The next meeting of Upper Beeding Parish Council starts at 7.30pm this evening at the Beeding and Bramber Village Hall.
My report to the Council includes: –
- The next Chanctonbury County Local Committee (CLC) meeting takes place tomorrow, Wednesday, 5 December at Storrington First School, Spierbridge Road, Storrington. Further to my previous report, there is now a written report on Section monies available for infrastructure schemes. The amount shown for highway schemes in Upper Beeding is £27,245. The progress report on the costs of installing a temporary Vehicle Activated Speed (VAS) sign on the A2037 Henfield Road is still outstanding, and a verbal report will be made at the meeting.
- The County Council meeting 19 October accepted my argument that the County Council should take the lead in organising improvements to the A27 junctions at Worthing, Arundel and Chichester. I have agreed to be on the Working Group to propose short-term measures to help reduce traffic hold ups at the junctions with a consequent reduction in the amount of traffic using the A283 as a ‘rat run’. Draft proposals from the Working Group are expected to be considered before the County Council elections in May.
- Following the inclusion of a scheme for improvements to the Downs Link crossing of the A283 in Bramber in the County Council’s Sustainable Transport bid relating to the South Downs National Park, I met with a number of Rights of Way officers and Access Forum representatives on site earlier this month to discuss possible options. These included working with the Steyning & District Partnership Board (Visitor & Tourism Group) plans for Access for All in Bramber. The Group Chairman also attended the site visit.
- The County Council draft proposals for a Green Deal plus project were discussed at the Environment & Community Services Select Committee and at a Members day last week. This is an excellent project to fund eco-refurbishment in up to 250,000 homes and businesses in the County, with the potential to improve the county’s health and wellbeing, as well as bring jobs and training opportunities to help grow the economy.
- I attended the site of the Southern Water pump failure at 40 Church Lane recently to see the temporary pump removed. (At Mrs Wright’s request.) Unfortunately the vehicle was too big to gain entrance on to the site. The problem of the continuing failure of the pump remains to be addressed by Southern Water leaving Mrs Wright under stress from the threat to her property. Nick Herbert MP is involved with the Chief Executive of Southern Water in trying to gain permanent action.