Proposed closure of Mayfield Library
The Parish Council and MAYFACS met with the Head of Customer and Library Services from East Sussex County Council (ESCC) on the 16th October to discuss possible options to maintain a library in Mayfield. We were informed that their Library Services is aware of how very unpopular the proposed closure of the seven libraries and the withdrawal of the mobile service is.
Libraries are safe and trusted spaces in the community where there is free access to not only books and information but also professional advice and support which is needed to help find resources and to use them effectively. The Parish Council does not want to see this valuable service cut and a way forward is currently under discussion with the following options being considered:
- Retaining the existing library facility managed by ESCC but paid by community funding
- Meeting half way with ESCC providing some elements and the community running and funding the rest
- Paying ESCC to keep the library on the existing basis with additional volunteer run opening hours
- Paying ESCC to maintain the existing stock control only with the community running and funding the library
- Running the library on an entirely voluntary basis with book stock operating by means of donations and community fundraising.
East Sussex Libraries – The Way Forward consultation is open until 14 December 2017 and you can take part by accessing the below link. Hard copies are available at the library.
Advertising at Court Meadow car park
At the October Parish Council meeting it was agreed that from 01 January 2018 advertising will not be allowed on the railings and gates to the Court Meadow car park in Tunbridge Wells Road. Recently the area has been a real eyesore with banners and posters being erected for long periods of time without permission. The car park is within the Conservation Area – the definition being an area considered to be of special architectural or historic interest the character or appearance of which it is desirable to preserve or enhance. Inappropriate and unsympathetic signage has a detrimental effect on the character of the area which the Parish Council does not want to be eroded through the installation of inappropriate signs.
Please clean up after your dog
There have been more complaints of increased amounts of dog excrement which is disappointing and a health concern as it can cause infections. This is a disregard of the rules, exercised by a minority that causes grief to all residents. So please bag it up! Once you’ve picked up after your dog please walk to a dog or litter bin or carry the bag home to dispose of it. This is not only for when walking along pavements but also applies to when using footpaths across the countryside. Please remember that neospora eggs are excreted by infected dogs in their faeces and are responsible for the highest percentage of all cattle abortions in the UK. Cattle become infected when they eat food or drink water contaminated with the eggs and they then have to be destroyed. Also please remember that dogs only have the right of way on official footpaths and do not have the right to run around the fields.
As it is likely to impact a number of residents, the clerk to Rotherfield Parish Council has been in contact with us regarding the proposals for the closure of the Rotherfield Surgery with the care transferred to the Brook Health Centre at Jarvis Brook. The partners of Rotherfield Surgery have considered the challenges they have experienced in finding new partners for their General Medical Services contract decided that they are unable to continue to provide primary care services across two surgery sites. The site at The Brook, near Crowborough, offers more opportunities for expansion to accommodate the existing clinical and administrative workforce and consequently the partners have submitted an application to close the Rotherfield Surgery site. The date that they wish the closure to take effect from in their application form to the Primary Care Contracting Committee is 31 March 2018.
Stand Up for East Sussex
The County Council is urging people in East Sussex to stand up for their county by calling on the Government to give them a fairer deal. They have launched the ‘Stand Up For East Sussex’ campaign and are asking residents to sign a petition to the Prime Minister which calls for an urgent rethink on the resources the county receives. The county has a high and fast-growing elderly population, wages below the national average, few large firms to boost its business rates and a transport network which often lets residents down. Yet savings of £112 million have been made from services in East Sussex since the start of the decade – enough to meet the yearly costs of caring for 5,600 vulnerable people, or to repair 2 million potholes. To show your support and sign the petition please visit: https://www.eastsussex.gov.uk/yourcouncil/consultation/stand-up-for-east-sussex
Fire safety at home
You are at least four times as likely to die in a fire at home if you haven’t got a working smoke alarm. A smoke alarm is the easiest way to alert you to the danger of fire, giving you time to escape. They are cheap, easy to get hold of and easy to fit. The more alarms you have, the safer you willl be – as long as they are working – so make sure you test them weekly.
You should have a minimum of one alarm on each floor. However, if you have only one alarm and two floors, put it somewhere you’ll be able to hear it when you’re asleep. If you have a large electrical appliance, like a computer, in any of the bedrooms a smoke alarm should be fitted there too. Free smoke alarms are available at the Mayfield, Heathfield and Uckfield Fire Stations and they will fit the smoke alarms if required. They also offer free home visits for fire safety checks that involve fire-fighters visiting your home and offering fire safety advice for you and your household.
With winter coming up it is a good idea to remember to inspect checks any trees on your property that might cause injury or place property at risk especially after severe storms. The owner and/ or occupier of land upon which trees stand is generally liable for any loss or damage resulting from falling branches or from the falling of the tree itself. Whilst the incidence of accidents is low, falling branches have resulted in deaths and caused serious road accidents.