ESCC Rights of way survey – key findings

RoWConsultationSurveyDocumentEast Sussex County Council Rights of Way team has now published the results of its recent public survey. There is a handy one-page infographic summarizing the results or you can read the full report here.

East Sussex CC will use the results of this consultation, together with other information, to formulate a plan for Rights of Way in the county. There will be a public consultation on the draft plan before the final version is agreed by the the council. If you want to be notified when this consultation starts, you can sign up here.

Brightling buses – less rare than unicorns, but only just

WealdLinkBus2Delving through “East Sussex in Figures”, one learns that at the time of the 2011 census, there were 154 households in Brightling, 8 of which had no access to a car (5.2%).

The good news, for these households and others, is that Brightling’s bus service has survived the latest round of cuts in April/May 2015 (a cynic would say that it would have been hard to reduce the service without eliminating it altogether).  There is a service on Tuesdays and Thursdays providing access to Battle.  It is now operated by North Wealden Community Transport Partnership (with funding from East Sussex County Council) and the timetable is here.

118 years of Brightling Parish Council Minutes

Work continues on preparing the move of three libraries to the Keep in Brighton. Picture by Jim Holden 07590 683036
East Sussex County Records at The Keep
Picture by Jim Holden 07590 683036

When our new clerk took over last year, he found within the papers that he inherited from the previous clerk  many years’ worth of past minute books of the parish council.

These have now been transferred to the East Sussex County Records office at The Keep, who now have a complete set of Brightling minute books since 1897 – a mine for future historians.

Missed bins

green-binThe collection days changed fairly recently (I think it was at the beginning of June [2015]) and one has heard various reports of deterioration in the service since then.

The easiest way to report a missed bin is to via the web at It asks you quite a few questions but it is generally less frustrating than trying to phone up the council.

You can double-check that you are putting the correct bin out on the correct day by visiting

If you have got the correct day and reported it and it still doesn’t get picked up, then do let the Parish Council know, with specific details.  If we get several reports then we can put pressure on Rother District Council via our councillors, and this has proved to be effective in the past.

Broadband at Brightling – update of 30th June 2015

East Sussex County Council’s rural broadband project (which calls itself the e-Sussex Broadband project) proudly announces a new document with the latest news: “e- Sussex Broadband Rollout. Where and When in East Sussex and Brighton & Hove, as at 30/06/2015.

The document starts promisingly:

The following table sets out the outline plan for proposed rollout of faster broadband in the e – Sussex project area (based on detail available (June  2015). ” 

This is irresistible; naturally one turns at once, fingers trembling with excitement, to the entry for Brightling, which is as follows:


This useful information will I am sure be very welcome by all residents of Brightling, although it would seem that the terms “plan”, “where” and “when” have a special meaning within the e-Sussex project.  In fact on looking through the whole document I find that it wisely avoids as far as possible making any predictions or promises about the future; most of the document is taken up with listing what has already been achieved.

Village survey and Action Plan for the next 5 years

ActionPlanThe current village action plan was produced in 2010 to cover the period 2010-15.

So it is time for a new one.

At the meeting on 6th July 2015 the Parish Council appointed a group of Parish Councillors to consider the matter and report back to the next Parish Council meeting, on 7th September 2015.  The councillors on this group are: David Gasson, Caroline Croft, and Bill Vorley.  They would be pleased to have offers of help or suggestions from anyone interested.

The 2010-15 Action Plan was based on a paper survey questionnaire  that was delivered to every house in the village, and an analysis of the survey questionnaire responses.

A village action plan should not be confused with a Neighbourhood Plan, which some villages have.  Neighbourhood plans are something that came in with the Localism Act.  A neighbourhood plan is essentially a land development plan and is subordinate to the local authority’s plan.  So in our case – were we to have a Neighbourhood plan, it would have to be in accordance with Rother District Council’s Core Strategy planning document – but what it could do is to provide more detail and specifics about how that core strategy would be interpreted and implemented at Brightling.  In our case, we don’t have a Neighbourhood Plan for Brightling, and we don’t currently have any plans to develop one.  However, it might be something that we ought to look at.  Developing one is a substantial undertaking and would mean a lot of work and expense.  Sometimes smaller parishes get together to develop a joint Neighbourhood plans.

Bridleway 30 – repairs starting today

Bridleway30ClosureNoticeFurther to the previous post on this subject, we can now report that the repairs are due to start today.

The work is scheduled to take about 3 weeks, so should be complete by early August.

The bridleway will be closed during this time.

See the previous post for details of where Bridleway 30 is, and the history of the parish council’s campaign to get it repaired.