The latest meeting of Barnham Parish Council took place on Monday 1st October.
Under planning applications one new planning application was considered which was an extension to Parsonage Farm House in Lake Lane – a listed building – the Council agreed to raise no objection to the application.
Decisions on previous applications were noted
The main item of public interest on the agenda was a presentation in respect of a proposed four house development of Tars Farm Paddock, Church Lane. The presentation was given to seek views and possible concerns on the proposal prior to submission of a formal planning application.
The planner representing the owner informed the meeting that a pre-application discussion had taken place with ADC and WSCC highways and various surveys had been undertaken all of which had indicated that the application would be acceptable.
The Chairman allowed a short question and answer session with the residents present to take place and they raised concerns over drainage, traffic movements and the impact of the development on neighbouring properties. The Council agreed to reserve make formal comments until they considered the submitted planning application, which it was anticipated would be submitted before the next Council meeting.
Under financial matters payments were approved and the current financial position of the Council. The formal Notice of Conclusion of Audit for 2017/18 was noted with a comment being made in respect of the Barnham Community Hall not being listed as a Parish asset.
Under my report I made mention that instead of sourcing a Silent Soldier Silhouette the Council agree to support a proposal put forward by Eastergate Parish to purchase 100 poppies to be placed on 100 lampposts from Aldingbourne through to Barnham. The Council would contribute £300 towards the cost of the poppies that would be erected on 27th October and taken down shortly after Remembrance Sunday. I also mentioned that Aldingbourne District Council (ADC) had formally agreed the merge of Barnham and Eastergate Parish Councils. The merge would take effect from 1st April 2019 with the new Council meeting immediately after the elections in May. It was agreed that two representatives from both Parish Councils, together with the two clerks would look to meet regularly between now and April to consider all the issues and arrangements that would need to be clarified.
The next meeting takes place on Monday 5th November at 7.30 p.m. in Barnham Community Hall.
Alison Crabb, Clerk, Barnham Parish Council