Parish Council News – August 2016

Parking Problems

  • Parking at road junctions and on double yellow lines

There have been numerous complaints from residents that their refuse and recycling has not been collected and Wealden District Council has informed that in the majority of cases their vehicles have been unable to access the properties due to vehicles being parked on double yellow lines and at the road junctions. This has been a particular issue in South Street, Richmead gardens, West Street, Rotherfield Lane, The Glades and Royal Oak Mews. While it is a recognised problem that there are not enough parking spaces available in Mayfield more can be done to ensure that enough room is left near junctions to allow the access of larger vehicles. If a fire engine cannot get through you are putting lives at risk. Please think about how and where you park.


  • Memorial Hall car park and overflow car park

There are a surprising number of drivers not following the one-way system around the Memorial Hall car park and coming face to face with vehicles trying to exit. Please keep left past the gates after entering and follow the directional arrows otherwise you might get in to a bit of a pickle.

Please could drivers also not park on the grass or verges of the overflow car park. It is causing erosion and the roots of our beautiful oak trees need to be looked after.


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 for 2017/18 you will need to submit your application to the Parish Clerk by 30 September 2016 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.

Wealden Local Plan

Members of the Parish Council met with Wealden’s Planning Policy Team at the beginning of July to discuss the vision for the Mayfield and Five Ashes settlement in relation to the environment, social/ cultural facilities, economy and other infrastructure as part of the development of the new local plan. It proved to be a very useful meeting and concerns on the provision of local infrastructure to support additional housing in the local area was discussed. The parcels of land that have been submitted by interested parties for potential development in Mayfield as part of the Strategic Housing and Economic Land Availability Assessment (SHELAA) were also examined. The map is available for viewing on line if you search for SHELAA from the Wealden District Council homepage.

Call For Sites

Wealden District Council is currently undertaking work on its SHELAA. It is a technical assessment that considers the availability, suitability and achievability of land in the District for possible development. The assessment does not in itself determine whether a site should be allocated for development but is used to aid the Local Plan making process. The SHELAA is not a statement of District Council planning policy.

If you are considering submitting a new site or providing additional information for a site you have previously submitted, please contact the Planning Policy team either by sending an email to or :

Telephone: 01892 602007 or write to: Wealden District Council, Planning Policy, Vicarage Lane, Hailsham, BN27 2AX

Wealden’s Summer Activity Days 2016

Wealden District Council is running free activity days aimed to promote activity among children, and involving a wide range of sports and activities including arts and crafts, cookery and much more (Under 8’s must be accompanied by an adult).

They will be held from 10am – 2pm at the following venues:

03 August – Goldsmith Recreation Ground, Eridge Road, Crowborough, TN6 2TN

05 August – Wannock Road Recreation Ground, Polegate, BN26 5JG

10 August – Sheepsetting Lane receation Ground, Heathfield, TN21 0XG

12 August – Western Road Recreation Ground, Hailsham, BN27 3DN

17 August – West Park Recreation Ground, Markland Way, Uckfield, TN22 2DE

For more information contact the Community and regeneration Team on 01892 602757



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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 25th August 2016, 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:

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

Action Fraud

Online shopping websites are being utilised by fraudsters to advertise vehicles for sale which do not exist. After agreeing to purchase the vehicle via email with the fraudsters, buyers then receive emails purporting to be from Amazon Payments and/or Amazon Flexible Payment Service stating that their money will be held in an ‘escrow account’ (a bank account held by a third party, used as a temporary holding account during a transaction between two parties- for a 7 day ‘cooling off’ period). Once happy with the purchase the email indicates the money will be released to the seller, therefore offering ‘buyer protection’. In reality these emails are fraudulent and do not come from Amazon. The bank accounts are controlled by fraudsters.

Protect yourself

  • Remember that Amazon does not provide an escrow account to purchase items.
  • Meet the seller ‘face to face’ and view the vehicle before parting with any money.
  • Be vigilant of emails that purport to be from genuine companies and check the ‘domain’ name of the email address for any inconsistencies.
  • Check feedback online by searching the associated phone numbers or email addresses of the seller.
  • If the vehicle is below market value consider whether this is an opportunity too good to be true!

If you, or anyone you know, have been affected by this fraud or any other scam, report it to Action Fraud by calling 0300 123 2040 or visiting


Summer Holiday Office Closure Dates

The Parish Council Office will be closed from 22 August 2016 to 02 September 2016, however it will open for the Planning Executive meeting Friday 26 August at 9:30. Normal office opening hours will resume on 5 September 2016.