Parish Council News – July 2016

Annual Parish Meeting

This year’s Annual Parish Meeting was held in Five Ashes village Hall and was well attended by residents and our District and County Councillors. Representatives from East Sussex Fire and Rescue Services and Sussex Safer Roads gave informative presentations on anti-social driving, Wealden’s ‘We’re Keeping An Eye On You’ campaign and Operation Crackdown. A representative from Hospice in the Weald was also in attendance to talk about the proposed plans for a hospice in Five Ashes on the site of the Church of the Good Shepherd.

There were reports from MAYFACS, The Mayfield Trust, The Dr John Hall Memorial Fund and the District and County Councils. PCSO Julie Pearce-Martin gave her last report before she is redeployed to Battle and we thanked her for all of her hard work supporting our community before saying a sad farewell. The minutes of the Annual Parish Meeting and the Parish Council’s Annual Report for 2015/16 can be viewed online or in the Parish Council office.


Queen’s Official 90th Birthday Celebration Picnic

At around 7:20 am on Sunday 12 June it started to rain, then it rained harder and then Mayfield disappeared in a cloud and you couldn’t see Court meadow from the Memorial Hall car park! Needless to say the contingency plan for bad weather was put into force so the celebration was held in the Memorial Hall and Scout and Guide Hall. When I arrived at 11:30 to decorate the Hall, Simon Rudge from the Mayfield Band was already there putting up bunting which I would like to thank him hugely for. Another big thank you goes to Colkins Mill Church who supplied a bouncy castle, bravely facing the elements outside, and provided free face painting. The children looked like they were having a splendid time! Tea and scones were served by the Bonfire Society, there was Pimms from St Dunstan’s Church and delicious strawberries and cream from Mayfield Pre-School. The WI and MAYFACS had stalls and the Mayfield Band and Primary School Maypole dancers entertained us.

Despite the weather a good time was had by all who joined in with the celebration. Thank you to everyone who took part, helped set up and tidy away and I must also thank my husband who decorated outside the halls in the pouring rain, whose shoes have still not dried out!


Internal Audit

The annual visit from the internal auditor went very well. He was impressed by the Parish Council’s internal financial controls and issued a report stating that there were no causes for concern. The Annual Return will now be sent to the external auditor PKF Littlejohn for review. Any interested person can inspect the accounts and auditors’ report. When councils have finished preparing accounts for the financial year there must be a 30 working day period called the ‘period for the exercise of public rights’ advertising that the accounts and related documents re available to inspect. The period for inspection for Mayfield and Five Ashes Parish Council will be from Thursday 30 June – 10 August 2016. The Annual return 2015/16 can be found in the key documents page on this website.


Advice from Sussex Police

Sussex Police has issued a reminder that while we are asleep, our homes are just as vulnerable as if we were out or away. Below are a few reminders and tips to keep homes safe and secure, especially at a time of year when warmer months are on their way:

  • If you want to leave your windows open while you are asleep, have window restrictors fitted to stop them opening so wide that people can climb in.
  • Check that fences and boundaries are intact, if applicable, as they help to keep potential burglars out.
  • Consider laying gravel on your footpaths or driveway as this is a deterrent to burglars approaching your property. Crunching gravel in the night silence makes quite an off-putting noise.
  • Fit outside security lighting and install a visible burglar alarm as a further deterrent.

Rogue Traders Warning

There have been a number of incidents involving so called ‘rogue traders’. Once again this is happening across the county, with several in the Uckfield and Crowborough areas. In some cases they involve individuals claiming to be roofers, advising occupants that they can apparently see tiles and chimneys in need of repair and driveway maintenance workers offering to clean, seal or repair driveways. In most cases they have carried out some of the work but failed to complete jobs for which they had received money or they failed to carry out any work at all.


Never enter into a deal with a cold caller whether you believe they are genuine or not. People should never feel pressurised to make decisions or part with money there and then and our advice is that if anyone experiences this, report it by telephoning 101. However, if there is any risk of harm or you experience threatening behaviour, then do call 999 in the first instance.

Action Fraud

A new phishing campaign, which has hit students of UK universities, claims that the student has been awarded an educational grant by the Department for Education. The email purports to have come from the finance department of the student’s university and tricks the recipient into clicking on a link contained in the message to provide personal and banking details. One victim reported that after submitting their sensitive information (including name, address, date of birth, contact details, telephone provider, bank account details, student ID, National Insurance Number, driving licence number and mother’s maiden name), they were taken to a spoofed website which appeared like a genuine website of their bank, where they were asked to type in their online banking login credentials.

Protect Yourself:

  • Do not click on any links or open attachments contained within unsolicited emails.
  • Do not reply to scam emails or contact the senders in any way.
  • If an email appears to have come from a person or organisation you know of but the message is unexpected or unusual, contact them directly via another method to confirm that they sent you the email.
  • If you receive an email which asks you to login to an online account via a link provided in the email, instead of clicking on the link, open your browser and go directly to the company’s website yourself.
  • If you have clicked on a link in the email, do not supply any information on the website that may open.

If you think you may have compromised the safety of your bank details and/or have lost money due to fraudulent misuse of your cards, you should immediately contact your bank, and report it to Action Fraud by calling 0300 123 2040, or visiting


Healthwatch East Sussex Big Red Bus Tour

People across East Sussex are invited to get aboard the Healthwatch East Sussex Big Red Bus in locations around east Sussex from 22nd to 28th July, the original London bus, in its signature red colour. The tour is your opportunity to come and speak with Healthwatch East Sussex about your experiences of local health and social care services. You will be able to hear about the work they do, and how your experiences make a difference locally and nationally.

To make sure you don’t miss the bus…check out the time timetable below.

Friday 22nd July                   09.30 – 16.00 hrs        Eastbourne Town Centre, (next to Debenhams)

Saturday 23rd July               09.30 – 16.00 hrs        Devonshire Square, Bexhill, TN40 1AB

Sunday 24th July                  10.00 – 14.00 hrs        Abbey Square, Battle, TN33 0AD

Monday 25th July                 09.30 – 12.30 hrs        Hailsham Tesco Car Park, BN27 1DN

Monday 25th July                 13.30 – 16.30 hrs        Meridian Centre, Peacehaven,  BN10 8BB

Tuesday 26th July               9.30 – 16.00 hrs          High Street, Lewes, BN7 2AF

Wednesday 27th July          9.30am – 12.30pm       Asda Store, Eastbourne, BN23 6JF

Wednesday 27th July          1.30pm – 4.30pm         Polegate Station Car Park, BN26 6EH

Thursday 28th July              08.00 – 16.00 hrs        Rye Market, Rope Walk, TN31 7NA


Adoption of the Wealden District Council Affordable Housing Delivery Local Plan

On 18th May 2016 Wealden District Council adopted its Affordable Housing Delivery Local Plan. You can view the Affordable Housing Delivery Local Plan along with the Adoption Statement, Sustainability Appraisal Report (Environmental Report), Environmental Statement and supporting documents on the Council’s website at: or at the Parish Council office.