Annual Parish Assembly
Minutes of the meeting held on
Tuesday 28th April 2015 in Sedlescombe Village Hall 19:00 to 20:30

PRESENT: 136 people were present at the meeting including:

Cllr Pauline Glew (Vice-Chair of Sedlescombe Parish Council) in the chair
Parish Councillors Peter Anson, Michelle Brister, Roy Chapman, Lindsay Fraser, John Parsons,
Carol Hodgson (Clerk/Responsible Financial Officer of Sedlescombe Parish Council)
County Councillor Angharad Davies
District Councillor Tony Ganly
PCSO Demetrius Georghiou

1. Chairman's Opening Remarks
The Chairman welcomed everyone to the meeting including County Cllr Angharad Davies, District Cllr Tony Ganly and PCSO Demetrius Georghiou.
For Health and Safety purposes the emergency exits were pointed out in the Village Hall.

Apologies for absence had been received from the Parish Council Chairman Cllr. Jonathan Vine-Hall who was recuperating.

2. Approval of Minutes of Annual Parish Meeting held on 29-Apr-14
Item passed over in error.

3. Presentation of the History Cup by Pauline Raymond
Pauline Raymond thanked the Parish Council for providing the History Cup for an annual event. An entry to the competition could be based on any event that took place in the history of Sedlescombe. The subjects are endless to pass onto future generations. Pauline has during her time in Sedlescombe built-up an exteneive archive of Sedlescombe history and created digital copies of the past. Anyone who is interested in seeing any of the photographs can contact Pauline after the meeting or by calling her on 870508. She is always looking for further material.
Pauline thanked all those who entered the 2015 competition. The winner of this years competition is Charlotte Williams an 8 year old pupil from Sedlescombe School. Her projected entitled “15th century through to 2015” featured the Queens Head pub, which her grandfather John Cook was previously the landlord.

4. Presentations

5. Report of Parish Council Chairman
Cllr. Glew presented the Chairman's report:

Highway Issues. This year Parish Council set aside funding for Traffic Calming. With ESCC Community Match Funding - which has been given first stage approval earlier this year - the proposal to improve access and parking around the shop is now moving forward. PC is currently waiting for ESCC to come back with a design which will be used to go out to public consultation with the community so that everyone can have a say before the final decision is made. All being well, it is hoped that the work will take place towards the end of this year. A speed gun has been ordered but due to problems with the supplier, has not yet been received. Owning our equipment will help make life easier in not having to take it in turns to borrow Sussex Police's and will lead to a more effective speed check programme.

Neighbourhood Plan. Our NHP passed the examination stage earlier this year. The Inspector recommended a number of modifications. The NHP is now with Rother District Council. Once the elections are over Parish Council and Rother DC will meet. The outcome will be reported back to the village - possibly via the next bulletin.

Street Farm Appeal. After two and a half years, a planning application and a public enquiry lasting 3 days the Government Inspectors recommendation to refuse development on Street Farm was agreed by the Secretary of State. Having the Neighbourhood Plan at an advanced stage definitely helped. Jonathan Vine-Hall would like to thank all those who made the effort to write in against this unwanted development.
Cllr. Anson also asked that Cllrs. Vine-Hall and Fraser were thanked for their involvement.

Cllr. Glew thanked the following:

6. Prize Draw for Sedlescombe Volunteers by Cllr. Roy Chapman
The winner of the Volunteers Prize Draw is Rod Eldridge as drawn by Cllr. Chapman. Cllr. Glew thanked Rod for all his hard work with Speed Watch and also to the Queens Head for donating this prize.

7. Parish Council Financial Report
An update of Parish Council's income and expenditure for the year ended 31st March 2015 is available on the back of the Agenda. Total expenditure for the year is £66,537. The figure in Staff Costs included a gratuity payment to Pauline Raymond on her retirement last year. Income for the year was £46,501 of which £42,295 came from the precept. It was a quiet year financially for projects though a lot of preparation has been going on to bring these projects to fruitation hopefully in this coming year. Cllr. Glew has provided an update on the Speed Gun and the Traffic Calming Project. Of the remaining balance £4408 went on Neighbourhood Plan expenses. Also from this budget Councillors agreed to spend £1500 on professional assistance for submitting a case for the Street Farm Appeal. Of the normal year on year spending the main expenditure was for repayment of two loans for the Pavilion and MUGA £5636, grounds maintenance £2500 and insurance £1100.

8. Electors’ question & answer session with County Councillor Angharad Davies, District Councillor Tony Ganly, PCSO Demi and Parish Council Chairman

9. Prize Draw for those in attendance by Cllr. Davies
The winner of the Door Prize Draw is number 79 white - Sally Martin as drawn by Cllr. Davies. Cllr. Glew thanked the Brickwall Hotel for donating this prize.

Cllr. Glew invited those attending to stay for refreshments and see the display tables.