THE MINUTES OF FRANT PARISH COUNCIL
HELD AT BELLS YEW GREEN VILLAGE HALL ON WEDNESDAY 21 NOVEMBER 2007 AT 19:30
Present: Councillors Crookshank (Chairman), Hall, Harris, Mrs Howell, Mrs
Myers, Rowland and
Also in attendance: County Cllr. Tidy, PC Etherington and three members of the public.
RECEIVE APOLOGIES AND REASON FOR ABSENCE
Apologies received from Cllrs. Gray, Hewes and Jeal; reasons noted and accepted.
Cllrs Crookshank and Harris declared prejudicial interests in item 12 as trustees of Bells Yew Green Village Hall and left the meeting during this item.
APPROVE THE MINUTES OF THE MEETINGS HELD 17.10.07, EXTRAORDINARY MEETING
13.11.07 AND PLANNING MEETING 29.10.07 AS A TRUE RECORD
The minutes of the meetings held 17.10.07, 29.10.07 and 13.11.07 were approved as a true record and signed.
DETERMINE MATTERS ARISING FROM THE PREVIOUS MINUTES FOR UPDATING AND NOTING
Two residents spoke against the proposal for fencing the play equipment and presented the council with a petition of 110 signatures in support of keeping Frant Green an open space.
Comment that access to the village hall car park is restricted due to outdoor play provision for the nursery school.
Report of a serious road traffic accident at the Bunny Lane/A267 junction. There has been an increase in deer related accidents in North Wealden. Thefts continue from outside properties, outbuildings and building sites.
A speed check was conducted in Frant; 200 cars were checked and only a few were exceeding the limit.
RECEIVE THE COUNTY COUNCILLOR’S REPORT
Discussions being held on how to control the increasing deer population. Agreement has been reached with the Police on the authorisation of people to attend to injured animals on the highway.
Decision has been taken to close Ridgewood Rise as it is not of a standard for a modern care home for elderly people. A planning application has been submitted to build a new facility on the site.
A Sustainable Community Strategy for East Sussex has been drawn up on service requirements for the next 20 years; there is to be a 12 week public consultation.
RECEIVE THE DISTRICT COUNCILLOR’S REPORT
District Cllrs. took part in Democracy week and attended secondary schools to answer questions from pupils.
The planning application for the development at Hailsham market was refused.
The deadline for applications for the community grants scheme is 30.11.07.
Additional land is required for affordable housing; officers have been asked to review sites that have been previously suggested.
31% of clients using Wealden CAB are from the Wealden villages.
Cllr. Tidy asked for the view of WDC on the loss of community funds that would have been achieved with the approval of the planning application for Hailsham market.
AND LIGHTING ISSUES
Vehicle activated signs in Frant are due to be installed early in the New Year.
To approve lighting repairs
To make recommendations about Planning Applications received
To note planning approval from WDC:
WD/2006/1292/F six dwellings at Builders Yard, Bells Yew Green.
To approve purchase of lime trees and tree guards for Frant Green
Resolved to spend £410 + VAT on the purchase of three Lime trees for Frant Green and to purchase tree guards – payment to be made under Open Spaces Act 1906 s9.
To approve repair to protective posts on Frant Green
Resolved to instruct Richard Carter to reinstate the protective posts on Frant Green – payment to be made under Open Spaces Act 1906 s10(b)
To approve repair to see-saw
Resolved to repair the see-saw at a cost of £664 + VAT – payment to be made under LG(MP) 1976 s19.
12. TO REVIEW
PROGRESS OF LEASE FOR BELLS YEW GREEN VILLAGE HALL
Cllrs. Crookshank and Harris left the meeting at 8.14pm and returned at 8.20pm.
Draft lease has been received from Hedleys; there has been an initial review of the document and further questions/advice to be sought from solicitor.
To note salary increase for Clerk
Cost of living increase noted for Clerk; payment to be backdated to 1.04.07.
To review draft budget 2008/09
Outline budget for 2008/09 was reviewed and will be finalised, together with the precept, at the December meeting.
To approve accounts payable
|It was resolved to pay the following accounts:|| |
|Auto||Nat West voucher charge|| |
|DD||EDF Energy street light maintenance charge|| |
|006||Frant Memorial Hall hire 29.10|| |
|007||EDF Energy lighting repairs 20A, 9, 26 &23|| |
|008||Wealden District Council dog bin emptying|| |
|009||Viking Direct stationery|| |
|010||Open Spaces Society subscription|| |
|011||Viking Direct stationery|| |
|013||Z McGregor-Gould cleaning duties|| |
|014||salary and expenses|| |
|015||Post Office Ltd tax/NICs|| |
|016||Eridge Parish Hall hire 21.11|| |
|017||Treework (Tunbridge Wells)Ltd tree maintenance/Frant Green|
|Bank reconciliation at 2.11.07|
|Balance B/F|| |
|Current account|| |
|Less unpresented items|
EDF Energy street light repairs agreed 20.06.07 item 11 under PCA 1957 s3.
Treework (Tunbridge Wells) Ltd agreed 187.10.07 item 12 under Open Spaces Act 1906 s9
14. TO CONSIDER
GRANTING LIMITED ADDITIONAL DELEGATED POWERS TO THE CLERK
Resolved to approve the following standing order giving delegated powers to the Clerk under LGA 1972 s101
Delegated powers are given to the Clerk to:
The following items of correspondence were discussed:
Remaining correspondence was dealt with during the course of the meeting and detailed on a separate list circulated to councillors.
16. URGENT ISSUES
AT THE DISCRETION OF THE CHAIRMAN FOR NOTING OR INCLUSION ON FUTURE AGENDA
Frant is not included in the list of post offices for closure.
Report of the District/Parish conference:
There being no further business the meeting closed at 20:42