Parish Council News – June 2019

The Annual meeting of the Parish Council was held on Monday 13 May 2019. The Chairman, Deveda Redman, stepped down and was thanked for all of her commitment and hard work for the Parish Council over the past three years.  Cllr Gill Weavers was elected as Chairman and Cllr Jerry Watkiss was elected Vice-Chair for the current year.


Local Elections

As you know, the local elections took place on Thursday 02 May 2019. There are fifteen Councillor positions on the Parish Council and as there were only twelve nominations, it resulted in an uncontested election and those Councillors that re-applied were automatically elected.


There are now three Councillor vacancies on the Parish Council, one to represent the ward of Mayfield and two to represent the ward of Five Ashes. If you would like to be considered for co-option please send your CV and a letter outlining why you would be a valued member of the Council. Applications received by Monday 03 June 2019 will be circulated to Councillors for consideration at the full council meeting on 10 June 2019. To be eligible to apply for co-option you must:

  • be a UK or commonwealth citizen, or a citizen of the Republic of Ireland, or be a citizen of another Member state of the European Union (yes, this still will apply;
  • be a least 18 years old.
  • be an elector of the parish, or;
  • for the whole of the previous 12 months have occupied (as owner or tenant) land or other premises in the parish, or;
  • during the previous 12 months have worked in the parish (as your principal or only place of work), or;
  • for the whole of the previous 12 months lived in the parish or within three miles of the parish boundary.

You do not have to be connected to a political party.


Annual Parish Assembly

At the time of writing this article the Annual Parish Meeting on 20 May 2019 had not yet taken place. South East Water were invited to provide information on their works to install a new pipeline and to answer any questions or concerns that the public may have. Representatives from Raystede Centre for Animal Welfare requested to attend to inform residents of their charitable work.


The minutes of the meeting will be available to download on the Parish Council website as well as the Parish Council’s 2018/19 Annual report.


Crematorium Open Day

A public open day is being held at the Wealden Crematorium in Horam on Saturday 15th June between 11am and 3pm.

The open day will provide everyone with the opportunity to gain an insight into the working of Wealden District Council’s new crematorium and take a look around the buildings and grounds in a relaxed and informal way. Our friendly staff will be on hand to answer any questions.


There are lots of myths and misconceptions about cremation and this will give the public an opportunity to explore these and maybe address any concerns they may have.

This link will help visitors to find the crematorium as not all satnavs have the new post code on them


Meet your Wealden Neighbourhood Prevention Team

Sussex Police has joined forces with Wealden District Council to host monthly drop-in sessions with the Wealden Neighbourhood Prevention Team. It’s your chance to raise your concerns with the Police, and report crime and anti-social behaviour directly to them.


Drop-in sessions will be at the Council’s Vicarage Lane office in Hailsham which run between 10:00am – 11:00am on the following dates:

Monday 3 June
Monday 1 July
Thursday 1 August
Tuesday 3 September
Thursday 3 October


They are very informal sessions offering a chance for residents to discuss issues affecting their communities, and for the Police and District Council colleagues to share details of current initiatives. No appointment is required.


Sussex NHS Hearing Aid Survey

This survey has been commissioned by Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs) across Sussex to find out more about your experience of the assessment and fitting of hearing aids within the NHS. The focus of this survey is the service provided in the community for age related hearing loss.


It intends to assess the needs and expectations of patients and public to enable CCGs to make improvements to the service. Results of this survey will help clinicians and commissioners better support patients to improve hearing aid services in the community.


To access the survey please click on this link:

Itcan also be provided in a paper format and the CCGs recognise that in some cases, a family member or carer may support the patient in completing this.The CCGs welcome responses from anyone who has either received an NHS hearing aid or has hearing difficulties but does not yet have a hearing aid.


Paper copies can be requested via 01273 238730 and posted to:
Katie Chipping
Lead Manager, Commissioning, Planned Care
Brighton and Hove CCG
Hove Town Hall
Norton Road


Upcoming road closure – Newick Lane

Newick Lane will be closed from 24 June to 26 June 2019 from the junction with West Street in Mayfield to the junction of the A265 Burwash Road to allow South East Water to carry out new water connection works. The works are currently anticipated to take three days to complete.


Wealden Attractions Guide

The latest Wealden Attractions Guide is now available to view or download in its handy sized fold up leaflet, ideal for pockets and handbags. For comprehensive information on Wealden District and what it has to offer for visitors and residents alike, it can be found on Wealden District Council’s website in the  leisure section under “Attractions and Places to Visit”. If viewing this article online you can download it using the following link: Wealden Attractions Guide 2019 (pdf)


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