Chiddingly Parish Council


Mission Statement


The Council will work to ensure the provision of high quality services in our community through the application of good governance, accountability and transparency to improve the quality of life of its residents.





  • The Parish Council will provide the opportunity for consultation on planning applications, within the time frames permitted.
  • The Parish Council will maintain and endeavor to improve the general civic amenities enjoyed by the Parish residents, and within the powers of the Parish Council.
  • The Parish Council will liaise with East Sussex County Council highways department to ensure roads, footpaths and bridleways are maintained to a high and safe standard within the Parish.
  • The Parish Council will apply good financial management and control of the precept (budget) by following correct budgeting and reporting procedures as laid down by statute.




Parish Council meetings are held on the third Tuesday of each month (with the exception of August) at 7.30pm in Chiddingly Village Hall. Planning Committee meetings are held on the fourth Tuesday of each month.


The agenda for both the parish council and planning committee meetings are published on the website, with at least three working days notice of the meeting.


Parishioners are welcome to attend the meetings, and before each meeting formally convenes they may ask questions and/or make a statement.


Agendas and Minutes are available by email. Please contact the clerk to be added to the mailing list.




Photography credits

The parish council would like to thank the following people for kindly sharing their photos on our website.


Lucy Carnaghan, Jane Brymer, Rosie Dadswell, Max Higgs, Martin Surgey, Caroline Surgey, Steve Tolhurst, Ruth Rance, Rachael Smith, Mike Goss, Steve Newham.

Latest News


Community Orchard update
16th November 2018



Please see the attached document for the latest news on the Community Orchard


Heathfeld High Street Closure - changes to bus routes
1st November 2018



Message from ESCC Highways.

Heathfield High Street Road Closure - changes to bus routes.




Please see the notice attached that gives details of service revisions. Some delays are to be expected. Colleagues whose parishes are located along the A265 to the east of Heathfield are asked to particularly note the arrangements for service 231, including that many westbound journeys will run earlier than normal and that certain journeys will be replaced with a shuttle service.


Secondary schools in Heathfield, Ringmer, Uckfield and Tunbridge Wells have been informed of changes that will affect pupils travelling to/from their school/college.


Arrangements will vary as the work progresses although services are expected to run as set out in the attached until mid-November.


This notice will be placed on the ESCC website and details will be updated as necessary. Individual bus companies will also be informing passengers of the changes to services.


This information will also be shared with the ESCC Councillors whose divisions are affected.


We hope that this information is helpful in dealing with any queries that you may have and those colleagues whose parishes are most affected may wish to share the content with partners in their local communities.



ESCC Highways - Gritting


A message from ESCC Highways about their gritting plans for the winter months:





Our Winter season officially begins on Monday October 1st and runs through until 30th April 2019.


During this time we receive daily winter weather forecasts and gritting decisions are made on a daily basis, sometimes more in times of extreme weather. Our fleet of 23 gritters will be on standby 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, ready for when the weather may reach icy conditions. We have over 10,000 tonnes of rock salt across our 6 depots, and all county council grit bins across the county have been filled.


Our Winter Maintenance Service includes the following:


- daily monitoring of road surface temperatures, and snow and ice forecasts

- the provision of winter gritting equipment and standby resources

- the provision of stockpiled rock salt for gritting

- the salting of primary gritting routes in the event of the forecast of frost and ice

- the salting of secondary gritting routes in the event of a forecast of severe ice or snowfall

- the filling, maintenance and refilling of over 900 grit bins across the county

- erection of snow drift fencing on the A259 East Dean Road

- snow clearance from primary and secondary routes, and from main town centre footways

- maintain a winter service section on the East Sussex Highways website containing fact sheets and winter gritting maps

- carry out routine clearance of roadside drains

- monitor 'drainage hotspots' during times of heavy rain

- carry out drainage investigations where needed with drainage issues


Daily gritting decisions will be published via Twitter (@esccroads) and Facebook (EastSussexHighways). In the event of extreme ice or snow we will provide live morning and evening radio updates.


More information regarding our winter service including helpful advice can be found at:



Road Closure - Broomham Lane
2nd October 2018


Temporary road closure

U7676 Broomham Lane, Chiddingly

From the junction of the B2124 Lewes Road for a distance of 167 metres northwards

From the 22nd October 2018. The works are anticipated to take twelve days to complete

To allow South East Water to carry out mains diversion works

Diversion via:-

A22 Whitesmith - A22 Holmes Hill - B2124 Lewes Road

In both directions



Questions for Sussex Police and Crime Commissioner
12th September 2018


Have you got a question for the Police and Crime Commissioner?


Sussex residents now have the chance to pose questions to the Sussex Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC) in person at a meeting next month.



Questions are now being invited for Katy Bourne ahead of the next meeting of the Sussex Police and Crime Panel on Friday 5 October.


Having submitted questions in advance, residents can, if they wish, then attend the meeting to ask their question in person, hear the answer and then raise further points. Otherwise the Chairman will ask their question on their behalf.


This new approach was agreed by the panel at its last meeting.


Questions could be about any policy issue relating to policing in Sussex (but not related to operational matters, or a live case).


The deadline for receiving questions is midday on Friday 21 September and they can be submitted in writing to or by telephoning 03302 222542.


Councillor Bill Bentley, chairman of the Sussex Police and Crime Panel said: "As well as supporting the Commissioner, the role of the panel is to properly scrutinise all elements of her work on behalf of the public, to ensure the role is being carried out effectively.


"We want to make sure the issues we are raising are those that the public feel are important to them, and we periodically improve our working arrangements to ensure residents' voices are heard. I would encourage people to submit their questions, and we look forward to welcoming as many as possible at our meeting on 5 October."


The main items on the agenda at the meeting are an update on the Commissioner's work in ensuring Sussex Police provides an effective response to our educational establishments and the Commissioner's proposed new role in handling policing complaints.


The meeting will be held at County Hall, Lewes, starting at 10.30am. The meeting will also be webcast live at


Councillors from 15 local authorities across Sussex, plus two independent members, make up the Sussex Police and Crime Panel. The role of the Panel is to scrutinise the actions and decisions of the Commissioner.



Wealden Local Plan - Consultation is now OPEN
13th August 2018


Publication of the Wealden Local Plan - Proposed Submission Document

Wealden District has published its Proposed Submission Wealden Local Plan for receipt of representations between Monday 13th August 2018 and 5pm on Monday 8th October 2018.



The document sets out planning policies for growth and change within Wealden District (excluding the area of the District which is within the South Downs National Park) up until 2028. After consideration of all representations received the Council intends to submit the document to the Secretary of State for examination later in 2018. You can view the Proposed Submission Wealden Local Plan and associated documents on the WDC's website;

When submitting comments WDC encourage respondents to respond to the consultation questions on either the online consultation portal or the representation form. In order to assist the process, it is requested that consideration is given to any submission to ensure that they are relevant and to the point. If a long submission cannot be avoided, please provide a summary of the main points to be addressed. Before submitting any comments WDC would strongly encourage you to read their 'Guidance Note for Respondents'.



Horam Crematorium - progress update
August 2018


The following information has been received from WDC with regards to the progress on the Crematorium works, and they have asked for us to share this with you:



I am pleased to tell you that we continue to make good progress with the crematorium and that we are on course to complete the buildings, roads, car parks and landscaping by Christmas or soon after. The crematorium will be open for services early in 2019.

Main Entrance

You may have noticed that work to the main entrance on the A267 has been paused. This is because we are having to wait for South East Water and SGN to relocate their water and gas mains that run across the entrance (they were previously unaware of their location). Once this is completed work will then recommence on the entrance, and the traffic island and bus stop etc. will be installed. SGN has indicated that traffic lights will be required on the A267 for an additional three week period in early October.

Open Day

It is planned to arrange an Open Day in the Spring to give members of the public a chance to look behind the scenes and speak to the staff who work there. Going to an Open Day at a crematorium may seem an unusual thing to do, but we have been told that this has been very well received at other crematoriums. It will provide a unique opportunity to ask questions and find out more and also to explore the many myths about cremation.


We have had one or two enquiries about the drone that we fly over the site once each month. This is used to capture footage of the work as it proceeds and is then published via our webpage. We know that many local residents and others with an interest in the project find it useful to see how the work is progressing.

The drone is operated in accordance with and bound by the requirements of the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) permit issued under the Air Navigation Order 2016. Collection of any images of identifiable individual etc is avoided and its use is covered by the Council's public liability insurance.

As an additional precaution posting the drone footage on the crematorium's webpage is always delayed for at least 4 weeks to protect the security of the site.

Considerate Contractor

Finally, Baxall Ltd, the main contractor, participates in 'The Considerate Contractors' scheme with assessments undertaken from time to time by an independent inspector. The July report records that the site has scored excellent or exceptional for all five criteria - appearance, community, environment, safety and workforce. Excellent scores and a credit to the Site Manager and his team.


The Council has just embarked on a consultation exercise regarding the Crematorium Regulations it plans to introduce. You will receive a separate email about this in the next day or two.

We hope that you found this update of interest.





Peter Griggs

Programme Support Manager



Gun Hill - roadworks
31st July 2018



East Sussex Highways will be carrying out roadworks on Gun Hill, Chiddingly.




These works will commence from 20 August for 13 days, between 7am and 7pm. There will be no weekend or bank holiday working, and the road will be closed during the working hours. A signed diversion route will be in place.


UK Power Networks - advice for loss of power
27th July 2018


From UK Power Networks:

You may have seen the forecast of unsettled weather over the next few days with heavy rain and lightning affecting parts of the East and South East of England. We are currently monitoring the weather closely and we are in regular contact with the Met Office as the forecast develops.




Our electricity network is built to be resilient but extreme weather can affect overhead and underground power lines, resulting in some customers losing their electricity supply. Where this happens we work to restore power as quickly and safely as possible. We have organised for additional staff in our contact centre to help customers whose electricity supply might be affected by the predicted weather, and we have called-up additional engineers to carry out repairs to our electricity network.


You will be able to find regular updates on our website and social media @UKPowerNetworks throughout this period.


Anyone experiencing a power cut should:

- Call 105 to report power cuts and damage to the electricity network, or 0800 3163 105 (from a corded phone or mobile phone if you have no power)

- Visit for the latest updates

- Visit and type in their postcode to view our live power cut map

- Tweet @ukpowernetworks to report a power cuts or to receive updates


We urge the public to stay well clear from power lines and anyone spotting a damaged power line needs to report it to us immediately by calling 105 from a landline or mobile phone.


If they see electricity lines that are down or causing significant risk to the public they should call 999.


We provide extra help to customers on our Priority Service Register during a power cut. Households with older or disabled people, those with children under five, or where someone uses medical or mobility equipment that requires electricity as well as other reasons can join the register. You can find out more information about our Priority Service on our website:


If you would like to share information about preparing for the extreme weather or the priority service register on social media you might like to use the following:


@UKPowerNetworks has extra staff on hand 24/7 to deal with the impact of the current extreme weather. Call 105 to report a power cut and visit


Do you, or someone you know, need extra support during a power cut? @UKPowerNetworks provides free services to vulnerable customers. Visit for more information.



South East Water
9th July 2018


As the heat increases, so does the amount of water we all use. To cope with this, South East Water is producing an extra 100 million litres a day across its supply area - the equivalent of 40 Olympic swimming pools of water.



High demand for water is often caused by garden watering - on a normal day it makes up six per cent of water use in the home, but on hot days this can soar to 70 per cent, mainly due to garden sprinklers which use as much water in an hour as a family of six uses in a day.


During this period of high demand some people may experience lower than normal pressures during times of high demand such as breakfast and dinner time so everyone is being asked to reduce garden water use during these times to try to make sure there is enough water for everyone.


Being water savvy in the sunshine will help ease pressure on the company's extensive network of 9,000 miles of pipes, pumping stations and treatment works which are working at full pelt around the clock to keep taps running.


Despite the recent dry spell, reservoir and ground water levels are as expected for this time of year.


Saving water means saving money too and top tips and free water saving devices can be found at:




Annual Assembly - TONIGHT!!! 22.5.18
22nd May 2018


The Annual Assembly takes place this evening in Chiddingly Village Hall.


See full article


Chiddingly's Community Orchard
21st March 2018



The Glebe Field has now been leased by the Parish Council to MOSAG (the Millennium Oak Sculpture Garden Trust) and so the Chiddingly Community Orchard is officially underway.


See full article


Important Winter Water Advice from South East Water
2nd March 2018


What to do if you have frozen or burst pipes:


Water pipes can freeze if they are not properly insulated and can then burst as the thaw comes.


South East Water, which supplies drinking water to 2.2 million customers across Kent, Sussex, Surrey and parts of Hampshire, has the following advice:




Should you find you have no water, first check the South East Water website In Your Area map at to see if there is a problem on the supply network.


If no incident is showing, check with your neighbours to see if they have water. If they do, you should check for frozen pipes and take action to prevent a burst, which can cause damage.


If your pipes have frozen:

- Turn off the water supply at the stop tap

- Slowly thaw the pipes by wrapping them in warm materials like towels starting at the end nearest to the tap.

- You could ask your neighbour for some warm water to soak the towels in to speed up the process.

- Never use a naked flame or blowtorch to thaw frozen pipes

If your pipes burst:

- Turn off the stop tap

- Open all taps to drain the system quickly

- Soak up/block off escaping water with thick towels

- Call a qualified plumber. To find your nearest WaterSafe accredited plumber visit

- If water has leaked near your electrics or into any electrical appliances, switch them off at the mains

- Turn off taps once the pipework is repaired to avoid further flooding

If you and your neighbours do not have water and no incident is showing on the South East Water website, call 0333 000 0002 to report the problem.


For details on how to wrap up homes for winter go to:


Visit our website for more tips






New date for Spring Clean 10th March 2018
28th February 2018


Spring Clean - new date: 10th March 2018 - due to the current weather conditions.



Chiddingly Spring Clean. Would you be able to spare some time next Saturday (10th March 2018) to help with a clean up of our community? The parish council are taking part in the Great British Spring Clean, and would really love your help, to make the parish clear of any litter. We have litter pickers and gloves etc - all we need from your is your time - even if its just for an hour. If you think you could help then please contact Cllr Beryl Marchant on 01825 872998. The plan is to start at about 0930 on Saturday 10th March.


Old Jubilee Field gates for sale
22nd February 2018


View the associated document


Now that the parish council have replaced the Jubilee Field gates, we are able to offer the old gates for sale.



Please see the attached photo. If anyone is interested in making an offer on the old gates, then please email: with the amount you would like to offer. The closing date is 31st March 2018. The gates can then be sold to the highest bidder.


General Data Protection Rgulations


How the information you provide will be used.





General Data Protection Regulations -Any personal information such as name, postal address, telephone number, and email address given via this website/form will only be used to provide a requested service, kept for as long as necessary to provide that service and will not be disclosed to any other third party without your prior permission or unless we are required to do so by law.


Operation Christmas Child


Shoebox Gifts

Operation Christmas Child is a project of Samaritan's Purse, a Christian international relief organisation.


See full article


Safer kitchens – Safer Homes
24th August 2017


East Sussex Fire and Rescue Service (ESFR)


East Sussex Fire and Rescue Service is asking people to do three simple things to help keep their homes safe from fire...


See full article


East Sussex Against Scams Partnership
23rd August 2017


Chiddingly Parish Council recently signed up to the East Sussex Against Scams Partnership to try to promote knowledge and awareness of this issue.


Here is some advice on protecting yourself and others from scams and what you can do if you have been affected by one.


See full article


Chiddingly Community Orchard


Chiddingly now has its very own community orchard!!




ESCC Highways Customer Panel requires representatives


ESCC Highways are looking for residents of East Sussex to join their Highways Customer Panel. The survey, which is sent via email twice a year, will ask for your views on the service that they provide and will help them make improvements based on the feedback given.





If you would be interested in joining then please sign-up here: You can unsubscribe from the panel at any time. More information on the Highways Customer Panel can be found here:


Forthcoming Events


Advance Diary Dates


Future events:



1st December 2017 - The Angel and the Fiend.


7th December 2017 - WI Christmas Party.


21st December 2017 - Swingshift Charity Concert.


19th January 2018 - Lachelle Link AGM


10th February 2018 - East Hoathly Church Fundraising Event: Rock Around the Clock.


3rd March 2018 - Friends of Chiddingly Church annual fundraising event.


7th April 2018 - Village Hall Fundraising Quiz.


Wealden Support Day - Universal Credit



Wealden are running an event on Thursday 1 November to support residents with the changes to Universal Credit. There will an opportunity to talk to representatives from the DWP, East Sussex Credit Union and the Citizens Advice Bureau, as well as our Home Energy Efficiency Officer


Business Networking & Support Session - Tuesday 8th May
16th April 2018



AiRS (Action in Rural Sussex) have advised the parish council of an initiative that they are running with a view to supporting local businesses in our area (Chiddingly/East Hoathly/Laughton).


Their Virtual Business Networks project focuses on encouraging peer-to-peer networking between people currently involved in running their own business, wishing to start a business or who are involved in another form of community enterprise.





To launch this they are running an initiation session to explore local aspirations and needs. This will take place on the Tuesday 8th May 2018 between 7.00pm and 8.30pm at Chiddingly Village Hall. Further details are available via the link below:


The goal is to provide a valuable networking opportunity for anyone involved in running or operating a local business, providing participants with mutual support and a forum to discuss local issues. There will also be an opportunity to explore a range of government-backed business support schemes focused on training, advice and funding provided by our project partner the Lets Do Business Group.



Business Betworking Meeting 14th June 2018
18th May 2018



Business Networking

Chiddingly Village Hall, Church Lane, Chiddingly BN8 6HE Thursday 14th June 7pm - 8.30pm

Attendance is FREE and open to all types and size of business and enterprise.



Business Networking Connecting local businesses

Local Business - Self-Employed - Home-based worker



This is a NEW initiative aimed at connecting local business people to help enhance your business through:  Exchanging ideas 

Meeting potential clients and suppliers 

Discussions on issues affecting businesses locally 

Information on Government-funded business advice


This session will cover the business support that is available


Join a relaxed environment where you can meet and engage with other local people running or starting a business or enterprise.


Meeting details: Chiddingly Village Hall, Church Lane, Chiddingly BN8 6HE Thursday 14th June 7pm - 8.30pm Attendance is FREE and open to all types and size of business and enterprise.


If you are interested in attending or have any enquiries then please contact or ring 01273 407326


Dementia Awareness Fortnight
21st May 2018



As part of Alzheimer's Society National Dementia Action Week, Wealden Dementia Action Alliance are heralding 14 days of free events across the District for people with dementia, their families and their carers, which started on Saturday 12 May.





See full article


100 years since the end of the World War I
13th June 2018



This year marks 100 years since the guns fell silent at the end of the First World War and it is important to mark such an important event. WDC have provided us with a document from Bruno Peek, Pageant Master called "Battle's Over" which is the Nation's tribute and people all over the Country will be following this event guide.






Please do have a look through the guide which tells you how to take part and please do let the Clerk know about any events you are planning.


Dates for your diaries


Here are some date for your diaries





Saturday 4th August 2018 - Saturday Market 10-12 in the School.

Saturday 18th August 2018 - Parish Council surgery 10-12 Village shop.

Sunday 19th August 2018 - East Hoathly and district Preservation Society Walk - 2 p.m. The Crown, Newick.

Tuesday 21st August 2018 - Parish Planning Meeting 7.30 p.m. in Village Hall.


Advance Diary dates


3rd September 2018 - Sing Vivaldis Gloria with Heathfield Choral Society. 7 p.m. Union Church, Heathfield.

5th September 2018 - Coffee morning for Stroke Association

6th September 2018 - WI meeting

9th September 2018 - East Hoathly Pop In Lunch

14th September 2018 - East Hoathly and district Preservation Society Talk

20-30th September 2018 - Chiddingly Festival - 40th Anniversary

17th November 2018 - Lachelle Link Race Night


Older Peoples Day


The following information has been received from ESCC Adult Social Care, and they have asked us to share the information to our parish:



I'm really pleased to be able to let you know about the 2018 'Full of Life' Events Programme, which marks UK Older People's Day in East Sussex. It is the 11th year of running the programme and once again a wide range of partners from the voluntary sector, community groups and other statutory organisations have chosen to work collaboratively this year. The Programme of Events for 2018 can be viewed online at


Monday October 1st is officially Older People's Day 2018 - an International Day created to recognise and celebrate the achievements and contributions that older people make to our society. In East Sussex we're celebrating it from September right through to the end of October.


This year the number of events have reached a record level and we are also pleased at the great variety of events to choose from right across the county, including activities to promote health and well-being, matinee films, cabaret, low cost or free 'taster sessions' at the Leisure Centres, a variety of interesting talks, lots of music, guided walks and tours, and of course many opportunities for people to get together locally and enjoy food and drink and good company. Many of the events are free.


We are once again promoting Community Transport to provide people with more options for getting to events. We have also included adverts to promote partner services and key public health messages.


Demand for the booklets is high so this year we have produced and printed 15,000 copies and these are currently being distributed across the county and will be available from local libraries, as well as online.


I hope that you will take the time to look through the booklet and appreciate all the events happening across the county - and spread the word where possible!


Assistant Director, Adult Social Care and Health (Planning, Performance & Engagement)



Older Peoples Day
August 2018



A number of events have been planned to celebrate Older Peoples Day, please see the attached document for details.


Chiddingly School needs your help - please!
5th November 2018


Chiddingly School have applied for some funding for the Thrive project to a community fund and they need as many votes as they can get!



See full article


Souper Saturday
13th November 2018



Saturday 15th December.

Chiddingly Village Hall.

1200-1330 hours.

Please see the attached poster.


Quiz - Sunday 18th November 2018
16th November 2018


View the associated document


Please see attached for the Quiz - this Sunday at the Six Bells.


Chiddingly Shop and cafe - Christmas Shopping
19th November 2018



Late night Christmas shopping at the Chiddingly Village Shop