Parish Council Minutes 10 July 2018

Minutes of the meeting of the Council held in The Reading Room, Church Road, Buxted on Tuesday 10th July 2018 at 7.30p.m.



Cllrs. Blandford (Chairman), Cox, Illingworth, Hoggan, Humphrey, Marshall, Roberts, Rose and Wells.

Also present: Clerks Beccy Macklen and Claudine Feltham.


Public :

5. A resident of Buxted wanted to introduce Mr Irving who has lived in Buxted for the past nine months and who used to work with the Police, who is concerned about speeding through the village. He is keen to volunteer to restart Speed Watch. As Highways and Police are not supporting the speeding issues it is imperative that Speed Watch can get up and running again. It is recognised that the gun needs recalibrating and volunteers would need to be trained and sites probably reassessed. Mr Irving noticed speed watch had fallen into abeyance and would like to do something to help. All members of the parish council were very pleased to hear that we have a willing volunteer and we look forward to a successful group and hope more volunteers will come forward. It was agreed that this could be advertised on BPEC, Buxted Talk and in the Buxted Messenger.




Apologies received and accepted from Cllrs McQuarrie and Johnson and ESCC Cllr. Galley and WDC Cllr. Lunn





All councillors declared a personal interest in any matters relating to the Ionides Trust/Buxted Community Hall by virtue of the parish council being managing agents of the site.


Cllr. Rose declared a prejudicial interest in any matters relating to the land west of Church Road (Taylor Wimpey site) due to having owned part of the application site and a personal interest in the Ionides Surgery/Hall site due to having a business opposite the land.


Cllrs. Rose and Illingworth declared a personal interest in matters relating to the new community hall by virtue of being parish council representatives on the BCHT


Cllr. Rose declared a personal interest in an matters relating to Crusader Vehicles by virtue of owning a business adjacent to the site.


Cllrs. Cox and Wells declared a personal interested in any matters relating to allotments due to being allotment holders.




The minutes of the meeting held on 12th June 2018 were signed by the Chairman as a correct record of the meeting.





Cllr. Illingworth gave an update on the newly published local plan (draft form). Key points for the parish is the 26 windfall dwellings allocated for Buxted Village either in single or double property developments rather than being all in one block. These new dwellings would be developed throughout the life of the plan which is up until 2028. He mentioned that he is quite pleased we have managed to be allocated 26 rather than zero, as the village needs some new houses to keep assets alive and amenities well attended.


The only other major change is Part Q of the permitted development rights which relates to agricultural buildings inside and out of AONB. Up until now there has been a rather flexible rule on the conversion of agricultural buildings to residential properties. The new local plan will restrict this rule further which should result in the more outrageous proposals being rejected.




Proposed by Cllr. Roberts and seconded by Cllr. Rose, Mr Adrian Marshall, was unanimously co-opted onto the parish council and welcomed to the meeting.





Parish Telecommunications: No update. The chairman reported that her superfast broadband and telephone line to property has recently failed which covers the entire region of the Black boys end of Buxted and Blackboys itself. This has been going on now for two weeks. The only way of therefore using broadband is via a mobile phone which is slow costly. There is no timescale to when this can be fixed. Therefore, for all of those who rely on home hubs, they cannot be relied upon when trying to run a business from home.


Public footpaths: Nothing to report.


Trees: Nothing to report.


Road Safety:


Court Lane/Five Ash Down safety concerns

Following the previous month’s meeting, three sites were identified by Cllr. Humphrey and a local resident of Five Ash Down, which were forwarded and approved by ESCC Highways. The speed cameras will be in situ prior to the school holidays.


Buxted High Street

Awaiting clarification from Highways on the required criteria to justify a SID. There seems to be a lot of hoops to jump through before even choosing a device. Until clarification is given, the clerk will not undertake the significant amount of work required to reach assessment stage.


It was noted that Burwash have a freestanding SID which is associated with the Speed Watch scheme which is something that can also be researched. It was also noted that Uckfield also seem to use one. Cllr. Rose would investigate where Uckfield source those. If the Speed Watch scheme is successfully reintroduced, this may be a better option than a SID.


Grass cutting and wildflower verges

The clerk has still not received costs for extra grass cutting in three sites within the parish. Highways have requested that the local Steward assess the credibility of the Coopers Green verge remaining as a wildflower meadow.


The clerk was asked to contact Highways with regards the roadside verge from the School to the White Hart and to Oast Farm as it is overgrown. The clerk was also asked to request and extra cut for the Toll Farm triangle as this is looking rather messy now that Highways have cut a 1m swathe around the edge.


Clerk to advise Highways that the traffic lights at Coopers Green seem to be out of sync. It was also asked if it can be investigated if a four way or phased light system could work.


Crusader Vehicles

For quite some time employees of Crusader Vehicles in Buxted High Street have been parking illegally in the layby opposite the business which is restricted to no parking between 8am and 10am and in the Ionides Trust car park, parking up to four vehicles daily. Several approaches have been made to the business owner, but it has become apparent that he does not wish to engage with the community. The clerk was asked to advise WDC that they are not complying with planning conditions by not providing suitable parking for staff members. There had been concerns raised that there may be some environmental issues with work practices on site. This will be referred to Environmental Health.


New community hall: See other meetings attended below.


Defibrillators: Work continues on the refurbishment of the Five Ash Down BT box.


Wealden Local Development Framework – Local Plan: See minute 04/07/18 above


Property issues:


Reading Room – Work has started on the repairs to the front wall of the Reading Room and should be completed within a week.


Buxted Allotments – The water pipe at the entrance to the allotments was moved on Monday.


Communications Matters: Website: Nothing to report.





P1 Five Ash Down Village Hall Committee – Request for financial support to pay annual insurance cover for the hall. Proposed by Cllr. Rose and Seconded by Cllr. Roberts it was agreed to pay the insurance.





A Property and Recreations Grounds Committee took place prior to the main parish council meeting. No significant issues raised and no recommendations to the full council.




i)    Payments: On the proposal of Cllr. Roberts, seconded by Cllr. Illingworth, payments totalling £4,910.60 covered by cheque numbers 4154 and 4163 were approved, no notable payment this month.

ii)     Bank reconciliations: The clerk had circulated completed a reconciliation for June which were signed





Cllrs Rose and Illingworth attended a BCHT meeting at which it was commented that until the lease for the new site is completed, they cannot progress with the project. Some fund raising will take place but scaled down. It was hoped that this will be rejuvenated once the new Scout lease and subsequently BCHT lease is signed.


Cllr. Blandford attended an Ashdown Forest Parish Liaison Panel at which a request was made to upload some information onto the parish council website. Nothing too contentious but some interesting local news on Sheep worrying, visitor numbers.


The clerks were invited to a meeting held by SALC regarding Community Wardens. Reading the subtext of the meeting, Crowborough would like to extend their warden quota but cannot afford to pay for two staff, so would parishes surrounding Crowborough like to buy into a shared warden. However, Wardens are mostly used for antisocial behaviour. It was not agreed that Buxted has any issues that would warrant the cost of a community warden.








No parish council meeting next month but there is a planning committee on 14th August.


The meeting closed at 8.20p.m.

Payment Analysis for 10th July 2018

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