This is the first of a regular monthly feature on Council business. It is hoped that the Council will assist us in helping them promote and explain the work they do on behalf of their community, and we thought we would start by including an introduction to the Council as stated on the EPC website:
“Eastergate Parish Council has a maximum of nine elected Councillors who are elected for four years. The Council employs one Officer, the Clerk, to undertake the administration of the Council’s business. The Parish of Eastergate includes the village of Eastergate east of the A29 Fontwell Avenue and Church Lane, and also west Barnham, lying to the west of Barnham Rife which runs under the embankment at Barnham Station. The Parish Councillors all live within the Parish or within three miles of it.
The Council has three Committees which are concerned with Planning & Environment, The Sportsfiel; and the Parish Hall.
The Planning & Environment Committee has a maximum of four members, and considers all planning applications concerning the Parish. It sends comments on planning applications to Arun District Council which decides whether the applications are permitted or refused. The Committee takes an interest in other environmental issues, such as the maintenance of The Square and Barnham Station car park.
Two large open areas of land on Farnhurst Road, Barnham, were transferred to the Council’s ownership in the 1980’s and the Committee is responsible for their maintenance and for the safety of the large trees on the land which are included in a Tree Preservation Order. The Council owns some 37 footway street lights and many public seats in the Parish. The Council maintains many footpaths in the Parish and employs a Litter Collector.”
At the time of going to press there were no minutes available of the meeting held on 1st February, although items on the agenda included a report on the profess of the Local Plan; to consider planning applications; to report on outstanding works at the parish Hall; and to consider a quote for contract mowing; ongoing maintenance at The Sportsfield; To report progress on repair to lettering on the War Memorial; and to review progress of the website.
The next meeting is on 1st March at 7.30pm in the Parish Hall.