Sussex Lund grants

Grants available for improving your local landscape

Do you have an idea for a local environmental project?

Sussex Lund grants of up to £10,000 are available for small, practical projects that improve the landscape of the High Weald Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB).

The High Weald team is looking for project ideas from community groups, schools, town & parish councils and non-profit organisations that aim to:

  • Improve wildlife habitatsg. creating and restoring ponds and wetland, wildflower meadows or woodland and hedges, and removing non-native plants e.g. rhododendron and leylandii.
  • Improve scenic beautyg. planting street trees, removing or screening eyesores and replacing ‘hard’, man-made boundaries with softer, natural boundaries.
  • Improve accessg. creating new access points to green spaces, replacing stiles with gates, adding paths or boardwalks to prevent trampling of habitats.

Match funding is not always necessary and anyone can submit a project, including private landowners and businesses. This year, national charity Plantlife is working with the programme, offering free advice and support for wildflower meadow projects.

The grants scheme was created by High Weald residents Lisbet Rausing and Peter Baldwin, and is administered by the High Weald AONB Partnership with Lund Trust.

If you have a project idea, contact the High Weald AONB team for advice on:
01424 723011 or email sussexlund@highweald.org.More information at: www.highweald.org/sussexlund

Closing date for 2020 grant applications is 2 March – get in touch before Christmas to book a free site visit from one of our Land Management Advisers early next year.

 

Sign up now for the new Burwash E-Bulletin!

The E-Bulletin will officially launch on the 9th December but you can sign up now!

Burwash Parish Council is excited to announce the launch of the Burwash E-Bulletin. Following the success the Etchingham E-Bulletin has had we have decided it would be a great idea to launch the same concept across our three villages. The E-Bulletin will be emailed every few days or when there are items of interest to share which will include: news, events, items for sale or to give away, local services and anything else that could be of interest to our residents. Etchingham have even had success at finding lost sheep through theirs so who knows what you might find in your inbox! We hope this will be a valuable addition to village life and will complement the existing Burwash Community Action Group facebook page.

Halina Keep has kindly volunteered to be the E-Bulletin editor. We will be launching our first edition on the 9th December.

Halina Keep, Editor
Burwash E-Bulletin

You can sign up already by clicking here. You will be asked to fill in your name and email address which is all securely managed through Mailchimp.

Once signed up you will start to receive an email every few days, or when there are items of interest to share with the community.

If you have something you would like included in the E-Bulletin then we’d love to hear from you. Please send the text and any images or files to Halina at burwashebulletin@gmail.com.

New Proposals for Watercress Field/Strand Meadow site

Architects have approached Burwash Parish Council to discuss new proposals for development of the Watercress Field/Strand Meadow site. The proposals will be presented to the Parish Council Planning Committee on Tuesday, November 26, 2019 at the Parish Rooms (Internet Café) in the Bear car park.

The actual proposals have not yet been revealed. The architects involved have declined to send them in advance of the meeting and no planning application has yet been submitted. However an application is likely to be submitted soon.

What is known is that there will be a proposal for 28 houses and 2 flats. There will be 22 three-bedroom houses, seven properties with two bedrooms and one single-bedroom flat.

None of the proposed housing will be ‘affordable’ according to the government’s definition of 80% of the market price.

The architects have said that all the proposed developments will be two-storey and set lower in the site than previous proposals.

The previous detailed proposals were rejected by Rother Council Planning Committee unanimously. There were hundreds of local objections, an active campaign led by Burwash: Save Our Fields and opposition from the Parish Council. This decision was appealed by the developer but dismissed by an inspector. Click here for more background.

However there remains outline planning permission for 30 houses on the site.

The Parish Council agreed at its meeting on November 12, 2019, to ask the developers to provide an exhibition of the proposals for local residents and that there should be full public consultation including a public meeting.

Updates on progress will be posted on this website.

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.

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.

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.

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.”