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For general Parish Council enquiries please phone 01435 865700 or email info@hwpc.org.uk
Please email the Assistant Clerk with any comments regarding planning applications: asstclerk@hwpc.org.uk
The Office is open Monday to Friday - 9.30am - 3.00 pm and closes for lunch from 1.00 pm - 1.30 pm


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https://new.eastsussex.gov.uk/your-council/ukraine-crisis

https://www.wealden.gov.uk/ukrainian-refugee-crisis/




Lighting of the Beacon Thursday 2nd June at 9.00pm
Cade Street Recreation Ground, Old Heathfield

Come and join us for the lighting of the beacon in celebration of the Queen's Platinum Jubilee.

See the torchlit procession carried out by the Heathfield and District Bonfire Society members and Scouts, along with a low noise pyrotechnics display as the beacon is lit at 9.45pm.

Food, Refreshments, Band or Choir and a Heathfield and District Bonfire Society stall where you can pick up some merchandise and find out more information about the organisation. Watch this space for more info coming!!!

                             


Heathfield and Waldron Queen's Platinum Jubilee Celebrations Saturday 4th June

Come and join Heathfield and Waldron Parish Council in their Jubilee Celebrations in Station Road ad Station Approach.

From 10.00 am to 6.00 pm.

Procession from Tower Recreation Ground at 10.00 am
Children's Entertainment, Street Party, Market Stalls, Live Bands, Refreshments, Historic Display, Hog Roast and Band







Wildflower Areas in the Parish

We are currently preparing some verges in Heathfield for wildflower planting. They may look a bit strange at the moment, however this is all part of the preparation work that is required. In about 6 weeks’ time we are aiming to have some amazing wildflower displays, which will be wonderful for parishioners and the wildlife. We would like to take this opportunity to thank Agrifactors and So Wild for their sponsorship of these wildflower schemes


Sussex PCC have just launched a new app called the New Safe Space Sussex app

SPCC - Launching the Safe Space Sussex app (sussex-pcc.gov.uk)


Council Tax rebate available for thousands of Wealden residents 

Thousands of households across Wealden are set to receive a £150 Council Tax rebate to help with rising energy costs.

Residents living in Council Tax bands A-D – excluding second or empty properties - will be eligible for the rebate, announced by the government last month.

Guidelines on how rebates will be paid to households have been released. The quickest way to receive the rebate is to sign up to Direct Debit payments.

There will be only one payment per household regardless of the number of occupants and will be paid once verification has been completed which is likely to be in May or June 2022.

Wealden District Council will be working as quickly as possible to make payments and is urging occupants to set up a direct debit to speed up the process.

All rebates will be awarded after April’s Council Tax has been collected and cleared and all eligibility criteria has been met.

Residents not currently paying via Direct Debit can set one up, or if Direct Debit isn’t a chosen method, payment will still be given but bank details will need to be provided. Any rebate given will not need to be repaid.

A discretionary scheme is being considered for homes in bands E-H and the government is expected to release more details in the coming weeks.

Councillor Ray Cade, Wealden council’s Housing and Benefits portfolio holder, said, “We are pleased to be able to give so many households within the area a rebate to try and help alleviate financial pressures that many households have felt over the winter period with the rise in energy costs.

“We are also hoping to help occupants in bands E-H with a discretionary rebate and this is currently being considered.”

The government announced the Council Tax rebate scheme earlier this year in a bid to help homeowners with the cost of living as energy prices have increased dramatically.

To set up your direct debit for the Council Tax rebate and for more information, please visit https://www.wealden.gov.uk/council-tax/

For further information:

Liane Tew

Local taxation and benefits manager

Wealden District Council

Tel: 01323 443 150

Email: Liane.tew@wealden.gov.uk

Or

Sian Killean

Media and communications officer

Wealden District Council

Tel: 07970 233 231

Email: Sian.Killean@wealden.gov.uk



CCTV

We are pleased to announce that the CCTV at Tower Recreation Ground and the Skatepark has now gone live. The pictures will feed direct to the Sussex  Police. We have listened to residents’ concerns about anti-social behaviour and have installed the CCTV to help alleviate the problems at these sites. 

If you picked up wildflower seeds from the Parish Council stand at Le Marche - here are the growing instructions please click here


The next Planning and Highways Committee meeting will be on Monday 23 May at 6.30pm at Heathfield Community Centre.  If members of the public would like to attend please could they email Fiona Hensher prior to the meeting asstclerk@hwpc.org.uk.    An agenda, minutes of the last meeting and a list of planning applications will be listed nearer to the date of the meeting.

 For more information regarding COVID 19 please go to our information page by clicking here



Waste collection and street cleansing industrial action update

Wealden District Council has been informed by its waste collection and street cleansing contractor, Biffa, that members of their workforce belonging to the GMB union intend to take strike action from Monday 2nd May over pay. Click here for more information