Parish Council News – August 2022

Parish Council grants

One of the important roles of the Parish Council is to provide grants to organisations within the Parish to help them move forward with their own projects. Our grants policy can be found on the Parish Council website at www.mayfieldfiveashes.org.uk in the “Key Documents / Finance” section along with the approved grant application form. To apply for a grant for 2022/23 you will need to submit your application to the Parish Clerk by 30 September 2022 with the financial information required. Individual grants may be made available up to a maximum of £500. They must be match funded so 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.

Parish Council office opening times in August

The office will be closed from 12 August – 26 August 2022 for to annual leave, however due to the bank holiday it will reopen on 31 August 2022. If you have urgent enquiry, please contact a councillor from the details in the Newsletter or community website – information at the end of this article.

Wealden District Council’s waste collection update

  • Leave your bin out, including over the weekend. If your road is not emptied please leave the bin out ready for collection.  This includes Saturday and Sunday with some catch up collections taking place at weekends.   
  • Some bin collection crews are between 1 and 7 days (including weekends) behind schedule while they clear the backlog of waste from the strike.  If you are due a collection of rubbish, recycling or garden waste please place your bin out for collection as normal. If your road is not collected on the scheduled day, they will be with you as soon as possible to catch up. 
  • To ensure your bins are emptied, please make sure they are placed out for collection by 6.30am on your scheduled collection day, or preferably the evening before. 
  • There is no need to notify us if your road has not been emptied on the scheduled collection day. Please only report your bin has been missed if your road has had the bins emptied but your individual bin has not.
  • For extra recycling that cannot fit lose into the recycling bin, please place it in non-black bags beside the bin. Recycling in black bags because cannot be recycled and is treated as contamination and may result in a rejection of the whole lorry load at the recycling centre.

Damage in recreation grounds

Over the last few weeks, it is sad to have to report that another attempt has taken place to set fire to the wooden tower in the Five Ashes play area and there has been a sudden increase in graffiti on several pieces of equipment which was very offensive. In Mayfield skate park there was a fire started on the skate park surface with all the burned debris left obstructing the ramps for the enjoyment of others. Another fire was started in the youth shelter. All these incidents have been reported to Sussex Police who will now be patrolling the areas more often.

Temporary road closures and upcoming works

East Sussex Highways will be carrying out a drainage investigation on A267 Mayfield Road, Five Ashes. Work will start on Monday 18 July and continue for six weeks.
The road will remain open with temporary traffic lights in place between 8pm and 6am each night.
Inormation about this work can be found at: https://www.eastsussexhighways.com/highway-schemes/mayfield-road-five-ashes-drainage

Lake Street is scheduled to be closed for one day on 05 August 2022 to allow BT Openreach to carry out apparatus repair works.

Bird flu in East Sussex – advice

There has been an unusual and significant number of bird flu cases in East Sussex this year. Apart from two confirmed cases among captive/ domestic flocks which were managed by Trading Standards, there have also been reports of wild birds dying along the coast. These are mainly gulls and other sea birds. The most important message to anyone who finds a dead or dying bird is: Please, do not to touch it. 

If you find a sick or dead bird on public land, you need to report it to the local district council.

If you find a sick or dead bird on private land (including your own premises) keep pets away and report it to the DEFRA helpline for advice on what to do: Telephone: 03459 33 55 77

Wealden District Council – Local Plan update

Since the Local plan Direction of Travel consultation concluded in January 2021, we have been working to progress a new Local Plan. We have updated Local plan evidence bases (many of which are now published) and we have also progressed many key topic areas of our plan.

The Local Plan is an important document and we have set out from the very start that we wish to progress its production and consultation as quickly as we can. In accordance with our Local Development Scheme (LDS), we were due to consult on a Draft Local Plan in spring 2022. However, there is currently too much uncertainty in relation to plan-making to go out to consultation on a Draft Local Plan at this current time. This includes matters around our housing requirement and the continued lobbying to central Government by Wealden District Councillors and Parish and Town Councillors on housing numbers. It has also recently been announced that a National Planning Policy ‘prospectus’, is due to be published in the near future, which will set out the direction for changes to national policy. We consider it really important to understand these matters ahead of any consultation as these matters will directly affect our Local Plan Strategy and the content of our Plan.

Given the above, we are writing to let you know that the Draft Local Plan Regulation 18 consultation will be reviewed. Once we have considered the nature of planning reform, we will set out an updated timetable via an updated LDS and we will publish this on our website once it has been approved.

Tools Recovered following Warrants in Wealden

During July your Rural Crime Team, supported by Wealden NET Team executed a search warrant and a number of tools were recovered believed to be stolen. Among them were a quantity of Stihl branded equipment and a Timberwolf Chipper that has been returned to its rightful owner.

Sussex Police would like to encourage owners of similar tools to look into marking their property, and take steps to help keep their belongings safe. 

Top Tips: 

• lock equipment away in a secure building or part of a building when not in use 

• invest in a secure storage toolbox 

• install a burglar alarm on buildings where equipment is kept 

• always lock vehicles when left outside and keep the keys in your possession 

• keep expensive items and vehicles out of sight when not in use 

• consider using hitch locks, wheel clamps or ground anchors 

• mark your tools and equipment and register them • keep a record of all valuable items 

• consider fitting outside security lights

How can you protect yourself from phishing scams?

As of 31st May 2022, the National Cyber Security Centre’s Suspicious Email Reporting Service (SERS) has received over 12mn reports from the public. Over 83,000 scams have been removed and 153,000 malicious websites. The most impersonated organisations in phishing emails reported last year were the NHS, HMRC and GOV.UK.

Most of the phishing scams reported to us have one thing in common, they started with an unexpected email or text message. Whether it’s an email asking you to “verify” your bank account details, or a text message claiming you’ve been in close contact with someone that’s got COVID. 

Advice you can follow to deal with phishing scams:

1 – If you have any doubts about a message, contact the organisation directly. 

Dont use the numbers or address in the message – use the details from their official website. Remember, your bank (or other official source) will never ask for personal information via email.

2 – If you think an email could be a scam, you can report it by forwarding the email to: report@phishing.gov.uk. Send emails that feel suspicious, even if you’re not sure they’re a scam.

– Most phone providers are part of a scheme that allows customers to report suspicious text messages for free by forwarding it to 7726. If you forward a text to 7726, your provider can investigate the origin of the text and arrange to block or ban the sender, if it’s found to be malicious. 

4 – If you’ve lost money or provided personal information as a result of a phishing scam, notify your bank immediately and report it to Action Fraud: www.actionfraud.police.uk

Parish Council Meetings

The meeting schedule on the website: http://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