COVID-19 UPDATE 19.03.20

Submitted on 19 March 2020 by Sara Smart

COVID-19 UPDATE 19.03.20

We have previously published updates about the Parish Council’s response to the current coronavirus outbreak.  Here is a summary of the position as at 19th March – which is subject to review as the situation develops.

All meetings of Council and Standing Committees are suspended until further notice, except the Annual Meeting of Council and the Meeting to approve the Governance and Audit statements, which may take place in an attenuated form. (The Government has indicated that it may consider passing legislation to permit virtual meetings on a temporary basis, but this is not yet certain).

Essential decisions will be taken under delegated authority, after consultation with the Chairmen of Council and of any relevant Committee; those decisions that can be deferred will be.  Comments on planning applications will likewise be dealt with under delegated powers after consultation with Members.

Non-routine delegated decisions will be published on the Council website for the public to view and circulated to the Councillors.

Working groups may continue to hold meetings on a virtual basis if required to further their remit, but will not make decisions as such.

The Annual Parish Meeting scheduled for 7th May is cancelled and will be held later in the year. 
The Community Centre and the VENUe will remain closed until further notice, and all their activities suspended, with the exception of:

       the Parish Office (which will be available to the public by phone or email only),
       the provision of takeaways & home deliveries from Gages on Wednesday - Friday,
       a temporary hearing aid service on Wednesdays only, between 10:00 & 11:00,
       until further notice from East Sussex County Council, the public library on Mondays, Wednesdays, Thursdays & Saturdays at its usual times.

Hirers’ fees will be refunded where bookings have been cancelled and paid for.

The Market, the Repair Café, Thursday Club and Youth Service sessions will be cancelled for March & April and reviewed thereafter.

Council services such as burials, outdoor maintenance & litter picking, and the car club will continue, together with medical transport (subject to the availability of volunteer drivers).

We shall be observing Government and NHS guidance in dealing with the crisis and ask residents to do the same. See:

We are aware that there are several initiatives at present within the village to create ‘good neighbour schemes’.  Details of these can be found on the Facebook page: ‘Forest Row Community Coronavirus Response Network’. We will share more details as they become available.


The Community Centre
Hartfield Road
Forest Row
East Sussex
RH18 5DZ

Tel: 01342 822661 Fax: 01342 825739
Office hours are:
Monday to Friday 9am-4pm
Clerk: Mr David O'Driscoll
Assistant Clerk: Mrs Carolyn Coomber
Burials Clerk & Market Manager:
Mrs Sue Young
Admin Assistant & Allotments:
Mrs Janet Lamprell
Community Services Officer:
Mrs Sara Smart
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