The ESCC Waste and Minerals sites plan consultations are now under way. The consultation period is from 4th until 27th November 2015. To see the plan and comment – click on this link: ESCC Waste Plan
Here is a high level view of the main sites: – please go to the link above to see details. Sadly the image published by the ESCC was not very good. The document references will help locate sites and details.
A busy August! Here is my report. Subjects covered include:
Also covered in this report: Highways and road problems – Report a planning threat – Check bus times – On street parking in Lewes.
It has been a busy summer and there’s still more to come. Not only has there been the usual high level of planning applications in the area but we have had three planning appeals to contend with. Two are over and we have one yet to come. This is about the game bird breeding activity at Iford farm. This appeal will be heard on Wednesday, 23 September in Lewes. Click for full report.
Here is the rest of my report:
Continue reading Report Back – 31st August 2015
A story of good news (well a small amount!) and bad news. The bad news is that the 130 bus service, which runs once-a-day from Rodmell to Brighton, will be withdrawn unless subsidies can be found. The good news is that there is to be a small, but useful improvement made to the 123 bus service which runs between Lewes and Newhaven.
This month, in August, I met with the Managing Director, Chris Chatfield, and the Transport Manager, Barry King, of Compass Travel. I am pleased to advise you that the services, in both directions which run just after 9 o’clock, will now take concessionary fares. Great news! This new arrangement together with some other minor modifications will come into operation from about 11 September. New timetables will be available shortly. NB: The new printed timetable omits to note that concessionary fares are available after 9am but I have had an assurance from the MD of Compass Travel that this was a printing error and will be corrected. The web version will be amended asap.
I was pleased hear that the two hourly bus service is now currently operating on a commercial basis with only very minor aspects of financial support from ESCC. Basically this means we don’t have to fear further government and council cuts to the 123 service.
Subject to the agreement of the parishes I have agreed to act as liaison between Compass Travel and the parishes. Hopefully this means we will be able to coordinate ideas and issues amongst ourselves leading to productive meetings with the bus company. However this doesn’t mean that members of the public and parish representatives shouldn’t raise individual problems with the bus company directly. Please continue to do that.
Continue reading Bus service update
ESCC are proposing to end subsidised transport to those age 16+ from low income families to access Further Education or training.This is a cruel and idiotic cut that will have far reaching affects for those children who may now have to drop out of FE and yet saves very little money for ESCC. This will especially hit those who live in rural areas.
More details here and a link to questionnaire, please respond to ESCC consultation:
Update: The appeal for this application was allowed.
Update: This case is being appealed. Information from the Planning Inspectorate as of Mon 13th July 2015:
“The appeal for this case will be The Hearing is at 10.00hrs on Wednesday September 23rd.
The venue is The Council Chambers, Town Hall, High Street, Lewes. The venue will now be: The Stanley Turner Ground Kingston Road Lewes East Sussex BN7 3NB. You should be at the venue a few minutes prior to the Inspector opening the Hearing. The Inspector will probably ask if anyone other than the main parties wishes to address the Hearing, and that is when you should make yourself known. If you wish to read from any document, or submit any documents then you should take at least three identical copies with you, plus a copy for yourself.”
For background information see the original applications on the SDNPA web site.
This hearing will consider two appeals:
- APP/P1425/C/14/3001421 (relates to application No: SDNP/14/04465/FUL)
APP/P1425/W/15/3028967 (relates to enforcement action following the withdrawal of application No: SDNP/14/02853/FUL ) Now withdrawn.
In 2014 a ‘retrospective’ planning application was submitted for:
“change of use of land from agricultural to mixed use of agriculture and game rearing and change of use of redundant agricultural buildings to ancillary storage for the game rearing business, associated landscape planting and retention of an existing brooder house”
Continue reading Iford: Game Rearing Planning Appeal
Yesterday, I have just been to my first council meeting; – it was the AGM of the Lewes District Council. The council voted in the chairman, the leader, members of the ‘Cabinet’ and the membership of the committees.
The political composition of the council is 24 Conservative, 11 Liberal Democrats, 3 Greens, 2 Independent and 1 UKIP councillor.
In an unusual move, the Conservatives and the Independents proposed and seconded an Independent for the chairmanship. Councillor Ruth O’Keeffe was duly elected. Cllr O’Keeffe’s partner Nick Robinson, was appointed as her consort. This was the chap who stood against me as a Conservative in the Kingston ward.
The deputy chairmanship went to a Conservative, Councillor Robbie Robertson. The Conservatives also elected Councillor Rob Blackman (Conservative) as the Leader of the Council. The Conservatives elected a wholly Conservative ‘Cabinet.’ The Cabinet is like a super committee, which deals with all the main policy and key decisions. When I was a councillor, some years ago, we didn’t have this system and in my humble opinion, I think it unfairly concentrates power in the hands of a few councillors rather than giving the whole council an opportunity to agree or disagree matters. The ‘cabinet model’ was introduced following the Local Government Act 2000. Continue reading Report back – 21st May 2015