Parish Council News – April 2022

New Councillor to represent the Ward of Five Ashes

Two applications were received for consideration for co-option as Councillor and at the March 2022 Council meeting, Peter Hetreed was co-opted to represent the Ward of Five Ashes. Cllr Hetreed and his wife moved to Mayfield to be closer to their children and grandchildren and has a presence on the High Street as “Celebrating the Arts”. Through the use of the window display he supports and sponsors local artists and some cultural societies, for example, The Mayfield Festival of Music and the Arts, Melford Gallery and MAYFACS. He brings experience to the Council in both international and domestic business environments. Welcome on board Cllr Hetreed! 

Owl box for Jubilee Wood

We would like to give a very big thank you to Agrifactors (https://agrifactors.farm/home/about-us/) who have very kindly and generously donated a tawny owl nesting box for Jubilee Wood. It was installed by Ken Audsley and Graham Holland who we also thank. This is a photograph of the nesting box. 

The most common nesting site for tawny owls is usually a mature tree in a copse or in a larger stand of trees. Moist deciduous woodland seems to be the preferred choice in Northern Europe though nesting sites in coniferous forests are not uncommon.

Tawny Owls breed about a month earlier than Barn Owls so first eggs are typically laid around mid-March. However, eggs have been reported as early as December. 

The National Association of Civic Officers Tree Planting Day 

On Friday 11 March we joined Council Chairs, Lord Mayors, Mayors, Lord Provosts and Provosts drawn from parishes, towns, districts, boroughs, cities and counties across the UK to plant a tree to mark Queen’s Platinum Jubilee. The day chosen was the seventieth day of the year in which The Queen marks the seventieth anniversary of her accession. The tree is a flowering cherry and was planted in the environmental area in Court Meadow with the help of Highline Construction who delivered the tree and dug the hole, our Chairman, Cllr Weavers and John Friend who has litter picked for the community over the past years. Mr Friend has now stepped down from litter picking duties and was thanked for all his hard work with a bouquet of flowers.

Litter picking

If you would like to discuss taking on the role as the Parish Council’s litter picker, please contact the office – details at the end of the article. This is for eight hours a month from October to March and 12 hours a month from April to September.

Volunteer rights of ways maintenance team

Further to last month’s newsletter we would still love to hear from you if you would like to join our Rights of Ways Volunteer Maintenance Team. The group helps in the clearance of vegetation over paths or, where there are particular problems, will install and repair stiles, finger posts, waymarkers etc. Please contact the office if you are interested.

Temporary road closures

Pennybridge Lane will be closed on 25th April to allow BT Openreach to carry out apparatus repair works.

Lake Street will be closed on 6th May to allow BT Openreach to carry out apparatus repair works.

Council Tax rebate available

Thousands of households across Wealden are set to receive a £150 Council Tax rebate to help with rising energy costs. Residents living in Council Tax bands A-D – excluding second or empty properties – will be eligible for the rebate, announced by the government last month. There will be only one payment per household regardless of the number of occupants and will be paid once verification has been completed which is likely to be in May or June 2022. A discretionary scheme is being considered for homes in bands E-H and the government is expected to release more details in the coming weeks.

Wealden District Council will be working as quickly as possible to make payments and is urging occupants to set up a direct debit to speed up the process. All rebates will be awarded after April’s Council Tax has been collected and cleared and all eligibility criteria has been met. To set up your direct debit for the Council Tax rebate and for more information, please visit https://www.wealden.gov.uk/council-tax/

Wealden Walks

Residents and visitors are being encouraged to discover the captivating and diverse landscape of Wealden 

amongst breath-taking and varied landscapes, ancient woodland and stunning heathland in the South Downs National Park and Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty. The call to get out, discover the great outdoors and explore Wealden has been given a boost by the recently updated Wealden Walks collection which now includes more than 20 walks and incorporate a range of pubs, cafes and restaurants, for when you fancy a break. The walks are designed to be suitable for young and old. For more information take a look at the Wealden Walks collection on the Healthy Wealden website: https://www.healthywealden.co.uk/walks/  To find more things to do and places to visit, pubs and restaurants to dine in and places to stay, visit ‘Explore Wealden’ website: http://www.explorewealden.co.uk

Wasting food feeds climate change

Wealden District Council is urging residents to try and change their behaviour when it comes to reducing food waste. More can be learnt about how to start saving food, using up the food we have and cutting our food-related carbon emissions. Tackling food waste at home can make a difference and save money – especially in these days of rising food prices alongside huge public concern about climate change. There are lots of ways to do this – from keeping leftovers for another meal or using them in a different dish to being aware that you can use or freeze food right up to its use-by date to avoid food waste.

Love Food Hate Waste campaign found the public’s relationship with its freezers has become particularly frosty with many people not knowing how to safely freeze and defrost their food. Used properly, the freezer is the king of the kitchen and freezing and defrosting just three key meat items that are commonly not used in time – fresh chicken, bacon, and sausages – could reduce waste of those items by as much as 15,000 tonnes per annum. For tips and ideas search for the Love food hate waste website which also includes recipe ideas. For tips on reducing food waste visit Food Waste Action Week 2022 | WRAP

Parish Council Grants:

Please note that the application deadline for Parish Council grants each year is 30 September for payment in the following financial year. Information on how to apply and the application form can be found in the “Key Documents / Finance” section on the Parish Council website at https://mayfieldfiveashes.org.uk/

Parish Council Meetings

The meeting schedule on the website: www.mayfieldfiveashes.org.uk shows this month’s Council and Committee meetings as well as agendas, minutes of meetings and other meeting documentation

Janna Todd, Parish Clerk 

Old Manor House, High Street, Mayfield TN20 6AL 

Telephone 01435 873784          E-mail: clerk@mayfieldfiveashes.org.uk