Salehurst and Robertsbridge Parish Council


Salehurst & Robertsbridge is one of the larger parishes in East Sussex and lies mid-way between Tunbridge Wells to the north and Hastings to the south on the main London to Hastings road, the A21.


The parish is entirely contained within an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.


More information about the history and organisation of the parish can be found at About the Parish.

Latest News


Planning Meeting to consider the Application for Grove Farm
4th August 2016


There will be a Planning Committee Meeting on Thursday 4th August, including the consideration of a revised application for 34 dwellings on Grove Farm and conversion of existing Listed barn to a live-work unit (ref: RR/2016/1722/P and RR/2016/1723/L)


The press and public are welcome to attend. Venue: Robertsbridge Youth Centre



A21 Road Closure
July 2016



Due to resurfacing works, the A21 will be closed between 8pm and 6am between Flimwell Crossroads and John's Cross roundabout until 31st July. There will be diversions via A28 and A268. Click on the above pdf for details.


2nd July 2016



Temporary Road Closure from 'Lilac Cottage' northwards under the bridge for approximately 150 metres, to allow BT's contractor to carry out duct and cabling works. Works anticipated to take five days.


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Whistles for the Somme
1st July 2016


View the associated document


Don't be alarmed to hear whistles being blown at 7:30am on 1st July at the War Memorial - it's to mark 100 years since troops went 'over the top' for The Battle of the Somme


Planning Committee Meeting - note date change
30th June 2016



Please note the next planning meeting, originally scheduled for 7th July, has been moved to Thursday 30th June.


Vacancy for a Councillor
June 2016



The Parish Council is very sorry to see Cllr Ross McNay go - he has regretfully resigned on 13th June for personal and work reasons, as he felt no longer able to commit sufficient time to the role. Thank you Ross for all your hard work.


We are now a councillor short therefore: please click the above pdf to see the Notice of Vacancy. Enquiries welcomed.


Mobile Library dates


The Mobile Library visits George Hill every 3rd Thursday, between 09:45 and 10:15. See article for dates.


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Safe & Well Visits



East Sussex Fire & Rescue Service is working with Action in Rural Sussex and Rother Voluntary Action, offering home visits to advise on fire safety and wellbeing (eg. health issues and social isolation).


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Dog matters in Salehurst & Robertsbridge
12th April 2016


There are three different Dog Control Orders that apply to us in Salehurst & Robertsbridge. The first is on 'Dog Fouling', requiring dog faeces to be cleared up, and applies to all places in the parish that are used by the public; the second is the requirement to keep 'dogs on a lead' and the third is 'Dog Exclusion', whereby dogs are banned completely from certain places.



The only place in the parish that dogs are specifically required to be on a lead is in the Recreation Ground; the only place they are banned completely is the enclosed play area in the Recreation Ground (in fact all enclosed playgrounds in Rother).


In many areas, dogs are completely excluded from entire recreation and/or sports grounds, but the Parish Council chose not to include our Recreation Ground in this Order, preferring the less restrictive (but harder to enforce) order to keep dogs on a lead. This was not an anti dog decision, it was a pro dog decision.


There were many calls for a total ban, for two main reasons. The first was to prevent nuisance to other users, children and adults, who should be free to enjoy the facilities without dogs running about - we frequently had football matches disrupted by over enthusiastic dogs, but of greater concern, numerous incidents of children being chased by dogs whilst playing, not necessarily unfriendly ones, but not all children like dogs, particularly ones they don't know.


The second was to deal with the persistent problem of dog mess, as we all know that a small minority of dog owners are not considerate or responsible and refuse to clear up after their dog (whether on a lead or not, but we have many witnessed examples of very responsible dog walkers who have 'missed' the event because their dog has run ahead, or lagged behind). The only way to ensure no dog mess is to ban dogs completely.


But the Council did not want to do this. It was mindful of the fact that many people, including families with children, like to take their dog with them on a trip to the Rec. Also, dog walkers can provide a valuable, frequent adult presence, helping to keep our children safe. So the decision was made that requiring dogs to be on a lead was an appropriate compromise for an area provided for play and sport.

None of our other public spaces are included in the Order and, in addition to those areas we have a very good network of public footpaths where dogs can be walked.


So please understand and respect that the Recreation Ground is provided for recreational activities for all two legged residents, but not for dogs - although they are welcome to accompany their humans if kept on a lead at all times (and cleaned up after if necessary).


Forthcoming Events


Planning Committee Meeting
30th June 2016



There will be a Planning Committee Meeting on Thursday 30th June 2016 at Robertsbridge Youth Centre at 7.30pm.


The press and public are welcome to attend and up to 15 minutes will be allowed at the start of the meeting for public comments and questions.


The agenda for the meeting is available on the 'Council Meetings' page.