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The Parish Council aims to provide a full range of information to benefit all members of the community whether you are a resident, newcomer or visitor to the parish.

 

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Latest News

 

15/12/2017 - Christmas rubbish and recycling collection dates

 

Mid Sussex District Council is reminding residents that rubbish and recycling collection days will change for two weeks over the Christmas and New Year period.

 

Residents with a collection due on Christmas Day (Monday 25 December) will have their rubbish collected two days early on Saturday 23 December. Every other rubbish and recycling collection will be one day later than usual from Wednesday 27 December until Saturday 6 January 2018. Collections return to normal from Monday 9 January.

 

Residents can access personalised information about their collection day, and if they are due a blue lidded recycling collection or a grey lidded rubbish collection, by entering their postcode at www.midsussex.gov.uk/mymidsussex .

 

The festive bin collection changes are as follows:-

 

Due collection date New collection date

Monday 25 Dec Saturday 23 Dec

Tuesday 26 Dec Wednesday 27 Dec

Wednesday 27 Dec Thursday 28 Dec

Thursday 28 Dec Friday 29 Dec

Friday 29 Dec Saturday 30 Dec

Monday 1 Jan 2018 Tuesday 2 Jan 2018

Tuesday 2 Jan 2018 Wednesday 3 Jan 2018

Wednesday 3 Jan 2018 Thursday 4 Jan 2018

Thursday 4 Jan 2018 Friday 5 Jan 2018

Friday 5 Jan 2018 Saturday 6 Jan 2018

 

There will be no garden waste collections between Monday 25 December and Friday 5 January 2018.

 

Residents with a real Christmas tree can recycle it in their garden waste bin as long as the lid can be closed firmly. Alternatively, the Council provides lots of sites where residents can drop off a tree for recycling. To see the details of dates and locations, go to www.midsussex.gov.uk/treerecycling. Sites are open between Saturday 30 December and Friday 12 January 2018.

 

For more information about Christmas rubbish and recycling collections visit www.midsussex.gov.uk/recycling, email wastematters@midsussex.gov.uk or call 01444 477440.

 

 

13/12/2017 - Parish Office opening times

 

Christmas and New Year holiday - office opening times

 

Please note that the Parish office will be closed from Monday 25 December until Tuesday 2 January

 

24/11/2017 - Newsletter

 

December 2017 newsletter

 

AUTUMN STATEMENT

The idea of an additional report was introduced some 2 years ago and following its success it was felt appropriate to continue to update residents on how your Parish Council (PC) had been involved in the Community over the past six months (since the Chairman’s report).

 

After several previous successes with the rejection of several high profile proposed housing developments MSDC found in favour of Taylor Wimpey with outline planning approval for a development of 130 homes on the corner of Scamps Hill and Gravelye Lane. Additionally, Wates have appealed against rejection of the proposed development to the south of Walstead and a decision by the Inspector is expected shortly. The proposed development at Portsmouth Wood (opposite Haywards Heath Golf Club) has now been agreed subject to a Land Stability Report. We await the results of that assessment. Residents may note that development of the site has been rejected many times over the years. Moreover, in the past, developments in the North West of the Parish have always been regarded by MSDC as an area not to be considered for housing expansion, but with the Birchen Fields and Penland Farm developments in progress we need to be fully aware of the change of emphasis. Scaynes Hill also has been the target for developers and circa 50 homes have been approved on a site on Anchor Hill – adjacent to The Farmers pub (please note reversion to the previous name).

 

The PC continues to find ways to enhance the appearance of the Burial Ground (BG) at Walstead and many residents have congratulated us on how pleasant it looks. Further improvements have included a new footpath on the east side of the cemetery and two new plaques decoratively indicating the environmental impact of the wild flowers on the whole of the BG. We have established 10 years at least of spare capacity for burials in the BG, but still continue to ‘space plan’ the cemetery while continuing to enquire concerning the many vacant pre-purchased plots (plots over 50 years old at present). We have digitally mapped the whole cemetery in order that we may have an up-to-date clearer picture of the disposition of the graves. We are also attempting to establish other ways of identifying other vacant space.

The PC continues to maintain a ‘Works Outstanding’ list with details of progress as appropriate. This lists many aspects where the Council is involved, but mainly including highway issues, lighting, flooding areas etc. This schedule may be viewed on line (mentioned in Council minutes) or by contact with the Parish Office.

 

The new Allotment site at Scaynes Hill is now a reality and we have received an excellent response from residents, many of whom have commenced working their plot. Any resident wishing to rent a plot should contact the Parish Office.

Several of the plotholders at Scaynes Hill have vacated plots at the Gravelye Lane, Lindfield site and that has left a few gaps at the latter site. Although there is a waiting list at present residents should be accommodated without too much delay. Please contact the Parish Office (831499) if you are interested.

 

On behalf of Parish Councillors and staff I would like to take this opportunity of wishing you all a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.

John Dumbleton

 

Vacancy for Parish Councillor

Can you make a difference to your local community?

Have you ever thought about becoming a Parish Councillor?

Lindfield Rural Parish Council has a vacancy for a new member to be co-opted to the Council.

 

Councillors represent the interests of the whole community and Government is more than ever looking to communities and local councils to respond to very local needs and priorities. Lindfield Rural Parish Council is looking for community-minded, proactive and practical people able to deal effectively with a range of issues. Councillors are required to attend monthly evening meetings. Also important is the ability to communicate and to work as part of a team with other Councillors.

As a Parish Councillor, you will be influential in local projects and plans, and take responsibility for decisions made that will have a real impact on the future of the community.

Councillors must be over 18 and be a British National or a qualifying citizen of the Commonwealth or the European Community. They must also live or work or own land within the Parish or within 3 miles of its boundaries. Please note that this is an unpaid voluntary position.

 

If you are interested in becoming a member of the Council, please write to the Council setting out why you would like to be a Councillor and what qualities you would bring to this role. This should be sent to Vera Grainger, Clerk to the Council, Lindfield Rural Parish Council, Millennium Village Centre, Lewes Road, Scaynes Hill, West Sussex, RH17 7PG

 

Upcoming Council Meetings

 

2018

Monday 8 January King Edward Hall Lindfield

Monday 19 February St Augustine’s Church Annex, Scaynes Hill

Monday 9 April King Edward Hall Lindfield

 

Monday 30 April Annual Parish Meeting, Meeting of Electorate,

Scaynes Hill Millennium Village Centre

 

Monday 14 May Annual Meeting of the Council

King Edward Hall Lindfield

Meetings to commence at 20.00 hrs

 

Keeping well this winter.

With the weather turning colder and winter approaching fast, West Sussex County Council is highlighting some of the ways we can all help to stay well this winter.

 

If you are eligible for a free flu vaccination it is important that you take up this offer. You are offered the vaccine for free if you are one of the groups of people who are most ‘at risk’ of catching the illness.

This is one of the most important things you can do to stay well and it may also help relieve pressure on the NHS this winter. To find out if you’re in an ‘at risk’ group speak to your local participating pharmacy or GP.

 

Eating at least one hot nutritious meal a day is very important for our health and wellbeing, particularly in colder weather. Some people, due to illness, frailty or a disability, may find it difficult or impossible to shop, cook or heat a frozen meal. The home-delivered hot meals service may be the answer.

The national award-winning meals on wheels service in West Sussex is run on behalf of the County Council by apetito. Meals are delivered at lunchtimes between 11-2, up to seven days a week – including Christmas Day.

To find out more about meals on wheels or to sign up for the service call 01903 718893 or email westsussex.office@apetito.co.uk.