Bobservation No. 67: Conservation & Covid-19

Image of virus over Fulking EscarpmentConservation Area Conclusion Decision
Recent meetings by the inhabitants of the Downland parishes have reached a decision that, in order to protect the integrity of the Downland area, the Mayfield planning proposal should be moved from just north of Henfield to a situation to the north of Fulking bordered by Clappers Lane in the East, Holmbush Lane in the North, Small Dole in the West and the Edburton Road in the South . Surprisingly, this proposal engendered no objections whatsoever. It is anticipated the work will commence as soon as the Coronavirus runs its course. 1/4/20

Coronavirus Sundries
Great effort by the village led by the Parish Council to help any villagers who may be in need of supplies, prescriptions etc. As a vulnerable oldy my most grateful thanks to them.

Fulking Fair on hold for the minute. I must admit that at this point in time cancellation looks likely. If so it will be announced. Postponement is difficult but not impossible and could tie in with a celebration when (if?) we return to normal.

Bluebells will be good this year and at worst worth a look over the gate. If you phone 271 maybe we can organise individual walks around but this must be strictly accordance to the Government’s rules. Whatever, we will be restricted to a wave as a greeting!

Fulking Parish Council Meeting – Thursday 2nd April 2020

Fulking Parish Council video conference
An ordinary Meeting of Fulking Parish Council will be held online on Thursday 2nd April 2020.  

Trevor Parsons – Parish Clerk  

Members of the public who want to listen to the meeting should contact the Parish Clerk, who will provide them with participation details.  

AGENDA 

20/019/OM.            Apologies for Absence. 

20/020/OM.            Declaration of Members’ Interests 

20/021/OM.            Approve the Minutes of the previous Council Meetings  

20/022/OM.            Matters Arising & Outstanding Actions. 

20/023/OM.            Reports from District and County Councillors.   

20/024/OM.            To consider the establishment of a voluntary register of vulnerable residents 

20/025/PM.             To consider the adoption of a grant awarding policy 

20/026/OM.            Planning Applications Update. 

20/027/PM.             Planning Applications. 

  • SDNP/20/00670/HOUS Erection of a single storey garden studio. 
    Perching Sands Farmhouse Edburton Road Fulking BN5 9LS 
  • SDNP/20/00649/HOUS Extension linking main house to outhouse.  
    7 Clappers Lane Fulking BN5 9ND 

20/028/OM.              Reports from Outside Bodies.   

20/029/OM.              Inter Parish Group Update         

20/030/OM.              Information Items.   

20/031/OM.              Correspondence.   

20/032/OM.              Financial Matters.  

20/033/OM.               To set a date of the next Ordinary Meeting:  2nd July 2020 

The date for the Annual Parish Meeting will be Wednesday 6th May 2020 where Rev Tim Harford will be the main speaker. 

Fulking COVID19 Resources

Fulking COVID19 Action Plan
The ‘About Our Village’ menu in the left sidebar of this website has a new menu item: ‘COVID19 Support’. At present it just contains a two page PDF (‘Fulking COVID19 Action Plan’) drafted by the Parish Council. However, it is intended to include other relevant material as it becomes available.

Bobservation No. 66: Warming to the Clerk in the End…

Painting of The Parish Clerk - courtesy tate.org.uk

Parish Clerk
I have known several Parish Clerks in the time I have been in Fulking and they have varied in efficiency and goodwill considerably, in particular one I can think of was diabolical!. However I think it is generally agreed that the present Clerk, Trevor Parsons, has outshone all his predecessors . A parish council relies very heavily on the professionalism of its clerk and over the last twenty or so years the demands on the clerk have steadily increased; in particular with knowledge of the law as it needs to be enacted. I hope you will all join me in saying thanks to Trevor for the service he provides.

Global warming
The next meeting of the Resolutions group is at 7pm on Sunday March 8th  in the village hall and I do encourage you to come and join us. Ably lead by Samantha we are in the throes of putting together Climate Change and ecological ideas for implementation in the villages of Fulking, Poynings and Newtimber.

Funereal matters
If you wish to save your next of kin a bob or two it is quite simple to donate your body to the London Anatomy Office (LAO) (0207 848 8042). Subject to certain circumstances the body will be donated to and used by the medical services involved (probably in Sussex) for research or teaching. This will obviate the need for a funeral which, these days, is quite expensive. The LAO are most helpful on the phone and will help you through the necessary forms. Just in case you are worried about missing the wake when I eventually go; well behaved villagers will be invited to a party instead (Any takers for Call my bluff?). Incidentally the oldest donated body yet was a gent of 107!

Minutes of Planning Meeting 18th February 2020 (draft)

Extraordinary meeting of Fulking Parish Council held on Tuesday 18th February 2020 at 7.30pm, at The Village Hall, Fulking

Present: Councillors Miles Firth (Chairman), Mark Hind, (Vice Chairman), Linda Dyos, Samantha Leader and Trevor Parsons (Clerk) 

One member of the public, being the applicant, was present and was invited to contribute to the discussion. 

20/016/PM.        Apologies for absence: Cllr Karen Healy 

20/017/PM.        Declaration of Members Interests. There were no declarations of interest 

20/018/PM.        Planning matters Knole House Clappers Lane Fulking BN5 9NH SDNP/20/00159/FUL 

Demolition of an existing two-storey house and ancillary garage with store room above. To be replaced with a new two-storey house, a detached new double garage. New vehicular gate and street facing boundary wall with detached pool house and swimming pool to the rear of the property. 

It was noted that: 

  1. This project is considered a real improvement to the housing stock of the village 
  2. The plans all appear to be in proportion and the increase in overall height of the property will be mitigated by the present hedgerow and tree covering along Clappers Lane. 
  3. FPC requested that the applicants include as part of their Construction Management Plan a ban on contractor parking in Clappers Lane. Contractor parking should only be allowed on the site. 

The reason for this stipulation is: 

a. Historic problems with access and safety due to parking at peak times for the Shepherd and Dog pub. This occurs during weekdays (not just weekends) 

b. Contractor parking and delivery issues related to access, safety and damage to verges on the Poynings road over the last four years as a result of major refurbishment/building projects which were concurrent at Hillside, Downside, The Dales, and Barn Cottage.   

Councillors voted UNANIMOUSLY IN FAVOUR of the application. 

The meeting closed at 8.05pm 

Date of the next Ordinary Meeting: Thursday 2nd April 2020 to be held at Fulking Village Hall at 7.30pm. 

Planning Meeting – Tuesday 18th February 2020

You are cordially invited to an Extraordinary Meeting of Fulking Parish Council, at the Village Hall on Tuesday 18th February 2020 at 7.30pm, the meeting will consider the items set out below.  

Miles Firth – Chairman  

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.  

20/016/PM.          Apologies for Absence. 

20/017/PM.          Declaration of Members’ Interests. 

20/018/PM.          Planning matters 

Knole House Clappers Lane Fulking BN5 9NH – SDNP/20/00159/FUL 

Demolition of an existing two-storey house and ancillary garage with store room above. To be replaced with a new two-storey house, a detached new double garage. New vehicular gate and street facing boundary wall with detached pool house and swimming pool to the rear of the property.

Date of the next Ordinary Meeting: Thursday 2nd April 2020 to be held at Fulking Village Hall at 7.30pm. 

Minutes of Ordinary Meeting held 9th January 2020 (Draft)

Minutes of the Ordinary Council Meeting Fulking Parish Council held Thursday 9th January 2020 at 7.30pm at Fulking Village Hall. 

Present 

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

There were 12 members of the public present who were invited to ask questions and make comments prior to the meeting. The meeting opened at 7.30pm. 

20/001/OM.    Apologies for Absence were received from: 

Cllr Colin Trumble (MSDC) 

Cllr Rodney Jackson (MSDC) 

20/002/OM     Declaration of Members’ Interests. 

There were no declarations of interest declared. 

20/003/OM.    Approve the Minutes of the Ordinary Council Planning Meeting of 10th October 2020. 

The minutes, subject to any amendments, to be approved and signed as a true record of the meeting. 

20/004/OM.            Reports from District and County Councillors.  

Cllr Dennis (WSCC) reported: 

  • The decision to cease gritting Edburton Road and Poynings Road has been reversed following pressure from Parish councillors  
  • Poynings Road will be closed on 21st January for one day for emergency repairs 
  • Bridleway 53F will be closed for three days in July for overhead power cable maintenance 
  • WSCC are still offering small grants up to £750 for village projects. 
  • Cllr Dennis has been appointed chair of the Performance and Finance Scrutiny Committee 
  • Cllr Dennis is looking to arrange a surgery for Pyecombe, Poynings and Fulking for the new MP.  

Cllr Bennett (MSDC) reported: 

  • Cllr Gary Marsh (MSDC) is now the SDNPA representative for MSDC and he will arrange a meeting with SDNPA, Pyecombe, Poynings and Fulking to discuss planning matters and opportunities. 
  • Council Tax Support for low income families is still available. 
  • The MSDC budget to be approved at their meeting of 4th March 2020. 
  • MSDC to run a pilot scheme for food waste recycling. Small electrical goods waste collection will commence from April 2020. 

 20/005/OM.             Winter Plan Update 

The Parish Council expressed their thanks to Cllr Dennis (WSCC) and the vice chairman, Mark Hind for their hard work to reinstate the gritting of Edburton Road and Poynings Road which had previously been removed from the County’s Plan. 

ACTION – Cllr Hind to email WSCC about the unfilled grit bin. 

20/006/OM.             Operation Watershed Update 

CllFirth reported that whilst Phase Two of Operation Watershed had been a success in that flooding in Clappers Lane had significantly reduced, flood water had collected in the bottom field. This is caused by the collapse of a 150mm pipe which will be replaced by the landowner with 300mm pipe by the end of March 2020. 

Cllr Firth also reported that an application for Phase Three funding of £7,604 for further repairs to Clappers Lane had been turned down. Cllr Joy Dennis offered her assistance and asked the Clerk to forward the application form to her for a review. 

ACTION – Clerk to email Phase 3 application to Cllr Dennis. 

20/007/PM.             Planning Matters   

To comment on planning applications received from South Downs National Park being SDNP/19/05563/LIS Refurbishment of barn to include replacement of existing conversion with new fit-out, doors and windows at Perching Barn Edburton Road Fulking BN5 9LR. 

The owners of Perching Barn attended the meeting and provided some clarity on their plans for the Barn. 

It was noted that: 

FPC requested that the applicants include as part of their Construction Management Plan a ban on contractor parking in the Edburton Road. Contractor parking should only be allowed on the site or (by agreement with the owners) on Perching Drove. 

That access to site should only be from the west via A2037. 

The reason for this stipulation is: 

  1. Historic problems with access and safety due to parking at peak times for the Shepherd and Dog pub. This occurs during weekdays (not just weekends) 
  2. Contractor parking and delivery issues related to access, safety and damage to verges on the Poynings Road over the last four years as a result of major refurbishment/building projects which were concurrent at Hillside, Downside, The Dales, and Barn Cottage. 

With no increase in the size of the property and the improvements to the character of the building the Parish Council voted its UNANIMOUS SUPPORT. 

20/008/PM.              Planning Applications Update. 

Reference  Name  Application Details  FPC Decision  SDNPA Decision 
SDNP/19/03354/HOUS  Downside  Single storey timber framed and timber clad garage and games room structure.  13/08/19
2 In Favour
1 Neutral 
11/10/19
Approved 

20/009/OM.      Matters Arising & Outstanding Actions To clarify and report on actions brought forward from the last meeting.  

1 Dark Night Skies – Cllr Firth advised residents had been mailed to promote SDNPA’s dark night skies policy  

2 Village Signs – Cllr Firth to propose refurbishment/replacement ideas to present to Council with a view to polling residents to see which option is the most popular. 

3 Ram Pump Noticeboard – progress is being made and Cllr Hind is resourcing a photo of John Ruskin. 

4 Yellow Lines – no progress since last meeting 

5 Fulking to Henfield Bridlepath – A meeting was held between Fulking and Woodmancote Councillors and the Head of Highways West Sussex who will establish whether a fixed crossing would be allowable under Highway rules. We are awaiting the results of the initial desktop survey from WSCC. 

6 Visionary Exercise – Clerk to email Trevor Leggo, Chairman of Sussex & Surrey ALC to suggest suitable dates for a meeting with Councillors to move the exercise forward. 

7 Mayfield – The next Inter Parish Meeting is set for 6th February in Albourne where a Fulking Councillor will be present. 

8 Village Hall Lease Update – Cllr Firth advised that he had had no replies to his recent chaser email to the PCC. 

9 Exercise Equipment – Cllr Firth suggested this should become an item for the next Parish Meeting.  

 20/010/OM.         Reports from Outside Bodies.  

Preparations for The Fulking Fair are progressing well. 

20/011/OM.              Information Items.  To receive information and items for the agenda at future meetings. 

Email correspondence from Michael Scammell from SDNPA advising that the new Conversation Plan for Fulking was nearing completion and that a draft report will be sent to the Clerk. 

20/012/OM.              2019 – 2020 Precept 

Councillors reviewed the spending so far for 2019/2020 and the planned spending to end of the financial year which is in line with expectations. 

The clerk presented the budget for 2020 / 2021 and proposed a 6% increase in precept to £9,450 bearing in mind the additional expenditure of the village hall once the new lease is agreed, planned improvements to NTF and potential cost to the Council of white / yellow lines.  

Increase proposed by Chairman, seconded by Cllr Healy and carried unanimously. 

20/013/OM.              Correspondence.  To discuss correspondence and respond to correspondence received. 

There was no correspondence. 

20/014/OM.              Financial Matters. To receive the report on the Council’s income and to approve future expenditure. 

It was noted that several of the topics raised in Matters Arising and the Precept discussion may require grant funding. Parish Clerk to investigate general grant funding availability. 

Payments debited from Fulking Parish Council current account at Barclays Bank 50052760 issued from 11th October 2018 to 18th December 2018 agreed at Parish Council meeting 17th January 2019 were: 

Date       Description        Method      Amount 
15th October 2019       Payroll Services    Direct Debit     £26.70 
23rd October 2019  E.On Electric     Direct Debit       £67.38 
18th November 2019  Landbuild – Watershed  Cheque    £16,234.84 

 On 31st October 2019 £1,390 was received from SDNPA being distribution of CIL monies and on 24th December 2019 a VAT refund of £3,067.25 was credited to the current account by BACS.      

As at 31st December 2018, the Current Account balance was £9,758.03, the Pemium Account £10,448.64. 

20/015/OM.               To set a date of Annual General Meeting of the Council and Annual Parish Meeting:  

Date of the next Ordinary Meeting: Thursday 2nd April 2019 

The date for the Annual Parish Meeting will be Wednesday 6th May 2020 where Rev Tim Harford will be the main speaker. 

Fulking Conservation Area Reprise

Conservation Area
This document will soon be plopping onto your doormat. If you live in the conservation area (current or proposed), please review it carefully. Mistakes have already been spotted. Send any that you notice to Trevor so that he can collate them for the Parish Council’s response.

The history of the issue is described here but you will need to respond to the new SDNPA document, not the old MSDC one.

Agenda Ordinary Meeting 9th January 2020

Dear Residents, 

You are cordially invited to attend the Ordinary Meeting of Fulking Parish Council, at the Village Hall on Thursday 9th January 2020 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.  

20/001/OM.            Apologies for Absence. 

20/002/OM.            Declaration of Members’ Interests. 

20/003/OM.            Approve the Minutes of the Ordinary Council Planning Meeting of 10th October 2020. 

The minutes, subject to any amendments, to be approved and signed as a true record of the meeting. 

20/004/OM.            Reports from District and County Councillors.   

20/005/OM.             Winter Plan Update 

20/006/OM.             Operation Watershed Update 

20/007/PM.             Planning Matters   

To comment on planning applications received from South Downs National Park being SDNP/19/05563/LIS Refurbishment of barn to include replacement of existing conversion with new fit-out, doors and windows at Perching Barn Edburton Road Fulking BN5 9LR. 

20/008/PM.              Planning Applications Update. 

20/009/OM.             Matters Arising & Outstanding Actions To clarify and report on actions brought forward from the last meeting.  

1) Dark Night Skies 

3) Ram Pump Noticeboard 

4) Yellow Lines 

5) Fulking to Henfield Bridlepath 

20/010/OM.              Reports from Outside Bodies.   

        North Town Field  

20/011/OM.              Information Items.  To receive information and items for the agenda at future meetings. 

20/012/OM.              2019 – 2020 Precept 

20/013/OM.              Correspondence.  To discuss correspondence and respond to correspondence received. 

20/014/OM.              Financial Matters. To receive the report on the Council’s income and to approve future expenditure. 

20/015/OM.               To set a date of Annual General Meeting of the Council and Annual Parish Meeting: 

Date of the next Ordinary Meeting: Thursday 11th April 2019