Minutes to Planning Meeting 13th August 2019

Extraordinary meeting of Fulking Parish Council  

Tuesday 13th August 2019 at 7.30pm, at The Village Hall, Fulking   

Present: Councillors Miles Firth (Chairman), Karen Healey and Linda Dyos and Trevor Parsons (Parish Clerk) 

No members of the public were present. 

The meeting opened at 7:00 pm. 

  1. Apologies: Cllrs Mark Hind and Samantha Leader. 
  2. Declarations of interest: all councillors present confirmed that they had no interests to declare in the matters to be discussed at the meeting. 
  3. Approval of Ordinary Council Meeting Minutes of 11th July 2019 deferred to the next full council meeting to be held on 10th October 2019. 
  4. Planning Matters: To comment on planning application received from South Downs National Park being 
  1. I)   SDNP/19/03567/HOUS Paythorne Farm Cottages Edburton Road Fulking BN5 9LP construction of new front porch; demolition of rear porch, reconstruction as utility room and c. with extension to side to boundary with No 1.

It was noted: 

The Council was pleased that the new drawings now comply with SDNPA planning policies. Voting: Unanimous Support. 

  1. ii)   SDNP/19/03354/HOUS Downside Poynings Road Fulking BN5 9NB Single storey timber framed and timber clad garage and games room structure. 

It was noted:  

Providing this planning application conforms with the emerging Development Management Policy SD31: Extensions to existing dwellings, and provision of annexes and outbuildings, it is unclear from the documents whether the proposal does or does not increase the floorspace of the existing dwelling by more than 30%. Voting: two in favour and one neutral. 

Ordinary Parish Meeting — 10th October 2019

An Ordinary Meeting of Fulking Parish Council will be held at the Village Hall on Thursday 10th October 2019 at 7.30pm, the meeting will consider the items set out below. 

Trevor Parsons – Parish Clerk  

Following the Local Audit and Accountability Act 2014, and regarding regulations on Access to Local Government Meetings, members of the public are advised that they have a right to film/record the meetings of Fulking Parish Council. Members of the public are also advised that by attending a meeting of Fulking Parish Council, they give their consent to being filmed/recorded by other members of the public, if such activity is taking place. 

AGENDA 

Public Participation: There will be a period of 15 minutes set aside at the beginning of the meeting for the public to ask questions or make comments on items on the Agenda. Comments on items not appearing on the agenda can be made at the chairman’s discretion.  

  1. Apologies for Absence. 
  2. Declaration of Members’ Interests.
  3. Approve the Minutes* of the Ordinary Meeting of 11th July 2019 and Extraordinary Council Planning Meeting of 13th August 2019
  4. Planning Applications Update
  5. Reports from District and County Councillors
  6. Matters Arising & Outstanding Actions
  7. Fulking to Henfield Bridle path
  8. Mayfield Development Update 
  9. Winter Plan Update 
  10. Operation Watershed Update 
  11. Village Hall Lease Update 
  12. Reports from Outside Bodies  
  13. Information Items  
  14. Correspondence  
  15. Financial Matters 

Date of the next Ordinary Meeting: Thursday 9th January 2020 at Fulking Village Hall at 7.30pm. 

Bobservation No. 61

Nick Hughes in Fulking

Nick Hughes
Nick will be leaving us in October and I cannot begin to tell you how much the village and in particular the Social Committee and the Village Hall Action Group will miss him. He has been an enormous help in presenting the annual fair and quite honestly I do not see how we are going to manage without him. Leaving party in the Shepherd & Dog on Friday 4 October at 7.30pm, all welcome. Fingers crossed; he may come back soon!!

Climate Change
Well now! Greta Thunberg at 16 has delivered a message about how young people feel let down by politicians and by the rest of us in our disinterest in addressing climate change before the planet becomes uninhabitable. It would be good to think that as a village Fulking might take this challenge on board but it will need a very enthusiastic and imaginative leader if we are to achieve anything worthwhile. Is anyone concerned enough to offer to lead?

A perfect village wedding
It is not often that a wedding of villagers occurs here, but on September 7 Ollie Levett and Hollie Trist became Mr and Mrs Levett. The weather was perfect for a quite exceptional day. The couple looked stunning and the event was absolutely lovely and very ecologically friendly. How very lucky we were to be invited to such a memorable day. In villages like ours these occasions happen rarely and it would be nice to think that this wedding was the beginning of a new spirit of togetherness in Fulking. The newlyweds will possibly be moving to another Sussex village and that village’s gain will be our loss.  Here’s wishing them a very happy and healthy married life.

Unsolicited Testimonial
The other day I received a letter saying;  “I was lucky enough to have had a Sunday off to enjoy the very successful Fulking Fair. The atmosphere was perfect and my family and I spent the whole afternoon indulging ourselves in tea and cake, music and games. My brother was delighted to win £5 at the Hoopla!”

Equal Opportunity Policy

Fulking Parish Council – Equal Opportunities Policy 

This policy was approved on 11th July 2019 

  1. Introduction 

Fulking Parish Council is a properly constituted Parish council and we conduct our business within the of structure the Local Government Act 1972 and any updates made since that time, the Councils Standing Orders and Financial Regulations   

2. Policy Statement 

2.1 Fulking Parish Council is committed to the values of equality and diversity, and its approach is to cover the whole range from a failure of good manners to direct discrimination. We believe that equal opportunities are essential to the values that lie at the heart of the organisation and, as such, should extend to the employment of our staff and work with our electors, contractors and partners.   

2.2 The Council will ensure every aspect of its governance and operation is free from unfair discrimination and will promote equality of opportunity both internally and in our work externally. 

2.3 Fulking Parish Council fully supports the right of all people to be treated with dignity and respect at work and is committed to promoting a working environment free from all forms of harassment and bullying and agree that appropriate steps should be taken to achieve this. 

2.4 The council will monitor and review the implementation of the policy to measure the effectiveness of Fulking Parish Council’s equality of opportunity. The council will monitor the implementation of this policy in how it relates to staffing issues and in the recruitment and retention of staff or volunteers.  

2.5 Fulking Parish Council will comply with all current and future legislation referring to equality or diversity and promote good practice in all aspects of the organisation  

 3. Objectives 

 The council’s main objectives in implementing this Equality of Opportunity Policy are to: 

3.1 develop and strengthen practices that value and empower individuals, through listening, consulting, providing support and promoting equality to eliminate discrimination. 

3.2 provide equal opportunities for all staff, electors and contractors. 

3.3 attract and retain high quality staff whose diversity and talents are valued and appreciated.  

3.4 promote increased participation and involvement by individuals from a wide variety of backgrounds and in particular from under represented groups. 

4.Responsibilities 

4.1 The council on approving this Equality of Opportunity Policy takes responsibility for monitoring, implementation and reviewing its effectiveness.   

4.2 The Clerk / RFO has overall delegated responsibility for co-ordinating the day-to-day operation of the policy and the development, maintenance and monitoring of supporting procedures. 

4.3 The Clerk / RFO will report to the Council. 

4.4 The council will monitor the effectiveness of the policy in terms of non-discriminatory recruitment and selection procedures.   

4.5 All councillors and staff are required to read and understand their responsibilities under this policy. Any breach of the policy will be investigated and may result in disciplinary action.  

4.6 All councillors and staff have a responsibility to ensure that their actions comply with both the requirements and the spirit of the Equality of Opportunity Policy.  This includes not just adhering to the Policy but to actively promote inclusivity, to be aware in their daily work of anything they or others do that may put some groups at a disadvantage and to develop inclusive working practices. 

5. Complaints

5.1 Anyone who believes they have not been treated fairly and in accordance with the Equality of Opportunity Policy may complain by following the appropriate complaints procedure. 

 5.2 Any reported breaches of this policy will be subject to an investigation. 

6.Review of this policy 

6.1 The Equality of Opportunity Policy will be reviewed every two years by the council to ensure it remains useful, progressive, and reflective of the UK legislation.  

6.2 Any recommended changes to the policy should be approved by the Council.  The revised policy will be thereafter communicated to councillors and staff directly and electors and contractors via the website.  

Minutes of Ordinary Meeting held 11th July 2019

Minutes of the Ordinary Council Meeting Fulking Parish Council held Thursday 11th July at 7.30pm at Fulking Village Hall. 

Present 

Chairman:                                           Cllr Firth 
Fulking Parish Council (FPC):                Cllrs Hind, Dyos, Healy and Leader 
West Sussex County Council (WSCC):  Cllr Joy Dennis 
Mid Sussex District Council (MSDC):     Cllrs Trumble and Bennett 
Parish Clerk:                                       Trevor Parsons 

There were four members of the public present who were invited to ask questions and make comments prior to the meeting. 

  1. Apologies for Absence. 

Cllr Rodney Jackson 

2. Declaration of Members’ Interests. 

There were no declarations of interests. 

3. Approve the Minutes of the Annual Parish Meeting of 15th May 2019, Extraordinary Council Planning Meetings of 23rd April 2019 and 25th June 2019:   

The Annual Parish Meeting minutes were signed by Cllr Hind and the extraordinary meeting minutes by the Chairman, as a true and accurate record of the meetings. 

4. Planning Applications Update. 

SDNP/19/01691/HOUS 2 Paythorne Farm Cottages
2 storey side extension, single storey rear/side extension, front porch 
FPC: Unanimous Objection
SDNPA:  Approved (increase reduced to 26%)

SDNP/19/02644/HOUS 35 Clappers Lane 
Single storey kitchen extension to rear of the house, with roof lantern, additional window and raised patio extending from the kitchen. 
FPC:  Unanimous Neutral 
SDNPA: Application in progress

SDNP/19/00908/HOUS Downside 
Single storey pool house with games room and shower/change facilities. Timber framed carport structure
FPC:  I opposed 3 Neutral
SDNPA:  Approved

5. Reports from District and County Councillors.   

Cllr Dennis (WSCC) reported that: 

  • The WSCC owned car park at the Devils Dyke road will be closed for a short period during the summer for a deep clean 
  • The sixth Farm College in Haywards Heath will reopen in September 2020 
  • Extensive roadworks at Stonepound crossroads, Hassocks will commence on 24th July 2019 which will cause traffic delays, hopefully reduced by lower traffic through the school holidays. 
  • WSCC is exploring the adoption of “Quiet Lanes” which is directed towards car drivers respecting the environment, walkers, cyclists and horse riders. These are roads with low levels of vehicle usage where maximum speeds are limited to 35mph. 

MSDC met in June 2019, Cllr Bennett and Trumble reported that: 

  • MSDC are considering options to reduce the impact of climate change in the District 
  • The regeneration project for Burgess Hill continues to move forward. 
  • MSDC have concerns over Gatwick Airport’s plans to use the emergency runway for commercial use, effectively a second runway without a proper review.  
  • Cllr Trumble is looking to arrange a meeting between Downland village councils and South Downs National Park Authority to provide greater clarity regarding the planning issues of concern to both sides. 

 6. Matters Arising & Outstanding Actions:  

Dark Night Skies – matter still outstanding, Chairman to follow up. 
Yellow Lines – Cllr Hind reported slow progress 
Ram Pump Sign – Clerk reported slow progress; Cllr Hind offered his assistance in the matter. 

 7. Broadband issues at Perching Sands.  

Simon Hughes, MSDC’s Head of Digital and Customer Service, gave a talk to the meeting of the MSDC strategy to improve fibre broadband to the villages and rural areas of Mid Sussex which presently have very slow speed internet. Working with central government, BT and new fibre entrants to market, MSDC are looking to create internet hubs by 2020 from which spurs to rural areas can be built. Simon told the meeting that most of the costs of installing fibre related to the labour and material costs of digging the trenches required, rather than the fibre and piping itself. Simon acknowledged it is a concern for MSDC that rural areas have poor internet speeds unhelpful to those farms and businesses reliant on the internet to access and deliver goods and services. 

 8. Fulking to Henfield Bridle Path 

Fulking Parish Council is looking for ways to provide a path from Fulking village to Henfield, by way of a bridle path suitable for residents, particularly with children who need to walk or cycle to Henfield. Crossing either busy A281 or A2037 is extremely dangerous and the Council lead by Cllr Leader, is keen to collaborate with Poynings and Woodmancote villages to establish a safe path to Henfield and the clerk agreed to contact these councils to work together for the best solution.  

 9. Mayfield Development Update 

Fulking Parish Council are looking to join their inter parish group in order to have a joined-up approach to this and other matters affecting the parishes locally. 

 10. Winter Plan Update 

Each year WSCC send out an audit sheet of grit and salt stocks which they will replenish if required. The Audit Sheet is yet to be sent out by WSCC. 

 11. Operation Watershed Update 

The clerk has now required two quotes for Operation Watershed monies, which he will review and report to council separately. 

 12. Village Hall Lease Update 

Correspondence between FPC and the PCC remain ongoing. 

 13. Adoption of Updated Procedures and Equal Opportunities Policy 

The Chairman confirmed to the meeting that the regular review of the council’s procedures had been completed. An Equal Opportunities Policy modelled on the SSALC format was presented to the Council proposed by Cllr Firth, seconded by Cllr Hind and carried unanimously.
 

14.Village signs 

Fulking Parish has three village signs and require some maintenance. The council agreed to initially approach a local artist to see what can be done. 

 15. Reports from Outside Bodies 

Call My Bluff and Fulking Village Fayre plans all in place.  

 16. Information Items.   

Cllr Leader attended their seminar hosted by southern Water on ways to reduce water usage which also highlighted the Priority Register where residents who, in an emergency, would have no means to obtain water if the mains were to be cut off. Southern Water are committed to deliver fresh bottled water to those vulnerable persons who have registered on the Priority Register.  

Cllrs’ Leader and Healy attended an Action for Rural Sussex event which provided information on not-for-profit schemes where local councils can apply for and manage the building of affordable homes at low cost on land donated to the community by landowners minded to help the village. In most cases it was established before building commenced, who the properties would be sold to. 

South Downs National Park Plan has now been completed and signed off and is available on fulking.net for anyone wishing to read the report. 

 17. 2019 – 2020 Precept 

The annual precept is £8,950 together with expected VAT recovery of £450. The council has previously agreed to allocate this income as follows, £2,000 for North Town Field and Village Hall upkeep, £4,300 clerk’s salary, training and costs, £700 for IT expenses and £2,400 for other expenditure, including insurance, subscriptions and village hall lease implementation fees.  

 18. Correspondence.
None
   

19. Financial Matters:  

The Clerk presented the quarterly accounts to end of June 2019 and reported that there have been no additional costs incurred so far and that the council is on track to balance the accounts for 2019/2020. Cllr Firth confirmed to the meeting that the Clerk was now empowered to create online banking payments for authorisation by a councillor which will then be audited quarterly by way of a second check being the initialling of the hard copy Barclays Bank statement by two separate councillors. 

A VAT refund of £377.20 was received on 5th April 2019 and the biannual precept was credited to the account on 3rd May 2019. 

 

Payments debited from the Parish Council Account at Barclays were all made by direct debit and online banking are as follows 

Date                      Description                                            Gross Amount           

08/04/2019         WSALC / NALC Subscriptions                £ 91.43 
08/04/2019         NTF Parking Post                                  £239.33 
08/04/2019         Dog Bin Management                           £330.84 
15/04/2019         Payroll Services                                    £  26.70 
15/04/2019         Noticeboard repairs                              £438.00 
16/04/2019         Parking cones                                      £  69.90 
24/04/2019         Quarterly Electricity costs                     £  63.14 
26/04/2019         Surrey Hills solicitors (Lease)               £115.20 
26/04/2019         DPO Services – Satswana                    £180.00 
26/04/2019         Came & Co Insurance                         £400.72 
17/05/2019         APM refreshments                              £  24.85 
04/06/2019        ICO Annual Fee                                   £  40.00 
04/06/2019        Domain Name Renewal                       £  43.80 
04/06/2019        Website Hosting                                   £47.99 18/06/2019        RoSPA Play inspection                         £103.20 
24/06/2019        Clerk’s Quarterly Salary                    £1,005.42 
08/07/2019        Streetlight maintenance                       £175.50 
The meeting closed at 9.25pm 

Date of the next Ordinary Meeting: Thursday 10th October 2019 

Ordinary Meeting of Fulking Parish Council 11th July 2019

You are cordially invited to an Ordinary Meeting of Fulking Parish Council, at the Village Hall on Thursday 11th July 2019 at 7.30pm, the meeting will consider the items set out below. 

Following the Local Audit and Accountability Act 2014, and regarding regulations on Access to Local Government Meetings, members of the public are advised that they have a right to film/record the meetings of Fulking Parish Council. Members of the public are also advised that by attending a meeting of Fulking Parish Council, they give their consent to being filmed/recorded by other members of the public, if such activity is taking place. 

Trevor Parsons – Parish Clerk 

AGENDA 

Public Participation: There will be a period of 15 minutes set aside at the beginning of the meeting for the public to ask questions or make comments on items on the Agenda. Comments on items not appearing on the agenda can be made at the chairman’s discretion.  

  1. Apologies for Absence. 
  2. Declaration of Members’ Interests. 
  3. Approve the Minutes* of the Extraordinary Council Planning Meeting of 23rd April 2019 and 25th June 2019:  The minutes, subject to any amendments, to be approved and signed as a true record of the meeting. 
  4. Planning Applications Update. 
  5. Reports from District and County Councillors.   
  6. Matters Arising & Outstanding Actions:  To clarify and report on actions brought forward from the last meeting.  
  7. Broadband issues at Perching Sands. Update from Simon Hughes, MSDC’s Head of Digital and Customer Service, 
  8. Fulking to Henfield Bridle path 
  9. Mayfield Development Update 
  10. Winter Plan Update 
  11. Operation Watershed Update 
  12. Village Hall Lease Update 
  13. Adoption of Updated Procedures and Equal Opportunities Policy 
  14. Village signs 
  15. Reports from Outside Bodies 
  16. Information Items.  To receive information and items for the agenda at future meetings. 
  17. 2019 – 2020 Precept 
  18. Correspondence.  To discuss correspondence and respond to correspondence received. 
  19. Financial Matters: To receive the report on the Council’s income and to approve future expenditure. 

Date of the next Ordinary Meeting: Thursday 10th October 2019 to be held at Fulking Village Hall at 7.30pm. 

Minutes of Planning Meeting held 25th June 2019

Extraordinary meeting of Fulking Parish Council  Tuesday 25th June 2019 at 7.30pm, at The Village Hall, Fulking   

Present: Councillors Miles Firth (Chairman), Mark Hind, (Vice Chairman), Karen HealeyLinda Dyos and Samantha Leader. 

Four members of the public were present. Prior to the meeting, two members of the public requested to speak against the application.  

The meeting opened at 7:30 pm. 

  1. Apologies: Clerk, Trevor Parsons. 
  2. Declarations of interest: all councillors present confirmed that they had no interests to declare in the matters to be discussed at the meeting. 
  3. Planning Matters: To comment on planning application received from South Downs National Park being SDNP/19/02644/HOUS. Single storey kitchen extension to rear of the house, with roof lantern, additional window and raised patio extending from the kitchen. 35 Clappers Lane Fulking BN5 9ND 

It was noted that: 

  1. This application has scope for further modification and fine tuning, particularly in view of the objections raised by the neighbour. It was suggested that further discussion could lead to relatively minor modifications and compromise. Examples cited were the new north facing window, the skylight and overall height of the extension building and its patio. 
  2. It is understood that previous extensions were added on 2006 and 2009, so it appears that this application may contravene SD31 1a) extensions greater than 30%, based on Extensions and Replacement Dwellings Technical Advice Note of May 2019, where the datum is given as of 18th Dec 2002. As a single application the percentage is within guidelines. 
    The Council would defer to SDNPA planning on how this applies in this case. 
  3. The Council was concerned about the loss of light and privacy as a result of the new window and height of the patio which appears to conflict with SD31 1c). However, the extent of loss was not determined. 

The Councillors vote was unanimously NEUTRAL  and the meeting closed at 8:15 pm. 

Planning Meeting — Tuesday 25th June 2019


You are cordially invited to attend an extraordinary meeting of Fulking Parish Council on Tuesday 25th June 2019 at 7:30pm, at The Village Hall, Fulking for the transaction of the business on the Agenda below.
Miles Firth — Chairman

AGENDA
Public Participation: There will be a period of 15 minutes set aside at the beginning of the meeting for the public to ask questions or make comments on items on the Agenda. Comments on items not appearing on the agenda can be made at the chairman’s discretion.  

  1. Apologies for absence.
  2. Declaration of members’ interests.
  3. Approve the minutes of the extraordinary meeting of 23rd April, 2019.
  4. Planning Matters: To comment on planning application received from South Downs National Park being SDNP/19/02644/HOUS, Single storey kitchen extension to rear of the house, with roof lantern, additional window and raised patio extending from the kitchen at 35 Clappers Lane Fulking BN5 9ND.

Date of the next Ordinary Meeting: Thursday 11th july 2019 to be held at Fulking Village Hall at 7:30pm.

Kind regards

Trevor Parsons
Clerk – Fulking Parish Council
parishclerk@fulking.net
07767 422733

Minutes of Annual Parish Meeting held 15th May 2019

FULKING PARISH COUNCIL  

Minutes of Annual Meeting of Fulking Parish Council and Annual Parish Meeting held in Fulking Village Hall on Wednesday 15th May 2018 at 7.30pm 

Present:            Vice Chairman:               Cllr Hind 

Fulking Parish Council (FPC)                 Cllr Dyos, Cllr Healy and Cllr Leader 

Mid Sussex District Council (MSDC)     Cllrs Trumble, Jackson and Bennett 

West Sussex County Council (WSCC)    Cllr Joy Dennis 

Clerk                                                         Trevor Parsons 

Members of the Public                            Eleven members of the public present 

Annual Meeting of Council  

Meeting opened at 19:37 

Apologies      Cllr Firth and Rev Tim Harford 

  1. Vice-Chairman’s Welcome. 
  2. Nominations for Chairman and Vice Chairman were received. Cllr Firth was nominated for election as Chairman, proposed by Cllr Hind and seconded by Cllr Healy. Cllr Hind was nominated for election as Vice Chairman, proposed by Cllr Dyos and seconded by Cllr Leader. 

Vice Chairman signed the Declaration of Acceptance 

The Chairman will sign his Declaration of Acceptance 

Meeting closed at 19:41 

 

Annual Parish Meeting 

Meeting Opened at 19:42 

  1. Apologies for Absence:  Cllr Firth 
  2. Minutes of Annual Meeting of Fulking Parish Council on 10th May 2018 have been previously circulated were agreed and signed as a true record by the Chairman in July 2018. 
  3. Chairman’s Report as follows was read by Cllr Hind. 

As our Chairman Miles Firth is unfortunately away at a funeral, I will be presenting his report today. Thank you all for attending our Annual Parish Meeting – this is where I explain what we’ve been doing in the last year and what we can look forward to next year.  

Firstly I’d like to extend a warm welcome our West Sussex County Councillor Joy Dennis, also to our re-elected representative from Mid Sussex District Council, Colin Trumble and to our two newly elected Liberal Democrat District Councillors Alison Bennett and Rodney Jackson, who will be introducing themselves later. I would also like to extend a welcome to our new parish councillor Samantha Leader. She’s relatively new to Fulking but her positive attitude and support for the community is already making its mark. We look forward to working with her. I would like to thank Michael Trist who is stepping down but has served the community as Chairman, vice Chairman and councillor for over a decade.  Thank you and all the best for the future. 

As always, it seems, we’ve had an eventful year… 

I’m delighted to report that our now only “new-ish” clerk Trevor has come on in leaps and bounds, having faced being thrown in the deep-end when our previous clerk abruptly resigned. We knew we were onto a good thing when he started offered us hot drinks and biscuits at our regular meetings. He has embraced the training provided by our association of local councils (SSALC) and has begun the CILCA course which will lead to the council having further statutory powers, in addition to the clerk’s professional qualifications. 

They say that there are really only three topics all Parish Councils have to deal with: Planning, Parking and Drains 

So let’s start with planning: We met to deal with 9 planning applications last year, slightly down on the previous year – but it seemed as if these were more substantial than before. As a council we remain concerned about the impact of simultaneous building work on the village and how the addition of these substantial residences will effect the character of Fulking. 

As has become rather the norm, the most contentious application was a further application from Market Garden. Once again after some bureaucratic muddle, the application was called in by the National Park but unfortunately as expected the planning team recommended acceptance. 

After gauging the residents views, your council mounted a campaign to oppose the latest application. In this we were ably supported by Mid Sussex Councillors Colin Trumble, John Wilkinson, and Anthony Watts-Williams. Their presentations at the SDNP Planning Committee meeting in Midhurst precipitated an apparently miraculous change of heart on the day and the application was rejected by the Planning Committee. It is of course being appealed, but we have the feeling that SDNP is beginning to take the preservation of the beauty of our corner of the park more seriously.   

Regarding finances, Our precept for 2019/20 has increased by 2.5% to £8,950 – lower than the average council increase but sufficient to undertake projects related to the Village Hall, North Town field and parking. We have reserves of about double the precept, slightly inflated by Project Watershed funds (more in a moment) 

Our internal audit of the annual accounts has just been completed – a big thank you to Nick Hughes for continuing to do this audit for us without charge – and we will be approving the accounts later in the meeting.   

On topic two that all councils deal with; Parking, strangely the pressure has eased a little, in The Street and Clappers Lane perhaps as one resident with many on-street cars has moved on! 

However, congestion around the Shepherd and Dog has not changed, especially at weekends and Bank holidays, although deployment of the No Waiting Cones by residents in Stammers Hill has improved the situation. Following last year’s survey, we are still working with WSCC to try and get a Traffic Regulation Order to allow yellow lines to painted on the roads. Unfortunately, Fulking is a low priority and it is a lengthy process however we continue to pressure the County Council to move this forward. 

Still on the Highways, we continue to struggle with the HGV sign on the southern end of Clappers Lane. Despite the embarrassing behaviour of some residents, we’ll get there in the end. 

On the third key item all councils deal with – drains, or as we say Flooding. Here we’re making good progress via Project Watershed, thanks to Trevor’s persistence.  We have the money in our account to improve the drainage at corner of Clappers Lane opposite Lower Kents – a delicate task. Now that the ground is drier the contractors should start at any time.  

More good news; WSCC have agreed drawings for improved drainage on the downs run-off on Poynings road, Edburton road, and several of the northern parts of Clappers Lane. We hope to secure these funds before the Watershed mechanism changes.   

Of course, there’s the Village Hall, where we are now in official negotiations with the Parochial Church Council. It’s taken a while to get a legal connection to the church authorities, but we have it now. It’s likely to be slow going, but we are hopeful of getting a lease sorted out eventually. 

Finally, a few thank you’s – to all my fellow councillors Miles, Linda, Michael & Karen who continue to devote their time working on behalf of the community.  Also, thanks to our regional councillors, Joy Dennis (WSCC), Colin Trumble, Anthony Watts Williams and John Wilkinson (MSDC) for their support and interest in our village.     

Thank you as well to John Hazard and Gerald Gazdar for their contribution to the ever improving and excellent website. Thank you to all of you for attending this evening and being interested in our community. 

Report by WSCC 

Cllr Dennis provided the meeting with an update on the following matters: 

  • Still Operation Watershed funding available and Cllr Dennis recommended that we apply for a grant as soon as we have a quotation for works. 
  • Clappers Lane in closed on 4th June for road repairs. 
  • Speed Indication Device is available for our use again. 
  • Horsham District Council has entered into a preferential arrangement with Mayfield Developments in the Woodmancote / Shermanbury area close to the top of Fulking Parish resulting in potentially far higher traffic flows. Cllr Dennis advised that there is an action group, Locals Against Mayfield (LAMBS) which would be useful to join. Mid Sussex District Council remain opposed to Mayfield on several levels including the fact that Mayfield residents would be using MSDC infrastructure. 
  • Cllr Dennis provided information on Action on climate Change Pledges, simple ways to reduce waste and energy conservation. 

 Report By MSDC 

Cllr Rodney Jackson introduced himself to the Council and residents. A retired Chemistry teacher, he has served as a parish councillor for Hurstpierpoint and Sayers Common for many years and considers it a privilege to be elected to the District Council and to serve the residents of Fulking in that capacity. 

Cllr Alison Bennett entered politics as a Liberal Democrat in 2015 and is Preferred Parliamentary Candidate for The Lib Dems for the Arundel and South Downs seat. She has been in business for ten years and has lived in Hurstpierpoint for seven years. 

Cllr Colin Trumble reported that MSDC will be a very different “rainbow” council.  Jonathan Ash-Edwards will replace retiring Cllr Gary Wall as Leader of MSDC and the process of formalising new committees starts next week. He is working on closer Parish / SDNPA ties. He will approach Simon Hughes of MSDC to assist with securing improved bandwidth for Perching area of Fulking. 

 The Clerk presented the Annual Governance and Accountability Return 2018/2019 which has already been approved and signed by the Chairman. Meeting closed at 20:50pm. 

Cllr Hind thanked everyone for attending the meetings and invited everyone to stay for refreshments. 

Minutes of Planning Meeting held 23rd April 2019 (Draft)

FULKING PARISH COUNCIL 

Extraordinary meeting of Fulking Parish Council held on Tuesday 23rd April 2019 at 7.00pm,  at The Village Hall, Fulking   

 Minutes of Planning Meeting – 2 Paythorne Farm Cottages

Present: Councillor Miles Firth (Chairman), Councillors Karen Healy, Mark Hind and Linda Dyos. 

There were no members of the public present. Prior to the meeting, no members of the public had requested to speak. 

The meeting opened at 7 pm. 

1 Apologies: Councillor Michael Trist. 

2 Declarations of interest: all councillors present confirmed that they had no interests to declare in the matters to be discussed at the meeting. 

3 Approve the Minutes of the January Ordinary Meeting of 4th April 2019.   The minutes were approved by the meeting and signed by the Chairman as a true record of the meetings. 

4 Planning Matters:  To comment on planning applications received from South Downs National Park being SDNP/19/01691/HOUS | 2 storey side extension, single storey rear/side extension, front porch of 2 Paythorne Farm Cottages, Fulking BN5 9LP 

It was noted that: 

(1) Councillors are aware these cottages are very small and agreed that the extension is in keeping with the local area and does not appear to block any views for its neighbours of the South Downs 

(2) However, with reference to the emerging Development Management Policy SD31: Extensions to existing dwellings, and provision of annexes and outbuildings, it is unclear from the documents whether the proposal does or does not increase the floorspace of the existing dwelling by more than 30%. 

Based on (2) above, councillors were obliged to reject this application. 

The meeting closed at 7.30 pm.