SHEEP WORRYING: Telscombe Town Council have been shocked to hear about last week’s vicious dog attack on the flock of sheep at Telscombe Tye, killing three ewes. This is the third reported attack so far this year on the Tye. Dog worrying incidents are devastating for local farmers, not just financially but also having to deal with the aftermath. The Telscombe Tye is a farmed landscape and sheep conservation grazing is vital for the maintenance of the chalk grasslands of the South Downs. While the council understands that most dog walkers respectfully keep their dogs on leads or under very close control when walking the Tye, there are still a few that allow their dogs off leads. At this time of year when ewes are pregnant this can have devastating effects as even low levels of worrying can cause ewes to abort lambs or suffer heart attacks. Also as spring approaches, ground nesting birds such as skylarks and night jars are bringing up their broods and can be disturbed by dogs running loose. The Dogs (Protection of Livestock) Act 1953 says that if a dog worries sheep on agricultural land then the owner or person in charge of the dog is guilty of a criminal offence. The Town Council would therefore ask anyone who saw the vicious attack last week to report the incident to the police immediately on 101.
I have seen distressing photographs of the sheep involved in this incident. As a lifelong dog lover and walker I would ask everyone to take exceptional care, especially at this time of the year, No animal needs to suffer what must be a terrifying and painful death like this.
VOLUNTEERS: Are you interested in becoming a volunteer Tye Lookerer? This will involve keeping an eye on the Council’s community flock and reporting any problems. if you’re interested in volunteering then contact us at Telscombe Town Council on 01273 589777
COUNCILLORS SURGERY: On the first Saturday of each month from 10am to 11am at the Civic Centre. No appointment necessary. Come along and see your local councillors.
RESIDENTS ASSOCIATION: Telscombe Residents’ Association meet on the first Thursday of each month from 7.15pm to 9.15pm in the Civic Centre. Email the secretary at email@example.com for a copy of the meeting agenda.
SUPPORT GROUP: Breast Cancer Support Group meeting on the First Wednesday of each month from 1pm to 3.30pm in the Civic Centre. Contact email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
CITIZENS ADVICE BUREAU: Drop in advice surgery on the last Tuesday of each month from 10.30am to 12.30pm in the Civic Centre. Advice can also be gained via their website www.citizensadvice.org.uk. Adviceline 03444 111 444.
COMMITTEE MEETINGS: Planning and Highways meeting on Monday at 7.30pm. If there is insufficient business, meetings may be cancelled. Please therefore telephone the Civic Centre on 01273 589777 to ensure that the meeting is being held. Meetings are open to members of the public who are able to ask questions for a 15 minute period at the start of each meeting. Meetings are held in Telscombe Civic Centre, 360 South Coast Road unless otherwise stated.
FOOTNOTES: What is it about some drivers of large and expensive cars who feel they have to drive at what appears to be six inches from my boot. On a journey to Eastbourne to a meeting this week, a massive Range Rover. Its grill filling my rear view mirror tailed me over the Seven Sisters. I got rid of them eventually by deliberately slowing down to twenty miles an hour, so he was forced to overtake. In daylight this is tolerable, but at night when this happened, it can be very disconcerting. I was describing all this to Chaplin, as we took a turn around the garden in the brilliant sunshine and sudden rise in temperature, but he appeared uninterested. What a joy this time of the year is. The snowdrops are out and daffodils are about to flower. Buds are appearing on the apple and plum trees and the shrubs and bushes are showing signs of new shoots. Time to contact the very nice man who gardens for me and the other nice man who mows the grass every fortnight, and get the year started. Go safely and enjoy your week.
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