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PRESENT: 138 residents of Sedlescombe including 7 parish councillors and the Clerk/RFO; also some non-residents


1 Cllr Jonathan Vine-Hall opened the meeting with the assurance that Sedlescombe Parish Council strongly opposes any development of the Street Farm land in Brede Lane.Several people spoke about their objections to the development ie that the proposals for a large estate would spoil the character of the Village, that the land should be kept open for future generations and traffic concerns.

Cllr Vine-hall began by asserting that Sedlescombe is a beautiful village and not a town, it is in the Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and in the countryside. It is not a service centre for Hastings and Bexhill.


He described the large-scale proposals for a site in Brede Lane outside the Sedlescombe development boundary. The landowners, whose family when living in Sedlescombe had been important benefactors, would financially benefit from the development at the expense of Sedlescombe's residents and the AONB.

The School's original request for a piece of land for a playing field had turned into this large development which the owners would not have to live with. Fifty houses, a two-storey office block, a new school assembly/sports hall, a new pre-school building, associated parking as well as the School playing field. It would double the footprint of the School and class sizes would have to rise, albeit temporarily. The Education Authority has confirmed that the costs of running any new buildings will have to be met from the existing Schools budget.

The loss of the pre-school from the Village Hall would result in a quarter reduction in the Village Hall's income. Residents were reminded that the pre-school is a charity run as a business and is not funded by the Education Authority. If the pre-school wishes to increase intake up to about 80 children, additional teachers will be needed.


Public Participation Session. The Chairman allowed the members of the public to speak to the Council regarding the items on the agenda

Minutes. RESOLVED: That the Chairman of the Council is authorised to sign the Minutes of the Meeting of the Council held on
C12/13. Committees
  1. Planning Executive Committee [JM, JR, JH, JV and PG]. RESOLVED: That the Minutes of the Meetings of the Planning Committee held on are received.
  2. Finance Executive Committee [RC, RE, JH, JV and PG]. RESOLVED: That the Minutes of the Meetings of the Finance Committee held on are received..
  3. Emergency Advisory Committee [RC, JM, JR - also Pat Martin]. RESOLVED: That the Minutes of the Meeing of the Emergency Advisory Committee held on are received.
  4. Core Strategy Advisory Committee [JV, JM, JR].
  5. Parking &Traffic Advisory Committee [RE, RC, PG]. RESOLVED: That the Minutes of the first meeting of the Parking & Traffic Advisory Committee held on 03/07/12 are approved including expanded terms of reference and membership.
C12/13. Reports from representatives. Reports were received as follows:
  1. Rother Association of Local Councils.
  2. Village Hall Trust.
  3. Sports Association.
  4. Tree Warden.
  5. NHW representative.
  6. Transport representative.
C12/13. Clerk's Report. The followed items were noted:
C12/13. Finance
  1. Bank Reconciliations. RESOLVED: That the bank reconciliations at the end of are approved.
  2. Cheques. RESOLVED: That payment of the cheque list is ratified and the cheque list approved.
C12/13. Review of policies
C12/13. Training
C12/13. Sedlescombe CE Primary School
C12/13. Sportsfield
C12/13. Public Playing Field & Recreation Ground.
C12/13. East View
C12/13. Village Green
C12/13 Pestalozzi International Village
C12/13. Sussex Police
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