1. Reminder of Police Authority public consultation meeting for the Rother District. The next meeting will take place on Monday 8 October at Manor Barn, Manor Gardens, 8 High Street, Bexhill on Sea TN40 2HA. The meeting hosted by local Police Authority member, Dr Laurie Bush, commences at 7.30pm, is open to all and will also feature a presentation by district police commander, Ch Insp Stephen Brookman.

Other members and partners from the Safer Rother Partnership will also be attending and questions will be welcome from the audience or individually afterwards. The meeting is scheduled to finish at 9pm.

2. Reminder re Return of Parish Plan questionnaires. Please remember to return your form to the box in the village shop, directly to the Clerk or through this website by clicking here.

The closing date for return of the questionnaires was 15 October and the Council's Finance Committee received an initial report on the results at its meeting the folllowing day. Although the response was poor, nevertheless residents highlighted a wide range of issues that concern their everyday life in the parish. The results will be studied by the Parish Council before and at the next Council Meeting planned for 13 November.

3. Parish Council Budget Planning. Sedlescombe Parish Council began its budget preparations in August with the Village Inspection by the Chairman of the Finance Committee, Cllr Pauline Glew and the Clerk/Financial Officer, Pauline Raymond. The Village Inspection Report was approved by the Parish Council at its September Meeting. This Report includes recommendations for work to be carried out in the forthcoming financial year beginning on 1 April 2008. This month, on the 16th, the Council's Finance Committee meets to continue the process and to approve the first draft budget for 2008-9. As part of this process, the Committee will consider applications for grant aid from other bodies. It will also consider the Council's likely financial position at the end of the current financial year.

4. Flooding. The Environment Agency, Eastbourne Borough Council and East Sussex Fire and Rescue Service are holding flood awareness roadshows to help local people understand and prepare for flooding.

The roadshows will be held in Eastbourne on:

Tuesday 16 October, 0930 to 1900 at Asda at The Crumbles
Wenesday 17 October, 0930 to 1700 at Lottbridge Industrial Estate, Birch Road (tailored for businesses)
Friday 19 October, 0930-1700 at The Arndale Centre, Terminus Road

More information on flooding is available from or call Floodline on 0845 9881188

5. Casual Vacancy. The Parish Council is sorry to have received Robert Dudman's resignation from the Parish Council because he is moving away from the parish. Although Robert was only elected in May, he had already become a useful member of the Council. The Council wishes him, his wife and sons every happiness in their new home.

The vacancy caused by Robert's resignation has been advertised and will follow the normal rules.

6. High Weald AONB Joint Advisory Committee, Annual Review 2006-2007. A copy of the Annual Review has been received by the Council. There does not appear to be a link to the High Weald AONB site, and, therefore, please contact the Clerk if you would like to look at this Review.

7. Congratulations to Roselands. Roselands in The Street, Sedlescombe has been awarded the "Best Sheltered Scheme" award in a Rother Homes Garden Competition this summer.

8. Buy with Confidence. The Parish Council has received the following information from East Sussex Trading Standards:

Buy With Confidence now boasts over 260 members - Tuesday 2 October 2007
An approved trader scheme promoted by East Sussex County Council now has over 260 members following the latest group of businesses to successfully join the initiative.

The Council recently held a ‘Buy With Confidence’ ceremony and welcomed 31 businesses to the scheme. Businesses joined Trading standards staff at the Hydro Hotel in Eastbourne, and were officially presented with their Approved Trader Certificates by the Chairman of the County Council, Councillor Bob Lacey.

Over 260 businesses are now in the scheme, representing diverse trade sectors, from home improvements through to car services and sales, and increasingly professional services, such as will writers, book keepers, and financial advisors.

Now in its third year, the scheme continues to gather momentum across the county with businesses representing every area. One area which has been particularly active in joining the scheme is Peacehaven. Of the 31 businesses recently approved, six came from the coastal town, and this is due in part to the local Chamber of Commerce encouraging its members to join.

Councillor Bob Tidy, Lead Cabinet Member for Community Safety said “Buy With Confidence is now in its third year and is seen as an important mark of approval within the local business community. The scheme is fortunate to have had the support of local business organisations such as the local Chambers of Commerce, and it’s great to see Peacehaven Chamber encouraging their members to join and receive this badge of consumer confidence.”

Last year, Trading Standards successfully raised the profile of the scheme by producing an Approved Trader Directory available free of charge to the public via council buildings, libraries, and community organisations as well as on request. Trading Standards is now organising the third edition of the directory which should be available to the public in early 2008.

To find out more about joining Buy With Confidence, or if you want to find an approved trader, please call 01323 418215

The information comes from the Rother Homes Residents' Autumn 2007 Newsletter. More details can be seen by clicking here.

9. Rother Transport Action Group. The Rother Transport Action Group is part of the Local Strategic Partnership who are working on nine separate topics. The group met on 11/09/07 and a copy of the Minutes of that Meeting can be see by clicking here.

10. Age Concern. Age Concern is organising information and consultation events for older people and carers relating to the draft Housing & support strategy for older people & carers in Hastings and Rother. The events are planned for

Both venues have wheelchair access. Please let Age Concern know by 26/10/07 if you would like to attend by phoning 01273 476704 or call in to Age Concern Rother at The Almonry, High Street, Battle.

11. Paygate Road, Sedlescombe. In order to protect the land from inappropriate development, Rother District Council has issued a notice removing permitted development rights from a piece of land in Paygate Road. Full details can be found by clicking here.

12. East Sussex Health Overview and Scrutiny Committee. The "Fit for the Future" recommendations have been agreed by the East Sussex County Council Health Overview and Scrutiny Committee (HOSC). You can read the October 2007 Newsletter by clicking here.

13. De La Warr Pavilion consultation. As part of a consultation exercise, Rother District Council has asked parish councils to comment on the De La Warr Pavilion and Rother's contribution to its running costs which currently amount to £500,000 per annum. The Finance Committee of the Council considered the matter on Tuesday 16 October and the following comments have been forwarded to Rother:

For the following reasons, Sedlescombe Parish Council suggests that the De La Warr is not supported by the district-wide rate but, because of the advantages that have been highlighted for Bexhill in Creative Impact, it is supported through the Bexhill Council Tax. This is another reason to support the parishing of Bexhill:

These comments have been acknowledged by Brenda Mason, Head of Policy and Performance at Rother District Council.

14. Recycling & Waste Collection. At Rother District Council's Council Meeting held on 15/10/07, Cllr Prochak asked a question about this subject. The question involved several sections but the following answers from Cllr Kentfield may be of interest to Sedlescombe residents.

  1. Green wheelie bins. Approximately 16,620 properties have received their green wheelie bins and are receiving service. There will be a further distribution during February/March 2008 with service commencement projected for the end of March or early April.

  2. Collection of cardboard. At the present time we have not been able to determine a logistical and economic route for collection and disposal of cardboard. Renewal/renegotiation of the paper contract could present an opportunity to include some card. The removal of card from landfill is an important issue and research to find suitable solutions will continue until one is found.

15. Help towards work at the sportsfield.


  1. The Parish Council is grateful to Chris Campbell, Estate Agents, for paying for the pavilion fund-raising thermometer which was installed in front of the old pavilion on 16/10/07. This is a very helpful contribution towards our efforts to raise nearly £200,000 for the pavilion and associated works and is much appreciated.

  2. The Parish Council is grateful to Stamco for providing a discount on materials purchased for the fitting out of the portakabin at the sportsfield.

  3. The Parish Council is grateful to David Mitchell, Anthony Rand and others for their voluntary work in fitting out the portakabin at the sportsfield.

  4. The Parish Council appreciates the considerable amount of effort that went into staging the Traditional Village Fayre on the Green at Sedlescombe on 22 September. The Fayre, plus a few donations, not only provided a welcome £1063 boost to new pavilion funds, but also gave us a very pleasant village afternoon. The event was organised by Bob Harris, Judy Torrance and Ralph Dellow but lots of other people helped. Thank you.

  5. The Parish Council is grateful to Sedlescombe Societies Association for agreeing a £1,000 contribution from the June 2007 Fayre towards the proposed pavilion. This is the second £1,000 grant that has been provided by the Societies Association, the first being given to the Sedlescombe Sports Association.

  6. The Parish Council is grateful to Rother District Council for approving a £5,000 grant towards the new pavilion. Thank you also to District Cllr Ganly who supported us at the meeting.

  7. The Parish Council also has to thank District Cllr Ganly for supporting us at a meeting of Battle Partnership where a grant of £2,000 towards the new pavilion was approved.

  8. The Parish Council is grateful to Hastings Muffin Club for agreeing to contribute £200 worth of goods when the pavilion is complete.

  9. The Parish Council is grateful to BeSure who have agreed to install an alarm system in the new pavilion when it is complete.

  10. The Sports Association is grateful to Sussex Police for a donation of £500 from the Police Property Fund towards the new pavilion.

  11. The Parish Council is grateful to Reg Glew for building the benches in the portacabin.

The Parish Council has submitted applications for funding to the Isabel Blackman Foundation, Action in Rural Sussex through the Local Action Plan Scheme, and the Football Foundation. The Football Foundation is expected to be the major funder of this project and members of the Parish Council are due to attend a workshop in Lancing with the Football Foundation on 8/11/07 after which more should be known about our chances of getting the funding we have applied for.

16. Fly-tipping at Sportsfield. Overnight on, 18/19 October Sedlescombe had a bad incident of fly-tipping when a huge amount of rubbish was dumped in front of the gate to the Sedlescombe Sportsfield Car Park completely prohibiting access to the field. The following photographs clearly show the sort of items that were included in the rubbish. Please let the Parish Council know if you recognise any of the rubbish. Phone 01424 870508.

17. Pestalozzi News. The Parish Council has received a copy of Pestalozzi News Autumn/Winter 2007 edition containing lots of stories about the work that is going on in the International Village in Sedlescombe. The Newsletter includes news that the Trust has received delegated planning approval for its redevelopment plans in Sedlescombe and that Chief Executive at Pestalozzi, Derek Marshall, has been awarded an honorary degree of Master of Arts by Brighton University. This award was for Derek's outstanding contribution to the development of the Pestalozzi Village and to the education of students from underprivileged countries. No doubt the Newsletter will appear on the Pestalozzi website in the near future. For now, it is worth logging onto the site to get all their latest news.

18. St Michael's Hospice Newsletter. The Parish Council has received a copy of the St Michael's Hospice Newsletter. The Hospice's Newsletter contain plenty of information about fund-raising events on its behalf. The Open Gardens Scheme raised more than £52,000 during the summer which was an excellent result especially considering the poor weather conditions for most of the gardens' open days. Luckily, the Step Back in Time event held at Hurst Lane, Sedlescombe in August was blessed with glorious sunshine. Plans are in hand for next year's 15th Step Back in Time.

19. Recycling kitchen and garden waste. East Sussex County Council has launched several initiatives in order to encourage people to recycle more of their kitchen and garden waste in order to reduce the amount sent to landfill. With composting, there is no "one size fits all". There are a range of considerations such as garden type, amount and type of waste produced, cost and the amount of time you have available to be taken into account. To help you choose the right system, there is a new free information service called "Compost Doctors" for any composting questions including what type of bin or food waste digester to buy. Their helpline is 0845 6022647 (open Monday to Friday 11am-7pm and Saturday 10am-4pm). Alternatively, e-mail your question to The Compost Doctors will also undertake workshops and presentations for groups.

As part of the scheme to encourage recycling, East Sussex residents are being offered reduced-price Kitchen Composters. Look out for the offers on Green Cone Food Waste Digesters (£9.95 collected) and Green Johanna Food Waste Digester/Composter (£19.95 delivered). According to the leaflet, the nearest stockist of Green Cones to Sedlescombe is Harborough Nurseries in Guestling. Blackbrooks Garden Centre, Sedlescombe are stockists for Compost bins and Water Butts, both on special offer.

20. Highways. East Sussex County Council has a series of highway leaflets available for downloading. These are as follows:

  1. Your county's highway services
  2. Cutting grass and maintaining hedges
  3. Lighting on roads
  4. Road maintenance in winter
  5. Sustainability and recycling materials
  6. The highway - your responsibilties
  7. Weed control

Grass verges - In the leaflet The highway - your responsibilities, the County Council reminds residents that the grass verges outside their properties do not belong to them. They are part of the highway and must be kept clear of rocks, posts, logs or anything else. If someone is injured because you fail to remove these items when asked to, you could face legal action.

Hedges - It is important to make sure that hedges are kept cut so they do not grow over the highway. For safety reasons, the County Council can remove overhanging vegetation and recover the costs from you.

21. Action in rural Sussex. Transport & Rural Access edition. AirS's latest newsletter has been issued and can be seen online. Ask the Clerk if you would like to see the hard copy.

22. East Sussex Residents' Panel. Since 2005, East Sussex County Council has been consulting a panel of 1600 residents about Council issues. The number on the panel is now being increased to 2000 and new members are being sought. Anyone who is an East Sussex resident can apply to become a member of the panel. simply phone with your name and address 01273 481920 or visit the website.

23. Your County. The latest issue of East Sussex County Council's residents' magazine has been published. Click here to see how to download your own copy and to see how you can obtain it on audio tape or in other languages.

24. A21/Marley Lane Junction. Following is an extract from the Minutes of Rother Cabinet held on 29/10/07:

Consideration was given to the report of the Director of Services on Marley Lane, Road Junction Improvement.  Minute CB30/07/07 had authorised officers to work in partnership with the Highways Agency and East Sussex County Council in the implementation of a road junction improvement scheme at Marley Lane to stimulate economic activity in the locality and promote/improve the economic well-being of the area.

The Highways Agency had now approved the design that would allow the junction improvements to proceed without requiring additional land. The redevelopment of the commercial sites at Marley Lane was one of the Council’s Executive Priorities and this project was an important step that enabled development to take place.

A budget of £400,000 had been secured in principle out of which £250,000 would come from SEEDA through the East Sussex Area Investment Framework (AIF).  The project had received stage 1 approval and had been passed by SEEDA’s Project Advisory Board.  The AIF funding was time limited to the current financial year and therefore must be committed by the end of March 2008.  A further £150,000 had been committed in principle from the private sector contributor

A budget estimate of £755,000 had been received that exceeded the estimated budget previously placed against the project.  This left a funding shortfall of £355,000.  Members considered securing further estimates and potentially appointing an alternative lead agent to proceed with the project.

RECOMMENDED: That the sum of £755,000 to be incorporated within the Council’s Capital Programme, of which a minimum of £550,000 will be funded by the East Sussex Area Investment Framework and private sector partners.


  1. the Director of Services be authorised to enter into the necessary agreements with the Highways Agency and the private sector partners to implement and fund the road junction improvement scheme, this will include consideration of alternative lead agents; and
  2. the costs to be met from AIF (£400,000), from the private sector (£150,000) with the residual costs being shared between the District Council and other agencies, with the Council’s element being funded from the receipts anticipated from the Blackfriars development.

(The Appendices to this report were considered exempt from publication by virtue of 3 of Part 1 of Schedule 12A of the Local Government Act 1972).

(Councillor C.R. Maynard declared a personal interest in this matter in so far as he is an elected Member of East Sussex County Council and in accordance with the Members’ Code of Conduct remained in the room during consideration thereof.)