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BT to remove A259 Phonebox

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 will be making a formal response after the next council meeting, but if any resident wishes to make their personal views known they should contact our District Councillor (  )

or County Councillor (



Horsefield Footpath Vandalism

We regret to say that there was an outbreak of vandalism on Footpath 24, which runs between the A259 and the Village Car Park, sometime on Sunday 2nd or early Monday 3rd June. Severe damage was done to the footpath sign and safety barrier at the main road end of the footpath as seen here.

The unique "Squeeze Gate", designed to stop animals from escaping via the footpath was also destroyed as seen here.

If anyone saw anything suspicious please contact the Parish Council using this link or Sussex police, telephone 101. The Council has been approached by some residents offering to contribute to a fund to replace the squeeze gate, for which we are most grateful. If any other residents would also like to help ensure that this unique feature is fully restored then please contact the Parish Clerk using the above link. The Parish Council will also be making a contribution to the restoration fund and will be talking to contractors to take it forward. More news when we get it.

 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.

Friston Pond Spring Clean

The Parish Council, as custodians of Friston Pond, have arranged for contractors to clear some of the weeds and reeds from the bed of Friston Pond. This is necessary as the weeds had grown to a point where they were causing congestion and taking oxygen from the water to the detriment of wildlife. The reeds were also obstructing the view of traffic on the A259 at the top of Friston Hill. This is the first major maintenance work to be carried out on the pond since it was drained and restocked in 2013. More information on Friston Pond can be found here.