Next Parish Council Meetings
FOLLOWING THE CLOSURE OF THE VILLAGE HALL DUE TO CORONAVIRUS, ALL PHYSICAL COUNCIL MEETINGS ARE CANCELLED UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE. MEETINGS WILL INSTEAD BE HELD REMOTELY.
Due to the Coronavirus outbreak, the Pavilion is closed for the forseeable future and the tennis court has been closed during the November 2020 lockdown. The open area of the Rec. remains accessible for exercise and the play area has now re-opened, but you are urged to comply with Government restrictions regarding keeping a safe distance from others.
Community Services within the Village
Charity of the year 2020/21
Cuckmere Community Bus route 41
Community Watch / Neighbourhood Watch
Village Directory (at Feb 2020)
Who Looks after What?
Neighbourhood Plan Steering Group
Welcome to the East Dean and Friston Parish Council website. We hope that you enjoy browsing it and finding out more about our village and its council. We always welcome feedback from our site visitors, so if you have any comments or suggestions for improvements then please let us know via the "Contact Us" link.
Coronavirus: The Parish Council and volunteer
groups are currently carrying out plans to deal with any outbreak in the
village. They are also planning to support
individuals and families having to self-isolate because of the virus. Government policy is changing daily and details are broadcast on TV and Radio so the council is not repeating this information to avoid confusion. However, matters specific to our village will be posted on this website (see below), and sent to those on the Council
email alert list. Any residents not on the Council email list are strongly recommended to join by contacting the Parish Clerk on email@example.com If you want more medical information, you can find it on the NHS
website: www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/ or by clicking here.
Latest Update - 23rd November 2020
The most recent meeting of the Planning Committee took place
remotely on 17th November. The minutes from the meeting have now been published and can be found on our "Council Meetings" page or by clicking
Tree Felling Work: Forestry England have informed us that timber harvesting work in Friston Forest is planned to start from 30th November and continue until the end of February 2021. The area affected will mostly be to the north of the A259 between the waterworks at Friston Bottom and The Gallops and will involve the closure of some forest footpaths. Signs will be erected in the forest car parks explaining about the work ahead of time and at the individual sites once operations commence. A map of the areas affected can be found here.
Wealden District Council have published details of waste bin collections over the Christmas period, which you can see by clicking here.
The most recent Parish Council meeting was held remotely on Thursday
5th November. The minutes have now been published and can be found on our
"Council Meetings" page or by clicking here .
Recreation Ground: Following the passing of the Government lockdown Bill, we are obliged to close the tennis court on the recreation ground for the duration of the lockdown. The Parish Council apologise for any inconvenience caused. Fortunately, we are allowed to keep the children's play area open but users must observe social distancing.
Councillor Vacancy: Following a recent resignation from
the parish council, a vacancy has arisen, and this time the
council is going to be able to fill the vacancy by co-option. The council hopes to be able to co-opt one member at their
December meeting – Thursday 3rd December 2020. In the event that there is more
than one candidate, a vote will be taken at the December meeting.
Community Speedwatch: The East Dean and Friston Community Speedwatch group has now been registered and volunteers will be receiving training in the use of equipment once the current lockdown restrictions are over. Community Speedwatch is a national initiative where, in
partnership with the police, members of communities use detection devices to
monitor local vehicle speeds. If the data
proves a driver is ignoring repeated warnings police can prosecute them. If you
would consider volunteering to join our local Speedwatch team, please contact the
Parish Council at firstname.lastname@example.org
Congratulations to Community Watch, the members of which have been chosen by Wealden District Council to receive special recognition for their work supporting villagers. The Chair of Wealden District Council is planning to award a certificate of recognition to the group and to add their name to the Roll of Honour at the council offices in Hailsham. To find out more about Community Watch click the link here.
Council Vacancies: The Parish Council currently have four
vacancies for councillors. We have been informed by Wealden District Council that a
request has been received from ten residents for three of these vacancies to be
filled by a by-election. The official notice for this can be seen here.
Under the Government Coronavirus restrictions, no
elections can take place before May 6th 2021, and the council are now
co-opt new members for these vacancies before then, despite having
willing volunteers. The
election, when it happens, will be organised by Wealden but the Parish
Council Tax payers will be charged for the cost of mounting this and,
for a contested election, this could be up to £3000. For
further information, please contact
the parish clerk (details here).
Friston Safety Kerb Re-alignment Completed At Last: After four years of lobbying by
the Parish Council and a payment of half the cost from the precept, ESCC
Highways have now finished work on a safety build-out of the kerb
next to the Crowlink Lane turning at the top of Friston Hill. This change to
the kerb will allow pedestrians to cross the A259 more safely by preventing
motorists from “undercutting” cars waiting to turn right towards Jevington. For pictures of the new kerb alignment go to our News Page or click here.
An annual report listing some of the main activities of the Parish Council in the period from May 2019 to April 2020 can be found in our on-line library page or by clicking here. This report would normally have been presented at the Annual Village Meeting, which was cancelled due to the Coronavirus pandemic.