IDEN PARISH COUNCIL MEETING: The Parish Council meeting on Tuesday 5th June, was held in Iden village hall. Ray Griffin chaired the meeting, and began by thanking our Parish Clerk, Mary Philo for arranging the previous Saturday’s ‘Available At Iden’ morning in the village hall, which demonstrated just what clubs and societies are at Iden’s disposal. He also added that Mary has very recently become a very young Grandma. Ray reminded us all of Iden’s ensuing cream tea, available to all. He then called upon Councillor Keith Glazier, chairman of East Sussex Council, who mentioned the usual bugbear, the potholes in the road, which are of constant concern. Keith expressed how difficult it is for the Council to make ‘ends meet’. 75% of council budget goes on our most vulnerable, children and the elderly, the remainder, being unfortunately thinly spread. Keith has recently been in extensive talks about identifying and prioritizing funding needs, the difficulties of which are present throughout the country. Councillor Paul Osbourne from Rother District Council spoke about being chairman of the ‘Community Grants Scheme’, which the Parish Council may need to consult about new equipment for the play area in the park, which is under review. Such equipment is hugely expensive. Councillor Sally Anne Hart from Rother District Council provides a monthly comprehensive report [available on the Iden village website], keeping us abreast of decisions affecting our area. One such she described was the major upgrade of the A21. Sally Anne’s predominant allocation is tourism, which encroaches on all aspects of council issues. The Parish council has donated £150 to the Air Ambulance. The Council expressed thanks to Tony Stanton, who is their much-valued internal auditor. A bench for the play area has been donated by John Hammel. Councillor Michael Miller stressed how important it is for people to remember to shut all gates leading from fields and farms, as sheep have recently been escaping into the roads around Iden, a hazard for both the sheep, and for drivers. The next Council meeting begins at 7pm [instead of the usual 7.30] to be held in Iden village hall, on Tuesday 3rd July.