Ditchling Parish Council: looks forward to an exciting term to 2019, when we will see: the adoption of the Ditchling, Streat and Westmeston Neighourhood Plan, shaping development in our community to 2030. This includes the construction of at least fifteen new homes and further development of our sporting and recreational facilities. Do you think Ditchling needs a new sports pavilion, a second tennis court, a new car park, an overhaul of the children's playground, a boules court? These are just some of the suggestions put forward in the Neighbourhood Plan. To put the plan into action a full complement of enthusiastic and committed Parish Councillors is required. There are eleven seats on the Parish Council and currently eight members. We therefore appeal to you to consider becoming a councillor and standing for co-option.
Becoming a Councillor: do you want to contribute your professional skills to help your local community? Do you want to make a difference for your local community? Do you want to speak on behalf of local people? If you can answer yes to any of these questions, then maybe you should consider standing for co-option as a councillor. To stand as a councillor in Ditchling you need to be at least 18 years old, a British, Irish, EU or Commonwealth citizen and registered asa local government elector in Ditchling or have lived or had your principle place of work in the borough for 12 months, or have been an owner or tenant in Ditchling for at least 12 months before standing and resident within 3 miles of Ditchling for 12 months. The best way to find out more about the Parish Council is to attend one of our meetings, on the last Monday of the month. You can find full details on the website or Parish Council noticeboards. www.ditchlingpc.org.uk
Scoop that Poop: Ditchling Parish Council asks all dog owners to pick up and remove faeces left by dogs under their control. Dog faeces should be removed immediately from all pavements, roads, verges and recreational areas and the maximum fine for non-compliance is £1,000. There are strong health reasons for these regulations and the Parish Council would urge all people responsible for dogs to always carry the means for collecting and safely disposing of faeces. Two more dog bins have been ordered and are expected to arrive in the next few weeks.
Superfast Broadband in Ditchling: work continues so that the whole of Ditchling has the benefits of superfast broadband. It is planned that the whole of Ditchling should be enabled by June 2017.
Don’t forget: to get your tickets for the following events being held in Ditchling. Tickets are available from Chatt Estates, 34 High Street, Ditchling, telephone 01273 844500 for Ditchling Players production of Blithe Spirit. Tickets, £9, are available for tonight (Thursday) and Friday 25 and Saturday 26 November. The Ditchling Film Society is showing Rams on December 1 in Ditchling Village Hall. Director: Grimur Hakonarson. Icelandic. 2015. 93 mins. 15 Cert. Doors open at 7.30pm and the film starts at 8pm. Guests and temporary members are welcome for the sum of £5 payable at the door. And finally spend a lovely evening on Friday 2 December listening to the Mike Lavelle Quartet and help to raise funds for the Neo Natal Unit at the Princess Royal Hospital. This fundraising evening is being organised by the Friends of the Princess Royal Hospital and tickets are available from Mike Lavelle on 01444 831475 or Ditchling Post Office.
Ditchling Pre School: has a spacious hall and garden play area in the heart of Ditchling with a maximum of 24 children per session. Rated “Good” by Ofsted in 2015. For further details please email [email protected] or telephone Manager Fiona Hughes on 01273 846115 during session times. See our website at www.ditchlingpreschool.co.uk
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