FRANT PARISH COUNCIL

THE MINUTES OF A MEETING OF FRANT PARISH COUNCIL HELD AT

BELLS YEW GREEN VILLAGE HALL,

ON WEDNESDAY 16TH FEBRUARY 2011 AT 8.00PM

Present: Councillors Crookshank (Chairman), Hall, Harris, Houlihan, Mrs Myers, Rowland and Wright

Also in attendance: Sarah Codling (Clerk), Cllr Padfield and Cllr Tidy.

1.            To receive apologies and reason for absence.

Apologies were received from Cllrs Mrs Best, Burgess, Gray and Mrs Howell.

2.            To receive declarations of interests on items on the Agenda.

None.

3.            To approve the Minutes of the meeting 19 January 2011 as a true record.

The minutes of the meeting held 19 January 2011 were signed as a true and accurate record.

 

4.            To determine matters arising from the previous Minutes for updating and noting.

Cllr Myers stated that she is still to make contact regarding the missing bench.

5.            Public Forum – time limit 10 minutes.

None.

 

6.            To receive Police Report.

Cllr Mrs Myers attended a neighbourhood watch meeting.  The main items covered at the meeting were parking and the hotspots of crime (a road in Groombridge).  The police are still having problems with a lady in Shernfold Park.

7.            To receive reports of County and District Councillors.

County

  • Last week the County Council and Police budgets were approved.  They came in under 2.5% so the Government are to pay 2.5% to make a 0% rise in Council Tax.
  • The Neighbourhood Policing   is to remain as it is for 2 years.  There may, however, be minor changes due to an ongoing review.
  • Children Services have had a £20m reduction instead of the expected £10m.
  • 5 secondary schools in Northern East Susssex send schools to Uckfield where there is a skills centre.  This centre has helped numerous children who have not enjoyed school as it has allowed learning through practical application.  Unfortunately, the future of this centre is uncertain.
  • The collection of council tax has brought in an extra £4.4m for the County.  This is a very high level of collection and also includes many new dwellings.
  • The money collected from Council Tax can be allocated by County as they see fit.  It has been decided to put £1.5m into Children’s Services.  £2.9m has been put into a holding budget to aid future budgeting ‘holes’, eg. funding concessionary fares.
  • County are looking to be positive and are working through the bad times.

District

  • Wealden District Council have a 0% rise for Council Tax.
  • Some cuts are bound to happen.  Staff are not being replaced following natural wastage.  However, services like waste collection will not be cut.
  • Only 9% of money collected for Council Tax is given to Wealden.
  • A 6.8% rise in rent for affordable housing was expected but this has been amended to 5.4%.
  • Only 1 parish have reduced their precept.  22 out of 40 councils have increased their precept.
  • The Wealden District Local Framework document has been printed.
  • Honey Farm want to build more houses.  This has been refused but has gone to appeal.  A review has just been completed and is to be published in Autumn.
  • A new fingerpost pointing to Danegate has been installed.

8.            Chairman’s Announcements & Correspondence for noting.

  • The public consultation regarding the Bells Yew Green traffic calming is on Monday.
  • Correspondence from Mr Freestone has been received regarding maintenance work needed on The Green.  Councillors agreed to the work.  Clerk to action.

9.            Highways, Transport & Lighting Matters.

9.1          To review designs for gates for entrance to Bells Yew Green and discuss how to proceed.

The designs on the website provided by Michael Higgs are not suitable for the Parish Council.  The Clerk is to ask for further suppliers and to ask what specifications need to be met.

9.2          To receive update regarding grit bins/hippo bags.

Cllr Crookshank met with Mr Haddock and inspected the proposed sites for the grit bins.  The bins cannot go on private property but there is enough room on Council land at the initial proposed sitings.

All grit bins have been purchased for this year.  The Council have sought main points to help the community.  If residents wish grit bins to be positioned in their road it may have to be at their own private expense.

9.3          To approve street light repairs.

Some lights need maintenance.  The Clerk is to get quotes for the work needed.

Cllr Wright noted that a light at the entrance to Shernfold Park is out.  This is also to be investigated.

9.4          To review information received regarding the Speed Limit Review as carried out by Highways.

Concern was voiced as to how the review was implemented and definitions derived.  Cllr Crookshank is to liaise with Michael Higgs.

10.          Planning Matters

10.1        To approve the Minutes of the meeting 7 February 2011.

The minutes of the meeting held 7 Februuary 2011 were signed as a true and accurate record.

 

10.2       To make recommendations about Planning Applications received.

Notification has been received regarding the Eridge Park Premises Licence renewal.  Councillors have no objection to it being passed.

 

10.3        To discuss new lights installed at Nursery on Frant Road and decide any action to be taken.

This is regarding the Nursery near Bunny Lane.  Cllr Mrs Myers contacted the owner who wished she had been approached before being put to discuss at a Council meeting.  The lights have been installed following several break ins.  Sensor lights were initially installed but kept blowing as traffic went passed.

This matter is to be reviewed April/May.

11.          Finance

11.1        To approve accounts payable.

The accounts were approved.

 

11.2        To approve bank mandate regarding signatories and RFO.

Councillors approved the mandate:

‘Frant Parish Council have appointed the Clerk as Responsible Financial Officer.  The RFO is to undertake all administration pertinent to the accounts held in the name of Frant Parish Council, but cannot sign cheques.  Two signatories are required for cheques of any amount.  All signatories must be a current standing Councillor.’

12.          To discuss issue of parking on Frant Green and possibility of installing parking restriction.

Parking at The Green consist of both residents and commuters.  Cllrs are to contact Roger Keen of Frant Stores to see if it is impacting the shop.

It was decided to put something in the Parish News regarding this matter.

13.          To review draft advertising policy and note amendments.

This item is to be discussed at the next meeting to allow more Councillors to comment.

14.          To review draft reserves policy and note amendments.

This item is to be discussed at the next meeting to allow more Councillors to comment.

 

15.          To discuss and appoint an Allotment Councillor Representative.

The Allotment Representative is to carry out site inspections once a month.

Cllr Wright was proposed and approved as the Representative.

16.          Tyburn House.

The existence of the unmade road at Tyburn House is causing a lot of concern amongst residents of Frant.

Councillors are concerned regarding the issue of a condition being waived by Wealden District Council which may enable the road to become a permanent feature.  The Clerk is to draft a letter to be sent to Wealden upon agreement from Frant Councillors.

Caution was to be given to dog walkers who may voice their concern to Mr Elliott who kindly allows his private land to be used by the dog walkers.

17.          To review progress for Henry Smith Charity 2011.

Letters have been distributed to those benefitting from the distribution.  It has been requested that all orders be satisfied by 14th March.

18.          Correspondence for noting.

Some grant applications have been received.  These will be added to the Agenda for the meeting in March.

The street party is progressing and has been set for 29th April 2011.  A request for road closure has been submitted.  The Frant Film Club are hoping to show the wedding in the Memorial Hall.  Flyers have gone to all parents at the school who have said they would prefer a party instead of a fundraiser.  An article is to be published in the Parish News.

19.          Urgent issues at the discretion of the Chairman for noting or inclusion on future agenda.

Cllr Harris has received a complaint from a resident who has not received notification regarding the public consultation meeting.  This is due to East Sussex County Council placing a limit on the number of leaflets printed.

 

There being no further business the meeting closed at 9:20pm.