Maresfield Parish Council

Welcome to the web site for Maresfield Parish Council

Welcome to the web site for Maresfield Parish Council. Maresfield Parish is in Wealden District in the County of East Sussex and comprises the Wards of Fairwarp, Maresfield and Nutley.

 

On this web site you will find information relating to the Council and its activities, information about local groups and organisations, important notices and much more besides.

 

 

Contact details for other authorities are shown below

Wealden District Council

For matters relating to planning & building control, recycling & waste, Council Tax & benefits, housing, parking, environment & pollution.

 

East Sussex County Council

For matters relating to roads & transport, education, adult social care, children's services, libraries.

 

Ashdown Forest Conservators

For all matters relating to the Ashdown Forest and its management.

 

Sussex Police

All Police matters, including Local Policing Teams and reporting anti-social driving (Operation Crackdown).

 

East Sussex Fire & Rescue Service

All Fire Service related matters, including safety in the home advice & initiatives.

 

 

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Latest News

 

Notice of Conclusion of Accounts Audit 2015/16
25th July 2016

 

The audit of accounts for Maresfield Parish Council for the year ended 31 March 2016 has been concluded and the accounts have been published. The Annual Return is available for inspection here.

 

Ashdown Forest SAC Air Quality Interim Report (2015) Summary

 

The WDC Report is here.

 

Consultation on a footpath for Crowborough Road

 

We are looking at the idea of creating a footpath along the Crowborough Road.

 

The footpath would run from Nutlin Cottage to Hill View which is the start of the residential section within the 30mph limit.

 

This footpath could link with the existing Footpath 95 at Nutlin Nurseries/ Nutlin Cottage, which will be upgraded to give pedestrian access to and from the main village.

 

 

 

To 'Have Your Say' please go to https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/CrowRoad

 

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If you need this information in another format or require a paper copy of the survey, please contact the Parish Office on 01825 714555.

 

 

We want your views; the consultation runs until the 30th September 2016.

 

For many years now, residents of Crowborough Road have complained about speeding and safety along the 30mph residential section of the road.

 

A petition was submitted in February 2014 to ESCC Highways in which 59% of residents had responded and unanimously stated they felt there was a significant problem.

 

The Council has engaged with ESCC Highways to try to find practical solutions, but following surveys of the road ESCC has stated that no cost effective or appropriate engineering solutions are possible.

 

Meetings with the Sussex Police and the Police & Crime Commissioner have been carried out to seek the adoption of the use of mobile average speed cameras in conjunction with the Community Speed Watch programme. However, this dialogue has now stalled, but the Parish Council is still pursuing this option.

 

With the employment of an Assistant Parish Clerk, Speed Watch will be reinstated.

 

In order to make Crowborough Road safer, the Parish Council is considering a new footpath and an upgraded footpath to be funded from the Road Safety project fund held by the Parish Council. Creating a footpath is not only good for the safety of the Crowborough Road residents but would provide convenient access to the village and school without having to use their cars for this short journey including marginally dangerous access to and from Crowborough Road onto the A22.

 

We are seeking your initial views on this idea.

 

To 'Have Your Say' please go to https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/CrowRoad

 

Newletter July/August 2016...........

 

Report from the Chairman.............

 

 

 

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At the annual Parish Assembly held in May we had presentations from David Graham of the North Wealden Community Transport Partnership and from Emma Newman, Village Agent, Action in Rural Sussex.

 

David's talk covered the need for community transport as well as the history of the formation of NWCTP Ltd and the Easylink service and the story to-date. He also covered community transport costs and 'funding the gap' between fares received and running costs. Following Seaford and District Bus Company advising that the Saturday 261 service will be withdrawn at the end of May 2016 David detailed the proposals of NWCPT to operate a new 262 service on Saturdays. This would maintain the service from Nutley through Maresfield to Uckfield as well as providing access to some of the Forest car parks and connections to Forest Row and East Grinstead. However, this could not proceed without some financial support and many at the meeting were in favour of the Parish Council offering some help.

 

At the Parish Council meeting on 17th May It was resolved that an amount of £2K should be allocated from reserves towards the cost of running the new 262 Saturday bus service. This sum, together with a grant of £1,000 from the Wealden Bus Alliance and an expected grant of £2,000 from Uckfield Town Council should ensure the service can run until the end of the current financial year. Please get a timetable, use the service and encourage visitors to the Forest to do so too.

 

Emma Newman gave a very interesting presentation, covering how important it is to identify vulnerable people and those in social need where Good Neighbours Schemes can really make a difference to people's lives. She also told us how Action in Rural Sussex can assist with the development of Community Led Plans and she praised the numerous good activities that are already taking place in our villages and suggested how they might be enhanced.

 

Finally, it was my privilege to present the Marjory Pegg Community Awards and this year the Marjory Pegg Salver was posthumously awarded to Mr Michael Wheeler from Maresfield. Michael is well remembered for his work organising the fete, as secretary of Maresfield Conservation Group, as leader of Field End Residents Group, for the establishment of the Maresfield Village Meadows Trust and for his effort to bring all community groups together. Michael's clarity of vision was admirable and his persistence exceptional. For much of the time, he was providing community service through periods of often serious ill-health. He should be remembered with admiration for his qualities and achievements over a long period of time.

 

This year the following people were given a Community Award Certificate for selflessly giving their time in various ways: Mrs Carole Wheeler, Mrs Cynthia Flittner, Mrs Pat Palmer, Mr & Mrs Patel, Mrs Helen Rowland, Mr David Endacott, Mrs Jan Kemsley, Mrs Di Bowley and Mrs Anita Long. Congratulations and our grateful thanks to them all!

 

Requests for Parish Council grants for 2017/18 should be sent to the Parish Office by the 23rd September 2016 please. For an application form and further information, please contact the Parish Clerk (714555).

 

 

Martin Craddock

Chairman Maresfield Parish Council