Chiddingly Parish Council


Mission Statement


The Council will work to ensure the provision of high quality services in our community through the application of good governance, accountability and transparency to improve the quality of life of its residents.





  • The Parish Council will provide the opportunity for consultation on planning applications, within the time frames permitted.
  • The Parish Council will maintain and endeavor to improve the general civic amenities enjoyed by the Parish residents, and within the powers of the Parish Council.
  • The Parish Council will liaise with East Sussex County Council highways department to ensure roads, footpaths and bridleways are maintained to a high and safe standard within the Parish.
  • The Parish Council will apply good financial management and control of the precept (budget) by following correct budgeting and reporting procedures as laid down by statute.




Parish Council meetings are held on the third Tuesday of each month (with the exception of August) at 7.30pm in Chiddingly Village Hall. Planning Committee meetings are held on the fourth Tuesday of each month.


The agenda for both the parish council and planning committee meetings are published on the website, with at least three working days notice of the meeting.


Parishioners are welcome to attend the meetings, and before each meeting formally convenes they may ask questions and/or make a statement.


Agendas and Minutes are available by email. Please contact the clerk to be added to the mailing list.




Photography credits

The parish council would like to thank the following people for kindly sharing their photos on our website.


Lucy Carnaghan, Jane Brymer, Rosie Dadswell, Max Higgs, Martin Surgey, Caroline Surgey, Steve Tolhurst, Ruth Rance, Rachael Smith, Mike Goss, Steve Newham.

Latest News


Public Footpath Diversion Order - Stonehill
22nd January 2018










This order, made on 7 December 2017 under section 119 of the Highways Act 1980, will divert part of the public footpath known as Chiddingly 5 running" from point A (junction with public highway Stonehill) in a south-easterly direction for approximately 170 metres to point B: to a new line running from point C (new junction with public highway Stonehill) in a north-easterly direction for approximately 7 metres to point D and then in a south-easterly direction for approximately 40 metres to point E and then in a south-easterly direction for approximately 30 metres to point F and then in an south-easterly direction for approximately 110 metres to the aforesaid point B, as shown on the Order map.

A copy of the Order and the Order map have been placed and may be seen free of charge at Wealden District Council Offices, Vicarage Lane, Hailsham, East Sussex BN27 2AX between 8.30am and 5.00pm on Mondays to Fridays inclusive. Copies of the Order and map may be obtained there at no cost.

Any representations about or objections to the Order may be sent in writing to the Engineer and Countryside Officer, Wealden District Council, Council Offices. Vicarage Lane, Hailsham, East Sussex BN27 2AX not later than 16 February 2018. Please state the grounds on which they are made.

If no such representations or objections are duly made, or if any so made are withdrawn the Wealden District Council may confirm the Order as an unopposed Order. If the Order is sent to the Secretary of State for the Environment for confirmation any representations and objections which have not been withdrawn will be sent with the Order.

Dated 19 January 2018 K Williams Head of Planning and Environmental Services


Storm Fionn - Severe Weather - Information if there is a power cut
17th January 2018


You may have seen that severe weather is against forecast for our region this evening, into tomorrow morning, Thursday 18th January.


As part of their preparation plans, UK Power Networks has organised for additional staff in our contact centre to help customers whose electricity supply might be affected by the predicted weather, and we have called up additional engineers to carry out repairs to overhead lines and poles as soon as the wind reduces to a speed at which it is safe to work.





Anyone experiencing a power cut should:


- Call 105 to report power cuts and damage to the electricity network, or 0800 3163 105 (from a corded phone or mobile phone if you have no power)

- Visit for the latest updates

- Visit and type in their postcode to view our live power cut map

- Tweet @ukpowernetworks to report a power cuts or to receive updates


They advise people to stay clear of power lines and report damaged power lines immediately by calling 105 free from either a landline or a mobile phone. If they see electricity lines that are down or causing significant risk to the public they should call 999.


They provide extra help to customers on our Priority Service Register during a power cut. Households with older or disabled people, those with children under five, or where someone uses medical or mobility equipment that requires electricity as well as other reasons can join the register. You can find out more information about their Priority Service on their website:


If you would like to share information about preparing for the storm or the priority service register on social media you might like to use the following:


@UKPowerNetworks has extra staff on hand 24/7 to deal with the impact of #stormFionn

Call 105 to report a powercut and visit for the latest updates


Do you, or someone you know, need extra support during a power cut?

@UKPowerNetworks provides free services to vulnerable customers. Visit for more information #stormFionn



Merry Christmas
21st December 2017


View the associated document


Wishing everyone a very happy Christmas and a merry New Year, from Claudine (Clerk) and all of the Parish Council xx


Sussex Watch Out Magazine
5th December 2017



Watch Out magazine is a free monthly online publication distributed in Suffolk, Essex, Kent, Surrey, Sussex, Notts, Herts and Bucks offering advice to the elderly and the vulnerable on the safeguards they should put in place to avoid losing money to conmen and fraudsters. This is done by publishing examples of the various scams being carried out right across the country.



The publications are distributed to a minimum of 85,000 people every month thanks to the support of Neighbourhood Watch groups, voluntary associations for the elderly, parish councils, U3As and other groups dealing with mature and vulnerable adults.


Grants for installation of first time heating
4th December 2017


Wealden District Council has teamed up with National Grid and Affordable Warmth Solutions CIC to offer grants for the installation of first time central heating. The award is intended to help 40 homes install oil central heating where a full central heating system does not currently exist.



Those that own or rent privately can access the funding if they meet the following criteria:


- The home is located in a rural area not connected to the gas grid.

- The property has an Energy Performance Certificate (EPC) rated F or G.

- No full central heating system currently exists in the property or the home relies on peak electric heaters, plug in heaters, electric ceiling heating, fire places or stoves to heat the home.

- The occupant receives one of the following qualifying benefits:

Pension Credit

Universal Credit

Child Tax Credit

Working Tax Credit

Income based Job Seekers Allowance

Income-related Employment and Support Allowance

Income Support


The systems will be fully funded for those that own their own home. Landlords can expect to receive two grants, one for the boiler and another for the remaining balance which in total should cover approximately 70% of the total cost. Referrals for funding can be made by calling the central heating hotline on 01323 443321 or by emailing



Chiddingly Community Land Trust
1st December 2017


Following on from the public Community Land trust meeting held in Chiddingly on 23rd November, we are very pleased to say that a Community Land Trust Steering Group is now in place.


The Chairman is Mike Goss, the Secretary is Sue Skan and the Treasurer is Eugene Cassidy.


More details to follow as they get established.






East Sussex Libraries - The Way Forward - Consultation
27th November 2017


East Sussex Libraries - The Way Forward is a complete review of the Library and Information Service and is the final part of the wider Libraries Transformation Programme. It is designed to deliver a modern and sustainable library service for the next five years, based on the needs of the people of East Sussex.



You can have your say up until 14th December 2017 - please follow the link for further details


Sussex Police
27th November 2017


Would you pay more to support policing in Sussex?



Would you pay more to support policing in Sussex?

Sussex Police & Crime Commissioner Katy Bourne writes: "This year, we have seen police officers and staff nationally, along with other emergency services, respond with skill and bravery as they play their part in the substantial security effort around the recent terror attacks which have hit the UK. In response, the Government is increasing the money it spends on tackling terrorism, including an amount for policing.

"Further investment is also working to tackle the national threat of cyber crime, which is affecting businesses and individuals across the country. With the new frontline for policing increasingly becoming our front rooms and children's bedrooms - where crimes are being committed down the phone line and behind screens - we have to recognise that the policing we see is not necessarily all the policing we get to keep us safe.

"I know that residents support Sussex Police in preparing for threats like terrorism and cyber crime but I'm also aware that issues closer to home, such as anti-social behaviour, are affecting local people.

"In previous years, the Chief Constable has asked for my help to raise more funds to invest in specific areas of policing, including public protection, community investigation and armed response. Thanks to the money you've already contributed through your council tax, Sussex Police has been able to build its capacity and capabilities in these areas, and others, to deliver a more effective and efficient service to the public.

"Now we need your help to sustain this service.

"All public services have to find significant financial savings and Sussex Police is no exception. The force has already saved £70m since 2010 and the Chief Constable's Local Policing Plan is working towards delivering further savings over the next four years.

"I know the changes Sussex Police has made to its policing model are taking some getting used to but it's vital that the force reshapes its neighbourhood policing teams to meet the challenges of 21st century policing.

"The Chief Constable and I are continuing to work together to drive further reform and substantial progress has already been made through collaboration with local and regional partners and through investment in mobile technology.

"I want to help Sussex Police explore and identify all opportunities for investment. That is why I have carried out a review of the amount of money Sussex Police holds in its reserves and released £15m to reduce the impact of reductions in police officer numbers. I've done this because I recognise the scale of the impact that these changes are having on the police and the public, and I remain committed to investing in local policing.

"I am also seeking further sources of external funding, including contributions from new building developments that lead to increased demand on local services. I - and other Police & Crime Commissioners - continue to negotiate with the Government for more funding for policing, as well as asking for the removal of the current 'cap' on the police precept.

"Please take a minute to complete my online survey to tell me whether you would be prepared to pay more, through your council tax, for policing in Sussex. You can find all the information at"




Planning Meeting for 28th November 2017 CANCELLED
24th November 2017


The Planning Meeting scheduled for 28th November 2017 has been cancelled as there are no new planning applications for the parish council to consider.

Kind regards

Claudine (Clerk)


A suitable location for a skatepark
8th November 2017


As many of you will be aware, a group of parishioners have been working hard on the skate park project. Unfortunately the initial location considered for a skate park has proved unsuitable, so they are now looking for a new site that would be suitable. If you have any ideas on a suitable location, or you are a landowner that maybe able to let some land for a skate park - we would be really keen to hear your ideas. Please email them to; so that they can be passed onto the skate park project group.


Operation Christmas Child


Shoebox Gifts

Operation Christmas Child is a project of Samaritan's Purse, a Christian international relief organisation.


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Safer kitchens – Safer Homes
24th August 2017


East Sussex Fire and Rescue Service (ESFR)


East Sussex Fire and Rescue Service is asking people to do three simple things to help keep their homes safe from fire...


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East Sussex Against Scams Partnership
23rd August 2017


Chiddingly Parish Council recently signed up to the East Sussex Against Scams Partnership to try to promote knowledge and awareness of this issue.


Here is some advice on protecting yourself and others from scams and what you can do if you have been affected by one.


See full article


Horam Crematorium - Environmental Health Consultation


The Environmental Health Team have received the application for a permit to operate The new Wealden Crematorium. A public consultation on this permit application will start on the 1st December 2017 and will finish on the 31st December 2017. During this time period, comments can be made about the application and will be considered in determining the permit.






From the 1st December, the consultation will be available on WDCs consultation diary webpage which will have a link to the permit page where the application is located and can already be viewed . A paper copy of the application will be made available at Chiddingly Village Hall during the consultation period.



Road Resurfacing - Gun Hill


Gun Hill carriageway resurfacing works will start on Monday 29th January for 13 days. Works will be carried out between 0700-1900. The road will be closed from the junction of Stonehill to 50 metres south of Swansbrook Lane. A diversion will be in place via A267, North Street, New North Street, A22, Golden Cross and Nash Street in both directions.

Forthcoming Events


Advance Diary Dates


Future events:



1st December 2017 - The Angel and the Fiend.


7th December 2017 - WI Christmas Party.


21st December 2017 - Swingshift Charity Concert.


19th January 2018 - Lachelle Link AGM


10th February 2018 - East Hoathly Church Fundraising Event: Rock Around the Clock.


3rd March 2018 - Friends of Chiddingly Church annual fundraising event.


7th April 2018 - Village Hall Fundraising Quiz.


Christmas Church Services


The following dates are for Christmas services in Chiddingly:


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Chiddingly Festival


Please either visit the Chiddingly Festival website or click here for details of forthcoming events at the Chiddingly Festival.


Churchyard Work Party
October 2017


The next parish church yard clean up is in October - if you would like to join them you would be very welcome.


Email Nick Sharp




Chiddingly Parish Diary for November 2017
November 2017


Events happening in Chiddingly during November:


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Oral History Group
27th November 2017


Meeting at the Village Shop at 10.30 a.m. on Monday 27th November 2017.


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The life of the rural parish priest
27th November 2017


Monday 27th November 1030 Chiddingly Village Shop: they will be discussing the life of the rural parish priest


The Angel and the Fiend
1st December 2017


The Angel and the Fiend is to be mounted at East Hoathly Church on Friday 1st December at 7.30 p.m.



This is a drama set to a constant stream of images that depicts the life and work of Lee Miller: fashion model, surrealist photographer, combat photographer and gourmet cook. It is written and devised by Antony Penrose, her son and biographer.


Tickets £10 - please contact Sue on


Proceeds to East Hoathly Church.



Rock Around The Clock
10th February 2018


Lewes Rock Choir have been booked for February 10th 2018


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Annual Fundraising event
3rd March 2018


Friends of Chiddingly Church Annual Fundraising event.