Monthly News

SEPTEMBER 2021

Eridge Station 153rd Birthday:

Eridge hosted its 153rd Birthday celebrations last month when the Southeast Community Rail Partnership brought the local community together with Southern and other rail industry partners to celebrate the station’s heritage-style restoration.  The Chairman and other councillors were delighted to attend:

SID Statistics:

The council’s Speed Indication Device is up and working again and last week was position on the B2101 Mayfield Road.  The average speed in this area was 30mph and we want to thank all those who respect the speed limit when driving through and around the parish.  However, some motorists were still exceeding the speed limit in an area where there is high potential for an accident.

County & District Councillors:

The Parish Council communicates and meets regularly with our County and District Councillors to lobby on issues in the remit of each department.  Details of your District and County Councillors can be found on our website: https://rotherfieldparishcouncil.co.uk/local-gov-overview/

Wealden District Council is one of 5 District Councils in East Sussex.  The District Council, based in Hailsham, has 45 elected Councillors representing 41 electoral wards.  Our Wealden Council representatives are Cllr. Phil Dixon (Hadlow Down, Mark Cross and Rotherfield Ward) and Cllr. Keith Obbard (Eridge & Frant Ward).  

Its responsibilities include:

  • Benefits and Council Tax
  • Leisure and amenities
  • Tourism
  • Planning and Building Control
  • Recycling and Waste
  • Parking, Streets and Travel
  • Council Tax and Benefits
  • Housing, Health and Advice
  • Environment and Pollution

East Sussex County Council, based in Lewes is the last tier before national government. In East Sussex there are five local Government districts: Lewes, Wealden, Rother, Eastbourne and Hastings. The Council’s duties and services are managed by 50 elected Councillors (known within the Council as Members). Our County Councillors are Cllr Bob Standley (Wadhurst Division) and Cllr Georgia Taylor (Forest Row Division).

Its responsibilities include:

  • Education
  • Fire Brigade
  • Emergency Planning
  • Highways and Road Safety
  • Leisure and Tourism
  • Waste disposal
  • Economic development
  • Protecting the public
  • Libraries
  • The Environment and waste disposal
  • Social Services – Children and Families and Adult Social Care

Annual Parish Meeting:

Now that restrictions have been lifted the Council has agreed to hold its Annual Parish Meeting on Wednesday 29th September at 7:45pm in Rotherfield Village Hall.  Please do come along and meet your councillors and hear about the work of the Parish Council and plans for the future.

Old Burial Ground Working Party:

The Old Burial ground tucked behind St Denys church is Rotherfield parish’s best kept secret. Many people do not know of its existence, but if you go through the gates you will find the most beautiful gravestones capturing the lives and loves of our ancestors.

It’s the home to Sophia Jex-Blake, an English physician, teacher, and feminist who led the campaign to secure women access to a University education when she and six other women, collectively known as the Edinburgh Seven, began studying medicine at the University of Edinburgh in 1869. She is buried with Margaret.

Over the years, the graveyard has overgrown and as a result, the council put a call out for volunteers to help us with the upkeep.  We are working together to tidy up and uncover headstones and markers with the help of Alan Yates who is discovering the stories behind the people buried in the graveyard.  We meet every other Friday at 5pm or Saturday morning and we have a big job on our hands, and we’d appreciate your help. If you would like to help us, please contact the clerk.

past Parish council magazine articles: