Burwash Common and Weald Residents Association

Text Box: November 2020

Since my article last month, there has a been a response from the Community Match Funding team at East Sussex County Council (ESCC) to our proposal for a feasibility study with a view to implementing  a series of changes in line with the recommendations of the traffic survey we carried out in Burwash Common and Weald at the beginning of 2019. 

The response indicates that the feasibility study (which will be carried out by the Match Funding team) can include the introduction of reduced speed limits on Vicarage Road and Vicarage Lane (from 30 mph to 20 mph) and on Swing Gate Hill (from 40 mph to 30 mph).  Speed surveys will need to be carried out as a first step.  The key test, I am told, is that existing speeds on these roads should be such that a reduced speed limit is likely to be respected by motorists, i.e., that existing speeds are not so high that the lower speed limit proposed is likely to be widely ignored.  Similar proposals from us for reduced speed limits in Willingford Lane, Goodsoal Lane and Foot’s Lane have, sadly, been rejected for different reasons.  I will probably have a bit more to say about this next month along with how, if at all, the other proposals from the traffic survey will be taken forward.

Those of you who have been following the somewhat tortured progress of the development of the Burwash Neighbourhood Plan may be interested to hear that Rother District Council – which had previously indicated that it would oppose the Burwash plan when it went to the government-appointed Examiner – has had a change of heart and is now saying that it will support it.  Hopefully, this will increase its chances of success at examination.

Sadly, I have to tell you that, because of the continuing Covid-19 restrictions, we have been obliged to cancel our final open meeting of the year which was due to take place at the Pavilion on 16 December.  Hopefully, we will be able to resume our quarterly open meetings in 2021.  Fingers crossed.

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 be sent electronically our standing order mandate form which includes our account details.
If you have any items of local interest that you would like us to post, please let any 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. 

Keep well and stay safe in these continuing difficult times and, on behalf of the BCWRA, have the best possible Christmas you can in the circumstances.  I do not think anyone is going to be too sad to see the back of 2020.  Let’s hope for a greater degree of normality in 2021.