Parish Council News June 2015

800th anniversary of sealing of Magna Carta celebration

Please come along and bring a picnic tea to join in the celebrations for the 800th anniversary of the sealing of the Magna Carta from 2-4pm on Sunday 14 June 2015 at Court Meadow.

There will be music from the Mayfield Silver Band, stalls to peruse and refreshments available. This will coincide with the National Peal of Bells at 3pm.

Report from the Chairman of the Parish Council

This is the final report of the Parish Council before the elections took place on 7 May 2015 reflecting on the last five years and noting our more major achievements. The list below is not exhaustive but it hopefully gives a flavour of what the Parish Council has been up to:

  • Created overflow car park beside Memorial Hall
  • Improved High Street parking with replacement parking restriction signs and working in partnership with the PCSO
  • Purchased land for Love Lane car park
  • Introduced accounting software thereby improving monthly reporting, accuracy and timeliness
  • Acquired new more accessible office for the Council
  • Purchased land for Jubilee Wood for use as a nature conservation area
  • Took over running of South Street toilets thereby keeping them open as a public service
  • Re-opened the South Street garden plots
  • Refurbished various finger posts
  • Opened up bridleway 92
  • Established a bridleway / footpath maintenance team
  • Developed a cost effective and ‘green’ street lighting strategy for the future using led lights and partial night-time lighting
  • Assisted with facilitating the Post Office consultation
  • Upgraded playground equipment at both Court Meadow and Five Ashes
  • Court Meadow footpath re-surfaced
  • Published Rights of Way booklet
  • Supported and facilitated Faster Broadband to Mayfield and Five Ashes
  • Reduced overall office administration costs
  • Introduced hanging baskets in Mayfield High Street
  • Provided funding for Mayfield Bonfire Festival
  • Organised a team of volunteer litter pickers
  • Upgraded the Parish Council website
  • Introduced Community Speedwatch in Five Ashes
  • Supported Argos Hill Windmill by becoming a trustee
  • Supported and partially financed the library and community bus.

As a responsible council we are always looking at our costs. With some prudent management we have streamlined many of our procedures and embraced technology to become more efficient. We constantly check our contracts for better deals and prices and estimate we have saved over £14,000 in office costs within the last two years alone. All this enables us to put money aside for future projects

So what of plans for our next term of office?

It is likely there will be a continued tightening of budgets for the County and District Councils over the next few years which could impact on our responsibilities and the services we provide. However we have drawn up a short list of some projects that, given a favourable wind, we would like to address:


  • Support / encourage refurbishment of Mayfield village hall
  • Support where possible appropriate village projects
  • Facilitate a strategy for maintaining a thriving High Street in Mayfield
  • Implement a resilience plan
  • Investigate the possibility of moving the library to more appropriate premises to free up space in the primary school
  • Maintain, and if possible improve, existing services including bus services, street lighting, toilet facilities, playgrounds, recreational areas etc
  • Support for local green energy projects
  • Continue with car park improvements


  • Upgrade play facilities on a regular basis
  • Develop / manage Jubilee Wood
  • Extend bridleway 92 to Rotherfield with cooperation of Rotherfield Parish Council


  • Investigate ways to support tourism
  • Refurbish village sign
  • Improve High Street appearance
  • Support and improve Christmas lights

Local Authority

  • Address planning procedures/ decisions that are contrary to local opinion
  • Encourage debate on local electoral boundaries and make representations as appropriate


  • Upgrade the council office IT system

There will be challenges ahead but hope we can continue to improve our services, listen, support and work with our residents and look forward to serving the communities of Five Ashes and Mayfield for another four years.

Jerry Watkiss

Chairman Mayfield and Five Ashes Parish Council

Changes to the waste and recycling rounds in Wealden

Wealden District Council’s Joint Waste and Recycling Partner, Kier, is carrying out a restructuring of its collection rounds in both Wealden and Rother to improve efficiency and quality of the recycling service.

The new operational rounds will begin on 01 June 2015. Every resident will be receiving a new calendar notifying them of the new collection dates and providing a helpful reminder about which items can be recycled. You should have received your new collection calendar by 27 May 2015 – please keep it in a safe place.

The changes may affect either the day or time your rubbish and recycling is collected from the kerbside. It will not affect any Garden Waste Collections which will continue to take place on the same day as before.

The operational changes will take account of the new homes that have been built in the District since 2013, and to better utilise the efficiencies offered by working together with Rother, whose collections were not undertaken by Kier until 2014. It should also improve recycling load capacity and ensure recycled materials achieve their full recycling market potential.

Wealden District Council has been working with Kier to make sure the changes to the round structure go smoothly. To this effect, every household in Wealden will receive a rubbish collection during the first week of June 2015 to ensure that no one will have to wait too long to have their rubbish collected during the changeover to the new collection dates.

Recycling rates in Wealden are now nearing 50%, and less than 1% of our rubbish goes to landfill. Through the Joint Waste Partnership we have a refuse and recycling service of which we can be proud.

Please ensure that your bins are placed at the edge of your property by 7am on your collection day whether your collection day has changed or not.

Visit the Bin Day Search page on the Wealden District Council website  if you are unsure of the date of your next bin collection day.

Memorial Hall car park

The new Memorial Hall overflow car park is already being well used and residents are requested to park their vehicles either facing the Memorial Hall or the Band Hut to maximise the number of available parking spaces. Please also not that there should be no parking on the grass verges.

The Parish Council has approved a revised layout for the parking spaces in the original car park to ease the flow of the traffic which will hopefully be implemented soon.

Arrive in style…safely !

Bookings for prom vehicles will increase over the next few weeks as school leavers get ready to celebrate the ‘prom’ season in style. Parents are advised that it is wise to check that the driver is approved and the car is roadworthy. Wealden District Council is responsible for licensing the driver, operator and vehicle. This can be checked when booking the prom night limousine and if there is any doubt please contact Wealden District Council’s Licensing Team on 01424 787550.

Free training and practical skills

A range of subjects are available through the ‘Street Learning’ project sponsored by Weladen District Council. There will be two courses held at Uplands Community Centre : Beginners Computing (Mondays 1-22 June 10.00 – 12.00) and Canny with your Cash (Mondays 11-18 May 10.00-12.30). These are designed to  help people get more out of life and improve their employability.  Both are useful skills to have for the changes to the Benefits system which are being introduced into East Sussex in June 2015. Please phone 01323 436436 if you would like to book a place.

Litter Picker

If you are interested in litter picking for the Parish Council please contact the Parish Council office to ask for details concerning the hours available and the pay.