following is a summary of the main points discussed at the Council meeting on 5th
Items for decision
Business in Progress
to support village events on 75th Anniversary of VE Day (8th
May). Cllr Wheatley to coordinate.
Safety kerb realignment to proceed in New Year.
(North) bus shelter currently being rebuilt.
Solicitor agreed to seek legal opinion on PC including unadopted road
maintenance costs in the precept.
between Gore Farm Close and shops now fitted with safety reflectors.
Council ratified and enhanced
decisions from the 19th Nov Planning Committee that had been delayed
to allow for consultations. For details see the full minutes.
2020/21 (Report 7)
Existing budget was in
good condition with some capital spend held over to next year. Cllrs. are to review
and submit proposals for next year at a working group prior to draft budget
being set at the Jan PC meeting.
Lead member for
communications reported on meetings with SDNPA on producing a number of
information boards around the village, as has been done elsewhere in the park.
Work is continuing on costings and permission needed to erect boards.
Downsview Lane Verge
After requests from
residents the PC had paid for a
contractor to clear undergrowth from the south side of the road. Some
complaints had been received that clearance was too radical while other
residents supported the work. Future work will be limited to mowing a 1.5 m
strip and tree planting will be considered next year.
Notice Boards and Road
New notice boards for
Downlands Way shops have been obtained. The Horsefield Car Park Notice Board is
to be repaired and the Friston one removed. Two damaged road name boards are
also to be repaired.
Licence granted for
another performance on the Rec. on 10th June 2020.
County Councillor/District Councillor
reported on the flooding at Cuckmere Haven in November. They are both working
to get the Environment Agency to change policy on dredging the river and
clearing beach shingle.
Chair of Council
& Carol singing event on 1st Dec had raised £112 for the PC’s
2019 charity. Wine had been provided by the PC to the Dec Village Lunch.
Working Group to be relaunched in Jan.
Bank Balance was
Rights of Way
Bark chips laid
on 7 footpaths. Footpath signs awaiting repair by ESCC. Gullies at top of
Downsview Lane now cleared.
Insulation Work on Pavillion Roof delayed until
January. Request from cricket club for permanent picket fence around pavilion
is a summary of the main points discussed at the Council meeting on 7th
Items for decision
Progress (Report 4)
Elm Disease felling subsidy will now only be paid if residents use ESCC
kerb safety buildout design amended after site visit. Work hoped to start in
memorial railings were cleaned and repainted in time for Remembrance Sunday
ceremony on 10th Nov.
have agreed in principle to provide charging points in car parks.
have decided not to decommision the phone box on A259 at present.
continuing on clearing verge adjacent to road in Downsview Lane.
noticeboards have been ordered for Downlands Way shopping area.
of Friston (north) bus shelter to be progressed, financed from underspend on
other projects this year.
Cottages vacant property reported to WDC social housing lead.
the appointment of Debbie Picknell to the post, beginning 11th Nov.
Estate roads maintenance
The decline in
households paying the full contribution to the Roads Company is causing concern
for the future maintenance of Downlands Estate roads and gullys. One
possibility would be for the PC to include
this funding in the Council Tax precept, but this would mean charging
households outside the estate as well. Any proposals would be subject to legal
opinion and possibly a Parish Poll. Further investigations to be made but no
action likely for 2020.
To take place
on 1st December. For full details see magazine or PC website.
East Dean Responders
PC have agreed
in principle to take over responsibility for defibrillators after Responders
cease activity at end of 2019.
Anniversary of VE Day
PC to liase
with other groups to see what events should be organised on 8th May
Urgent Item –
Mobile Phone Coverage.
be chased over new mast installation after recent deterioration of mobile phone
Cllr. Shing reported
that ESCC had formed a climate emergency group, of which he was a member.
Deeper foundations for the new Exceat bridge are likely to be needed. He
supports the petition to the Environment Agency for dredging at Cuckmere Haven.
Chair of Council
PC will again be
providing wine for the Village Christmas lunch with Cllrs acting as waiting
the end of month balance was £88,899.65.
Rights of Way
Various problems with road drainage raised with ESCC
highways at recent meeting. WDC in dispute with Sussex Police over parking
Roof insulation of pavillion to begin late Nov to
improve energy efficiency.
The following is a summary of the main points discussed at the Council meeting on 3rd October
Items for decision
Business in Progress (Report 4)
a) Friston safety build out design received. ESCC to be asked to make 1m longer.
b) ESCC now offering 10% for Dutch Elm felling. PC subsidy reduced to 40%.
c) “Pedestrians in road” sign for road to Birling Gap to be pursued with ESCC.
d) Downsview Lane bus stop replacement to also be pursued at Oct SLR meeting.
e) Remembrance Day ceremony on Nov 10th to be co-ordinated by PC due to British Legion branch closure. War memorial railings being cleaned and painted before the event.
f) Contractor found to clear verge in Downsview Lane belonging to Eastbourne. Letters to be sent to residents not to dump waste there.
g) Work at Friston Pond underway to clear drainage, undergrowth and fallen tree.
h) Friston shelter put back after vandalism. Will need replacing as badly damaged.
i) Cricket Club 20/20 event was well organised and supported by villagers and visitors.
j) New noticeboards in shopping precinct for Neighbourhood Plan & Parish Council to be ordered.
k) Space still available at Friston Pond and Recreation Ground for memorial seats.
Risk Management Review (Report 8)
Amendments made to risk management strategy as part of annual update.
Tree Warden (Report 9)
Job description and responsibilities to be revised for Neighbourhood Planning needs.
Schedule of Meetings for 2020
Meeting dates agreed (now published on website). Annual Village Meeting to be on Friday 24th April.
a) County Councillor
Temporary lights at Exceat for Airbourne to continue until new bridge is built. ESCC to receive extra Government funding in 2020/1. PC requested that County Council ensure future cycle races should not close roads for long periods on safety grounds.
b) Planning Committee
SDNPA reps to attend meeting on 15th Oct. to discuss liaison and enforcement.
c) Neighbourhood Plan
Flyers circulated with Oct Parish Mag. To get more feedback from residents. Hope to extend membership of steering group to include younger members.
d) Bank Account – the end of month balance was £87,790.
e) Fund Raising
Profit from PC stall at Village Fete, plus donation and any profits from Christmas lights event to be handed over to JPK charity in the New Year.
f) Rights of Way
Liaison meeting with ESCC highways (SLR) to take place on 22nd Oct.
Next year’s budget to include provision for rebuild of Friston (north) bus shelter.
g) Recreation Ground
Replacement of play area fencing to begin shortly. Roof insulation and “winterisation” of Pavilion begun following cricket season end.
No Council meeting was held in September due to the Parish Council's summer break.