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 remains closed at the moment. The open area of the Rec. is accessible for exercise and the tennis court and play area are now open, 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.
Latest Update - 4th May 2021
Urgent! Birling Gap Road Closed: Contractors working for South East Water have closed the Birling Gap Road approximately 100 metres before the National Trust car park so there is currently no access to Birling Gap from East Dean. Misleadingly, there is a sign at the junction of the A259 and Gilberts Drive which implies that there is no access to the village centre. This is definitely NOT the case and the village remains open for business. Regretably, the Parish Council was given no advanced warning of this closure.
The next Parish Council meeting will take place remotely on Thursday 6th May beginning at 6:30 pm. The agenda has now been published and 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 meeting and also how to submit items for the public session held at the start.
Parish Council By-election: Nominations for the three vacant
positions on the Parish Council have now closed and the returning
officer has notified that five candidates have made valid applications.
This means that a ballot will be held on 6th May, at the same time as
the County Councillor and Police and Crime Commissioner elections. The
official notice and list of candidates can be viewed on the Parish
Council notice board or by clicking here. The Parish Council are unable to publicise statements from individual candidates but they can be viewed on the independent village website www.eastdeanvillage.org.uk
The most recent meeting of the Planning Committee took place
remotely on Tuesday 20th March, The minutes have now been published
can be found on our "council meetings" page or by clicking here.
Cuckmere Buses Return: Cuckmere
Buses plan to resume all services to their pre-COVID timetables
from 12 April. Therefore, East Dean Service 41 will be back to running
on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 13 April. Social
distancing will need to continue so buses will only be able to
accommodate up to 10 passengers. For timetable details click on the "Community Services"link or here.
Youth Cricket: The Cricket Club are very happy to inform you that All Stars cricket will be returning to East Dean and Friston this summer. The
programme will be structured in the same way as 2019 – an hour session
each Sunday for eight weeks, from 23rd May until 11th July. Click the following links for more details and to register your child! All Stars (5-8) - ClubSpark / All Stars / Course ; Dynamos (8-11) - ClubSpark / Dynamos / Course
Annual Village Meeting: The Parish Council have reluctantly accepted that, for the second year running, it will not be possible to hold an Annual Village Meeting. The rules for such meetings require that they be held between 1st March and 1st June but, under the current restrictions, indoor meetings of more than 30 people will not be possible before 21st June. An annual village report will still be produced and published in due course.
Dog walkers please take care! Terry and Pam Wigmore (formerly of the sheep centre) are currently grazing their flock of rare-breed sheep on Hobbs Eares, by arrangement with the National Trust. They urge all dog walkers using this open space to please keep their dogs on a lead to protect the sheep.
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