Cooksbridge, Offham and Hamsey

CHURCH SERVICES: Hamsey Church, Sunday, 8am Holy Communion, 6pm Evensong. St Peter’s Church, Sunday, 10.15am Sunday School in the church hall; 10.30am Parish Communion followed by coffee in the hall.

PARISH COUNCIL: East Chiltington PC held an Extraordinary meeting recently with all members of the PC in attendance, Lewes District Councillor Sarah Osborne and 28 members of the public. The chairman asked Cllr Harrison to report on the position regarding the potential development of the Hollycroft Field by LDC in partnership with a developer. She gave a background on the history of the site and the application for Village Green status. She reported that the PC had met with LDC and also with CPRE. The PC has written to the SDNPA and to the local MP. She explained that the PC decided against producing a Neighbourhood Plan because LDC advised against it due to the way the parish is described in the LDC Core Strategy, as not suitable for any development. District Councillor Osborne said she had not been allowed to give any details of proposed sites before as they were confidential, however she had been told there would be no development in East Chiltington. She thought that if development went ahead it might be possible to get some of the houses for local needs, if there was any need. LDC had assessed local need in 2014 and there was requirement for two one-bed houses and one three-bed house in EC. There were then questions from the public. The planning applications is likely to be submitted in January or February 2016. Cllr Osborne thought residents should decide what (if any) level of development would be acceptable. She thought the SDNPA were amenable to some development on the site. After more questions from the public the meeting was adjourned for 10 minutes. The clerk took details of residents willing to help in various ways. The meeting continued to consider the PC response to the LDC housing consultation and the proposals for Hollycroft. The PC will ask LDC to change the meeting on July 7 to a closer date and be on site not at LDC offices. Council will contact Amy Tyler Jones at SDNPA to see what their view is likely to be. Cllr Harrison will contact ESCC re Village Green status. There was a discussion about producing a N Plan for the parish and it was agreed that it was now essential to consider ESCC plans to resurface Novington Lane and the road closure from July 23 to August 7. Cllr Israel will contact ESCC and ask that the lane should not be widened, there should be no drop off at the edges and verges should not have contaminated infill. Chairman to ask the publican’s view for any access only or narrow road sign. The works will be carried out under a temporary road closure from the junction with the B2116 Ditchling Road to the junction with the C323 Honeypot Lane, a distance of 4,200 metres. A diversion route for through traffic will be signed and maintained for the duration of the works. Access to properties will be maintained where possible but may be restricted at times, pedestrian access will not be affected. Further information from Bertie Baxter ono 0345 60 80 193.

ANGRY MEETING: On June 17 there was a consultation meeting held by LDC at the Meridian Centre, Peacehaven. There were over 300 members of the public, with standing room only. It emerged at the start of the meeting that the consultation was only intended for sites in Peacehaven. LDC accepted that its website had been misleading and apologised because many of those attending were interested in other sites, including Newhaven, Lewes, Seaford, Plumpton and east Chiltington. It was a tempestuous and angry meeting, revealing that plans for consultation on the part of LDC and Karis Developments are not in place and that residents from other areas are also questioning both the process and the detail of the Regeneration Strategy. It emerged that the plans for EC are for 20 to 30 houses. It was stated that there will be two waves of the regeneration process. At present EC are told that they will be in the second wave, which will start in 2016 but this could change. LDC have arranged a meeting with Karis Developments, Conran and Partners and representatives of EC parish Council on July 7 to discuss their regeneration plans for Hollycroft Field. No decisions will be made at this meeting. They will also organise a public consultation meeting for the residents of EC. The parish council meet on Thursday in the village hall at 7pm. The Hollycroft Development will be on the agenda. All members of the public are welcome to attend and the PC will appreciate input from village members on this subject, during the section of the meeting open to the public.

BUS SERVICES: The 824 Village rider has a new number so the bus service is as follows: 167, Monday and Thursday leaves EC around 10.25am and gets to Lewes at 11am. The return bus leaves Lewes bus station at 1.20pm. You can check these times with Compass Busses. You can also get this bus to Burgess Hill (or stay on it from Lewes) but would need to return at 4.30pm to the Downs end of Novington Lane. 168, goes to Burgess Hill on Tuesday and Friday at 10.50am and brings you back at 1.30pm when it returns to Burgess Hill. There is also a dial a ride service run by the community transport team.

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