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Burwash Parish Council is urging Rother District Council to reconsider how the appeal against rejection of a controversial planning application for Strand Meadow will be handled.

Rother District Council announced this month that the appeal by Park Lane Homes against the rejection of its plans for 30 homes on Watercress Field, near Strand Meadow, will be determined by written representations, not via a public inquiry or hearing.

The Parish Council and Burwash: Save our Fields from Concrete wrote to Rother earlier this year urging that the appeal into the site be handled by an inquiry or through a public hearing where all the issues could be properly aired. 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. Rother District Council planning committee unanimously REJECTED the application in January, 2019, despite the fact that Rother’s own planning officers supported the application.

Rother has said that new representations for the Appeal have to be made by  June 17, 2019. All existing objections and representations have been forwarded to the Planning Inspectorate.

Representations to the Planning Inspectorate can be made through its portal. You can also email East2@planninginspectorate.gov.uk or write, sending three copies,  to:

Caroline Harvey

C Eagle, 3rd Floor

Temple Quay House

2, The Square

Bristol BS1 6PN

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

Find more background on our Development Issues and Updates page here.

Mighty moustaches in Burwash

Cocoa the dog reckoned his moustache was just as fine and bristling as Rudyard Kipling’s! Owners John and Wendy Beecher certainly agreed and supplied this great shot of Cocoa alongside the statue of Burwash’s most famous son on Burwash High Street.

 

Avoid being scammed on the Internet

Come along to a special training session at Burwash Internet Cafe to learn more about how to avoid being scammed online.

Jo Wallwork, from Community Banking Support at Natwest, and our local PCSO Julie Pearce-Martin will be on hand for support and questions.

The session is open to everyone: 2 pm, May 15 at The Internet Cafe, The Bear Car Park, Burwash Village.

 

New Parish Council Announced

No Parish Council election was required on May 2, 2019 because all 12 nominations were elected without a contest. An election would have been held if 14 people or more had stood as candidates for the 13-person council. Click here to see the official results declared by Rother District Council. For more details on the new Parish Council, click here. This list includes Councillor Declan O’Neill who was co-opted on to the Council at its first full meeting in May, 2019.

Residents voted on May 2 for local District Councillors.  Please click here for the results from the Burwash and The Weald ward and here for all Rother District Council results.

Quality time with Rudyard Kipling

TV presenter Richard Madeley and his grandson Kit visited Burwash recently and checked out the new Rudyard Kipling statue on the High Street.

Kit seems quite intrigued by the Nobel Prize-winning poet and novelist!

 

 

Art Course for Beginners

Drawing    Watercolour    Printmaking   Collage    Mixed media

Develop a creative and experimental sketchbook through a series of fun practical exercises that will help you start drawing and painting, looking at art, responding to the world around you and working with your imagination and ideas.

Materials are provided but feel free to bring your own.

The course will run on a Tuesday between 2 pm and 4 pm from 30th April to 21st May and from 4th June to 25th June at Burwash Common Pavilion.  £80 payable in advance.

To book your place, contact louise.lidington@googlemail.com

Louise has enjoyed a 40-year career teaching art, fashion and textiles in Colleges and Universities in Berkshire, Oxfordshire, Kent and London, specialising in Foundation Diplomas and helping students create portfolios of work for application to degree courses whilst enjoying water colour painting and printmaking.

Rudyard Kipling returns to Burwash

There is a new star on the Burwash parish landscape – a bronze statue of our most famous resident – author and Nobel prize-winner Rudyard Kipling.

The seated statue, sponsored by the Parish Council, connects Burwash to its past and traditional glories. Parts of our High Street date back to Norman Times and Kipling himself wrote of the beauties of this area a century ago. This fabulous artwork by Burwash sculptor Victoria Atkinson represents a new future focus for our community – to improve our High Street and facilities for residents and to attract visitors to the area.

The driving force behind the statue was Parish Councillor Steve Moore, seen next to Vicky Atkinson on the bench. He attended the unveiling alongside local Councillors and people who had generously donated money to bring the project to life. Mike Kipling from the Kipling Society formally unveiled the sculpture, watched by donors, supporters and representatives from Bateman’s. Among the first people to see the bench were Richard and Lynda Maude-Roxby who kindly gave permission for us to site the statue outside their home, adjacent to the tiled Burwash map on the High Street.