Present: Councillors Crookshank (Chair), Argue, Mrs Best, Hall, Harris, Mrs Howell, Rockingham, Rowland, Rutherford and Wright
Also in attendance: Sarah Codling (Clerk), County Councillor Tidy and 2 members of public

Sadly, District Councillor John Padfield passed away suddenly 9th April 2012. The Parish Council noted all the work and support Cllr Padfield gave the Parish.
The meeting started with a minute silence in remembrance of Cllr Padfield.

1. To receive apologies and reason for absence.
Apologies were received from Cllr Mrs Myers. All apologies were accepted.

2. To receive declarations of interests on items on the Agenda.
Cllrs Crookshank, Harris and Rockingham declared a prejudicial interest in planning application WD/2012/0488/F as trustees of Bells Yew Green Village Hall.

3. To approve the Minutes of the meeting 21 March 2012 as a true record.
Following a couple of typographical amendments, the minutes of the meeting held 21 March 2012 were signed as a true and accurate record.

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

5. Public Forum – time limit 10 minutes.
Members of the public questioned progress regarding the A267. This is to be discussed under item 9.1.

6. To receive Police Report.

7. To receive reports of County and District Councillors.
• The Government have approved a plan for future high speed broadband. They are now embarking on the procurement process with the idea to complete across the County during 2015.
• The Cabinet meeting on 24th April is to approve the compulsory purchase orders for the Bexhill-Hastings link road. Discussions will also take place regarding all regulations concerning smaller roads it will cut through.
• East Sussex County Council have received an ‘outstanding’ grading for their adoption process. If anyone knows anyone who would like to foster or adopt Cllr Tidy would be happy to speak with them.

• The Jim V D Boss contract has a few items to review but it should come to fruition sooner than anticipated.
• Cllr Mrs Howell Chairs the Safer Wealden Partnership which organises and lets out services available to every parish. The asset list is available to every parish to bid for. One example is Operation blitz where every Friday night 6-12 police vans roam the district and will attend any issue you wish. Other services include village maintenance, alcohol wands, speed guns and Tesco community team. It is felt that Frant do not use this facility to its best potential.
• An initiative called ‘Quality Street’ is where officers from housing, fire brigade, police come into the community to become aware of any issues and will help to resolve what they can.
• The police are using a new number for people to call in cases of non-emergency. The number is 101. The Clerk is to put information of this new number onto the Parish website.
• The number of burglaries in the District has increased slightly from 3 to 7 a week. The main problem is that people are leaving doors and windows unlocked. Community awareness should be raised as opportunist burglars are walking through doors and windows.
• The Shadow Sussex Police and Crime Panel has voted in its Vice Chair. A list is currently being compiled of items of interest to communities. The Police Commissioner is to be voted in on 15th November and it is important to get involved to help shape where funding goes. There are 15 members from all district and borough councils on the panel who will be calling the Commissioner to account when they are appointed. Cllr Tidy is to write a report for the Parish News publicising the importance of the Police Commissioner.

8. Chairman’s Announcements & Correspondence for noting.
The Chairman is to attend JAG (joint action group) Action. Many professionals attend as well as Councillors. The meetings help to find out what is going on within each community and meet throughout the district.

9. Highways, Transport & Lighting Matters.
9.1 To review safety issues on Frant Road, A267
Cllrs Crookshank and Tidy had a meeting with Brian Banks from East Sussex Highways. Cllr Crookshank thanked Cllr Tidy for the support he gave at the meeting.
Mr Banks has agreed to get the hedge cut immediately. Two ‘school’ signs are also to be installed coming over the hill towards Frant. The question of flashing lights outside the school is still to be resolved.
Mr Banks was reluctant to agree to a zebra crossing but has had to concede it would be a possibility. Mr Banks is also to look longer term to see if speed limits can be reduced.
The meeting took place 10 days ago so Cllr Crookshank will chase for further information in the next few days.
It was noted that if the items mentioned are delivered then a lot of progress would be made. It is also positive that Highways have noted there is a problem.
The speed limit review would have to go to consultation whereas the signs and zebra crossing should not need consultation.
The Parish Council agreed to put funds towards the cost.

10. Planning Matters
10.1 To approve the Minutes of the meeting 2 April 2012
The minutes of the meeting held 2 April 2012 were signed as a true and accurate record.

10.2 To make recommendations about Planning Applications received.
WD/2012/0488/F – Bells Yew Green Village Hall, Bayham Road, Bells Yew Green, Nr Tunbridge Wells
Erection of playground equipment

Cllrs Crookshank, Harris and Rockingham left the hall at 8.06pm

The Parish Council support this application and feel it is a good use of the land. However, we would recommend a gate from the twitten joining Rushlye Close to the garages.

We hope that the Village Hall will look after maintenance and insurance.

Cllrs Crookshank, Harris and Rockingham returned to the hall at 8.12pm

WD/2012/0727/F – 16 Frant Court, Frant TN3 9DW
New window to kitchen wall (in new opening) on the side elevation
No objection

WD/2012/0769/HR – The Oast House, Down Lane, Frant TN3 9HP
Hedgerow Removal
In principle, Frant Parish Council would like to keep all hedgerows. We are unsure in this particular matter why the hedge is to be replaced by a gate or the scale of the change. Is this really necessary? We believe that the access to the septic tank could be from the driveway.

10.3 To discuss Benhall Mill
A consultation documentation has been received in the post regarding the Benhall Mill site. It states that the application will be going ahead but possibly not on the same scale as originally intended.

11. Finance
11.1 To approve accounts payable.
The accounts were approved as in Appendix A.

12. To discuss Diamond Jubilee celebration
The Jubilee celebrations for Frant are still unknown.
Cllr Hall advised that Burslem would like to give a stone seat for the Green. The Chairman thanked Cllr Hall and it was proposed to situate the chair in the new wild flower area.

13. To discuss Eridge footpath
Mr Heasman from Highways is to look at the matter before arranging a meeting.

14. To review Frant Football pitch.
It was agreed that the wooden hut would be removed as it is a potential danger. Quotes are being sought for removing the metal containers.
The water is also to be cut off, whilst still maintaining a supply for the allotments.

15. Correspondence for noting.
A query has been received asking whether CH Whitehouse Ltd have ceased trading. Councillors advised that they have ceased trading and a theatre production company is now located on the premises.

16. Urgent issues at the discretion of the Chairman for noting or inclusion on future agenda.
• There used to be a bollard outside The George but it has been knocked down by delivery lorries and, subsequently, removed. However, the paving is hazardous outside The George and needs looking at.
• Outside the well one of the bollards on The Green has taken a hit. Graham Thorpe is to quote for the work.
• The light at the well appears to be on during the day.
• The churchyard wall is falling down. Cllr Crookshank is to ask Rev. Packman what remedial work is planned.

There being no further business the meeting closed at 8:45pm.