Parish News – February 2014

News for Dog Owners / Walkers: Residents need to be aware that Wealden District Council made the following Dog Control Order which came into force on 1st January 2014:

The Clean Neighbourhoods and Environment Act 2005

  • The Dog Control Orders (Prescribed Offences and Penalties, etc.) Regulations 2006 (S.l.2006/1 059)
  • The Fouling of Land by Dogs (Wealden District Council) Order 2013

The Wealden District Council hereby makes the following Order:

1. This Order comes into force on 1st January 2014

2. This Order applies to the land specified in the schedule.



(1) If a dog defecates at any time on land to which this Order applies and a person who is in charge of that dog at that time fails to remove the faeces from the land forthwith, that person shall be guilty of an offence unless: (a)  he has reasonable excuse for failing to do so; or (b)  the owner, occupier or other person or authority having control of the land has consented (generally or specifically) to his failing to do so.

(2)  Nothing in this article applies to a person who: (a) is registered as a blind person in a register compiled under section 29 of the National Assistance Act 1948; or (b)  has a disability which affects his mobility, manual dexterity, physical co-ordination or ability to lift, carry or otherwise move everyday objects, in respect of a dog trained by a prescribed charity and upon which he relies for assistance.

For the purposes of this article:

(a) a person who habitually has a dog in his presence shall be taken to be in charge of that dog at any time unless at that time some other person is in charge of the dog;

(b) placing the faeces in a receptacle on the land which is provided for the purpose, or for the disposal of waste, shall be a sufficient removal from the land.

(c) being unaware of the defecation (whether by reason of not being in the vicinity or otherwise), or not having a device for or other suitable means of removing faeces shall not be a reasonable excuse for failing to remove the faeces;

(d) each of the following is a “prescribed charity” — (i)  Dogs for the Disabled (registered charity number 700454) (ii) Support Dogs (registered charity number 1088281) (iii) Canine Partners for Independence (registered charity number803680)


4. A person who is guilty of an offence under article 3 shall be liable on summary conviction to a fine not exceeding level 3 on the standard scale.


Any land within the administrative area of Wealden District Council which is open to the air, including covered land which is open to the air on at least one side and to which the public are entitled or permitted to have access (with or without payment) of the following descriptions:

(a)  Any highway, footways, footpaths, twittens, promenades, steps and towpaths within the area of Wealden District Council and any adjoining verges or ornamental areas, which are maintained at the public expense.

(b)  All pedestrianised areas within the Wealden District Council area.

(c)  All parks, gardens, recreation and sports grounds, commons, amenity areas and other open spaces owned, occupied or maintained by or on behalf of any of: Wealden District Council, East Sussex County Council, a registered social landlord/housing association, any town or parish council within the Wealden area, any other public authority or any charity.

(d)  Any cemetery, burial ground or churchyard.

(e)  Any public car-park or parking space.

(f)  All beaches.

Exempted Land: Any woodland, marsh or agricultural land and any Access Land as defined in Part 1 of the Countryside and Rights of Way Act 2000.

Community Awareness: A report was made to Wealden Police regarding two dogs worrying sheep in Groombridge recently. The dogs killed four sheep before they were shot dead by the farmer. PC Jen Black of Crowborough Neighbourhood Policing Team said “these offences are extremely serious, and the farmers are fully within their rights to kill any dogs that are worrying livestock. It only takes a few seconds for an irresponsible dog owner to cause havoc amongst livestock.”

The Police urge all dog owners walking anywhere near livestock grazing, to ensure they have their animals under complete control. Do not let your dog off the lead around any animals and keep a safe distance. Any dog owners identified will be prosecuted. If found guilty it is very possible that they will be ordered to have their dogs destroyed. Also check your garden fences so that your dogs cannot escape and worry livestock without your knowledge.

South Street Toilets: As you are probably aware, South Street toilets suffered damage from the storm just before Christmas. Parts of the roof were blown away and ceiling has come down within. Wealden District Council has informed us that the toilets will have to remain closed until all repairs have been carried out.

Refuse Collections: Wealden District Council advise that any missed bin collections must be reported to them within 24 hours to enable them to send out a catch-up team.

[The proper method of doing this is to logon to the Wealden District Council website, having previously registered to do so, and then file the report. The website address is –

Alternatively, you might prefer to phone them on 01323 443322 (Hailsham), or 01892 653311 (Crowborough) – during Monday to Friday office hours, generally 8.30am to 5.00pm.]

Dates of Council meetings in February: For meeting agendas please see the Parish Council website or notice boards.

February 2014





Planning   Committee Monday   03 February 11:00 Parish   Council Office
Full   Parish Council Monday   10 February 19:30 Mayfield   Primary School
Planning   Committee Monday   24 February 11:00 Parish   Council Office
Finance   & General Purposes Monday   24 February 19:30 Parish   Council Office
Rights   of Ways & Trees Wednesday   26 February 13:00 Parish   Council Office


Addresses for the Parish Council meetings venues: Parish Council Office, Old Manor House, High Street, Mayfield, TN20 6AL; Mayfield Primary School, Fletching Street, Mayfield TN20 6TA; Five Ashes Village Hall, High Street, Five Ashes, TN20 6JA.