community NHS Foundation Trust. Either way they will carry NHS ID, please ask to see it before you let them into your home.

The NHS will:

  • NEVER ask you to press a button on your keypad or send a text to confirm you want the vaccine
  • NEVER ask for payment or for your bank details

If you receive a call you believe to be fraudulent, hang up. If you believe you have been the victim of fraud or identity theft you should report this directly to Action Fraud on 0300 123 2040. Where the victim is vulnerable, report it to Sussex Police online or by calling 101.

Some people who may be housebound are also receiving a letter from the national booking service inviting them to go online or call the national phone line to book an appointment at one of the vaccination services or pharmacy led services. We know this is causing some confusion but currently the national system cannot distinguish that someone is housebound and so these letters are being sent to all those who are eligible.

If you are housebound and are not able to attend a local vaccination service or centre, please ignore this letter. You are on the list with your GP led vaccination service team and they will contact you in the next two weeks – you do not need to call your GP practice or any other team to make an appointment. As soon as an appointment is available you will be contacted directly.

If you would like to know more about the vaccination programme or have a question please visit www.sussexhealthandcare.uk/get-my-jab for the latest information including a Frequently Asked Questions. If you have any further questions or concerns, please contact the vaccination programme team on sxccg.vaccineenquiries@nhs.net
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Community Vaccination Briefing

09

February 2021

03 February 2021

This is a briefing to provide information and resources in community languages to support ethnically diverse communities during COVID-19 and to provide factual information about the COVID-19 Vaccination Programme. If you want this briefing to be in any other community language, BSL, Braille or other format, then please get in touch with us by using our contact details at the bottom of this briefing.

Supporting People at their COVID-19 Vaccination Appointment

Where can I have my vaccination?

You will receive an invitation to book your vaccination appointment by telephone, text or by post and there are several places you can choose to go to receive your vaccination:

· Local vaccination services – these include the GP led or community vaccination services, and pharmacy led services in some areas- these will often be the nearest place to someone’s home to be vaccinated;

· Vaccination centres – these are larger centres which will be able to give the vaccine to large numbers of people as more supplies become available. Appointments are organised through a national service; people are contacted by letter which includes details in community languages. Information is included on how to book an appointment, which will include access to interpreting by phone. If you receive a letter from the national team and it is too far to travel, please don’t worry. Your local site will be in touch;

· Visiting service – the vaccine is being taken into care homes and into people’s own homes if they cannot attend a vaccination site; and

· Hospital hubs – larger hospitals across the country are offering vaccination to health and care staff.

In Crawley a new mobile vaccination site has gone live to reach communities that are vulnerable:

https://abcltd.org.uk/2021/01/28/local-gp-federation-launches-mobile-vaccination-unit-for-hard-to-reach-and-vulnerable-community-groups/#more-3542

What support is available for language needs?

Patients can self-refer for face to face interpretation at their appointment – please contact local interpreting providers:

If you have an urgent interpretation need you can contact:

info@vandu.co.uk

urgent@sussexinterpreting,org.uk

Telephone interpretation is available for those have language needs and do not have an interpreter. This will be arranged by the team where you have your vaccine.

Translated Materials

To support patients to have the correct information, the following leaflets have been translated:

· Vaccination consent form is available in 11 community languages

· What to expect after your vaccination guide for adults is available in 16 community languages

· Why you will have to wait for your COVID-19 vaccine in 16 community languages

· COVID-19 vaccination: women of childbearing age, currently pregnant or breastfeeding in 16 community languages

NHS England has also published a vaccination video in 10 community languages with what to expect, how the vaccine is given, and clear evidence that the vaccines work and are safe.

COVID-19 Vaccination Programme Contact Details

If you have any questions about the COVID-19 Vaccine, contact:

Sxccg.vaccineenquiries@nhs.net

FACT: COVID-19 kills up to 10 times more than the flu. Research at John Hopkins University indicates that COVID-19 is more fatal, impacts people for longer (up to 30 days) and spreads faster than flu. Claiming that COVID-19 is no more dangerous than the flu plays down the destruction this virus has brought to many lives.

Dispelling Misinformation

FACT: No patient so far has suffered from irreversible side effects from the COVID-19 vaccination- in trials or in the population. This myth was spread by misreading a presentation which actually said 3000 of those vaccinated suffered with temporary and reversible side effects.

FACT: The speed of approval of the COVID-19 vaccination was mainly due to cutting red tape rather than cutting corners. There has been worldwide scientific collaboration and funding to create the COVID-19 vaccine. This global effort has allowed scientists to work at record speed, and complete years of work in months.

FACT: There is no material of foetal or animal origin in either COVID-19 vaccine. All ingredients are published in the healthcare information on the MHRA’s website.

• The British Islamic Medical Association have produced a helpful guide for the Muslim community.

The Catholic Church offers reassurance messages that Catholics may “in good conscience receive any of these vaccines for the good of others and themselves”.

• The Church of England information on the vaccine isathttps://www.churchofengland.org/sites/default/files/2020-12/COVID%2019%20Vaccines%20update%20v1.0.pdf.

• The Hindu Forum of Britain has issued a COVID-19 Vaccine Information Guidehttps://twitter.com/hfbritain/status/1354512544321458179

If and when further vaccines are approved we will publish information about known allergens or ingredients that are important for certain faiths, cultures and beliefs.

FACT: The Covid-19 vaccine should protect you from becoming sick, but it won’t stop you from infecting other people. So, it is really important that you continue to remember hands, face, space. Wash your hands, cover your face and keep your distance from people. During the winter when people tend to spend more time indoors, it is a good idea to have a flow of air, for example by opening windows sometimes.

FACT: Unlike the flu jab, you cannot currently pay for a COVID-19 vaccination. COVID-19 vaccinations are part of the national NHS vaccination programme and the vaccines are provided free by the NHS. You will never be asked for your bank details to pay for it.

Accessible Information in Community Languages

Sussex Health and Care Partnership have published a page with helpful translated information around COVID-19 and the vaccination programme:

www.sussexhealthandcare.uk/keepsussexsafe/sussex-covid-19-vaccination-programme/translated-covid-19-resources/

To support people to access health care services during COVID-19 Sussex NHS Commissioners have produced a “Right Care, Right Place” booklet which has been translated into Arabic, Bengali, Chinese, Farsi, Hungarian, Italian, Portuguese, Polish, Russian, Spanish, Simplified Chinese and Turkish

Sussex Interpreting Services (SIS) have developed pages in a range of community languages including; ArabicBengaliSimplified ChineseFarsiPolish and Portuguese to support people to find out information about health and social care needs. The pages can be accessed directly and easily from the SIS home page www.sussexinterpreting.org.uk and are being updated on a weekly basis.

Video resources

Celebrities have come together to counter disinformation about the vaccine amongst ethnically diverse communities by producing a short video :Meera Syal and Moeen Ali star in video urging BAME people to take vaccine | Coronavirus | The Guardian

Siphelile Williams is a proud Learning Disabilities Nurse and a proud Muslim woman. Here she talks about why the Covid19 vaccine is suitable for her and people of Islamic faith, as well as vegetarians and vegans https://youtu.be/NZOTKz2C_2I

Siphelile Williams, a Staff Nurse from Learning Disability Services, is currently working as a trained vaccinator at The Mount. She addresses concerns about the safety of the vaccine, its side effects and how she’s had to counter disinformation within her own family who’ve been worried about things they’ve seen onlinehttps://youtu.be/A2zgOsFjNZw

An expert team of NHS vaccinators answer some of your main concerns about the vaccine, including: Is it safe? Can it be trusted? What about allergic reactions and side effects? Does it contain animal products? Is it worth it?https://youtu.be/pHvu_b55Dk0

Mental Health Nurse Steve Dawson is one of our professional Covid19 vaccinators working at The Mount. Steve understands why people might be worried but says it’s now our best hope of returning to a normal lifestylehttps://youtu.be/b0_5DdJi_vg

Further information and links to support an informed decision

Joint Committee for Vaccination and Immunisation – information on eligibility criteria for the vaccine:

https://assets.publishing.service.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/950113/jcvi-advice-on-priority-groups-for-covid-19-vaccination-30-dec-2020-revised.pdf

Information for UK healthcare professionals (Pfizer/BioNTech):https://assets.publishing.service.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/940565/Information_for_Healthcare_Professionals_on_Pfizer_BioNTech_COVID-19_vaccine.pdf

Information for UK healthcare professionals (Oxford/AstraZeneca):https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/regulatory-approval-of-covid-19-vaccine-astrazeneca/information-for-healthcare-professionals-on-covid-19-vaccine-astrazeneca

Priority groups for coronavirus (COVID-19) vaccination: detailed information https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/priority-groups-for-coronavirus-covid-19-vaccination-advice-from-the-jcvi-30-december-2020

Statement from the UK Chief Medical Officers on time between first and second dose:https://www.gov.uk/government/news/statement-from-the-uk-chief-medical-officers-on-the-prioritisation-of-first-doses-of-covid-19-vaccines

NHS Sussex Commissioners Public Involvement Team Contact Details

If you have any questions, or if you need this briefing in an alternative format, please contact the Public Involvement Team:

Email: sxccg.involvement@nhs.net

Telephone: 01903 708 411

Post: FREEPOST RTUZ-ECYG-ERRK

Attn: Public Involvement Team, NHS Brighton & Hove Clinical Commissioning Group

Hove Town Hall, Norton Road, Brighton, BN3 4AH

SignLive: Deaf British Sign Language (BSL) users can contact us between 09:00-17:00 Monday- Friday through the Video Relay Service (VRS) ‘SignLive’. Simply download the SignLive app, register your details, and search for NHS Brighton and Hove in the Community Directory. If the call goes to answerphone please leave a message, with your name and SignLive ID code and we will call you back as soon as possible.

Previous versions of the briefing can be accessed via the news section on the CCGs websites: NHS Brighton and Hove CCG, NHS East Sussex CCG, and NHS West Sussex CCG.

Ionides Community Car Park

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January 2021

In late Autumn 2020 works to Community Parking area were carried out. The car park was enlarged to increase capacity and a tarmac surface laid down. At the same time drainage works were carried out around the children’s play area, connecting in with drainage laid down for the car park. The excess spoil from the car park works was spread over the valley created by the bund from the surgery works, thus creating a flatter landscape and hopefully a more useable one. Grass seed was laid down over all disturbed areas and it will be Spring 2021 before the success of this part of the works can be evaluated. More work may have to be carried out during 2021.

East Sussex Vaccination Update

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January 2021

Please click on the link below for detailed information regarding where the coronavirus vaccine is being delivered across Sussex.

No More Planning Application Notifications Letters

Buxted Parish Council

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October 2020

Very disappointingly we have been advised by Wealden District Council that neighbour notification letters are no longer going to be sent out from 1st November. Instead, neighbours will have to rely on a site notice, their website or social media. We were advised as follows:

Dear Parish/Town Clerk

The methods that the Council use to publicise applications considered to be valid on or after 1st November 2020 is changing.

From this date, the Council will no longer notify adjoining properties by letter. This change is following the adoption of the Statement of Community Involvement (SCI), which was adopted on 22nd July 2020 at Full Council.

There is to be reliance on Site Notices together with the website and social media. Where required by legislation, adverts will continue to be placed in the local newspaper

This change will not affect how the Council notify statutory bodies such as Town and Parish Councils.

For more details please visit: https://www.wealden.gov.uk/planning-and-building-control/planning-advice/update-on-how-we-notify-on-planning-applications/

If you are on the internet, the parish council would urge you to sign up to the My Wealden Alerts at https://my.wealden.gov.uk/en. You would then be notified via the weekly Wealden update (at the bottom of the email) of any new planning applications in your area. In addition to this, the parish council will try its utmost to inform residents of new application as they arrive via its website, Facebook and BPEC. However, this does by no means cover the many residents who are not on the internet, so we would please ask everyone to spread the word as new applications are submitted.

Sanitisation of Play Equipment in Buxted Parish

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August 2020

Starting on Friday 28th August (approx 12.30 pm), the play equipment in Buxted and High Hurstwood Recreation Grounds and Ashdown Place, Five Ash Down will be sanitised on a 30-day rolling basis for a trial period of three months.

This sanitisation is in conjunction with both Uckfield Town Council and Framfield Parish Council who also have a three-month trial.

The sanitisation provides 30 days of residual and anti-microbial protection on hard surfaces and soft furnishings with a single application. The equipment can be used 15 minutes after application. It invisibly bonds to surfaces and provides ongoing residual protection, it cannot be cleaned off, even with chlorine cleaning.

We would be grateful if you could refrain from using the equipment while the sanitisation is in process and leave for 15 minutes following application.

Please find below all relevant information regards to the service. Products used are water-based with no impact on the environment.

HPS Protect Anti-Microbial Protection Services

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