Agenda for Mountfield Parish Council Meeting 12.03.24


Parish Council Members are summoned to a meeting of Mountfield Parish Council, to be held on 12th March 2024, at 7.30pm in Mountfield Village Hall.

Member of the press and public are welcome and encouraged to attend.

Irene Marchant (Parish Clerk/RFO)

St. Giles, Woods Corner, Dallington, East Sussex TN21 9LA

01424 838414/07711 224150

1. Disclosure of Interests

To receive any disclosures by Members of personal interests in matters on the agenda, the nature of any such interest and whether the Member regards the interest as a disclosable pecuniary interest under the terms of the Code of Conduct.

2. Dispensations

3. Apologies for absence

4. Accuracy of the minutes of the previous meeting(s)

5. Open Forum

5.1 County Council report (ESCC) – Councillor K. Field

5.2 District Council report (RDC) – Councillor E. Kirby-Green

5.3 Public Question Time – to receive any questions/concerns from members of the public on matters on this agenda.

6. Highways England/John’s Cross speed limits

Councillor Purdie to brief all on the current situation. (Councillor Purdie)

7. Mountfield Parish Assembly 2025

To consider the arrangements for the Parish Assembly 2024, which will be held in April.

8. Mountfield Village Hall Rest Centre/Resilience Plan

Councillor Whines to brief all on the work done so far. (Councillor Whines)

9. MPC change of domain name/email suffixes

The Clerk to brief all on the current situation. (Clerk)

10. Defibrillators

An exact location for the new defibrillator to serve the residents of Eatenden Lane is to be agreed, so the Clerk can contact British Gypsum for permission.

11. MPC Environmental Policy

To discuss and agree/any amendments to the latest draft. (Chair)

12. New Playground fencing

The quotation from Littlewoods Fencing has been accepted and work should start on Wednesday 05.03.24 (lasting 4/5 days). The Clerk will publicize this via the MPC website and the playground will be closed for the duration of the works. (Clerk)

13. Matters Outstanding

  • Welcome Packs
  • Telephone Box (Councillor Farhall)

14. Planning

14.1 Planning applications for consideration:

  • RR/2024/146/P – Serenity, London Road (A2100)

Amendments to permission RR/2020/2245/P comprising internal reconfiguration, minor external changes, relocation of dwelling and garage and amendment to the application site area.

Click on this link to see full details on the RDC planning website

  • RR/2024/198/P – A2100, land west of Mountfield TN32 5LX

Change of use of land for the installation of 4 glamping pods, footpaths, permeable grass-grid track, parking and turning area, secure bicycle storage, recycling/refuse storage, package treatment plant, landscape enhancements and associated works.

Click on this link to see full details on the RDC planning website

  • RR/2024/289/P – Vinehall School, Vinehall Road

Creation of an outdoor classroom to provide alternative learning accommodation.

Click on this link to see full details on the RDC planning website

14.2 Any other planning matters for discussion.

15. Enforcement

15.1 One Mountfield item on RDC’s latest enforcement list. Lodge Gate, land to the south.

Erection of structures and caravan on agricultural land, erection of barn for food storage and 2 small animal shelters. Application RR/2023/502/P on hold. RDC Enforcement to investigate further.

15.2 Any other enforcement matters for discussion.

16. Highways/Rights of Way

16.1The following issues have been reported to ESCC Highways.

  • Flooding on A2100, culvert has not been jetted and the road is still flooding
  • Footpath from Solomon’s Lane to John’s Cross roundabout is virtually unusable due to overgrown foliage (reported several times).
  • A broken drain with no protective cover on the A2100 (near the KGF entrance) and vehicles are crossing the road to avoid.
  • Rubbish is strewn all over the verges on the A2100 from the level crossing up to the John’s Cross roundabout. This is too dangerous for MPC/residents to clear.

16.2 Any other Highways/RoW matters for discussion.

17. Finance

17.1 Bank balances at 29.02.24

  • MPC deposit account – £26,708.08
  • MPC current account – £5,142.35
  • KGF current account – £4,262.77

17.2 To approve the following payments:

  • Clerk, salary/HO (Feb/Mar 2024) – £1,080.20
  • * Parish Online (Geoxphere) – £216.00
  • * ESALC training – £48.00
  • * Defibb Store – £258.00
  • * RDC election expenses – £139.97
  • * D. Thornton (resilience plan) – £150.00

* Already paid

18. Dates of next meetings

  • 09.04.24 – Mountfield Parish Assembly 2024
  • 14.05.24 – Full Council Meeting