Ditchling Parish Council

Serving the Ditchling Community


 Next Parish Meeting & Venue 

The next Special Council Meeting will be held at 7.30 pm on Monday, 21st August in the Pavilion, Ditchling Recreation Ground Ditchling.

For the latest information on the fly nuisance problem in Ditchling please see the latest news page. 


BT UPDATE- Super Fast Broadband.

BT have advised that the broadband cabinets in Ditchling have been completed and are now with the commissioning team in Bristol to complete the configuration and bring the cabinets onto the network, this should be completed within the timescales advised (by 30thJune).  Once this is completed BT will release the structures to all service providers, but please be aware that it can take them a couple of weeks to update their systems, so it may delay ordering the new superfast service but some do it immediately.  Please also be aware for people to see an increase in their broadband speed they must order a fibre based product from their service provider as an upgrade does not happen automatically.

The best way to know when an order cab be placed is to keep an eye the wholesale broadband checkerhttps://www.btwholesale.com/includes/adsl/adsl.htm which will advise when VDSL is available.


Ditchling Parish Council Newsletter 2       (To see a full version and to receive regular Newsletters please sign up)


A New Car Park for Ditchling


Ditchling Parish Council have submitted a planning application to construct a 40 space car park at Middle Bollands field on the Keymer Road.  The South Downs National Park is considering the application under the reference:  SDNP/17/01358/FUL. A decision is expected by 17 May 2017.   Members of the public who either support or object to the proposal can register their comments online at www.southdowns.gov.uk.  OR email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. OR write to South Downs Centre, North Street, Midhurst,West Sussex,GU29 9DH.      

    Parish Council Precept 

The Parish Council receives the majority of its income through the precept which is an annual sum collected with the Council Tax by Lewes District Council. The precept was set by Ditchling Parish Council, at its meeting on 19 December 2016 for the year commencing 1st April 2017 and is £82,639 which corresponds to a Band D rate of £72.59. Please find below a breakdown of how we intend to spend the money received from the precept.    The single largest expense is grounds maintenance this includes grass cutting, hedge cutting, litter picking, pest control, playground inspections, fence repairs, bin emptying, dog poo bags, car park repairs bench restoration and tree works.  The Parish Council no longer employs a full- time groundsman. Maintenance of the recreation ground, war memorial and burial ground has been entrusted to local contractors. Salary and administration services include the salary costs of a parttime clerk, meeting expenses, training, rent for the parish office, stationery, copying, postage, subscriptions and insurance.  Street lights are expensive to repair with costs of up to £3,500 to refurbish a streetlight, put in a separate supply and replace a lantern.  The Parish Council will be submitting a planning application for a new village car park in the Spring and has put aside £25,500 in the current budget towards the ground works that will be required to turn a small field into a functioning car park for residents and visitors. The proposed car park will have 40 spaces and will be located in Middle Bollands Field, Keymer Road, just beyond the War Memorial Full details of the budget are available on our website http://www.ditchlingpc.org.uk/council-documents     Salary & Admin 27% Neighbourhood Plan 10% Other 4% Additional car park 22% Grounds maintenance 28% Street Lights 9% BUDGET 2017-18

    Tackling elder exploitation in our communities

Katy Bourne, the Police & Crime Commissioner for Sussex, has made tackling elder exploitation one of her top priorities in a bid to protect older people in the county from financial abuse. She says: “We know that fraud against our older and more vulnerable residents is a growing issue as our population ages and criminals see that fraud is more profitable and less risky than other crimes. In Sussex, fraud has robbed some older people of their entire life savings and left others destitute.  “I have been lobbying the Government to take account of demographics when calculating the amount of funding that is allocated to each police force and to acknowledge the rise in crimes against our elderly. “The operational response from Sussex Police has also been excellent. They have developed Operation Signature to help protect and support those most at risk of fraud, and the model has been nationally recognised and is being adopted by other police forces. “The problem is that many people don’t realise that they’ve been a victim of fraud – they think it’s just a scam, or they feel foolish and don’t want to tell anyone. But scams are fraud and fraud is a crime so I really would urge anyone who’s affected by doorstep crime, postal fraud or nuisance calls to report it.” You can call the police on 101 or report fraud by speaking directly to the advisers at Action Fraud, the national fraud reporting centre, by phoning 0300 123 2040. They will also be able to give you help and advice about fraud and you can remain anonymous if you prefer. UK-wide charity Action on Elder Abuse operates a confidential helpline on 080 8808 8141 which offers advice and support on all aspects of elder abuse. Trading Standards also want to know about online fraud or mobile phone scams; any information you share may help them shut down fraudsters before others fall victim to them. You can report incidents, whether you’re a victim or have just been targeted, via the Citizen’s Advice Consumer Helpline on 0345 404 05 06.