Parish Council News – November 2015

2015 – 2020 Projects

At the beginning of the Parish Council year in May, a short list of some projects that councilors would like to address was produced. I am pleased to be able to inform that there has been some action on some of the items, summarised below:

Support where possible appropriate village projects

  • £1,000 has been made available towards Christmas lights in Mayfield High Street and Councillor Parker continues to work hard towards the fundraising and organisation of the installation of the lights alongside other volunteers.
  • Applications for Parish Council grants were advertised during August and September to support local organisations with their projects.

Implement a resilience plan

  • The Community Development Committee is initially looking at which local organisations already exist and how they help elderly and vulnerable residents. This will assist towards the coordination of a resilience plan.

Maintain, and if possible improve, existing services including bus services, street lighting, toilet facilities, playgrounds, recreational areas etc

  • Funding is contributed towards the provision of the bus service from Mayfield to Crowborough three days a week.
  • Funding is provided to clean and maintain the public toilets at South Street car park and to ensure they are kept open
  • Replacement railings have been installed in the skate park
  • New bark chips have been provided for the Five Ashes play area
  • Repairs and maintenance of the streetlights continue to take place

Support for local green energy projects

  • The Parish Council is preparing to upgrade the streetlights to LED and partial night-time lighting

Continue with car park improvements

  • The lines have been repainted in the Memorial Hall car park and a new layout has been introduced.

Investigate ways to support tourism

  • A working party has been formed specifically to look at ways to increase local tourism

Refurbish village sign

  • The Mayfield village sign has been refurbished

Improve High Street appearance

  • Plans are in place to increase the number of hanging baskets and to introduce tubs of flowers in Mayfield High Street
  • Additional financing has been budgeted towards weed spraying due to local authority cut backs.

Wealden Local Plan Issues, Options and Recommendations Consultation

Wealden District Council is preparing its new Wealden Local Plan, and is carrying out a consultation on a document called Wealden Local Plan Issues, Options and Recommendations and accompanying documents.  This plan will shape Wealden District (excluding the South Downs National Park) over the next 22 years. It is really important that you have the opportunity to look at the document and give your views on proposals for town centres, new homes, green spaces, infrastructure and job opportunities. This is the first stage of public consultation and they would like to take your views into account when developing the new Wealden Local Plan. They are keen to hear the views of our community, including residents, businesses, voluntary organisations and Parish Council. In addition to the various options presented, you may wish to tell them your own options. All of the responses sent to them will be taken into account in shaping the final document.

This first stage of public consultation takes place between Monday 19th October 2015 and Monday 14th December 2015.  Any responses received after 5pm on Monday 14th December 2015 will not be accepted.

Where can you find out more?

All of the documents relating to the consultation can be found on the Wealden District Council’s website at Copies of the documents, guidance notes and forms to make your comments are available at various locations across the district including libraries and Town /Parish Council offices.

Exhibitions are taking place across the District throughout the consultation period where planning officers will be on hand to answer questions and explain the proposals in the Local Plan. Please drop in at the following times:

Crowborough, Community Centre                   Thurs 22 Oct             1.30pm to 6.30 pm

Uckfield, Weald Hall, Civic Centre                   Tue 27 Oct                2.00pm to 7.00 pm

Hailsham, Civic Community Centre                  Sat 31 Oct                 10.00am to 2.00pm

Wadhurst, Uplands Community Centre           Tues 3 Nov                2.00pm to 7.00 pm

Heathfield, Youth Centre                                 Sat 7 Nov                  10.00am to 2.00 pm

Hailsham, Civic Community Hall                       Fri 13 Nov                  2.00pm to 8.00 pm

Polegate, Community Centre                           Sat 14 Nov                10.00am to 2.00 pm

How to make your comments

You can comment on the documents online using the consultation system which can be found on the Wealden District Council’s website at or by using the web address Alternatively comments may be made by completing a representation form (available on the website or by request) and emailing it to or sending it to Planning Policy, Wealden District Council, Vicarage Lane, Hailsham, BN27 2AX.

Before submitting your comments you are strongly encourage you to read the ‘Guidance Note for Respondents’.

Data Protection Act 1998 and Freedom of Information Act 2000

Please be aware that any comments you submit cannot be treated in confidence as Regulation 30 of the Town and Country Planning (Local Development) (England) Regulations 2004, as amended, requires copies of all representations to be made publicly available. Wealden District Council will publish names and representations on its website, but will not publish personal information.Please telephone 01892 602007 or email if you require assistance in submitting your representation or if further information is required

PAWS on Watch

‘Paws on Watch’ is a new and imaginative project from the Safer Wealden Partnership which aims to recruit responsible dog owners. Many have already joined.

There are over 20,000 dogs in the Wealden area. If only a small percentage of those owners were keeping an eye open for people up to mischief as they walked their dogs, Wealden could be a lot safer than it already is.

Ask yourself these three questions:

  • Do you regularly walk a dog?
  • Are you a responsible dog owner and always clear up after your dog in public places?
  • Would you like to help keep you area safe?


If the answer to all three questions is ‘Yes’ then all you have to do is to supply a few personal details such as name and address including post code and an email address and you will have become a member of ‘Paws on Watch’ – it’s as simple as that. Your email address is then stored on a secure database and can be used by Sussex Police and other partners to alert you to important and relevant issues.


As a ‘Paws on Watch’ member you will be asked to do these things:

  • To act as an extra pair of eyes and ears in your local community
  • reporting back anything that seems suspicious or unusual;
  • If you feel able to and it is appropriate to promote responsible dog ownership amongst other dog walkers by challenging those that do not clear-up after their dog and offering them a bag
  • To help Sussex Police and other enforcement agencies to keep an eye out for specific crimes in your area and to report any details.

For example, if there was a spate of heating oil thefts or a regular fly-tipper in a certain location, Paws on Watch members in that area would be emailed and asked to be vigilant for any suspicious behaviour.

If you decide to join you will receive a badge, a tag for the dog’s collar (wearing them is optional) and a membership card that lists the important contact details for Sussex Police and some personal safety advice.

Membership forms are available in the Parish Council office for any residents interested in joining the scheme.

Finding care is made a little easier

Care Choices Ltd in association with East Sussex County Council and Brighton & Hove City Council have published the East Sussex including Brighton & Hove Care & Support Services Directory 2015/16. The Directory is a source of local information that explains all available care options and includes comprehensive listings of care providers for residential care or care in your own home. There is also guidance on paying for care and what financial assistance is available from the Government.

To receive a free copy of the Care Services Directory, simply call Adult Social Care Direct:

0345 60 80 191, or for Brighton and Hove call – Adult Social Care Access Point: 01273 295555. The Directory is also available in e-book format with a spoken word option via



The Natwest mobile banking service will be operating on Mondays from 23 November 2015 in the Memorial Hall car park in Tunbridge Wells Road, Mayfield from 13:15 – 14:45.


PCSO Surgery

This month’s PCSO surgery will be on Monday November 9th at 11.30am