Ordinary Meeting held 17th January 2019

Minutes of Ordinary Parish Council held at 7:30pm on  

Thursday 17th January 2019 at The Village Hall, Fulking 



Chairman:                                    Cllr Firth 

Fulking Parish Council (FPC)     Cllrs Hind, Dyos and Healy 

West Sussex County Council    Cllr Dennis 

Parish Clerk:                                Trevor Parsons 

Members of the Public              There were four members of the public present 

Members of the public were invited of ask questions and make comments prior to the meeting however none were raised. 

1.Apologies for Absence. 

Cllr Trist (FPC), Cllrs Wilkinson and Watts-Williams (MSDC) 

2. Declaration of Members’ Interests. 

There were no declarations of interest. 

3. Approve the Minutes of the Council Meeting of 11th October 2018 and the  

    Planning Meetings of 13th December 2018 and 3rd January 2019. 

Approved and signed by the Chairman as a true and accurate record. 

  1. Planning Applications Update. 

For the period since October 12th 2018 until January 17th 2019 




FPC Date 

FPC Decision                   

SDNP Decision 









Erection of a 2 storey rear extension. 


Unanimous Support   


Approved 19/11/18 



Glazed link and extension of out-building 


Unanimous Objection 




Erection of Dwelling 


Unanimous Objection 


Refused 17/05/18 

Appeal Dismissed 




Erection of Dwelling 


Unanimous Objection 


Refused 07/02/18 

Appeal Dismissed 



Seasons Farm 

Agricultural barn 


Unanimous Approval 


Raise No Objection 



In Progress 







Market Gardens 

Material change of use of land for stationing of caravans 


Unanimous Objection 


Scheduled for SDNPA Planning Committee 14/02/19 


 4. Reports from District and County Councillors. 

Cllr Joy Dennis (WSCC) addressed the meeting with following updates: 

Mayfield Proposed New Town Site between Henfield and Albourne – WSCC, MDSC and Horsham DC are aware of this application and remain opposed to the development. Cllr Dennis advised this was one of three proposed sites in West Sussex the others being near Pulborough and near Ifield. She understands other sites have be proposed near Oxford and Cambridge. 

Speed Indication Device (SID) – Is currently stored at Hurstpierpoint and is available to FPC. The Council requested use of SID around Easter time and traffic levels increase. 

Operation Watershed – Cllr Dennis advised that FPC application for £13,529.03 has been successful and that further funding is available and suggests FPC approach Richard Speller of WSCC to visit and make recommendations. 

Gatwick Consultation – WSCC & MSDC view of the expansion to two runways remains unchanged that they do not support the expansion, the primary reason being lack of infrastructure. 

Haywards Heath Sixth Form College – Chichester College has successfully tendered to run the facility with academic and apprenticeship courses starting in September 2021. 

Gigabyte – Business Rate retention scheme has release funding of £19m towards upgrading broadband in Mid Sussex, the plan being to install high-speed internet along the rail line and then spur out to the villages. 

Accounts – Both WSCC and MSDC accounts are in good shape, however whilst revenue remains at similar levels there is a rising number of complex needs and an aging population which demands further funding.

5. Matters Arising & Outstanding Actions:  

Yellow Lines, no correspondence received yet from Richard Speller. 

Request for car parking for Clappers Lane residents at PNCC has been declined. 

Dark Night Skies, Chairman to follow up. 

Elections. Clerk to attend an elections briefing on 24th January and will revert. 

Ram Pump sign, Chairman and Clerk to submit wording and pictures to SDNPA for draft design 

APM – Chairman to invite the new vicar of Holy Trinity Church Poynings to address the meeting 

HGV Sign – Clerk to contact Richard Speller regarding the replacement sign. 

 6. Winter Plan 

Has been updated by Cllr Hind and posted on fulking.net website. Formal adoption proposed by Chairman, seconded by Cllr Dyos and carried unanimously.   

 7. Operation Watershed Update 

Clerk has received an email advising that our application for £13,529 funding for new piped culverts and ditch work to drain floodwaters at Clappers Lane has been recommended for approval and awaits final confirmation. Clerk to then obtain the relevant access permissions from affected landowners.  

Clerk to contact Richard Speller to arrange meeting to review opportunities for further OW funding.  

 8. Village Hall Lease Update 

Dialogue between FPC, our solicitors Surrey Hills, the PCC and Diocese of Chichester are continuing. Still a long way to go. A budget of £1,500 towards FPC costs was agreed at the previous meeting. 

9. Reports from Outside Bodies

Village Hall AGM scheduled for Thursday 7th February. 

Annual Summer Fayre plans are taking shape  

 9. Information Items.   

No information items 

10. 2019 – 2020 Precept and Financial Matters 

Councillors reviewed the spending so far for 2018/2019 and the planning spending to end of the financial year which is in line with expectations. With all councillors having access to Barclays Online Banking, real time access can be obtained of current balances. 

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  

  11th October 2018      Clerk’s Pay                              OLB (MF & MH)        £967.51 

  15th October 2018      Payroll Services                     Direct Debit               £ 26.70 

  23rd October 2018      E.On Electric                          Direct Debit               £ 54.58 

  16th November 2018   Moore Stephens AGAR       OLB (MF & MH)        £296.88 

  22nd November 2018  Surrey Hills Solicitors          OLB (MF & MH)        £309.60 

  18th December 2018   Surrey Hills Solicitors          OLB (MF & MH)          £165.60 

  18th December 2018   Clerks Pay                             OLB (MF & MH)         £967.51


As at 31st December 2018, the Current Account balance was £7,598.73, the Savings Account £10,415.  

No income was received in this period. 

 The clerk presented the budget for 2019 / 2020 and proposed a 2.5% increase in precept to £8,950   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 Hind and carried unanimously.

11. Correspondence.   

No correspondence received. 


The meeting closed at 9:15pm 


Date of Annual General Meeting of the Council and Annual Parish Meeting: Thursday 9th May 2019 

Date of the next Ordinary Meeting: Thursday 11th April 2019. Both to be held at Fulking Village Hall at 7.30pm.