THE MINUTES OF FRANT PARISH COUNCIL MEETING HELD AT BELLS YEW GREEN VILLAGE HALL

ON WEDNESDAY 17TH FEBRUARY 2010 AT 7.30 PM

Present: Councillors Crookshank (Chairman), Mrs Best, Hall, Harris, Mrs Myers and Rowland.

Also in attendance: County Cllr. Tidy, District Cllr. Padfield, PCSO Roberts and 26 members of the public.

1.            TO RECEIVE APOLOGIES AND REASON FOR ABSENCE

Apologies received from Cllrs. Burgess, Gray, Hewes, Mrs Howell and Wright.

2.            DECLARATIONS OF INTERESTS

Cllr. Hall declared a personal interest in item 14.1 due to his association with the church.

3.            TO APPROVE THE MINUTES OF THE MEETING HELD 20.01.10 AND PLANNING 1.02.10 AS TRUE     RECORDS

Resolved to approve the Minutes of the meetings held 20.01.10 and 1.02.10 as true records.

4.            TO DETERMINE MATTERS ARISING FROM THE PREVIOUS MINUTES FOR UPDATING

AND NOTING

None.

5.            OPEN FORUM

Complaints received regarding parked cars in the centre of the village between the Brecknock Arms and the station and at Broomfield and Rushlye Close. The cars parked on the B2169 reduce visibility for vehicles exiting the station car park and Broomfield; a hazard is also created for other road users and for pedestrians trying to cross the road. Commuters are parking on the side of the road to save the daily charge of £3.50 for the station car park; visitors to Minor Mania are also parking on the road instead of within the business complex. Concern that customers cannot stop outside the new shop at Broomfield.

The roads at Broomfield have not been adopted by the county council and residents are considering introducing the clamping of unauthorised vehicles.

6.            POLICE REPORT

The Police have attended Bells Yew Green and issued tickets to vehicles not parked in accordance with legislation.

Since Christmas there has been one burglary in the parish and one car broken into.

7.            TO RECEIVE PRESENTATION FROM MICHAEL HIGGS OF EAST SUSSEX COUNTY COUNCIL ON         PROPOSALS FOR TRAFFIC CALMING MEASURES IN BELLS YEW GREEN

Michael Higgs advised that in view of the problem with parked cars on the B2169, the recommendation is to implement parking restrictions in addition to traffic calming. A site meeting is to be arranged with Brian Banks of ESCC, Michael Higgs and representatives of the parish council to review the parking problem and consider the way forward. A legal order is required for installing parking restrictions and this can be a lengthy process.

The parish council to approach the company operating the station car park to discuss parking charges/policy.

8.            TO RECEIVE THE COUNTY COUNCILLOR’S REPORT

A council tax increase of 2.7% has been agreed. A reduction in spending will be required over the next few years to achieve the required savings.

An increase of 2.74% has been agreed for the Police budget 2010/11; there will be an additional 31 Police officers and a reduction in staff numbers.

The planning application for the new School in Frant will be considered 24.02.10. Some modifications to the plans have been made following requests from the Highways Department.

9.            TO RECEIVE THE DISTRICT COUNCILLOR’S REPORT

Cllr. Padfield gave the following report:

  • A Village Maintenance Team is operating in East Sussex for minor highway work.
  • The results of the Housing Needs Survey have been published.
  • The District Council is to operate from a single site at Hailsham to reduce costs. A presence will be retained at Crowborough and the ESCC library will remain at the existing location.
  • Some parishes have elected to take part in a trial for electronic planning applications.
  • A list of possible sites for building within the LDF will be published 24.02.10.
  • WDC has agreed not to introduce parking charges at the present time.
  • A rise of 2.7% has been agreed for WDC council tax 2010/11.
  • A charge is to be introduced for developers requiring pre-application planning consultations.

10.          HIGHWAYS, TRANSPORT AND LIGHTING ISSUES

10.1        To consider repair/replacement of fingerpost at crossroads in Bells Yew Green and possible action       for missing fingerpost at Frant

ESCC has advised that repairs to fingerposts has ceased; signing generally is being reviewed as metal signs are less expensive. Discussion on whether the fingerposts in the parish should be retained. Some members considered that fingerposts were an important part of the rural environment and posts at key locations should be kept.

Bells Yew Green

Quotation received from JAKK for £695 + VAT for refurbishing the post at the crossroads at Bells Yew Green and £1030 + VAT for a complete new post. JAKK is authorised to carry out work on the highway and fingerpost work is in accordance with ESCC specifications.

Resolved to accept quotation from JAKK of £695 + VAT to refurbish the fingerpost at the crossroads at Bells Yew Green. Payment to be made under LGA 1972 s137; the work is considered to be for the benefit of the community.

Frant

A fingerpost on a small green triangle near Frant Memorial Hall had broken off at the base as the wood was rotten; the post was removed by ESCC as it was causing a hazard lying so close to the road. JAKK has given a verbal quote of £1000 for a new post. It was agreed not to renew this fingerpost as it only served traffic coming from the High Street and there is another directional post within close proximity.

10.2        To consider possible locations for additional grit bins in the parish

A review of grit bins has been undertaken (council Minutes 20.01.10 item 5). Suggestions for possible locations for new grit bins received for Bells Yew Green. It was agreed to support the recommendation for a grit bin to be installed at the Brecknock Arms as there have been 3 accidents related to the condition of icy roads at the crossroads and the proprietor is prepared to hold a key to a grit bin and monitor distribution of the contents.

Ward cllrs. for Eridge and Frant to put forward proposals for the location of additional grit bins.

ESCCC will be undertaking a review of winter maintenance 10.03 and numbers of new grit bins are required before the meeting.

10.3        To consider work for East Sussex County Council village maintenance team

Agreed to put forward the painting of fingerposts as a maintenance item for ESCC.

Other highways, transport and lighting issues

The continued presence of memorial flowers was noted by the Neville Crest & Gun.

Report that the street light near the village hall at Eridge was not functioning.

11.          PLANNING –

11.1        To make recommendations on planning applications received

WD/2010/0158/F Nobles Gate Yard, Bells Yew Green – incoming mains underground services and disposal of foul and service water (re application WD/2006/1292/F).

Resolved to make the following recommendation:

No objection.

WD/2010/0281/F Sunnybrook, The Green, Frant – single storey infill extension to house facing highway.

Resolved to make the following recommendation:

This application for a minor extension is supported as it is considered to be in keeping with the style of the building and will not impact the amenity of the neighbouring property.

12.          TO CONSIDER PROPOSAL TO DIVERT PUBLIC FOOTPATH FRANT 10

Documentation received from ESCC on the proposal to divert footpath no. 10 Frant to Tyburn House; previous objections have been addressed. Members of the parish council had met with the owners of Tyburn House to discuss the proposed footpath diversion. It was resolved that the diversion submitted dated January 2010 had addressed previous concerns and that there were no objections to the proposal.

13.          TO RECEIVE UPDATE ON NEW WEBSITE

Initial designs have been received and include graphics and a simple format. A meeting is being held with the editor of the parish newsletter to ensure the community side of the website is addressed.

14.          FINANCE

14.1        To consider grant requests from Eridge Parish Hall, Frant Cricket Club, Holy Trinity Eridge & St Alban’s Frant and Wealden Citizens Advice

Grant applications discussed.

It was resolved to make the following grant payments:

Name £ Purpose Power
Eridge Parish Hall 250 Refurbishment LG(MP)A 1976 s19
Frant Cricket Club 100 Grass cutting LG(MP)A 1976 s19
Holy Trinity, Eridge & St Alban’s Frant 500 Churchyard maintenance LGA 1972 s 214
Wealden Citizens Advice 150 Providing advice LGA 1972 s 142

14.2        To approve accounts payable

Resolved to approve accounts for payment as listed in Appendix A.

15.          CORRESPONDENCE FOR NOTING

Correspondence was reviewed and noted.

16.          URGENT ISSUES AT THE DISCRETION OF THE CHAIRMAN FOR NOTING OR INCLUSION ON FUTURE            AGENDA

Broadwater Warren is to be used for a school field trip.

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