Jonathan TateHerstmonceux Parish Council regrets to announce that Parish Councillor Jonathan Tate died on 6 April 2014. The Council extends its sincere sympathy to his wife, Di and his family.
Michelham Priory Lodge
The members of Michelham Priory Lodge will be hosting free afternoon tea on Saturday 12th April between 2pm and 4pm in the Masonic Hall Gardner Street. Come along and meet the members and find out what we do for charity. On the day they will be presenting 2 cheques to 2 charities both for £600. Michelham Priory Lodge want to support local charities, so come along and tell us about the charity you would like us to help.
April Parish Council Meeting – change of date
The next Parish Council Meeting will be held at 7.30pm in the small hall in Herstmonceux Village Hall and not on the third Monday as usual because 21 April is Easter Monday.
Annual Parish Meeting in Herstmonceux
The Annual Parish Meeting will be held in the small hall on Tuesday 29 April 2014. The agenda will be published on 15 April 2014.
Herstmonceux Parish Neighbourhood Plan
The public consultation on Herstmonceux Parish Draft Neighbourhood Plan was carried out from 29 November 2013 - 24 January 2014.
330 replies were received to the consultation representing 278 households (23.5%) out of the 1183 households in the parish. 11 replies were received from individuals who live outside the parish and 7 replies from administrative or commercial bodies.
At the Steering Group Meeting held on 11 March 2014, it was recommended to the Full Council that a revised Neighbourhood Plan should be prepared. This plan would be based on the information to date but with further public consultation with workshops, discussion groups and public meetings. Further work should be undertaken on the Strategic Environmental Assessment and both the revised draft plan and the Strategic Environmental Assessment should be sent out for a six week public consultation.
However, as part of the next stage of the Local Plan, Wealden District Council is undertaking a Strategic Housing Land Availability Assessment to identify potential development land in the parishes.
The consultation on the methodology for the Site Allocation for parishes in Wealden ran from 3 March - 31 March
The call for sites in parishes will be published in May 2014 and officers from Wealden District Council have confirmed that details of any sites put forward in Herstmonceux Parish will be made available to Herstmonceux Parish Council. The information should be available by September 2014.
The site allocation element is an important part of the Neighbourhood Plan and in June 2013 a request was made for potential development sites in Herstmonceux. Twelve sites were offered by landowners and developers to the Neighbourhood Plan process to accommodate the minimum seventy dwellings required in Herstmonceux between 2014 -2027 by the Wealden Local Plan.
The Parish Council considers that it is important to consider any additional sites to those previously submitted to Herstmonceux Parish Council in June 2013. Therefore, the Herstmonceux Parish Neighbourhood Plan has been put on hold so that any additional sites can be included in the discussions about site allocations in the draft plan. The Council will make the details of all sites available to residents from September 2014 and a decision made by Herstmonceux Parish Council on how to proceed with the Neighbourhood Plan.
This submission document Strategic Sites Local Plan for towns in Wealden has already been completed and will be subject to a public examination by an independent inspector. Details are available on the Wealden web site www.wealden.gov.uk
Wealden District Council will advertise the call for sites in parishes in May 2014 and this information will also be put on parish notice boards, in parish newsletters and on the parish web site.
Call 101 to help stop illegal off-roading in the countryside
People witnessing illegal or anti-social off-road driving on paths in the countryside are being called on to report it to the police using the new 101 phone number.
Sussex Pathwatch is a special service set up to help protect the safety of everyone using rights-of-way, fields and woodland to prevent the damage that illegal offroading can cause. A similar service called Countrywatch has been set up in Hampshire. Anyone can report an offence by calling 101 or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org in Sussex and email@example.com in Hampshire.
Angela Ward, ranger for the South Downs National Park, said:
“Most people driving off-road do so legally and with consideration for other people. Unfortunately there are a small minority driving illegally. They put everyone’s safety at risk, give legal drivers a bad name and cause damage to the countryside.
“That’s why we’re working with the Police and local authorities on this scheme. If illegal off-roading isn’t reported then the police can’t take any action.”
Just one example of Pathwatch success was in a case of illegal off-road motorcycling on a Site of Special Scientific interest near Small Dole in West Sussex. The site, which holds three nationally rare habitats and supports a rich community of rare butterflies and moths, was blighted by off-road motorcyclists who had even brought in equipment to dig tracks. Following calls from the public, Sussex Police were able to catch them in the act and serve notice – meaning that if they reoffend in the next 12 months their vehicle will be impounded and possibly crushed. This led to the activity stopping.
“Off-roading can be great fun so if you want advice on how to do it legally speak to the Land Access and Recreation Association, the Trials Rider Fellowship or ask us on Twitter @SussexPathwatch or Facebook.”
Find out more about Countrywatch at www.hampshire.police.uk/internet/advice-and-information/rural-crime/country-watch or Sussex Pathwatch at www.pathwatch.info.
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