Edited extracts from the draft minutes of the Parish Council meeting on 6th August 2018
Fencing of the Greens
Continued vigilance was needed regarding the security of Nepcote Green and Pond Green during the summer months and the fencing at the north end of Nepcote Green would be reviewed after the Sheep Fair in September 2018.
The Clerk reported no Expressions of Interest were received for the latest co-option vacancy and added that, although Findon Parish Council (FPC) currently had two vacancies, other parish councils were also experiencing issues with filling vacancies.
A parishioner mentioned the condition of the overgrown verges etc under the control of FPC, whilst appreciating that budgeting was a challenge. In response FPC advised that it was still waiting to hear if there would be any funding available from WSCC regarding grass cutting and it would carry out a review for more cuts if the budget allows. The parishioner suggested that a precept increase of £1.00 per household in Findon could enable an additional cut.
The Chairman referred to an email from a resident who was unable to attend the meeting. A complaint had been made to ADC regarding the level of noise etc generated by the recent car enthusiasts’ meeting at the Black Horse. Several councillors had also experienced the noise levels and FPC would write to the Black Horse management team to arrange a meeting to discuss the situation. FPC might also support ADC in a licencing review if necessary.
The legality and enforcement of the ‘private no parking’ signage displayed at Wintons in the village centre was raised. It was the view of FPC that this was not legal and Cllr Ball offered to discuss this with the owners of Wintons.
Traffic Survey A24
Attention was drawn to the formal request to WSCC Highways Manager for a speed survey to consider a reduction from 50mph to 40mph on the A24 between Bost Hill and the old Fire Station, and potentially as far as North End. Councillors were reminded that the second preference from the TEP public consultation was for a 40mph limit on the A24, and were asked if FPC would consider funding 50% (c £1.75k) of the cost of a speed survey. In response, although FPC had no legal obligation to fund this or any traffic management costs, it would review the position when details had been received from WSCC.