Aldingbourne Parish Council April News

St Marys Church, Aldingbourne

Below is the report from Aldingbourne Parish Council (APC). Meeting 5th March 2019. Five members of the public attended.

A29 realignment consultation: County Cllr Derek Whittington reported consultation closes 26th April. The Southern end of the site re-joins the A29 south of
Lidsey. Noise attenuation to the Northern section still to be detailed. APC had asked for the business case for the road, which appeared to be based on more houses than in ADC’s Local Plan Barnham/Eastergate/Westergate (BEW) development. Avoiding increased traffic down rat-runs is crucial. APC to discuss response at March planning committee.

Wings Nursery site: A planning application for 55 houses a year ago had been refused and applicants have appealed. The site was originally identified in the Aldingbourne Neighbourhood Development Plan  (ANDP) for housing but removed as other sites won on Appeal. The site will come forward for consideration again in reviewing the ANDP, as sites for a further 70 houses are required. The ANDP review of sites to come to APC in April.

Community Land Trust: At the public meeting at Eastergate Village Hall on 11th February presentations were given to update local people about what the Trust is doing to deliver affordable housing for people living and working in the community. People are invited to become members for which the cost is £1 upwards. Cllr Trevor Bence, ADC’s portfolio holder for housing, gave Arun DC’s strong support for the work of the Community Land Trust (CLT). The CLT is now
registered with the FCA (Financial Conduct Authority).

Aldingbourne Community Sports Centre (ACSC): Cllr Warden had negotiated a price for installation of a new fire alarm system in April, when Hopscotch Preschool is on holiday, followed by training for trustees, who need to carry out weekly monitoring. ACSC charges are being reviewed, a Business Plan and marketing strategy being worked up so that a solid foundation is in place for consideration of incorporation at the AGM.

Play Equipment: Works undertaken at half term (owing to delay by frost) included repairs to swings and equipment costing £4,789. Thanks were conveyed to Cllr Warden for progressing this.

Parish Communications: £5K was allocated for parish communications. Work to be phased and costs obtained for creating a whole parish website showing “What’s On” and how to get Involved, with links to PC, ACSC and other local organisations.

Air Quality Monitoring: 14 monitoring tubes costing £20 each including analysis available from Campaign to Protect Rural England. APC agreed to purchase 8, 4 for use at local schools.

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