May News from Pulborough Parish Council

Pulborough Brooks, West Sussex

Extracts from the draft minutes of the Parish Council meeting held on 15th March

District and County Council reports

Cllr Clarke reported as a District Councillor on several Horsham District Council (HDC) matters. He updated the meeting on the Piries Place car park project;  HDC were appointing contractors to build 17 flats for temporary housing accommodation in place of using B&Bs; Under the Local Plan Review, various policies were being reviewed including Employment Sites which will  be  out  for  consultation  soon.  For  Pulborough,  Broomers  Hill  Lane  had  been identified. Other aspects being reviewed included sustainable rural buildings, Built Up Area Boundary (BUAB) and tourism sites,  and the Toat  site had been identified  as  a potential tourism site for Pulborough.

Sports Pavilion rebuild project

Council  considered the request for payment of   work/services by MacConvilles Surveying and Miller Bourne (architect) of circa £25,000. It was recognized that certain costs had been borne and would require due payment, however Members were concerned that this figure was considerably higher than expected at this early stage, amounting to a higher than anticipated percentage of fees for the project, particularly given that no formal appointment had been signed yet. They also considered that a breakdown of charges entailed was required before agreeing payment. It was noted that MacConvilles would submit an invoice against which payment would be made, once approved. It was resolved that the Clerk would convey the Council’s view to MacConvilles and also suggest that a figure in the region of 10% or 12% would be deemed more realistic at this point.

Report from County Councillor Arculus

Query was raised regarding the recent Lower Street regeneration work and whether this had been fully completed.

It was noted that as funding had been restricted, not all items on  the  drawing  proposals  had  been  implemented  and  it  was  understood  that  the intention  was  for  County  to  deliver  the  project  in  phases,  of  which  phase  1  was complete. As there appeared to be a degree of confusion over what was agreed during informal meetings, it was agreed that the Clerk forward a copy of the drawing to Cllr Arculus to clarify the situation going forward.

Neighbourhood Plan – update

It was anticipated that the Steering Group would be able to progress the Neighbourhood Plan to Reg. 14 in the next few months.



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