Vacancies on the Parish Council

There are two vacancies on the Parish Council following the resignations of Councillor John Beeston and Councillor Andrew Mann.

Elections to fill the vacancies could be held if 10 Burwash Parish electors write to Rother District Council’s Returning Officer to seek a ballot by September 18.  If the vacancies are not filled via an election, the Parish Council has the power to co-opt new councillors. For information on the co-option process, please contact the acting clerk, Michelle Rumble, via email at parishclerk@burwashpc.org.uk.

To see the official notices of the vacancies, click here and  here

Burwash Village Store named in top independent retailers’ list

The Village Store in Burwash has been recognised as one of the top independent shops in the UK.

The High Street shop was named in the 2019 Top List produced by the Independent Achievers’ Academy (IAA).

Lee McCrumlish, the owner of Burwash Village Store, said: “We are particularly proud of this achievement given the hard work that has gone into re-opening and rebuilding our store after a difficult last 12 months. As most local people will be aware on 12th September 2018 The Village Store suffered from an extensive fire which destroyed the entire rear section of the shop. Thanks to the quick reactions of our neighbours and the excellent work from the Burwash Fire crews (and the fire crews from the surrounding areas) we were very fortunate. the end result could have been much worse.

Although the main part of the shop didn’t suffer from any direct fire damage there was a substantial amount of smoke damage that affected almost everything. As a result we had to completely strip everything out and effectively refit the shop from scratch. We were closed for 10 weeks and during this time we were very grateful to receive the offers of help and support from everybody in the community.

Being a Top 100 retailer has only been possible thanks to the continued support we receive. It recognises all the hard work from our staff, our loyal customers and the wider Burwash community.”

Volunteers needed for Community Speedwatch in Burwash Parish

Are you concerned about speeding and antisocial driving in our area, and have a few hours to spare each week?

Community SpeedWatch (CSW) has a proven track record in helping to reduce deaths and injuries on the roads and is looking for extra volunteer coordinators and operators for Burwash, Burwash Common and Burwash Weald.

If you are  interested, please contact Ken Macleod on kenfmacleod@btinternet.com or go to  www.communityspeedwatch.org for more information. Full training will be given.

Sussex Police, who operate over 200 local groups and 1,300 operators and coordinators across the force area, say Community SpeedWatch intervention reduces speeding in most parishes by eight per cent.

“Road safety is everyone’s responsibility and by working together we can effectively help protect our communities from antisocial driving. Remember anyone can report antisocial driving through the Operation Crackdown website,” said CSW officer Steve O’Connell.

Rejection of Strand Meadow housing upheld following appeal by developers

The rejection by Rother District Council of a plan to build 30 homes on Watercress Field, near Strand Meadow, has been upheld following an appeal by the developers.

Park Lane Homes lodged the appeal after Rother District Council planning committee in January, 2019, unanimously rejected the developer’s proposals, which were supported by Rother’s own planning officers. The appeal was dismissed on July 25, 2019, by planning inspector Graham Chamberlain.

Over 400 objections to the Park Lane scheme were lodged by individuals and organisations when the most recent planning application for the site was made.

The Appeal Reference is  APP/U1430/W/19/3223824. You can see this online here.

Find more background and updates on development issues in Burwash here.

Police warn of risk to Kipling statue in Burwash

Burwash’s local Police Community Support Officer Julie Pearce-Martin has warned that a suspicious male has been seen shaking the Rudyard Kipling statue in Burwash High Street, possibly to see if it could be moved or stolen.

This incident took place around 5 pm on Sunday, July 21. The man was confronted by a local resident and had a foreign accent. He was seen leaving in a white van, which Officer Pearce-Martin said had already come to the attention of police.

She is urging local people to be extra vigilant since the police have had lots of problems with white vans.

The Kipling statue was unveiled on Burwash High Street in February this year to much fanfare – and an item on BBC News Southeast. Find out more in this story.

Consultation on the draft Burwash Neighbourhood Development Plan is complete

A six-week consultation period has now been completed for the draft of the Burwash Neighbourhood Development Plan. The plan gives residents the opportunity to create planning policies for Burwash and to protect the village from unsuitable development built purely for profit.

The draft was based on two years of research and a call for sites (which allows people to propose sites for housing) carried out by many residents of our three-village community. Volunteers and Parish Councillors wish to say a huge thank you to the 529 people who sent in their comments. Every single comment has been considered and added to a consultation report.

Changes suggested by consultees have been made to the draft plan and these will be considered by the Parish Council at a meeting in August. Once the changes have been agreed the draft plan will be submitted to Rother District Council for their observations. The plan will then be considered by an external examiner for authorisation, prior to a referendum in which every resident will be invited to vote for or against the plan.

To read a summary or full version of the draft plan, please go to the Neighbourhood Plan website.

Rude Mechanicals Outdoor Theatre Rescheduled for August 6

The Rude Mechanical Theatre Co’s presentation of “Ikarus Inc” on Swan Meadow in Burwash has been rescheduled for Tuesday, August 6 at 7.30 pm. If you have a ticket for the cancelled July 19 performance, please contact The Rudes to arrange either to transfer to August 6, get a refund or book for another performance. Email therudes@btinternet.com or learn more about The Rudes  here.

Although the show starts at 7.30 pm, a lot of people bring picnics from 6 pm ownards. It can get a chilly after the interval so please make sure you bring something warm to wear.

The big butterfly count is here

How’s your arithmetic?

The big butterfly count is a nationwide survey aimed at helping assess the health of the environment. It was launched in 2010 and has rapidly become the world’s biggest survey of butterflies. Over 100,000 people took part in 2018, submitting 97,133 counts of butterflies and day-flying moths from across the UK (see all the 2018 results).

This year’s count runs from Friday July 19 to Sunday August 11. And Burwash can play its part. Let’s start the countdown!