Update from the last Public Meeting

The public meeting held by the Hadlow Down Community Centre Committee on Monday 3rd December was an important landmark in the development of the project for a new village hall and sports facilities.

The purpose of the meeting was not only to share with parishioners the design of the building and invite comment but also to map out future milestones; the most important being the lodging of a full planning application with Wealden District Council. This was submitted during the same week and although being led to believe that the validation period would be completed within approximately three weeks, we are still awaiting Wealden to do so.

In the meantime have had to have a Noise Survey undertaken (£1960 inc VAT) and payment of an additional planning fee of £462.

Now we are awaiting notification from Wealden Planners with regard to the beginning of the three week consultation period.  As soon as we are informed, we will let you know; this is a very important stage in the planning process and the outcome of the application will be hugely determined by the amount of local support provided.  We need as many as possible to respond with letters of support and we will advise nearer the time on how you can do this.

Finally, we know that the capital sum to be raised will be in the region of £1.2 million and we will need help in so many ways – marketing and promotion, fund-raising via modest and ambitious local events, fund-raising via social media platforms such as Just Giving, Crowd Funding, through donors, company giving and grants.  If you feel that you can help, please don’t hold back and lend us your support.

In the meantime, why not have a look at the Lottery page and for a minimum of £12 annually, you could take part and provide some financial support for the project?’


Bob Lake (Chair)