Draft minutes of the Parish Council meeting held on 3rd September 2018.
Community Hall Car Park
The Clerk had prepared a report in respect of the funding requirements for the project to resurface and sort out the drainage issues at the Barnham Community Hall Car Park. The Parish Council own the freehold, and the Barnham Community Trust run and manage the hall on a day to day basis. It was decided that the Parish Council fund a contribution of £8,000 towards the final with the remainder of the shortfall (from West Sussex CC funding) required (around £16,000) being contributed by the Barnham Community Trust.
The Square, Barnham – possible regeneration
Although this area is technical in Eastergate Parish an approach was made to the Clerk by the owners of the buildings in that area (a Charitable Trust) to meet and discuss plans they had for regenerating the buildings and the surrounding area. As it was in Eastergate the Clerk passed the enquiry on to Chris Allington and a meeting was arranged, at which the Clerk was present, as of course the area has an impact on Barnham Parish and would of course be part of the new joint Parish. The meeting was very preliminary and the Trust representatives and their architects presented a vision for regeneration of the area which would include refurbishment of retail outlets, the building of flats (for rental only) and the need to provide a building for Govia (for railway staff). It was agreed further discussions would take place, followed by a public exhibition and consultation exercise before any firm plans would be submitted to Arun District Council (ADC).
The Clerk updated on a few matters including
- Dogbin on the field – overflowing problem – ADC did finally attend and empty it after several attempts to get it done.
- Litter problems generally – a need to put up some new signage once the Parishes have merged encouraging people to take their litter home from the Field where possible. Southern Rail have been asked to do a litterpick on their land behind the fence alongside the main road leading to the Bridge. Sue Groome and her team of volunteers have done some excellent monthly litter picks around the Parish in general. Next full Litter Pick Saturday 6th October.
- Stolen plinth and plaque from the Triangle – it was found in the verge opposite the butchers (it was not there previously as a thorough search was undertaken). Discussion are now taking place on best way of replacing and repairing it.
Next meeting 1st October at 7.30pm