Latest News & Parish Events



Burwash Village shop has reopened after weeks of closure following the fire earlier this Autumn. Opening hours are as before - 6.00am to 8.00pm Monday to Saturday, and 7.00am to 8.00pm on Sundays. 


Denton Homes has pulled out of their appeal against Rother District Council's refusal to grant planning permission for 42 houses on land off Shrub Lane in Burwash village. The appeal was due to be heard in January and Burwash Parish Council, local residents and the Save Our Fields From Concrete campaign group were united in activity to thwart the development.

The company's explanation: "Since the determination of the original application and the lodging of the appeal, our research has shown that appeals involving landscape are increasingly being dismissed" gives ammunition to local campaigners striving to keep unsuitable developments off AONB land. 

Denton Homes also criticised the eight days set aside for the enquiry. It was, they said: "disproportionate given the scale of the proposals" and highlighted that further enquiry time would have been likely if more witnesses came forward."

The Parish Council had consistently rejected the Denton Homes proposal. The Council worked closely with residents and Save Our Fields From Concrete in preparing for the appeal, in addition to hosting public meetings to garner and reflect public opinion.

Click here for background on the NW SHRUB LANE (Denton Homes) proposal. Here is a link to the documents on Rother's site. 


East Sussex County Council (ESCC) is going to apply for permission from the Department of Transport to introduce Civil Parking Enforcement (CPE) - permit holder and pay & display parking - across the county, including Rother district. 

Civil parking enforcement in Burwash could mean regular enforcement of all yellow line waiting restrictions. The start date for this is likely to be in 2020.

Much of the ESCC proposal  focuses on permit holder and pay & display parking in Bexhill, Battle, Rye and Robertsbridge. There are also minor changes to existing parking restrictions and a formalising of existing school keep clear markings. Across the County, ESCC anticipates that CPE will:

  • reduce and ease congestion
  • improve traffic flow – benefiting the economy and the environment
  • maintain access for the emergency services 

All council operated parking schemes have to be self-financing - with no money coming from council tax or business rates. Parking income will come primarily from the cost of permits and pay & display charges. 

The consultation on these provisions is open until 14 January. 

Visit for more information.

Huw Merriman MP is inviting constituents to a Brexit update and a chance to express their views on the proposed EU Withdrawal Agreement.

He said: "I am not seeking to impart my views, I just want to explain the content and give constituents the chance to ask questions and have their say. I hope, regardless of how people voted back in June 2016, as many people come along to get the latest information.”

The first EU presentation will be held at St Johns Church on London Road, Bexhill on Thursday 29 November from 7-9pm, followed by Heathfield Community Centre, Sheepsetting Lane, on Thursday 6 December from 7-9pm and Battle Memorial Hall on Friday 7 December from 7-9pm.

These events are a first-come, first-seated arrangement with no need to pre-book.         

Updates on Local Housing Developments and Matters:

RECTORY COURT: click here for the latest update on progress at the Rectory Court site.

STRAND MEADOW - The full planning application documents for the Strand Meadow development can be found at: RR/2018/1787/P 

Over 60 parishioners attended a Parish Council EGM on Monday 6 August to express their views on the new plans for the proposed Strand Meadow housing development. For further details of the plans, please Click Here.


For a full list of events this month, please click here to go to the Burwash Parish Diary. If you have updates or wish to add details of future events please get in touch via

Click HERE for an update from The Outsiders - residents who are workingwith the Parish Council to get a 20mph limit and other road safety measures on the High Street.


Give just half-an-hour of your time once a month and play your part in keeping our community safe. Click here to find out how YOU could make a difference.

Click here for news on Burwash panto

IMPORTANT NOTICE - road works at Heathfield High Street

The road closure has been lifted and the bus services have resumed their usual routes.

The concrete bench opposite The Garstons is now cloaked in ceramic poppy tiles, a permanent memorial to the men and women of this Parish who died in the First World War. The Bench was tiled and refurbished by a team led by Burwash Potter Mary Clarke, following a commission from Burwash Parish Council.


The Parish Council has agreed an outline plan of activity for 2019 and beyond - and the plan is heavily  focused on developing our commmunity. There'll be work to establish a Community Hub - and a feasibility study on a Community Bus for the parish. The Council will develop a Welcome Pack for new residents and step up its parish maintenance programme.  There'll be more partnership working with local residents' groups and associations and a continuing emphasis on traffic calming measures. Please click here to view the outline plan.


If you have a comment or want to contact your Parish Councillors or the Clerk - there's a red postbox outside the Internet Cafe, on the wall facing The Bear car park in Burwash High Street. We look forward to hearing from you!  

Jane Clarke is our Parish Clerk and Responsible Finance Officer. (RFO).

Residents can always talk to their Councillors - however the surest (often quickest) way to get things done is to contact the Clerk. Drop letters off at the Postbox, phone her on 07854 699 518 or email