Useful information and News
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Wealden Contractors to Resume Garden Waste Collections on 20 April.
Wealden District Council are pleased to announce that, following some initial disruption to staffing levels due to Coronavirus, the Council has agreed an arrangement with our waste contractor Biffa to enable them to resume the Garden Waste Collection Service from Monday 20 April 2020. We originally announced suspension of the garden waste service for a four week period but we have worked hard with Biffa under difficult circumstances to bring the service back after only a three week gap. You will be aware that special social distancing measures to protect the public are still in place. We will continue to keep staff availability under close review. Whilst we are hopeful a subsequent suspension of this service will not be required, should it be necessary in order to prioritise our essential waste and recycling collections, we will do so and of course inform customers immediately. Please refer to the schedule of garden waste collections for your property and place the brown bin out for collection as normal by 7am on the next scheduled collection day from Monday 20 April onwards. You can find your next garden waste collection day, and also download your garden waste collection calendar for the rest of the year, from our website at https://www.wealden.gov.uk/ and use the Bin Day Search facility. Further details can be found here.Friston Bus Shelter Rebuilt
The bus shelter on the
north side of the A259 at Friston, near Windmill Lane, has now
been rebuilt following its earlier damage through vandalism. The new
shelter is built in brick rather than wood so it should prove more
resilient and last for many years. It is hoped next year to carry out a similar exercise on the wooden bus shelter on the south side of the road at East Dean.
New Noticeboards in Downlands Way
As part of the Parish Council's continuing efforts to smarten up the shopping area in Downlands Way, we have now installed two new Notice Boards. One board will be used for displaying official notices and publications from the Parish Council, while the other will contain information on our proposed Neighbourhood Plan and its progress. The Council's other notice board, by the Village Hall, has also been refurbished following earlier damage to its fixing posts.
BT threat to remove A259 Phonebox removed (for now)
A notice was posted
on 12th June in the phone box on the corner
of Gilberts Drive and the A259, saying BT intend to remove it
after a 42 day consultation period. The Parish Council is opposed
to this removal on the grounds of health and safety, as mobile phone
coverage in the village is limited and patchy. Our objections were
submitted to the South Downs National Park Authority who supported them. Finally, on 24th October, we heard from BT that they have removed this box from their "rationalisation programme" and it will remain in place. They have said though, that they will continue to monitor its usage and may propose it for removal in the future, so there is a need to keep vigilent and watch out for any return of signs like the one above.
Parish Council charity of the year
At the Annual Parish Council
Meeting on 16th May, Councillors chose the JPK Project as our charity
of the year 2019/20. The charity will receive any profits from the council's stall at the village
fete and the Christmas lights event together with a donation from council
funds. The donation from the council is funded without extra cost to Council Taxpayers as the elected Parish Councillors have agreed to forego the personal allowance to which they are legally entitled.
The JPK Project is an Eastbourne
based charity aimed at providing independent living, support and work
experience for East Sussex residents with learning difficulties. You can
find out more about them here.