The Dickers

SUNDAY SERVICES: 9.15am Holy Communion – Upper Dicker.

SEWERS: Southern Water has mended the wastewater pumping station and has installed a second pump. CCTV is identifying congestion spots and pumping of the sewer water pipes was being done. Jetting of the sewer from Bedes to Coldhardbour Road is scheduled to be done every six months.

BEDES: The planning application for the football pitches was passed. It is now confirmed that there will be no flood lighting, portable or otherwise of any description on the previous ménage area, or on any of the other pitches.

SPEEDWATCH: The April monitoring session at the Plough coming from Berwick and at Cricketfield House coming into the village, resulted in 99 vehicles reported. The next session will be during the week of 22 June. The team was thanked for its work. Speeding fines and penalty points can only be handed down where a police officer or safety camera has been involved. Speedwatch groups are aware that some offenders are ignoring the letters and visits they receive from the Police, and continue to re-offend. Arlington Parish Council has asked the Chief Constable why an individual’s speedwatch record over the previous twelve months cannot be taken into account when they next come under notice by a Police Officer or safety camera. APC awaits a response.

ENVIRONMENT GRANTS: Funding is now available for Environmental Projects. The developers and the landowner of the solar Farm at Berwick, as part of the Unilateral Undertaking have now paid approximately £34k into a Fund, to be administered by Wealden. This replaces the Community Benefit Scheme which had previously been promoted. Under the Unilateral Undertaking this fund of money should be used in the local parishes of Arlington, Berwick, Chalvington with Ripe and Selmeston and should be used as follows: the making of grants and or loans to offer opportunities to grass roots community voluntary groups and individuals to receive grants for the promotion and installation of energy efficient measures, small-scale renewable energy projects and education and capacity building projects or other projects involving renewable energy, climate change and nature conservation and enhancing the public realm through planting so they may create and/or deliver outcomes for the benefit of their community and members by a simple effective inclusive programme within the local parishes. The four Parish Councils have agreed to work together to make sure that the funds are allocated in an equitable way. Wealden DC are Trustees of the funds so they will have the final say, but we have been assured that our recommendations will be listened to. So if any organisation/group in one of the four parishes would like to propose a project that needs funding in line with the Undertaking please approach your Parish Council.

CLASSIC VEHICLE SHOW: Classic cars show of classic domestic, agricultural and military vehicles at Michelham Priory, Upper Dicker, on Saturday 18 July from 10.30am to 5pm.

PARISH COUNCIL: During the Public Session of the Arlington PC, a member of the public commented that villagers are not canvassed for their comments on planning applications. He highlighted that Bedes had wanted a 7pm finish for the sports pitches however the PC had said that they did not want the use of the pitches to go beyond 9pm. A Councillor confirmed that the PC had requested a finish of 7pm however the WDC planning committee kept the finish time as 9pm. The Clerk confirmed that the PC’s response can be viewed on the WDC website under the planning application. The Clerk confirmed that all meetings are advertised on the PC website and on the noticeboards and these detail the planning applications to be discussed. Residents can write to the Clerk prior to the meeting with their objections or support for an application, their letters will be copied to Councillors. A Councillor confirmed the PC’s response to the planning application.

Steven Keogh from SAGA (Speeding Action Group Arlington) thanked the PC for the information that had been sent to him. He highlighted the recent accident at Wilbees Farm corner and requested that in the short term the plastic posts be replaced. He referred to the 2005 scrutiny review of setting local speed limits in rural East Sussex report which advised that there needed to be significant evidence of casualties in order for action to be taken, however he advised that as they were minor roads there was no record of the casualties. He questioned whether the criteria would change and whether the information has been updated. A Councillor confirmed that between May 2012 – April 2015 the worst area for recorded accidents was Wick Street with 5 accidents with injury, there were also 3 in Upper Dicker and 3 in Arlington. The Chair welcomed the 2 new district Councillors – Mark Pinkney and Paul Soane. MP advised that he had attended the Overview and Scrutiny Committee where they had discussed the number and seriousness of accidents in the district. It was agreed for the Clerk to write to Highways to request that the warning posts be reinstalled at Wilbees Farm Corner.

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