East Dean and Friston

Residents’ Association


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Latest Residents’ Association letter

Dear Resident,

Residents’ Association Membership: a message from your Chair

If you are an existing resident, thank you for supporting the Residents’ Association (RA). Your membership is now due for renewal.

If you are not yet a member, we hope you will consider joining. The RA exists for the benefit of all who live in the area. The RA works closely with local organisations, particularly the Parish Council, to serve the interests of local people and maintain and preserve the village

amenities and character.

Below is a reminder of some of the things we do:

A voice for Residents: The RA speaks for the village on matters of importance, where common problems are identified. The RA is in regular contact with our MP and has raised issues such as traffic problems and the loss of our village Post Office.


Welfare of Residents: The RA takes an active role in furthering the welfare of residents. We fund and distribute Welcome Packs to all new residents informing them about our village and its clubs and facilities. We include leaflets about “Being a Good Neighbour” and a “Code of Good Practice for Building Works”. These guidelines can also be found on our website.


Information: RA members are kept in touch via regular emails, covering local matters and alerts about such issues as criminal activity in the area. 


Support: The RA funds and manages the road gritting scheme on the Downlands Estate and Crowlink and organises “Team Grit”, a group of volunteers who will lay grit provided by the RA when our roads become icy due to inclement weather. If at such time transport is required to travel out of the village, such as to a hospital appointment, the RA has a list of 4 x 4 drivers who can help provide transport. We also hold a list of volunteers willing to help with village events. We organise the annual Village Fete, via the Fete sub committee. We offer support, including financial where possible, to local clubs and organisations.


Environment: We maintain and enhance estate entrances. Some years ago the RA raised funds to purchase the Greensward, a registered Village Green on Deneside, which we now maintain. The RA periodically organises volunteers for various village tasks, such as spreading bark on the footpaths. We have recently supported the Parish Council in the provision of planters by the village shops


How to renew or join the RA


Membership costs just £5 per person per year (£10 per couple/family).

Please complete the form attached, put it in an envelope with your subscription, and take to the Barn Stores, 17, Downlands Way, East Dean. Cheques should be made payable to ‘East Dean with Friston Residents Association’.

If you prefer to pay by BACS the RA account details are EAST DEAN WITH FRISTON RESIDENTS ASSOCIATION, account no 60354813, sort code, 20-27-91. Please put your house number/name and road as your reference, so we can identify your payment (eg 13, Deneside) and return the form to the Barn Stores.

If you have any queries please contact edfresidentsassociation@gmail.com With kind regards,

Dear Resident

I have spoken to a representative from East Sussex Highways this morning about the planned closure of the A259 between Sutton Avenue, Seaford, and Gilberts Drive between the hours of 8 pm and 5 am.  I am pleased to tell you that the closure will stop at Upper Street, not Gilberts Drive,  so the good news for some is we will be able to exit and enter the Downlands Estate to travel to and from Eastbourne at the junction of the A 259 and Micheldene Road throughout this resurfacing work. The not so good news is for anyone needing to travel to or from Seaford. They will need to use the A 27 to  Beddingham and access Seaford from there. 

I am assured residents in Crowlink and those travelling to services at Friston Church

will be able to access via the A259.   

Do bear in mind this only affects travelling between 8 pm and 5 am weekdays only.

If you require more information please access the East Sussex County Council website- The Newsroom. 

Best Wishes

Bob Salmon


East Dean and Friston Residents’ Association