Below is the text of an article written for The Parish News* by the now former Cllr. Jane Stevens who prompted Southern to improve the station access and has liaised with them in the lead-up to the construction starting on behalf of the Parish Council.
* Available by subscription and from all good village stores.
For all of us - and there are many - who struggle up and down the multitude of steps at Glynde Station, an end is in sight! As many of you will know Southern Rail started work on an access ramp to Platform 1 on 20th January. It follows the route of the old dairy ramp on the east side of the bridge, and all being well should be completed by mid/end March. It will give those with pushchairs or heavy luggage, the elderly, those with sticks or crutches, cyclists and others an easy route to the platform that is step free. It will also be fully compliant regards access for mobility-scooter and wheelchair users, for whom public transport to and from Glynde currently isn’t an option. And those folk light-of-luggage or easy-of-knee-joint who love steps and relish the exercise will of course still be able to skip over the bridge if they wish!
In the months since the Parish Council approached Southern re improving access, they have generously both included us in the planning process and gone well over their budget in order to try and make the visual impact as sympathetic to the surroundings as possible. The low wall that runs most of the length of the ramp will be brick and they will use black “lantern style“ lamps to light the way rather than the utilitarian grey variety. The Parish Council is planning to plant some nice shrubs too! And we will be looking at access to Platform 2 during the coming year with the hope of making the whole station fully accessible for all villagers and visitors. I’d like to take this opportunity to thank both Southern and all of you who have spoken to us/left comments in the village shop, for all your help in making this happen.
Jane Stevens on behalf of Glynde and Beddingham Parish Council
Dear Ms. Knight,
Can you help us to circulate some important information? Over the next six months Lewes District Council is promoting a fantastic offer of free cavity wall and/or loft insulation (subject to survey). It’s a limited offer (ending in December this year) that every resident can benefit from which is financed by the utility companies as part of their carbon reduction commitment.
We would like your help to promote this offer and therefore ask if it would be possible to place a promotional advertisement for the campaign in your parish magazine and, if possible on your Parish website?
Although we will be undertaking other district wide media advertising and publicity events, we feel that for our rural communities the Parish Council is the best partner to help promote this once in a lifetime offer.
If you are interested in helping with the campaign what are your deadlines for copy? If you would like more information please contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org or on 01273 484330.
You can view a .PDF copy of the Parish Council's Annual Return for the year ended 31st March 2011 by clicking here.
It is a scan of the official documents (9 pages/1.5MB).
East Sussex Highways is excavating trial holes 10 metres either side of the river bridge. The works will be carried out under a temporary road closure. A local diversion route will be signed and maintained for the duration of the works: 29th August 2011 – 2nd September 2011
You can view a .PDF copy of the official notification of forthcoming works by clicking here.
You can view a .PDF copy of the diversion map by clicking here.
ESCC have a section about Roadworks on their website which may provide further information or contact details
The trees have arrived and we are planting them on Saturday February 26th. Meet 9am in the cricket field car park. Please bring your spade if you can. There's a planting plan on the Parish Council notice board in the car park.
Many thanks for everyone's kindness and patience.
The most notable event in the last year , or even the last 100 years , in our Parishes is one for which the Parish Council can take no credit – much as we would like to . I refer of course to 14 September 2009 when our cricket team won the final of the national village knock out competition after a memorable nail - biter at Lords . This was a magnificent performance achieved by largely home grown talent who are now the pride of Sussex . The Parish Council has plans to commemorate this achievement which we hope will come to fruition this summer.
We are also planning to put up a plaque in the recreation ground to commemorate the opening of the newly re-equipped playground last year , and a plaque in the churchyard at the War Memorial to list the inscribed names which have over the years become indecipherable.
Another project in which we have been involved in the last year is tree planting . In co-operation with Glynde Estates a first phase in planting has been carried out in the Recreation Ground, and a second phase is now in the pipeline.
Also in co-operation with Glynde Estates we have announced the establishment of a community emergencies committee . Experience of a hard winter and the dangers of pandemics have demonstrated that local community self- help organisations can have an important role in situations where the official emergency services are over- stretched, and we hope to have a basic organisation in place by next winter.
For the third year in a row we held our precept from Lewes District Council to £8000 for 2009/10 and will maintain that level for 2010/11. This is mainly used for administration and maintaining our limited services – street lighting , care of the playground area, and support for the swimming pool committee . After adjusting for the timing of a VAT receipt , we recorded a surplus for the year of £1541, and our cash balance at the year end was £10,412 which will enable us to carry out village projects such as those mentioned above.
This time last year we were involved in a further illegal encampment on the old A27 near to Littledene . In the aftermath of that there were discussions with local residents and East Sussex County Council to try to find a permanent solution to the problems created by the old road . We were pleased to see that an agreement was reached whereby the County Council carried out works to restrict the old road to a single narrow carriageway . Throughout that latest incident we were impressed by and grateful for the way in which the Council and the local Police handled it . We were also impressed by the new facility opened at Bridie’s Tan which should help cater for the needs of short stay travellers.
Our major concern on the planning front has been , and continues to be , the proposal from East Sussex County to find a new landraise site in our area . Along with other local parishes we have objected in principle to what has been proposed , and we have joined forces with Firle PC to oppose in particular a possible site in Firle parish north of the A27 , which adjoins our parish and raises concerns about access, visual impact and contamination of the aquifers affecting water supply to Glynde . We await the outcome of the ESSC consultations.
As always I am grateful to my fellow councillors for their help and support – to Vice Chairman and financial guru , John Wilson , to Jean Connell and Peter Knight in particular for their contribution to the tree planting , and to Andrew Small our former Chairman and source of wisdom and advice on the mysterious workings of local government. During the year we lost the services of Sam Morgan who left the area . Her contribution in particular to the new playground was greatly appreciated . She has been replaced by Mrs Alexandra Travers as a co-optee , who we welcome . Finally my thanks to our Clerk , Barbara Knight , whose enthusiasm and local knowledge we are lucky to enjoy.
The Highways Agency will be carrying out some repairs to the A26 in September and October 2009.
The work will start on Monday 28 September and is due to last five weeks. It will involve full carriageway depth reconstruction and resurfacing between The Lay and the waste transfer station. This will also include minor drainage works, signage, road markings and road studs work along the whole of the A26 from Beddingham to Newhaven.
There will be road closures and diversions while the work is carried out, the details of which can be seen in this electronic version of the newsletter that is currently being distributed. There is also a dedicated webpage on the Highways Agency website.
In the last year we have seen the completion of two infrastructure projects of importance to us. The first was the major A27 improvements between Southerham and Beddingham which have resulted in significant reduction in congestion and delay and of rat running through Glynde . Importantly for our local concerns was the completion of the new Glynde intersection, which has improved the safety of what would otherwise have become an even more dangerous road junction. However, concern at the frequent evidence of the dangers of the stretch of the A26 between the Beddingham roundabout and the Ley corner remains.
The other more modest project but one of even more local importance was the completion and opening in October of the greatly refurbished playground on the Glynde recreation ground. With the major donation of £20,000 from the charity arm of operators of the Beddingham Landfill site, Viridor Credits, free site preparatory work from Macalpine ( Now Carillion ), the generous donation from Glynde Estates and a contribution from our own Parish Council funds, we spent a grand total of £30,000 on the installation of new equipment and surfacing. A lovely October day saw the official opening of the new playground by young Kieran Piper, whose name had been pulled out of the hat by Sally, Lady Hampden. The planning and executing of this project involved a great deal of time and effort by the Council and it was thanks to Councillors John Wilson and Sam Morgan that this project was brought to a successful conclusion.
Another major landmark (literally) has just been reached with the last delivery of waste to the Beddingham landfill site. Capping and restoration of the site begins in June and is expected to be complete by November. The grass heralding the welcome return of downland should appear next Spring. The disappearance of the traffic will also be welcome, at least until the Newhaven Incinerator opens. Viridor have been good neighbours and our community and many others locally have benefited through the Landfill Community Fund from their presence.
On the financial front, for the second year running we held our precept ( the money we receive from Lewes District Council ) to £8000. Our administration costs of just over £3000 were also held. During the year in addition to our contribution to the new playground, we continued to support the Swimming Club ( £750 ) maintain the recreation ground ( £1200 ) and street lighting ( £500 ). We also made a donation of £500 to support the provision of wi- fi in the centre of Glynde.
Last year I reported that the Council was involved in a controversial planning application, namely the application by Glyndebourne to erect a large wind turbine on Mill Plain overlooking Ringmer, and that in common with many other organisations we had participated in the Public Inquiry in opposition to it. In the event we failed to impress the Inspector or the Secretary of State and the application was approved. In respect of planning and other issues we await with interest the regime of the South Downs National Park which is now being established.
In April, to much local concern we found that the old A27 site, which had caused such a problem two years ago, had again been illegally occupied by a large traveller group. The Council attended meetings with Sussex Police, the local authorities and representatives of the group, to address the immediate issues while East Sussex County Council, the landowner, considered what action to take. The Clerk circulated a message of relevant information to local residents. In the event ESCC sought and obtained a re-possession order and the group left the site on 9 May when it was safeguarded by ESCC against further incursion. The Parish Council now expects to be involved in discussion with ESCC and other interests about the long-term future of the site.
Possible future projects which we hope to take forward include tree planting in collaboration with Glynde Estates and also with them a local emergencies committee.
We also hope to begin using SID equipment to monitor vehicle speeds through Glynde village. And we would like to ensure that the inscription and names on the War Memorial do not get forgotten. Another possibility following the discovery locally of a saxon burial site is some form of local exhibit in collaboration with ESCC archaeologists.
The Council shares the hope of our residents that this year we shall see plenty of decent summer weather. We hope in particular that the Flower Show and Swimming Pool Committees are blessed with overdue good weather and that the Cricket Club, which in its first year in the Sussex League gained promotion, goes from strength to strength
In the last year to our regret we lost the services of our clerk Tracey Dadswell, who had looked after our affairs so well and to whom we are very grateful. However we were fortunate to find that Barbara Knight had become available and willing and she has settled in with speed and enthusiasm which will keep the Council on its toes. Also due to pressure of work Jane Levine resigned but although she is missed we hope to involve her in one of our projects. We have been pleased to co-opt into our ranks Jane Stevens and Peter Knight who have already shown that they will be real assets to our work. Finally I must again thank our Vice Chairman, John Wilson, who is a tower of strength as our chief financial officer and who more than compensates for my own financial illiteracy.
TONY FORTNAM, 28 MAY 2009
To be held on Thursday May 28 2009 at 7.00 pm in the Reading Room Beddingham. All welcome. This will be followed by a meeting of the Parish Council at 7.30 pm approximately, which is open to all.
The Lewes Neighbourhood Panel website for Lewes District is now up and running. The site is currently still under construction – however is now externally viewable. When it is fully up and running you will be able to read the minutes of your community's last Neighbourhood Panel Meeting.
You will be able to also,
To view the Lewes Neighbourhood Panel please go to www.lewesnp.co.uk
You will probably be aware that on April 4 2009 a large group of Travellers illegally occupied a site on the old A27 near the Glynde turn.
Parish Council representatives attended meetings on 6 and 14 April called by Sussex Police. Also present were representatives of East Sussex County Council, Lewes District Council and representatives of the travellers in question. We have also been in direct contact with the County Council, with our County Councillor, with Firle Parish Council and have had our own meeting with the Police. The legal position is that in the absence of any law and order problems, the responsibility for deciding what happens next rests with East Sussex County Council which owns the site.
The Police are well aware of the history of this site and the reasons why local residents feel seriously alarmed, and have assured us that the situation will be continually monitored and that any complaints will be followed up. The same goes for Lewes District Council about any complaints regarding environmental issues.
The position of the Parish Council is straightforward. The barriers erected two years ago by the County Council specifically to prevent further illegal occupation of the site were forcibly breached, and we look to the County Council to re-claim the site as soon as possible and to take more effective steps to prevent future incursions.
We will keep you in touch with further developments and suggest that those residents with access to the internet keep an eye on the website. In the meantime please let me know if you experience any problems or any worrying developments. In addition you should not hesitate to report to the Police any problems on the law and order front (999 in an emergency or 0845 60 70 999 non-emergency).
The Court date for the possession proceedings is next Wednesday 29th April - the time is yet to be confirmed.
A vacancy has occurred in the Beddingham Ward for a member to serve on the Glynde and Beddingham Parish Council for the period expiring May 2011.
If TEN local Government electors for the Beddingham Ward of the Parish Council of Glynde and Beddingham give notice in writing on or before 12th day of March 2009 to:-
John Crawford, Chief Executive, Lewes District Council, Lewes House, 32 High Street, Lewes, East Sussex BN27 2LX that they wish an election to be held to fill the vacancy then a by-election will be held.
If notice is not given and received as mentioned in (2) above the Glynde and Beddingham Parish Council will proceed to fill the before-mentioned vacancy by CO-OPTION at its meeting to be held on Thursday the 26th day of March 2009.
DATED this 25th day of February 2009.
Signed: Barbara Knight Parish Clerk
1 Brigdens Farm Cottages
A revised order has been placed for new playground equipment and it is hoped that work will be completed by Friday 24th October 2008, just in time for the half term school holiday.
Details of the grand opening to follow shortly.
All the formalities have now been completed and an order has been placed for re-equipping the playground area.
It is anticipated that all being well, work will be completed in time for the Flower Show on August 9th, which will also coincide with the grand opening!
More details to follow as work gets under way.
The year began with the problems arising from the illegal encampment on the old A27 unresolved. These problems came to a head in June 2007 when the Council in co-operation with Firle PC expressed strong local concerns to East Sussex County Council. The occupants of the site were eventually evicted in July 2007. Subsequently with the practical and generous help of the Glynde Estates the Car Park in the village was provided with a height barrier to deter illegal occupation.
Another major feature of the past year has been the continuing major roadworks on the A27 and associated contacts with the Highways Agency and MacAlpine. The Council was pleased to see that its concerns about the impact of the new scheme at the Glynde turn were taken on board and that changes to the A27 lay out are now being carried out to improve safety at this junction. These changes may be less than ideal but were the best that could be incorporated at this stage. There seems to be evidence that with the opening of the new bridge over the level crossing just before Christmas the volume of traffic through the village has declined - though concern about traffic speeds has not. Some local volunteers have now been trained to operate Speed Indicator Display (SID) equipment and we hope to see that equipment in use in the village in the near future. The Council's efforts to get the 40 mph speed limit on the A26 Newhaven Road extended to the Ley corner have so far proved fruitless. We may get another chance to have a go when speed limits are reviewed after the new A27 scheme has been running for a while.
We are pleased to report that we expect shortly to be in a position to put in place significant improvements to the playground area on the recreation ground. In March the Council applied to Viridor Credits (an arm of the Beddingham Landfill site operators) for funding for a major refurbishment of the playground, and has received an offer from the company of £20,000. This, added to a significant contribution from the Council and a generous additional funding from Glynde Estates, means that we should be able to provide a very attractive new amenity. The details of the scheme and the choice of contractor are now being worked on and all being well we should see new facilities in place before the end of the summer.
While on the recreation front, we would like to congratulate all connected with the Cricket Club for qualifying for promotion to the Sussex League. In addition to having one of the loveliest and best maintained grounds around we also have a Club which has splendid facilities, some of the best young home grown talent in the county and which is a terrific asset to the community. We also host a football club which earlier in the season produced a number of complaints about noise and litter on Sunday mornings. But with the support of their league and a constructive meeting with their manager we hope we have succeeded in meeting everyone's interests. The Council also does its best to support the Swimming Club which was not helped by last summer's bad weather. We urge everyone to support this unique facility in our community.
Financially the Council decided that we were in a position to keep our precept at last year's level (£8000). Some of our funds will go to the new playground and we are looking at other possible local projects. We are, in conjunction with Glynde Estates, looking to set up a local emergencies committee. The potential value of Community self help is being increasingly recognised and we might be well placed to set up some worthwhile arrangements. The Council would welcome suggestions for other possible community projects.
On local planning issues, the application from Glyndebourne for a large wind turbine on Mill Plain produced much attention and controversy. In common with many national and local amenity groups, the Council objected to the proposal on the grounds of its major impact on the South Downs landscape. Lewes District Council approved the application, but the Government intervened and referred the application to a Public Inquiry. At this Inquiry the Parish Council's objection was re-stated. The final decision on this proposal is expected in July.
With this report the Council gingerly enters cyberspace. With the great help and encouragement of Chris Whitmore we are beginning by taking a ride on his website. We shall then be able to judge how useful our own dedicated website might be to the Council and more importantly to the community.
I would like to thank our Vice Chairman, John Wilson, for his help and support particularly with our finances, and also to thank my other colleagues on the Council, all of whom have made important contributions to our work. Thanks also to our invaluable Parish Clerk, Tracey Dadswell, who has much to my relief agreed to soldier on for the time being.
Finally we cannot look back on the year without marking the passing of Viscount Hampden, who took such a close and personal interest in our community and whose unfailing courtesy and support will be long remembered.