Parish Council News – January 2020

The Parish Council wishes all its residents a Happy New Year!

Public consultation

The consultation on the concept of a new community centre in Mayfield is now in progress and there has been a lot of interest. The first open day session on 04 December 2019 attracted between 60 – 70 visitors. The next session will be held in the Memorial Hall on Saturday 04 January 2020 from 10am to 1pm so please do come along if you have any questions or would like to discuss anything concerning the consultation. Representatives from Woodhill Surgery will also be in attendance. The consultation closes at midnight on 17 January 2020. The results will be shared with residents after the count that will take place the following week and will be scrutinised by an independent vote counter.


Metal detecting on Parish Council land

Before Christmas a request was made for permission to do some metal detecting on Court Meadow recreation ground. The Parish Council has taken the stance not to allow this as it could result in holes being dug and left which is a health and safety issue and it would damage turf. A Metal Detecting Policy has therefore been adopted and is available to read on the website in the Key Documents section.


Temporary road closure

Horleigh Green Road will be closed for one day on 22 January 2020 from the junction of the A267 in Five Ashes to the junction with Fir Toll Road to allow BT to carry out connection works.


Police advice after Christmas

  • Avoid becoming an easy target for post-holiday burglars/robbers by not leaving boxes for new electronics and other items outside your wheelie bin. Break down boxes, and remove labels before putting inside your bin.
  • Register your newly gifted items with your home insurance provider and with property registering websites such as immobilise.comIf your valuables are stolen it will allow you to tell the police, your insurer and second-hand traders to assist in recovering your property and catch the thieves.


Refuse collection in 2020

Over the Christmas and New year your waste and recycling collection timetable was provided by leaving a hanger on everyone’s general rubbish bin during December. As collection days will not be changing in the New year, Wealden District Council will not be sending out printed calendars by post as they are going paperless. Residents who would like a reminder about collections days will be encouraged to sign up to MyAlerts, their personalised weekly email newsletter, or visit the Wealden website where residents can also download their own calendar for printing at


A date for the diary

The hearing bus mobile outreach service will be in the Court Meadow/ Memorial Hall car park on Thursday 27 February 2020 from 13:30 – 15:30.It provides a no charge mobile information and advice service for deaf, deafened and hard of hearing people. Disabled access is available.


A peace of mind for pet owners

All kennels and catteries in Wealden have received a new star rating for the first time. Sixteen have achieved the top 5-star rating from the Rother and Wealden Shared Environmental Health service. In total, nine kennels and 18 catteries have been approved through the scheme. A 5-star kennel or cattery achieves a higher standard than the legal guidelines laid down by the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs in the animal welfare regulations. A number of premises have invested in larger housing for boarding cats and dogs in order to achieve the 5-star rating.  Other measures encouraged by the star rating scheme include increasing the number of staff present, providing enrichment activities for cats and dogs and written procedures.  A 3-star kennel cattery meets the minimum standards set down by DEFRA. A 1-star rating means the premises has minor failings from the minimum standard, although it is still legally approved.


Bereavement help point

St Wilfrid’s Hospice has set up a weekly Bereavement Help Point in the foyer at Wealden District Council’s Hailsham offices in Vicarage Lane. It will be open every Tuesday morning between 10am – 12pm. This help point is staffed by St Wilfrid’s Hospice’s experienced volunteers who have been trained to help people who are facing loss. Visitors can drop in anytime between 10-12am on Tuesdays to access information and guidance on bereavement services in their local area.



No plate, no badge, no ride

Everyone should enjoy celebrations and it’s a great idea to leave the car at home. However, if you are paying for the lift, please make sure you are using a licensed taxi or minicab. Wealden District Council works hard throughout the year to make sure licensed taxis and their drivers are safe and insured. Make sure your driver is properly licensed. The licence number should be displayed on the side door of the vehicle and a licence plate at the rear. All licensed drivers also carry a photo ID.

All licensed drivers with a Wealden licence undergo a strict application process. Once approved, they will only retain their licences if they can continue to pass regular medical and criminal record checks.

All taxis licensed by Wealden District Council are subject to annual insurance checks and a full mechanical inspection every six months.

There are two types of taxis that operate in Wealden:

Hackney Carriagescan wait at taxi ranks or be stopped in the street. They must display a white roof sign, green licence badges on both side doors, and a white licence plate on the rear of the vehicle.  Every Hackney Carriage also carries a meter, which will be activated when the driver pulls away.

Lifts in Private Hire vehiclesdisplay yellow door badges and licence plates, have to be pre-arranged through a licensed Private Hire Operator.  A fixed set of charges apply to Hackney Carriages that should be displayed inside the vehicle. Rear licence plates display the licence number, make and model of the vehicle, its registration number, and the number of passengers it is licensed to carry.


Warning that rental property could be used for criminal purposes

Community Safety partners have seen rental properties across the county, including Airbnb properties, being used for organised crime /drug dealing/ sexual exploitation and other crime. Local residents and businesses are urged to report concerns if they think properties are being used for criminal purposes.
The majority of guests at hotels, rental accommodation or caravan parks are there to have an enjoyable time. However, there may be a small number who are using these locations as a base to carry out serious criminal activity. If you have concerns about what you are seeing or hearing, please raise these with the owner, your manager or the police.

High Weald landscape improvement grants

Community groups, schools, churches, charities, businesses, farmers and landowners can apply for projects which make tangible improvements to the High Weald’s landscape. If you are a private landowner or a for-profit organisation you will need to demonstrate that the landscape and public benefit is greater than any private gain. Further information, including contact details if you have any questions, can be found here:


Parish Council Grants:

Please note that the application deadline for Parish Council grants each year is 30 September for 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