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COUNCIL MEETING MINUTES

MINUTES OF THE MEETING OF SEDLESCOMBE PARISH COUNCIL HELD IN COMMITTEE ROOM 2 OF SEDLESCOMBE VILLAGE HALL ON TUESDAY 8 SEPTEMBER 2009, 19:20 to 21:35

 

PARISH COUNCILLORS PRESENT: Cllr Wright (Chairman of the Council), Cllr Rand (Vice-Chairman) Cllrs Wheatley, Martin, Irwin, Glew, Marland

 

CLERK/RESPONSIBLE FINANCIAL OFFICER, SEDLESCOMBE PARISH COUNCIL: Mrs P Raymond

ALSO PRESENT FOR PARTS OF THE MEETING: up to 9 members of the public

 

1 County Councillor Jones had sent his apology for absence.
2

The Chairman invited District Councillor Ganly to speak. Cllr Ganly reported that hundreds of people had attended the granting of the Freedom of Bexhill to four rowers who had won the Indian Ocean Rowing race between Australia and Mauritius. The four had raised thousands of pounds for the Stroke Association. The men were the first to received the Freedom of Bexhill for more than 40 years.

 

Cllr Ganly also informed the meeting that Rother has launched a competition to find a new design for Bexhill's seafront with the help of £1 million external funding. 100 designs have been submitted to the competition. A discussion ensued with parish councillors. There was some support for the scheme but others objected to so much Council Taxpayers' money being spent on Bexhill. Cllr Ganly said that he had often hears the criticism that more money is spent in Bexhill than in the rural areas but rural projects are not being put forward. He invited applications for grant aid which he promised to support.

C09/10.65 Apologies and reasons for absence. Cllrs Mitchell and Dellow (holidays).
C09/10.66 Interests. Declarations of existence and nature of councillor's interests, whether personal/prejudicial, in accordance with the adopted Code of Conduct 2007, with regard to items on the agenda. Members were reminded to repeat the declarations when the items were announced by the Chairman. The following interests were declared:

Minute
Name
Interest
C09/10.75.7 V Wright Personal/prejudicial interest by virtue of unsolicited hospitality exceeding £25 from a local business owner
C09/10.75.7 A Rand Personal/prejudicial interest by virtue of knowing one of the business owners personally
C09/10.75.3 A Rand Personal interest by virtue of being the Council's representative on the Sedlescombe Sports Association
C09/10.72.4 All councillors Personal/prejudicial interest by virtue of the Parish Council being the sole trustee of the Sedlescombe Playing Field & Recreation Ground Trust. However, dispensation has been granted by the District Council to allow members to discuss and vote on the subject.
C09/10.70.2 P Glew Personal interest by virtue of being the Council's appointed trustee of the Village Hall
C09/10.70.6 P Glew Personal interest by virtue of being a member of the Neighbourhood Watch Committee
C09/10.70.2 C Wheatley Personal interest by virtue of being a trustee of the Village Hall
C09/10.70.2 M Irwin Personal interest by virtue of being a trustee of the Village Hall
 

Members with prejudicial interests. C09/10.75.7 Cllr Wright explained that there had been a recent meeting with Greg Barker MP regarding approval of signs on the A21 advertising Sedlescombe Local Services and that the Clerk would report at the appropriate time.

 

Cllr Rand spoke of his support for the idea of Sedlescombe Local Services signs on the A21.

C09/10.67

Public Participation Session. The Chairman agreed that John Noonan and Demi Georghiou could address the meeting:

1) C09/10.75.7 - John Noonan (Secretary of Sedlescombe Sports Association) elaborated on his written request for approval for floodlighting at the sportsfield and tennis courts. He showed members a picture of the floodlights. Four would be required to light up the training pitch, about the size of the tennis courts. They would be battery operated, run for three hours on full power. The Football Club (mostly junior - 189 children - with about 1 hour/week senior) would like to use an area at the sportsfield car park end and also, when the ground at the sportsfield is unsuitable (probably Nov-Feb), to use the tennis courts. There was a plan to protect the surrounding netting at the courts by installing 4' high plywood around the edges. The lights would face inwards.

 

The Clerk informed the meeting that Rother Planning had confirmed that, as the areas are in the AONB, planning permission will be required.

 

2) C09/10.74.5 - PCSO Demi Georghiou reminded the meeting that:

  • Bogus callers are in the area.
  • Shed break-ins have occurred locally. Sheds have been left easily-accessible.
  • Culprits responsible for destruction and vandalism at Pestalozzi have been identified and details passed to YDS and housing. Demi and Leslie from Orbit have increased their patrols re anti-social behaviour including untaxed vehicles.

Demi was informed of an untaxed vehicle opposite Budget Cars and that the brown van parked there is particularly obscuring visibility.

C09/10.68
Minutes. RESOLVED: That the Chairman of the Council is authorised to sign the Minutes of the Meeting of the Council held on 14/07/09.
C09/10.69 Minutes of Meetings of Committees
  1. Planning Committee. RESOLVED: That the Minutes of the Meetings of the Planning Committee held on 14/07/09 and 18/08/09 are received.
  2. Heritage Committee. RESOLVED: That the Minutes of the Meeting of the Heritage Committee held on 28/07/09 are received.
  3. Sportsfield Committee. RESOLVED: That the Minutes of the Meeting of the Sportsfield Committee held on 28/07/09 are received.
C09/10.70 Reports from representatives. Reports were received as follows:
  1. Rother Association of Local Councils. The next meeting will be attended by Cllr Irwin on 07/10/09.
  2. Village Hall Trust. Cllrs Wheatley and Irwin declared their personal interests by virtue of their being trustees of the village hall. Cllr Glew declared her personal interest by virtue of her being the Council's-appointed trustee of the village hall. In accordance with the Code of Conduct, they remained in the meeting. Cllr Glew reported that:
    1. The library is now only open one hour a week, 1330 to 1430, Tuesdays.
    2. Bookings are fine, finance is OK.
    3. The Management Committee is trying to get a grant to help with the gardens.
    4. There will be a table quiz on 24/10/09 in aid of the gardens.
    5. Next meeting, 03/12/09.
  3. NHW representative. Cllr Glew declared her personal interest by virtue of her being a member of the Neighbourhood Watch Committee. She reported that the finance is OK and the AGM is being arranged.
C09/10.71

Clerk's Report. The followed items were noted:

  1. Village Hall bookings 2010
    1. Main Council Meetings, 12/01, 09/03, 11/05. 06/07 (changed date), 14/09, 09/11.
    2. Finance Committee Meetings, 30/03, 29/06, 19/10, 14/12.
    3. Annual Assembly, 27/04/09.
  2. Rother Clerks' Meeting Report, 07/09/09. 18 Rother clerks in attendance. David Hermon of Rother's Democratic Services Department spoke about his department and his job of Monitoring Officer for the Code of Conduct. His future challenges are 1) to develop District Councillor websites where members will be able to update their pages with local activities and 2) to work on the duty that has been placed on all local authorities to promote local democracy.
  3. Spilstead Farm airstrip breach. Copy letter received from Whatlington PC to Rother DC re breach on 23/08/09 of Spilstead Farm protocol when a plane flew across the Whatlington avoidance zone before landing at Spilstead Farm.
  4. Free membership of De La Pavilion, worth £35, being offered for anyone who goes to a meeting at the De La Warr in the cafe/bar on Tuesday 22/09/09 at 11:00 to find out what is on offer at the De La Warr and how the word could be spread.
  5. Two free tickets for various performances are on offer from Applause.
C09/10.72 Finance
  1. Bank Reconciliations. RESOLVED: That the bank reconciliations at the end of July and August 2009 are approved.
  2. Cheques. RESOLVED: That payment of the August 2009 cheque list is ratified and the September 2009 cheque list approved.
  3. 2009 Village Inspection Report. The list of jobs had been available for inspection on the website. The Clerk raised the following matters:
    1. Rubbish including hay by units at the kickabout area. Youth leader did not get cleared. Council paid for the hay's removal.
    2. Cllr Rand to find out what is happening about buildings at the sportsfield car park (SPC property).
    3. Finance Committee to consider quotes for a glass-reinforced plastic village sign replacement.
    4. Repairs to oak bench at Pumphouse which has recently been vandalised. Cllr Rand to report at next Finance Committee meeting.
    5. Clerk reported that she had received information from a person who is compiling a Directory of village pumps. He has said that his current list of more than 2,500 pumps does not have one like ours. He has described it as "unique". Although some counillors would like to see the pump restored, it is necessary for the water to be checked to ensure that it is not polluted before any work is put in hand.
    6. Flags and lights attached to Council oak tree by Budget Cars. Clerk authorised to write to tenant asking for their removal.
    7. New "shelter" at Budget Cars. Clerk authorised to write to Rother Planning.
    8. Computer software. Clerk authorised to purchase Windows 7 update for £65.
  4. 2009 Inspection of Playing Field & Recreation Ground Trust Property. Referred to Playing Field Trust.
C09/10.73

Aim 1 To achieve an Informed and Participating Sedlescombe Community

  1. Welcome Packs available from Clerk.
  2. Sept/Oct 2009 Bulletin. Articles on the following items are expected to be included:
    1. Pestalozzi's plans for the future.
    2. Village of the Year.
    3. Finding a home for the youth club.
    4. Parking problems.
    5. Grass verges.
    6. The late John Kemp.
    7. Sedlescombe's Young People - invitation to young people between 16 and 25 to come to the November Parish Council Meeting to hear the views expressed and to give their own views afterwards.
    8. Annual Inspection - request for comments regarding current or future expenses.
    9. Tennis courts - request for comments regarding the idea of turning the tennis courts into a multi-use games area within the next five years.
    10. Pumphouse and pump on village green - request for comments on what should be done to safeguard the pump and pumphouse.
  3. Village of the Year 2009
    1. Judges' comments re Sedlescombe in East Sussex round. Available on the website.
    2. What to spend the East Sussex prizemoney on? RESOLVED: That the £800 VOY prizemoney should be divided between the following:
      1. Payment for cakes on pavilion open afternoon on 31/07 and for tea, cakes and hire of hall for next round of judging on 28/09/09. [Community]
      2. Financial support for sign on A21. [Business]
      3. Energy conservation and sustainability projects. [Sustainability]
      4. Communication with youths to encourage them to take part in local authority work. [Communication]
    3. Next round of judging. Regional judges are due to come to Sedlescombe on Monday 28/09/09, 15:00 to 17:00. Sedlescombe will be representing East Sussex against Dorset, Hampshire, Isle of Wight, Kent, Oxfordshire, Surrey and West Sussex. Arrangements are being made for local people to meet the judges in the hall to show what Sedlescombe does for Community, Business, Sustainability and Communication.
  4. Sedlescombe Youth
    1. Report of meeting held on 14/08/09.The meeting was attended by parish councillors, the Clerk, representatives of Orbit, YDS and the Youth Projects Committee. Alternative sites for a youth club, now that the sportsfield is not available, were discussed.
    2. Ex-Scout Hut site for youth club. The ex-Scout Hut site appeared to be very suitable. However Rother Homes Housing Association (now Amicus) refuses to allow this use because of its close proximity to housing.
    3. Kickabout Area for youth club. Orbit and YDS seem willing to consider the kickabout area as a possible site for a youth club. They like the idea of the Youth Group being responsible for the whole kickabout area including litter collection and grass cutting. Members discussed the merits of the Council owning the building/leasing the land following which it was RESOLVED: That Sedlescombe Parish Council is in favour of granting the Youth Group a five-year lease to take over the kickabout area including placing a building on the land. NB Planning permission will be required.
      The Chairman read a letter she had received from a group of youths who live at East View Terrace complaining that they are not being kept informed of the progress of the youth club. Cllr Wright has agreed to meet them to discuss their concerns.
    4. Queen's Head building for youth club and general use. Cllr Dellow had discussed with the previous landlord the possibility of using the disused garage at the Queen's head as a room for a number of community activities. Cllr Dellow had been led to believe that this would be acceptable to Enterprise Inns. However, it has now been ascertained that Enterprise Inns has no intention of allowing this use as they may wish to develop the property.
    5. Ideas to involve local youngsters. NB Local Democracy Week is 12-18 October 2009. The aim is getting young people to be more involved with, and aware of, local authorities.
      1. Invite young people between 16 and 25 to attend the next Parish Council meeting to be followed by a discussion. The following ideas might be suitable:
        1. Encourage Primary Schools Planning Workshops.
        2. Silver surfers helped by youngsters. [Details in Action in rural Sussex newsletter http://www.ruralsussex.org.uk/assets/assets/ActioninruralSussexNewsletter-July09-YoungPeopleandEmployment.pdf]
        3. Parish councillor "speed dating" event.
        4. Question Time with young people asking the questions.
    6. AiRS/SALC - Rural Young People Empowerment and Local Democracy. Parish councils are being invited to develop a process by which young people can contribute and participate in the processes and issues which affect the villages in which they live. A free information event is to be held at the offices of Rother Voluntary Action in Bexhill on Friday 25/09/09 1300-1500. Noted.
C09/10.74

Aim 2 To achieve a Safe and Healthy Sedlescombe Community

  1. Junction of A21/B2244. No further information from Highways Agency.
  2. Parking by parents dropping off or collecting children. Council to consider the following ideas which were put forward at the last meeting:
    1. Lollipop person - no further discussion
    2. Walking Bus. Cllr Glew had spoken to the headteacher who is unable to find a parent willing to "run" the walking bus.
    3. Overspill parking in pub car park has been offered by the landlady (Mel) of the Queen's Head for the morning school run.
    4. Drop-off spot. Cllr Marland had proposed introducing a drop-off area in the car park so that parents would not be allowed to park. It was suggested that he should try to pursue the idea with the headteacher.
  3. Crime and Anti-social behaviour meeting for parish councils now to be held quarterly.
    1. Report of meeting held on 23/07/09. Cllrs Glew and Dellow had attended. Report available on website.
    2. Sussex Policing Pledge. Available on website.
  4. Information re crime and anti-social behaviour in the Battle Area (as of 21/07/09). Available on website.
  5. PCSO Report, July/August 2009. Available on website, noticeboard and in shop.
  6. Cars parking on the highway opposite Budget Cars, at Balcombe Green and at the Pumphouse. PCSO Demi had been working on these problems. Members were surprised to hear that it is only an offence to sell cars on the highway if two cars are displayed for sale within 500 metres. Some of the cars have expired tax discs but leave trade plates on the front seat. It was suggested that motor traders have been granted a concession if they display trade plates to carry out their businesses without the inconvenience and administrative burden of registering and taxing every vehicle (confirmed later www.transportoffice.gov.uk).
  7. Dog Fouling and Littering. New powers for PCSOs. Further details on Rother webpage http://www.rother.gov.uk/index.cfm?articleid=5673. PCSOs in the district now have the power (six months trial) to hand out fixed penalty notices on behalf of Rother DC to anyone who lets their dog foul in a public place. They can also issue notices to anyone spotted littering in the district. A press statement released by the Police and Rother states that residents asked for more action on dog fouling and littering at recent neighbourhood forums organised by the police. The Council agreed to the Clerk's suggestion that an objection should be made as Sedlescombe Parish Council has been telling Rother and the Police that enforcement needs addressing for years. Parish councils should be representative of their communities and it should not be necessary to get this information from neighbourhood forums.
  8. Not in My Neighbourhood Week - a national initiative - week 02-09/11/09. Key objective to inform people of action being taken to tackle crime and anti-social behaviour and to make communities safer. In Rother, clean-up sessions will be organised as last year. These can include clearing graffiti, removing litter and general tidying-up. Any suggestions to the Clerk. It was noted that Rother DC is very good at removing fly-tipped goods from the highway.
  9. Pestalozzi International Village
    1. Report of meeting on 28/07/09 attended by Cllr Wright, Mrs Raymond, Paul Evans (Pestalozzi Chief Executive) and Debbie Martin (Pestalozzi Marketing Manager). The Council representatives informed Mr Evans that the proposed One Love Festival run by Foxes Den had been a poor choice and had done nothing to improve relations with the local community. Mr Evans explained that increased funding must be raised by the Pestalozzi charity and that different activities must be tried on the estate. Finance would be needed to make the estate suitable for some uses that might generate income which is not currently available. £240,000 needs to be raised this year. The only way festivals can be run on the estate is by Pestalozzi finding partners to make the arrangements. The Pestalozzi Trustees have agreed to divide Pestalozzi into three separate businesses, students, education and estate. Interest has been expressed in the building land. 62.5% of the proceeds from the sale of the building land is supposed to be used for refurbishment/extension of Sainsbury House and building a new administration building. Application may be made to the Planners to change the 106 Agreement to allow two new buildings with reasonable accommodation to be built from the proceeds. These could generate income from holiday lets.
    2. Forthcoming public meeting arranged in Village Hall on Friday 13 November, 1900-2100 The Parish Council has hired the village hall for Mr Evans to give a powerpoint-assisted talk to inform the public of Pestalozzi's current plans.
  10. East Sussex Highways work in partnership with May Gurney and are responsible for highway maintenance and improvements including grass and verge cutting, gully emptying, winter gritting, emergency response as well as general roadworks and local safety schemes. A satisfaction survey has been received.
  11. Street lighting. Added to the agenda at the verbal request of residents at the last Council Meeting. However, no further details have been received and no discussion took place.
  12. Electric blanket testing, Sedlescombe Village Hall, Monday 26/10/09, 1400-1600. A road show will attend such as fuel poverty, ESFRS and others. Cllr Dellow to have display re energy save etc.
  13. Crimestoppers acknowledgement of donation and offer of presentation and/or supply of promotional materials received.
  14. East Sussex Fire & Rescue Service. Partnership Grant 2009-2010. Applications by 25/09/09. No action.
C09/10.75

Aim 3 To help provide Amenities and Services in Sedlescombe

  1. Buses. Nothing to report.
  2. Playgrounds. All councillors declared their personal/prejudicial interests by virtue of the Council being the sole trustee of the Playing Field Trust. As dispensation has been granted, they remained in the meeting. Professional inspection carried out and report received. Regular inspections undertaken by councillors. Taken into account by Chair of Finance and Clerk on their inspection. In addition, members have found:
    1. Minor maintenance problems at Riverside.
    2. Ropes at Riverside area too low. Cllrs Rand and Martin to adjust.
    3. Litter problems - purchase of larger bin in Riverside play area near table agreed.
    4. Local resident to turn over boards of table at Riverside play area if a special spanner can be found.
    5. Hay at kickabout area. Removed by Roger Wood at the Council's expense.
    6. Other matters to be considered by Finance Committee.
  3. Sportsfield.
    1. Pavilion Open Day 31/07/09. Very successful.
    2. Pavilion CCTV. Parish Council is retaining funds towards the installation but the Sports Association has identified problems with the location of some of the cameras.
    3. Removal of portacabin(s). The portacabins will not now be used for the youth club. Cllr Rand will investigate disconnection of electricity and water. The Football Club will be asked to remove the small portacabin. RESOLVED: That Cllr Rand and the Clerk will make arrangements to sell the large portacabin, probably through E-bay.
    4. Closure of gate by bridge and replacement fence. Once the portacabins have been removed, arrangements will be made to close off the gate etc. as required by the planning permission for the pavilion. There will probably be sufficient money in the Council's pavilion fund to pay for replacement fencing along the front of the sportsfield.
    5. Deed of Variation for Parish Council/Sports Association Lease of Sportsfield. Awaiting Sports Association.
    6. Sportsfield ditch. Cllr Rand reported that ESCC had cleared the ditch by the sportsfield following his meeting. The ditch by the car park probably needs further work and it might be necessary to hire a mini-digger and driver and, even, replace the pipe under the entrance to the car park. Cllr Rand to report.
    7. Use of temporary flood lights Tuesday to Fridays at the sportsfield between 1800 and 2100 from October (alternatively, use of tennis courts for football training with temporary flood lights). Because of being in the High Weald AONB, Rother Planning has confirmed that planning permission is needed for floodlighting. RESOLVED: That the Parish Council has no objection to the use of temporary flood lights at the sportsfield between Tuesday and Friday, 1800 to 2100 from October 2009 as long as planning permission is obtained (50% cost if Parish Council submits). However, the use of the tennis courts could be more difficult as the posts cannot be pulled out and the courts are close to properties. The proposed use could cause light pollution and noise nuisance. The Clerk was authorised to write to the Sports Association about safeguarding the fencing and how much rental would be paid. It was agreed that the Council as trustee of the Playing Field Trust should speak to the near neighbours.
  4. Public footpaths. The following was reported:
    1. Footpath 25c, broken stile at A21 end. For inspection.
    2. Resolution of problems Footpath Battle 52. For inspection.
    3. Footpath 37, stile near A21. ESCC to investigate although no particular priority for gate as set back from road.
    4. Footpath 23, stile near A21. ESCC to investigate whether a gate would be appropriate.
    5. Footpath 33, Neatenden Farm, New England Lane - complaint regarding broken stile and overgrown path. For report by Cllr Wright at next meeting.
    6. Footpath 5d, to note that new memorial seat for Muriel Brown has been erected beside public footpath overlooking view to the Parish Church.
    7. Nick Brown has a proposal to produce a booklet of cross-country runs including some in the Sedlescombe area.
    8. Footpath 28a. To note: partially-collapsed bridge on land belonging to Mr Betts and Mr Anson - solved by construction of a new bridge to one side by ESCC. Cllr Wheatley reported that Mrs Betts had held a 100th birthday party for her dog with champagne at the site of the new bridge.
    9. Footpath 22. To note replacement bridge fitted by ESCC.
    10. Easy-access circular path. Waymarks completed by Cllr Dellow and his wife.
    11. Bridleway 21a, Stream Lane. Steps completed.
    12. Footpath 24. Cllr Rand reported this path is currently impassable.
  5. 2010 Grass cutting and mowing contract. RESOLVED: That the following contract is awarded to Roger Wood for the 2010 grass cutting season:

    Brede Lane Car Park

    20 cuts Feb to Nov

    £20/month

    £200

    Village Green

    20 cuts Feb to Nov removing arisings

    £50/month

    £500

    Riverside Playground

    20 cuts Feb to Nov removing arisings

    £30/month

    £300

    Riverside Playing Field excluding fenced-off area

    16 cuts Mar to October

    £60/month

    £480

    Red Barn Field

    10 strims particularly termtime

    £15/month

    £150

     

     

    Total

    £1,630


  6. Housing
    1. Home Works Housing Support. Noted
    2. Rother Key Worker Housing Consultation. Rother Housing Department is asking parishes what occupations exist that councillors consider key to contributing to the local community and economy. Several councils have refused to join in saying everyone is key to the local community. RESOLVED: That Sedlescombe Parish Council will refuse to specify any one group of people above another as being key to the community.
  7. Village amenity signs for A21. Cllrs Wright and Rand declared their personal/prejudicial interests and left the room during this item. Cllr Martin in the chair. The Clerk reported that the Chairman and Vice Chairman had signed a letter to the Highways Agency asking for local services signs on the A21. The Parish Council has been in favour of the idea for some time in order to support local businesses and to provide services for passing motorists.

    The Clerk reported attending a meeting with Greg Barker MP yesterday together with Cllrs Wright and Rand and local business people. Mr Barker is willing to press the Highways Agency for a sign if he receives a letter from the Clerk with further details. RESOLVED: That the Clerk should write to Greg Barker MP asking him to press for Sedlescombe Local Services signs on the A21.
  8. Afro-Caribbean Party next to, but nothing to do with, Blackbrooks Garden Centre on Sunday 16 August, advertised as 1400 until late with an entry fee being charged. This included a car boot sale (permitted development rights to hold 28 times a year on any site) and music (regulated entertainment requiring a Temporary Events Notice to be submitted to Rother if less than 500 people attend or a licence if more). Rother Licensing Officer had confirmed that no licence had been applied for and that he would investigate the incident.
C09/10.76

Aim 5 To protect and enhance Sedlescombe's built and natural environment

  1. Red Barn Field
    1. Bird, flower and other surveys carried out by Colin Boyd available on the website and on noticeboards in Red Barn Field.
    2. Grass cutting. The grass is expected to be cut this week and left in piles. Arrangements to be made for volunteers to rake up the grass.
  2. Brede High Woods
    1. Austford Farm, Sedlescombe. Visit arranged to view what is being done by the Woodland Trust. Arranged for 23/09/09 at 10:00. Cllrs Martin, Dellow and Wheatley together with the Clerk and her husband will attend.
    2. Forthcoming events, e-mail learning@woodlandtrust.org.uk if you want to attend.
      1. Guided Archaeology walk, Sat 10/10 1000 to 1230. Meet main car park. Nicola Banister
      2. Fungi walk, Sun 11/10 1000-1300. Meet main car park. Martin Allison
      3. Christmas walk, Sun 20/12 1000-1230. Meet main car park. Dr Patrick Roper
  3. Energy conservation and sustainability
    1. Energy Auditing for community buildings. Community buildings in Sedlescombe to be encouraged to carry out energy audits. It was noted that courses are held to help undertake energy auditing of community buildings. If none in our area, could host one ourselves.
    2. Compost bins etc. special offer. On noticeboard. Special offers from ESCC available from Blackbrooks.
    3. Sustainability. Cllr Dellow had suggested investigating the following which was accepted by the Council:
      1. Tables re energy saving, garden share, fire safety etc. as available at Electric Blanket Testing afternoon on 26/10/09 and other appropriate times.
      2. Publicity for local Electric Blanket Testing.
      3. Publicity on the various straightforward ways to save energy in the home with the grants available.
      4. Energy audit of school to be arranged (headteacher has agreed). When the work is complete, residents can be invited to the School to learn about it.
      5. Publicity for village businesses on ways to save energy.
      6. Publicity on Solar Thermal heating for homes and the available grants.
      7. Publicity on composters and wormeries available locally at special prices and compost doctor to give a demonstration.
      8. Publicity on recycling, clarifying what can be recycled and information on the more obscure items such as water filters, yellow pages etc.
      9. Investigation of the introduction of the Garden Share scheme which has the double advantage of helping older people and growers of veg.
      10. Information on growing veg, probably supported by the Garden Society.
      11. Working with the shop in discussing ways in which their veg box can become more widely available and so on.
      RESOLVED: That the Parish Council will, working with other agencies, take every opportunity to inform local residents, businesses and charities about Energy Saving, Sustainability and Safety.

      RESOLVED: That the Parish Council will undertake research into conducting a community-led carbon footprint survey as detailed in Energy Saving Trust guidance and report to the Council at its January 2010 meeting. The intention will be to launch the Survey in the 2010 Annual Report and Directory and give publicity at the 2010 Annual Parish Assembly in April.

 

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