Arlington & Berwick

MIGRATION OF THE HIPPOCAMPUS: This morning, there will be an opportunity to observe the annual migration of the freshwater hippocampus from the Abbotts Wood nature reserve to the Arlington Reservoir. Due to the exceptionally beneficial weather conditions over the winter, it anticipated that the migratory routes taken by these tiny creatures will be well-populated. Walkers in the area between the nature reserve and the reservoir might therefore have a good opportunity to witness this fleeting event but should ensure they do not attempt to touch or capture the hippocampus given its protected status. Interestingly, photographs of these creatures in Arlington are, to date, non-existent but it is hoped the prevalence of mobile phones with high quality cameras may resolve this. A selfie with one of these creatures may be uploaded to the following website Boundary Commission draft recommendations issued for Arlington Ward. The Local Government Boundary Commission for England has published draft recommendations on the future electoral arrangements for Wealden District Council. The full report may be found on the link at and the detail specific to Arlington and Berwick Parishes in Arlington Ward on pages 15 and 19.

SIGNED UP: Arlington residents are delighted that the first-ever traffic-calming measure has been installed in their village. After months of campaigning for a 30mph limit, Highways agreed to a first step of designing village signs to remind motorists that they are entering a village, rather than a rat-run. (Arlington’s roads are used by commuting traffic as a fast route from the A27 to the A22 to avoid the Polegate by-pass system). The new signs, depicting the Sussex crest, display the words: ‘Welcome to Arlington; please slow down’. They were funded by the Parish Council and have been very well received. The SAGA (Speed Action Group Arlington) campaign for a 30mph limit, however, continues. Lindy Gillam

NIGHT TIME SPEED CAMERAS: It was reported at the parish council meeting on March 17 that Sussex Police are now trialling night-time speed cameras.

VILLAGE MARKET: On Tuesday in Arlington Village Hall there will be a village market between 10am to 11.30am. There will be a variety of stools including home baking, traditional fresh bread and refreshments.

HIGHWAYS: On April 13 between 9.30am and 15.30pm there will be a temporary road closure at Cane Heath. A diversionary route will be in place, see for precise details and a map.

BLUEBELL WALK AND FARM TRAIL: The trail will start at Bates Green Farm, Arlington on April 19 and 20. Please see the website for further details at This year the trail will be in aid of Holy Trinity Church and Dicker Village Hall. To help at the event or make cakes for sale or both, please contact Liz on 01323 841541.

PARISH ASSEMBLY: The next meeting of Arlington Parish Council will be the Parish Assembly, which will start at 7.30pm on Thursday April 21 in Upper Dicker Village Hall. The meeting is open to all parishioners and the Councillors welcome you to join us at our Parish Assembly where you will have the opportunity to raise any issues or you can just come along and find out what’s been going on in your villages. Drinks and nibbles will follow the meeting. A presentation will be given by Keith Stevens, Chairman of Healthwatch. We would love to see as many residents as possible. Any queries please contact the Parish Clerk, Alison Stevens on: 01323 460007, also if you’d prefer, questions can be emailed to her prior to the meeting on:

DICKER DAY CHANGE OF DATE: The Dicker Day date is now Sunday, June 26. Planning is now underway for an exciting event. If you would like to help please Email: Keep in touch, volunteer help and ideas via Upper Dicker Village on Facebook on the Dicker Day event page.

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