South Street Toilets: This week the Parish Council has had a follow-up meeting with Wealden District Council concerning the future of South Street toilets at the end of the current year.

Firstly, to bring you up to date, a meeting was held with Wealden District Council, residents and councillors on a snowy January day this year to determine the fate of South Street toilets. The public were very much of the view that they did not want the South Street public toilets closed.

Reasons given were:

  • They are much used by visitors, ramblers, local tradesmen, allotment holders, etc. with up to 30 visits in a single morning
  • The business premises selected for the Community Toilet Scheme are not all adequate for disabled people
  • Closing the South Street toilets could result in fewer people visiting the village leading to shop closures.

Wealden District Council agreed that the toilets could remain open for this year providing the Parish Council could find a local cleaner at more competitive rates than their then current contractor – which we have done.

Unfortunately, the outcome of the most recent meeting was that Wealden District Council wants the toilets to close at the end of the year and do not wish to provide any financial assistance for their maintenance. We are currently awaiting information to establish the funding required each year to keep the toilets open.

What we now need to know is whether residents would like the Parish Council to save the South Street toilets from closure. To facilitate this the precept will have to be raised to incorporate the additional funding. The alternative is for us to give more support to the Community Toilet Scheme and assist Wealden District Council with finding additional outlets where members of the public can use their facilities without a purchase being necessary. We need to know what you would like us to do! My contact details can be found at the end of this article.

Double Yellow Lines: You will have noticed that East Sussex Highways have visited us and re-painted our road markings. This means that our PCSO* is resuming visits to Mayfield and Five Ashes and will be ticketing vehicles parked on double yellow lines. Please respect the double yellow lines – they are there to increase our safety and road visibility at junctions. Any offenders can now be reported by members of the public via the Police website: www.operationcrackdown.org.  Anti-social driving can be reported too – all you need is the car’s registration number.

GRANTS: One of the important roles of the Parish Council is to make grants to organisations within our villages to help them move forward with their own projects. If you wish to apply for such a grant, the time to start thinking about it is now. To apply we need to know the detail of what you have in mind, the state of your existing finances, and why you need the grant. Applications for grants should be submitted in writing to the Clerk of the Parish Council by 30th September each year for the following financial year.

A free HEARING service VISITS Mayfield: East Sussex Hearing Resource Centre is a registered charity working in partnership with Adult Social Care to provide a free information and advice service for deaf, deafened and hard of hearing people living in East Sussex. The vehicle is equipped to offer demonstrations of assistive equipment and hearing screening tests (if time permits).

The mobile unit will be visiting Mayfield on Thursday, 29th August 2013, and will be in the Memorial Hall Car Park from 10.30am to 3.30pm. It is accessible to wheelchair users. Representatives from both the East Sussex Hearing Resource Centre and Adult Social Care will be available to provide individual information and advice on all aspects of hearing loss.

For further information please contact: East Sussex Hearing Resource Centre, tel: 01323 722505 (voice/text/fax) e-mail: info@eshrc.org.uk

Shed Security: Over the last 2 weeks East Sussex police has seen an increase in the theft of electrical and petrol garden equipment and power tools from sheds and outbuildings. There are a number of measures you can take to reduce the risk of becoming a victim:

  • Use a good quality padlock
  • Consider fitting a shed alarm (these have proven to be an excellent deterrent in the past)
  • Remove expensive items to a more secure area
  • Lock power tools in a metal tool chest which you can bolt to the floor.

You can also request free property marking from the local Wealden Neighbourhood Policing Team. Your local PCSO* can come to your address and offer crime prevention advice as well as property marking any items of value in your sheds.

Grazing Ponies on Ashdown Forest: The Conservators of Ashdown Forest have recently purchased five Exmoor ponies for conservation grazing on the heathland. They are asking the public not to approach or attempt to feed the ponies because they do not want them to learn to harass people for treats and food. The ponies are pedigree Exmoors from the Sweetcombe herd in Devon. If you would like to help to take care of the ponies they are keen to have volunteers, please phone the Forest Centre on 01342 823583.

Litter Picking: The next litter picking session is scheduled for Saturday, 17th August, meeting at 9:30 at the Parish Council office in Mayfield High Street. The following month is the Bonfire Boyes and Belles Carnival and they would appreciate all the help they can get cleaning up from 6.00am on Sunday, 22nd September. There is a bacon butty for breakfast on offer for volunteers!

Office Hours: The opening hours for the Parish Council office have been extended to:

Mondays 9.00 – 11.00am / Wednesdays 9.00am – 12 noon / Fridays 9.00 – 11.00am.

During August we are planning to carry out some refurbishments and the office will not always be open at these times. We apologise for any inconvenience that this may cause, however, we will still be contactable by email, telephone and post.

Dates of Council meetings in August

Date Meeting Venue Time
19 August 2013 Planning Executive Old Manor House, High St, Mayfield** 09:30

** The venue may be subject to change due to building work. Please check the website and noticeboards.