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At the meeting of Pett Parish Council held on July 17 councillors heard from Robin Patten, Rother District Councillor, about potential travellers’ sites.

As part of RDC’s core strategy the District Council must provide 11 sites by 2028, 5 of which must be in place by 2016. However this target is now being challenged and if the challenge is successful then 17 sites will need to be found. There is to be a consultation on this issue in September and the Parish Council was urged to make this an agenda item at that month’s meeting.

Councillors also heard that a new standards committee had come in to being from July 1. It consists of 4 District Councillors, 2 independent members and 2 Parish Councillors, although only the District Councillors will have a vote. In addition Parish Councillors will no longer have to declare personal interests in local organisations unless financial matters are discussed.

Items raised in Public Time included the quality of the local bus service and the continuing problem of cars parking on verges and pavements in the village, which then makes pedestrians, particularly parents with pushchairs, walk in the increasingly busy road.

There is to be a new PCSO for the village, whose details will be confirmed in the near future. Other items discussed by the Parish Council included parking on verges, the adoption of the Rother District Council’s Code of Conduct and Pett Cricket Club’s proposals to upgrade the Pavilion on the Recreation Ground.

At Pett WI on Friday July 20 members heard an interesting talk by Lesley Fairweather from the British Red Cross. Lesley explained that she and other volunteers were based at the fire station in Bohemia Road and that they provided support to the East Sussex Fire and Rescue Service. At the fire at Hastings Pier, volunteers spent 3 days there, helping the firefighters.

Don’t forget:

The Olympic Opening Ceremony Party being held on Friday July 27 at Pett Methodist Chapel. This will start at 6.30 pm and celebrations include a Bar B Q, games, quizzes, craft activities and live music. The Opening Ceremony will be shown live on the Big Screen and all are welcome to come along and soak up the atmosphere.

The Pett Flower Show on Saturday July 28 with the children’s Fancy Dress Parade, a wide range of classes for flowers, fruit and vegetables, as well as tombola, plant and produce stalls, the Village Choir, bouncy castle, coconut shy, BBQ, Brass band and, of course the Fun Dog Show! It is not too late to lend a hand and help is still needed for the following:

Help on the day in any capacity

Home baked cakes

Any home grown produce

Book, jigsaws, etc.

Crocs to smash on the croc stall

Volunteers for the stocks!

If you can help, please contact Rachael Crouch, details in the Pett News.

The village party in the evening, starting at 8pm in the marquee on the Recreation Ground with music for dancing provided by Michael Hambridge. The tickets are £7, available from Pauline Stapley (details in Pett News), and include a cold buffet but bring your own drink. Proceeds from the evening will go to the Pink Ribbon Foundation for Breast cancer.

Church Services on Sunday July 29 –Benefice Holy Communion, St Mary and St Peter, Pett at 10:30am; Sunday Service at the Methodist Chapel at 10:45am.

Pilates classes with Annie Cuthbert will be starting on Monday July 30 at 7pm in Pett Village hall. The fee for the session is £6 per person. Anyone who is interested can ring her for further information and to book a place (01797225186).

POPP on Tuesday July 31 will feature Thai Chi with Annie Cryer. The session runs from 10:30am to 2:30pm and will include a two-course lunch for just £5.

Please remember there will be NO Village Coffee Morning and NO Flicks in the Village in August. Both will resume in September.

On Sunday August 5 the Pett Level Rescue Boat is holding an Open Day from 12 noon until 4pm. There will be a variety of stalls and games as well as a boat demonstration with the Leonburger water rescue dogs. There will also be a BBQ and refreshments.

Mary Saint, Pett Road