Road closures and train travel

Road Closures and Train Travel.

We have been made aware of some local road closures and train travel disruption that might affect your ttravel arrangements in the next couple of weeks.

Replacement Bus Service  due to Landslip between Tunbridge Wells and Tonbridge.

We have been informed that the current arrangements by Network Rail/Southeastern to run a replacement bus service between Tunbridge Wells & Tonbridge will continue until the line can be re-opened hopefully on Saturday 20th February.
The extent of work required has proved greater than at first realised:

    • There are 3 landslip sites covering 120m of the cutting at this location.
    • They need to clear c.5000-6000 tonnes of material and to regrade the slope entirely.
    • This will be done using long reach excavators from the top of the cutting.
    • Given the sheer volume of material that needs to be cleared and for the majority to be removed by road, this adds additional time to the programme.
    • There is also the challenge of the poor weather forecast but this has been factored in to the programme.

Any questions to:

Greg Thompson, Network Rail Southern Region:  https://www.networkrail.co.uk/southern

Temporary Road Closure – Wardsbrook Road, Ticehurst.

Work will start on Monday 15th February 2021 with the road closed between Sheepstreet Lane and Church Street from 9am to 4pm and continue for 5 days.
We have been advised that there will be drainage works on Wardsbrook Road, Ticehurst. The work will involve investigating a local flooding issue, carrying out a CCTV survey and ensuring that the drainage is clear and working correctly.
Warning signs and diversions will be in place.
https://www.eastsussexhighways.com/highway-schemes/wardsbrook-road-ticehurst-drainage for further information.

TEMPORARY ROAD CLOSURE – FYSIE LANE,  – 1/3/2021 TO 26/3/2021

From the  junction with Burgh Hill to the junction with  Church Lane to allow UK Power Networks contractors to carry out additional works at this location for the installation of new high voltage cables, this work is anticipated to take 26 days to complete.
Advance warning signs will be placed on site and official diversion signs installed for the duration of the works.
If you need to discuss this further please contact:
Highway Assurance Ltd(on behalf of UK Power Networks) on 07557 845355

Flood Alert issued, 28th January

Flood Alert issued.

A flood alert has been issued by the Environment Agency at 11.10 on Tursday 28th January, it will mainly affect low lying roads and fields and flooding of property is not expected.

Any updates received will be published on the Parish Council website and Facebook page.

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.

Following heavy overnight rainfall on wet catchments, river levels have risen on the River Rother. It is anticipated that levels will continue to rise through today, 28 January 2021. Property flooding is not expected, but low lying land and roads may be inundated through the day of 28 January 2021.

We are monitoring the situation and have teams patrolling the catchment. The forecast for tonight is for further light rainfall, with unsettled weather set to continue for several days to come.

Members of the public should avoid flood water and stay aware, as further information may be forthcoming.

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

Or call Floodline on 0345 988 1188 using quickdial code: 217019.   Follow @EnvAgency and #floodaware on Twitter.

Flood Alert issued

Flood Alert issued by the Environmemt Agency.

Low lying roads and fields likely to be affected.

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.

River levels have risen as a result of heavy rainfall. We expect flooding of roads and low lying land from 1am tomorrow, 21/01/2021. We expect flooding to affect low lying land and roads close to the river, particularly in the Crowhurst Bridge area and around Shrub Lane. Low lying land and roads along the River Rother, particularly around Robertsbridge. Further rainfall is forecast over the next until 2 am on 21/01/2021.

We are closely monitoring the situation. Our incident response staff are actively monitoring the situation and are prepared to respond if required. Please avoid using low lying footpaths near local watercourses and plan driving routes to avoid low lying roads near rivers, which may be flooded. This message will be updated  by 9am on 21/01/2021, 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: https://flood-warning-information.service.gov.uk/target-area/064WAF351  or call Floodline on 0345 988 1188 using quickdial code: 217019.

Village Flag in Remembrance

Village Flag in Remembrance

The Parish Council has asked that the village flag (situated on the High Street edge of Queen’s Garden) be flown at half-mast in remembrance and honour of our friend Phil Blake. There will also be a minute’s silence before the Parish Council meeting this Thursday. It’s condolences go to Paul, to Phil’s family and his many friends.

Vaccination site update from ETSR

News from ETSR

We look forward to the opening of the NHS Vaccination Centre in the Village halls next week. We are delighted to have been chosen as a venue and to have worked closely with the NHS and the School to bring matters to this point.

The Centre will be managed and operated by the NHS for the benefit of Rother residents on a strictly appointments only basis.

As with any other venue that could have been selected, one of the key issues will be car parking for the medical staff and support staff and visiting patients. Normally we can offer 40 spaces and we have added to this with the help of the school.

We are looking for maximum help and support from all villagers, especially to avoid unnecessarily occupying car park spaces.

If you have an appointment please walk to the Centre wherever possible or arrange to be dropped off and collected.

There has been a great response from the village for volunteers. If you are a local volunteer helper please walk to the Centre or be dropped off. Please avoid parking at the halls for the duration of your volunteering period.

Please avoid parking in the approach road to the halls and do not park in the private roads at Parsonage Croft which are clearly signposted. Similarly help to prevent any congestion in nearby roads, including Borders Lane. All such roads must be kept clear for emergency vehicles at all times.

If you are dropping off or collecting children at either the school or the pre school please do so as speedily as possible to help avoid any congestion in the car park.

If you are a resident close to the halls and have free car parking spaces which could be used by a member of the medical, support staff or volunteers please contact pauletteybarton@gmail.com or Tel : 07801 844671 and we will help to make the necessary introductions.

Finally, please do not park in the car park if you are visiting Parsonage Croft, or taking your dog for a walk or for similar recreational purposes.

The Vaccination Centre is likely to run from the halls for a period of 17 weeks and we greatly appreciate all help that everyone can give for this specific operation and in the fight against the Coronavirus pandemic.

Paul Stott

Chairman, ETSR

Vaccination site update

Rural Rother vaccination site – Etchingham

Statement for partners/social media/media

Update on COVID-19 vaccination service – GP led service set to go live in Etchingham next week
Thanks to an extraordinary effort by the NHS across Sussex, a new GP led vaccination service is due to go live next week to provide the COVID-19 vaccine to people in Rural Rother.
The GP led vaccination service at Etchingham Village Hall will be a partnership between Sussex Community NHS Foundation Trust and the following GP practices:
Fairfield Surgery, Ferry Road Health Centre, Martins Oak Surgery, Northiam and Broad Oak Surgery, Oldwood Surgery, Rye Medical Centre, and Sedlescombe and Westfield Surgeries
The service will offer vaccine appointments to registered patients at the GP practices in line with the national priority groups, starting with those who are over the age of 80.
Preparations at Etchingham Village Hall are being finalised this week with the aim that the first vaccines will begin to be administered at the start of next week, subject to a confirmed vaccine delivery date.
The GP practice teams have been identifying their patients who are eligible at this stage and appointments will be booked in over the coming days.
In terms of the way the vaccination programme is being rolled out, the model for GP vaccination services has been agreed nationally and each area is typically allocated one GP-led vaccination site where all patients from a group of GP practices receive their vaccinations.
Each of the GP practices in Rural Rother have small sites and small staff numbers compared to large urban GP practices, and so did not feel they could continue to provide high levels of care for their patients and support the programme initially in the way it had to be implemented according to the national model.
However, this new GP led service will mean the GP practices and SCFT work together to bring all of their local knowledge to support the roll out of the vaccination programme to patients.
We recognise that at the current time, with one site at Etchingham, some people will have to travel further than others to get their vaccination depending on where they live in the local area.
We would like reassure everyone that there are discussions about further locations in the area and how the vaccination can be transported and offered from GP practices. This is a fast moving programme and over the coming weeks, there may be the option to provide the vaccine from more sites across our communities very soon.

The location of the GP-led vaccination service does not affect the speed by which people living in the Rural Rother area will receive their vaccination. The timing for when people will be able to get their vaccination depends largely on the availability of the vaccine and the priority group they are in.

If anyone is concerned about how they will travel to get a vaccine during lockdown, it should be noted that, under the national guidance, it is permissible to receive a lift from someone, pay for transport if you are able or there are some community transport providers offering this support in terms of transport for medical appointments.

You can find information about community and non-emergency transport on the East Sussex County Council website, or call the community hub on 01273 099956.
People are asked not to contact your GP practice but to wait until you are contacted. You will be contacted as soon as an appointment is available for you.
We are also asking people not to turn up early for their appointments. Arriving on time will help us manage the number of people at the venue and help keep our patients and staff safe.
The Covid-19 vaccination programme is the biggest immunisation programme ever undertaken by the NHS.  As we roll out vaccines, we’d like to remind people of 3 things:

  1. The NHS will contact you when it’s your turn, so please do not contact us beforehand.
  2. Please act on your invite when it comes.
  3. Remember Hands, Face, Space. It will save lives and help the NHS

Why is the vaccine not available at other locations?
As soon as the NHS started to make plans for the COVID-19 vaccination programme we began exploring where we could offer the COVID-19 vaccine to our patients in Rural Rother.
The sites need to be able to accommodate large numbers of people on a daily basis (at least 300 a day.) We also need space for people to wait for their appointment and be monitored for a short while after their vaccination.
The site also needs to have internet access, IT and facilities to be able to carry out the vaccination safely and in line with government guidance.
We have received incredible support from our communities and our partners with helpful suggestions of locations. However, the tight criteria meant that other sites, some of which were more centrally located, were not suitable.

More information on the COVID-19 vaccination programme is available here: https://www.sussexhealthandcare.uk/keepsussexsafe/sussex-covid-19-vaccination-programme/covid-19-vaccination-sites/

Vaccination Hub Volunteers required.

CAN YOU HELP STOP THE PANDEMIC?
 
IMPORTANT – These are not ‘clinical’ roles
 

Message from Rother Voluntary Action.The NHS are looking for volunteers to help with a smooth roll out of the Covid vaccine, which will be happening from Etchingham Village halls (Parker Hall).  They’re after people who are already registered as volunteers locally, so that they don’t have to worry about the DBS’s and paperwork – as it is a short-term role.  Would anyone be interested?  Full details in these two documents……….

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FLOOD WARNING update

Update at 10am 28th December – Flood Warning no longer in force.

River Rother at Etchingham

Flooding is expected – immediate action required

River levels are falling but remain high as a result of heavy rainfall. Flooding of roads and low lying land is expected to continue overnight into Monday 28 December. Further heavy showers are expected overnight which could cause river levels to rise again and threaten low lying properties again at Etchingham from 8am on Monday morning. We expect river levels to remain high throughout the day on Monday. Our incident response staff are actively monitoring the situation and are prepared to respond if required. Please stay aware in case further warnings are issued. We are closely monitoring the situation and will update this message by 9am on Monday 28 December, or as the situation changes.

This information was last updated at 

FLOOD WARNING issued

A Flood Warning has been issued by the Environment Agency.

 (Some low lying properties at risk of flood)

Flood Warning in force: River Rother at Etchingham.

Flooding is expected for: Etchingham, including areas along the railway east and south of the village.

Immediate action required.

River levels have risen as a result of heavy rainfall. Flooding of property, roads and low lying land is expected between from midday today, including low lying property at Etchingham.
We expect river levels to remain high throughout Sunday 27 December 2020.
We are closely monitoring the situation. Our incident response staff are actively monitoring the situation and are prepared to respond if required.
Please stay aware in case further warnings are issued.
This message will be updated by 8pm this evening, or as the situation changes.

What you should consider doing now

* Act on your flood plan if you have one.

* Move your family and pets to a safe place.

* Move your car or other vehicles to higher ground, if it is safe to do so.

* Use flood protection equipment, such as flood barriers, air brick covers and pumps to protect your property. Any equipment should be professionally supplied and installed to help reduce the impact of flood water.

* Move important items upstairs or to a safe place in your property, starting with cherished items of personal value that you will not be able to replace (such as family photographs). Next move valuables (such as computers), movable furniture and furnishings.

* You may need to leave your property, so pack a bag with enough items for a few nights away. Include essential items including a torch with spare batteries, mobile phone and charger, warm clothes, home insurance information, water, food, first aid kit and any prescription medicines or baby care items you may need.

* Turn off gas, electricity and water mains supplies before flood water starts to enter your property. Never touch an electrical switch if you are standing in water.

* If it is safe to do so, make sure neighbours are aware of the situation and offer help to anyone who may need it.

* Listen to the advice of the emergency services and be ready to evacuate your property if told to do so. Most evacuation centres will let you bring your pets.

* Avoid walking, cycling or driving through flood water. 30 cm of fast-flowing water can move a car and 6 inches can knock an adult off their feet.

* Flood water is dangerous and may be polluted. Wash your hands thoroughly if you’ve been in contact with it.

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/064FWF51A

Or call Floodline on 0345 988 1188 using quickdial code: 317018.