BUS SERVICE UPDATE
The following comes from East Sussex County Council:
'Over the past months a reduced level of bus and community transport dial a ride provision has continued to cater for the needs of local residents who rely on them, including key workers. The number of bus users remains very low but is starting to grow as lock-down restrictions reduce.
From 29 June more bus services will restart. These include most services provided by Compass Travel in the west of the county, though some to limited timetables or running on fewer days of the week. From the same date there are changes to Stagecoach services in the Hastings and Eastbourne areas, as well as to Autocar’s routes in the Wadhurst area. The latest information on these and other bus service changes continues to be provided on our website pages. The situation is changing frequently so please check these pages regularly.
At the moment older persons and disabled persons free travel bus passes are still being accepted at all times for travel in East Sussex. This is to assist holders to access food shopping and services.
Government advice is not to use public transport unless necessary. Every bus now has a reduced capacity so as to maintain social distancing requirements. Included on our website pages are important details about the regulation for bus passengers to use face coverings, unless they are exempted from doing so.
DRAINAGE WORK ON BARCOMBE MILLS ROAD
East Sussex Highways will close Barcombe Mills Road from Church Road to the A26 (and vice versa) from Monday 6th July until Thursday 30th July. The closure will be in place day and night, albeit with access possible.
FIRE AND RESCUE SERVICE WANTS YOUR VIEWS
East Sussex Fire and Rescue Service is proposing changes to the way it operates. As part of a wider consultation, details and an online survey are here.
Quick action is required if you're interested, as the survey closes on June 19th.
DO YOU OWN, MANAGE OR WORK IN A SHOP?
As phased re-opening of shops continues, new government guidance lays out what's required for those involved. Click below to download the booklet.
Barcombe resident Juliette Scripps is working with Barcombe Virtual Arts & Crafts Gallery to start the 'Collection of Connectivity' – a patchwork art project where Parish residents are invited to turn a square of calico into a depiction of what this time means for them. When the squares are finished, they will be sewn together into a wall hanging to be displayed and kept in the village as a memento of 2020.
SUSSEX POLICE: SPRING NEWSLETTER
Helpful information on local crime
'SAFE SPACE' FOR VICTIMS LAUNCHED
‘Safe Space Sussex’ is an online directory of local victim services, created by Police & Crime Commissioner Katy Bourne. In response to ‘lockdown’ and concerns raised around crimes like domestic abuse, an existing site has been upgraded to help victims find help covertly. Advice has also been shared on social media (@SussexPCC)
ANNUAL PARISH MEETING CANCELLED
The Parish Clerk's May update explains why the Annual Parish Meeting has been cancelled and May's PC meeting deferred to the 27th. Read it here.
WHAT GOES ON IN YOUR GARDEN?
Dedication and careful observation is needed to answer that question. Simon Linington recorded wildlife in his garden from the end of April to early May, and the tally of what passed over and through it is both large and sometimes unexpected. See the result of his work (plus some fine pictures) here (7MB download), or browse all his contributions in the Wildlife section.
SOME SMALL GOOD NEWS
East Sussex Highways is to start fixing potholes locally using its new Velocity Patching system, which apparently makes a lasting repair. Shame we can't actually drive anywhere.
Anyway here's how it works, along with a list of roads to be treated.
POLICE LAUNCH ONLINE CRIME REPORTING
Sussex Police have launched an online crime and incident reporting service. The idea behind the Single Online Home portal is to make it easier and faster for the public to pass on information. Two options are available - try the links below.
Note: 999 should always still be dialled in an emergency!
VEHICLE SPEED IN BARCOMBE CROSS
To gather evidence on vehicle speed in Barcombe Cross, the Parish Council commissioned a survey. Carried out by ESCC's Transport Monitoring Team between 27th November and 4th December 2018 at four locations, the exercise produced some interesting results...
And while on the subject, here's some thought–provoking info from Cambridgeshire County Council:
Control measure effectiveness (©Cambs CC - with thanks)
FLOODING - WHO DEALS WITH WHAT?
READ HISTORIC PARISH APPRAISALS
Survey-based Parish Appraisals from 1987 and 1996 are now available. Plus ça change...
COMMUNITY GRANTS AVAILABLE
Local community groups, voluntary organisations and sports/recreational clubs can apply for a grant from the Parish Council. Applications must be non-commercial, and the project must benefit residents of Barcombe parish.
AGENDAS FOR NEXT MEETINGS
Links to Agenda(s) for the next Parish Council meeting will be posted below when available. Please check back if necessary.
MINUTES FROM PAST MEETINGS
Below are Minutes from the last five meetings. Older items can be explored from this page.
GOOD NEIGHBOURS SCHEME
Barcombe's own Good Neighbours scheme is now fully operational, and has already made life easier for a number of parishioners. To use the service or to volunteer your help, head over to barcombegoodneighbours.org.
DO YOU HAVE A SEPTIC TANK?
If the answer is 'yes', then you should know that from July 8th 2018, new rules applied to domestic septic tanks and small sewage treatment plants that discharge to surface water. Details are in the links below...