The first meeting of Barnham Parish Council in 2018 took place on 29th January.
The first item on the agenda was the co-option of new Councillors, Susan Forrester and Isabel Thurston who submitted applications in January. After a brief introduction both applications were formally proposed and seconded and unanimously agreed. They both signed a declaration of office and took their place at the meeting.
Keith Ballard, in his role as District Councillor, reported on a meeting with the Police Commissioner at which several questions were put to her and responses received. In particular it was noted that the precept from the Police would be going up £12 per household and that there would be no increase in PCSOs in the foreseeable future.
County Councillor, Derek Whittington was present and reported on discussions with Operation Watershed representatives and the Hall Trust in respect of the Hall car park; the footway works that had taken place along Barnham Road; a proposed Traffic regulation Order (TRO) for markings outside local schools to prevent unauthorised parking; and the potential progress on a cycle route from Yapton to Barnham.
There were no planning applications for consideration this month. The Local Plan modifications consultation was discussed, but none of the modifications related to the Parish were significant enough to require a formal response from the Council.
The budget and precept for 2018/19 was approved. It was agreed that the precept would be set at the same amount as last year £54,134.66 which would result in a reduction in Band D property payments to £89.33 due to the increased tax base figure due to additional developments in the Parish.
The Council considered a short paper on the new General Data Protection Regulations (GDPR) that come into force in May 2018 and the need to ensure the Council would be compliant. A list of actions including, training, email changes and data protection policies. was agreed.
I reported on the need to timetable the erection of the benches on the Triangle and the need to agree wording for new notices around Murrell’s Field.
A reminder was also given that the Spring Litter Pick would take place on Saturday 3rd March meeting at Barnham Community Hall at 10 a.m. All volunteers welcome so please do come along and help clean up our Parish. Next council meeting is Monday 5th March at 7.30 p.m. Barnham Community Hall.
Alison Crabb, Clerk, Barnham Parish Council