FRANT PARISH COUNCIL

THE MINUTES OF A MEETING OF FRANT PARISH COUNCIL HELD AT
FRANT MEMORIAL HALL, FRANT
ON WEDNESDAY 21ST DECEMBER 2011 AT 7.30PM

Present: Councillors Crookshank (Chair), Argue, Mrs Best, Harris, Mrs Myers, Rockingham, Rowland, Rutherford and Wright
Also in attendance: Sarah Codling (Clerk), County Councillor Tidy, PCSO Sarah Roberts, 1 member of public

1. To receive apologies and reason for absence.
Apologies were received from Cllrs Hall and Mrs Howell.

2. To receive declarations of interests on items on the Agenda.
Cllr Mrs Myers expressed a personal interest in planning application WD/2011/2672 and WD/2011/2673 as a Governor of Frant School.

3. To approve the Minutes of the meeting 16 November 2011 as a true record.
The minutes of the meeting held 16 November 2011 were signed as a true and accurate record.

4. To determine matters arising from the previous Minutes for updating and noting.
None.

5. Public Forum – time limit 10 minutes.
Bob Bevan from Bells Yew Green spoke regarding the issue of Travellers at Barelands Oast. Mr Bevan thanked the Council for support and advised that the Travellers were evicted by the High Court Judge back in April 2011. The notice was for touring caravans to depart within 4 days and more substantial caravans were to be removed within one month, along with the removal of the hard standing. The terms were met except for removing the hard standing.
Mr Bevan reported that Wealden District Council decided it was disproportionate to take the Travellers back to Court to get the hard standing removed which meant that residents had to get hold of the land which cost a large amount of money. Mr Bevan advised that residents would have liked Wealden to seize the field and complete the necessary work before handing back to the residents. The residents felt that the County Council and Wealden District Council were working against each other.
All work has now been completed on the land. However, Mr Bevan reported that the barn has been broken into 3 times since the Travellers left. The Police were called and surveillance cameras were installed. Pictures have been obtained on the last break in. Nothing has been stolen but damage caused.

6. To receive Police Report
There have been many shed breaks were perpetrators are taking anything they can. This is general across Wealden and not specific to Frant Parish. Operation Wellhouse was launched and obtained good results.
The traffic calming at Bells Yew Green has received positive feedback. However, there have been reports of problems at the step out, opposite houses. If possible, road, everyone very pleased except not happy re step out opposite houses. If possible there should be a sign in the opposite direction to stop a back log of traffic. The Chairman advised that this problem has already been spotted and will be reviewed in a couple of months once more information has been obtained. Another problem is that drivers cannot get out of the station easily as cars are parked on the left where there are no yellow lines.
A Street Meeting is to be held 22nd January at Frant Memorial Hall, 10am. A notice has been put up at the shop. A Neighbourhood Panel Meeting is to be held 19th January in Groombridge.
Councillors advised PCSO Roberts that flytipping is happening in Broadwater Forest over various places. Sarah advised to email her as Wealden are good at clearing up.
The Chairman thanked Sarah for all her help over the year.

7. To receive reports of County and District Councillors.
County
Operation Wellhouse saw 50 police officers spending 4 days working to catch people committing shed breaks. Several people were caught.
It is anticipated to keep the Police precept at 0% increase next year. This decision will not be finalised until February 2012 but has been recommended from an early meeting convened this month.
The Government have decided that the Bexhill-Hastings link road will be put on hold for a further period of approximately 3 months. One Sussex MP is bitterly opposed to the work.
The Capital account has been approved for the building budget for 2012/13. There is £175m capital to spend over 3 years.
£30m in the waste local plan is not going to be needed as recycling targets have been exceeded. Another voluntary severance scheme for staff is to be launched due to major fund reductions in this coming year. Last year, over half of the redundancies were through voluntary schemes.
The County Council precept sees a 0% increase this year.

District
None.

8. Chairman’s Announcements & Correspondence for noting.
None.

9. Highways, Transport & Lighting Matters.
9.1 To receive update regarding traffic calming works at Bells Yew Green.
As per the police report the project is generally liked by residents.

9.2 To review quote for lighting repairs.
A light is out near the village hall in Eridge. Other lights have been reported to the Clerk. Councillors approved for repairs to proceed.

10. Planning Matters
10.1 To approve the Minutes of the meeting 5 December 2011.
The minutes of the meeting held 5 December 2011 were signed as a true and accurate record.

10.2 To make recommendations about Planning Applications received.
• WD/2011/2606/FE – Forgewood House, Eridge Park, Eridge Green TN3 9JE
Extension of time of WD/2008/2526 (covering three car parking spaces so as to create 2 no. car ports and an enclosed store)
The Council supports this application
• WD/2011/2672/F – Frant C of E School, High Street, Frant, TN3 9DT
Demolition of single storey extensions and conversion into two dwellings
The Council supports this application
• WD/2011/2673/LB – Frant C of E School, High Street, Frant, TN3 9DT
Demolition of single storey extensions and conversion into two dwellings
The Council supports this application

The following instructions were noted:
Granted
• WD/2011/2404/F – Woodlands, Frant, TN3 9DL – Proposed rear and side extension
• WD/2010/2608/FR – Nevill Crest & Gun, Eridge Road, Eridge Green, TN3 9JR – Part retrospective application for new garden room, kitchen extension and small toilet extension. Internal alterations to existing pub and barn structure.
• WD/2011/2609/LBR – Nevill Crest & Gun, Eridge Road, Eridge Green, TN3 9JR – Part retrospective application for new garden room, kitchen extension and small toilet extension. Internal alterations to existing pub and barn structure.
Refused
• WD/2011/2153/F – Prospect House, Bells Yew Green Road, Bells Yew Green TN3 9AR – Extension to join kitchen to the playroom/store room, dormer window and Juliet balcony to playroom

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

11.2 To review the budget for 2012/13
The budget was approved as per Appendix B.

12. To review the Parish Plan
The Parish Plan document has been updated and the Council needs to decide priorities. This is to be reviewed within wards.
Cllr Wright advised the Council that he has spoken to the Nursery School. They do not regard traffic outside the Nursery as a problem, but extra parking since developing outside the hall has helped. The Nursery also believe that when cars are parked along the road it breaks the speed of traffic. Also, children are collected at different times to other busy traffic periods. The Nursery would be pleased to keep this issue under review but do not regard it as problem.
Following the item to build a traffic island in Eridge a survey needs to be conducted to gauge how many people will use it.
Regarding the item to restore the footpath in Eridge, a footpath was in existence 25 years ago in Eridge which was part pavement and the other section a gravel path. About 20 years ago Highways resurfaced the road and tarmacked over some of the gravel so the path fell into disrepair. Some residents have said they would use it for cycling, subject to permissions. It is the only part from Crowborough to Tunbridge Wells without a path. Cllr Mrs Best is to encourage support.

13. To discuss plans for Little Bayham Road/B2169
This issue is currently with Michael Higgs, East Sussex Highways. No news is expected until January 2012. However, the speed survey has been completed.

14. To review plans for broadband bid
At the Broadband Conference a month ago Councils were advised to get bids in by the end of January to say if they want to go for faster broadband. Frant Parish Council believe this is essential for promoting business.
The conference recommended getting people in the community involved. A project has to be created online showing all feedback from the community. Multiple projects are allowed. There is no cost for the survey but a small charge will be levied to create a database to input data from the survey.
The Parish Council agreed to pursue this venture. Councillors noted that businesses should be actively involved.
Councillors questioned the need for consultation mode. Cllr Rockingham advised that the Government have to justify spending £10.5m so the County need to be able to show that people want faster broadband.
Cllr Rockingham is to liaise with the Clerk who will create a covering letter to include with the mailout stating community support is needed. The Clerk to create the survey.

15. To review list for Henry Smith distribution 2012.
It was proposed that this year the entitlements are shared between the two village shops. Bells Yew Green residents will be invited to spend their proceeds in Lambs Larder and Frant and Eridge residents to Frant Stores. Cllr Rockingham to speak to Peter Lamb.
Andrew to speak to Peter Lamb

16. Correspondence for noting.
The clerk is to forward email no. 13 to all Councillors.
The email regarding Wealden Localism Act and Beyond is to be forwarded to all Councillors. This item is to be on the agenda for January to review assets to put on register of interest.

17. Urgent issues at the discretion of the Chairman for noting or inclusion on future agenda.
The bus shelter by Eridge church needs repairing as the timber roof is rotting and should have a felt covering. The Clerk is to ask Graham Thorpe to repair.
The panels have been removed from the bus shelter outside the Abergavenny. The Clerk will ask Graham Thorpe to also repair this.

There being no further business the meeting closed at 9:10pm.