Wadhurst Parish Council held its Full Council meeting on Thursday 8th November, so I will include matters arising from this.

Proposed future of the Commemoration Hall and Football pitch.

A Parish Meeting was held on Thursday 25th October 2018 at 7pm in the Commemoration Hall in which the proposed future of the Commemoration Hall and Football pitch was outlined by the Chairman of the Wadhurst Institute, Hall & Field CIO.  It was good to see so many residents attend (about 250).  Following the illustrated presentation, there was a lively question and answer session which lasted about an hour.  At the end of the meeting , as the person presiding over the meeting, I called for a Parish Poll to take place, to be conducted by Wealden District Council Electoral Services on Thursday 15th November 2918.  All residents within the Parish of Wadhurst who are on the electoral register being entitled to vote.  I read out the question which would appear on the ballot paper before closing the meeting.  By the time you read this, the outcome of the Parish Poll will be known !

Wadhurst Household Recycling Centre

As reported in the last edition of Focus, the small working group set up to try and save the Recycling Centre have been negotiating with East Sussex County Council (Owner of the site and provider of Household Waste Recycling) and Veolia (Waste & recycling contractor).  We had not reached an agreement by 30th September, when the site closed.  Subsequently we have continued to work with them to find a reasonable and affordable outcome. Regrettably the offer from Veolia would mean charging a gate fee to users of between £2.50 and £3 per visit and if not enough people used the facility, then the Parish Council would have to pick up the bill for the shortfall which could be as much as £20-30,000 a year.  Reluctantly, the Parish Council have taken the decision not to continue because the risk is too high.  The Council publically thanked Councillors Dunnett and Standley for the enormous amount of time and energy they have committed to try and save our much-loved Household Waste Recycling Centre.

Parish Council Budget 2019-2020

The Budget was presented to Full Council for approval and accepted at our November meeting. Although the recent Chancellor’s Budget has meant 100% reduction in rates for Public toilets, our outgoings have increased for mowing verges and maintaining other amenity areas, energy maintenance & repairs (street lamps) and employees NICs.  It will result in a small increase in the Parish Precept of 5.7%.  Wealden District Council will be sending out the provisional tax base for 2019-20 to us in the first week of December, from which it can be worked out what this increase will mean to each taxpayer.

Nominate your Community Volunteer Heroes

Wealden District Council is looking for nominations for the Chairman’s Community Volunteer Awards.  The successful nominees will be presented with their awards at the Chairman’s Civic Reception on Friday 1st March 2019 in Herstmonceux Castle. The Chairman said, “ So many people channel their energies into helping other people and the environment but rarely receive the thanks and recognition of the wider public.  Community volunteers are taken for granted, but without them we really would notice a difference.  By finding and rewarding some outstanding examples of volunteering in Wealden, we hope others will appreciate the sense of purpose and fulfilment volunteering can bring”.

There are 3 categories for the Community Volunteer Awards 2019:

  • Community Volunteer Hero (someone who makes an outstanding contribution to running a voluntary group or groups or its beneficiaries)
  • Young Volunteer of the Year (under 25 years old)
  • Volunteer Group of the Year.

In the first 2 categories, the winning individual will receive a £100 donation to an organisation of their choice and £25 in gift vouchers.  The winner of the group/organisation of the year award will receive a £125 donation to the organisation.

All details, including nomination forms and eligibility conditions, can be found on the Chairman’s page of the Wealden DC website. Nominations close at Noon on 20th December 2018. Previous winners in Wadhurst include Stan Cosham and Dot Smytherman.

Communications

We are very conscious that communications from the Parish Council to the Community could be improved,  so we are trying to keep up-to-date our Parish Council Mobile Phone App, Twitter feed and Website.  We have stopped using our Facebook account.  If you want something local and current to go out through the Parish Council, please contact Cllr Bruce Meredeen.

 

Graham Wells

Chairman

Wadhurst Parish Council

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