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EMERGENCY COUNCIL MEETING MINUTES

MINUTES OF THE EMERGENCY MEETING OF SEDLESCOMBE PARISH COUNCIL HELD IN COMMITTEE ROOM 2 OF SEDLESCOMBE VILLAGE HALL ON TUESDAY 1 MAY 2012, 18:00 TO 19:25

PARISH COUNCILLORS PRESENT: Cllr Jonathan Vine-Hall (Vice-Chairman) in the chair, Cllrs Chapman, Eldridge, Heap, Mitchell (left before the end of the meeting), Reynolds

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

Thirteen members of the public up to and including C11/12.125, District Councillor Ganly

C11/12.122 APOLOGY FOR ABSENCE was received from Cllr Glew.
C11/12.123 INTERESTS. No interests were disclosed by councillors.
C11/12.124 MINUTES. RESOLVED: That the Chairman of the meeting is authorised to sign the Minutes of the Meeting of the Council held on 13/03/12.
C11/12.125 PUBLIC PARTICIPATION SESSION. The following local residents spoke regarding the ex-car lot in The Street: Martin Hall, Amanda Morton-King, Ted Cornford, Tony Skinner, Ralph Dellow, Alan Fenn, Anthony Morton-King and, later Hugh Dyson-Laurie. All who spoke were in favour of the Parish Council attempting to purchase the ex-car lot and several considered that the additional cost on the Council Tax would not be a huge burden. One suggestion was made that the Council tax should not be increased but, instead, the funds raised in the Village. Another suggestion was that the Council should consider buying the land to develop small houses by adding some of the adjacent playing field trust land although some others would not support any loss of the playing field.
C11/12.126 CONFIDENTIAL BUSINESS. RESOLVED: That, because of the confidential nature of the business to be transacted, the public and press (apart from District Cllr Ganly) are excluded from the remainder of the meeting.
C11/12.127

EX-CAR LOT, THE STREET, SEDLESCOMBE. The emergency meeting of the Council had been called to consider whether it should take any action regarding the ex-car lot which is currently for sale at an asking price of £125,000. This followed suggestions made to the Council at the Parish Assembly on 17/04/12 and in e-mails to the Clerk that it would be appropriate for the Parish Council to buy the land. It was noted that, at the Assembly, Derek Wright of Kester House had invited expressions of interest from the Village in setting up a Community Interest Company to purchase the land and to use it for community benefit.

 

Members realised that timescales were probably short and that it would be difficult for the Council to obtain the necessary loan sanction followed by the loan quickly enough.

 

After full consideration by members regarding the possible benefits of the Council owning the land weighed against the exorbitant cost being asked for the land and the increasing pressures being exerted on Parish Council Taxpayers from all sides, including District and County Councils and the School, it was agreed that the Council would not take any action itself. It would, however, fully support Derek Wright's initiative and encourage members of the public who were interested to back his project financially. The Parish Council would also strongly support any appropriate change of use application on the land.

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