Edited extracts of draft minutes of the General Purposes Committee meeting 11th December 2018.
Cricket Club 150th anniversary
Mr Steve Lockwood (cricket club fixtures secretary) informed the meeting that 2019 is the Cricket Club’s 150th anniversary. The MCC has agreed to play a village side in an all-day game on Sunday 30 June. The aim is to broaden interest in cricket in the village and attract new players. It will be the most prestigious sporting event in Walberton’s history. Lunch for players will be in the Village Hall and tea in the Pavilion. A committee to coordinate the event will be formed after the AGM in January. The meeting was pleased to offer its support the event. The Pavilion and playing field will be made available and no charge will be made.
Community Play Centre
The lease has been checked and boundary defined. The CPC is desperately short of space and any new extension would be towards the school.
Walberton Task Force
The Task Force will be carrying out annual maintenance of the ditch alongside Scotland Lane. 200 free tree plants have been ordered for Jubilee Wood. A small group is being set up to review the condition and adequacy of the public rights of way network. The Green Committee was considering necessary work to the landscaped areas around the Village Hall and suggested that this winter would be a good time to do it.
The meeting agreed that, considering the Cricket Club’s anniversary event in June, no event will be organised by WPC this year and Walbinfont weekend will be held over to 2020.
Police and Crime
It was reported that a van was broken into on 3 November 2018 in Arundel Road, Fontwell and a carpet cleaner stolen. On 12 November a building site was entered in Arundel Road, Fontwell and a diesel generator and mitre saw were stolen. On 25 November a vehicle was entered in Slindon Wood – nothing was stolen. Overnight on 25 November two shipping containers were entered in Lake Lane, Barnham and four high-value tractors were stolen.
Fish and Chips in the Car Park
The Clerk reported that Shayne Miller had request permission to use the village car park between 5.30pm and 7pm on Thursdays, to sell fish and chips from a van. His proposal was discussed and permission granted.