Pevensey and Pevensey Bay

PEVENSEY LIBRARY: members of Friends of Pevensey Bay Library attended the Parish Council Meeting last week and used the Public Forum to express their views on the Library. They are trying to register the currently empty Beach Tavern as a Community Asset (and will hear if they are successful in the application at the end of this month) They requested the Parish Council consider purchasing the Building through a low interest Loan through the Public Works Board. Chairman Maurice Gilbert explained to them the Parish Council had already discussed the matter at the November Meeting at which there was no interest in favour of the Beach Tavern Scheme and this subject could not be revisited for six months, He went on to explain buying the building would probably with needed alteration and renovations maybe cost in excess of half a million and this would mean an increase in the Parish part of the rates by something like 30 to 40 % for many years. He also produced a statement from East Sussex County Council reiterating their strong support in reopening the Library. Vice Chairman Daniel Brookbank also pointed out without a business plan they would not get any funding from other sources such as grants but also offered for Councillors who volunteered to hold meetings with Friends of Pevensey Bay Library so they can work together and not against each other. Also raised was the point if the campaign is to buy a new building and not to reopen the current library building then the East Sussex County Council may decide there is not enough support for the current library.

ABANDONED CAR: Looks like Pevensey may have gained a new unwanted attraction on Bexhill Road in the shape of the silver Daweoo left parked on the pavement for over two months. The pavement is of course part of the Highway and this subject was raised at the Parish Council last Tuesday. The car has been reported to Operation Crackdown but nothings happened, the PCSO has looked but said the car is MOTd and Taxed so nothing can be done. It now seems the car is no longer insured but its still there! There have obviously been cut backs but no-one seems to want or be able to do anything about it !! When in the future Summers we welcome tourists to the village with instructions to leave the roundabout by the ancient mouldering rusting heap.

PRIORY COURT HOTEL: received good news when they found they had achieved the presitgious Top Rates Status in the Guest Awards 2016, Vicky and Peter announced that the ‘highly prized Top Rated status rewards only the best properties globally, highlighting exceptional hotel standards and service’

ESSO GARAGE: The garage is now closed and will reopen as a BP Station. This also includes the shop and the Cash machine has been removed. The nearest Cash Machine is in the 1066 Convenience Stores in Pevensey, this machine is indoors in the warm ! and there are full Post Office facitities avaliable in the shop as well.

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