Resilience Planning: At the last Parish Council meeting an agenda item concerned Resilience Planning for Mayfield and Five Ashes in emergency situations such as heavy snow and power outages. The conclusion was that actually there are probably quite a few local organisations and volunteers who already have contingency plans in place for when assistance is required.

In order for the Parish Council to understand whether any further resilience planning is required we would appreciate any feedback on which plans already exist, who is assisted (age and location), what help is offered and any thoughts you may have on where additional assistance may be required in emergency situations. So if you or your organisation already has any sort of contingency plan please could you kindly provide the information to the Parish Clerk. Contact details are at the end of this article.

Local Action Team: Sergeants for the neighbourhood policing areas of Wadhurst, Rotherfield, Mayfield, Forest Row, Hartfield, Frant, Withyham, Danehill, Nutley have been told by their supervision to organise a monthly Local Action Team meeting and are inviting interested parties such as Neighbourhood Watch, the schools, churches and Parish Council to discuss local priorities. Priorities in one area may be the same in another, such as speeding, parking, burglary etc. This will give partners the ability to look at ways of tackling the problem together; for example, speeding problems are not just for the police to resolve but other parties can also assist through community speed watch, placing 30 mph stickers on bins and so on. If you are interested in volunteering to become a member of this team, please contact the Parish Clerk and your details will be forwarded to our PCSO Julie Pearce-Martin.

Consultation: Proposed Changes to the 224 Bus Service: East Sussex County Council is seeking your views on a number of changes they are proposing to subsidised bus services. The proposals would save £1.79m of public money but still ensure that 91% of all current passengers on the East Sussex bus network are unaffected. It would also ensure that over 95% still have access to a 6 day a week service, Monday to Saturday.

This affects Bus Service 224 from Wadhurst to Crowborough running on Mondays, Wednesdays and Thursdays. There are currently two return trips on each day which East Sussex County Council are proposing to reduce to one return trip on a Monday and Wednesday.

They are keen to hear the views of everyone in the community, which includes businesses and organisations as well as individuals and have produced a consultation page for individuals to enable them to comment about specific bus services as well as about their plan and draft proposals at:

https://consultation.eastsussex.gov.uk/economy-transport-environment/individualsbuschanges

If you do not have access to a computer they can arrange to send paper copies to you. Please telephone the Highways Contact Centre on 0345 60 80 194. The consultation started on 7th July and you have until 28th September to take part.

Consultation: Waste and Minerals Sites Plan: East Sussex County Council’s Waste and Minerals Site Plan identifies sites which are potentially suitable for new, non-landfill waste recycling and recovery facilities, away from sensitive environmental areas. You are invited to submit your comments on their draft plan. The consultation runs until 5th September. To find out more and submit your views please go to www.consult.eastsussex.gov.uk You can also visit their deposit points at Council offices and libraries throughout East Sussex.

Battle against potholes gets a £1.4million boost: More than £1.4million has been promised to East Sussex County Council to help deal with the damage caused by the wettest winter on record. The latest government grant is on top of the £2.65million the Department for Transport gave the county council earlier this year and the £50million investment made by the council to improve its road network.

“We are delighted to hear that we will be receiving further funding on top of the £2.65million received earlier this year to help deal with potholes,” said Cllr Carl Maynard, the county council’s lead member for transport and environment.

“We know that potholes can cause real problems to motorists and, so far this year, we have repaired more than 27,000. This money will enable us to carry on the good work we are doing to deal with the results of the wettest winter on record and prepare our roads for the winter ahead.”

The money is part of a £168million Pothole Repair Fund to be shared among councils across England. Authorities receiving funding must publish monthly progress updates on the number of potholes that have been repaired. Cllr Maynard added: “We recognise the importance of the road network in the county and, to demonstrate this, will invest more than £50milion over the next two years. The additional support from the government means we can continue with our planned improvement work on roads across East Sussex, while dealing quickly with the potholes that have been caused by an unprecedented level of rainfall in the early part of the year.”

East Sussex will receive £1,443,474 for pothole repairs. The Highways team are working with the Department of Transport to determine where this money will be spent on the basis of dealing with the worst roads first, and will be publishing those details on its website shortly.

News from Sussex Police – PPI SCAM: Sussex Police are reminding all residents, especially the elderly and anyone living alone, not to be taken in by a new type of scam that has been reported in the West Sussex area. If you or any of your relatives or friends are (or have been) telephoned by the Ministry of Justice and told you qualify for a refund on Payment Protection Insurance (PPI) this will be a scam. The scammer will ask that in order for your claim to be processed you have to pay a percentage of your pay-out up front and that this should be in the form of UKASH vouchers. They then send a courier to attend the home address of the victim and collect the vouchers or access the code for these vouchers in order to claim the money. These scammers may call on more than one occasion and be persuasive or persistent in their calls. They may also suggest you call them back in order to ‘prove’ their identification. Please do not be taken in by these tactics.

The members of the community who seem to have been targeted are the elderly. Please make sure that if you know of any elderly residents who may not receive messages through community messaging that you inform them to be vigilant of this particular type of scam.

Walking Festival: Bookings can now be taken for the first ‘Coast to Country’ walking festival via the website or by telephone. With a selection of over 70 walks, varying from short family walks with children’s activities, to strenuous day-long hikes led by the editor of an outdoors magazine. There is also a chance to try out ‘Nordic’ style walking or activities such a photo editing. The event aims to appeal to all ages and abilities and most of the walks are free of charge

For full details of all the walks and to book a walk : http://www.sussexwalkingfestival.org.uk/or telephone: 01323 443275. This project is a partnership project involving many organizations and individuals. The project is coordinated by Wealden District and Eastbourne Borough Council.

GRANTS: One of the important roles of the Parish Council is to provide grants to organisations within Mayfield and Five Ashes to help them move forward with their own projects. Applications for grants for the next financial year should be submitted in writing to the Parish Clerk by 30th September each year. To apply you will need to provide details of your project and the total cost wherever practicable or relevant, and a copy of your organisation’s last end of year accounts. Individual grants may be made available up to a maximum of £500. They will be match funded therefore any applicant must cover at least 50% of the total project cost.

Summer Holiday Office Closure Dates: The Parish Council Office will be closed from 15th August to 1st September, however, it will be open for the Rights of Ways and Trees August meeting and the Planning Executive meeting on Monday, 1st September at 9.30am.