Plumpton Parish Council

Plumpton Parish Council

Our Parish Council has the responsibility to ensure that all parishioners have a voice on issues great and small that affect them individually, and the parish as a whole.

Brighton Mainline imageBrighton Mainline Engineering works

Southeastern services likely to be busier in half term.

Network Rail are undertaking major engineering works on the Brighton Mainline during the February half-term. The works will mean no Southern trains to London from stations between Eastbourne – Bexhill inclusive.

Southeastern will be allowing ticket-holders from this route to use Southeastern services between 18th-22nd February, during the weekdays of the engineering works, to allow commuters to travel to work. As a result, this means our services are likely to be busier than normal.

Trains from Hastings to London, via Tunbridge Wells, will be particularly affected.

For further information, please visit Network Rail’s Brighton Main Line Improvement Project webpage.


Are you interested in becoming a Parish Councillor?

If you would like to help develop, improve and protect your local community for the future, why not join Plumpton Parish Council?

pdf More information on becoming a parish councillor

Proposed Gypsy and Traveller Site

update 30th January 2019

The Lewes District Local Plan Part 2 (LLP2) has now been submitted to the independent examiner.  An examination in public will now commence which will include hearing sessions. These sessions are tentatively planned to start on 2nd April and last 8 days.  Plumpton Parish Council have requested to speak at the hearings. A Program Manager has been appointed by LDC so any questions on the examination stage can be directed to:-

Mr Chris Banks

Banks Solutions
64 Lavinia Way,
East Preston,
BN16 1EF

Telephone: 01903 783722
Mobile: 07817 322750

A list of all documents relating the LLP2 submission can be seen here: –  Examination Core Documents and individual documents downloaded from here:- local-plan-part-2-examination

These documents include responses from residents to the consultation period held last year.  In order to comply with LDCs public sector equality obligation, representations that could potentially amount to discrimination or even harassment have been redacted and those redactions will not be considered by the Inspector. Such comments will not help our case.

The examination is not the final stage in the decision to develop the site, and the professional advice that has been received by other sources has confirmed that PPC covered all material issues in its responses to date. For this reason, the Parish Council will not be funding any legal representation for the hearing – if the examiner does not address the PPC concerns regarding the site (including whether the need for a site is proven, as well as the chosen site not being suitable) then PPC will continue to explore all options available to challenge the site, even ahead of any formal planning application to develop the site. If legal representation is appropriate then we will revert with details of any funding requirement. In the meantime the PPC will continue to focus on the only effective approach to challenging this proposal, which is based purely on planning grounds and the PPC’s consultation response is repeated here:-

 pdf  LDC Part 2 consultation-final

Follow this link for more information about the proposed gypsy and traveller site.

Environmental Policy

The Parish Council have adopted an environmental policy for its activities.  Further actions will be determined for the Village Hall, Playing Fields & Pavilion in due course.  Any comments will be appreciated and incorporated into an annual review of the policies in May.

pdf document Plumpton Parish Council Environmental Policy adopted Jan 2019

Wells Close/Strawlands

We’ve just heard that Lewes District Council has turned down the outline planning application to develop 12 homes for older people on the Strawlands/Wells Close site. The reasons are explained in the attached notice. It is good that LDC has taken note of residents’ concerns, which the Parish Council shared. We hope the developers will talk with us when they resubmit their application, so we can help them address these problems more adequately.

Pavilion Refurbishment

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We’ve just completed the Pavilion refurbishment, which has given us a substantial upgrade of the facilities.

The refurbishment was part-funded by a LEADER grant from the European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development (£49k), and the remainder from our New Pavilion Fund (£28k) and the Parish Council (£7.5k).

With many thanks to Des Lambert, who helped us navigate the grant application process, and to parish councillor Emma Elford, who led renovation programme, got the grants, liaised with everyone involved.

The refurbishment has included:

  • removal of the old kitchen to open up the space
  • re-positioning of a new  kitchen and utility room into the old committee room
  • recovering of the floor throughout
  • reconfiguring of the changing rooms
  • increased storage facilities
  • substantial replacing of rotten timbers throughout the infrastructure
  • replacement of multiple doors
  • replacement of window glass
  • part installation of new composite cladding and sofits
  • substantial re-plastering work throughout
  • roof repair.

Steve Bodsworth was the contractor. We owe him many thanks for doing a fantastic job to a very high standard and completing on time.

As with all building jobs, we found some unexpected problems along the way that Steve responded to quickly, which allowed us to keep on schedule.

Now the work is complete, it has highlighted other parts of the facility that are looking a bit tired. Plumpton Parish Council will be costing further work to maintain this valued facility within a long-term preventative maintenance programme.  We’ll provide further details in due course, later this year.

Site Updates

17 February

pdf Minutes from Finance Committee meeting on 12 February

pdf Minutes from Parish Council meeting on 12 February

13 February

pdf Minutes from Planning Committee meeting on 12 February

pdf More information on becoming a parish councillor

Brighton Mainline Engineering works – see left

5 February

pdf Agenda for Parish Council meeting on 12 February

pdf Agenda for Finance Committee meeting on 12 February

4 February

pdf Agenda for Village Hall Committee meeting on 4 February

pdf Minutes from King George V Playing Field and Pavilion Committee meeting on 3 January

Transport and Environment Committee meeting on 6 February has been cancelled

30 January

Gypsy site update – see left

15 January

pdf Minutes from Finance Committee meeting 8 January

pdf Minutes from Parish Council meeting on 8 January

pdf Minutes from Planning Committee meeting on 14 January

11 January

pdf Parish council environmental policy

7 January

pdf Agenda for Planning Committee meeting on 14 January


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