Cooksbridge, Offham and Hamsey

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

CONCERT: All you music fans, don’t forget that on Sunday you can go along to East Chiltington Church and listen to Lindsay Lou and the Flatbellys from the USA. Lovely Americana Bluegrass Act. Tickets on door. 8pm start.

AFTERNOON CLUB: the Monday Afternoon Club will meet on August 10 in St Peter’s Church Hall for tea and chat at 2pm. Lifts available by ringing Judith on 01273 474356 or Caroline 01273 477151.

PARISH COUNCIL: Hamsey PC met on July 16. A resident reported that on July 1 a power outage put the Cooksbridge crossing gates out of action. Impatient motorists chose to cut through to the Hamsey crossing where they were weaving through the half barriers, risking being killed or derailing a train. Drivers were not using the emergency telephone making the situation very dangerous. The resident and Cllr Robert Baughan contacted the rail regulator and met with the crossing officer. A warning to users has gone on the community website. The Cooksbridge Station Partnership will be gathering evidence and will write again. Cllr Baughan will see if the community rail partnership will speak to Hamsey School children about crossing safety.
Chairman, Cllr Ian Ginn, is to contact ESCC and ask them to clear the whole length of the pavement from Cooksbridge to Lewes at least once a year as there has been concern about nettles blocking the pavement at Offham. This used to be done by the voluntary members teams, but the service has been cut. A resident is concerned about large vehicles struggling to turn in Little Mead, Cooksbridge and damaging road signs. The PC are aware of the problems and Cllr McBrown will speak to the resident. It has been brought to the attention of the Pc Chairman that notices have been put on cars parked in Station car park and in Chandlers Mead telling drivers they must not park there when they are perfectly entitled to park.
Cllr McBrown has been contacted by a resident from Downsview who is having problems turning past the new traffic island. The island was installed at the insistence of ESCC following the works for a footpath/footway in Beechwood Lane. Those who are having difficulties should contact ESCC with their problems. Council considered whether another dog waste bin is required in Beechwood Lane. The PC are aware that there is quite a large amount of dog mess on the verge beside the new pavement, which is unsightly and unpleasant. However, they felt it was not worth the cost of supplying and paying to empty another bin when there is already a bin and free bags provided just inside the recreation ground at the village hall. Recycling for Hamsey Festival worked very well and the council thanked Cllr Baughan for arranging the service at no cost to the parish. Parish Litter Picks will be arranged four times a year; January, April, July and October. Cllr Baughan will try and arrange another litter presentation at Hamsey School.

NEIGHTBOURHOOD PLAN: All comments on the plan have been taken into account and the plan will now be assessed by LDC before going to inspection. Cllr Dodd said the planning application passed for Hamsey Brickworks was an example of the PC not being listened to. Cllrs Dodd, D’Arienzo and the clerk met with LDC to discuss that and also any future developments. It was the view of LDC that once the PC had accepted some development on the site, housing numbers would escalate due to government pressure for higher densities. Cllr Dodd wants to forma a group with other parishes who have completed a N Plan. The PC have been contacted by developers interested in the field opposite the village hall. The neighbourhood planning team members will want to meet with the developers. PC clerk to arrange a meeting with them and Cllrs Dodd, D’Arienzo, Ginn and other members of both teams who may have an interest. This will be towards the end of August.

NEW HOMES: Although the development is proposed for East Chiltington, Hamsey PC are concerned that it will add to pressure on Hamsey School. East Chiltington children are allocated to Hamsey, not Plumpton and the school bus only serves Hamsey. Together with children from the new houses at Hamsey Brickworks and at Covers, the school is likely to be over subscribed. Clerk to draft a response asking what measures will be taken to provide additional places and replace the temporary pre-fabs at the school should 36 houses be built at Hollycroft.
PCSO Sally Ann Reed was unable to be present at the meeting but sent a report regarding crime prevention advice and Operation Signature, a force campaign to identify and support vulnerable victims of fraud within Sussex. Please look at the Action Fraud website for more details.
The date of the next PC meeting is Thursday, September 10, in the village hall, Beechwood Lane at 7.15pm.

DRAGONFLIES: Where have all the damselflies and dragonflies gone? I have only seen one dragonfly this year in spite of the warm weather and to date have not seen a single damselfly. Usually I have to dodge them in flight when out near the patio pond. I could not say the same about the butterfly population this year as there are masses around, especially as all of the buddleia’s are in full bloom with huge flowers in different colours where I have already seen two humming bird hawk moths. The big butterfly count is coming up so will need to have my notebook and pen ready.

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