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.

Latest update on Rectory Court in Burwash High Street

Optivo Housing Association has announced that the four shared equity homes being built on the Rectory Court site in Burwash High Street are expected to be completed ahead of time in early October with the remaining flats on target to be ready by the end of this year.

You can find details on this page which also contains news on major developments in Burwash Parish. Or see Optivo’s latest update report here.

Putting Burwash On The Map: New Tourist Guide installed in the High Street

The Burwash Tourist Map has been installed in the bus shelter in Burwash High Street.  A further map will also be installed at Bateman’s this week.
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.
The final phase of the project, which will see direction tiles installed along the footpath between Bateman’s and the Bear Car Park, is expected to be completed in the next few weeks.
Paper copies of the map will soon be available for £1 each.
The Parish Council supports local businesses and this project is aimed at encouraging more tourists to visit the High Street and help sustain our local shops.
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.

Volunteer drivers urgently required to support Burwash surgery

Volunteers are urgently needed to join the Friends of Burwash Surgery drivers’ scheme. As we all get older, it becomes more difficult to drive ourselves to surgery or hospital appointments. The Friends’ drivers offer a valuable service by stepping in to meet the growing demand. Please contact Pat Lewis on 01435 883239 or via henhurst@hotmail.com if you can help. Or tell the receptionists at the surgery you would like to volunteer.

Burwash Village Sign restored to pride of place

The Burwash village sign has been restored to pride of place in the High Street after work to replace the post. A big thank you to Andy Vater and Steve Payne who handled the reinstallation of our iconic sign.

And also to Rod Seymour who took away the old post when it was beginning to lean over. The new post was set in concrete by Burwash Parish Council handyman Laurence Worton and flowers around the base were planted by Judy Malling of Pope’s Cottage Antiques.

The three heraldic shields at the top of the sign have been repainted by local Burwash potter Mary Clarke while Lee Dalton undertook the “dubbing” of the wrought iron work to spruce it up.

The three shields represent the County of Sussex and two ancient families – Burghurst and Pelham – long associated with Burwash.

Burwash Parish Council underwrote the costs of the project which was supervised by Councillor Steve Moore.

 

Changes to Rother’s Recycling Collections in Burwash from June 29

Rother District Council has a new waste, recycling and street cleansing contractor. Biffa, the new operator, starts work on June 29 and will do things a little differently. Your collection days will stay the same but recycling just got a bit easier. Under the new contract, recycled glass should not go in a separate container – put it together with your other recyclables in the recycling bin or pink sack. The glass will be separated at the recycling facility and recycled as normal. Your old box for glass will not be collected – keep it and re-use it for something else! Also put Tetra Pak cartons (used for things like long-life milk, juice, soup etc) in your household waste bin. Tetra Pak can no longer be recycled in this area so instead will be sent to Newhaven Energy Recover facility with the rest of our household waste. See here for an update on Rother’s recycling policies.