Parish News – Sept 2013

Refuse Collection: I am hoping that by the time this goes to print that Kier will have sorted out the missed waste collections and that all of our wheelie bins will have been emptied! There have been a large number of complaints concerning this received at the office and by our councillors. The advice we have received from Wealden District Council is to direct members of the public to their website as there is considerable pressure on the phones. It is anticipated that problems will decrease gradually over 3 – 4 cycles i.e. the next 6 – 8 weeks but they are concentrating on minimising disruption during that period. The Wealden District Council website address is: www.wealden.gov.uk There are up to date reports on their refuse and recycling information pages and it is possible to report missed collections there too.

Rights of Ways: The Parish Council works closely with the County Council in managing the footpaths and bridleways in Mayfield attempting to hold the ring between walkers, riders and landowners.

Landowners are contacted to ensure that responsibilities for maintaining stiles and gates are fulfilled, whilst walkers and riders are encouraged to behave sensitively and responsibly. Landowners have recently complained about trespass, uncontrolled dogs, cutting wire fences and leaving gates open. In one case a gate left open allowed a bull to mate with a neighbour’s cow with an inconvenient result. In another case, repeated trespass across St Leonards-Mayfield fields has caused concern. Walkers are asked to keep to the clearly signed paths. Farmers who plough up footpaths should reinstate them soon afterwards. The Parish Council and its volunteers will continue to work to keep open and accessible the many wonderful paths and bridleways in Mayfield. We depend on goodwill from all quarters to make this work really effective.

Reporting Rights of Way problems: If you happen to come across a problem on a Right of Way, East Sussex County Council would like you to report it to them. You can contact the Rights of Way team on 0345 608193 or email: rightsofway@eastsussex.gov.uk Alternatively you can use their Fault Reporting system by accessing www.eastsussex.gov.uk select “leisure” then in the maps section select “rights of ways”. If you scroll down you will see “Report a problem – Rights of Way.

An online Rights of Way Map showing footpaths and bridleways across the County is also available on this website. It can be used to plan walks and rides on the Rights of Way network. It also provides the location of stiles, gates and bridges as well as path numbers. Each stile, gate and bridge has a unique identification number which is useful to quote when reporting any issues to the Rights of Way team. You can click and drag to move around the map, use the slider bar to zoom in and out, or search by place, street name or grid reference. You can also look at the rights of way on an aerial photo base, and get more information such as a path, stile, gate or bridge number, if you zoom in fully and click on a path or symbol.

Operation Crackdown: You will now find it easier to report incidents of anti-social driving in Sussex. Sussex Police has re-launched Operation Crackdown – a system that enables anyone to report anti-social driving and abandoned vehicles, either online or by phone. Anti-social driving can be driving that is careless, deliberately aggressive or dangerous. If you see this type of behaviour it is important that you report it, so it can be dealt with in the most appropriate way.

Operation Crackdown is a joint initiative supported by Sussex Safer Roads Partnership (SSRP), Sussex Police and all local authorities in the county. It was first launched in 2002 as a way of reporting abandoned vehicles in Sussex, and was expanded in 2007 to cover anti-social driving reports.

The system for reporting anti-social driving has now been made simpler, to encourage members of the public to easily and quickly report this type of incident and users can now keep track of the progress of their case with a specific reference number provided. Incidents can be reported, either via www.operationcrackdown.org or by calling 01243 642222, for those who don’t have access to the internet.

Members of the public who are reporting incidents must remember, where possible, the registration number of the vehicle, the make, model and the colour, so the police can identify the vehicle concerned and make contact with the offender.

Every report received through Operation Crackdown is viewed and a decision is made against set criteria on how best to deal with it. In the majority of cases a letter of advice is sent to the driver or rider, but a report to Operation Crackdown can also lead to arrest and possible conviction, depending on the seriousness of the offence”.

South Street Toilets: We would still like to have feedback from residents to gauge public opinion on whether the Parish Council should endeavour to keep the public toilets on South Street open. We need to know if this is an issue that you feel strongly enough about for the Parish Council to spend your council tax money on in order to maintain them. Please let me know your opinions at the contact details below.

Litter Picking: The next litter picking session is scheduled for the day after the Bonfire Boyes and Belles Carnival, i.e.  on Sunday, 22nd September from 6.00am [sic], meeting at Court Meadow. If you would like to join the volunteer litter pickers, you will need to visit the Parish Council office the week before on Monday or Friday morning or on Wednesday to pick up and sign for the litter picking equipment.

Grants: A reminder that if you wish to apply for a grant for 2014/15, applications for need to be submitted in writing to the Clerk of the Parish Council by 30th September this year.

Please note that due to the Wealden District Council Parish Conference, the Parish Council office will be CLOSED on Wednesday, 11th September.

Dates of Council meetings in September

Date Meeting Venue Time
09 September 13 Planning Executive Old Manor House, High St, Mayfield* 11:00
09 September 13 Full   Parish Council Mayfield   CEP School Hall 19:30
23   September 13 Finance   & General Purposes Old Manor House, High St, Mayfield 19:30
30   September 13 Planning   Executive Old Manor House, High St, Mayfield 11:00
30   September 13 Community   Development Old Manor House, High St, Mayfield 19:30

Janna Todd

Clerk to Mayfield and Five Ashes Parish Council

The Old Manor House, High Street, Mayfield TN20 6AL

Telephone 01435 873784

Fax 01435 873726

E-mail: clerk@mayfieldfiveashes.org.uk

Website: www.mayfieldfiveashes.org.uk