MONTHLY MEETING FOR October 4th, 2018
The following is a summary of the minutes of the SBRA meeting held on October 4. The full, approved version will be available on request after the November meeting.
Proposed by Pat Hand; Seconded by: Maurice Pitchford
ADUR FERRY BRIDGE: Cllr Joss Loader reported that she had spoken with Cllr Emma Evans[ADC] and Cllr Kevin Boram[WSCC] concerning the question of the cleanliness of the bridge. A meeting is planned with both authorities to discuss the issue further.
Maurice Pitchford asked about the Beach's mounted defibrillators. He asked why the public are not advised of the special code to release the defib. boxes from their locations in an emergency He was advised that the correct procedure isto ring 999 and ask the ambulance service for the code number; so doing, the ambulance will then automatically be sent to the scene whilst the debfrillator is being used.
This is to protect the defibrillators from theft and vandalism.
BEACH NEWS & WEBSITE: Joss advised that the copy date for inclusions for the Winter edition is October 12th with the issue ready for distribution around November 15th 2018.
SOCIAL REPORT: Joyce gave a full summary of SBRA, and other organisations', events:
The SBRA-led Leeds Castle trip was a great success with 28 visitors and much positive feedback. The event covered costs with a small surplus.
Next SBRA AGM is set for 23rd February, 2019 and a month later the annual Seniors meal is set for 23rd March.
Proposed trip to Houses of Parliament, 2019. Even with no firm date nor cost yet confirmed Joyce has already received 40 declarations of interest in the trip.
Church of the Good Shepherd – Christmas Fair is planned for November 17th.
Friends of Shoreham Beach – Saturday 3rd November @ 12 Noon – Beginners Guide to Bird-watching in Ferry Road [beach end].
Joyce also provided the up to date set of Accounts for all social events held since April 2014 to date.
Julia Watts presented latest transaction statements & SBRA's current financial position:
Cllr Dave Collins higlighted the system SBRA uses to assess new applications. Prior to his election, there was a sub-committee in place and he recommended its continuation for reasons of equity and fair appraisal especially in the case of any apparently contentious applications. He suggested a third committee member might like to step forward and Maureen Ashley volunteered. SBRAS's new planning sub-committee comprises Cllr Dave Collins, Maurice Pitchford and Maureen Ashley.
Cllr. Joss Loader spoke at some length regarding the recent issue of ADC's Public Notice about Shoreham's Beach Green. Thus, she reported on her initial conversations with and requests for information from ADC.
ADC's Notice concerns the future of the delapidated toilet block. ADC's Public Notice and the proposal to offer a long-term lease, subject to conditions, is a new development.
At length, the meeting discussed issues such as:
When will the developer confirm a consulation process?
The necessity for public toilets on the Beach.
Acknowledgement of the thoughts of the majority of residents.
A timetable from ADC.
Should SBRA await a consultation or is that too late to raise its objections?
SBRA awaits ADC's responses to its concerns.
Joss also spoke on the recent approval by ADC's Planning Committee of the proposal for a new IKEA retail premises as part of the New Monk's Farm development. She advised that our MP, Tim Loughton, is persuaded to proceed with "calling in" the proposal to the Minister concerned.
The Minister concerned is:
James Brokenshire MP, Secretary of State for Housing, Communities & Local Government.
The Environment Agency: Cllr Loader advised that the Fort car park has been improved by a resurfacing and remodelling but has yet to reopen.
The "painted steps" issue has benefitted from the removal of the high gloss finish however the ramp at the Eastern end remains unusable for people in wheelchairs, due to accumulated shingle.
A new bike rack has been installed at the Church and SBRA was thanked for its funding after the last Sunday service.
The four ex-ADC planters have now been refurbished and will be located at three sites: Two in Ferry Road; one at the Church of the Good Shepherd and the fourth outside Pebble Financial at West Beach Parade.
The Lower Beach Road car park is all but finished and the three figurine statues erected in the pavement outside the Waterside public house have been officially identified as: King Charles II; Joan Morgan & Peter Huxtable.
ADC Chairman's Carol Service will be held at the Church of the Good Shepherd during the evening of 19th December, 2018 – all welcome. Time tbc.
Cllr Dave Collins reported that he attended a meeting with TimLoughton MP and Pat Hand over the flood defence at Sussex Wharf.
He advised the committee that campers had been appearing overnight on the Nature Reserve at the rear of 34 Old Fort Road and on two occasions became offensive and threatening to local residents. ADC was helpful to him in the matter after an apparent incident involving a Park Ranger. Thankfully, the illegal campers have yet to return; the local Police have been informed.
The controversy over the specification of the glass panels fitted to the Adur Ferry Bridge has developed further. Dave has contacted three local, independent engineers to investigate further the apparent delamination of some 33 panels despite a suspicion that some panels have been deliberately broken by vandals. However, the intention now is to form an action group.
He also called a Forum Executive Committee meeting to push on with an application for funding from Locality.
Dave has had meetings with Moira Hayes [ADC] re the Neighbourhood Forum future programme; also with Andy McGregor the Lancing Widwater Councillor regarding the inspection of all slipways in Adur.
He has spoken with Jacky Woolcock, Chair of the Friends of Shoreham Beach [FoSB] concerning the rare Childing Pink wild flower that seems to flourish in the area adjacent to the rear of the Harbour Club. Work with the Environment Agency and Shoreham Port is ongoing to protect it.
Dave is investing issues regarding the Emerald Quay ramp. The slipway has been closed pending settlement.
Finally, Dave suggested more signage to prevent the problem of cycling on the boardwalk.
Chairman, John Bradshaw gave a resumee of a meeting with Management and members about the future of the Harbour Club.
Howard Kent site:
John suggests that the current plan will be superseded by smaller scheme of "town houses: & penthouses" and probably a more viable option. Joss has spoken to the architect and requested regular updates.
Julia Watts wanted to advise the "Light Up Shoreham" has been organised for December 9th.
Maureen Ashley had concerns about the Shingle Road school. Apparently there are at least 7 places available in reception, currently. A full report will be included in Beach News.
THE MEETING CLOSED AT 9.15PM.
NEXT MEETING: THURSDAY November 8th @ 7.30PM