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.

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.

Welcome to the new Burwash Parish website

Welcome to the new Burwash Parish website. The site has a fresh, modern feel to better showcase news, events and information about our community. 

Coming soon, the Council will launch a new mobile app for tablets and smartphones so you can access Parish news and information on the move and receive notifications and reminders of upcoming events wherever you are.

Watch this space for more updates.

Parish Assembly marks retirement of veteran councillors

The Burwash Parish Annual Assembly discussed progress on the Burwash Neighbourhood Development Plan , the latest news on traffic calming in Burwash Village, updates on the Burwash Parish Council Rolling Plan – and marked the retirement of three long-standing Parish Councillors.

Between them, Peter Pope, David Vereker and Ijon Jenner (pictured, left to right) had racked up over 100 years of service to Burwash Parish Council (BPC) when they retired last month. BPC chair Betty McBride praised their devotion and presented each of them with an elegant crystal bowl engraved with a view of Burwash High Street.

About 40 residents attended the meeting which also provided news on the appeal by Park Lane Homes against the rejection of its plans for 30 homes on Watercress Field near Strand Meadow. The Burwash: Save Our Fields From Concrete website has more details.

The summary of the Neighbourhood Plan, a key document which will help shape how our community develops over the coming years. was also launched along with dates for public consultations.

Click here for a summary of the Plan and here for the full document .

Click on the link to find out more about the Council’s rolling plan.

Burwash Neighbourhood Development Plan, Traffic news and much more….

Progress on the Burwash Neighbourhood Development Plan and the latest news on traffic calming in Burwash Village will be among the topics up for discussion at the Parish Annual Assembly this Thursday, May 30 at 7 pm in Burwash Village Hall.

Local councillors and residents have been working hard for months to flesh out the plans which will help shape how our community develops over the coming years.

Click here for a summary of the draft Neighbourhood Plan and here for the full document.

The meeting will also be an opportunity to hear more about the The Parish Council’s rolling plan.

Come along to Burwash Village Hall at 7 pm on May 30 to have your say.