Edited extracts from the draft minutes of the Annual Parish Council meeting held on 14th May 2018
Prior to the meeting a presentation was made to Jan Mackerell in recognition of her 20 years service on the Parish Council and to Findon.
Appointment of Chairman
There being no other nominations, Cllr Smith was appointed Chairman of Findon Parish Council for the ensuing year and signed the Declaration of Office.
Del Henty had resigned from Findon Parish Council (FPC) after five years of service to Findon. Mr Henty had been Chairman of the Planning Committee, and would continue to support the Open Spaces Volunteers.
The bus stop laybys suspended in April 2016 would not now go ahead due to the design and layout failing a Road Safety Audit (RSA). Comment was made at the meeting that FPC was unaware of the RSA outcome, which was especially disappointing as the laybys had been used for many years prior to their suspension.
An amount of £1.05m had been received from government to tackle the pot holes in West Sussex and roving gangs were in place to carry out the work.
In response to a question, it was explained that another village had trialled fixing potholes themselves but had handed the work back to West Sussex County Council (WSCC) at the end of a two year trial period. WSCC was also looking at other ways to tackle pot holes.
Co-option of a new Parish Councillor
Mark Robinson was co-opted and joined the meeting.
It was reported that no dog fouling cases had been identified since the March Council meeting.
David Hutchison requested a breakdown of the Phase 1 improvement works carried out by WSCC/contractors as part of the Traffic, Environment and People initiative as these were required prior to Phase 2 improvements.
He also requested a copy of the Road Safety Audit carried out by WSCC regarding the A24 bus stop suspension/re-instatement to include the initial design and the designer’s response to the Safety Audit.
He also explained that a party wall notice should be served on FPC by the Findon Village Hall Trust for the FPC to comment on regarding the planned extension and boundary wall.