24/11/2017 - Newsletter

December 2017 newsletter


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



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