The Parish Council wishes a Merry Christmas to all residents of Mayfield and Five Ashes and a Peaceful New Year.

If you feel that you have the time and ideas to work with your community and council to make further improvements in local services and facilities, or if you wish to have more involvement in the decision making process with what the Parish Council is doing with your community, then perhaps you should consider standing for election as a Parish Councillor next year. The most important thing for Parish Councillors is that they should be genuinely interested in the community they are serving and want the best for that community.

The Parish Council currently has members of all ages and walks of life and would encourage any interested residents from all sectors of the community to come along to one of the two drop-in sessions that are being held in the Parish Council Office on the evening of Christmas late night shopping, Friday 5th December from 18:00 – 19:30, and on Saturday 6th December from 10:00 – 12:00. Please come along to meet councillors, chat about what is involved and to ask any questions that you may have. Light refreshments will be available.

Christmas Lights in Mayfield High Street

It is regrettable that this year the Chamber of Commerce has reported to the Parish Council that the cost of providing Christmas lights in Mayfield High Street has doubled since last year to over £1,500 due to increased insurance and safety requirements. They are therefore not in a position to be able to fund the erection of all the Christmas lights that we are used to seeing.

Unfortunately the significant increase in costs was not anticipated. The Parish Council has been able to provide 50% of the funding required to erect the strip lighting along the shop fronts in the High Street with the remainder being generously paid by the Chamber of Commerce. There are however insufficient funds available to have illuminated lamp post motifs this Christmas.

The Parish Council has agreed to commit £1,000 in the 2015/16 budget towards next year’s Christmas lighting and it is hoped that donations from High Street Businesses and residents will make up the remaining necessary funds. During 2015, with the Chamber of Commerce, we will be seeking donations towards the Christmas lighting in Mayfield High Street which will attract visitors to the shops and so benefit the whole community.

Streetlights

The Parish Council’s current policy on street lighting is to replace any failed mercury lamps with sodium lamps (an EU directive bans the provision of any new mercury lamps) and to have partial night time lighting switches fitted, pending a move to LED lamps once suitable designs and prices have been obtained.

There are currently three lamps which have been upgraded and have been set to partial night time lighting from midnight – 5:30am:

  • outside the Memorial Hall car park (light no.8)
  • towards the bottom of Coggins Mill Lane (light no.20)
  • One in Station Road (light no.56)

The partial night time street lighting will be introduced to the Parish on a trial basis, the exception will be those street lights in the High Street. It will ensure good environmental management by reducing energy consumption and will reduce energy expenditure. Switching to partial night lighting reduces carbon emissions and will also contribute to reducing light pollution.

Fingerposts in Five Ashes

Pleasingly, the new fingerposts along the A267 in Five Ashes at the junctions of Frog Hole Lane and Horleigh Green Road have been constructed and are due to be installed very shortly. There has been a delay due to the very wet weather we have been subjected to but hopefully, by the time this Newsletter goes to print they will in situ. Refurbishing or replacing fingerposts is very expensive so please treat them well and please do not pin or nail notices or advertisements to them as it accelerates their deterioration.

Some rubbish words

Recently there has been domestic waste dumped in the Memorial Hall car park and at the bottom of Star Lane off The Avenue. The Memorial Hall Management Committee has also been informed that the Memorial Hall bin is constantly being used as a dumping ground for general waste. Clearing up this rubbish is not a good use of resident’s Council Tax money and it is unnecessary. The recycling centre is not for domestic waste which should be placed in your own landfill bin or taken to one of the nearby refuse sites at Heathfield, Jarvis Brook or Wadhurst.

There have also been numerous complaints made to the Parish Council concerning the wheelie bins which are being left on the pavement beside the bus stop in Mayfield High Street. We would like to politely request that after the refuse collection, these are removed from the High Street promptly.

Lost Keys

Another set of door keys has been handed in to the Parish Council office. These will be passed to Sussex Police when the PCSO next visits and will be retrievable from Heathfield Police Station. The owner of the previous set of lost keys saw the article in the last Newsletter and was delighted to get them back. She would like to thank the thoughtful resident who handed them in to the office.

Report from the PCSO

 At the last Parish Council meeting PCSO Julie Pearce-Martin informed that were a lot fewer cars having to be moved off double yellow lines and that last month no parking tickets needed to be issued. It has been noted that parking in general has improved in Mayfield High Street so a big thanks to residents and retailers who are respecting the two hour parking restriction.

With the winter evenings drawing in advice is being given to LIGHT IT, LOCK IT, LIST IT! Install low wattage outdoor security lighting and use an automatic timer switch to turn interior lights on when you are out. Lock every door and window securely. Register your property at www.immobilise.com . It is free and increases your chances of being reunited with your property if it is lost or stolen.

If you would like to keep up to date with what’s happening locally, you can join the Sussex Police Community Messaging service. This is a free service which keeps you up-to-date with what’s happening in your local area via email messages. You also have the option to provide your mobile phone number which Sussex Police can use to text you if there is an urgent message for the public. It’s easy to register – speak to your local PCSO or access: www.sussex.police.uk/my-account/community-messaging-sign-up

Business Support

Cllr Standley has reminded us that as part of the Government’s Regional growth Fund there is still £1.5m of the original £4m remaining to be allocated. Since its launch last autumn, 61 businesses across the county have been approved for East Sussex Invest 3 funding. These have included companies manufacturing solar panels and refurbishing classic cars to an ironing service and a tattoo parlour. There are grants from £3,000 up to £160,000 available and loans of up to £250,000, depending on the level of job creation or safeguarding.  The funding must be for capital; equipment, building works, vehicles, marketing campaigns, software and a range of other one off costs.  A minimum of 50 per cent match funding is required. To find out more about the funding available and how to apply call 01424 205085 or email enquiries@locateeastsussex.org.uk . Alternatively visit the Locate East Sussex website at www.locateeastsussex.org.uk

Winter Preparations

East Sussex Highways have taken delivery of 18 newly named gritters to join its fleet. The new vehicles are all 4×4 and have the latest safety technology. They also hold more salt and distribute it in a more efficient way which means that they can operate for longer and more safely during cold weather conditions. The new gritters have all been named by local schools and include Alicia Freeze, Gritter Garbo and Ctrl+salt+delete. The addition of these 18 new gritters to the fleet means East Sussex Highways are even more prepared for winter and our service will be more efficient.

Don’t forget to come and visit us on the evening of Friday 5th December from 18:00 – 19:30, and on the following morning, Saturday 6th December from 10:00 – 12:00.

 Parish Council Office Opening times:

The Parish Council office will be open from 9:00 – 10:00 on Wednesday 10 December 2014 due to a Clerk’s training course.

Over Christmas the Parish Council office will be closed on Christmas Eve and will re-open on Monday 5th January 2015.

Dates of Council meetings in December 2014: 

November 2014

Meeting Date Time Venue
Full Parish Council Monday 08 December 19.30 Mayfield Primary School
Planning Committee Monday 15 December 11.00 Parish Council Office
Community Development Monday 15 December 19.30 Parish Council Office

Janna Todd

Parish Clerk to Mayfield and Five Ashes Parish Council

The Old Manor House, High Street, Mayfield TN20 6AL

Telephone 01435 873784

E-mail: clerk@mayfieldfiveashes.org.uk