County Council: Access to the Countryside.
East Sussex has in recent months carried out a consultation on public rights of way and the management of countryside sites.
Having considered the responses, the County Council have decided to keep the management of rights of way ‘ in house ‘ but to look at the possibility of passing the management of countryside sites to other bodies , primarily conservation charities. This has already been done at Rye Harbour which is now run by the Sussex Wildlife Trust.
The Cuckoo Trail and the Forest Way will continue to be the responsibility of the Rights of Way team but 10 other sites will be outsourced. These include Chailey Common, Seven Sisters Country Park and the Weir Wood Nature Reserve. Ashdown Forest will not be affected by this decision.
We have recently reviewed our annual performance for last year with particular emphasis on our economic strategy
Our aim is to maintain a vibrant local economy whilst protecting our local environment. A major part of our plan has been to develop an employment corridor along the A22 .We are pleased that is now operating on the Ashdown Business park in Maresfield creating about 60 jobs. Other units on this site are being sold. Our second site is the Swallow Business Park at Lower Dicker where Vacgen are now fully operational with about 100 jobs and other businesses are looking at units there.The third site is at Polegate and is virtually full. We have very low unemployment in Wealden and we are creating new jobs.
7th July 2017.
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