The latest regular update from Wealden District Councillor Ann Newton, Ward member for Framfield and Cross-in-Hand including Blackboys - as published in Framfield Parish Magazine
Dialogue with Government is still ongoing. Our MP, Nus Ghani, instigated a debate in the Commons with the Housing Minister who seemed sympathetic. We eagerly wait for any news which we suspect will be in the late Spring.
I was also asked to appear on a session for BBC South East which took time to be aired due to Storm Eunice!
The budget was set at the February Full Council meeting to increase Council Tax to residents with the middle Band D taking an increase of £5.00 per year and the bands round it less or more respectively.
Thousands of households across Wealden are set to receive a £150.00 Council Tax rebate. Residents living in Council Tax bands A-D will be eligible for the rebate. Guidelines on how rebates will be paid and the quickest way to receive the rebate is to sign up to Direct Debit payments. There will be one payment per household and will be paid once verification has been completed which is likely to be in May or June 2022. A discretionary scheme is being considered for homes in bands E-H and the Government is expected to release more details in the coming weeks.
The Great British Spring Clean is once again going ahead from 25 March to 10 April. Litter picking equipment can be obtained from https://www.wealden.gov.uk/news/one-bag-big-difference-wealdendistrict-council-supports-residents-pledging-to-pick-one-bag-oflitter-for-great-british-spring-clean/ although I can also be contacted as I have a supply.
As always, please don’t hesitate to me with any queries. Contact details – Ann Newton, ‘Highlands’, Blackboys, TN22 5LR. Telephone - 01825 890103
You can also find me at Framfield Village Market on the last Saturday in the month (except for August and December). Always happy to chat over a cup of coffee.