Parish News – December 2013

Firstly, the Parish Council would like to wish all residents of Mayfield and Five Ashes our warmest wishes for Christmas and for the New Year.

Five Ashes Play Area: We are delighted to be able to inform you that last month children and young people from Five Ashes celebrated the official opening of fantastic new play equipment next to the village hall. At the opening ceremony our Chairman, Cllr Watkiss cut a ribbon to mark the occasion and the children then had the chance to test out the new kit.

Mayfield and Five Ashes Parish Council led the £9,000 project, which started in Spring 2012. Funding came from the Parish Council and The Veolia Environmental Trust who awarded a grant of £5,000 through the Landfill Communities Fund.

The project removed damaged and dated pieces of equipment. These were replaced with two pieces of new equipment for 3-11 year olds – a ‘thumper’ climbing tower with steps, slide and observation tower, and a ‘flower collective’ four-seat seesaw. Safety surfacing was also laid.

The Parish Council identified the removal of the old equipment as a priority because of damage and safety considerations. Several designs supplied by different contractors were presented to local school children and they chose the one they like the best.

New fingerposts: Last month also saw the installation of two new fingerposts which were previously in a very sorry state on Scotsford Hill Lane at the junctions with Witherenden Road and Piccadilly Lane. These fingerposts have been kindly sponsored by a local resident who we would like to thank for their extreme generosity.

Mayfield Post Office: The latest information that the Post Office has provided is that applications to run a Post Office in Mayfield have been received and are being assessed. This stage can take up to four or five months to process so the service will not be resumed imminently unless an agreement to install a temporary Postmaster meantime can be agreed. Although travelling to a local Post Office may be required it is paramount that we all continue to support our local shopkeepers, especially at this time of year.

Police Matters: Several officers from Wealden Neighbourhood Policing Team spent the day in Fletching village visiting farms. This was to promote “Farmwatch” which is similar to a Neighbourhood Watch scheme for farms and large rural properties, both of which are particularly vulnerable to rural crime. Twenty people signed up to Farmwatch and thirty also signed up to Community Messaging.

They are hoping to carry out a similar day in other villages but if you know of anyone who may benefit from this scheme please ask them to contact their local PCSO whose details can be found on the Sussex Police website (#).

There have recently been 2 reported phone thefts from licensed premises in Wealden. Please ensure you know where your phone is at all times. Make use of the PIN facility on your phone to prevent access to personal data and make use of your phone’s tracking facility. Contact your network provider to report it lost or stolen and to the police (if stolen) as soon as you can, but do check all your pockets, the car and the back of the sofa before you do so! Do not leave bags unattended in pubs or clubs.

DON’T buy phones if you are at all suspicious about their history as you might be breaking the law and they probably won’t work anyway. DON’T use the services of somebody who says he can unblock your phone unless that person is an official representative of the network provider.

OIL THEFTS: Please be aware that there have been some more reported thefts of oil and diesel in the local areas. If you store oil or diesel on your premises take adequate security measures. Consider fitting an audible alarm along with a good quality padlock.

Finally, a big thank you to our volunteer litter picking group who have generously given up their time and are doing a wonderful job at keeping everywhere so litter-free. If anyone would like to join them next year please contact the Parish Council office.

Dates of Council meetings in DECEMBER

Date Meeting Venue Time
02 December Planning Executive Old Manor House, High St, Mayfield 11:00
02 December Community Development Old Manor House, High St, Mayfield 19:30
09 December Full Parish Council Mayfield Primary School 19:30
23 December Planning Executive Old Manor House, High St, Mayfield 09:30


All Parish Council and Committee meetings are open for all members of the public to attend and to ask questions on agenda items. Please see the Parish Council website and noticeboards for details.