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.

Bridleway reopens

Network Rail has just announced the reopening of the bridleway from St Helena Lane down to Streat at the point where it crosses beneath the railway, just north of Elmgrove Farm. Network Rail has now completed the repair works on the bridge and Streat 7 is now open again. ESCC Rights of Way team says the drainage from the new bridge has been improved and, combined with the work ESCC did a couple of years ago, that section should be much better for walkers and riders.

Proposed Gypsy and Traveller Site update 27th November

Yesterday evening a full Lewes District Council meeting voted in favour of passing the Lewes Local Plan Part 2 (LPP2) which included the proposed Gypsy and Traveller site, to the Independent Examiner. It was a close vote with 18 supporting, 17 against and 1 abstention.

More details on the meeting can be found here: –  pdf  LDC_Meeting_report

LDC Documents and Parish Council Response

The Parish council have responded to two new documents that have been released relating to the proposed Traveller and Gypsy Site on the land north of the Old Brickworks.

There is a full District Council meeting on the 26th November.  At this meeting the district councillors will vote on whether the Local Plan should progress to the independent examiner.

The Report for District Councillors is here:
pdf Lewes District Local Plan Part 2 Site Allocations and Development Management Policies

There is also a Background Paper giving further detail on Policy GT01 which is one policy in the plan that proposed the Traveller and Gypsy Site for Plumpton.

The Background Paper is here: pdf LPP2_Background Paper

The Parish Councils response to these documents is here: pdf Parish Council Response

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

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

12 December

pdf Minutes from Planning Committee meeting on 12 December

4 December

pdf Agenda for Finance Committee meeting on 11 December

pdf Agenda for Parish Council meeting on 11 December

pdf Parish Council and Finance Committee Meetings 2019

3 December

pdf Minutes from Transport and Environment Committee meeting on 27 November

29 November

Bridleway reopens – see left

pdf Minutes from King George V Playing Field and Pavilion Committee meeting on 7 November

27 November

Proposed Gypsy and Traveller Site update – see left

26 November

pdf document Interim Internal Audit November 2018

22 November

pdf Agenda for Transport and Environment Committee meeting on 27 November

21 November

Gypsy and traveller site update – see left

19 November 

pdf Minutes from Finance Committee meeting on 13 November

pdf Minutes from Parish Council meeting on 13 November


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