Burwash Common and Weald Residents Association

Text Box:  December 2022
Our open meeting (also our Xmas social) takes place on Monday, 12 December 2022 at the Pavilion, starting at 7:30 pm.  We will be reporting on progress with local issues of interest to residents which the BCWRA is taking forward.  This is also the opportunity for residents to raise other issues if they wish.  Our guest speaker will be Rev. Thomas Pelham who will be talking to us about his role as benefice rector, the future of St Philip’s church and the appointment of a new vicar.  Come and join us for mince pies and mulled wine (or a pint at the bar if you prefer).  We hope to see as many of you there as possible.
As a matter of policy, the BCWRA does not take sides in disputes between neighbours concerning planning applications.  However, we are happy to use open meetings as a forum for discussions about planning applications (and have done so several times) so that our members can be properly informed about them and can decide for themselves whether, as individuals, they wish to support or oppose them.  In that spirit – and recognising that it is particularly contentious - we have invited the proponents of the proposal for a dog day care centre at Linkway, Vicarage Road to come to the December open meeting to give the community an update on their plans.  
Elsewhere, matters that the BCWRA is pursuing continue to move at a glacial pace.  The on-going project to reduce the speed limit in Vicarage Road and Vicarage Lane from 30 mph to 20 mph is moving forward slowly and, barring unforeseen circumstances, should be implemented before the end of the current financial year in March 2023. 
East Sussex Highways have determined that BT (or their contractor) is responsible for the sunken manhole covers in Vicarage Road which have been adorned with traffic cones for some months now.  Given the length of time that this matter has been on-going we have asked Highways for a proper fix to be given a higher degree of priority than it evidently has been given so far.
Three months ago, the parish council told us it was going to take a more assertive approach to resolving the legal dispute over land ownership on Down Meadow.  Since then, there has been no update from the parish council, but I understand that they are currently pursuing mediation.
Membership of the BCWRA is open to all who live in Burwash Common or Burwash Weald.  The BCWRA is working for our local community and to improve the local environment.   The cost remains at £5 per household per year.  If you would like to join, please contact me, Lindsay Green - Secretary (07775 862846), Jackie Bird – Chair (01435 883660) or Peter Toll – Treasurer (01435 883433) with your name, e-mail address and contact telephone number and we will arrange for you to receive an information pack which includes a short membership application form and a standing order mandate form for the payment of subscriptions.
If you have any items of local interest that you would like us to post, please let me or any other member of the committee know – their names and contact details are on the web site.  If you wish to e-mail us about any matter, then please note that our e-mail address is bcwra2017@gmail.com. 
Finally, perhaps I can take this opportunity on behalf of the Residents’ Association to wish all residents a Merry Christmas and a peaceful and Happy New Year.