Its that time again – GREAT BRITISH SPRING CLEAN 17TH MARCH – 2ND APRIL 2023

The Great British Spring Clean has been announced as of the 17th March to 2nd April,

Piltdown Residents have joined in with the campaign over the past 8 years, collecting over 50 large litter bags of rubbish from our lanes and roads. This year 2023 we have requested 100 large litter bags, let’s see if we can fill them all. Motorists, cyclist’s, walkers, joggers are dropping rubbish into our countryside.


Litter collecting equipment

The campaign continues until the 2nd of April collect when you can.

Safety: Please wear a high Viz jacket, gloves. DO NOT PICK UP SYRINGES , NEEDLES, or any Car Parts these should be reported to Wealden District Council to collect.

Please let Bob know how many bags that you collect. Thanks.

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SABRE: There is still time to object and sign the petition

Even more important than signing this petition is submitting your letter of objection!

 It is still not too late to write to oppose the proposed development. While the deadline of March 2nd has passed and the Wealden website is no longer accepting letters, you can still write directly to Quote WD/2022/3319/MA0 and provide your name and address.

Legally, these letters must still be considered. Writing a letter is the single most effective thing that you can do to protect 77 acres of green field and the adjacent ancient woodlands.

You can also sign the petition, Click below:

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Useful information on Flood risks

According to the Environment Agency, over five million people in England live and work in properties at risk of flooding from rivers or the sea, whilst more face flood threats from groundwater, surface water, sewers, and reservoirs.

At Gocompare, we have put together a guide to preparing for a flood and protecting your property –

In extreme conditions you won’t be able to stop flood water, and you should always put personal safety above attempts to protect property and possessions. Despite this, there are steps that you can take to keep water out, to buy yourself time to preserve property and possessions, and to limit the damage that flood water does.

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Thanks from Wealden for the Great British Spring Clean

Wealden residents have again risen to the challenge during the Great British Spring Clean and were out in force helping to rid Wealden of unwanted litter and we would like to thank everyone who took part.

Over 60 individuals and community groups took part in this year’s event which ran from 25th March to 10th April making it one of the most successful in Wealden to date with  over 400 bags of litter removed from the District’s streets and open green spaces. A third more than the 300  plus bags collected in 2021. With many groups now taking to the streets throughout the year, it’s estimated that over 2000 bags of litter have been collected since last year (the equivalent to 10 tonnes of rubbish!)

So that we can get an idea of the extent of the litter picking undertaken by groups and individuals we would be really grateful if you could kindly spend a few minute completing a short on line survey.

The link for the survey is

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The second Update from the local Ukraine Support Group

Ukraine Support Group for Fletching, Piltdown and Sheffield Park.

This is the second mailing from the group just to keep you all up to date.

We’ve had a wonderful response to our call for support for Ukrainian refugees who might come to Fletching, Piltdown and Sheffield Park. Thank you to everyone who has got in touch offering help in all sorts of varied ways. It is not too late to sign up so please get in touch if you’d like to get involved.

The issuing of visas is still an extremely slow process, and we have several groups who are in the system and are waiting for final approval to come here. The good news is that two families have been successful and will be arriving shortly. We will give them a chance to settle in and then will get in touch to see how we can best support them.

Evidence seems to be showing that of those applying to come to East Sussex, most are wanting to be in the larger towns on the coast. However, Toby Illingworth, the Wealden councillor for Buxted, is doing great work on the ground in Ukraine promoting the benefits of settling in rural Wealden, so we have high hopes that a few more families will be arriving soon.

We’ll keep you updated as soon as we have any news.

Kate Minch (Chair) on
David Knight on
Peter Roundell
Gabby Paterson-Griggs


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