21/11/2018 - Newsletter

December 2018 newsletter





The idea of a six-monthly report (the other being the Chairman’s Report) of updating residents on how the Parish Council (PC) had been involved in the community has been a success. Therefore, I am pleased to continue to provide this information.


Planning has again taken the main focus with work starting on the groundworks at the Taylor Wimpey site in Gravelye Lane and the Nicholas King Homes Barn Cottage site in Scaynes Hill. The land stability report is still in progress at the Barrington Court site (opposite Haywards Heath Golf Club) and the Wates site at Walstead is in the process of being assessed by the developer. The proposed 1,000 homes plus revised road layout at the Haywards Heath Golf Club and the expansion of the Lindfield Golf Club is in the process of being debated and a Planning Application is expected soon.


The PC continues to establish ways of enhancing the Burial Ground and we are grateful for advice from residents. In addition, and after the successful development of a footpath on the east side, several residents now would like a footpath for disabled access on the west side. However, there are certain problems that need to be addressed before this can be considered, including the disposition of graves without headstones in the proposed footpath location.


The PC maintains a Works Outstanding list with details of progress as appropriate. This lists many aspects where the Council is involved including highways issues, lighting, traffic calming etc. The PC is also assisting West Sussex County Council in establishing a cycle route from Scaynes Hill to Lindfield and feasibility studies are in action at present.


After a year the take-up of allotments at Scaynes Hill is very encouraging but there is still room for expansion as required. Please see below.


The PC decided for next year that we would not join Lindfield Parish Council in part funding the ever increasing cost of the ‘Directory and Year Book’ (Diary) with the result that our parishioners will not be receiving their free copy. Council would appreciate any feedback from residents.


A few months ago, our Parish Clerk, Vera Grainger, retired from her post and we are now actively attempting to recruit a replacement (details below). Anyone wishing to apply please contact the Parish Office.


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

Chairman, Lindfield Rural Parish Council



Upcoming Council Meetings



Monday 26 November St Augustine’s Church Annex, Scaynes Hill


Monday 14 January King Edward Hall Lindfield

Monday 18 February St Augustine’s Church Annex, Scaynes Hill

Monday 8 April King Edward Hall Lindfield


Monday 29 April Annual Parish Meeting, Meeting of Electorate,

St Augustine’s Church Annex, Scaynes Hill


Monday 13 May Annual Meeting of the Council

King Edward Hall Lindfield


Meetings to commence at 20.00 hrs



Allotments available


The Parish Council are pleased to inform that the waiting list for allotments is now open at its sites in Gravelye Lane, Lindfield and Clearwater Lane, Scaynes Hill. Applications are welcome from both within and outside the parish. Please contact the Parish Office (831499) if you are interested.




Vacancy: Clerk to the Parish Council


Closing date: 23 November 2018

Work place: Lindfield Rural Parish Council office

Hours: A minimum of 15 hours per week plus an evening meeting every 6 weeks

Rate of pay: up to £20 per hour for a qualified clerk

Address: The Millennium Village Centre, Lewes Road, Scaynes Hill, West Sussex, RH17 7PG


Lindfield Rural Parish Council wishes to appoint a Clerk to an interesting and demanding position working closely with the Council to secure its aims and objectives and oversee community projects.


The successful applicant will have to demonstrate drive, determination, administrative experience, IT, organisational & inter-personal skills, and have knowledge of local government at parish council level.


To apply please download an application pack from the job vacancies page at and return your application form directly to at Lindfield Rural Parish Council.

Please note that CVs alone will not be accepted.


Interviews will take place in early December on a date to be agreed.