Ticehurst Village Centre Project (TVCP)

Ticehurst Village Centre Project (TVCP)

September Update on Progress with the Village Centre project

View our new Car Park Works page for updates on the progress of the Ticehurst Village Centre car park extension project. https://ticehurst-pc.org.uk/village-square-project/car-park-works-progress-images/


February 2022 Update on Progress with the Village Centre Project

The Village Centre Plan

The Ticehurst Neighbourhood Plan, adopted in 2019, aimed to make improvements to the village centre. We wanted to ensure security and growth for the businesses in Ticehurst.  Plus, we were determined that we maintained the centre as an attractive and safe place for the enjoyment of everyone.

We have:

  • Planted new trees
  • Restored the Well
  • Restored and changed the telephone box, to hold the village defibrillator
  • Resurfaced the centre of the village
  • Installed speed activated devices

The next stage of the PC plan:

  • Extend the free Village Car Park (behind the Bell). This is leased from Rother District Council and managed by Ticehurst Parish Council for the benefit of the village. The plan includes:
    • security lighting, electric charging points and secure bicycle racks.
    • installing new signage to the free car park for visitors to the village

Planning permission is currently being sought for these plans. The next stage then will be:

  • Installing an informal crossing across the High St in the village centre (agreed in principle by ESCC)
  • Improving the footpath past The Bell boundary
  • Resurfacing and installing lighting for the pathway between The Old Haberdashery and Classic Rail. This pathway is known either as Milkmaids Alley or Hacknesh Path (1907 Frith post card of this path can be seen on the internet).  This is likely to start in early spring 2022
  • Make improvements to the public space in the village square
  • Installing disabled access into the Village Store

The Parish Council was awarded a grant by Rother District Council for this purpose and commissioned a specialist consultancy to draw up plans and negotiate with East Sussex Highways.

The plan has now to be passed in principle by East Sussex County Council.  It will then move onto a more detailed design consultancy stage.  The plan is therefore still a draft and may change as it goes through to the next stage.

The Parish Council will present the plans at The Village Assembly and will welcome any constructive comments.

Background and History

Over the years Ticehurst Village has grown from its historic roots, while its narrow lanes and village square, reminiscent of the quintessential rural idyll it once was, have been unable to follow suit. The village is now under constant pressure from the onslaught of cars and lorries befitting contemporary village life within the south east of England. With a daily influx of residents for their everyday needs and the many goods vehicles that supply and service the local businesses, plus an increasing number of visitors attracted by what Ticehurst and the locality offers, urgent attention is needed at its centre to ensure we safeguard our precious heritage whilst maintaining everyone’s safety, old and young, together with their quality of life.

The Public Realm Strategy includes improvements to road surfaces, a reduction in the dominance of cars, removal of unnecessary clutter, increased planting, improvements to public lavatories and the restoration of historic features. It is our aim for the Ticehurst Village Centre Project to achieve all of these strategic steps to increase the attractiveness of the village centre as a place to live, work and to meet, since it has been proven elsewhere with similar schemes that economic, social and cultural benefits undoubtedly follow as a result.

This highly innovative, flagship project is supported by Ticehurst Parish Council and we are working with both Rother District Council and East Sussex County Council to enable us to achieve our goals. The project is highlighted for its innovative community led approach within Rother District Council’s draft Public Realm Strategic Framework document and is included within the Ticehurst Neighbourhood Plan, now completed and currently with the Independent Examiner prior to it going to a referendum later in 2019.

An Executive Team of volunteers will manage the project and is undertaking the fundraising necessary to bring the Project to a successful conclusion.

This is our latest document outlining our plans for the village centre plus our petition we are launching to get support for the crossing and two proposed designs for people to see and comment on are available from the image to the left and the petition link below.

Anyone who wishes to join us, sign the safe crossing petition or contact us with a query is welcome to do so via Frankie Nowne, the Parish Clerk.  The petition will also be available in the village stores,  the village institute and in the Annex.

The current plans being issued for public consultation are the concept plan by Wright and Wright Architects and the detailed design plan by East Sussex Highways.

The village centre project core team are as follows:- Liz Young , Teresa Killeen, Ann Spencer and Frankie Nowne Parish Clerk.  Any comments please send through to the Clerk.