The final ever meeting of Barnham Parish Council took place on Monday 4th March. The Parish Council will cease to exist on 31st March when all current Parish Councillors will stand down. The newly merged Barnham and Eastergate Parish Council will come into existence on 1st April and from that date until after the first meeting of the new Council which will take place on Tuesday 14th May at 7.30 p.m at Barnham Community Hall. In the period between 1st April and 14th May all enquiries in respect of Barnham and Eastergate Parish should be directed to me as the Clerk of the new Council.
The first item on the agenda was an update from PCSO Neil Billingham who attended with a colleague to give a brief report in respect of matters the Police have dealt with in the Parish over the last few months. He also informed Councillors that following the changes to the way local policing operated it was most important that people reported issues that caused them concern either by telephone on 101 or preferably by email through the Sussex Police website. He went on to say that all reports should be made by the person affected and not on behalf of someone else. The more reports received in respect of one issue e.g. anti social driving then the more chance there would be of investigations into the matter taking place.
Under planning applications no significant new applications were considered worthy of report.
A discussion took place on the recent A29 consultation exercise and Chris Allington, current Eastergate Parish Council Chairman, had prepared a possible response that both Barnham and Eastergate Parish Council could submit before they were abolished to ensure that they could pick up the issues when the new Council was in place. The response would mention ensuring the provision sufficient primary school places through the possible expansion of Eastergate Primary School, the need to keep a green corridor and the need to provide additional car parking and a safer route to St Philip Howard School, using proposed residential development landwest of the railway station..
Financial Matters were discussed and payments approved including some forward payments to ensure all cheques were banked before the Council closed at the end of March. Approval was also given for any further cheques to be signed for any outstanding invoices presented before the end of the month. The Council also approved the appointment of R S Hall & Co to undertake the internal audit of the final accounts, which will then be approved for external audit by the new Council.
Alison Crabb, Clerk, Barnham Parish Council