Bepton’s Winter Maintenance Plan 2018-19


Photo: courtesy of Simon Verrall ©

The Parish Council has drawn up a new Winter Maintenance Plan to be ready for any severe winter weather over the next few months. It is an update of last year’s plan.

A copy of the plan can be found here: Bepton Winter Emergency Plan 18-19 and the map of the roads is here: Bepton Parish Winter Plan Roads.

If you have any thoughts or suggested improvements for the plan, please don’t hesitate to let one of the Parish Councillors know.




We’ve got our verge back!

IMG_0539At last, it’s gone. On Monday morning, someone came and took the abandoned vehicle away.

Following my last post, Sussex Police told me that the owner had claimed the vehicle and that they had now closed the case. They did tell me, however, that WSCC had wider powers, under their environmental responsibilities, to remove the vehicle. By this time most of its windows had been smashed. I therefore contacted Cllr Kate O’Kelly, on Friday, who undertook to pursue it. By Monday morning the car was gone.

When I thanked Kate, she wouldn’t take any of the credit as she doubted that even WSCC could have swung into action this quickly. But thanks are due all the same.

Abandoned vehicle at Bugshill Lane/Bell Lane T-Junction

Bepton villagers will have noticed the abandoned car near the T-Junction, which has been there since September.

We first reported the car to Operation Crackdown (Sussex Police’s website for anti-social driving and abandoned vehicles). They came back to us to say that the vehicle was not abandoned as it was taxed, insured and had a valid MOT. A quick check with the DVLA website showed that, although it had an MOT, it was registered as being off-road under SORN. And British insurance records confirmed that it was not insured. We went back to Sussex Police explaining this at the beginning of October. They said that they would investigate.

On Monday morning the car was hit by another vehicle. To add to its flat tyres, the side was badly damaged and the passenger window smashed with glass fragments spread down the lane. We have reported this again to the police. Their latest position is that WSCC are now discussing with Sussex Police “to see whether the vehicle can be removed”. We have pointed out that this isn’t very satisfactory and that the vehicle is a hazard.

We have been told by another parish that they had a similar situation with an abandoned car for a few months. Apparently, the police had been attempting to contact the owner to get them to pay for its removal. We shall continue to pursue!


SDNPA’s Dan Oakley to talk about Dark Skies

The Annual Statutory Meeting (ASM) and the Annual Parish Assembly (APA) of the Parish Council will take place on 25th May 2017 at The Park House Hotel, Bepton.  


The ASM will start at 6pm and the APA at 7.30pm. Dan Oakley of the SDNPA will be the guest speaker at the APA and will talk about the National Park’s Dark Skies designation. Please do come along.

The agendas for the meetings are here:BPC APA Agenda 2017BPC ASM Agenda 2017 and the draft minutes for the March 2017 meeting are here.