22/02/2017 - Newsletter

March 2017 newsletter

BUDGET 2017/2018


At the Parish Council Meeting on the 9 January the budget for the coming financial year was discussed and agreed. It was resolved to set the precept at £ 52,323, an increase on the current year from £51,565. However, based on information from Mid Sussex District Council that due to changes in the tax base this should result in most households paying the same as 2016/2017 and even a small decrease for lower band properties.



ANNUAL PARISH MEETING - Monday 24th April 2017


Taking place at the Millennium Village Centre, Scaynes Hill at 8.00pm. This meeting will afford residents the opportunity to meet the Councillors who will report on this year’s business. There will be guest speakers and an opportunity for residents to raise any questions. A glass of wine will be offered from 7.45pm and all residents are welcome.


Council meetings coming up


Monday 10th April King Edward Hall, Lindfield

Monday 24 April Annual Parish Meeting, Meeting of Electorates, Scaynes Hill Millennium Village Centre

Monday 15 May Annual Meeting of the Council, King Edward Hall, Lindfield

All meetings commence at 8.00pm





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.





The Parish Council are pleased to inform that the waiting list for allotments is now open and that applications are welcome from both within and outside the parish. Please contact Cllr. John Dumbleton (482633) or the Parish Office (831499) if you are interested.





The Parish Council provides a refuse freighter for a FREE COLLECTION of Household and Garden Waste on the following dates:


Sunday 12th February 2017

Sunday 11th June 2017

Sunday 17th September 2017

Sunday 3rd December 2017

Sunday 11th February 2018

Between 10.00 and 12.00 noon at the North End, Scaynes Hill Common.


No trade or builders' waste will be accepted. Please do not leave rubbish in the absence of the refuse freighter. Thank you.





Those of you who spend time wandering the highways and byways in the Parish, will have noticed that the Parish Council have arranged the provision of some new dog waste bins (Clearwater Lane, Hillcrest Lane and Ham Lane in Scaynes Hill and Lyoth Lane in Lindfield). If your walk includes a dog, please make use of these bins as necessary.



LITTER PICKING MORNING - Sat 25th March 10am - to clean up Scaynes Hill.


The Scaynes Hill Sustainability Group are organising a litter-picking morning on Saturday 25th March and we would like as many volunteers as possible to come and join us to clear up the streets, lanes and footpaths around the village. We want to make it an enjoyable and sociable experience so bring along your friends or family.


Start: 10am from the Scaynes Hill Millennium Centre car park (please park elsewhere). Latecomers welcome.

Equipment provided but wear appropriate clothes, footwear and gloves.

Free refreshments from 12 in the Church Annexe.

Advance notice if possible to Mark (831162) or Graeme (831364) - but if not just turn up!


Check the Scaynes Hill website for further details nearer the time:



BUS SERVICE 31 continues with Compass


Compass are pleased to confirm that service 31 will continue unchanged from 6th February 2017. The service will continue to be operated by Compass with financial support from West Sussex and East Sussex County Councils. The timetable for service 31 can be found at:





We have been advised by SE Water that the B2028 (Buxshalls Hill) is to be completely closed from All Saints Church to Park Lane from 24 April 2017 for approximately 3 weeks to enable a new water main to be installed. Major, lengthy diversions will be in operation but Lindfield High Street will continue to be ‘open for business’ as usual. Please be prepared to warn any delivery drivers of likely access problems. Watch out for the relevant notices confirming dates etc.



A PETITION you might consider voting for


This petition calls for a parliamentary debate on government Housing and Planning policy over building on greenfield land and seeks community right of appeal on planning decisions and the removal of the presumption in favour of sustainable development. To vote go to: