Parish Council News – August 2015

Parish Council Grants

One of the important roles of the Parish Council is to provide grants to organisations within Mayfield and Five Ashes to help them move forward with their own projects. Our grants policy has recently been updated and can be found on the Parish Council website at in the “key documents” section along with the approved grant application form. To apply for a grant in 2016/17 you will need to submit your application to the Parish Clerk by 30 September 2015 with the financial information specified on the application form. Individual grants may be made available up to a maximum of £500. They must be match funded therefore applicants must cover at least 50% of the total project cost. If you do not have internet access please contact the Parish Council office on 01435 873784 so a copy of the grants policy and application form can be forwarded to you.

Adult exercise equipment at Court Meadow

At the last Community Development meeting a suggestion for adult exercise equipment to be installed at Court Meadow was discussed. This equipment is designed to provide a free access facility offering the benefits of Cardio Vascular and repetitive exercise patterns. It helps promote healthy living and provides a gateway for wider fitness activities. It is thought that the benefits for residents would include:

  • The participation in fitness and movement in residents of all ages
  • Encourage a community of healthier residents
  • Provide an opportunity for community links and social interaction

It was also suggested that local businesses might be willing to sponsor individual pieces of exercise equipment. We would like to hear your views on whether you think installing adult exercise equipment in Mayfield is a good idea, how likely you would be to use the equipment and whether, if you own a business, you like the idea of being able to sponsor a piece of exercise equipment. Contact details can be found at the end of this article.

 Village website

The Finance and General Purposes committee are looking at the village website, how well it is used and how it could be improved. The site is found at and we would like to know what other information you think should be included on the website. We would also like to hear from local organisations and societies on whether you would be interested in having your own webpage on the site to administer. Please contact the parish Council office with your suggestions.

East Sussex Hearing Resource Centre

East Sussex Hearing Resource Centre 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. It has a vehicle, funded by the Big Lottery, which is equipped to offer demonstrations of assistive equipment and hearing screening tests (when time permits).

Their mobile unit will be visiting Mayfield on Thursday 27th August 2015, and will be in The Memorial Hall Car Park, Tunbridge Wells Road from 10.30am – 3.30pm. The bus is accessible to wheelchair users and representatives from both the East Sussex Hearing Resource Centre and Adult Social Care will be available to provide individual information and advice on all aspects of hearing loss.

For further information please contact East Sussex Hearing Resource Centre:

Tel: 01323 722505 (voice/text/fax) e-mail:

Reports of rogue traders

East Sussex Highways have had reports of bogus contractors knocking on people’s doors, claiming they are working on behalf of East Sussex Highways or Kier (their contractor). Residents have reported that these contractors are offering to fix their driveway as they either have left over tarmac that needs using up or they are having issues with their machines and need to put the material somewhere.

Unfortunately residents have been tricked into having tarmac laid on their drive and then have had demands and even threats made on them to pay for the service. Needless to say none of the contractors working for East Sussex Highways would ever approach people offering any service in this way and demanding payment for it.

Advice to the public is not to deal with cold callers offering to carry out work on behalf of the County Council and not to feel pressurised to make a decision on the spot. If this happens, then report it to the police or you can verify the claims being made by contacting Trading Standards Service directly on 01323 463430.

Free Wealden Activity Days this summer

There are free play days that have been organised across Wealden for children and families this summer as part of Playday 2015. They will run from 10am – 2pm on the following days:

Wednesday 29 July at Goldsmith Recreation Ground, Crowborough, TN6 2TN

Friday 31 July at Wannock Road Recreation Ground, Polegate, BN26 5JG

Wednesday 05 August at Sheepsetting Lane recreation ground, Heathfield, TN21 0XG

Friday 07 August at Maurice Thornton Playing Field, Vega Close, Hailsham, BN27 2JZ

Wednesday 12 August at West Park, Markland Way, Uckfield, TN22 2DE

The Community Chef will visit the events and there will be arts and crafts, sports sessions and lots more. All ages are welcome and you are invited to take a picnic. For more information call the Active Play Team on 07717776788.

Rights of ways and countryside consultation

Earlier this year East Sussex County Council (ESCC) advertised a consultation to understand why and how people use rights of way (RoW) and countryside sites in East Sussex. There was a great response from residents, visitors, partners, landowners, user groups and councils.

ESCC have now published the consultation reports on their website at: .The findings will be combined with a range of other information that has been collected to give a good understanding of how people will need RoW and the countryside sites in the future. There will be a further consultation once ESCC have written their plan for the future. You can register for automatic notification of the consultation by registering for mailing list updates on their website. The final plan will be agreed by East Sussex County Councillors.

Uckfield town centre High Street improvements

Feedback from the community will help guide the way future improvement work in Uckfield town centre is undertaken.

As part of a two-day public exhibition at the end of June, residents and traders submitted comments on various aspects of the scheme.

The next phase of improvement work, which will affect the High Street between Bell Lane and Church Street, will include pavement widening, new street furniture, ‘smart’ traffic lights and planting to help mitigate flooding. The works are expected to start in January 2016.

A total of 332 consultation responses, plus feedback from Uckfield Town Council and Uckfield Chamber of Commerce, have been received by the Scheme’s project board.

“We are grateful for the comments received. We wanted to give the public the opportunity to ask questions and give their views on the possible traffic management arrangements for implementing the highways work in the High Street,” said a spokesman for the project board.

“Those attending the exhibition, as well as business and community leaders, were asked what the time limit on the High Street parking bays should be and how many disabled bays should be included.”

Comments received will be published on the East Sussex County Council website as soon as possible. An analysis of the comments will then be reported to the Uckfield Town Centre Regeneration Joint Committee – which looks at the wider plans for the town.

The joint committee is expected to put forward recommendations to East Sussex County Council’s Lead Member for Transport and Environment in September when the final decision on the highways element of the scheme will be made.

Gatwick Airport

Recently easyJet have announced a series of measures designed to reduce the noise of their aircraft over the coming years. These measures include the introduction of 100 new A320neo aircraft, which are significantly quieter than existing aircraft, and a move to retrofit all existing A320 aircraft with vortex generators so as to remove the characteristic whine that has been the source of so much concern to local communities around the Gatwick area.

This retrofit will involve nearly 200 planes in total and will be completed by early 2018 at the latest, although the majority of planes at Gatwick will be modified sooner. It is the largest such exercise undertaken by any airline.

Roadside advertising

East Sussex Highways allows the temporary advertising of events in the parish along the roadside and on lampposts providing the number of signs is not excessive or erected for long periods of time. The Parish Council advises that advertising signs can be put up for two weeks before an event but they should be removed within the week following the event.

Litter Picker

If you are interested in litter picking for the Parish Council please contact the Parish Council office to ask for details concerning the hours available and the pay.

Gardener required

The Parish Council needs to engage a gardener who would be willing to tend to the garden at the Mayfield War Memorial and its surrounding area. If you are able to offer your services please contact the Pariah Council office.

PCSO Surgery

The next PCSO Surgery will be held at the Parish Council office on Wednesday 26 August at 3pm.

Summer Holiday Office Closure Dates

The Parish Council Office will be closed from 31 July to 17 August 2015, however it will open for the Planning Executive meeting on Monday 03 August at 9:30. Normal office opening hours will resume on 19 August 2015.