Archive and Resources Centre: ARC

A new page has been created on the website  here giving information about the proposed Archive and Resources Centre (ARC).

M23 Roadworks and Brighton Line Improvements – Update 16 February

The following works are scheduled on the M23, subject to weather conditions:

26 February South and Northbound full carriageway closure between 10pm and 4am

This closure is to construct 1 super span and 1 gantry.  Both sides of the M23 will be closed between Junctions 8 – 10. Diversion for M25 via A264 Copthorne Road, A22 and re-join at J6 M25. Diversion for Gatwick from junction 10 – A2011, A23 London Road.

Brighton Main Line Improvement Project

Network Rail are carrying out major engineering works on the Brighton Main Line from 16 to 24 February, closing the line between Three Bridges and Brighton and Three Bridges to Lewes. These are essential works as part of their railway improvement plan.

No direct trains will run between Three Bridges and Brighton and Three Bridges to Lewes. 2 trains per hour will run from Brighton to London Victoria via Littlehampton with extended journey times. Replacement buses will also run.

For full details and to register for alerts visit

Please check before you travel and visit National Rail for live departure updates and timetable information.

To contact Sussex Neighbourhood Watch please E-mail or visit

Rother Rural Trust: Grant Applications and Donations

Rother Rural Trust is a registered charity (number 1067847), set up in 1998 with a mission to help individuals and organisations in need in the rural parishes of Rother, excluding Battle and Rye.

Its specific aims are to relieve poverty, promote education and to do other charitable works. In the past, the Trust has for example, given grants to people in real need, to replace beds or washing machines, or has given support to promising young athletes and musicians to pay for their equipment or instruments.

To apply for a grant is very simple; write to the Clerk to the Trustees at the address below stating where you live and giving the reasons why you are asking for a grant and saying what amount you need.

The first  of the two  meetings  of the trustees of the Rother  Rural Trust (RRT) scheduled for 2019 takes place  on Monday 25 February, so if you have  any  possible
applications for the  Trust to  look  at, could you  please  get in touch  with the Clerk to the Rother Rural Trust preferably initially  by  email (see below).

Typically the Trust awards sums in the region of £250, but the Trustees can agree other amounts if they feel the need is justified.

If you wish to donate to the Trust, and many parish councils and individuals have done so, for which we are very grateful, again contact the Clerk to the Trustees. Cheques should be made out to the Rother Rural Trust.

Contact details are:

Clerk to the Rother Rural Trust c/o Town Hall
Bexhill on Sea
East Sussex  TN39 3JX

Telephone: 01580 881309


Beautiful Pett

Looking towards Fairlight from Pett, tree tops showing above the mist at dawn – 15 February. Photo courtesy of Roger Smolski

PVHMC Quiz Night – Saturday 30 March 2019

Pett Allotments Association – AGM

Pett WI – Update

The latest update to the Pett WI page from President Belinda Wood can be found here

Road rage in Hastings – Police appeal for witnesses

We are keen to talk to motorists, pedestrians or public transport passengers who may have noticed a road-rage type incident in Hastings on Thursday, 7 February, between 5.30pm and 6pm.
It began when a burgundy red Hyundai hatchback was travelling east along the seafront and was followed by a silver Ford Transit van in the vicinity of Warrior Square, St Leonards-on-Sea.
Both vehicles took the same route, going east to Denmark Place and then via Albert Road onto the A2101 Queen’s Road, before turning right onto Elphinstone Road, left onto Laton Road, then via various roads in the Blacklands area before taking different directions at Parkstone Road.
Throughout this time the van is alleged to have followed the car extremely closely and sounded its horn several times.
As the town was busy with peak period traffic and pedestrians, we hope that someone may have witnessed aspects of the incident and are keen to speak to anyone who may have information or relevant dash-cam or CCTV footage.
They are asked to report details by phoning 101, quoting serial 947 of 07/02. Alternatively they can contact the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously by phoning 0800 555 111.
A 25-year-old Hastings man arrested on suspicion of witness intimidation has been released under investigation while enquiries continue.

Help us keep Sussex safe

Seen something suspicious or have information about a crime or incident? Please contact us online, email us at or call 101.

Alternatively you can contact the independent charity Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111, or online at

Speed awareness project: Pett Road, Pett


Back in 2015 I initiated the idea of displaying  “Speed Awareness “ signs on waste bins in Pett Road, Pett. It was an attempt, by displaying stick-on posters on Rother’s wheelie bins, to try and remind passing drivers that the speed limit on Pett Road is 30mph. To some extent the experiment has proved successful, although it has been difficult to quantify the benefits. It is very much reliant upon public perception but at least we may have prevented few inconsiderate drivers from speeding.

If by chance there are any residents who have moved into the village since 2015 and/or I have missed them, I do have a few posters left over and I am happy to deliver a set to you.  The only criteria is that you must live in Pett Road somewhere between Peter James Lane and the top of Chick Hill, and you must regularly place your bin by the kerb side.

 If you are interested please contact me either via email or telephone me.


Chris Saint, District Councillor.



Tel: 01424 813047



Attempted robbery – Hastings 3 February

Hastings Police are looking for a teenager suspected of robbing a young boy of his wallet.
At about 7.20pm on Sunday (3 February) the 14-year-old boy was attacked from behind, while walking home, at the junction of Hardwicke Road and Egremont Place in Hastings, having just got off a train at nearby Ore station.
He was grabbed round the throat by the assailant who demanded his wallet and threw him to the floor, but left the wallet at the scene on finding there was no cash in it.
The boy sustained cuts to his elbows and face.
Investigator Bernadette Peters said; “The suspect is described as white, 16 to 18 years old, with a local accent, of medium build, and wearing black clothing with a jumper or jacket, with a hood up concealing his face. If you saw this incident or either the boy or his assailant in the moments leading up to it, please contact us by calling 101, quoting serial 1002 of 03/02,”

Help us keep Sussex safe

Seen something suspicious or have information about a crime or incident? Please contact us online, email us at or call 101.

Alternatively you can contact the independent charity Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111, or online at