20 mph in the High Street update

The 20 mph in the high Street request for match funding has been deferred by East Sussex County Council to October. We are waiting for ESCC to give us an estimate for the costs of the 20 mph along Vicarage Lane and road.  The Council has reserved £25,000 for this work.

Looking after our Lime Trees in Burwash Village

Most Lime Trees in the High Street have been adopted by residents and many are cared for but some are looking rather sad and unloved.

Image of Lime Trees on Burwash High Street

The Parish Council would like to take on responsibility for those Lime Trees which need attention, by ensuring they are pruned up to a height of 2 metres, and underplanted with flowers, where possible.

The Parish Council proposes taking on this work from September.  If you would like to comment on this, please contact the Parish Clerk at parishclerk@burwashpc.org.uk or telephone: 07375 809 660.

If you have adopted a tree, please maintain it in accordance with the scheme, and thanks to those who have done so.

EU Settlement Scheme closes on 30th June

EU Settlement Scheme –  Less than 3 days left to apply


From today, Monday 28 June, there are less than 3 days left to apply to the EU Settlement Scheme (EUSS), before the deadline on 30 June 2021.

This is a final reminder for all EU, EEA and Swiss citizens and their family members who were resident in the UK by 31 December 2020, to secure their rights in UK law by applying to the EUSS at www.gov.uk/eusettlementscheme so they can continue to work, study, and access benefits and free healthcare in the UK after 30 June 2021.  It is free and straightforward to apply, and anyone applying before the deadline will have their rights protected while their application is processed.

An application must be made for every eligible child within a family. Parents should check if they need to apply to the EUSS for their children, even if they have already applied and been granted a status themselves.

If an EU, EEA or Swiss citizen and their family members have lived in the UK for many years or have a permanent residence document or EEA Biometric Residence Card (BRC), they still need to apply to the EUSS  by 30 June 2021 to secure their existing rights in the UK.

Irish citizens and those with indefinite leave do not need to apply but may do so if they wish. British citizens, including naturalised British citizens don’t need to apply.

Time is running out 

Secure your own existing rights or encourage eligible EU, EEA and Swiss citizens you know living in the UK to apply now online at www.gov.uk/eusettlementscheme

Help is still available 

Support is available seven days a week. If you, or anyone you know, needs help with making an application to the EUSS a range of support is available including over-the-phone advice to more tailored one-to-support. View all the support services here. 

If you, or someone you know is having technology difficulties in applying online, they should contact Assisted Digital on 03333 445 675 (Mon-Fri, 9am-6pm) or email them on visa@we-are-digital.co.uk

You can also find details here of how to contact the 72 organisations across the UK that have received Home Office funding to help support EU, EEA and Swiss citizens, and their family members to apply. These organisations have received a further £4.5 million grant funding on top of the £17 million already provided, which will ensure the continued delivery of support post deadline and through until the end of September 2021.

Pending applications


Anyone who applies by the 30 June 2021 will have their existing rights protected pending the outcome of their application. Those who submit a valid application by 30 June are issued with a Certificate of Application, which can be relied on as proof of rights. Essentially, nothing will change for individuals until their application is decided.

The Home Office will contact any applicant where we need further information to progress their application.

Using your status  

Those who have successfully applied to EUSS can access their pre-settled or settled status online, update their personal details, and get a ‘share code’ to provide their status securely to others at www.gov.uk/view-prove-immigration-status 

You should use this service to update the Home Office with any new documents you’ve been issued since applying. If you plan to travel from 1 July, you should also use this service to ‘add’ any document that you did not use to apply – so if you applied with your passport but plan to travel on a National ID card, you should use this service to update the Home Office with your National ID card. This will avoid any delays at the border when re-entering the UK, and you’re encouraged to update your documents as soon as possible before travelling

After the deadline 

There’s less than 3 days to apply before the deadline, and all eligible applicants should do so if they can.

However, there remains scope, indefinitely, for a person eligible for status under the EUSS to make a late application to the scheme where there are reasonable grounds for their failure to meet the deadline. Every late application will be considered on its individual merits, and this guidance, published on 1 April, provides further details. Our support services will continue to assist applicants wishing to make late applications, once the deadline has passed.

Eligible close family members living overseas can apply to join an EU, EEA or Swiss family member who started living in the UK by 31 December 2020. They can apply to come to the UK at any point. More information on joining family members can be found on GOV.UK.

There is still time to apply by the deadline. If you are a relative, neighbour, friend of anyone who may be eligible, encourage them to apply today

Kind regards,
Home Office Communications

Parking in the village on double yellow lines

The Parish Council would like to remind everyone that it is illegal to park on yellow lines.

Parking on the high street is of a premium and should be used with consideration for other users.

To read further information on the please visit the government website here.

Double yellow lines mean no waiting at any time, unless there are signs that specifically indicate seasonal restrictions. 

Burwash Parish Council Grants

The Parish Council are now accepting grant applications for the financial year 2021/2022.
If you would like to apply for a grant then please use the application form linked below and return it to the Clerk.

More information on grants and awarding policy.
Grant Application Form

You can see a list of grants awarded for 2020/21 below.

List of Grants Awarded by Burwash Parish Council for Financial Year 2020/2021
Month Name Amount Detail
May-20 Burwash Scouts £906.00 Camping Equipment
May-20 Burwash Playing Fields Association (BPFA)  £1,500.00 100 Plus Club
May-20 Village Hall  £2,000.00 Replacement windows
May-20 Wild About Burwash  £200.00 Seeds for planting
May-20 Burwash Bonfire Society  £400.00
May-20 St Philips Church  £1500.00 Grounds upkeep
May-20 Burwash Weald & Common Playing Fields Association (BW&PFA)  £1,500.00 Tarmac path
Jun-20 St Bartholomews Church  £1,500.00 Grounds upkeep
Jul-20 Burwash Cricket Club  £2,000.00 Prep of Square & grounds
Oct-20 Ballet @ The Village Hall  £200.00 Covid support
Oct-20 Burwash Musical Theatre  £250.00 Covid support
Feb-21 Burwash Primary School*  £3,294.55 Playground resurfacing
* Not strictly a grant. Money from CIL reserves but coded to grants £14,250.55


Financial help for businesses reopening as lockdown restrictions are lifted

At a special meeting of Cabinet held on Thursday it was confirmed that Rother District Council has received £9.3 million to help businesses reopen. Grants of up to £6,000 for non-essential retail businesses and £18,000 for hospitality, accommodation, leisure, personal care and gym businesses will be available to those who deal face-to-face with the public.

It was also decided that any remaining money in the discretionary grant scheme would be used to support businesses not qualifying for the latest funding stream. Funds will also be used to promote and stimulate new jobs through supporting new businesses and the expansion of existing businesses in Rother. Read more in our latest press release or in the minutes of the meeting.

Parish Council Remote Meetings Update

The Government’s legislation allowing Council’s to conduct their meetings remotely is ending on 7th May. This applies to all committees and full council meetings but not working groups.

Therefore, Council have resolved to hold the May Full Council meeting alongside the Finance Committee meeting on Tuesday 4th May at 7pm. The Council have then delegated Council business to the Clerk for June, so there will be no Full Council meeting in June, with the hope that we can all meet face-to-face again for Council meetings in July.

There is currently a government consultation and review taking place with a request for evidence from local authorities. If there is any change in government legislation this could affect the nature of Council meetings. Please ensure you check the website and Facebook page for further information.

Details on the Planning Committee meetings will be posted in due course.

Schedule of Meeting:

Mon 19th April – Planning Committee – remote meeting.

Tuesday 4th May – Finance Committee 6pm – remote meeting.

Tuesday 4th May – Full Council 7pm – remote meeting.

Tuesday 13th July – Full Council 7pm – planned return to face to face meetings.

HRH the Duke of Edinburgh

It is with deep regret that we have today learnt of the death of His Royal Highness, Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh. On behalf of the local community, the members of Burwash Parish Council wish to offer their heartfelt condolences to her Majesty the Queen and to the other members of the Royal Family on their sad loss.

Our thoughts and prayers are with her Majesty, Queen Elizabeth II at this deeply sad time.


Bob Franklin

Chairman, Burwash Parish Council

Book of Condolence

Burwash Parish Council are opening the Parish Rooms to allow for the community to sign a book of condolence for HRH the Duke of Edinburgh. The schedule of opening is as follows:

Saturday 10th April: 2-3pm

Sunday 11th April: 3-4pm

Monday 12th April: 11am-12noon

Tuesday 13th April: 3-4pm

Wednesday 14th April: 11am-12noon

Thursday 15th April: 3-4pm

Friday 16th April: 11am-12noon

Saturday 17th April: 11am-12noon

Sunday 18th April: 11am-12noon

Strict covid guidelines are in place. We will operate a one in, one out system.

Please bring your own pen if possible.
If you cannot make any of these dates, please post your condolence message and leave it in the parish room post box and it will be included in the book.


Recycling Bin Contents

Please note that where disposable nappies are placed in domestic recycle bins, they will not be emptied. Nappies should go in the waste bins.

The bins in the Car Park will be dealt with regardless of what is in them, but users should take note of the Rother District Council’s policy on waste and respect these when putting items in the bins.

Please click here for full details of what can be put in each type of bin.


The Rural Rother Trust

The Rural Rother Trust have been in contact with the Parish Council to remind us that the Trust is still operating during these difficult times and has been responding to cases of individual need.

Recently the Trust has awarded grants to individuals in difficult circumstances, replacing non-functioning household goods, replacing a blown down garden fence and alleviating losses suffered by someone whose house was flooded during the recent Christmas break.

If you are facing difficulty and would like to find out more about accessing this grant please contact Stephen Hardy, Clerk to the Rural Rother Trust on 07831 494 028.

Applications are straight forward, don’t require an application form and are turned around quickly.

The Trust is still open to applications from community organisations, but has taken the view that during these difficult times, it should give priority to cases of individual need.