Next Parish Council Meetings
FOLLOWING THE CLOSURE OF THE VILLAGE HALL DUE TO CORONAVIRUS, ALL PHYSICAL COUNCIL MEETINGS ARE CANCELLED UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE. MEETINGS WILL INSTEAD BE HELD REMOTELY.
Due to the Coronavirus outbreak, the Pavilion is closed for the forseeable future. The open area of the Rec. remains accessible for exercise and the tennis court and play area have now re-opened, 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 2020/21
Cuckmere Community Bus route 41
Community Watch / Neighbourhood Watch
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 any 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 and details are broadcast on TV and Radio so the council is not repeating this information to avoid confusion. However, matters specific to our village will be posted on this website (see below), and sent to those on the Council
email alert list. Any residents not on the Council email list are strongly recommended to join by contacting the Parish Clerk on firstname.lastname@example.org If you want more medical information, you can find it on the NHS
website: www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/ or by clicking here.
Latest Update -19th September 2020
Friston Safety Kerb Re-alignment Completed At Last: After four years of lobbying by
the Parish Council and a payment of half the cost from the precept, ESCC
Highways have now finished work on a safety build-out of the kerb
next to the Crowlink Lane turning at the top of Friston Hill. This change to
the kerb will allow pedestrians to cross the A259 more safely by preventing
motorists from “undercutting” cars waiting to turn right towards Jevington. For pictures of the new kerb alignment go to our News Page or click here.
An annual report listing some of the main activities of the Parish Council in the period from May 2019 to April 2020 can be found in our on-line library page or by clicking here. This report would normally have been presented at the Annual Village Meeting, which was cancelled due to the Coronavirus pandemic.
The most recent meeting of the Planning Committee was held remotely on 15th September. The minutes of the meeting can be viewed on our "Council Meetings" page or by clicking here.
Work to move the Cricket Square on the recreation ground has now been carried out and it is hoped that the ground will have fully recovered in time for the 2021 cricket season. The work was ordered by the Parish Council, as owners of the Recreation Ground, but with donations towards the cost received from the Cricket Club, the Residents Association and the Gilbert Estate.
Play Area and Pavilion: Although the government have allowed
children's play areas to reopen, there are strict regulations in place
governing their use, including the need for a full safety inspection
before opening. This safety inspection was carried out on 19th August so
the play area on the recreation ground can now be re-opened, however adults and children using the facilities must follow UK government guidelines. The
Pavilion remains closed and unavailable for private hire for the
forseeable future. The council apologises for any inconvenience these
closures may have caused.
The most recent Parish Council meeting took place remotely on Thursday 6th August, The minutes of the meeting have now been published and can be found on our "Council Meetings" page or by clicking here.
Council Vacancies: The Parish Council currently have three
vacancies for councillors. We have now been informed by Wealden District Council that a
request has been received from ten residents for these vacancies to be
filled by a by-election. The official notice for this can be seen here.
Under the Government Coronavirus restrictions, no
elections can take place before May 6th 2021, and the council are now
co-opt new members before then, despite having willing volunteers. The
election, when it happens, will be organised by Wealden but the Parish
Council Tax payers will be charged for the cost of mounting this. For
further information, please contact
the parish clerk (details here).Anti-social
drivers from outside the village have recently been causing much danger, noise
and disruption, particularly in the Friston Hill, Gilberts Drive and Birling
Gap Road areas. Community Speedwatch is a national initiative where, in
partnership with the police, members of communities use detection devices to
monitor local vehicle speeds. If the data
proves a driver is ignoring repeated warnings police can prosecute them. If you
would consider volunteering to join a local Speedwatch team, please contact the
Parish Council at email@example.com
Cuckmere Buses Resumes: Cuckmere
Buses are now running the East Dean service 41 on Tuesdays and
Thursdays, but mornings only at present. It allows passengers a little
extra time in town (at their request) compared with the initial restart
timetable. For the current timetable go to https://cuckmerebuses.org.uk/41.htm
Dog Waste: Regretably during recent weeks, there seems to have
been an increase in bagged dog waste being left around the village,
particularly along the twittens (footpaths). We appeal to all dog
walkers to please use litter and dog waste bins where provided or take
their waste home for disposal. Dropping dog waste in public areas is an
offence and, if observed, can lead to a fixed penalty of £75 or to a
summons to magistrates court, where the maximum fine is £1000. Anyone witnessing dog waste being left can report it to WDC via their website.
Wealden Council have advised us of a special Covid-19 information website that they have established giving up to date information for residents and businesses in the area. For more information go to https://www.wealden.gov.uk/news-and-events/coronavirus-covid-19-latest/
· 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