Arlington & Berwick

FUNDING: The developers and the landowner of the solar farm at Berwick, as part of the Unilateral Undertaking have now paid approximately £34,000 into a fund, to be administered by Wealden. This replaces the Community Benefit Scheme which had previously been promoted. Under the Unilateral Undertaking this fund of money should be used in the local parishes of Arlington, Berwick, Chalvington with Ripe and Selmeston and should be used as follows: the making of grants and/or loans to offer opportunities to grass roots community voluntary groups and individuals to receive grants for the promotion and installation of energy efficient measures, small-scale renewable energy projects and education and capacity building projects or other projects involving renewable energy, climate change and nature conservation and enhancing the public realm through planting so they may create and/or deliver outcomes for the benefit of their community and members by a simple effective inclusive programme within the local parishes.

The four parish councils have agreed to work together to make sure that the funds are allocated in an equitable way. Wealden DC are Trustees of the funds so they will have the final say, but we have been assured that our recommendations will be listened to. So if any organisation/group in one of the four parishes would like to propose a project that needs funding in line with the Undertaking please approach your parish council.

MICHELHAM PRIORY BRIDGE: Motorists are warned that there is still a deep drop off the left-hand verge on the Caneheath side of Michelham Priory Bridge at the place where vehicles have to pull over in order to give priority to the traffic coming out of Upper Dicker.

Judging by the score marks in the tarmac, at least one vehicle has ended up grounding their axle through dropping off the edge. ESCC Highways have been informed of the problem and a survey is awaited to determine what repairs are required.

CHILVER BRIDGE ROAD: Between June 30 and July 2 at Chilver Bridge Road. ESCC Highways will be carrying out patch repairs on Chilver Bridge Road, outside Tree Tops. This work will take up to three days to complete however, if the weather is bad there may be a delay in starting the work. If the date is delayed then the revised date will be displayed on the Advanced Warning Signs on the road. The work itself will take place between 7am and 5pm, during which time Chilver Bridge Road will be closed. You will be able to gain access but you may have to take the diversion route on occasion.

QUIZ NIGHT: On Friday, July 3, there will be a Quiz Night starting at 7pm in Arlington Village Hall. It will have the theme Food and Drink. Teams of up to six people. Entry is £3 per head. Donations of food related raffle prizes are most welcome. Please e-mail to book a table.

SUMMER CONCERT: On Saturday, July 4, at St Pancras Church in Arlington starting at 7pm, Harmonie Concert Band and Voices in Harmonie Choir will be giving a Summer Concert. This will be a Summer Concert with a difference to raise funds for St Pancras Church in Arlington. Harmonie are a local group of about 25 musicians and 20 choir members based in the Wealden area who have a varied and delightful programme of classical and popular items played by talented brass, woodwind and percussion musicians. Tickets (including interval refreshments) are £10 with under 16’s at £5. Tickets are available from Christine on 07813 382580 or Jackie on 01323 482429.

PARISH COUNCIL: Arlington Parish Council Planning Meeting on Monday, July 6, at Arlington Village Hall starting at 7pm. The meeting is to discuss planning application WD/2015/1255 for the development of an equestrian indoor riding school. Further details of the application may be found at

VILLAGE MARKET: Arlington Village Market is on Tuesday, July 7, in Arlington Village Hall between 10am and 11.30am. There will be a variety of stalls, including home baking, traditional bread, fresh bread and refreshments.

OPEN GARDENS: Friends of Eastbourne Hospitals Open Garden 0n Wednesday, July 8 between 10.30am and 12.30am and 2pm and 4pm at Bates Green Farm, Arlington BN26 6SH. As well as the Open Garden there will be refreshments with entry being by donation.

OPEN AFTERNOON: On Sunday, July 12, Primrose and Parkwood Farms will be holding an open afternoon from 2.30pm onwards. Please contact Primrose Farm on 01323 482 429 or 07721 539 000 for further details.

CROQUET: On Saturday, July 18 in Alciston Village in the afternoon, the Inter-Village Croquet Competition will be held. Arlington, being the current champions, have a cup and title to defend. Strong support welcome.

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