Present: Councillors Crookshank (Chairman), Hall, Harris, Howell, Rowland and Wright

Also in attendance: Sarah Codling (Clerk) and two members of the public.

1.            To receive apologies and reason for absence.

Apologies were received from Cllrs Mrs Best, Gray,Mrs Myers and County Councillor Tidy.

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

Cllr Mrs Howell declared a personal interest in item 10.2.

3.            To approve the Minutes of the meeting 16 March 2011 as a true record.

Mr Gunn who attended the March meeting emailed Cllr Mrs Howell stating the following errors:

  • The minutes incorrectly state the date as February, not March
  • He is a resident of Frant, not Eridge.
  • A copy of Mr Gunn’s objection to the EPEL licence variation was sent to Frant Parish Council and was not noted in Correspondence for Noting.

The amendments were made to the minutes and the minutes were signed.

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


5.            Public Forum – time limit 10 minutes.

Georgia Bolter and Kate Harris from Frant Nursery School explained their grant application in more detail, following invitation from the Council.

The Nursery School are planning to make use of unused space outside.  They have received feedback from Ofsted that their outside space is not of a high standard.  The Nursery School plan to remove a raised concrete plinth, put in a low level fence and install soft flooring, thus creating a better, and permanent, outside area.  This idea was put forward by Rev James Packman and supported by young families in Frant.

It is believed that this project will free up more parking space as the proposed area is currently not being used for anything.  The recycling bins will be removed as they are not used following door to door recycling.  However, the Salvation Army recycling bin will be relocated.

The total cost of the project is £4,000 with £1,700 being raised since September.  The Nursery School also have some parents within the construction sector who may be able to reduce costs.

The Council thanked Georgia and Kate for their time and stated that their application will be considered later in the meeting.

6.            To receive Police Report.


7.            To receive reports of County and District Councillors.




Cllr Mrs Howell attended the licencing committee meeting regarding Neville Estate.  It was noted that many residents were displaying a lot of concern and were vocal in their views.  The Neville Estate are aware that they need to ensure that their planned event goes well in order to gain the support of the local residents.  They also believe that with one successful big event (2 days) they will not necessarily need any smaller events.

The 24 hour music licence will not be allowed and 8 openings from the estate are planned to ease traffic congestion.  There will also be a team measuring sound levels around the village.

The licence has now been granted but will be revisited if the event in August does not go well.

8.            Chairman’s Announcements & Correspondence for noting.


9.            Highways, Transport & Lighting Matters.

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

Following the distribution of pictures to Councillors, it was agreed that a tall 5 post gate of white painted wood  is to be installed stating ‘Bells Yew Green, East Sussex’.  A tall gateway is favoured to encompass the 30mph sign.  It is to be located at the village entrance from Tunbridge Wells and from Lamberhurst.  A copy is to be sent to Michael Higgs.

9.2          To receive update regarding the Speed Limit Review as carried out by Highways.

This item is to be carried forward to the next meeting.

9.3          To receive update regarding installing a dog bin in Bells Yew Green and discuss siting.

Cllr Harris is to review the need for a dog bin in Bells Yew Green and to propose a location.

9.4          To consider work for East Sussex County Council village maintenance team.

Frant Hill on A267 from Tunbridge Wells.  The path on the left into Frant needs to be cleared with a shovel.

The A267 out of Frant to Mayfield.  The path on the left needs to be shovelled.

The Eridge, Bells Yew Green and Frant signs need to be washed.


9.5          To receive update from Michael Higgs re Bells Yew Green parking

No information has been received from Michael Higgs.  The Clerk is to chase this.

10.          Planning Matters

10.1        To approve the Minutes of the meeting 4 April 2011.

The minutes of the meeting held 4 April 2011 were signed as a true and accurate record.

10.2       To make recommendations about Planning Applications received.

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

WD/2011/0715F – Ferndale, Mayfield Road, Frant, TN3 9HT

Two storey side extension to provide annexe, living room, study, 2 bedrooms and common bathroom.

This application has been withdrawn.

Cllr Mrs Howell left the meeting at 8.55pm

WD/2011/0627/LB – Charmers Cottage, The Green, Frant, TN3 9ED

Removal of existing front door and window and frames and replacement with new solid oak door and frame and new purpose-made window and frame made to fit existing openings.

The Council supports this application.

Cllr Mrs Howell returned at 8.57pm

11.          Finance

11.1        To approve accounts payable.

The accounts were approved.


11.2        To review and approve grants.

Frant Nursery School – The Council agreed a grant of £250.  The Council believe it is a good local amenity and they have shown that they are raising funds themselves.

Wealden Citizens Advice Bureau – A response from Wealden Citizens Advice Bureau showed that approximately 145 referrals were made for Frant Parishioners.  A grant of £150 was agreed.

12.          To review draft advertising policy and note amendments.

Owing to the complex nature of this item, a proposed policy is to be emailed to Councillors.  Responses are to be received and the amended policy to be adopted at the next meeting.

13.          To review draft reserves policy and note amendments.

Owing to the complex nature of this item, a proposed policy is to be emailed to Councillors.  Responses are to be received and the amended policy to be adopted at the next meeting.


14.          To receive update regarding Tyburn House.

The proposed footpath has been approved.  Approximately 50 residents attended the meeting.

The Chairman of the meeting was excellent – they had walked the route and knew all objections.

Mr Kennard had purchased his land after the revised path had been adopted so had little grounds for objection.

Mr Elliott argued the path should be moved for privacy reasons.  However, it was argued that the distance would not have a great impact.

The construction road was deemed more of a subtext.  Mr Elliott said that the land with the construction road is owned by him and his wife whereby it was previously owned by his company.  They have plans for agriculture and putting up fences.

15.          To review Standing Orders.

Councillors received a copy of Standing Orders.  Any objections to be emailed to the Clerk.  They will be signed at the next meeting.

16.          Election.

Following receipt of papers from Wealden, there will be no Parish election as there are no contested positions.  Indeed, Bells Yew Green have 3 proposed Councillors, Frant have 3 proposed Councillors and Eridge have none.  That means that Frant need to co-opt 3 Councillors and Eridge are to co-opt 2 Councillors.

There are 2 vacancies for Frant Councillors due to the resignation of Cllrs Burgess and Gray.  Frant Councillors are to discuss who to co-opt.

17.          To receive update regarding the Street Party for the Royal Wedding

  • Help is needed to put up the bunting.  Volunteers to be available 28th April 4pm.
  • Tables are to be set up at 9am on Friday.  Volunteers to meet at Bells Yew Green hall.
  • The Street Party is anticipated to start at 1pm, after the wedding.
  • Any money raised and not spent is to be given to Hospice in the Weald.

18.          Correspondence for noting.

A copy of the response received regarding Tyburn House is to be sent to Tim Lowe.

Clerk to chase response regarding letter sent to Diocese of Chicester re Glebe Land

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

Cllr Wright has inspected the allotment.  A great amount of work has been put in tidying the area.  A fence has been erected and new allotment holders sought.


There being no further business the meeting closed at 9:35pm.