The following is a summary of the February minutes which were approved by the SBRA committee on March 6th.
Apologies and co-option of Prospective committee member: Joshua Baxendale.
Proposed by: John Bradshaw. Seconded by: Joan Moore.
A recent matter relating to a tracked digger being driven onto the Nature Reserve near The Burrells has been resolved.
Joss Loader, as editor of Beach News, advised the new deadline to be February 14th for the Spring 2020 edition: all contributors and advertisers have been advised with proposed delivery approx March 20th. SBRA Website updates are continuing.
Joyce Willson confirmed that posters for the AGM have been delivered and a press release will be issued for the date and venue. She asked if committee volunteers could arrive about 1.15pm for setting up. Details of the new SBRA Tea event on March 28th looks promising with attendances confirmed and live music options amongst other items discussed. The Parliament trip for April 27th has attracted 27 covers but there are still spare seats. This and other social events will be mentioned at the AGM.
Julia Watts confirmed our bank balance stands at £16,204.98 with cash in hand at £141.76. Joss thanked Julia for her work during a very busy time for her.
There was a general discussion over multiple occupancy Air BnB offerings, an issue our beach-side location attracts.
Cllr Joss Loader updated the meeting about the apprent lack of progress with the toilet block build by BoxPark.
Joss advised that the steep ramp remains closed as "unsafe" at
the Fort beach – the issues of inclination combined with
clinging seaweed implies it will remain closed to avoid future
injury until the safety issues can be resolved.
The EA is currently carrying out emergency repairs to the new slipway at the Sailing Club.
Metal detectorists have recently visited the Beach; this is not allowed on the Local Nature Reserve due to its impact on wild plant and bird life.
The issue of the formation of Community Land Trusts in Adur was discussed. David Johnson explained their Implications.
Although the recent changes to bin collections seem to have bedded in, there has been some flytipping. Thre has also been a spate of bicycle thefts both here and in the town recently; particularly those left at the railway station.
Joss commented upon the irritating mis-management of temporary lights during recent roadwork problems, especially the Norfolk Bridge. Roads & pavements are the responsibility of West Sussex County Council [WSCC]. Tim Loughton MP has organised a "Traffic Summit" – planned for the end of February - for both those responsible and those concerned by the recent traffic mismanagement. Joss has been invited to attend.
The Western section of Boardwalk [Ferry Road to Beach Green] will be laid during February by ADC.
There are still concerns about the location of the Zebra Crossing at the North-end of Ferry Road near the AF Bridge and particularly the sightline issue for road traffic heading West along Riverside Road.
Illegal parkiing of camper vans raised its ugly head again and the dicussion that signage appears to be completely ignored by perpetrators. Joss and Kevin are working with both ADC and WSCC to try to identify legally-enforceable solutions.
The spare planters offerred by WSCC to SBRA at the Ropetackle Roundabout remain uneconomic to remove or refurbish; the Association is considering the purchase of new planters and will assess costs.
Joss's successful defibrillator programme – as Chair of ADC – will now be wound up: 17 units are now located in the ADC area.
Tony updated the meeting about the SBNF's plans to redesignate
the ward area and forum to complete its work. Presently, the
Forum is technically "out-of-time" and unable to proceed but if
and when a redesignation is approved – subject to a number of
hurdles – and not a foregone conclusion, it is committed to hold
its final AGM and Have Your Say Day both together at one
Maurice raised the issue of "NextDoor" a social media site for the benefit of residents on the Beach. Joshua was able to assure the meeting of its long-term implications.
Joss affirmed her intention to stand again for Councillor at the upcoming District Council Election in May. This prompted the nomination of John Bradshaw to act again as political agent for the party and Julia agreed to propose her at the Association's AGM. Any further arrangements for the 22nd of February AGM will be advised to committee members as necessary. Meeting closed at 9.25pm
NEXT MEETING: MARCH 5TH, 2020.