FRANT PARISH COUNCIL
THE MINUTES OF A MEETING OF FRANT PARISH COUNCIL HELD AT
VILLAGE HALL, ERIDGE
ON WEDNESDAY 19TH DECEMBER 2012 AT 7.30PM
Present: Councillors Crookshank (Chair), Argue, Mrs Best, Harris, Mrs Howell, Mrs Myers and Wright.
Also in attendance: County Councillor Tidy, PCSO Sarah Roberts, Sgt Mike Keeler, Sarah Codling (Clerk).
1. To receive apologies and reason for absence.
Apologies were received from Cllrs Argue, Hall, Rowland, Rutherford. All apologies were accepted.
2. To receive declarations of interests on items on the Agenda.
3. To approve the Minutes of the meeting 21 November 2012 as a true record.
The minutes of the meeting held 21 November 2012 were signed as a true and accurate record.
4. To determine matters arising from the previous Minutes for updating and noting.
• Cllr Wright asked whether the discussion regarding Frant Football Field and the locked gate was discussing two separate gates. There is one access from Church Lane where the Parish Council has a right of way leading to the football pitch. The other is through the fence, parallel to Frant hill and football pitch from the churchyard. This gate is locked so no-one has access to the football pitch. The gate has been locked and the fence electrified due to cattle escaping.
Cllr Howell arrived 7.35pm
It was noted that the pitch can, therefore, not be used as a recreational facility. The school has access due to written permission. Cllr Mrs Howell thought that the original agreement gave ownership to the Parish Council. Cllr Harris confirmed that there is a letter from Giles Elliott to the school giving permission for access from the old school to the churchyard. Cllr Mrs Myers agreed that access across the land to the pitch was for the school only. Ownership of the football pitch was taken by the Parish Council for maintenance purposes. The church does not want there to be a public right of way. Therefore, the field is landlocked. Allotment holders access via a private gate.
There were discussions with the church regarding access. Cllr Harris advised he is still in negotiations with the church following a meeting with the Property Director from the Diocese of Chichester.
A letter has been received from Mr John Elliott requesting to purchase the land back from the Parish Council. Councillors agreed that they wish to maintain the land as amenity land and for the use of the village. The Clerk is to contact Mr Elliott.
A key to the locked gate is held at Frant Stores. Cllrs agreed to regularly unlocked the gate and walk the area to promote usage.
5. Public Forum – time limit 10 minutes.
6. To receive Police Report.
• The Police are aware that advertising boards have been taken from Frant Green and metal chains have been taken from the Recreation Ground and, therefore, have been on patrol in Frant more frequently.
• There have been many shed breaks. It is believed that perpetrators are watching accesses through A267. Last week an operation took place until 2am. This saw offenders coming over from Kent.
• Another attempted break in took place in Broadwater Lane, Eridge.
• The Chairman asked Sarah Roberts and Mike Keeler whether they would support and police parking restrictions outside Frant Stores. Sarah Roberts advised that there would not be any problems having parking restrictions so long as other businesses are not affected. Sarah is to investigate and advise the Parish Council whether support would be given.
• Cllr Mrs Howell asked whether there have been some accidents on Bayham Road. PCSO Sarah Roberts advised that a lot of deer have been hit. This has also been prevalent in Bunny Lane.
• Cllr Crookshank advised that East Sussex Highways are to extend the double yellow lines 100 yards passed the station. It is anticipated that this is to be completed the third week in January. PCSO Sarah Roberts advised that double yellow lines are to be painted at Eridge station.
7. To receive reports of County and District Councillors.
• A petition has been sent to County Council with 500 signatures to call for a 40mph limit the whole length of the Frant/Wadhurst Road. This is to be considered in the new year. However, Highways believe accidents to be the fault of the drivers, not the road.
• The County Council is now responsible for flood management structure. A consultation is currently underway.
• Highways are struggling to get the Bexhill/Hastings road underway.
• The Funding document was sent to the Parish Clerk who has, in turn, distributed it to Councillors. The County Council need to save £60m over 3 years. The consultation ends 31st December 2012. The revenue budget is £350m per year. There are to be quite dramatic reductions in adult social care.
• ‘Thrive’ is working well. This is an initiative trying to reduce the number of children going into care. Now, after 18 months, it is proving effective. There was a slight decrease in the number of children going into care after only 9 months.
• Cllr Mrs Howell attended the first meeting of the Police and Crime Panel with the new Commissioners. It was thought that one problem would be that the Commissioner would not have a grasp of what is happening at ‘grass roots’. However, the Commissioner has been a Parish Councillor so is aware of work done lower down and understands what she is being told.
• The Ashdown Forest Planning Consultation is coming up. The Clerk sent it to Councillors today. However, it does not apply to Frant, Bells Yew Green and Eridge as an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and Conservation. There are no changes according to our processes.
8. Chairman’s Announcements & Correspondence for noting.
9. Highways, Transport & Lighting Matters.
9.1 To discuss outstanding highways matters
A Strengthening Local Relationships meeting is to take place with East Sussex Highways on 10th January 2012.
9.2 To receive feedback from meeting with Southern Gas Networks regarding damage to Frant Green
Cllr Hall sent a report to Councillors following his meeting with Chris Russell and Karl Underhill from Southern Gas Networks.
Unfortunately, the representatives from Southern Gas Networks did not have much authority. However, they have asked for more evidence/witness statements regarding the condition of the Green prior to the works and any incidents that have taken place. Councillors are to give comments to the Clerk to collate.
It was noted that an accident took place in Bells Yew Green causing damage to the traffic calming build out. Cllrs Crookshank and Harris are to liaise with the Landlord of the Brecknock Arms for more information about the driver as he organised recovery of the vehicle.
10. Planning Matters
10.1 To make recommendations about Planning Applications received.
• WD/2012/2451/F – Little Croft, Wadhurst Road, Frant TN3 9EP
New garage to front of property
The Council supports this application.
• WD/2012 2411/F – Unit M The Brewery Business Centre, Bells Yew Green Road, Bells Yew Green TN3 9BD
First floor extension to form 66.5 square metres of business floorspace and external alterations to front façade
No objection. However, the Council have noted that cars are currently parking on Bells yew Green Road and would ask how additional parking would be accommodated. We also believe there are empty properties so would question whether there is a viable need.
• WD/2012/2344/F – 11 High Street, Frant, TN3 9DT
Proposed two-storey side extension
The Council object to the application.
The Parish Council believes the extension will affect the lighting of neighbouring properties. We believe it to be over intensification for this site and the extension to be too large, especially within a Conservation Area. We also feel this is out of keeping for an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and not in keeping with a village site.
The following instructions were noted:
• WD/2012/2209/F – Newhouse Buildings, Reflex Printed Plastics Site, Bells Yew Green, TN3 9BQ – External alterations and extension to existing family dwelling together with creation of new driveway and erection of gates. Minor revisions to approved residential curtilage (WD/2010/2511/F).
• WD/2012/2183/F – Henley Bungalow, Wadhurst Road, Frant, TN3 9EP – Demolition of existing private dwelling and erection of new 2 storey part subterranean private dwelling.
• WD/2012/1802/FR – Henley House, Wadhurst Road, Frant TN3 9EJ – Retrospective application for the installation of solar panel array.
• WD/2012/1997/F – Holbrook, Ely Grange, Frant TN3 9DY – Demolish existing timber shed. Replace with new timber shed.
• WD/2012/2104/F – Ely Grange, Ely Grange Estate, Frant TN3 9DY – Minor extension of existing stable building, used for storage purposes relating to estate maintenance, and change of use of land and erection of greenhouses for domestic purposes.
• WD/2012/2078/MFE – Land North East of Benhall Mill Road, Tunbridge Wells, TN2 5JH – Renewal (extension of time limits) of approved application WD/2009/2105/FE for B1 business uses (1770sqm) and associated parking and services.
The Clerk distributed the response from Wealden District Council regarding the application for Bush House.
11.1 To approve accounts payable.
11.2 To approve distribution list for Henry Smith Charity.
The Council approved the distribution list for the Henry Smith Charity. It was also agreed that the beneficiaries can visit either Frant Stores or Lambs Larder but will have to spend the whole allocation in their chosen shop and surrender their letter to ensure they are not visiting both shops. The Clerk is to request information from the shops regarding who does not spend their allocation.
The process for the Henry Smith Charity is to be reviewed in January.
12. To review Councillor Responsibilities.
This item is to be carried forward to January.
13. To review parking on the Green and recent damage to the edge of the Green where it fronts the Bells Yew Green Road.
There have been some more incidents of parking on Frant Green causing damage to the Green. The area is Parish Council land and, therefore, it is the responsibility of Councillors to ensure it is maintained.
The Clerk previously drafted a letter for Councillors to put on windscreens should cars be parked on the Green. The Clerk will redistribute this letter.
14. Correspondence for noting.
15. Urgent issues at the discretion of the Chairman for noting or inclusion on future agenda.
Cllr Mrs Best advised that the Washingstool Footpath Group are currently seeking legal advice. However, it is anticipated that they will set up as a community interest group and have their own bank account. Therefore, further assistance of that nature should not be needed from the Parish Council.
There being no further business the meeting closed at 8:45pm.