Pevensey and Pevensey Bay

INKSPOT: The local Creative Writing Group in Pevensey Bay are holding a workshop on the theme of ‘Character Development’ at the Bayside Diner on October 23rd at 6.30pm. This will be presented by Jacq Molloy a previous prize winner at the prestigious Frome festival and a Creative Writing teacher with Open University and Sussex Downs College. She will show how anyone can easily create an interesting fictional character from their own life experiences and imagination. Tickets will be available from Over the Moon Party Shop priced at £6 each including refreshments and there is more information available at www.inkspotbythesea.co.uk

WEALDEN DISTRICT PLAN: Discussion on the proposed Wealden District Plan took place at Pevensey Parish Council last week. Wealden plan proposes to see the building of 12,750 homes over the period till 2037 in addition to what is already accepted which equates to some 580 dwellings a year. Over thirty new houses are predicted for Pevensey with Pevensey Bay ruled out due to the flood plain. Councillor Peasgood spoke of the problems affecting Westham where Rattle Road floods because the Waste Water system cannot cope and there was concern as to how new developments are currently adding to this pressure and also for proposals to discharge more treated sewage into the Pevensey Levels.

VILLAGE SIGN :When will Pevensey have a Village Sign? You could write a Blockbusting saga. After years of discussion at the Parish Council quotes were obtained, English Heritage written to to see if they had any objections (they asked for village map to be moved to back of Bus Shelter and even mentioned Benches looking untidy by the Castle Entrance just by the now derelict looking Castle Cottage) Planning permission was applied for, the cost of which was paid by Pevensey Town Trust who also agreed to pay £2000 towards the cost of the sign to the Parish Council. It was all systems go ! Then the shock news the sign could not be made exactly as designed so Planning permission has been put on hold, a new and different design shown to last weeks Committees Meeting of Pevensey Parish Council and so the saga continues. Next year the Normans will have landed 950 years ago it seems it may take Pevensey as long to get its sign!

PEVENSEY CASTLE: Visitors to the Castle have been saying there is less to see nowadays with the Dungeons closed and other parts of the Castle now out of Bounds. Is it Health and Safety, Money saving –no one seems to know why. The castle is our main visitor attraction and what’s a Castle without a Dungeon even if it is always flooded.

PEVENSEY BAY: Last week the Beach Tavern closed down and now remains empty – perhaps it could be a new home for Pevensey Library which is currently running a temporary facility in St Wilfrids Hall on Monday till Saturday 10am till Noon and provides a small selection of books.

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