Many thanks for those involved in the lighting of the Mount Harry Beacon, which was part of the Remembrance Sunday events last weekend. There was a great crowd of people, a brilliant bugler, and a stirring reading by Michael Webber. Special thanks to Jodie Smith for organising things on the EC side and to Tamsyn D'Arienzo from Hamsey PC, for her huge efforts. It was a very successful collaboration.
TECT Orchard Work Morning
Sunday 25th November 10.30 to 12.30am
Come and join us for a bit of work and a lot of chat as we clear, dig and mulch, and plant our oak saplings.
Bring a fork and spade if you have them and a wheelbarrow if you live nearby.
See you there.
Devolution of the Hollycroft Field – survey results
In September, the Parish Council carried out a consultation regarding future ownership of land at Hollycroft. As residents know, Village Green Status was gained for the majority of the Hollycroft Field and this was followed by an offer from LDC to devolve this land, along with the current football pitch, the playground, and all other public areas at Hollycroft, to the ownership of the Parish Council. Although there would be zero purchase cost, there would be financial implications for maintenance and management of the land. Therefore, all residents were sent a leaflet that set out the costs and benefits of the proposal, along with a survey to find out their views. We were interested in finding out whether or not there was broad support for the proposal, along with ideas on the best way to fund it and for future use of the field. In addition, a well-attended meeting was held in the Jolly Sportsman at which these issues were discussed.
We received a response from 25% of all households. This is not especially high but quite typical (if not slightly higher) for a community survey of this type. Response rates were somewhat higher for the centre of the village than for other parts of the parish, but not markedly so. 98%of respondents felt that devolution was a good idea, with just one household feeling that the Parish Council should not accept LDC’s offer.
In terms of how the costs should be funded, of those that agreed it was a good idea, 50% felt that they should be wholly funded through an increase in the precept, 36% felt that there should be a combination of an increase in the precept and community fundraising and 14% felt that the costs should all be paid for solely through community fundraising. There were numerous ideas for future use of the field, among which an area set aside for wildflowers, a community meeting room and a BBQ area were among the more popular.
The results of the survey and next steps will be discussed by councillors at the next Parish Council meeting on November 7th.
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East Chiltington’s Trees of Note
The Parish Council is supporting the collection of a list of some of the fine trees which exist within the parish. At present only three trees in the parish have known Tree Preservation Orders (TPOs), so we would like to ensure that the list is up to date and correct.
There are also many trees which should be protected but which are not on any TPO list. There is therefore nothing to prevent internet or energy contractors carrying out inappropriate work without permission, for instance by lopping or topping to allow overhead cables to be slung through the tree canopy.
To help compile the list, of known and suggested TPOs it would be much appreciated if residents could send photos, and the exact location of any particularly handsome and important tree which might qualify for protection to Julia Tingle, via the contact details on the Parish website: http://eastchiltington.net/parish-council/clerk-and-councillors/
If you know the Ordnance Survey reference number, this would be much appreciated. For existing TPOs, if the TPO number is known, this information would be extremely helpful.
Lewes District Council would decide whether they are prepared to place TPOs on those suggestions which are sent to the Tree Officer.