Edited extracts from the draft minutes of the Parish Council meeting held on 12th February 2019.
The car park refurbishment project was completed last week, this had been funded by a grant from the Big Lottery Fund. May & Sons have also repaired the fence, where it had rotted. The Alban Head Committee met last week and have agreed their budget. The increased revenue from the increased use at the field, has enabled the committee to commit to completing both the Shower Upgrade, which is due to start next week, but also to replace the kitchen area and make it more welcoming for those hiring the facilities. The Parish Council had secured Section 106 Funding last year to for these two projects, but additional funds were needed to complete these projects.
Local Parish Elections
The Clerk advised members of significant dates for the up-coming Parish Council Elections:
- Nomination packs can be requested from HDC from mid – March onwards, best to email
- Nomination papers MUST be delivered to HDC Council Offices in Horsham between 10am and 4pm Monday to Friday from 26th March until 3rd April
- Polling day is Thursday 2nd May 2019.
- There is a cost even for an uncontested election.
Neighbourhood Alert Scheme
There is a new Neighbourhood alert scheme from the police, available to members of the public. Please see the website: www.neighbourhoodalert.co.uk
Dark Skies Reserve
Following the approval of a planning application for a rooflight the Planning Officer at Horsham DC advised that given the levels of illumination in Coldwaltham, the inclusion of the rooflight was not considered a great issue. Members of the Council were concerned as streetlighting in the village has historically been kept to a minimum. Coldwaltham is in the buffer zone for the Dark Skies Reserve. This raises concerns that as the planning is administered by HDC, whether their officers look closely enough at the policies of the National Park which should be implemented with regards to planning applications.
Concerns were again raised regarding the street lighting in the Shackleton Close. The close initially had five low level street lights, but there is now only one working, The chairman suggested that these problems should be brought to the attention of the Stonewater and also the police, as the lighting is persistently being interfered with.