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, and Play area are closed for the forseeable future. The open area of the Rec. remains accessible for exercise and the tennis court 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 (Service resuming on 18th June)
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 - 9th August 2020
The most recent Parish Council meeting took place remotely on Thursday 6th August, The agenda can be found on our "Council Meetings" page or by clicking here. The minutes of the meeting will be published shortly.
Council Vacancies: The Parish Council currently have three
vacancies for councillors. We have now been informed by Wealden District Council that a
request has been received from ten residents for 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 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. For
further information, please contact
the parish clerk (details here).
East Sussex County Council have issued plans for a new two-way road bridge over the Cuckmere River at Exceat. You can view the document on the ESCC website or by clicking here. The consultation period for this has now closed, but the plans may still be of interest.
drivers from outside the village have recently been causing much danger, noise
and disruption, particularly in the Friston Hill, Gilberts Drive and Birling
Gap Road areas. 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 a local Speedwatch team, please contact the
Parish Council at email@example.com
Cuckmere Buses have announced that the No. 41 Tuesday bus service is being brought back
from 11th August, in addition to the existing Thursday one. There is still no pm service but they have changed the
morning times marginally to allow passengers a little extra time in town
(at their request). The
revised timetable for Tuesday and Thursday can be found here.
An Extraordinary meeting of the Parish Council was held on Thursday 30th July to approve the placing of an order with contractors to move the Cricket square at the recreation ground. The minutes of the meeting can be found on our "Council Meetings" page or by clicking here. Now that the work has been approved, the contractors should begin towards the end of August, allowing plenty of time for the new Cricket square to bed in before the start of the 2021 season.
The most recent meeting of the Planning Committee took place remotely on Tuesday 21st July. The minutes can be found on our "Council Meetings" page or by clicking here.
Play Area and Pavilion: Although the government have now allowed children's play areas to reopen, there are strict regulations in place governing their use and the cleaning regimes that must be followed, including the need for a full safety inspection. The Parish Council has ordered a safety inspection which will be carried out on 19th August, so, unfortunately, the play area on the Recreation Ground must remain closed for now. The Pavilion will also remain closed and unavailable for private hire for the forseeable future. The council apologises for any inconvenience these continued closures may cause.
Dog Waste: Regretably during recent weeks, there seems to have
been an increase in bagged dog waste being left around the village,
particularly along the twittens (footpaths). We appeal to all dog
walkers to please use litter and dog waste bins where provided or take
their waste home for disposal. Dropping dog waste in public areas is an
offence and, if observed, can lead to a fixed penalty of £75 or to a
summons to magistrates court, where the maximum fine is £1000. Anyone witnessing dog waste being left can report it to WDC via their website.
Wealden Council have advised us of a special Covid-19 information website that they have established giving up to date information for residents and businesses in the area. For more information go to https://www.wealden.gov.uk/news-and-events/coronavirus-covid-19-latest/
· Wealden Citizens Advice continues to be there to help in
this time of national crisis. Whilst all
face to face contact has been suspended, clients can continue to
access the service through Adviceline on 0300 330 9022 and the