Parish Council News October 2018

Councillor Vacancy

At the time of writing this article there had been one application received to apply to be a Councillor to represent Five Ashes Ward. The co-option will be considered at the Parish Council meeting in Five Ashes Village hall on Monday 08 October 2018 at 19:30. Any residents wishing to be considered for co-option at that meeting must submit their CV and letter outlining why they would be a valued member of the Council by 03 October 2018 when the agenda is issued.


Mayfield play area upgrade

Its very good news to be able to inform that the Section 106 money from the Love Lane development for play area equipment has been received from Wealden District Council. This has enabled the Parish Council to move to the next stage of the play area upgrade inviting quotations for the project. Details of the upgrade that quotes are being requested for include:

Toddlers play area

  • Installing a modern shipwreck (or equivalent) type feature in the centre of the toddlers play area
  • Resurfacing the toddlers area with new composite rubber surface
  • Installing a new toddler swing-set
  • Installing a new slide linking two play areas
  • Installing a wooden den
  • Replacing the fencing with new environmentally friendly multi-coloured fencing


Childrens play area

  • The existing children’s area will be re-fenced in the same style as the toddlers area


Unfenced play area

  • The existing disabled swing will be replaced with a more modern multi-use swing
  • A selection of fun trail equipment and a number of picnic benches will be installed creating a virtual fence between the play area and the rest of the grass.


Mayfield recycling centre

Please can residents respect the recycling area in the Court Meadow car park in Tunbridge Wells Road. The items that can be recycled there include glass, paper, cans, small electrical items and clothing. It is not somewhere to dump anything else, which is classified as fly-tipping, for which you can be prosecuted for. For example, recently, there has been a broken gazebo, an old vacuum cleaner and a horse blanket. Please use the Eat Sussex County Council recycling sites in Heathfield or Jarvis Brook to dispose of any items unsuitable for the recycling bins. Also please take extra care when recycling bottles and jars as there has been a lot of broken glass in the car park which could damage vehicle tyres.


Reminder: Wealden Local plan consultation

Please remember that the deadline for consultation on Wealden District Council’s Local Plan is 5pm on Monday 08 October 2018.

You can view the Proposed Submission Wealden Local Plan and associated documents on the Council’s website: or at the Parish Council office.


Water main replacement for Coggins Mill Lane and Tidebrook Road

This is a quick reminder that Coggins Mil Lane is scheduled to remain closed until 24 November 2018. South East Water is laying 870 metres of new water main along a continuous stretch of Coggins Mill Lane and Tidebrook Road. This is a £174,000 scheme to improve the supply of tap water in Mayfield. The road is closed to through traffic for the safety of pedestrians, motorists and the company’s workforce for the duration of the work.


Wealden grants programme

Wealden Grants Programme is open for Community Groups /Societies and Voluntary Organisations until 30th November 2018.

  • The Small Grant Scheme is for grants between £500 – £3000.
  • The Capital Scheme is for grants between £1000 – £15,000.
  • Service Level Agreements for funding of up to 3 years

Match funding is required, but it can be entirely “in-kind” such as volunteer time, member contributions etc. Funds must be spent within the financial year April 2019-March 2020 for capital and small grants, and April 2019 – March 2022 for SLAs.

A limited number of 40-minute pre-application advice sessions, for groups that have not had one before, will take place during office hours as follows:

  • Hailsham – Thursday 11 October 2018 am and Tuesday 30 October 2018 pm
  • Crowborough – Monday 15 October 2018 am and Friday 02 November 2018 pm
  • Uckfield – Thursday 18 October 2018 am

Sessions must be booked in advance and are to directly discuss a drafted application for your organisation. Please contact Michelle Gray by email: or telephone (01323) 443520.

If you are unable to attend one of the sessions you can submit your application by 15th November 2018 at the latest for feedback before the closing date to strengthen your application (although please note that this will not guarantee success). Applications must be submitted by the deadline of 30th November 2018 forms can be downloaded from:

Stay tuned to avoid music voucher frauds

Police are reminding local residents across Sussex, especially the elderly, to remain vigilant about phone and online fraudsters who use Apple iTunes vouchers (and some vouchers provided by other companies) as a means to receive payment from victims. The majority are frauds using the names of HMRC, PPI and online loans, though it has been seen as a payment method in romance and investment cases too. Typically, a victim is contacted by telephone, threatened with legal action over an outstanding, non-existent debt and persuaded to purchase vouchers from a local store. The voucher numbers are provided to the fraudster over the phone as a means of payment.

Data from Action Fraud shows that nationally £6.5 million has been lost to this type of fraud during the three years to March 2018, with a significant proportion of the victims being over the age of 60.


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