Down Your Way: Pevensey & Pevensey Bay

Police have leaflet-dropped every house in High Street warning people to check their vehicles after a Land Rover was stolen from a private parking area near the Smugglers. It was apparently last seen heading towards London.

Pevensey Town Trust many have to find more than £50,000 to repair and maintain the High Street’s old court house.

A report by a firm of Eastbourne consulting civil and structural engineers has disclosed faults and failings in the ancient building, which has after all stood the test of time since going up in 1541. Fortunately the Trust has been banking the income from the cattle market car park and should be able to find the necessary cash.

Our MP Greg Barker is urging Pevensey and Pevensey Bay people to nominate local businesses for an awards scheme known as the Rural Oscars. The eighth annual Countryside Alliance Awards are now open to public nomination. The Countryside Alliance Awards were designed to support and promote rural communities.

There are five categories: the local food award, the post office award, the enterprise award, the butcher award, and a start-up award which is new for 2012 for businesses which have been trading less than 18 months. Businesses who want nomination forms should email awards@countryside-alliance.org with their address and number of forms required. People wanting more information about the awards can call 0207 840 9340.

PEVENSEY’S most ferocious residents have had their numbers boosted. Dr Helen Smith, an ecologist with Natural England, reared baby fen raft spiders in her kitchen with eggs from spiders at Suffolk Wildlife Trust’s Redgrave and Lopham Fen The latest batch of spiderlings, raised from Suffolk eggs by one of the ten zoos now involved, have been released on Pevensey Levels. The raft spider is one of few in Europe to have a sting which hurts! We have to look after it though. The fen raft spider is the most endangered of any species in the U.K.

Despite recent rain the level of the Seahaven is still low. The Environment Agency says that on October 9 the level at Pevensey was 1.48 m. Highest astronomical tide level for this site is 4.50m