MONTHLY MEETING FOR November 8th, 2018 - Harbour Club 7.30 pm start
The following is a summary of the draft minutes of SBRA's November meeting. The full, approved version will be available on request after the next meeting, which is on January 3rd (there is no December meeting).
Proposed by: Julia Watts; Seconded by: Maureen Ashley
ADUR FERRY BRIDGE - Joss advised that Cllr. Kevin Boram was adopting a robust approach to WSCC regarding all matters relating to the maintenance of the bridge, supported by ADC's Exec Member, Cllr Emma Evans. In the meantime, the committee will await the County Council's responses.
Environment Agency update:
Joss advised that Pat Hand's concerns over the EA's contractors' health and safety measures had been passed on to the EA.
Joss asked if the SBRA sub-committee for beach planning applications had met? Both Maureen and Maurice advised there was nothing to report upon.
Joss confirmed that SBRA has supported our local MP's appeal for the IKEA planning application to be called-in, and she has sent a letter to the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities & Local Government, James Brokenshire MP.
The meeting sought an update on the Neighbourhood Forum's progress. Tony, as SBNF's vice-chair, advised that Locality had approved additional funding. He also advised that, according to ADC, the final "Have Your Say Day" event may be unnecessary noting the depth of work undertaken. An SBNF notice will appear in the next Beach News to encourage residents to become more involved with a process that has a clearly defined time limit.
David Johnson agreed that a new ledger to record members' attendances at committee meetings was unnecessary when such absences are already recorded in committee minutes under 'Apologies'.
Julia Watts presented latest transaction statements & SBRA's current financial position suggesting that the Association has experienced an encouraging response to subscriptions so far. Expenditure included monies for the four ex-ADC wooden planters that needed some refurbishment; they are now to be seen in situ: two in Ferry Road; one at West Beach parade outside Pebbles and the last one outside the Church of the Good Shepherd.
As mentioned above, the resurrected SBRA planning sub-committee had nothing to report.
The toilet block issue: Joss reported that the contract has yet to be signed between the successful tenderer, Box Park, and ADC as the land-owner.
Members agreed that like all councils in the present political climate, ADC should remain committed to their historic, if not statutory, responsibility to provide public toilets. The current delay and the offer of unusually long lease terms, only creates public apprehension about the intentions of both the Tenderer and Adur District Council. We have it in writing that public toilet provision will be a condition of planning consent.
It was agreed that this topic be placed on the Association's agenda at its next AGM in February.
Councillor Dave Collins had sent apologies.
Councillor Joss Loader opened with a reference to the public's concerns for a homeless female who was sleeping on a bench locally. Joss has made ADC aware and they offered assistance but there is no requirement for for her to accept it.
Environment Agency: councillors are aware of mounting issues with the EA's contractor's work at the Eastern end of the beach. The Sailing Club's new steps have at long-last been resurfaced.
Joss advised that the Fort will be opening on Sunday, November 11, for a Remembrance event.
She also advised that ADC is intending to restrict household refuse collections (grey bins) to fortnightly, from September 2019. Green bins, as they are funded by resident contributions will not be affected. Recycling will not change. Residents & businesses will be advised about how to dispose of the various versions of plastics via a new education programme.
The four re-adopted ex-ADC planters are now in situ and a new defribillator has been installed outside The Mooring Club in Emerald Quay.
Joss confirmed various "Remembrance" events over the weekend of 10th & 11th November and an oak tree sapling will be planted and dedicated on Friday 9th at Buckingham Park. As Chair of ADC she will be officiating at them all across the district. Finally, she reminded the meeting that the Fort & Marlipins Museum have joined forces for their Fort event on the evening of the 11th finishing with a beacon being lit.
David Johnson advised that Wordfest was now over but the organisers will be assessing its success and looking for some fresh ideas to encourage & increase future attendances. All ideas would be welcomed by the organising committee.
In closing the meeting, Joss offered her best wishes for the festive season noting that the next meeting would be on January 3rd, 2019
THE MEETING CLOSED AT 9.20PM.
NEXT MEETING: THURSDAY January 3rd, 2019 @ 7.30PM