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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.


Horsefield Footpath "Squeeze Gate" restored

Following the outbreak of vandalism, back in June 2019, which saw both the footpath sign and the classic "Squeeze Gate" on Footpath 24 severely damaged, we are pleased to report that the gate has now been fully restored.

(Damage done to the original Squeeze Gate)

The footpath runs between the A259 and the "Tiger" car park alongside the Horsefield, a designated village open space. Originally the footpath was unfenced and the Squeeze Gate was used to prevent grazing animals from escaping. Its original purpose is no longer needed as the field is now fenced, but it remains a quirky original feature of the village.

(The rebuilt Squeeze Gate)

Our grateful thanks go to Stuart Walker, who rebuilt the gate in solid oak and refitted it using heavy duty fixings, charging the Parish Council only for the cost of materials. We are also grateful to the residents who contributed towards the cost of restoration of this unique village feature.

  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.