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Berwick is a small village at the foot of the South Downs in East Sussex with a population of around 270. There is a post office, a station, a Church, two pubs, a zoo and an English wine centre amongst other small enterprises.

Berwick Parish:

Click on the link below to see a map of the parish of Berwick.

Berwick Parish Map_20120118

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Next Parish Council Meeting

Extra Ordinary Meeting will be held on Zoom on the 22nd April at 7pm

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This meeting is for the following planning application;

WD/2021/0440/F

Location:

GATEHAMPTON, STATION ROAD, BERWICK, BN26 6SZ

Proposal:

DEMOLITION OF GARAGE AND SUMMERHOUSE TO THE EXISTING PROPERTY AND CONSTRUCTION OF 3 NO. DETACHED TWO-STOREY THREE-BEDROOM DWELLINGS, ALL IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE NATIONALLY DESCRIBED SPACE STANDARDS.

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Latest Covid 19 News March 9th 2021
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New! - Covid 19 Response Stakeholder Briefing
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Covid 19 Response stakeholder briefing 140121

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Covid Winter Grant Scheme offers help to vulnerable families

HOUSEHOLDS across the county who are struggling to make ends meet during the pandemic will get help this winter from East Sussex County Council thanks to financial support worth more than £1.5million.  

The council is receiving the funding through the government’s Covid Winter Grant Scheme which aims to support those most in need with the cost of food, energy and water bills, and other associated costs.

At least 80 per cent of the total funding is ring-fenced by the government to support households with children, with up to 20 per cent of the total funding available to support other households including individuals who need help during the coming months. The scheme runs until 31 March 2021.

Funding will be allocated to those already receiving support and to organisations that provide support for those in need. The council will be contacting eligible people and organisations direct.

Around £900,000 will be used directly by the council to fund initiatives including food vouchers during the Christmas holidays and February half term for vulnerable children in Early Years settings and pupils eligible for Free School Meals, small grants to families within the Troubled Families and Rethinking Families Programme, and support for vulnerable families and young people being supported by Children’s Services.  

The funding will also enable the council to award grants ranging from £3,000 to £100,000 to a number of voluntary, community and social enterprise organisations across the county so they can continue their vital work helping their communities during this challenging time.

Cllr Keith Glazier, Leader of the Council, said: “The coronavirus pandemic has hit vulnerable families and children particularly hard, and we know there are many residents across the county who are struggling to feed their children and pay their bills.

“The Covid Winter Grant Scheme will allow us to provide support to East Sussex families and individuals who are experiencing financial hardship, ensuring children will continue to be fed in the holidays and residents can keep warm this winter.”

Families who are eligible for food vouchers through the Free School Meals programme will receive them from their school or education provider before the end of term. Families can apply for Free School Meals at any time.

More information about the scheme can be found on the coronavirus community support pages on the council’s website at  https://www.eastsussex.gov.uk/community/emergencyplanningandcommunitysafety/coronavirus/coronavirus-community-support/

For more information on Free School Meals and how to apply, please visit https://www.eastsussex.gov.uk/educationandlearning/schools/school-life/meals/free/

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Contact Information

Saffron Phillips

 
 
 
 

saffron.phillips@eastsussex.gov.uk

 
 


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Publication of the Local Plan - Direction of Travel Consultation Document
 
The Council is preparing a new local plan for Wealden District. The Local Plan will provide policies to shape our places, plan and manage growth in the district and guide development over a 15-20 year period. The Local Plan will ultimately be the key planning document against which we assess and make decisions on planning applications.

If you would like to read the document and contribute your views, click here to download the pdf which includes links.

'Berwick Parish Council's Response to the Direction of Travel Consultation;

Tackling climate change.

We think it is good that the District Council is considering the promotion of climate-positive interventions. The safeguarding of land at Arlington to expand existing water storage will greatly affect the parish, whilst we support this, the subsequent traffic will require appropriate management. A concern is a general trend to reduce parking spaces. Rural areas are often too far from population centres for cycling or walking to be realistic options for regular travel. Meanwhile rural public transport services are being reduced with increasing prices, this places higher reliance on the principal travel method being the private motor vehicle. Reducing parking allocation in rural areas is often damaging to safe traffic management, where sustainable travel methods are not provided.

Infrastructure to support growth

As per the comments above a general trend of reduction in rural public transport services and walking/cycling not being viable options, the District Council has little impact on the running of privately owned public services or existing public facilities and should not suggest policies they cannot reliably enforce. Protection of village shops, public houses and rail services are based on attraction to the area, little a policy on retaining them can directly affect. The rural parts of the county are generally woefully underinvested in infrastructure in particular for education and medical services, often villages have been promised these facilities through Section106 agreements which do not come to fruition. We would like to see how the council would enforce these agreements or appropriately use CIL to achieve this infrastructure. Also noting that development is required to generate CIL but the infrastructure is required before the development being occupied. CIL seems to be an ineffective tool at meeting the community requirements.

Localised improvements in telecommunications would greatly improve the attractiveness of the area, but we are interested to understand how the district council would achieve this without significant development.

All of this growth is predicated on significant improvements to the A27 the council should be clearer on what is meant by this, there are several improvements proposed and all are unviable at this stage, delivery of significant growth would be undermined without improvements to the A27/A22 yet delivery of many of the proposed improvements to the A27/A22 would undermine many of the positive elements of the proposed policies such as biodiversity, landscape and heritage protection. This then has the potential to be compounded with the growth the improvements would enable.

Housing

The number of houses required to be provided appears to be high in comparison to the number of existing households. Given the lack of allocation in areas outside of Wealden with better infrastructure, this appears to be a dumping of housing in Wealden far greater than what is sustainable for the county.

Generally, we would agree there is a requirement for housing nationally but that should be spread across the country and would apply a similar sentiment to houses across the county. Any new houses should be spread in proportion to the existing settlement size. Where larger developments are required, the District Council has a responsibility to communicate the potential impacts and manage those appropriately with the existing local community.

There is a lack of good quality affordable housing across the county, the council should focus on delivering this and promoting a reduction in under-occupancy of houses, we believe this is best done by providing excellent quality houses.

The definition of affordable housing also requires review, 80% of the market value promotes poor quality and potentially values still higher than the average household can afford. This is not a sustainable policy. Equally nor is the blanket policy of affordable housing at all major sites, some simply do not support quality housing at that price point.

Local economy

The promotion of the local economy is welcomed.  We would note the reliance within the proposed policy on commercial and industrial uses, in a county where a significant proportion is AONB, National Park or agricultural land. Might it be more suitable to assist existing businesses in particular agricultural businesses to improve profits, rather than attracting new?

Generally, the pandemic appears to be increasing online working and shopping investment in telecommunications might be better placed than new commercial shopping outlets. Policies that promote local business over attracting new business would be more welcome. In particular, those areas that are rural require special protection.

Town centres

Improvements to existing town centres, in particular around public transport would be welcomed more than the creation of new town centres.

Tourism

Whilst we welcome tourism as a way to boost the economy previous policies on the local economy, infrastructure and housing appear to be at odds with promoting tourism based on the natural environment.

In Berwick we are likely to be affected by the proposed new reservoir significantly and whilst it has the potential to be a great tourist attraction a lack of improvement to local infrastructure mass tourism would not be suitable at that location. We fear the council will reduce parking in an attempt to promote sustainable travel options which will lead to roads being blocked making them unsafe, as they have been of recent.

Biodiversity / Natural environment

The protection of biodiversity and the natural environment is welcomed but the polices appear to refer to the protection of existing areas and generation of buffer zones, suggesting large scale developments. There is no mention of how to improve biodiversity above the notion of further research, should it not be imperative that this is a priority rather than increasing the built environment. Else it appears all policies on biodiversity are notional rather than deeply considered.

Landscape, heritage and cultural assets

This is all welcomed, we would note that some heritage assets have been left to degrade due to councils and Historic England not permitting appropriate uses previously. Policies to protect landscape only appear to promote existing national protections, not protecting the others seems at odds of increasing biodiversity and the natural environment.

Design

This is welcomed but more detail is required.

Health

The policies are generally welcomed, we note this is generally funded by the CIL and Section 106 agreements which are often not timed appropriately, equally concerns about the lack of health care provision in rural areas, and the inability to attract medical staff to the area is concerning with such an increase in population proposed'.

'Our Growth Options

The number of houses required to be provided appears to be high in comparison to the number of existing households. Given the lack of allocation in areas outside of Wealden with better infrastructure, this appears to be a dumping of housing in Wealden far greater than what is sustainable for the county.

Generally, we would agree there is a requirement for housing nationally but that should be spread across the country and would apply a similar sentiment to houses across the county. Any new houses should be spread in proportion to the existing settlement size. Where larger developments are required, the District Council has a responsibility to communicate the potential impacts and manage those appropriately with the existing local community.

There is a lack of good quality affordable housing across the county, the council should focus on delivering this and promoting a reduction in under-occupancy of houses, we believe this is best done by providing excellent quality houses.

The definition of affordable housing also requires review, 80% of the market value promotes poor quality and potentially values still higher than the average household can afford. This is not a sustainable policy. Equally nor is the blanket policy of affordable housing at all major sites, some simply do not support quality housing at that price point'.

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Link to the pdf Lower Mays solar Farm

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


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Healthy Wealden - New Website

To view the Healthy Wealden website click through here: https://www.healthywealden.co.uk/.

Please follow and like the Healthy Wealden Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/HealthyWealden/ for updated health and wellbeing information, events and campaigns in Wealden.  We are always actively seeking content for this page so please let me know if you would like us to include information on any clubs and activities taking place in your area.

I would like to thank you for your help and support in helping us produce the Healthy Wealden website.  We hope it will be a valuable tool in improving the health and wellbeing of Wealden residents and visitors to our district.
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A limited number of Central Heating Grants are available - Do you qualify? - click here for more info.

Wealden Local Plan

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