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.

Progress update on Rectory Court in Burwash High Street


Optivo Housing 
Association has reported it expects to hand over the four shared equity homes being built on the Rectory Court site in Burwash High Street by October 17. The change in schedule is related to delays in installing gas connections. The rental flats are on target to be completed by the end of the year.

You can find details on this page which also contains news on major developments in Burwash Parish. (more…)

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.”

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.