Latest Parish News

REARRANGED: The PCSO Surgery will now be on 22nd February 2023, 7pm-9pm (instead of 31/01/23) at The Parish Rooms, Old School Close. He will be here to offer advice and help concerning such matters as crime, vandalism, and safety issues.

Water Resources South East Consultation: WRSE have now published their draft regional plan for consultation. Basically, there are a wide range of options under consideration, but a "preferred strategy" is two phases, 2025-2035 (so quite soon) and 2035-2075 (not so soon). The second phase includes a proposal for a new reservoir "near Lewes". That is a phrase that should attract the attention of Ringmer residents.

We invite your views on this by 03/02/2023 to so that they can be included in our response. Alternatively, you can have your say directly by clicking on the link below. Consultation deadline is 20/02/2023.

Please click on the link below to see a summary of the King's Coronation meeting held on 10th January 2023. The next meeting will be on Tuesday 24th January 2023.

King's Coronation Mtg Summary

Road Closure Notice - 14th February 2023

Sussex Police and Crime Commissioner, Katy Bourne is inviting Sussex residents to provide their thoughts on policing priorities in a survey about the precept, the element of council tax which funds 41% of the Sussex Police budget. This survey forms part of the year-round consultation which informs the PCC's decision-making process on the Sussex Police budget and the precept.

The survey is short and only takes a few minutes to complete, you can find this and more information here: SPCC - Have your say on police funding: precept survey 2023/24 (

The Cinnamon Trust is asking for volunteers. They have a Ringmer resident pet owner asking for some dog walking support but they don’t have enough local volunteers to help and have asked us to promote the trust and their need for additional volunteers in the area. Please see their press release for further information.

Cinnamon Trust Press Release


Following the concerns recently raised by residents about parking on pavements, the Parish Council has also received several complaints about parking on grass verges and the resulting poor state of those verges. Vicarage Way is a good example of where the grass verge has been badly damaged. The Parish Council is seeking the opinions of local residents on the suggested use of bollards to prevent parking on that verge. Please contact us with your views on this suggestion.

The Parish Council has also received comments about parking at the junction of Harrisons Lane and Lewes Road. We would ask residents living near the junction for their views on extending the double yellow lines further along Harrisons Lane towards the junction with Greater Paddock.

Please email: or call the Parish Council office landline/mobile on 01273 813 242 / 07565 704 342.

Queen’s Green Canopy – Memorial Tree

We are delighted to inform you that a Prunus Autumnalis tree has been planted behind the bench by the War Memorial on the Village Green. The tree will have little white flowers which are in bloom from late autumn to early springtime.

Norlington Lane Solar Farm - Update

Lewes District Council Planning Committee voted to approve the Norlington Lane Solar Farm application on Tuesday by 5 votes to 4. This is disappointing for the Parish Council who voted unanimously against the proposal and for the nearly 90% of Ringmer residents who submitted comments to the Planning Committee objecting to the proposal.

Ringmer Parish Council recognise the need for ‘green’ energy and are proud to say that the only solar farm in the Lewes District is at Upper Clayhill in our parish. The Parish Council's objections were all associated with the location adjacent to Norlington Lane.

The fields are of the highest quality for arable production; they are set against a quiet leisure lane with some of the oldest buildings in Ringmer, whose setting will be destroyed if the solar farm is constructed.

Cllr Sarah Phillips represented the Parish Council and covered all of our concerns in her presentation objecting to the application and was ably supported by two Ringmer residents. Cllr Richard Turner, a member of the Planning Committee, also spoke strongly against the application.

ESCC Foster Carers

To sign up to one of the 2022 online information events, please click on your preferred date below:

23 LEAP Business Start up Programme

Please click on the link below to see an advert for the 2023 LEAP Business Start up programme. LEAP is an intensive business support programme funded by Lewes District Council and delivered by Edeal to any resident in the Lewes district who wants to start their own business or a business that has been trading less than 6 months.

2023 LEAP Business Start up Programme Advert

There is a physical one-day workshop in Lewes on 16th Jan 2023 or a virtual workshop across 2 half days on the 6th and 7th Feb 2023.

Skatepark Update - Oct 2022

Please click on the link below to see our response to the Southern Water DWMP Consultation

Southern Water DWMP Consultation - RPC's September 2022 Response

Please click on the link below to see Sussex Police’s Facebook post re. their Click Call Connect campaign.

Please click on the link below to see the flyer re. the work Ouse and Adur Rivers Trust (OART) are doing to create three new ponds to help alleviate the flood risk in Bishops Close and Green Close. Planning permission has been granted (LW/21/0427).