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.
UPDATE 7TH DECEMBER - NOT CURRENTLY ON FLOOD ALERT AFTER RIVER LEVELS FELL
The Environment Agency has issued a Flood Alert for the River Rother and its tributaries, stating that flooding is possible but not to properties, and advises people to avoid using low lying footpaths or entering areas prone to flooding. There are three types of warning issued when flooding is forecast. These warnings are: flood alerts, flood warnings and severe flood warnings. The Environment Agency continue to monitor the situation closely. You can register for flood warnings by phone text or email at https://www.gov.uk/sign-up-for-flood-warnings
Please take care of yourselves and dogs if out walking whilst water levels are high and make sure young people stay away from the streams and river - flows are very strong in high water situations.
Last week we contacted National Highways on behalf of residents for an explanation of the works being undertaken at the roundabout on weeknights from 8pm to 5am. We have finally had a response today to confirm that all the works along the A21, including those at the roundabout, are part of the A21 safety package. Details here https://nationalhighways.co.uk/.../a21-safety-package/.... This includes improvements to signs and lighting, and some changes to speed limits. The works at the roundabout have been noisy because they have included drilling for electrical connections for new lighting columns and illuminated signs and will continue on the south side of the roundabout until 2nd December. After that works will continue along the A21 up to Johns Cross until 8th December, with full closure of the A21 between Northbridge Street roundabout and John's Cross on weeknights until 15th December. We have been told that they try to do the noisiest work at the start of their night shifts.
Those residents who are in close proximity to the A21 were sent postcards explaining the works from Hurst Green to Hastings on 22nd September. The dates on the postcards sent to residents have changed in response to the wet weather (please use dates above). If you wish to contact National Highways call 0300 123 5000 open 24/7 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
The next Parish Council Meeting will be on Monday 20th November 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 meetingia available on the council meeting.
As always, the Robertsbridge Branch of the Royal British Legion will be leading the Remembrance commemorations for the village. Here is an outline of events:
Armistice Day - Saturday 11th November - 10:45 to 11:15 at the War Memorial, High Street - the 2 minute silence will be observed and there will be a wreath-laying ceremony.
Remembrance Day - Sunday 12th November - Parade to Salehurst Church for Remembrance Service, then afterwards to the War Memorial, for wreath-laying ceremony. Approximate times:
10:00 to 10:15 - Parade assembles at the Recreation Ground car park - form up and leave approx. 10:20 for Church. The Church service starts at 10:50. Following the service, the Parade will return to the village, via Northbridge Street, Clappers, High Street to the War Memorial for a wreath-laying ceremony at approximately 12:00, including 1 minute silence.
There will be road closures in place during the parades and wreath-laying. There will be traffic lights to allow the Parade to safely cross the A21 at the roundabout. All delays will be kept to the minimum necessary.
A reminder please to avoid parking near the War Memorial on both days. And that the Bonfire Society will be marking the start and end of of the 2 minute silence on Saturday (11:00), and 1 minute silence on Sunday (approx. 12:10) with a maroon (very loud bang!).
Thank you to everyone who helped on Saturday, both in clearing surface water and drains to ensure there was no damage to property, and also in spreading the word that flood gates might be deployed due to very high river levels. Luckily nature was on our side and the heavy rain stopped before this was necessary.
We are aware that a significant proportion of local residents were not living in the village during the damaging floods in 2000. Since then the flood gates have been built to avoid similar flooding. Before last weekend we had started discussing with the Environment Agency about holding a flood awareness community event next Summer. This would be to ensure everyone has the opportunity to find out how the Environment Agency monitors river levels and what happens when they deploy the flood gates in Station Road and on the Clappers.
Good news. Despite more rain to come until about 1am, peak is expected below level where deployment of the flood gates is necessary. Level is expected to reach approximately the same as earlier in the week - so fields under but no concern re roads etc.
We will of course update if anything changes. And we have more sandbags if anyone has any surface water issues. The Environment Agency will be monitoring all night. Take care everyone.
Flexibus is a new bookable on demand bus service available to residents. It is being grant funded by East Sussex County Council. If you have any questions or want to book a ride you can call 01273 078203 (6.30am to 7.30pm, Monday to Saturday). If you're happy using the app download RidePingo and start planning your journey.
Depending on where you live in the Parish you can book a ride from your door or the railway station or estate agents to anywhere in zone 7 and zone 9. This can include Bateman's in Burwash, Bodiam Castle, Sedlescombe including Blackbrooks Garden Centre, Ewhurst and Staplecross. Single fares adult £2 (free for bus pass holders), £1 children; Adult all day ticket £5. Further details can be found here https://www.eastsussex.gov.uk/roads-transport/public/flexibus#How%20to%20book
The Battle Foodbank is open Wednesdays 1-2.30pm at Upper Church Hall, St Mary's Church, Upper Lake, Battle TN33 0AN (go through the car park and take the upper path, through the gate and across the bridge).
Help is available if you are struggling to buy food - food, toiletries, cleaning supplies, baby food and nappies, pre-loaded SIM cards, fuel voucher referrals and signposting/advice from a CAB Advisor. You can request a voucher from schools, churches, NHS/social workers, your doctor or call CAB on 01424 869352 and leave your name, number and say you would like a food voucher. Call at least 5 days before you want to visit. email@example.com 07866 570468.
In addition Community Church Robertsbridge 07941381207 will deliver bags to your doorstep, donations can be left at Robertsbridge stores. And families can also contact Belles of the Ball 07889 287892 for help.