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


Draft Neighbourhood Plan - Regulation 14 Consultation
26th September 2016


The Neighbourhood Plan Steering Group has been working for 20 months on ideas for our Neighbourhood Plan and they have now produced the first full draft.


The Parish Council is now conducting a formal 6 week (Reg.14) consultation and we would appreciate your comments on it.


The formal notice, draft plan and all the associated documents, including how to make comments, can be seen on the Neighbourhood Plan website.




19th September 2016



The Parish Council is very sorry to announce the resignation of Cllr Cherry Michell - she regretfully resigned on 18th September for personal reasons, as she felt she was not able to commit sufficient time to the role. Thank you Cherry for your contribution over the last sixteen months.


Please click the above pdf to see the statutory Notice of Vacancy.



Unfortunately, this is the second vacancy, the first of which has already been extensively advertised, resulting in seven applications for consideration for co-option by the Council (scheduled to take place today 19/9/16).


It has therefore been decided to appoint two new Councillors together, from the seven current applicants, once the statutory 14 days has elapsed.


More details in due course.


Latest Grove Farm amendments to be considered
1st September 2016


Amended plans dated 22nd August have been submitted for Grove Farm (application RR/2016/1722/P) - these will be considered at the Parish Council Planning Committee meeting on 1st Sept. Note: only the changes will be discussed, as the PC has already commented on RR/2016/1722/P.


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


Parish Council comments on revised Grove Farm Planning Application
23rd August 2016



The Planning Application for 34 houses plus a live-work unit on Grove Farm was considered by the Parish Council at the Planning Committee Meeting held on 4th August. The Parish Council objects to the application and has submitted comments to Rother District Council supporting REFUSAL of the application; the full comments can be seen here. Additional comments about the listed barn were also submitted.


Vacancy for a Councillor: Could it be you?
August 2016


Salehurst & Robertsbridge Parish Council is looking for a new member, as a Councillor has recently left. No experience is needed, just an interest in the social, economic & environmental well-being of the community, some time to spare and a willingness to get involved in local matters and decisions.


See full article


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



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


Parish Council Meeting
19th September 2016



The next Parish Council Meeting will be on Monday 19th September at Robertsbridge Hall at 7:30pm. Press and public are welcome to attend. Up to 15 minutes will be allowed at the start of the meeting for public comments and questions. You can see the notice for the meeting here.

The agenda for the meeting will be available on the council meetings page 3 days before the meeting.