Mayfield and Five Ashes Annual Parish meeting: This year’s Annual Parish Meeting will take place at Mayfield Primary School on Monday, 19th May at 7.30pm. All residents of Mayfield and Five Ashes are invited to attend. It is your chance to have your say, so hopefully we will see you there.

South Street Toilets: You may already be aware that the repair and refurbishment of South Street toilets is underway. Wealden District Council has confirmed that although the work may not be fully completed before 2nd May at least part of the toilet block will be functional and therefore may be used during the Mayfield Festival.

Mayfield Post Office: The Consultation concerning the relocation of the Post Office to the Mace supermarket has now closed. The results of the survey from the Parish Council website can be viewed at www.mayfieldfiveashes.org.uk Residents have been enquiring as to the potential relocation of the pillar box in Mayfield High Street. The Post Office has informed that the Royal Mail do not have any plans to relocate it however once the Post Office Local is up and running it will be possible for customers to leave mail at Mace as Royal Mail will be collecting from the branch.

Waste and Recycling: Wealden District Council Cabinet welcomed changes to the East Sussex Joint Waste Strategy 2014-2025 which now only allows for Friday to Sunday opening at the Household Waste Recycling Sites at Wadhurst and Forest Row [The sites at Heathfield and Jarvis Brook, Crowborough continue with 7 days a week opening.] Both sites had been proposed for closure in a review by East Sussex County Council but it agreed to changes following intervention by Wealden Portfolio holder Cllr Rowena Moore and opposition from nearly 5000 residents. The average East Sussex household still creates nearly a tonne of waste and recycling each year which costs around £155 per household to manage. The ESCC strategy sets a 2020 recycling target of 50% for the county’s households increasing to 60% by 2025. Through the Newhaven Energy Recovery Facility, 91% waste that previously went to landfill is now incinerated providing enough power to supply 25,000 homes and saving council tax payers £1.6 million a year.

Wealden Does Sussex: In partnership with over 80 local tourist businesses, Wealden District Council has launched a major initiative to encourage visitors to spend more time enjoying the timeless treasures of this forgotten corner of the South East. The We Do Sussex campaign aims to promote the attractions of the hidden countryside and coast of Wealden. This year resources are being focussed on Wealden to make sure it gets pride of place on the tourist map. Over 100,000 visitor guides are being distributed across the south east and beyond giving details of attractions in Wealden. This will be supported by a new website www.wealdendo-sussex.co.uk.

News from the South Downs National Park: Sussex Pathwatch is a special service set up to help protect the safety of everyone using rights-of-way, fields and woodland to prevent the damage that illegal off-roading can cause. A similar service called Countrywatch has been set up in Hampshire. Anyone can report an offence by calling 101 or emailing contact.centre@sussex.pnn.police.uk in Sussex and countrywatch@hampshire.pnn.police.uk in Hampshire.

Angela Ward, ranger for the South Downs National Park, said: “Most people driving off-road do so legally and with consideration for other people. Unfortunately there are a small minority driving illegally. They put everyone’s safety at risk, give legal drivers a bad name and cause damage to the countryside. That’s why we’re working with the Police and local authorities on this scheme. If illegal off-roading isn’t reported then the police can’t take any action.”

Off-roading can be great fun so if you want advice on how to do it legally speak to the Land Access and Recreation Association, the Trials Rider Fellowship or ask us on Twitter @SussexPathwatch or Facebook.

Find out more about Countrywatch at www.hampshire.police.uk/internet/advice-and-information/rural-crime/country-watch or Sussex Pathwatch at www.pathwatch.info.