Felbridge Parish Council
Detailed information on all discussions and decisions made by FPC, including planning applications, can be found under the Minutes tab.
ANNUAL PARISH MEETING
Thursday, 6th April 2017
Felbridge Parish Council’s Annual Parish Meeting will take place in Felbridge Village Hall on Thursday 6th April at 7.00pm. All Felbridge residents are invited to attend and would be most welcome. Refreshments will be served.
The meeting will last for around an hour and will include a short presentation on the Hedgecourt Nature Reserve by John Wells and a report by the Chairman on the activities of the Parish Council over the past year.
Please see full details under the Agenda tab.
ROAD CLOSURE - CRAWLEY DOWN ROAD
Surrey Highways have given permission for two-way lights outside the Devine Homes development facing Wheeler Way from 27th March through to 14th April. For the last week, 10th-14th April, the road is scheduled to be closed with diversions in place. If the work is finished earlier they'll revert back to the two-way signals. The reason given is sewage works/connections. The entrance to Furnace Wood from Crawley Down Road will be closed for the whole period. Information provided by Surrey Highways suggests there will be a restricted bus service with several bus stops out of use during this period. Please contact Metrobus for full details. Any updates will be posted here.
(posted 27th March 2017)
SHANLY HOMES DEVELOPMENT (Copthorne Road) - REPORTING ILLEGAL PARKING
The Parish Council have been working with the developers at the Shanly Homes development near the junction of the Copthorne and Crawley Down Road in an effort to avoid the risk of accident and reduce the impact of the development on local residents and road users.
At the request of Felbridge Parish Council, Surrey Police are closely monitoring the issues relating to vehicles parking illegally on the Crawley Down Road near to the junction with Copthorne Road. It is illegal for a vehicle to park within 10m of a junction. This equates to at least two car lengths. Anyone who witnesses a vehicle illegally parked is asked to call 101 and make a report. Please provide a description of the vehicle and if possible the vehicle registration number.
To help assess the impact of such parking, please email firstname.lastname@example.org with the details so a record can be kept. If you're walking or a passenger in a car please provide a photograph if safe to do so.
(posted 27th March 2017)
Tuesday 11th April 2017 : 7.00pm : Felbridge Village Hall
First Responder, Sam Ford, will be running a training course on using a defibrillator at Felbridge Village Hall at 7.00pm on Tuesday 11th April. Sam helped the Parish Council secure the defibrillator which is located by the door to the Village Hall.
All are welcome. The course will take about an hour and Sam is happy to stay behind and answer any specific questions.
First Responders are volunteers and rely on funding to enable them to continue their life-saving work. While there is no charge for the course, donations to the First Responders on the evening would be very welcome.
To help with numbers, please email email@example.com to confirm your attendance.
COUNCIL TAX 2017-2018
Tandridge District Council have agreed an increase of £5 (for a Band D property) in Tandridge District Council’s share of the council tax for 2017/2018.
This means Band D council tax will increase by £5, which is just 10p a week. Tandridge District Council’s share of the Council Tax helps fund a wide range of services including recycling and waste collection, planning, street sweeping, housing, housing benefits and children’s play areas.
Surrey County Council, which provides services including schools, adult social care, children services, roads, fire and rescue and libraries, together with the office of the Surrey Police and Crime Commissioner, have both agreed to increase their Band D level for 2017/2018.
Surrey County Council’s Council meeting of 7 February agreed a council tax rise of 4.99% in 2017/2018 which includes 3% for social care.
Surrey Police and Crime Commissioner agreed an increase of 1.99% at its meeting on 6 February.
DEMENTIA STUDY IN SURREY
A major study into Dementia and technology is to be undertaken in Surrey. If you know anyone who might like to take part in the study please contact the organiser. Contact details are below:
My name is Valerie and I am a TIHM Dementia Navigator for the Alzheimer’s Society in Surrey and North East Hampshire.
I am contacting you in regards to a pioneering new study that aims to improve the lives of people with Dementia and their carers and thought that you may be interested in hearing about it.
Surrey and Borders Partnership has joined with the Alzheimer’s Society and many other partners to produce a study known as TIHM (Technology Integrated Health Management) for Demantia.
TIHM for dementia will use free smart technology in the homes of people with dementia to provide them and their carers with a new level of support. The technology we are trialling is intended to help clinicians to remotely monitor someone’s health and wellbeing. These observations hope to keep people with dementia safe and well in their own homes, reducing hospital admissions. The technology will consist of easy to use, non-invasive devices, such as sensors, apps or monitors. These devices will communicate with each other and will pick up on any unusual patterns of behaviour that could indicate that someone needs help.
We are looking for 1400 people with dementia and their carers to join what will be the biggest study of its kind and we are currently in the recruitment process and are looking for opportunities to talk to organisations and communities to inform them about the study.
If you’re interested or believe some of your users may be interested in the study then I’d love the opportunity to come and speak to you.
Thank you for your time,
TIHM Project Navigator for Mole Valley, Reigate and Banstead and Tanbridge
Tel: Sree on 07414 675324
65 Woodham lane
Snow, ice and severe weather conditions
In severe weather information about collection delays and cancellations will be available on www.tandridge.gov.uk/serviceupdates, by e-mailing firstname.lastname@example.org or calling 01883 722000.
GIBBSHAVEN FARM PROPOSED DEVELOPMENT - FPC RESPONSE TO APPEAL BY DEVELOPERS
Mid Sussex District Council refused the planning application for 30 houses to be built on the land known as Gibbshaven Farm located on the Crawley Down Road just outside the Felbridge boundary. The developers have now lodged an appeal and Felbridge Parish Council have prepared a detailed response. Full details can be found in the attachments at the bottom of this page.
INFORMATION FROM TANDRIDGE DISTRICT COUNCIL regarding the Local Plan: Sites consultation
If you have views about our Local Plan: Sites Consultation we want to hear them.Our consultation gives residents an opportunity to comment on sites being assessed as part of the creation of a new Local Plan. The Sites Consultation finishes on Friday 30 December.
Each site has been through a landscape, ecology and other assessments to look at whether it could be developed or not.As a result sites have been identified which:
- Could be realistically developed.
- Cannot be recommended for development
- Need more investigation before a decision can be made either way.
The Sites Consultation will include evidence which can be used to protect the Green Belt in the long term. It will:
- Not allocate any land for development.
- Not change the boundary of the Green Belt.
The Sites Consultation documents can be viewed on www.tandridge.gov.uk/localplan.
Anyone can make comments by:
- Registering online and making your comments using the consultation portal http://consult.tandridge.gov.uk/portal/.
- By e-mail to email@example.com.
- By post to Planning Policy, Council Offices, 8 Station Road East, Oxted RH8 0BT.
BUS SERVICE TO GATWICK FOR FELBRIDGE RESIDENTS
APH based behind the Shell Garage are offering Felbridge residents and their family and friends return coach travel to and from Gatwick airport from their terminal on the Copthorne Road. The return fare costs £5 per person. There's no restriction on when the return journey is made and it can also be used for day trips, for example if travelling by train to London.
Coaches run every 10-15 minutes, 24 hours a day, every day of the year.
This service may be used by commuters travelling by train, plane, etc
There is no parking available with this product, it is a transfer service only
Customers must book in advance and phone 01342 710071 and quote the code FELBR.
FOOD RECYCLING BINS
Residents can now line their food waste caddy with plastic bags or liners, which makes it easier, cleaner and cheaper to recycle food waste. You can use anything from old shopping bags to bread or salad bags, but not black bin bags or plastic food packaging.
To find out more visit www.recycleforsurrey.org.uk.
ADVICE FROM THE FORESTRY COMMISSION REGARDING OAK TREES
Alert for caterpillar pest in oak trees
People in parts of London, northern Surrey, West Berkshire and South Buckinghamshire are being reminded to look out for and report caterpillars of the oak processionary moth (OPM), which could be damaging oak trees in the area.
They are also advised to keep away from the caterpillars and their nests, because their hairs can cause itching skin rashes and other health problems, and to report sightings to the Forestry Commission.
OPM is a tree pest which was accidentally introduced to England. They feed on oak leaves, and in large numbers they can severely defoliate trees and leave them vulnerable to other pests, diseases and drought.
Their tiny hairs contain a protein which can cause itchy skin rashes and, less frequently, eye and throat irritations and breathing difficulties in people and animals. The hairs can be blown on the wind, and left in their nests on and under oak trees. The greatest risk period is May to July, when the caterpillars are active, although nests should not be touched at any time.
The Forestry Commission, councils and land managers are tackling the pest with a carefully controlled programme of oak tree treatment and nest removal. Alison Field, the Commission's South-East England Director, said the public could play an important role in helping to control the pest by reporting sightings.
“We need reports of the caterpillars or their nests from the public or others, such as gardeners, tree surgeons and ground-care workers, who work or relax near oak trees,” Ms Field said. “However, they should not try to remove the caterpillars or nests themselves. This needs to be carefully timed to be effective, and is most safely done by specially trained and equipped pest control experts.”
Dr Deborah Turbitt, London Deputy Director of Health Protection for Public Health England, endorsed the ‘don’t touch’ advice, saying:
“We strongly advise people not to touch or approach the caterpillars or their nests because of the health risks posed by the hairs. Pets and livestock can also be affected, and should be kept away as well. The Forestry Commission website has pictures to help identify the pest.
“See a pharmacist for relief from milder skin or eye irritations following possible OPM contact, or consult a GP or NHS111 for more-serious reactions. Contact a vet if animals are more seriously affected.
“We have issued advice to local GPs and health professionals to help them identify when patients have been affected by the caterpillars, and to advise them on treatment.”
Infested oak trees should be treated by qualified operators under strict controls to ensure it is safe for people, pets, livestock and the environment.
• Report OPM sightings to the Forestry Commission, preferably with its Tree Alert on-line form available from www.forestry.gov.uk/opm1. Anyone who cannot use Tree Alert may email or telephone reports to firstname.lastname@example.org or 0300 067 4442.
• Health advice is available from the “Insects that bite or sting” area of the NHS Choices website, www.nhs.uk/livewell.
• Anyone pruning or felling oak trees in the affected areas should contact Forestry Commission England’s Tree Health Unit beforehand email@example.com or 0300 067 4442 for advice about safe removal of the material.
• Further information is available from www.forestry.gov.uk/opm1.
OUTDOOR TOILET IN VILLAGE HALL GROUNDS
A temporary chemical toilet will be installed in the Village Hall grounds from 9th May through to the end of September. It will be located against the back wall of the Village Hall on the patio area. With the toilets inside the Village Hall only accessible to Hall users it is hoped that this facility will prove popular with those visiting the grounds rather than the Village Hall. As part of the hire agreement the toilet will be cleaned and re-stocked regularly.
UPDATE: The outdoor toilet was removed for the winter at the end of October. Since it was so popular it will return in May.
PROPOSED DEVELOPMENT AT 11A CRAWLEY DOWN ROAD
The application to demolish no. 11A, Crawley Down Road and erect 32 dwellings was refused at the Tandridge District Council planning meeting on 7th April. Chairman Jeremy Clarke attended the meeting on behalf of Felbridge Parish Council.
COVERED SEATING AREA
The new shelter has now been installed in the Village Hall grounds.
A defibrillator has now been installed next to the entrance to the Village Hall. To access the equipment you first need to dial 999 and the emergency services will provide a code to open the cabinet. The equipment works automatically with audible instructions on use. It will not work if not correctly positioned so is safe to use. The equipment and location were selected with advice from our local First Responder and SECAmb.