At the end of May we held our Annual Parish meeting, attended by more than 60 people. Many subjects were raised at the meeting. Parking was, as ever, a major theme. The Environment, Highways and Transport Committee will be discussing whether we should develop a ‘considerate parking scheme’, encouraging a group of people to be advocates for good parking and to discourage selfish or dangerous parking, given that the police are no longer dealing with parking offences.
Another subject which continues to cause concern is speeding. We have recently got the go ahead to install flashing lights on Mayfield Lane near the Sacred Heart School, the County Council matching the funding provided by ourselves and the School. And we are looking at what could be done by the Railway Station, where we all must feel we are taking our lives in our own hands as we cross into the car park. All these initiatives take time, involving surveys, designs and funding applications, but at least they are in the pipeline. In the meantime, Community Speedwatch continues to monitor and report motorists.
Potholes are another perennial issue – as we have said before, the most effective action is to report them direct to the County Council (https://www.eastsussex.gov.uk/roadsand transport/roads/maintenance/potholes).
One final regular issue is rubbish. We did agree earlier this year to contract a street sweeper, but no-one was interested in doing the job. We will try again. However, regular litter-picking has now resumed.
We will shortly be deciding whether or not to undertake a Neighbourhood Plan. This is an opportunity to develop ideas on how we want Wadhurst to develop over the next decades, not only regarding housing, but also maintaining a vibrant High Street, improving the environment and creating more leisure opportunities. A working party is currently addressing this.