MCC Update – January 2023

We currently have a number of actions taking place in preparation for the building of the new community hall and health centre.

The planning permission application decision, which was submitted to Wealden District Council (WDC) in August 2022, is still waited upon although we remain hopeful of a result in the second half of January 2023. 

The delays are chiefly due to queries from WDC’s planning department concerning technical issues which involve surface water connections and external car park lighting. This has necessitated discussions with East Sussex County Council, their external advisors and Southern Water. 

The process for the selection of the building contractor is well underway. Phase 1, involving the whittling down of some 45 interested parties to just five, will be completed by mid December with phase 2, the final selection of the winning bidder, to be announced in March 2023.  

A re-application for the remainder of the Public Works Loan Board (PWLB) loan, which was approved in January 2020, is being made with an extended term, as approved in September 2022, to ensure the precept does not have to rise. We anticipate drawing down on the loan for the major tranche of £2.3M in April 2023, at approximately the same time as the building contractor starts work.

The registration of the Mayfield Community Centre CIO (Charitable Incorporated Organisation) is currently being considered by the Charities Commission. The CIO will be managing the new community centre once it is constructed and completed in mid 2024. It will also be instrumental in helping raising grants and donations for the fixtures and fittings for the new centre. Anyone who wishes to help either with the fund-raising or with the eventual day-to-day management of the new community centre, is invited to express their interest by contracting the clerk to the Parish Council via email to: clerk@mayfieldfiveashes.org.uk).

Dialogue with Fields in Trust continues and an update will be provided in due course. 

Due to the planning application delay, there has inevitably been a knock on effect concerning exactly when the existing hall will be demolished. This is now expected to be in the March 2023 timeframe.

As usual all relevant information will be shared via the parish council website www.mayfieldfiveashes.org.uk, and regular updates will continue to be published via the Mayfield and Five Ashes newsletter and Facebook site.