Edited extracts from the draft minutes of the Parish Council meeting held on 22nd November 2018.
Sports Pavilion rebuild
Members considered the requested revised proposals received from MacConvilles Surveying Ltd against the new limited budget availability. The Chairman reported on his attendance, with a representative of Pulborough Football Club Committee, at a meeting with sports management consultants Knight, Kavanagh & Page (KKP). They have been commissioned by the Football Association in partnership with the Premier League and Dept for Culture, Media & Sport to work with local authorities to produce a Local Football Facility Plan (LFFP) to direct major investment in local football facilities over the next 10 years. The meeting had been very positive and taken full account of Pulborough’s needs. The Chairman was hopeful of a proactive result in terms of future investment for the Sports Pavilion and it was anticipated that the KKP research results and proposals would be available early in the New Year.
A29 upgrade to Major Road Network (MRN)
Following previous discussion and recent communications with West Sussex CC, Horsham District Council (HDC) and the Dept for Transport, some councillors and the Clerk had met with the WSCC Transport Planning & Policy Manager, County Cllr Arculus and HDC Assistant Engineer. A good dialogue and understanding of
Pulborough’s issues was now established with WSCC: Whilst the Transport Planning & Policy Manager could not make guarantees, he was sympathetic to a proposed feasibility study.
Importantly, it was noted that the change to an MRN is not an upgraded status but a new category recognising already established principle routes which the Government is directing funding towards. The Government has created this to balance the proportion of funding available to Highways England so that principle authorities are able to fund projects affecting major routes. At the meeting, Pulborough Parish Council agreed that its Transport Plan would need to be reviewed and brought to WSCC attention as part of ongoing working together to identify projects.
The Clerk has contacted the officer leading the WSCC ‘What If’ Community Resilience Programme to discuss the next steps for involvement in the scheme. He advises that PPC arrange two public meetings at which he would deliver the next stages of training. These help to empower communities and can identify volunteers who can assist with an Emergency Plan.