Pevensey and Pevensey Bay

CATTLE MARKET CAR PARK: A couple of changes for the better. First of all the flag pole currently by the fence, where the flags get tangled up in the tree branches and torn to shreds, is to be moved. Its new site will be in the area of the parking machine, so the flag can flap in the breeze like its supposed to. This is happening on May 23rd and meanwhile plans are still moving ahead with the Pevensey Village sign which will go on the tarmac area in front of the Castle. Its been many years in the discussion and at last hopefully we will soon like many other villages have out own sign!

NO PCSO: Ever wondered why you haven’t seen the PCSOs recently in the Bay or Pevensey. This is because the structure of Policing has been changed and our local PCSOs wil be based at Hailsham, one of the so called ‘hubs’ You will only see them if there happens to be a ‘crime’ spree in your local area. Seems East Sussex police feel the previous deployment of PCSOs was not effective in fighting priorities of organised crime and terrorism. But wait a minute what about parking, burglaries, anti social behaviour, boards on pavements and everything else locally they would deal with, seems its just another loss to the community.

DISABLED PARKING SPOT: Pevensey Parish Council debated again the provision of a Disabled Parking Space in Pevensey Bay and the idea is being pursued so far unsuccesfully by East Sussex County Councillor Mike Pursglove. Problem is we have been told the Council feel there is no point in providing a Disabled Parking Bay because it is unenforceable. They say its up to the Police to enforce parking rules and the police say its not their priority and the council should - its a catch 22! Meanwhile Wealden Council is evidently only one of seventeen councils in the country not to have decriminalized parking and therefore employ civil parking officers who can deal properly with the problem. Looks like this one is going to run and run.

MINT HOUSE: What is happening to this Historic Building, its listed and contains Wall Paintings, a long history of owners for 900 years and even its own ghost. Problem is the ghost must feel lonely as its been empty for years now. The Chimney leans at a worrying angle and its all looking untidy. Pevensey Parish Council debated the state of the Building last Tuesday and moved to write to various bodies concerned to see what can be done. Meantime Castle Cottage just across the road still lies empty as well with no more news form English Heritege.

PEVENSEY APIARY: The sky could soon be filled with the buzzing of Pevenseys own bees. Work continues on the Pevensey Apiary, with funding in place and plans to site up to eleven beehives. Its hoped as well as providing local honey the site will become an educational resource for teaching people not only bee keeping but bees, ecology and biodiversity.Of course this can only be good news as numbers of bees have been falling dramatically. In the 1950s we had over fifty separate species and now only 25. There have been many factors put forward from pesticides to Disease, but whatever happens hopefully Pevensey will reverse the trend locally !

PEVENSEY WHALE: Was it really the Pevensey Whale? When it was debated at the Parish Council it was suggested by some the poor creature washed up and expired at Normans Bay where it became a tourist attraction. But should there be a Public Sculpture of the Whale? Unfortunately no-one seemed to know too much about who wants to do it, who is going to pay for it or where its going - perhaps they could invite Anthony Gormley to do a Cetacean version of the Angel of the North in the Sea Road Car Park. A proposal was put forward that we would not support it at the moment but if someone told us what it was all about and explained further we would reconsider - confusing? Two Councillors abstained, was this a vote too far?

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