Eastergate Parish Council April News

St George's Church, Eastergate

Edited extracts from the draft meeting minutes of the Parish Council on 7th February 2019.

Public Questions  –  Westfield House

Members were asked to comment upon the use of land near to Westfield House in Fontwell Avenue and the District Council’s “illegal” provision of planning permissions in relation to that land. Members were advised that the applications on the site leading to the permissions were, in fact, Aldingbourne applications and not within Eastergate parish. The enquirers were referred to Aldingbourne Parish Council.

A member of the public asked whether the council were aware of any difficulties given the publicity surrounding Zurich insurance.

In addition, a question was asked as to the status of land opposite the hall and being the Old Fruit farm and in the “Arc” northern new A29 route. The Chairman advised in regard to the BENP and the possibility of an additional 40 homes being built in that area. Linden Homes were building 60 plus homes. The enquirer was advised in regard SP5 of the Local Plan. The District Council’s view was that a large business case existed for the northern arc of the A29 which had come out for consultation. There was likely to be Coast to Capital funding. There was a likelihood to be 500 houses built in that area. The Clerk advised members that he had received no indication of the Council’s insurance being prejudiced.


Letters received included complaints from Yapton Football Club. Mrs Kilroy advised members of a meeting with the club which had reached positive conclusions and the Club were now compliant with the Councils requirements. It was considered necessary for a booking plan to be set up and maintained by the Community Facilities Manager.

County and District reports

A grant of up to £4,684 had been approved to improve the kitchen at Eastergate Hall, subject to the “call in” procedure.

Referring to the previous meeting, it was pointed out that the cycle route from Barnham to Flansham was a permissive route only. Reference was made to land north of the Wilkes Head public house, as well as a tarmac path which was a right of way. The Council were informed that WSCC had design drawings ready in place.

Parish Assembly date

Barnham and Eastergate Assembly will take place at Barnham Hall on the 4th June at 6.00 pm.



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