Our Parish Council, consisting of nine elected members, has the responsibility to ensure that all Parishioners have a 'voice' in the public forum on subjects both 'great and small' which affect them individually or the Village as a whole.
At the planning committee meeting on 19 November, after vigorous debate involving a few members of the public it was resolved unanimously to support Network Rail's application to install new barriers on a strictly temporary basis to facilitate re-opening the road at the earliest opportunity.
By a majority of four against one, the separate application to install the barriers on a permanent basis was not supported.
The first application will be decided by LDC officers under delegated powers and the second will be considered by LDC planning committee in the New Year.
Letter from Department of Transport
Railway Crossing Update
Parish councillors met with Network Rail representatives on Tuesday (3rd) and were shown the old crossing gate workings and the new signalling system. Network Rail explained that the old mechanism is not only very fragile but that it lacks any back-up safety mechanism should any one part of it fail, and so no contractor is willing even to attempt to repair it for continued use, because of liability issues.
Network Rail has submitted two new planning applications to Lewes District Council. The applications are identical but the first, to be heard late November/early December, would allow them to temporarily replace the old gates with the new barriers, in order to open the crossing. The second, scheduled for January, would allow them to permanently replace the old gates with the new barriers.
The Parish Council Planning Committee will be meeting towards the end of November to discuss the new applications. We’ll publicise the date of the meeting, which will be open to the public, as soon as this is confirmed.
One piece of good news is that Network Rail no longer plans to clad the redundant signal box with steel shuttering to protect the windows and that they will maintain it as a working building.
Disability access while the crossing is closed
Network Rail has confirmed that a free taxi service is available for people with disabilities who are unable to use the pedestrian crossing over the railway while the gates are closed. If anyone with personal mobility problems requires assistance getting from one side of the station to the other, for example to attend medical appointments, they should contact Dawn Reynolds on 07739 778472, ideally two working days in advance.
Temporary Parking at Racecourse
Due to the ongoing closure of the railway crossing, Plumpton Racecourse Ltd has kindly offered, on a temporary basis, free car parking in its car park close to the western end of the station for any residents of Plumpton arriving from south of the railway crossing. This is just for the duration of the closure of the level crossing.
Any residents using this car park should park safely and considerately and be aware that access is needed to the Atkins site in this car park.
The Parish Council is grateful for the provision of this temporary facility.
This facility is not available on race days.
Legal Helpline for Businesses Affected by the Road Closure in Plumpton
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Bus service 166
We have recently received an update from East Sussex County Council regarding the bus service arrangements whilst the road is closed.
As service 166 cannot run to its normal timetable and route, it was agreed that the through journeys to/from Haywards Heath would serve the section of route north of the railway line (turning at the Station) and that a special 166 shuttle service run between Lewes and Plumpton College at the standard 166 bus times to link those at the southern end of the parish to/from Lewes and, indeed, provide access to Plumpton College.
Due to subsequent decisions by Lewes District Council and Network Rail, the crossing is now shut into the medium term. Network Rail have confirmed that they will fund the 166 shuttle bus for a period of three months, if required. This will take us to 8 January 2016.
Letter from the Police and Crime Commissioner
Lewes District - Changes to bus services November 2015 updated
Family Learning Programme of Courses for the Lewes Cluster Children’s Centres
Healthwatch in East Sussex want to hear about your experiences of healt and social case services. See pdf below for information on how to provide feedback.
Bus Service Firle Beacon to Ditchling Beacon Via Lewes – Plumpton – Burgess Hill – Keymer - Ditchling
Update on Network Rail's planning applications - see left
Minutesfrom Finance Committee meeting on 10 November
Minutesfrom Parish Council meeting on 10 November
Network Rail Planning Application meeting on Thursday 19th November, 7.30pm at the Pavilion (see left for more details)
Agendafor Village Hall Committee meeting on 17 November
Railway Crossing Update: See left side of page.
Agenda for Parish Council Meeting on 10 November
Agenda for Finance Committee Meeting on 10 November
Disability access while the crossing is closed - see column to the left
Minutesfrom Planning Committee meeting on 26 October
Update from Lewis District Council http://www.lewes.gov.uk/
Minutesfrom Transport and Environment Committee Meeting on 19 October
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Agendafor Planning Committee meeting on 26 October
Minutesfrom Village Hall Committee meeting on 10 September
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