Thank you to all the residents who managed to complete the village High Street survey. The results will be published once they have been collated.

Closure of Natwest Bank

In January, the Parish Council met with the Natwest Local CEO of South East Coast, Lisa Davis, and Natwest Relationship Manager, Ian Woodward, to discuss the closure of the bank on the 23rd February 2015. Apparently Natwest’s promise made four years ago to stay open for business in towns where it is the last bank was abandoned when their mobile banking platform was brought in. Since then the Mayfield branch has seen a drop in customers of 34%. They also confirmed that it would not be viable to keep the Cashpoint (ATM) in the High Street unless its usage increased by 100%.

There is however the possibility of one of the High Street retailers to have an ATM installed in their shop and we are currently attempting to identify which retailers if any are interested. Natwest will assist in providing an overview of the benefits of having an ATM. Meanwhile, residents are reminded that money can be withdrawn and cheques paid in at the Post Office in Mace any time between 6am -10pm every day.

Business account holders are being encouraged to apply for a business debit card if they haven’t one already to enable cash to be withdrawn at the Post Office. In addition there will be a Customer Services advisor present in Natwest every Thursday during their opening hours until the branch closes. They can help with advice on setting up direct debits to pay utility bills, business debit cards, internet banking and mobile phone banking.

Timetable for the 2015 Local Government Elections

The May 2015 combined election will be the first major electoral event since the introduction of Individual Electoral Registration. Under the old system the head of every household could register everyone who lived at the address by completing the annual canvass form sent by the local authorities every year. Under the new system unregistered people who want to register to vote can do so online or can complete an Individual Registration Form. Alternatively a member of the household can complete a Household Enquiry Form to advise the district council of the individuals residing at the property. They will then send an Individual Registration Form to each of the individuals listed. It is, therefore, quicker and easier for each member of the household to register themselves online. If you need to register visit www.wealden.gov.uk/council.aspx  or telephone Wealden District Council on 01323 443322.

The timetable of events for the local elections in 2015 is below for those who are interested:

Event Date (deadline if not midnight
Publication of notice of election Not later than Monday 30 March
Delivery of nomination papers On any working day during the hours stated on the notice of election until 4pm on Thursday 9 April
Deadline for delivery of nomination papers 4pm on Thursday 9 April
Deadline for withdrawals of nomination 4pm on Thursday 9 April
Publication of statement of persons nominated 4pm on Friday 10 April
Deadline for receiving applications for registration Monday 20 April
Deadline for receiving new postal vote and postal proxy applications, and for changes to existing postal or proxy votes 5pm on Tuesday 21 April
Deadline for receiving new applications to vote by proxy (not postal proxy or emergency proxies) 5pm on Tuesday 28 April
Publication of notice of poll Not later than Tuesday 28 April
Deadline for notification of appointment polling and counting agents Wednesday 29 April
First date that electors can apply for a replacement for lost postal votes Thursday 30 April
Polling Day 7am to 10pm on Thursday 7 May
Last time for re-issue of spoilt or lost postal votes 5pm on Thursday 7 May
Deadline for emergency proxy applications 5pm on Thursday 7 May

A267 Improvement Works

Works that are due to be undertaken on the A267 between Cross In Hand and Five Ashes as part of the County Council’s review of safety on rural ‘A’ class roads. A number of signs are due to be replaced, together with new signing where considered necessary and renewal of the existing road markings where worn. Work is due to start on this project during February and will take approximately two weeks to complete (weather permitting). Traffic management measures will be in place to secure the safety of the workforce. Network Management have restricted the working hours to off peak (9.30am – 4pm) to minimise disruption to traffic.

Information from UK Power Networks

Anyone wishing to make an enquiry in the event of a power cut can contact UKPN 24 hours a day:

Advice on how you can prepare for a power cut:

  • Keep the freephone number handy
  • See the website for some useful videos offering advice during a power cut.
  • Keep spare batteries for radios/ torches – local radio stations often broadcast helpful information
  • Keep an old-fashioned corded phone which you can plug in – cordless phones won’t work in the event of a power cut
  • Dress warmly in several layers of clothing, stay in one room or even get into bed
  • Take care if using candles, tea-lights and other naked flames
  • Keep fridges and freezers closed, with a blanket over as they will stay cold for many hours
  • Switch off all your electrical equipment, except one light which will let you know when the power comes back on
  • Remember the street lights may also be off so take care if you go out
  • Look out for elderly neighbours; please consider taking them round a flask of hot water or hot food

Vulnerable customers

If you know of anyone who may require additional assistance in the event of a power cut and has not already registered on our Priority Service Register (PSR), please let us know through their website or by calling  0800 31 63 105 or 0333 32 32 105 if calling from a mobile.

Faster Broadband

A reminder to residents: People will not automatically be upgraded to the new fibre infrastructure that has been installed in Mayfield and Five Ashes. Customers will need to contact their broadband service provider (ISP) to discuss upgrading to a fibre-based package. Customers should also be aware of existing contractual commitments, although most providers should allow customers in existing contracts to upgrade to a fibre package. An engineer will need to visit to install the necessary equipment and enable the service at the local fibre cabinet.

 Street Learning Programme

This project is a great initiative to help residents either get back to work, expand their knowledge or gain a new hobby. These free courses are for residents aged 19+ and are in Hailsham, Heathfield, Uckfield and Crowborough. For more information visit: http://issuu.com/eastbournehomes/docs/street_learning_-_jan_-_mar_2015

East Sussex Hearing Resource Centre

Due to popular demand the Hearing Resource Centre Bus will be visiting Mayfield twice this year and it will be in the Memorial Hall Car Park on Thursday 5 March between 1.00pm and 3.30pm. The second visit will take place on Thursday 27 August between 10.00am and 3.30pm. This is a registered charity working in partnership with Adult Social Care to provide a no charge mobile information and advice service for deaf, deafened and hard of hearing people living in East Sussex. The vehicle is funded by the Big Lottery and is equipped to offer demonstrations of assistive equipment and hearing screening tests.

Fingerposts

The Parish Council would like to say thank you for the generous donation from Peter Baldwin and Lisbet Rausing which has enabled the refurbishment of four fingerposts to the east of Mayfield and a further fingerpost located within the parish of Burwash.

PCSO Surgeries

PCSO, Julie Pearce-Martin next Police Surgery will take place on Wednesday 11 February 2015 from 10-10:30am in the Parish Council Office in Mayfield  High Street.

and finally….

Please do not leave your car running and unattended when you are ‘defrosting’ it this winter as it will invalidate your insurance.