Parish Council News – July 2018

Antisocial Parking

I’m afraid I have to start off this article with another grumble about antisocial parking in Mayfield High Street – that is parking on the double yellow lines, exceeding the two hour limit and blocking the entrance to Royal Oak Mews and parking on the pavements. In addition to the usual parking problems there has been an issue in front of St Dunstan’s Church, while their black cones were out along the double yellow lines and the funeral procession was in the High Street. Although disabled drivers absolutely have the right to park on double yellow lines we politely suggest that if the cones are in situ they are not moved and that alternative parking is sought. If more able-bodied residents could refrain from parking on the yellow lines in the High Street it would make more spaces available for blue badge holders. There is often plenty of parking available at the car parks in Tunbridge Wells Road that are only two minutes away from the High Street. For those who do not mind and can manage the short incline to the High Street don’t forget the South Street car park is also very close.


Natwest Mobile Bank

Natwest has apologised for not being in Mayfield on Monday 04 June. Their vehicle developed a serious fault the previous Tuesday following torrential rain and had to go back to Scotland for repairs. I have been informed that they did try to telephone regular customers to let them know. A replacement vehicle was collected from Bristol and arrived the following Monday however, at the time of writing this article I was informed that this also had developed faults and so they would only be able to offer a limited service of cheques and paying-in slips only on Monday 18 June.


Now that their Heathfield Branch has closed they have advised that they will be in the Co-Op car park from 9:45 to 10:45 on Fridays (providing their vehicle is repaired) for anyone who is unable to visit them in Mayfield on Mondays. Apparently there are no current plans for the Mobile Bank to visit Crowborough.


Road closures

There are a few road closures in the pipeline that we have been made aware of.

Fir Toll Road from the junction with the A267 Mayfield Bypass to the junction with Horleigh Green Road for a distance of 1800 metres. Also, Argos Hill Road from the junction with Fir Toll Road in a North Easterly direction for a distance of 430 metres. These closures are to be carried out consecutively not concurrently from 09 July 2018 to 10 August 2018 to allow BT Openreach to carry out new connection works. Diversions will be in place and a safe route will be provided for pedestrians and vehicular access for residents to properties.


Bigger disruption to more residents is the up-coming road closure of Station Road next month from the junction with Old Lane to Love Lane for a distance of 15 metres. Works are anticipated to take 10 days from 13 August 2018 to 22 August 2018 to allow SGN to carry out works to lay a new gas service. Advance warning signs will be placed on site advising of the actual date of works. Although it is useful that the road closure will be during the school summer holidays it will cause disruption to the local bus services. The diversion will be via the bypass and an enquiry concerning the bus services has been made.


During the South East Water drop-in session it was revealed there are plans to close Coggins Miil Lane from the junction of Pennybridge Lane to the junction of Lake Street for a major water mains replacement sometime within the next year. The works are scheduled to take about three months and there are similar plans for South Street within the year with a road closure of around 10 weeks. There has been no further information received on these works but it will be made available in the Newsletter and on the website.once received.


Action plan to improve waste collection

There have been increased problems with waste collection and an action plan has been agreed with Wealden’s waste collection contractor, Kier, to end recent failings in service. Extra resources have been deployed to support garden waste collections with an additional vehicle and crew, and a late crew is operating in the afternoons to help with catch-ups on all collections. Wealden District Council asks that residents continue to report any missed collections online through My Wealden


Beat the Street is back – the free walking and cycling game at 13 locations across Wealden

Running from 6 June to 25 July 2018, players of all ages can earn points and prizes for themselves and their team by exploring their area on foot or by bicycle. Some 500 journey sensors called Beat Boxes have been placed on lamp posts across the County which record every time they are swiped with a Beat the Street card. It can be played at Mayfield, Crowborough, Wadhurst, Heathfield, Polegate, Stone Cross, Pevensey, Pevensey Bay, Horsebridge, Hailsham, Forest Row, and Uckfield. There are also Beat the Street boxes along the path of the Cuckoo Trail from Heathfield to Horam. By registering a team on the Beat the Street website: players can win £100s of sports and fitness vouchers. Last year, more than 42,000 people from across East Sussex walked, ran and cycled an incredible 230,000 miles in seven weeks


The Herbert Protocol Launch

This is a scheme to help find vulnerable missing people with dementia and related conditions that is being adopted across Sussex. It gives carers, relatives or friends the ability to prepare, in advance, information that police will need quickly if ever their loved one goes missing. It consists of a form that can be completed recording vital information about the person including their regular medication, previous addresses and daily routines that can be handed straight to the attending police officers, with a photograph.


This will help provide the police with the most up to date information about the vulnerable missing person helping to accurately guide their search, and also avoid further unnecessary questions for families at what can be an extremely distressing time. The form once completed should be regularly updated and kept in a safe place, with a photo, where it can be easily located. To get the form and find out more visit


If you are concerned for the whereabouts of a friend or relative, please dial 101. If you feel the person may be in immediate danger, please call 999 as soon as possible.


High Weald AONB Management Plan 2019-2024

The AONB Management Plan sets out a vision for the kind of place the High Weald should be in years to come. There is a statutory duty to review the Plan every five years and a new Draft Plan has been prepared.

They are requesting feedback on the Draft High Weald AONB Management Plan 2019-2024 until 25 July 2018. To download a copy a copy and a Consultation Response Form please visit .


Spam advice

How spammers obtain your email address

  • Using automated software to generate addresses
  • Enticing people to enter their details on fraudulent websites
  • Hacking into legitimate websites to gather users’ details
  • Buying email lists from other spammers
  • Inviting people to click through to fraudulent websites posing as spam email cancellation services
  • From names/addresses in the cc line, or in the body of emails which have been forwarded and the previous participants have not been deleted

Remember: the very act of replying to a spam email confirms to spammers that your email address exists so do not respond!


How to spot spam

Spam emails may feature some of the following warning signs:

  • You don’t know the sender
  • Contains misspellings (for example ‘p0rn’ with a zero) designed to fool spam filters
  • Makes an offer that seems too good to be true
  • The subject line and contents do not match
  • Contains an urgent offer end date (for example “Buy now and get 50% off”)
  • Contains a request to forward an email to multiple people, and may offer money for doing so
  • Contains a virus warning
  • Contains attachments, which could include .exe files


Parish Council Grants:

Please not 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 Alternatively contact the Parish Council office on 01435 873784 for a copy of the grants policy and application form.