On May 7th, residents will be asked to vote for those people they wish to see representing them on the parish council. There are eight candidates for the seven council places. They are:
Robert Baughan from Cooksbridge
Tamsyn D'arienzo from Cooksbridge
Mike Dodd from Offham
Ian Ginn from Cooksbridge
Justin Harmer from Offham
Rod Hearn from Hamsey
Kate McBrown from Cooksbridge
Ailsa Suttie from Cooksbridge
We hope to feature all the candidates in the May issue of Community News
As the financial year draws to a close, there is a rush of road repairs coming our way:
· Deadmantree Hill, C205, Barcombe – we are carrying out carriageway patching and jointing works between 23 February and 4 March with temporary 30mph speed restriction
· Resting Oak Hill, A275, Barcombe - we are carrying out carriageway patching and jointing works between 26 February and 4 March with temporary 30mph speed restriction
· Wickam Lane, U5658, East Chiltington – we are carrying out carriageway patching and jointing works between 23 February and 4 March with temporary 30mph speed restriction
· Cooksbridge Road / Resting Oak Hill / South Road, A275, Cooksbridge / South Chailey - we are carrying out carriageway patching and jointing works between 23 February and 4 March with temporary 30mph speed restriction and 2 way temporary lights
and of course Beechwood Lane / A275 instal traffic island in A275 and pedestrian footway along North side of Beechwood Lane. 9th March for 4-6 weeks.
Work will be undertaken on the eastern section of Beechwood Lane and a short section of the A275 in Cooksbridge.
Hours of work
Working hours are to be 09:30 to 16:30 from Monday to Friday (no weekend working) and Beechwood Lane will remain closed after working hours. The road will be closed for a period of 6 weeks (approx.) Pedestrian access will be maintained throughout the period of the works. Footway safety barriers and signage will be in place to maintain pedestrian safety.
There will be no impact on access for emergency services or on bus services for the duration of the works.
What are we doing?
The works consist of clearing vegetation in the verge (Beechwood Lane), and building a new footway on the northern side of the carriageway to provide a safe means for pedestrians to access the recreation park and Beechwood Hall. An uncontrolled pedestrian crossing (no traffic signals) incorporating a central pedestrian refuge on the main road (the A275) also form part of the works.
Why are we doing it?
This is a Community Match scheme. Community Match is one of a number of initiatives East Sussex County Council have introduced to help local communities help themselves.
The initiative gives Town and Parish Councils and Community Groups the opportunity to take forward local transport improvements that are of importance to local communities but which may not be an immediate priority for the County Council.
If a Town/ Parish Council or Community Group commit to part fund the cost of scheme design and construction, East Sussex County Council will potentially match that funding. Any improvement schemes would be considered but priority is given to those schemes that will benefit the whole community and are most in line with the County Council’s priorities.
In this case Hamsey Parish Council applied for Community Match funding, provided a feasibility design and carried out the initial consultation in the community. The cost of the scheme is to be jointly funded by Hamsey Parish Council (50%) and East Sussex County Council (50%).
Anything else? (will residents be able to park? Are there any businesses/schools/hospitals?Buses?)
The works are to be undertaken in March and April 2015, for a period of approximately six weeks. Beechwood Lane will be closed for the duration of the works and a well signposted diversion route will be in place. There are some works to undertake on the A275 and the traffic management employed will be Stop/Go boards, for a duration of 1 week (approx.).
Beechwood Hall and the recreation park will still be accessible on foot for the duration of the works. There are no bus routes using Beechwood Lane so there will no impact on bus services.
East Sussex County Council, The Southdowns National Park Authority, the Trustees of Beechwood Hall and Hamsey parish council are working together to provide a short length of pavement from A275 Cooksbridge, along Beechwood Lane, to safely access the Beechwood Hall and park.
Residents who have responded to recent surveys have shown strong support for this project, as have the local primary school.
It is hoped that work will commence on March 9th 2015 and will take 3-4 weeks, depending on the weather.
During this time, diversions will need to be in place. Details of the diversion route are available on this website.