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MEMBERS: Cllr Mitchell (Chairman), Cllrs Dellow, Irwin, Martin
Councillor Wright (Chairman of the Council), Councillor Rand (Vice-Chairman of the Council)

Mrs P Raymond (Clerk/RFO)


Terms of Reference

  1. To decide what future maintenance/repair should be undertaken of the Grade II listed Pumphouse, its lead pump and oak seats.
  2. To recommend to the Finance Committee how future maintenance should be paid for and what grand aid applications should be made.
  3. To make the necessary arrangements as required by the funders including ways of involving the local community.
H09/10.18 Apologies and reasons for absence. None, all present.
H09/10.19 Disclosure by Members of personal interests in matters on the agenda, the nature of any interest and whether the member regarded the interest as prejudicial under the terms of the Code of Conduct. None.
H09/10.20 Prejudiced members' participation. None.
H09/10.21 Public participation session. None
H09/10.22 Minutes. RESOLVED: That the Chairman of the Committee is authorised to sign the Minutes of the Meeting of the Heritage Committee held on 22/09/09.
H09/10.23 Pump Project Update
23.1 Pump - lead outer casing and wooden inner casing. The Clerk reported receipt of an updated invoice from RPJ Leadwork Ltd. of Rye. RPJ also confirmed £2,000,000 public liability insurance cover.
23.2 Railings - quotes for replacement railings had been received from F E Philcox of Catsfield and Ironworks UK Ltd. of Westfield. A further company's representative was met on site but did not provide a quotation. Both of those received by the due date were for a similar sum and further consideration will be given in due course to the most-favoured design and other details. Amount of public liability insurance cover to be checked.
23.3 Water pump and well - work to be carried out to replace the water pump in working order once the lead outer casing and wooden inner casing have been removed. Well water to be checked.
23.4 Pumphouse house and seat repairs. A specification for remedial work to the Pumphouse (roof, gables, ceiling, floor), two seats and the water pump replacement was approved. Tenders will be invited for return by 1700 on Monday 22 February 2010. Council to reserve the right to disregard any tender that does not include public liability insurance cover. It may be necessary to negotiate with the builders regarding the amount of their public liability cover.
23.5 Listed Building Consent. Application had been submitted to Rother District Council.

Funding the work. Currently, the cost of the whole project is estimated at £15,000.

  1. Cllr Wright had submitted an "Expression of Interest" form to the Warr Partnership under "Rural community organisations". Once amendments have been made, it is expected that a full form will be received for completion. 80% funding is available and the remainder of the funds must be in place as must listed building consent prior to submission of the completed form. Three quotes for each part of the work are expected although special dispensation should be available if it has not been possible to get three quotes.
  2. The Clerk/RFO had investigated funding from Battle Partnership and has the form for completion. Up to £2,000 should be available.
  3. The shortfall is expected to be made up by fund-raising. So far this involves:
    1. £405 that has been received by the Council from a local resident who offered to accept Pump donations in lieu of presents for her fiftieth birthday.
    2. £10 that has been received by the Council for the first booked table at the Victorian May Fayre on the Village Green and Queen's Head garden (by kind co-operation of Mel Wright, landlady) on Saturday 1 May. The May Fayre is being organised by a small committee on behalf of the Parish Council. Three parish councillors (Cllrs Dellow, Wheatley and Mitchell) and the Clerk sit on the Committee. Various attractions are planned eg circus workshop, stationary engines, old yokes, maypole dancing, Victorian costumes, games, stalls and refreshments. The idea of having a scarecrow festival at the same time is to be investigated. Last year's May Fayre raised £1,000.

Cllr Dellow informed the Council that raffle tickets would be printed and sold in advance and drawn on 1 May. An annual licence had been obtained costing £40 on behalf of the Parish Council. The tickets' printing, which will be arranged by Judy Torrance, is expected to be about £24. The Council will be reimbursed from raffle takings.



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