Parish Council News – May 2015

Elections 2015

Wealden District Council has issued the Statement of Persons Nominated for the election of Parish Councillors. Disappointingly the number of validly nominated candidates does not exceed the number of council seats available therefore there will not be a contested election on 7 May 2015. The following nominated candidates will be elected unopposed without the holding of a poll:

Monica Aitken,

Patricia Balfour

Robert Fitzsimmons

Hubert Hills

Chris Lilly

Johnny Marsh

David Miles

Rosemary Neal

Ian Parker

Deveda Redman

Jerry Watkiss

Gill Weavers

Elaine Wheeler

The Parish Council will have to co-opt two councillors to fill its 15 seats and needs to do so within 35 days of the election. We therefore invite any interested prospective councillors to forward your CV to the office with a covering letter outlining why you think you would be a valued member of the Parish Council and any areas of expertise that you could offer. The co-option procedure will then take place at the Parish Council meeting that will be held on 8 June 2015.

To stand for election on a Parish cCuncil, you must:

  • be a UK or commonwealth citizen, or;
  • be a citizen of the Republic of Ireland, or;
  • be a citizen of another Member state of the European Union;
  • be a least 18 years old.

To be eligible to stand for an election for a particular parish, you must:

  • 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.

Overflow Memorial Hall car park

At the time of writing this article the construction of the new Memorial Hall overflow car park is well underway. We will be encouraging pedestrians to leave the overflow car park via the new path to the east of the hall on the Court Meadow side and not along the access road. Hopefully the car park will alleviate some of the parking congestion in Mayfield particularly at school drop off and pick up times and when the halls are busy.

800th anniversary of sealing of Magna Carta celebration

This year marks the 800th anniversary of the sealing of the Magna Carta. On Sunday 14 June 2015 at 3pm, as part of a UK-wide event entitled LiberTeas, the whole nation is encouraged to sit down to tea to celebrate their liberties. Parliament is asking communities across the UK to take a moment to celebrate, debate or reflect on those rights which we very often take for granted but which people throughout history have campaigned to make happen or fought to preserve.

The Parish Council has agreed facilitate a village picnic from 2-4pm on Sunday 14 June 2015 at Court Meadow to commemorate this event and to coincide with the National Peal of Bells, organised by the Bellringers Association. This also happens to be the same day as this year’s National Garden Scheme open gardens in Mayfield so it is will be a busy afternoon.


We are pleased to inform that after a few delays the new fingerpost at the junction of Frog Hole Lane and the A267 has now been installed. Please note that if you do need to attach a sign to a fingerpost please either use string or nylon ties as nails and pins accelerate their deterioration.

PCSO Surgery

The next PCSO surgery will be held at the Parish Council office on 18 May 2015 at 9:30am.

District Commanders message

As we step forward into a new season, we also have a new vision for policing Sussex in the future. Chief Constable Giles York launched the Sussex Local Policing Model last month, outlining how we will protect our communities by working differently in the future, shaping our resources to better serve the residents of Sussex in a changing world. This will happen gradually over the next four years, but we will remain a service that protects the community and is relentless in the pursuit of criminals at all times. Further information can be found by following the link on the Sussex Police website homepage.

Our end of year performance figures show some encouraging trends and excellent results. In the period between April 2014 and March 2015 Wealden had fewer vehicle crimes compared to the preceding year. It is a similar story with break-ins to sheds and outbuildings – Wealden had fewer incidents, and solved more of these crimes. We have also seen an increase in reports of domestic abuse, which is a positive sign, meaning victims are now more willing to seek our help.

Encouraging developments continue in Hailsham, one of Wealden’s biggest towns, which has suffered in recent months from a number of incidents ranging from criminal damage to burglaries of businesses. We have a strong team of PCSOs that cover the town centre and out-lying areas, headed by Sergeant Mark Ritchie. They are working closely with Hailsham Town Council and local businesses to prevent incidents and this is having a good effect, with a decrease in calls about young people causing anti-social behaviour and less crimes being committed.

We are still receiving reports that the scammers are not giving up, and that they are still using the phone to try and trick people into handing over their bank details or cards. However, people are now recognising the signs and not falling for their lies, which suggests that all the work we have been doing to raise awareness is having an effect. Please do be aware that they are still out there and make sure friends and family know that police will never call you and ask you for your bank details

Chief Inspector Gary Pike, Wealden District Commander