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. The open area of the Rec. remains accessible for exercise and the tennis court and play area have 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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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 - 30th October 2020
The next Parish Council meeting will be held remotely on Thursday 5th November beginning at 6:30 pm. The agenda can be found on our "Council Meetings" page or by clicking here. The agenda contains details of how members of the public may observe the procedings and how to submit items to be presented in the public session at the start.
Community Speedwatch: The East Dean and Friston Community Speedwatch group has now been registered and volunteers will soon be receiving training in the use of equipment. 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 email@example.com
Remembrance Sunday 8th
November 2020: Subject
to no changes in Government restrictions, it is hoped to hold the traditional
Remembrance Ceremony at the War Memorial on the Village Green, beginning around
10:45 am.The ceremony will be attended by representatives of the Parish
Council, Coastguard, Residents Association and others, together with the Rector
and PCC members. The traditional two-minutes silence will be observed at 11:00
am followed by the laying of wreaths at the memorial. Participants will be
asked to observe social distancing throughout and, unlike former years, the
ceremony will not be followed by a church service. Should any changes to
government regulations affecting this event occur, information will be placed
on the Parish Council website and noticeboards.
The most recent meeting of the Planning Committee took place remotely on 20th October. The minutes from the meeting have now been published and can be found on our "Council Meetings" page or by clicking here.
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 will be in the region of £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.
Wealden District Council have now launched a website titled "Healthy Wealden" giving details of places in the district where people may enjoy safe outdoor activities. Further details can be found at https://www.healthywealden.co.uk/
Play Area and Pavilion: Although the government have allowed
children's play areas to reopen, there are strict regulations in place
governing their use, including the need for a full safety inspection
before opening. This safety inspection was carried out on 19th August so
the play area on the recreation ground can now be re-opened, however adults and children using the facilities must follow UK government guidelines. The
Pavilion remains closed and unavailable for private hire for the
forseeable future. The council apologises for any inconvenience these
closures may have caused.