MONTHLY MEETING FOR JANUARY 3rd, 2019 - Harbour Club 7.30 pm start
The following is a summary of the draft minutes of the meeting held on January 3rd. The full, approved version will be available on request after the February meeting.
Proposed by Julia Watts; Seconded by: Maurice Pitchford
ADUR FERRY BRIDGE: Joss Loader advised that the centre span is to be re-surfaced from 7th until 21st January, 2019. The bridge is to remain open to pedestrians & cyclists throughout but some car parking bays in Lower Beach Rd CP may be occupied by items of plant & equipment - See below / Cllr Dave Collins' report reference latest engineering updates on the bridge.
Joyce Willson upadted the meeting about the Council's proposed changes to bin collections later this year. She had suggested that in light of the proposed fortnightly refuse collection that a weekly foodwaste collection would be helpful for households and suggested that a likely government trial for the new scheme could be undertaken on the Beach for assessment although some charities are considering ways and means to deal with non-recyclable plastics. The Committee agreed to support the trial and SBRA will write to ADC ta request that the Beach is considered for the pilot scheme.
BEACH NEWS & WEBSITE: Joss, as BN's editor, suggested a copy date for the Spring edition for 15th February with print and distribution approx one month later. There was good feedback from the recent Winter edition.
SOCIAL REPORT: Joyce Willson, our Social Secretary, confirmed that the Church Hall has been booked for both SBRA's afternoon AGM – 23rd February - and the Seniors Meal for March 23rd.
Joyce has been offered a provisional date for the visit to the House of Commons (date tbc) and will be contacting those who have shown interest so that transport can be reserved. The outing is already over-subscribed.
As last month, residents seeking other local bodies' upcoming events are asked to refer to their dedicated websites and the following hyperlinks are offered:
Friends of Shoreham Beach – http://www.fosbeach.com - AGM February 18th at 7pm at Sussex Yacht Club; guest speaker; Sarah Ward.
http://www.goodshepherdshorehambeach.org.uk for the Church of the Good Shepherd.
https://www.shorehamfort.co.uk - "find out more"days on January 13th & 27th 11am.
Our Treasurer, Julia Watts, confirmed the bank balance at £16,225.00 & cash in hand £46.08.
Planning sub-committee report: The sub-committee had not met but the councillors reported accordingly:
Beach Green Toilet Block
Joss and Cllr Dave Collins met with ADC's James Appleton & Cian Cronin for an update on the toilet block tender.
Developer hopes to lodge application late Spring 2019 in readiness for planning consideration this Summer & is suggesting construction starts in the Autumn for completion in 2020.
Our councillors requested:
Full consultation prior to planning application being lodged. Developer to be invited to SBRA AGM in February to answer residents' concerns.
An assurance from ADC that public toilet provision will be a condition of the new lease: confirmed verbally by officers.
Provision of replacement public toilets during the regeneration of the area, subject to planning consent.
Planning Applications: Dave will be chairing the SBRA planning sub-committee for consideration to various applications.
Councillor & ADC Chair, Joss Loader:
Joss has been in touch with ADC's Head of Cleansing Services to ensure adequate REFUSE COLLECTIONS from the riverbank as the new towpath is now completed and open. She has approached the Houseboats Assciation to enquire if they would like more red bins[dog waste] or other measures provided by ADC after a series of complaints about dog fouling. In similar vein, Beach Green residents have been concerned about the accumulation of undergrowth/construction materials behind their rear fences. Joss enquired about what works will be undertaken to reinstate the car park once Mackleys have removed their compound. These matters to be resolved.
There is ongoing evidence of anti-social behaviour within Marine Ward and Joss will update future meetings with developments.
Ad hoc motorhome & caravan parking continues in various places, but especially Harbour Way, and has again been reported to WSCC.
Dead animals - Joss was advised that the body of a dead cat was found along the A259 adjacent to the former AOAC building; she advised ADC who removed it forthwith; Council Officers confirmed that all domestic animals killed during road accidents are scanned for chips which is reassuring for pet owners.
The roadworks along the A259 at Lancing caused less congestion than was anticipated. WSCC appeared to have listened to pleas for a manually operated stop-go system during peak times.
Remembrance - Joss advised the meeting that she laid wreaths on behalf of Her Majesty the Queen in Shoreham & Lancing on November 11th. John Bradahaw laid SBRA's own wreath in East Street that morning. Joss thanked those supporters who witnessed the tree-planting in Buckingham Park on November 9th.
Boardwalk - ADC have received complaints about the latest stretch of boardwalk along to the Old Fort that, like previous stretches, appears susceptible to early morning dew etc. ADC reported this to the manufacturers however no major identifable problem was identified.
Robert Dunn: Bob Dunn, a long-serving, well-respected WSCC councillor for Marine Ward, died recently. Joss with John and Judy Bradshaw attended the funeral.
ADC Chairman's work & defibrillator update: This has been a very busy festive period. Joss wished to thank all those who supported her position's civic carol service paricualrly Julia and her daughter who helped with the refreshments.
"I have now ordered new defibrillators for Emerald Quay, The Bridge Inn, Sunshine Nursery, Crabtree Lane, Lancing and for three further sites in Lancing. Thanks to all for their fund raising. Another two orders remain pending. I also ran a 'women in local government' session for a Southwick Brownie Group as part of their "Women in Parliament & Public Service" project.
Cllr Dave Collins Report: Dave reported on his meeting with local engineers relating to engineering developments on the Adur Ferry Bridge. Essentially, a report by local engineers suggests structural issues with some panels.
Shoreham Christmas lunch. Dave visited the Christmas lunch at the Shoreham Centre on Christmas Day and thanked the organising team for all their efforts.
A short discussion was initiated by Joyce who spoke of increasing rumours concerning the Parcel Force flats project. Joss will ask James Appleton for an update.
The Chair thanked all for their attendance.
Meeting closed @ 8.50pm
NEXT MEETING February 7th, 2019