Edited extracts from the draft minutes of the Parish Council meeting held on 10th December 2018.
WSCC Cllr Urquhart reported that the Highways Hub were taking on additional staff and the gritters and grit bins were in place for winter weather. Reference was made to the management and reponsibility advice available to owners of ditches and watercourses.
Redundant bus shelter
It was reported that the redundant bus shelter on the A24 at North End could be available for relocation. He suggested that possible locations might include Homewood, opposite the Quadrangle, or the Metrobus stop in the village. It was requested that Nightingales be included in the location review. WSCC Cllr Urquhart advised that Clapham & Patching were looking for a bus shelter. A Working Group was proposed to investigate feasibility and report back at a future meeting.
Parking in Homewood
Following the recent refusal of planning permission by the South Downs National Park Authority (SDPNA) for a dwelling on the parcel of land east of 47 Homewood, it was suggested that this was an opportunity to request Arun DC, as owners of the land, to convert the land to parking spaces to ease the ongoing parking issues. It was felt that up to ten new parking spaces would become available. It was decided to ask ADC to convert the space to parking.
Community Infrastructure Levy
The SDNPA reported 400 projects had requested in excess of £53m against a pot of £156k. FPC were unsuccessful in bids for that round of funding. It was suggested that a bid for a bothy type structure on Pond Green could be worked up and brought back to FPC on 21 January 2019 for consideration. The closing date for CIL bids was 15 February 2019.
Suggested that FPC approach the Police and Crime Commissioner’s (PCC) Office directly regarding funding for improved road safety signage for Findon, in particular where children have to cross the A24 at the Church. WSCC Cllr Urquhart clarified that the PCC sets the budget, not the policy, for such initiatives. Cllr Urquhart also advised that signage at the Quadrangle could be dealt with by a straightforward Traffic Regulation Order (TRO) for consideration in November 2019, or FPC could pay for the signage in the meantime. Resolved: that the Chairman and the Clerk investigate costs etc if FPC pay for the Quadrangle signage.