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Sedlescombe Parish
Council Noticeboard
May 2008

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Four new homes - the "Age Well" project. Following consultation and a review of County Council residential homes for older people in 2004, plans for four new homes in the County have been published by the County Council. These are situated at: Moorhurst in Westfield; Harvard Road in Ringmer; The Ridge at Queensway in Hastings and Ridgewood Rise in Uckfield. Each building will accommodate around 44-48 residents. Further information on this project is available on the County Council website
Rother Voluntary Action Newsletter. The May Newsletter is full of interesting information and events for this area.

New play equipment at East View Terrace. After waiting for several years, the children's playground at East View Terrace now has a new piece of multi-play equipment, and a new seat and litter bin. These have been provided by Orbit Housing Association who manage the playground.

New multi-play equipment at East View Terrace playground

Fly-tipper fined
Thanks to the actions of Cllr Pat Martin and his wife Sally, a fly-tipper has been successfully prosecuted by Rother District Council. The incident of fly tipping at Hurst Lane, Sedlescombe took place on 20 September 2007 and was reported to Rother's Environmental Health Service. The waste consisted of a large pile of plasterboard. The registered keeper of the vehicle was traced and the offender, who was borrowing the vehicle, was subsequently identified and formally interviewed by Council Officers.
On 2 May 2008 Rother District Council successfully prosecuted a Hastings man at Hastings Magistrates Court for the illegal deposition of controlled waste; an offence under section 33 of the Environmental Protection Act 1990. He was fined £350 with costs of £544 awarded to
Rother District Council.

The Rights of Way Network Survey
Whether you’re walking the Wealdway through Withyham or strolling on a shady shortcut in Salehurst, the County Council has a duty to keep every public right of way within
the County in a safe and easy to use condition. This is a huge task, so the Rights of Way Team are pleased to announce, due to one off additional funding, that they will shortly be starting the first County-wide network survey for more than 40 years. The survey will
take six months and we will begin walking the approximately 2,200 miles (3,500km) long network in June this year.

To efficiently manage the rights of way network, the County Council needs to know which paths are in a good, acceptable or less than-desirable condition. Once the survey has identified ‘problem’ paths or areas, then they can then specifically target their resources towards improving the neediest routes. Among other things, the survey will specifically look at recording:
· Rights of Way assets and their condition: e.g. bridges and culverts, surface conditions, path furniture, overgrowth, way marking etc. · Enforcement issues: obstructions, unlawful
diversions etc.
· Definitive line/map issues: Definitive map anomalies, network evolution and natural route
changes etc.
· Accessibility: an initial survey of path furniture and suitable gradients will allow a more detailed accessibility audit to be carried out at a later stage.

During the survey, the Rights of Way Team will be supplemented by six additional staff including four surveyors who will walk at least five miles a day. An extra two-person maintenance team will also be recruited to address any urgent issues that arise.
The team will have access to up-to-date surveying equipment that will allow the creation of an accurate and easily prioritised record of the network’s condition. This initial network survey will also form the basis of a regular inspection regime that will allow the continual updating of the network knowledge.

Opportunity for businesses to promote their products and services. East Sussex County Council's Trading Standards Service is organising a "Local Life Show" on Saturday 4 October 2008 at the Winter Garden at Eastbourne. Last year the event attracted 2500 visitors. Exhibitors and stands are expected to feature home improvement & DIY, furniture, accessories, local food and drink, consumer organisations, demonstrations, motors, fair trade, garden and advice.

The event is being supported by Friday-Ad and Sovereign Radio. Additional sponsors are being sought.

STOP PRESS - URGENT Local Job Opportunity. Action in rural Sussex is looking for a 24-hours a week Community Play Co-ordinator to be based in Battle. Closing date 10 am on 27 May 2008.

Search for Rother's missing woodland butterfly, the Pearl-bordered Fritillary - May 2008. On Spring Bank Holiday Saturday, Butterfly Conservation's 3-year campaign to transform local Rother woodlands into lighter, sunnier places full of butterflies and other wildlife will be launched. The numbers of Pearl-bordered Fritillary are down 66% across the country over recent decades. This species has not been recorded in this area for the last five years although it was once widespread in Sussex and Kent. See press release.

Ancient Woodland. Ancient woodland is land continuously wooded since AD 1600 in England and Wales or AD1750 in Scotland. According to the Woodland Trust, since the 1930s almost half of ancient broadleaved woodland in England and Wales has been planted with conifers or cleared for agriculture.

Since 2003, there has been an ongoing project in the South East, supported by local authorities, English Nature (now part of Natural England), the Forestry Commission, the High Weald AONB and the Woodland Trust, to revise the Ancient Woodland Inventory which is a national dataset administered by natural England of woodland greater than two hectares. The original inventory was produce in the 1980s and 1990s and was originally paper-based. It has now been converted to digital.

Further bodies now support the project and the survey has continued to expand to become "The Weald and Downs Ancient Woodland Survey", a partnership of organisations revising the Ancient Woodland Inventory across much of Kent and Sussex.

To date, surveys have been completed in Wealden District, Mid Sussex District and Tunbridge Wells Borough. The aims of the survey are:

  • To carry out a revision of the Ancient Woodland Inventory for local authorities in the Weald and Downs of Sussex and Kent including woodlands under two hectares.
  • To provide a robust evidence base to help inform planning decisions affecting ancient woodland.
  • To raise awareness of and increase protection for ancient woodland, and promote a wider revision of the Ancient Woodland inventory in the South East.
  • To help identify threats to the resource, areas for improving habitat connectivity, and opportunities for the strategic management of key woodlands.

Currently survey work is being undertaken in the southern part of the Rother District.

Lorries. On Monday 19 May, lorries transporting waste soil from the Tesco re-development site in St Leonards began to tip it at Lower Jacobs Farm, Brede Lane, Sedlescombe. This is required on that site in order to level out the slope of the land where an agricultural barn is being built. An Environment Agency exemption has been granted and, depending on the number of a day, the work could take up to a month. The Environment Agency can take action if problems with mud on the road occurs. However, if damage to roadside verges occurs, it appears that little can be done.
Clerks & Councils Direct, May 2008. The Parish Council has received a copy of this interesting magazine. The copy can be seen on request to the Clerk.
Local Council Review, May 2008. A copy of The official journal of the National Association of Local Councils has been received. The copy can be seen on request to the Clerk.
Road Roundels, B2244, Sedlescombe. It is approaching a year since the County Council agreed to install 30mph roundels on the B2244 beside the 30mph speed limit signs at the Village Hall and Tollgate Road with an additional one outside Roselands. The Parish Council has given several reminders, the latest on 13/05/08, when the reply was that the work will be done when the road liners are next in the area.
Woodland Ecology and Tree ID. A few places are available on a British Trust for Conservation Volunteer Training course on Woodland Ecology and Tree Identification on 7 June at the Ninfield Study Centre, Potmans Lane, Catsfield TN33 9BJ. The cost is £50 and the phone number is 01424 446395.
Friends of the Pestalozzi Estate. The Parish Council has received details of events arranged by the Friends. On the morning of Saturday 10 May, there will be an opportunity to inspect moth traps set up during the night. Meet at Reception at 08:45. Cost £1.50. You don't have to be a member to attend.
Sedlescombe Parish Council Annual Meeting. The Parish Council's annual meeting will take place on Tuesday 13 May starting at 7pm in Sedlescombe Village Hall. Members of the public can speak about matters on the agenda only. If you wish to have an item included on a Council agenda, please contact the Clerk on sedlescombe@freezone.co.uk.

 

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