Parish Council Grants
As mentioned in the August edition of the newsletter, applications for grants for the 2016/17 financial year should be submitted to the Parish Clerk by 30 September 2015. Individual grants may be made available up to a maximum of £500. They must be match funded therefore applicants must cover at least 50% of the total project cost. Information on how to apply can be found on the Parish Council website at www.mayfieldfiveashes.org.uk in the “key documents” section along with the approved grant application form. If you do not have internet access please contact the Parish Council office on
01435 873784 so a copy of the grants policy and application form can be forwarded to you.
Adult exercise equipment at Court Meadow
We would still like to hear views on whether you think installing adult exercise equipment in Mayfield is a good idea, how likely you would be to use the equipment and whether, if you own a business, you like the idea of being able to sponsor a piece of exercise equipment. Contact details can be found at the end of this article.
The Parish Council would also still like to hear from local organisations and societies on whether you would be interested in having your own webpage on the village website to administer. Please contact the office if you are interested.
Litter Picker and Gardener required
We are still looking for someone to litter pick and for a gardener to tend to the War Memorial garden. Please contact the Parish Council office to ask for details concerning the hours available and the pay.
Our PCSO has informed that four elderly residents of Mayfield have fallen foul of a rogue gardener/decorator. The suspicious male and his team did some outside decorating which was substandard. He would only accept cash. Another resident employed him to fell two large conifers in her front garden and was overcharged. Again he asked for cash and a female working with the suspicious males drove the resident to a bank in Heathfield to withdraw the cash. Sussex Police advises that no one should employ a cold caller trader and to report everything to 101 making sure to get any vehicle registration details – which I am happy to say one of the ladies did.
The next PCSO Surgery will be held at the Parish Council office on Monday 21st September at 11:30am.
Local Road Closures
Criers Lane will be closed for road surfacing works from Tuesday 1st September for 13 days at the junction with Wheelers Lane to the junction of the A267. A suitable diversion route will be in place.
Vale Road will be closed to through traffic from Monday 7th September for five days due to drainage works between the junction of South Street and The Avenue.
Uckfield High Street Improvement Scheme
Limiting parking in Uckfield High Street to half an hour is the preferred choice of respondents to the latest questionnaire on a scheme to improve its town centre. More than half of those who gave feedback favoured a 30-minute limit on parking, while a one-way system was the preferred option for managing traffic during the works.
The second stage of the improvement scheme, affecting the High Street between Bell Lane and Church Street, is due to begin in January next year. It will include pavement widening, new street furniture, ‘smart’ traffic lights and planting to help mitigate flooding.
The first stage of the scheme, at the southern end of High Street, was completed in November, while the third and final stage will see improvements at Uckfield Bus Station. The scheme, funded by around £3 million of developer contributions, is aimed at reducing congestion and ensuring the town can cope with the traffic arising from new housing development.
Digital skills for women who mean business
East Sussex County Council (ESCC) has successfully bid for a share of the £1.1m superfast broadband fund to build on the highly successful Swift Project (www.swiftproject.org) that helped over 40 women in East Sussex with digital and business management skills during 2014/15.
The training and mentoring is specifically targeted at women who are serious about developing their business idea or who are already in business and are committed to investing their time to attending a programme of development. Run in partnership by ESCC, local charity, Sound Architect Creative Media (www.soundarchitect.org.uk) and MDHUB (www.mdhub.co.uk) the project consists of modular and flexible training sessions that focus on delivering IT and business/personal development training. Alongside the training, participants will be able to attend regular peer-to-peer groups to share knowledge and experience with the support of a business mentor.
A discrete but integrated element within the project is to involve up to 12 enterprising women with specific barriers to re-engaging in work or starting their own business such as health management/mental health issues and/or disabilities.
No qualifications or experience are required to join the programme, just a desire to establish or build a business, learn, develop, and improve digital and business skills in an environment that supports women’s specific needs. Sessions start on 2nd October at venues in Crowborough and Eastbourne and are completely free but places are limited to 32 and the deadline for applications is 16 September 2015. For further details and an application form please contact 01825 891094/ 07592 021590 or email firstname.lastname@example.org . There is information on the programme of courses available electronically at the Parish Council office.
Building the foundations for women at work
The charity WayfinderWoman is providing a seminar, which has received some funding from Wealden District Council and the National Lottery, aimed at helping women get into work. It runs in Uckfield on Tuesday 22 September from 9.30 to 2.30 to take into account the school run. There will be a panel of women telling their motivational stories about how they got into work, either volunteering, being paid or setting up a business, followed by a short introduction to basic book keeping for those who want to set up a business. The event is free and you can book and find out more information by either emailing info@wayfinderwoman or phoning/texting 07706 486546.
Parish Council Office
The Parish Council office will be closed on Wednesday 23 September due to the Wealden Parish Conference taking place that day.