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The first meeting of the Parking & Traffic Advisory Committee of Sedlescombe Parish Council was held on Tuesday 3 July in Committee Room 2 of the Village Hall 18:00 to 18:30

MEMBERS: Cllrs Eldridge, Chapman, Glew (Vice-Chairman of the Council)
Ex-officio member Councillor Vine-Hall (Chairman of the Council)

Clerk/RFO: Mrs P Raymond

A12/13.1 Election of Chairman of the Committee for the forthcoming year. RESOLVED: That Cllr Eldridge is Chairman for the forthcoming year.
A12/13.2 Apologies and reasons for absence. None.

Matters noted regarding advisory committees of parish councils.

  1. Section 102(4) of the Local Government Act 1972 states:
    "A local authority may appoint a committee..... to advise the appointing authority....... on any matter relating to the discharge of their functions, and any such committee may consist of such persons (whether members of the appointing authority or not) appointed for such term as may be determined by the appointing authority.
  2. Non-councillors appointed to an advisory committee pursuant to section 102(4) do not have to satisfy the qualification requirements of the Local Government Act 1972. However, if any person is disqualified (ie a paid officer, a bankrupt, found guilty of corrupt or illegal practices etc) from being a councillor he/she is unable to be a member of any committee.
  3. An advisory committee may ADVISE a local authority but HAS NO POWER TO DISCHARGE ANY FUNCTIONS.
  4. Advisory committees are sometimes called Working Parties, Groups or Panels.

Name and terms of reference of this Committee.

  1. RECOMMENDED: That the Committee is called The Parking and Traffic Advisory Committee.
  2. The Council agreed basic terms of reference in May 2012. Detailed terms of reference prepared by Cllr Vine-Hall were considered and amended. RECOMMENDED: That the following revised terms of reference are adopted for The Parking and Advisory Committee:

    1. To quantify the parking and traffic issues within the Parish.
    2. To quantify the parking and traffic issue specifically in Brede Lane in relation to the School and Doctors' Surgery.
    3. To quantify the parking issues in relation to the Sportsfield and adjacent recreational areas.
    4. To quantify the parking and traffic issues in East View Terrace.
    5. To quantify the parking and traffic issues in relation to the village shop.
    6. To quantify the parking issues in Chapel Hill
    7. To quantify the traffic issues in Cottage Lane (road leading from Sedlescombe to Westfield) especially the increase in heavy traffic.
    8. To quantify the parking issues around The Street particularly near LWA and Kester House.
    9. To seek the views of interested and affected parties regarding parking and traffic problems and suggested solutions.
    10. To discuss with the Highways Department the issues and possible solutions to identify problems.
    11. To quantify the effect on areas of the parish of development over the last ten years. That is increase in traffic and parking.
    12. To look at how the Parish Council can influence Rother District Council to include traffic calming measures with all or some planning developments.
    13. To make recommendations regarding future management of traffic and parking in the village.
    1. To make recommendations to the Parish Council regarding all aspects of parking and traffic in the Parish.
    1. To present an initial outline of the study to the Parish Council at the general meeting on 18/09/12.
    2. To complete the study with recommendations by 08/01/13.
A12/13.5 Membership of the Committee. Consideration was given to which non-councillors should be invited to serve on the Committee. RECOMMENDED: That Derek Wright and PCSO Demi are invited to become members of the Committee together with whoever of the three applicants is not co-opted to the Parish Council on 10/07/12. It was agreed that consultations should take place with headteacher Marian Ham in due course. Cllr Eldridge is planning to involve other local people who are all affected by the parking and traffic problems in the Village.
A12/13.6 Correspondence. Noted that all correspondence should be channelled through the Parish Clerk.

Previous work by Sedlescombe Traffic Action Group June 2004. See plan. The Sedlescombe Traffic Action Group consisted of a group of concerned residents in 2004. The Group consulted widely in Sedlescombe with residents, businesses and others and documented their concerns as well as suggesting some possible solutions to traffic management in the village. The Group also met with officers from East Sussex County Council to discuss their suggested solutions.

The Committee agreed that, if anything, the traffic situation has worsened in the last eight years and that parking near the School is causing considerable local problems. Cllr Eldridge asked to see previous correspondence etc to help inform future action.

A12/13.8 Arrangements for undertaking the tasks. To be arranged by Cllr Eldridge.
A12/13.9 Date of next meeting. 04/09/12 (subsequently changed to 28/08/12 at the Chairman's request).


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