Telscombe Tye

If you need to contact someone about the Tye gates/fencing/access  call Telscombe Town Council on  01273 589777.

STATEMENT RE HUNT ON SATURDAY 4th JANUARY 2020

Telscombe Town Council had no prior knowledge that a hunt was going to cross its land on Saturday 4th January 2020.

The Council does not condone hunting and had it any prior knowledge of this or any other hunt’s intention to cross its land at any time, then appropriate steps will have been taken to prevent them from doing so.

Whilst the Council will continue to protect its land and property it should be noted that a number of public bridleways and footpaths crossover areas of the Tye and third party owned adjacent fields.

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PROHIBITED ACTIONS ON TELSCOMBE TYE

Telscombe Town Council endeavour to ensure that Telscombe Tye continues to be a safe and relaxing environment for its residents and visitors to enjoy. To these ends the activities listed below are being discouraged and where offences are disclosed, prosecuted:

Dog Fouling – Dog walkers are reminded that they are responsible for removing any dog waste when they leave the Tye & placing this in the bins provided or any public or household bin.

Offence of ‘Livestock Worrying’ – The Tye is grass down land & there is a common law right for the sheep & lambs to be on this land. Dog walkers are requested to keep dogs on a lead. Incidents of ’worrying’, resulting in injury & death of the sheep & lambs have been and will be reported to Sussex Police. Dog owners are reminded that they are liable to be prosecuted for this criminal offence. In addition, any dog or dogs found worrying the livestock can be destroyed either by the farmer or judicially following a successful prosecution. In ALL cases dog owners will face a compensation claim for damages from the Farmer which can run into thousands of pounds.

Hang Gliding & Kite Boarding – Whilst Kite flying will always be encouraged, hang gliders, powered hang gliders & kite boarding poses an unacceptable risk to public safety and will be discouraged on the Tye.

Firearms, Shotguns & Air Weapons – No shooting is allowed on the Tye without the written authority of Telscombe Town Council.  Anyone found to be on this land with a loaded Shotgun, Section 1 Firearm, or Air Weapon (whether loaded or not) without this written permission WILL BE reported to Sussex Police for the offence outlined in Section 19 or 20(2) Firearms Act 1968. Anyone witnessing this can make an immediate report to the Police.

Driving Motor Vehicles – Anyone found to be driving a motor vehicle on the Tye contravenes Section 34 Road Traffic Act 1988 & the matter will be reported to Sussex Police for investigation.

Metal Detecting  – Metal detecting & digging of holes is PROHIBITED on Telscombe Tye.

If you see any of these activities going on and wish to report it, please contact the Town Council on 01273 589777.  If it is possible to get a photograph of the person engaged in the listed activity, please send this to our email address so we can investigate the matter:-   enquiries@telscombetowncouncil.gov.uk

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COMMUNITY FLOCK OF SHEEP

The Council sold its Community Flock of Sheep in October 2019.    However, the Commoner’s Grazing Rights are unaffected and Stud Farm and Kirby Farm can still graze their sheep on the Tye whenever they want to.   Please see below the Shepherding Calendar for Stud Farm.   Dates are only approximate and are weather and staff dependent:-

Shepherding calendar for Stud Farm

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Telscombe Town Council was considering a Public Space Protection Order (PSPO) for the Tye to control dog walking to prevent sheep attacks.   It was considered at several meetings in 2018 and further information can be found by looking at the agenda and paperwork for the Council’s Extra-Ordinary meeting on 15th August 2018.    The proposed PSPO would be to protect the lambs and ewes that graze on the Tye from being scared, injured or killed by dogs by requiring owners to keep their dogs under proper control.  A PSPO has to be put in place by the District Council and at their cabinet meeting on 17th September 2018, they decided to go ahead with a public consultation.   The consultation ended on 23rd November 2018 and, following consideration of the results by Lewes District Council, they issued the following statement:-

Having considered the findings from the recent consultation on the Telscombe Tye, the Council will be not be introducing a Public Spaces Protection Order at this time.

However, the situation will be kept under close and constant review.  In liaison with Sussex Police, inspections and patrols by the Council’s Neighbourhood First team will be increased at the start of the lambing season.

If at any point new evidence of attacks on sheep is found, the Council will consider introducing a PSPO as a matter of urgency.

The Council will also look at increasing signage at access points onto Telscombe Tye and community information about the countryside code.

The feedback from the consultation is available at lewes-eastbourne.gov.uk’

However, as sheep graze the Tye we ask that you please be responsible and keep your dog on a short lead, thank you.

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Report on Historic Issues and Management of Telscombe Tye by Abbeylands, April 2009:-  Telscombe tye report final no appendices

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