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Emergency Tree works – Closure of Friston Hill

East Sussex County Council contractors will be carrying out emergency work removing the dead, diseased and dying ash (and a couple of elms) on Friston Hill. This will involve the temporary closure of the A259 as follows:

Sunday 15th March: full closure 7am to 7pm.

Monday 16th to Friday 20th March: one land closure with traffic lights.

Sunday 22nd March: full closure 7am to 7pm.

 The closure will be from the bus stop at the top of Friston Hill down to Friston Lodge.

Unfortunately, this will be highly disruptive to residents and businesses in the village as well as many more from further afield. However, this work is very necessary and urgent enough so that it is emergency works. Many of the ash on the roadside are now dead, brittle and riddled with secondary infections. It is quite amazing that only one has fallen across the road in the recent high winds, and lucky that no one was injured when it did. ESCC have looked at all options to get this work done with limited impact on the road users, which is a priority for East Sussex Highways, however, the safety of road users is just as important, hence they have tried to book this work in as soon as possible and are looking to keep the road closed for as short a time as possible. Highways England have confirmed that the A27 can be used as a detour, and the bus companies will be making adjustments to their timetable which should be produced soon.

The footpath running parallel to the road will also be closed during the works. Contractors will close this and direct people on to the other footpath that runs from Upper Street to the church along Hobbs Eares.


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.