Christmas Lights Switch-on

On Sunday, 3rd December, at 4.30pm, Councillor Stuart Earl performed the ceremonial switch-on of the colourful lights adorning the roundabout tree. Click on the heading above to see some pictures.

A large crowd of residents and visitors, young and old, applauded enthusiastically and then repaired to the Community Centre for refreshments and to sing carols.

Parking - Some good news

Following our campaign to encourage RDC to make the car park in the village free they have agreed to reduce the annual permit fee down from £498.50 to £175. So although not free it’s a big concession and will help.

Also, there will be concession during school drop off and pick up times when the carpark IS free for a 45-minute period. This should make a huge difference to Birkdale and anyone who’s tried to get through during the busy times? It should also make it a lot safer for parents and children.

I don’t yet have the details of when these changes will be introduced but as soon as we do I’ll let everyone know. These changes have come about as direct result of the petition and the campaign run by the LCCBA, so a big thank you to everyone who supported it.

Darren and I will also be attending the RDC meeting in February to put the case further for free parking so we haven’t given up yet. If anyone has any input or comments ahead of then we’d be pleased to hear from you?

Also, as you know we have secured the next 3 Saturdays for free parking in the village, so hopefully you can spread the word to your customers to encourage them into the village for longer?


Kim Monroe Dip PFS (MP & ER)

Council Tax Consultation

Please see below the email to LCCBA from RDC regarding Council Tax and your opportunity to feedback to them any thoughts? I suggest anyone interested click on the link for more information have a read and then complete on the online response form?Public Consultation on Council Tax and the Budget in 2018/19

Kim Monroe, LCCBA

Rother District Council would like to invite you, on behalf of Little Common and Cooden Business Association, to take part in our consultation to help inform our revenue budget for 2018/19.  This consultation is for businesses, Council Tax payers and residents in Rother.  Our options include potential changes to residents’ Council Tax charges.
We are consulting on what affects our revenue budget.  Our revenue budget is the money that is used to deliver our day-to-day services such as waste collection, street cleaning, leisure, planning and many more services.  The budget covers the running costs in delivering these services such as staff, buildings, paying suppliers and contractors and other operating costs.  You may wish to tell the Council about any potential impact on your association and its work.
You can read more information here –

Your members can take part as members of the public using the online responses form on the website

You are welcome to share this invitation to any interested parties.
An interim progress report goes to Cabinet on 18 December with the results to date.
This consultation closes on 5 January 2018 and late responses may not be taken into account.
Thank you for your attention and your help.
Yours sincerely,
On behalf of Robin Vennard, Service Manager – Finance and Welfare
Joanne Wright
Policy Officer, Programme Office and Policy Team
Community & Economy Department
Rother District Council



Twitter:  @rdcconsult –

Tel: 01424 787816
Rother District Council
Programme Office & Policy
Town Hall
Bexhill on Sea
TN39 3JX

Parking in the Village

The recent petition for free parking in the village was handed in to the council, so thank you to everyone who supported the campaign.

It will be a fairly lengthy process and no decision will be made until next May when RDC meet to finalise the plan, and even if the changes go ahead it will be a further 18 months before East Sussex County Council take over enforcement from Sussex Police.

If anyone has any specific questions around the proposed changes it is suggested that they contact our local councillor Stuart Earl who was also at the meeting.

Kim Monroe Dip PFS (MP & ER)


Community Centre rooms for hire

The Little Common Community Centre are upgrading the facilities they offer and would like your feedback – see poster below for details.

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The Little Common Community Centre has function rooms available to hire – see poster below for details.


Wheatsheaf Inn opening

The Wheatsheaf Inn held a Preview Night on Wednesday 30th March. This was by invitation only and well attended by local businesses. New owner Lynn Adair has supervised a complete refurbishment by local builders Total Project Management in just two months. The Wheatsheaf now has a welcoming bar, games room and restaurant as well as a new play area in the garden.

Local Councillor Mr Stuart Earl welcomed everyone and congratulated Lynn and her team for all their hard work.

The Wheatsheaf Inn opened to the public on Thursday 31st March and already has events planned for April. Check out their new website for details of events, opening times and menu.

New in Little Common this spring

The Wheatsheaf and harmony Blinds both have new owners.

Harmony Blinds is having an official opening day on Saturday February 27th from 9am – 5pm with new owners adding curtains to the collection of blinds on offer. The new owner Ricky also owns BM Blinds and Curtains which is based in Newhaven . The Little Common showroom will be managed by Pete with Kate assisting with admin and sales.

The Wheatsheaf is undergoing refurbishment at the moment and will be open in late March.