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Services for Young People and Families in Hastings, Rother and Eastbourne. CRI provides a range of services to support young people and families affected by homelessness, eviction and insecure housing; negative, offending or anti-social behaviour; school attendance/avoidance, truancy, lack of opportunities etc.
Hastings & Rother Sanctuary Scheme. In Touch Home Improvement Agency are working in partnership with Hastings Borough Council and Rother District Council to provide a scheme centred around the needs of survivors of domestic abuse and/or hate crime, which enables them to remain in their own home and feel safe. The scheme is voluntary, free and available to anyone, whether they are a homeowner or tenant, provided they are eligible for the scheme.
Sedlescombe Parish Council 2009 Annual Report and Directory. The Parish Council is in the process of putting together this year's Annual Report. As usual, it will be delivered to every house in the parish and will include the Directory of Local Businesses, Clubs, Organisations, Charities etc. Copy for the Directory part should be with the Clerk by Monday 9 February. Business adverts are charged at least £20 (including VAT) but local organisations etc. may have their details included free of charge. Please contact the Clerk. Those who have advertised previously, will have received a letter from the Council. Businesses and organisations are also invited to have a display at the forthcoming Annual Assembly of the Parish Meeting to be planned in Sedlescombe Village Hall on Tuesday 28 April 2009. Tables are limited, so again please contact the Clerk. Last year, the meeting was attended by 125 people!  
Green Garden Waste Collections. Rother District Council is exending the Green wheelie bin service and all properties currently on alternate weekly collections, but not on the green wheelie service, will be receiving a letter soon.  
Stream Lane guidepost. The Parish Council has reported that the arm pointing towards Stream Lane from the B2244 end is missing. It will be replaced by the County Council in the new financial year (commencing 1 April 2009).  
Carriageway resurfacing. Notice has been received that East Sussex Highways will be carrying out carriageway resurfacing works on the B2244 Paygate Road and C22 Chapel Hill, Sedlescombe between 16 and 20 February 2009.

Due to the nature of the road layout and size of the plant required to carry out the works there is no alternative but to seek temporary road closures as follows:

  • B2244 Paygate Road, from its junction with the A21(T) Blackbrooks in a north-easterly direction to its junction with B2244 The Street/C22 Chapel Hill, a distance of 615 metres, and;
  • C22 Chapel Hill from its junction with B2244 The Street/Paygate Road in a southerly direction to its junction with C22 Crazy Lane/Westfield Road, a distance of 362 metres.

The temporary road closures will come into effect on 16 February 2009 until 20 February 2009. A diversion route will be signed and maintained for the duration of the works as follows:-

A safe route will be provided for pedestrians along the road to be closed and vehicular access for residents should be possible, but may be restricted at times.

Passenger Transport has been contacted regarding these works.
Dr Patrick Roper, local ecologist and Sedlescombe resident, has just been awarded the coveted "Volunteer of the Year Award for South East England" by the Woodland Trust. This was particularly for his help towards securing Brede High Woods which the Trust bought in December 2007. Brede High Woods, on the edge of Sedlescombe parish, is the Woodland Trust's second largest site in England. Dr Roper has a new website with lots of photos of the Woods.

Dr Roper also maintains other blogs on environmental matters:

  • The Square Metre (a square metre of his Sedlescombe garden which he has been studying since 2003).
  • Ramblings of a Naturalist (current information is on the blog about the coppicing work being undertaken in Killingan Wood, Sedlescombe to improve the area for butterflies).
  • Windowbox wildlife (a windowbox in his Sedlescombe garden that started with sterile soil in November 2005 and which now has many plants growing there - this is quite a famous windowbox having appeared on TV several times, even travelling as far as Islay).
Link to Brede High Woods blogspot
Friends of the Pestalozzi Estate. The Friends of the Pestalozzi Estate is a small group of people who support the beautiful estate that surrounds the Pestalozzi International Village in Sedlescombe. On the first Sunday afternoon of each month (2pm in winter and 3pm from April to October), walks are held to introduce people to the estate which is managed for the benefit of conservation, informal recreation and landscape value. It includes a wide range of habitats characteristic of the High Weald, particularly grassland, woodland ponds and streams. The next walk is planned for Sunday 1 February leaving reception at 2pm. At its AGM on Monday 12 January, Dr Roper stepped down from the post of Chairman of the Friends of the Pestalozzi Estate, which he has held for several years. His place is expected to be filled by Raymond Kemp.
Dead Animal. In November 2008, the Clerk reported to Rother District Council that there was a dead fox at the edge of the B2244 near Bridge Garage Antiques. Although confirmation was received that it would be removed, it was noted that it was still there on 10 January 2009. A reminder has been sent to Rother DC.  
Street Name Signs. In the Summer of 2008, Sedlescombe parish councillors surveyed the street nameplates in the parish. Most were found to be in good order but a few need attention.

Rother District Council has been asked to take action as soon as possible on the following:

  • Gregory Walk - replace as back board is rotting
  • The Green - replace as missing
  • East View Terrace (2) - replace as very scratched and dented

East Sussex County Council has been asked to take action as soon as possible on the following:

  • Arm of Stream Lane guidepost - replace as missing
Dungeness New Build. British Energy invites the public to six meetings to be held in January to hear British Energy's plans and to have their say. The closest to Sedlescombe will be on Wednesday 14 January at the College of the Arts & Enterprise, Rye between 6.30pm and 9pm.
New Publication Scheme. All public sector organisations are obliged to adopted a model publication scheme from 1 January 2009. Sedlescombe Parish Council approved a scheme's adoption at its meeting on 11 November 2008. A new section called "Publication Scheme" has been added to the left-hand side-bar of the website. Any questions about the Scheme should be addressed to the Parish Council on sedlescombe@freezone.co.uk.
Charity Commission. The Regulator for Charities in England and Wales, the Charity Commission, has a new website which gives detailed information on every Charity. Sedlescombe Parish Council is the sole trustee of the Public Playing Field and Recreation Ground Charity, Number 305305 and details can be found by clicking the spyglass. The Charity Commission issues regular Newsletters, the latest was in Autumn 2008 and it contains a wealth of information.  
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