Free flu vaccine if you are pregnant

The local NHS is urging pregnant people to get their free flu jab now, as during pregnancy there is a higher chance of developing complications from flu and can include bronchitis, a chest infection that can become serious and develop into pneumonia.

Check with your GP and click here for more information.

Royal British Legion Poppy Appeal 2020

Royal British Legion Poppy Appeal 2020

Burwash Poppy Stall

Due to Covid 19 there will be no house to house collections this year. Poppies will be available in some shops, pubs and churches from October 24th.

They will also be available from a stall at the entrance to The Bear carpark from 9am to 4pm on Saturday 24th and Sunday 25th October.

You can also visit the online Poppy Shop to buy items in support of the appeal.

Burwash Neighbourhood Plan Consultation

The Burwash Neighbourhood Plan is being developed by Burwash Parish Council to guide development in the Parish until 2028, in line with the adopted Rother Local Plan Core Strategy.

Rother District Council has published the submission version of the Burwash Neighbourhood Plan and is providing the opportunity for representations, in accordance with Regulation 16 of the Neighbourhood Planning Regulations.

The period for making representations runs from 9am, Friday 11 September until 4.30pm, Friday 6 November 2020.

You can view the Plan and associated documents online and make representations on the Plan via the following methods:


Update from PCSO on recent activity in the area

We have received an update from Emma Phillips, our local Police Community Support Officer detailing recent activity in the area that has been reported.

A van was stolen from Batemans Lane on 29/08.

A garage was broken into at a property on Etchingham Road between 29/08 – 30/08

Outbuildings belonging to a business in Spring Lane were broken into between 30/08 – 01/09

Although not in Burwash, it is also worth you being aware of the following:

A quad bike and other machinery were stolen from a farm on Ticehurst Road between 16/08 – 17/08

Tractor fuel and a saw were stolen from a farm in Lower Platts between 16/08 – 17/08

A site was broken into and tools were stolen between 18/08 – 19/08

A quadbike has been stolen from a farm in Etchingham between, 26/09 – 27/09.

In regards to quadbike thefts and farm breaks, Daryl and I have been monitoring and looking into these types of crimes for the past 2 years, working closely with Kent to target cross border crime that we have been experiencing. For the last year they have been mainly on the Rye side of Rother so have not had any cause to contact you but approximately 18 months ago we were seeing them in and around your area. Please be assured that we are looking into each of these reports that come in and follow up any lines of enquiry. We speak to our Kent counterparts on a daily basis about what is occurring on our respective areas, often join each other on patrols and have organised warrants together when appropriate. We also have also developed strong working relationship with farmers on our area. In the past 6 months Sussex Police have also established our own Rural Crime Team.

Another crime we have received a couple of reports of is heater oil theft. At this time we have not received any reports of this in your area, however we have on the Eastern side of Rother so there is a chance it could travel over. Sadly we see this type of crime occur each year although normally a little later in the year. I do not know if you have any form of messaging residents / groups in your area but if there are, please can the following advice be disseminated where possible to residents in your area.

Diesel theft

Diesel theft is a problem for many farms and rural properties. Fuel tanks stored in rural and isolated locations are very attractive to thieves looking for an easy target.

  • Keep tanks stored close to the property where you can see them. If this isn’t possible, you should consider installing CCTV to watch over isolated tanks and restrict access with walls, fences and hedges. Security lighting such as ‘dusk till dawn’ or motion detection lighting can also be an effective deterrent to thieves.
  • Remember to check the oil level in your tank regularly. Look for any spilt fuel, marks on the locks or anything else suspicious.
  • Avoid installing a storage tank in an isolated area or outlying building.
  • Consider using a mobile bowser (tanker) kept in a secure place when not in use.
  • Use ‘diesel dye’, making your diesel traceable and less attractive to thieves.

Finally, we have been made aware that there have been some issues with youths causing damage in Swan Meadow, I have alerted other prevention officers and we will be looking to pay passing attention, however, I would ask that residents are encouraged to call it on 101 or email it via the Sussex Police website. From here we can submit a report which is distributed to the appropriate officers and supervisors who can deal with it appropriately. This in turn applies to any unusual activity that anyone sees,  please encourage that it is reported to us at the first opportunity, we would much rather check a vehicle for example that is all in order than miss one that is not.

Emma Phillips

Police Community Support Officer

Rother Prevention Team

Sussex Police | Battle Police Station | North Trade Road | Battle | East Sussex | TN33 0EX

If you have any concerns or notice any susupicious activity Emma Phillips or Daryl Holter can be contacted by email at the following addresses:

Government Planning Reforms – deadline approaching to comment on consultations

Updated 15 October 2020

The Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government recently issued three consultations on reform of the planning system.
The Parish Council would like to urge residents to respond individually on the government website by commenting on each of the consultations.  These consultations will have a lasting impact and it is important that residents express their views sooner rather than later. Please find the links below with the deadlines.

Click on each consultation link below to find out more and to submit your comments.

The White Paper: Planning for the Future
Deadline for comments is 11.45pm on 29th October 2020

See the Parish Council’s response to The White Paper: Planning for the Future

Transparency and Competition a Call for Evidence on Data on Land Control
Deadline for comments is 11.45pm 30th October 2020

See the Parish Council’s response to Transparency and Competition a Call for Evidence on Data on Land Control

Changes to the current planning system
Deadline was 1st October

See the Parish Council’s response to Changes to the current planning system.

The Parish Council has made a formal response on behalf of the Parish to consultations which have been submitted separately via NALC (National Association of Local Councils) and the answers are also being entered directly into the Government Survey. If you would like to see the Parish Council’s response please click on the link under each heading above. These have also been copied to MP Huw Merriman.

A combined working party made up of local Parish Councils, including Burwash and the local pressure group Save Our Fields is also looking at ways to respond to these consultations by approaching MPs and other ways to get the public’s opinion heard. If you would like to look at what Save Our Fields is doing then please visit their separate website. They have also created a micro site which makes it easy for you to locate and contact your local MP.