Committee meeting 7 December 2017 - Draft Minutes of meeting at the Harbour Club, 7.30pm
The following is a summary of the draft minutes of the SBRA December meeting. The full, approved version will be available, on request, after our January 4 meeting.
Welcome and apologies - There were no apologies receive | Minutes of meeting 5 October - Approved
Footbridge Cleaning - Tony Wallington reported that there was agreement by ADC and WSCC, in principle, for volunteers organised by SBRA to clean the inside glass and the surface of the Adur Ferry Bridge. This was dependent on a satisfactory method statement being provided (materials and methods for the pressure washing of the glass) plus proof of public liability insurance.
A date will be confirmed once WSCC has given the go ahead.
Defibrillators - Rosalind Turner reported that funding was now in place for their installation, with further funds now pledged by Sussex Heart Charity.
Installation would be at Ferry Road car park where the appropriate position will be determined by the Council surveyor. Further installation at the Church of the Good Shepherd has been agreed in principle.
Installation will be in the Spring with a launch event and suitable publicity.
The appointment of a minutes secretary - A resident has expressed interest and has been invited to attend the January meeting.
Beach News - It was agreed that this was another strong issue. Fees for website design, domain and hosting were paid.
Social report - A busy year of social activities for 2018 includes the AGM on February 24, the lunch for over-55s on March 24 with 39 out of the 60 places already booked. Following previous success, there will be line dancing at the Harbour Club on 20 May and a coach trip to a venue yet to be decided in September. Other activities on the beach include the FoSB Christmas Beach Clean and events at the Fort and Church, detailed in Beach News.
Financial report - Julia provided details of the current account and expenditure.
Sub-Committee Reports - Planning
There were no current Beach issues. Elsewhere in Adur, New Monks Farm will be included in the Adur Local Plan which is due to be adopted at the December full council meeting. Joss was minded to vote in favour of the ALP, in order to protect New Salts Farm from development.
Consultations on the Western Harbour Arm regeneration are proceeding for the Howard Kent site and Kingston Wharf.
Hyde Housing is looking to build 179 units at Kingston Wharf in 9-10 storeys, plus an Aldi supermarket.
Sub-Committee Reports - Village Green status
It was agreed to not commission further legal advice at this stage as Beach Green is ADC Designated Open Space which should give it sufficient protection. Joss Loader agreed to ask the Council for the erection of appropriate signage to that effect.
Neighbourhood Forum - The Forum plans to hold its AGM in January, date tbc.
Cllr Ben Stride highlighted a licensing application for Miller's Café in the High Street to become a cocktail bar. This was welcomed.
Cllr Joss Loader reported there was no planned shingle removal from the Beach during the Spring unless the Environment Agency required emergency transfers, arising from stormy weather.
The steps from Ferry Bridge along the Adur riverside to the Houseboats are to be opened up.
There are a variety of concerns in relation the Environment Agency's work alongside Riverside and Riverside Road and the river, with the installation of the Tidal Walls.
These include sewage connection for the Houseboats and MP Tim Loughton has asked for these to be re-costed from the initial estimate of £20,000 per houseboat at a meeting he jointly facilitated with Joss. Feedback from Southern Water is awaited.
Joss had chaired a meeting with residents to air a number of concerns about the flood defence project. A further meeting is planned in the New Year with James Humphrys, the EA area director and Tim Loughton, MP.
As a result of the EA tidal walls installation there was concern about seaweed growth on the Emerald Quay slipway.
The camper van long term parked on Harbour Way, has now moved on.
The boardwalk extension towards the Fort is planned for Spring 2018 and the Ferry Road beach entrance planting is now agreed.
There has been vandalism and thefts at the Fort.
In her capacity as Vice Chairman of ADC, Joss laid a wreath at the War Memorial on behalf of the Queen at the Shoreham Remembrance service and also gave a reading in the Church.
As a result of changes at the Learner Drivers' test centres and relocation of the main centre to Lancing, more learners are now likely to practise on and use the Beach roads.
Bicycles have been stolen from Emerald Quay locked storage.