Progress update on Rectory Court – Shared Equity homes now available in Burwash High Street

The redevelopment of Rectory Court in Burwash is getting close to completion. Optivo Housing Association has reported that the four shared equity homes for sale on the High Street have been handed over by the builder and are now being marketed. One home has already been reserved.

The flats for affordable rent being built to the rear of the site are scheduled to be complete by January 23. Progress has been delayed by the poor weather.

To apply for one of the tenancies, would-be residents will first need to register with Rother District Council.

Click here for Optivo’s latest progress report.

For more details on development issues in Burwash Parish, click here.

Drivers urged to be “deer aware” on rural roads in East Sussex

Motorists in East Sussex are being urged to be ‘deer aware’ to avoid colliding with the creatures on rural roads.

Every year there are an estimated 74,000 deer-related traffic collisions in the UK, with the risk of encountering the animals on the road increasing during the mating season in October and November.

Drivers should take particular care in areas where there are deer warning signs or heavily wooded roads, at night and around dawn and dusk, when deer are most likely to venture out.

Cllr Bill Bentley, East Sussex County Council’s lead member for community safety, said: “We’re lucky in East Sussex to have some stunning countryside which provides an ideal habitat for deer. These animals may appear on the road suddenly unexpectedly, particularly at this time of year, and the results of a collision with a deer can be very serious indeed.  By following some simple tips, drivers can keep themselves safe and ensure these magnificent creatures can continue to roam freely and thrive in our beautiful countryside.”

At night, drivers are advised to use full-beam headlights if no other cars are around, as they will reflect the deer’s eyes, but dip their headlights when they see a deer to avoid startling it.

Deer often travel in groups so if drivers see one crossing the road they should slow down and drive with caution as others may follow.

Anyone who hits a deer is advised to stay calm, park in a safe place with hazard lights on and call the police on 101, or 999 if someone is injured or the deer is in the road.

People should not approach or try to comfort an injured deer, as it may make the animal more distressed or cause it to run back into the road.

New Burwash 2020 Calendar available now

The new Burwash 2020 calendar is now available, packed with stunning images of  iconic homes and aspects in our beautiful parish.

All profits from sales will go to the Burwash Village Hall Windows Appeal. The A4 version costs £7 and a “skinny” narrow edition costs £5.

You can buy them from Burwash Village Stores, The Flower House, Chaplin’s hairdressers, Jarvis the butchers and the Rose and Crown pub.

All the photographs in the calendar were taken by local resident Thilo Kork, who has also produced a series of postcards of the parish which have been sold in aid of the windows appeal.

 

 

Update – 20mph speed limit in Burwash Village

Dozens of residents of Burwash Parish attended a drop-in session at Burwash Village Hall to review and comment on Parish Council plans for a 20mph speed limit zone in Burwash Village.

Parish Councillors joined residents to view the plans for the 20mph limit and village gateways; the proposed removal of the 40 mph limit at the west end of the village going out towards the BP garage; and the extension of the 30mph zone out to the 50 mph start point.

For a map of the 20 mph plan, click here.

The traffic calming measures are part of the Parish Council’s Traffic Strategy, which has been developed in the last year and can be found here.

To establish whether the reduced speed limit was going to work for Burwash, the Council commissioned an independent traffic feasibility study earlier this year, and sought advice from East Sussex County Council’s road safety team.

Subsequently, data from automatic traffic count speed tests at the east and western end of the village satisfied East Sussex County Council Highways that the introduction of a 20mph limit through Burwash village was feasible.

The plan is on display on the Parish Council notice board alongside the path to Fairfield Surgery and at the Internet Cafe.

Comments on the scheme should be sent to the Parish Council by Friday 11th October at info@burwashparish.org.uk or via the red post box outside the Internet Cafe.

Pocket map version of the new Burwash tourist guide now available

A handy paper pocket-size version of the new Burwash Tourist Map will be available from the end of September at local outlets, priced £1. The maps have been produced as part of the Parish Council’s drive to encourage more of the many visitors to Bateman’s to also explore our beautiful village. It is hoped that the additional footfall will help sustain our local businesses.
The full-size map has been installed in the bus shelter in Burwash High Street and outside Bateman’s.
The maps feature details of the most historic and iconic buildings in the High Street and are part of a jointly-funded project between the Parish Council and the National Trust, which also provided the brown tourist signage on the A265.
Special thanks go to Altered Images for preparing the maps, Steve Payne for his work on the installation and Burwash artist Graham Sendall for allowing use of his artwork of most of the sites featured on the map.

Louise Lidington’s Art Class for Beginners is Back!

Louise Lidington’s Art Class for Beginners resumes on Tuesday, September 24 at Burwash Common Pavilion. She will be looking at different subject matters each week and expressing them through drawing and painting whilst exploring texture, pattern, colour and printmaking. So come and enjoy your art in a relaxed atmosphere. Classes will run 2 pm to 4 pm every Tuesday until November 26, with the exception of October 22. Tea and coffee will be provided.  £10 per session . Please contact burwash.art.class@gmail.com

For more detail on what will be covered each week, here’s a flyer.

Wanted: Administrator for Burwash Parish Council

Burwash Parish Council is working with the community to improve our neighbourhood and is looking for an administrator to work 15 hours a week to help keep it running smoothly.

It’s a varied job – you’ll be writing letters, liaising with contractors, setting up project meetings, assisting at local events, dealing with phone calls and taking enquiries from residents.

We need a good organiser and communicator with computer and budgeting skills – someone who is used to prioritising workloads, problem solving and using their own initiative. The role is based at Burwash Parish Office.

Click here for a full job description.

To apply, please email to Councillor Steve Moore, Vice-Chair Burwash Parish Council, art cllr.steve.moore@burwashpc.org.uk with a CV and covering letter.