PARISH COUNCIL NEWS - May 2007

Speeding Traffic     The Parish Council spends a lot of time discussing the problems of traffic speeding in the parish and how to deal with the issue. Cllr. Jon Burgess has led a campaign to slow traffic on the A267 in Frant. This started with deploying ‘SID’ sessions – the machine which shows the speed of vehicles and either smiles or frowns depending on whether you are within the limit or not. Last winter, the Parish Council paid for 24hour road monitoring for a week so that we could accurately access the number and speed of vehicles. Not surprisingly, the data proved that there is indeed a problem with traffic speeding through Frant and the County Council has now agreed to install two permanent vehicle activated signs which should be with us soon.

New homes at Benhall Mill Road        Wealden District Council recently carried out a public consultation to consider where the 8000 new homes required for the district by 2026 will be built.    An area of land at the top of Benhall Mill Road was identified for up to 500 homes.
A planning application for 70 homes is expected to be submitted in October. The development is by Charles Church and they have already held one public meeting in the Memorial Hall with another due in September. The Parish Council is actively involved with the developer and the District Council to try and protect the community from the impact of major development and to try and secure some benefit for the parish.

Travellers     There have been a number of incidents in the district of people buying land and then living on the land in a caravan. In East Sussex, there is a shortage of permanent sites for travellers and this is something that the County Council must try to address. Meetings are being held to consider the number of sites required and a recommendation will then be given to SEERA (South East of England Regional Assembly) – this will be followed by a public consultation.

Electric blanket testing        Wealden District Council is again holding a free electric blanket testing session – the nearest is at Wadhurst Fire Station on 17 October 10:00 – 12:00

Affordable homes      The housing development in Frant is progressing well and is expected to be completed early next year.    All the homes will be for rent and applicants must have a strong local connection.    If you know of someone who is interested in applying for one of the homes, please ask them to refer to the Housing Department at Wealden District Council (01323 443322) for an application form.
There will also be eight affordable homes at the housing development in Bells Yew Green – four will be for rent and four will be shared ownership.    Again, applicants must contact Wealden District Council.

And finally   Welcome to new councillor Hayley Scarborough.   Most people will know Hayley from the village shop in Frant.

Next meetings are:    
19:30  19 September at Frant Memorial Hall 
19:30  17 October at Bells Yew Green Village Hall      
     all meetings are open to the public