Next Parish Council Meetings
FOLLOWING THE CLOSURE OF THE VILLAGE HALL DUE TO CORONAVIRUS, ALL COUNCIL MEETINGS ARE CANCELLED UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE.
Due to the Coronavirus outbreak, the Pavilion, Tennis Courts and Play area are closed for the forseeable future. The open area of the Rec. remains accessible for exercise 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 2019/20
Cuckmere Community Bus route 41
Community Watch / Neighbourhood Watch
Village Diary (March - May 2020)
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 an 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 but we are trying to keep up to date. Details will be posted on this website (see below), sent to those on the Council
email alert list and posted on noticeboards and leaflets around the village. The latest leaflet, distributed with April's Parish Magazine, can be found here. Any residents not on the Council email list are strongly recommended to join by contacting the Parish Clerk on firstname.lastname@example.org In the
meantime, if you want more information, you can find it on the NHS
website: www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/ or by clicking here.
Latest Update - 27th March 2020
· Urgent Appeal - We have received an appeal from a local NHS worker for all East Dean and Friston residents to remain isolated from groups outside their home. You can read the appeal in full here.
Video council meeting - It is the intention of East Dean and
Friston Parish Council to hold an informal
meeting remotely but with public contributions on the evening of Thursday 2nd April 2020 at 7.30
pm – the same date as normal, but an hour later. It is intended that the meeting will convene
using Google Zoom, if practicable. Residents who wish to contribute are invited
to send written submissions to the clerk in advance (by email to email@example.com), to be noted by the council as if
there were a Public Session. The meeting will not take decisions on new
business, as it cannot comply with the statutory requirement that council
meetings be held in person and in public. However, an informal agenda and
reports will be published on the website in the usual way, not later than
Monday 30th March 2020.
The play area – the East Dean play area has now been
closed and padlocked following the government’s directive. This will of course be kept under
review. The recreation ground will remain open and maintained, and residents
will be welcome to use it for exercise, following the rule on social distancing
and remembering that gatherings of more than two people (not in the same
family) are not permitted during the emergency.
· 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
· Volunteering to help – Wealden District Council has a web page
through which you can volunteer to help the NHS or the wider community. You can
find it here: https://www.wealden.gov.uk/news-and-events/coronavirus-covid-19-latest/community-support/
centres – all of the county council’s household
waste and recycling centres are now closed until further notice.
Household waste collections – Wealden District Council has
suspended their bulky waste collection service temporarily and is not taking new bookings. They are also suspending the collection of garden waste from Monday 30th March. Don't be tempted to fly tip. Fly tipping is
an offence and offenders will be prosecuted.
Dog walking – if you are local and currently unable
to walk your dog due to self-isolating, Ian Kerr will be happy to do it for you
(422256)Cuckmere Bus Service 41 - it has been necessary to reduce the
timetable as fewer people are moving around. There will be no Tuesday service
until further notice. On Thursdays:
the first bus will be in the village
some 15 minutes earlier than normal, and arrive in Eastbourne at 1050 hours
there will be no change to the first
return bus - leaving Eastbourne at 1140 hours
the second return bus is now
cancelled (it did leave Eastbourne at 1450 hours)
This will allow passengers up to 50
minutes in Eastbourne (arrive 1050, depart 1140)
East Sussex bus
operators and community transport providers are no longer able to run full services
due to staffing difficulties and massively reduced passenger numbers. This is a
very fast changing situation so the county council are providing updates on
their website page: https://www.eastsussex.gov.uk/roadsandtransport/public/buses/bus-service-changes/
Older persons and
disabled persons free travel bus passes in East Sussex are now being accepted
at all times. This is to assist holders to access food shopping and services.
– these are also closed until further notice. However, the
return date on all current loans is being extended until at least 30 June, so
no one has to worry about overdue library books or other items, and the county
library service has scrapped fines for any items that were due to be returned
after 9 March 2020. The online library will of course operate as normal and the
number of items available online has been increased. The e-library can be
accessed via www.eastsussex.gov.uk/libraries/online/, and includes not just books but also audiobooks, magazines and
Wealden District Council is still fully operational but if you
need to contact them please use the website and/or email as the primary way of
contacting them. Posted communication is now strongly discouraged as most
officers are working from home and if there is a full lock down resulting in an
office closure, then post will not be opened for that period of time.