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Council Noticeboard October 2009
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DE LA WARR PAVILION. The latest newsletter gives lots of information about what's on at the Pavilion.
HELP TOWARDS SELF-EMPLOYMENT. Would you like to turn your skills and interests into a business? Support is available to anyone over 19 in this area who are not working, or only working under 16 hours/week.
HANDYPERSON GRANTS. Grants are available if you are over 65 and have less than £23,000 (per person) in savings to help with the cost of small jobs around the home.
BEAT THE BURGLAR EVENT. All welcome to the event to be held in Robertsbridge Village Hall on Saturday 31 October 2009 10:00 to 12:30.
EAST SUSSEX COUNTY COUNCIL SAYS THAT THE FUTURE IS GRIM. The County Council issued a press release on 21 October 2009 warning of difficult times ahead financially in East Sussex.

SPECIAL HOMES FOR OLDER PEOPLE IN EAST SUSSEX. Westfield has been chosen as one of the four places across East Sussex where a new specialist home for older people is to be built in partnership with East Sussex County Council.

The aim is to create centres of excellence with specialist residential services for older people who can no longer live on their own. This could include nursing care, so each home will take into account the changing needs of its residents. The Ryarsh Consortium has been named as the Preferred Bidder for the multi-million pound contract.

The four "Age-Well" homes will each take 44-48 residents, with Westfield and Hastings sites also offering day services to local people.

The buildings will be at:

  • Moorhurst, Westfield
  • Harvard Road, Ringmer
  • the Ridge at Queensway, Hastings
  • Highview Lane, Uckfield

Parish Council Decisions. At a meeting of the Parish Council's Finance Committee on 20/10/09, several decisions were made. These are some of them. The full Minutes can be read online.

VILLAGE SIGN ON GREEN. The Council is considering alternative methods of producing the village sign so that it lasts longer than the painted versions which begin to show damage from the sun within 2 or 3 years. So far, the following methods are being considered: casting in solid rigid polyurethane with letters, border and other detail in relief and then painting or making a 19mm thick solid white pvc sign with a digital photographic outdoor durable image printed on both sides.

PUMP AND PUMPHOUSE. The Council is considering how to refurbish the village pump which is within its own shelter known as "The Pumphouse" on The Village Green. Both are included in the Grade 2 Listing. It is expected that the work will be divided into 3 parts. The relatively easy part is general maintenance and refurbishment of the oak seats, tiles, gables, exposed wood and pointing the flag stones. The second and third parts will be more challenging as the replacement of the metal grilling around the pump with a more attractive iron fence being considered and complete removal and refurbishment of the pump. The water pump itself will be revealed by removal of the outer and inner casings and attempts will be made to get it working again before the refurbished casings are replaced. The pump was last used just over fifty years ago but for half a century before that it provided an essential water supply for those living roundabout The Green. At the same time, attempts will be made to gather together historical information about this and any other pumps in the Village. Any information will be welcome. Probably the most difficult part of the project will be to obtain funding which the Council will be working on during the coming year.

RUBBISH IN THE BUS SHELTER AND AROUND THE PUMPHOUSE. The Council is grateful for all those people who regularly pick up litter and other rubbish around the Village. This is particularly important around the Pumphouse and a lot of people help in this respect. As an additional aid, the Council will employ a person to sweep around the Pumphouse and the bus shelter every other week from the beginning of January. This will in addition to the litter collection the Council already undertakes at the children's playground and the kickabout area at East View Terrace.

GRANT TO BATTLE AREA COMMUNITY BUS. The Council is very aware of the importance of the Battle Community Bus to Sedlescombe residents and will make a grant of £100 towards running costs.

ANNUAL REPORT AND DIRECTORY 2010. The production of the printed Annual Report and Directory has become a regular feature of the Council year. Work will be started on the 2010 version in January with local businesses being invited to advertise. The business advertising cost will be at least £20 including VAT. This is the same price as 2009 but, because of the increase in VAT from January, this will mean that the Council will actually receive less for each advert. Village organisations and charities will be able to advertise free of charge.

SPORTSFIELD. The Council has agreed to sell the large portacabin which had been in use during the building of the new pavilion and, hopefully, arrangements will be made for its disposal soon. This will allow the roadside fence to be tidied up to make a more attractive entrance to the Village.

The Council has been told that the Sports Association is considering a further extension of the sportsfield car park to cater for the additional football users of the field now that the Archery Club no longer uses the field.

PLAYGROUND EQUIPMENT. The Council has not decided what to do about replacing the motorcycle springer at the Riverside playground. The springer was found broken a few weeks ago and has been removed.

Thanks to John, a volunteer resident, the picnic table, damaged by fire, at the playground has been improved. He has also helped with other odd jobs there. Other volunteers have raised the ropes on the equipment.

The Council is open to comments on any of its work. Please e-mail the Clerk on sedlescombe@freezone.co.uk

De La Warr Pavilion. Information regarding forthcoming performances has been received.

Village of the Year. The Parish Council is delighted to announce that it recently represented East Sussex in the Southern Region Village of the Year Competition and that Sedlescombe beat off competition from seven other counties to win the community category of the competition. This means we are short-listed for the national community category and only have to beat Crosthwaite (Cumbria), Swanton Morley (Norfolk), Minchinhampton (Glocs) and Belchford (Lincs). The results of this part of the competition will be announced on 24/11/09. The overall winner of the Southern Region was Goring on Thames, Oxfordshire.

The whole community can be proud that its community spirit and care for others has been recognised and rewarded. Special thanks to all the people who came along to meet the judges in the Hall on 28/09/09 to tell them about their particular involvement in community action.





Southern Water Report. For the first time you can see and hear Southern Water's 2008-9 Annual Report online.

YOUTH MONEY. MONEY IS AVAILABLE FOR YOUTHS WITH PROJECT IDEAS. See the information sheet about a Dragons Den Day on 24/10/09 at the De La Warr Pavilion, Bexhill. BOOK YOUR PLACE.....!
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