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.

Latest on Strand Meadow development

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!