ESCC Highways intend to close Novington Lane north of the railway bridge, near Clears Farm, on 18th February 2019. The closure is to address flooding issues (see picture from last year). It is anticipated it will last for five days. We are awaiting final confirmation, but this is to give residents advance notice.
We'll be gathering to Wassail in the East Chiltington Orchard again on Saturday 12th January!
Meet at the Rotunda on the Hollycroft Field at 5pm sharp with lanterns and pots and pans. We will process down to the orchard on the TECT field (opposite the Jolly) to bless the trees with songs, a blazing fire and mulled cider (which will be provided but you'll need your own mug!) See you there!
The annual TECT pub quiz will now take place on Monday, March 11th at the Jolly Sportsman.
Quiz starts promptly at 7:45pm. The pub will be open for a drink from 715pm
See you there!
There have been some minor changes to the bus service:
166 Lewes-Offham-Plumpton-Wivelsfield Green-Princess Royal Hospital-Haywards Heath
167 Lewes-East Chiltington-Plumpton-Ditchling-Hassocks-Burgess Hill
168 Village Rider circular service linking Burgess Hill-Ditchling-Plumpton-Wivelsfield Green
At a recent meeting, The Parish Council agreed to pursue devolution of the Hollycroft Field and associated areas from LDC to the PC. This follows a Parish-wide consultation in which residents voted overwhelmingly in favour of this course of action.
What happens now? The PC has notified LDC of its intention, and the offer of devolution will be formalised at an LDC Council meeting in January. The PC will then instruct a conveyancing solicitor to carry out the formalities. As this may take some time, we have suggested that, for 2019, current maintenance arrangements continue. In due course, the PC, working with TECT and in consultation with residents, will devise a maintenance and use plan for the whole area.
Devolution of the Hollycroft Field – survey results
In September, the Parish Council carried out a consultation regarding future ownership of land at Hollycroft. As residents know, Village Green Status was gained for the majority of the Hollycroft Field and this was followed by an offer from LDC to devolve this land, along with the current football pitch, the playground, and all other public areas at Hollycroft, to the ownership of the Parish Council. Although there would be zero purchase cost, there would be financial implications for maintenance and management of the land. Therefore, all residents were sent a leaflet that set out the costs and benefits of the proposal, along with a survey to find out their views. We were interested in finding out whether or not there was broad support for the proposal, along with ideas on the best way to fund it and for future use of the field. In addition, a well-attended meeting was held in the Jolly Sportsman at which these issues were discussed.
We received a response from 25% of all households. This is not especially high but quite typical (if not slightly higher) for a community survey of this type. Response rates were somewhat higher for the centre of the village than for other parts of the parish, but not markedly so. 98%of respondents felt that devolution was a good idea, with just one household feeling that the Parish Council should not accept LDC’s offer.
In terms of how the costs should be funded, of those that agreed it was a good idea, 50% felt that they should be wholly funded through an increase in the precept, 36% felt that there should be a combination of an increase in the precept and community fundraising and 14% felt that the costs should all be paid for solely through community fundraising. There were numerous ideas for future use of the field, among which an area set aside for wildflowers, a community meeting room and a BBQ area were among the more popular.
The results of the survey and next steps will be discussed by councillors at the next Parish Council meeting on November 7th.
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