Flood Alert issued

Flood Alert issued, 15th November.

The Environment Agency issued a Flood Alert at 7.40am Sunday 15th November, only low lying land is expected to be affected and flooding of property is not expected at this stage, details below.
A Flood Alert has been issued by the Environment Agency.
Flood Alert in force: River Rother and its tributaries from Turks Bridge to the Royal Military Canal.
Flooding is possible for: River Rother and its tributaries from Turks Bridge to the Royal Military Canal, including Crowhurst Bridge, Etchingham, Robertsbridge, Salehurst and Bodiam. Be prepared.
River levels have risen as a result of heavy rainfall. Flooding of roads and low lying land is expected from 10:00 am this morning, Sunday 15 November, particularly in the Crowhurst Bridge, Etchingham and Robertsbridge area. Flooding of property is not expected at this stage. We are closely monitoring the situation. Our incident response staff are actively monitoring the situation. This message will be updated by 4pm today or as the situation changes.
To check the latest information for your area visit the GOV.UK website to see the current flood warnings, view river and sea levels or check the 5-day flood risk forecast:

Flood Alert issued

Flood Alert Issued;

A Flood Alert has been issued by the Environment Agency.

Flood Alert in force: River Rother and its tributaries from Turks Bridge to the Royal Military Canal.
Flooding is possible for: River Rother and its tributaries from Turks Bridge to the Royal Military Canal, including Crowhurst Bridge, Etchingham, Robertsbridge, Salehurst and Bodiam.                  Be prepared.

River levels are high and rising slowly in the upper catchment of the River Rother as a result of heavy overnight rainfall. We believe there is a possibility of flooding for low lying land and roads close to the river, particularly in the Crowhurst Bridge area and around Shrub Lane. Also low lying land and roads along the River Rother, particularly around Etchingham and Robertsbridge.   The forecast for today is for scattered sometimes heavy downpours

We are closely monitoring the situation.  Our incident response staff are actively monitoring the situation and are prepared to respond if required. Be aware that as levels rise some footpaths and rural roads may become impassable.

This message will be updated later this afternoon 25/10/2020

To check the latest information for your area visit the GOV.UK website to see the current flood warnings, view river and sea levels or check the 5-day flood risk forecast: https://flood-warning-information.service.gov.uk/target-area/064WAF351

Flu Vaccination

Flu Jabs.

FLU JABS

It’s that time of year again but some of the rules have changed to reflect the pandemic situation. Access to free jabs is now available to wider sections of the community, don’t assume you are not eligible if you are not yet 65 please check as, for example, family carers or household members of a shielded person are usually eligible if they themselves are over 50. The link below gives more details.

Sussex Flu Vaccination Update 12 October – clinics protecting those most at risk first

Stay safe, stay well

Fundraising for Playground Safety Surfacing

Fundraisinging for Playground Safety Surfacing.

The Parish Council and the Etchingham Recreation Ground (Queen’s Garden) Trust are working to replace the play equipment that has had to be taken out of use in Queen’s Garden.

Due to the dreaded Covid-19 an event that was to be organised to raise money for the new play equipment in the Queens Garden’s had to be shelved for the moment. So we thought now would be a good time to do phase 2, which is sponsorship for the new safety surfacing that we need. It is called TigerMulch (Bonded rubber mulch) made from recycled truck tyres.  https://www.tigermulch.co.uk/
We need 130m2 at a cost of £7330.00. We vare looking for sponsorship of 1 sq mtr of £25 which is just over half the cost per sq mtr.
Please try and donate, obviously the more people the better, the playground really needs a much needed overhaul/upgrade for the many younger residents of Etchingham.

Just click the link. Thankyou to all of you.

https://donate.giveasyoulive.com/fundraising/playground-project

Surface dressing, Sheepstreet Lane, 24th July 2020

Surface Dressing Sheepstreet Lane – 24th July 2020

ESCC Highways asks us to be aware that surfacing dressing is scheduled to take place along Sheepstreet Lane on 24th July 2020.

Surface dressing is a process that involves spraying bitumen binder on to a dry road surface. They then spread stone chippings and roll the surface to help embed the chippings. Due to the nature of this process, the road cannot be swept for 24 hours after it has been laid, during this time the action of the traffic embeds the chippings into the road surface. There will be loose chippings for around a week after the surface has been laid.

Following works, advisory 20mph speed limits are put in place. This is to protect road users from loose chippings.

The road is usually swept after 24 hours, 3 days and again one week after the new surface has been laid.

The road markings will be replaced after the final road sweep. This can be one to three weeks after the works. If parked cars are in the way then there may be further delays whilst we remove them to put the road markings back. Any cats-eyes will also be replaced at this time.

If it rains or is either too hot (temperatures over around 40°C) or too cold (temperatures below around 10°C) then they will not be able to carry out the work. When rescheduled we will be informed via signs on site as to when the works will happen.

Re-opening of playgrounds

ETCHINGHAM PARISH COUNCIL

THE PLAYGROUNDS RE-OPEN ON SATURDAY 4th JULY 2020

Social distancing regulations and safety & hygiene advice remain absolutely in place and are your personal responsibility.

Etchingham Parish Council will maintain, and increase if necessary, it’s regular maintenance rota but to help ensure there is no local return to full lockdown

EVERYONE must remain alert.

New team to tackle rural crime.

New team launched to tackle countryside crime in Sussex.

Sussex Police has launched a new rural crime team, whose overall aim is to crack down on unlawful behaviour in isolated communities.

This team, launched on Monday (June 1), has been made possible with the precept increase, as acquired by Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC) Katy Bourne at the start of this financial year. The new funding will allow for more enforcement and greater local policing presence, part of which is rural crime.

The team will have a specialist focus on agricultural, equine, wildlife and heritage issues, and it has been brought together to serve the rural community, to increase confidence and encourage reporting through preventing crime and carrying out more proactive investigations.
Made up of two sergeants, eight constables and six police community support officers (PCSOs), the team will be operating out of bases at Midhurst and Heathfield.

The impact of rural crime has become more apparent in recent years, and this is reflected with the implementation of the national Rural Affairs Strategy in 2018, from the National Police Chiefs’ Council (NPCC).

Sussex Police’s own Rural Crime Strategy aims to make rural communities feel safer by building long-lasting partnerships, responding to the community’s needs, and provide an effective policing service. In turn, this work aims to increase confidence in the police in our more isolated areas.

With 62% of Sussex’s area dedicated to farming, and a significant proportion being in the South Downs National Park, Sussex is defined as ‘significantly rural’ by DEFRA (2011).

Recently, Sussex Police have arrested a trio near High Hurstwood, Wealden, on suspicion of burglary and going equipped for burglary. This is just one example of the force’s approach to disrupting rural crime in the county.

Chief Inspector Steve Biglands, Sussex Police’s Rural Crime lead, said:
“We are keenly aware of the significant impact that these types of crimes have on our remote communities, and the implementation of this new team is designed to provide a direct link between those more isolated and the police. We want to encourage reporting of rural crimes, because with this insight, we are able to deploy the team to where they are most needed in order to protect the most vulnerable. We have a substantial number of rural residents and businesses in Sussex and they deserve our protection.”

Deputy Chief Constable for Sussex Police Jo Shiner said:
“It is so important to have a dedicated team for this area of policing, which quite often can go unnoticed. We want to reassure the residents of Sussex that we are here to disrupt rural crime, to catch those who think they can get away with it, and to ensure our more isolated communities feel safe in their own homes.

“There have been cases recently of animal thefts, quad bike thefts and numerous other countryside offences. We understand how destructive these are to people’s livelihoods, and how damaging they can be emotionally to the victim. We want perpetrators of these crimes to know we are here to catch them: do not consider committing the crime because we will bring you to justice.

“Working closely with partners, we can draw on expertise and resources from all over the county: together, we can provide the service needed to prevent rural crime.”

Police and Crime Commissioner Katy Bourne said:
“Through my ongoing consultations with local residents and organisations, including the National Farmers’ Union, I know that our rural and village communities in Sussex can sometimes feel ‘abandoned’ and ‘forgotten about’.

“Rural crime is particularly worrying and, since the Covid lockdown, there have been many disturbing reports of fly-tipping and expensive equipment theft.  I want to reassure our rural residents that these crimes will not be ignored and are being taken extremely seriously.

“This expanded team will have the specialist knowledge, skills and training that is vital to police our rural communities, successfully investigate and prosecute crimes made against them and keep people feeling safe where they live and work.

“I know that this will be welcome news to many residents and organisations across Sussex”.

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