Nov 08

We need your Help!

Complete our survey to help improve your broadband speed to Poynings and surrounding areas.

Although the broadband to the BT box in Poynings is fibre, it is only copper from there to your house. The further away from the Street Cabinet (next to Poynings Village Hall) you are, the poorer the signal you will receive.

To check your internet speed, go to It should be done with your computer connected directly to the router. If you check it on a wireless connection it may give a false reading if the speed to your house is good but the Wi-Fi poor.

To help put pressure on the provider we need to find out what speeds people are receiving so we can show that it is not as fast as is claimed. Could you complete the short questionnaire below to help us.

Nov 07

Help and support to stay warm at home this winter

As the winter starts to bite, local residents are being offered the chance to get advice and support on how to keep their homes warm and save on energy bills.

Mid Sussex District Council has organised four ‘Heat for Health’ energy roadshows in November to help more local people to be comfortable and maintain a healthy temperature in their homes.


The Heat for Health project aims to help and support households that may be experiencing high energy bills and are finding it difficult to keep their homes warm as temperatures fall.

Experts will be on hand to provide practical advice on how to save energy by installing insulation, reducing draughts and replacing old appliances. There will also be a chance to find out about any offers on renewable energy, insulation and boiler replacement schemes.


Improving energy efficiency in the home is a great way to save money and is good for the environment because saving energy reduces carbon dioxide emissions, one of the main greenhouse gases contributing to climate change.


Visitors that would like to assess the savings they may be able to make by changing their energy provider should bring a year’s worth of bills.


Councillor Norman Webster, Cabinet Member for Community said: “If you had difficulty keeping your home warm last winter, or you struggled to pay your energy bills, please come along to one of our Heat for Health roadshows and find out how we can help.


“There are lots support schemes out there to help you replace inefficient boilers or improve insulation and you may be shocked to find out how much money you could save on heating bills simply by switching supplier.


“We want to make sure everyone in Mid Sussex is comfortable at home, so please come along and meet with our experts this month to find out how you could make your home warmer this winter.”


The Heat for Health roadshows will be taking place at the following locations:




Monday 13 November

Hurstpierpoint Library

10am to 12.30pm

Tuesday 14 November

East Grinstead Library

10am to 2pm

Wednesday 15 November

Haywards Heath Library

10am to 2pm

Tuesday 21 November

Burgess Hill Library

10am to 1.30pm


For more information about Heat for Health call the Mid Sussex Wellbeing Team on 01444 477191 or email

Nov 02

Poynings Parish Council Meeting 7th Nov 2017

The next meeting of Poynings Parish Council to be held in the Village Hall on Tuesday 7th November 2017 at 7pm.




  1. Apologies for absence
  2. Minutes
  3. Matters Arising
  4. MSDC and WSDC
  5. Public Participation
  6. Expenditure for Sept and Oct
  7. Planning applications
    SDNP/17/02297/FUL Golf Farm Devil’s Dyke Road Brighton BN1 8YJ. Remodel the large man-made depression using imported inert soils.
  8. Standing Orders
  9. Operation Watershed – Update
  10. Bus Shelter at roundabout – visibility and Maintenance
  11. Co-Opt councillor
  12. Roundabout – Next Spring
  13. Fireworks Night
    1. Next month’s Agenda
  14. Dates of Next Year’s Meetings



Clerk to the Council
Mr Colin Warburton

Oct 25

All Souls Tide – Poynings


Oct 19

Poynings Yoga in Village Hall

There  are still place at the Yoga class in Poynings village hall.
Tuesday evenings at 7.45-8.45.
£5 drop in, run by BWY qualified Caroline Delacour.
(It won’t be on when council meetings are on)

Oct 18

Joint working aids A23 litter collection

Mid Sussex District Council (MSDC) has been working closely with Highways England to ensure the A23 is as clear of litter as possible.

MSDC is responsible for removing litter from road verges throughout the district. However, the high speed nature of the A23 and the volume of traffic make this almost impossible to do safely without at least part of the road being closed. Therefore, we have agreed with Highways England and their contractor A one + that trained litter pickers from MSDC’s waste contractors Serco can join their planned night time road closures to help clear the A23 of litter.

“So far our staff have safely joined 49 night closures, which has resulted in the collection of over nine and a half tonnes of discarded waste” explained Gary Marsh MSDC Cabinet Member for Service Delivery. “This includes ordinary litter as well as tyres, discarded road signs and A frames.

“Litter that’s left thrown onto the roadside looks appalling and the people who are responsible should be ashamed of themselves. Throwing litter out the window of your car is completely anti-social, spoils the environment for everyone, and causes huge problems when it comes to cleaning up the mess.

“To prevent litter in the first place would help save taxpayers some of the £18,000 that MSDC has recently had to spend clearing the A23. Simple suggestions such as thinking before you throw, bag and bin it or using one of the accessible welfare facilities or service stations along the A23 will help restrict the amount of dangerous work that our contractors have to endure.

“Further, when towing trailers please make sure that all items are secure and that nothing is able to escape onto the carriageway”.

MSDC will continue to do all we can to work towards keeping the A23 as clear as possible of litter and we would ask the Mid Sussex community to help us in this cause.

Oct 17

Public Spaces Protection Orders introduced in Mid Sussex

Dog control measures in Mid Sussex are set to be updated today (Tuesday 17 October) as Public Spaces Protection Orders replace the existing legislation.


Mid Sussex currently uses Dog Control Orders to protect the local environment and deter irresponsible dog ownership. However, they are due to expire later this year and Mid Sussex District Council is replacing them with Public Spaces Protection Orders (PSPOs).

The new Public Spaces Protection Orders will be implemented from 17 October 2017 under legislation in the Anti-Social Behaviour, Crime and Policing Act 2014.


The Council conducted a six week public consultation on the change and is now transferring its existing powers under the Dog Control Orders over to the new PSPOs. The only amendments are; the number of dogs that one person can walk at a Council Nature Reserve will be restricted to six and Hearing Dogs have been added to the list of dogs allowed in excluded areas, as suggested by the Kennel Club.


The majority of dog owners in Mid Sussex are responsible, pick up their dogs’ mess and keep them under proper control. However, there is a small minority who don’t and this can create problems. The Public Spaces Protection Orders enable fixed penalty notices to be issued by an authorised officer when they see an offence occur. These are set at £75 or £50 if paid within 10 days.


The new Public Spaces Protection Orders will cover:


•    Dog Fouling


In order to reduce the amount of dog fouling in Mid Sussex, people having charge and control of dogs are required to clean up their dogs’ mess. This order is applied to any land which is open to the air and to which the public have access.


•    Dog Exclusion


To prevent people or the dogs themselves being injured as a result of sharing activity space, dogs are excluded from all fenced children’s play areas and fenced recreational areas such as tennis courts, bowling greens and multi activity areas owned by Mid Sussex District Council.


•    Dogs on Lead by Direction


In order to stop a loose dog disrupting sporting or community events or disturbing local wildlife, dogs must be placed on a lead if requested to do so by an authorised officer. This order applies to Mid Sussex District Council owned land on which formal sports and community events regularly take place, and all designated nature reserves.


•    Dogs Specified Maximum Amount (6)


The number of dogs one person can take onto Council owned Nature Reserves or selected large parks is restricted to six.


Residents are encouraged to report any dog control offences to the Mid Sussex District Council Park Ranger Team on 01444 477561 or by emailing It is important to provide as much detail as possible about the incident, including the time, location and description of the dog(s) and dog walker so that the rangers can target their patrols effectively and deal with the issues.

Oct 13


We are setting up a group called “Poynings Families’ complete with a ‘Small Charity’ constitution and bank account.

This can receive grants for children’s play equipment as well as offering a networking service for emergency babysitting etc.

Please join us and help choose some additional play equipment by emailing

Thanks Sheila

Oct 13

Poynings Bonfire – Sat 4 November – Help needed

Can you volunteer to help with car parking and traffic flow?

Contact Mike on or 857985


Volunteers still get to see the fireworks.  Help is needed from 5pm until about 6.40pm.

It is necessary to ensure the road is kept available for traffic and the procession.

The event can’t run without sufficient helpers.



Oct 13

Poynings Bonfire & Fireworks 2017

The torch procession and Guy will leave the Royal Oak at approximately 6.25 on Sat Nov 4th. The lighting of the bonfire and fireworks will follow.

You can take material to the bonfire 9am-5pm Oct 17th – 1st Nov

It must be taken to the bonfire site, not left on the forecourt
Clean burning material only – No tyres, plastic metal etc

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