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Report back September 2016

Dear Residents,

Here is my report back for Sept 2016. I hope you find this newsletter and my website useful. (Click here for previous reports). There are quite a few subjects covered  so here is the index (just click on a title to go straight to the item)

New Chief Exec at the Council    —    Rail dispute    —    Planning     —      Planning complaints

Local Plans   —      EU    —     Funding for Footpaths & Cycleways    —       C7 Road

Rodmell school   —   Bus services   —     Falmer bus   —    Parliamentary Boundary changes

Kingston school  —   A27  —       Broadband   —    Liberal Democrat Conference

Climate change   —   Linked to my reports   —    Questions?

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Rodmell School success – but it’s not over yet!

There was good news back in July for Rodmell School. The all powerful ESCC Cabinet agreed not to close the school.  Thanks to the efforts of parents, governors, members of the public and ward councillors Rodmell School won a reprieve! However we are not at the end of the road yet, the County’s decision has a specific condition:

Extract from ESCC Cabinet minutes:

Rodmell School (2)

Rodmell School (3)

As you will see, there is a requirement for the governors to produce an acceptable long-term plan during term 5. That means they have to submit a plan between 18 April and 26 May 2017!  I’m sure this will become a hot topic during the county council elections which are due to take place in May 2017.

2015-09-05 11.57.06In the meantime, I would like to thank County Councillor Carla Butler for her hard work to keep the School open.  Here is what she said after the decision:

Carla Butler Article
Extract from Sussex Express article dated 22 July 2016 by Reporter Joshua Powling














Click below to see my plea to the ESCC:

Cllr Vic Ient 27 May 2016 Submission to the ESCC on Rodmell School


Heritage Open Days – 8th to 11th Sept


From 8-11 September 2016, thanks to thousands of volunteers across the country,  we have the opportunity to experience local history, architecture and culture. All for free! See: https://www.heritageopendays.org.uk/

Locally there are many place to visit. In my ward we have two interesting places to see: Ashcombe Toll House & Monk’s House.  Below are some details. Also, there are more place to visit in Lewes. See: https://friendsoflewes.files.wordpress.com/2016/07/hod-2016pdf.pdf

Ashcombe Toll House

This Toll House is the sole survivor of a pair that marked the beginning of the Brighton turnpike. It is on the south side of the A27 and was originally conceived as a store and shelter, the partner-building having accommodation for the turnpike keeper and his family. It was built circa 1820. The road was ‘de-turnpiked’ in about 1870 and the larger Toll House sited on the north side of the road demolished in about 1868. More historical information at http://pastfinders.com/ashcombe_toll_house.htm

Opening Times:

  • Saturday 10 September: 1000-1700
  • Sunday 11 September: 1000-1700

No booking required. More information:  http://www.sussexheritagetrust.org.uk/index.php/projects-ashcombe-toll-house/

There is a cycle path from Lewes to Ashcombe Hollow. Also there is a footpath from Kingston down to the building. There is a bus stop next to the Toll House on the A27. Click here for bus times

Organised by Sussex Heritage Trust

Monk’s House

Nestled in the heart of rural Sussex, Monk’s House is a tranquil 17th-century  weatherboarded cottage inhabited by Leonard and the novelist Virginia Woolf from 1919 until Leonard’s death in 1969.

Opening Times:  Saturday 10 September: 1230-1730 (last entry: 1645). No booking required.

Monk’s House, The Street, Rodmell, Lewes, East Sussex, BN7 3HF. Access to Monk’s House is limited as there are steps down into the property with no handrail. The grounds are partly accessible with some steps and uneven paths throughout. The National Trust advise: Please do not use a Sat Nav to find the property.

There is a bus service (No 123) along the Lewes to Newhaven C7 road, with a bus stop in  Rodmell opposite the Abergavenny Arms. Monk’s House is a short walk from the pub. Click here for bus times.

More information:  www.nationaltrust.org.uk/monks-house


Future of Rodmell School?

PhotoScanHave your say on a proposal to close Rodmell CE Primary School!   As many will know there is a proposal by ESCC to close the school. Currently the Council are running a public consultation, part of which is a public meeting. It will be held at The Church of St Peter, Rodmell on Tuesday 3 May, 2016 at 6:30 to 8:00 pm. Come along and put your views.

If you can’t make it you can still put forward your views – the consultation doesn’t close until the end of this month – 27th May 2016. You can:

  • Complete the on-line consultation – CLICK HERE
  • Sent the ESCC an email – CLICK HERE
  • Or fill in a consultation form – these are available at County Hall & Lewes Public Library. Copies may be available at the meeting on the 3rd May.

Rodmell SchoolThe Rodmell Village website has more information – CLICK HERE  Please follow the link on the page to some corrections to several statements given in the ESCC consultation paper, by Anne Roberts, Vice Chair of the School Governors for Rodmell School.

For more information from the County Council – CLICK HERE

In addition there is a petition running about the closure – PETITION