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.