Burwash Common and Weald Residents Association

Text Box: December 2021

Our December open meeting takes place on Monday, 13 December 2021 at the Pavilion Burwash Common, starting at 7:30 pm.  This meeting is also our Xmas social and we will be serving mince pies and mulled wine.  For those not keen on mulled wine, the bar will be open.  We hear on the grapevine that Rother District Council (RDC) is starting to look again across the whole of Rother to identify potential sites for new housing development in the longer term (after 2028).  One of our councillors, John Barnes, has kindly agreed to attend the meeting to talk about Rother’s early stage plans insofar as they are likely to affect Burwash Common and Weald, the process that will underpin it and to answer questions.  This may also be a useful opportunity to get across a few messages with the aim of trying to avoid some of the unhelpful constraints imposed by RDC at the outset of the previous process from which the parish is still suffering the consequences.   We hope to see as many local residents as possible at the meeting.  This meeting is your opportunity to hear updates about on-going issues – not just planning issues - and to ask questions about local matters of interest to you.
We are moving forward steadily on the implementation of a 20-mph speed limit in Vicarage Road and Vicarage Lane.  We have a meeting coming up with someone from ESCC Highways on site to walk the route and agree what exactly needs to be done.  It should be just a question of changing a few signs, but a new speed limit also requires a Traffic Regulation Order which can be quite a time-consuming and, for a piece of paper, relatively expensive process.  We will also continue to pursue a lower speed limit for Swing Gate Hill but that will be a longer battle.
I mentioned last month that we had enlisted our MP, Huw Merriman, in our attempts to secure improvements to the highways maintenance contract when it is re-let in 2023 by East Sussex County Council (ESCC).  Huw very kindly wrote to the Lead Member for Transport at ESCC to ask whether ESCC was going to take account of the various suggestions we have made for improvement.  There has now been a disappointing reply from ESCC indicating that they see no reason to make significant changes.  We will continue to pursue the case for change and improvements through the various channels that are available to us. 
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.   Membership matters, and the more members we have, the better we can reflect local views and the more influence we will have with the various local authorities that affect our lives.  If you are not yet a member, please consider joining.  The cost remains at £5 per household per year.  Membership does NOT oblige you to participate actively in any of the work undertaken by the BCWRA if you do not wish to (although volunteers are always welcomed, of course)!  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, on behalf of the Residents’ Association, may I wish you a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.