THE MINUTES OF FRANT PARISH COUNCIL MEETING
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 Mrs Scarborough.
Also in attendance: County Cllr. Tidy, PC Etherington and three members of the public.

1.             TO RECEIVE APOLOGIES AND REASON FOR ABSENCE
Apologies received from Cllrs. Gray, Hewes and Jeal; reasons noted and accepted.

2.             DECLARATIONS OF INTERESTS
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.

3.             TO 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.

4.             TO DETERMINE MATTERS ARISING FROM THE PREVIOUS MINUTES FOR UPDATING AND NOTING
None.

5.             OPEN FORUM    
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.

6.             POLICE REPORT
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.

7.             TO 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.

8.             TO 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.

9.             HIGHWAYS AND LIGHTING ISSUES
Vehicle activated signs in Frant are due to be installed early in the New Year.

To approve lighting repairs
None.

10           PLANNING
To make recommendations about Planning Applications received
None

To note planning approval from WDC:
WD/2006/1292/F six dwellings at Builders Yard, Bells Yew Green.

11           ACTION POINTS
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.

13.          FINANCE
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:
£
AutoNat West voucher charge
3.25
DDEDF Energy street light maintenance charge
122.87
006Frant Memorial Hall hire 29.10
9.00
007EDF Energy lighting repairs 20A, 9, 26 &23
2063.30
008Wealden District Council dog bin emptying
61.86
009Viking Direct stationery
58.66
010Open Spaces Society subscription
30.00
011Viking Direct stationery
14.53
013Z McGregor-Gould cleaning duties
86.66
014salary and expenses
521.95
015Post Office Ltd tax/NICs
183.26
016Eridge Parish Hall hire 21.11
15.00
017Treework (Tunbridge Wells)Ltd tree maintenance/Frant Green
164.50
Bank reconciliation at 2.11.07
Balance B/F
22899.42
Receipts
30852.80
payments
(16492.31)
37259.91
Current account
400.00
Business Reserve
39095.73
39495.73
Less unpresented items
001
86.66
002
15.00
006
9.00
007
2063.30
008
61.86
37259.91

Payments authorised
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:

15.          CORRESPONDENCE FOR NOTING
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