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Detailed information on all discussions and decisions made by Felbridge Parish Council, including planning applications, can be found under the Minutes tab.     

Last Updated 12th August 2020

Mid Sussex District Council - Potential Further Development off Crawley Down Road

Mid Sussex District Council have included both SA19 (200 properties on Land off Crawley Down Road) and SA20 (500 properties on land on Imberhorne Lane) on their list of sites for future development.  All of the consultation documents, Community Involvement Plan, Statement of Representations Procedure, and further information can be viewed online at: www.midsussex.gov.uk/SitesDPD
Comments can be submitted:
Online: Online Form at www.midsussex.gov.uk/SitesDPD
Post to: Planning Policy, Mid Sussex District Council, Oaklands, Oaklands Road, Haywards Heath, West Sussex, RH16 1SS
E-mail to: LDFconsultation@midsussex.gov.uk

Felbridge Parish Council will be submitting a detailed response.  The deadline for comments is 28th September 2020.

Skateboard Ramp, Village Hall Grounds

During a recent safety survey by Tandridge District Council a hole was discovered on the skateboard ramp so it has been fenced off..  The repairs are scheduled for completion within 7 to 10 days (22nd August) dependent on when materials are available.

Three Hours Free Parking in Tandridge 

To help support local businesses and encourage people to shop locally, from 12 August 2020 Tandridge District Council are offering three hours of free parking in all car parks, until 30 September 2020.

Hedgecourt Lake - Anti-Social Behaviour

Police are responding to complaints from a Parish Councillor and residents to ongoing issues with large groups of young people gathering in the area around Mill Lane and Hedgecourt Lake from early evening into the early hours of the morning.  In addition to speeding cars and motorbikes, fires have been lit on the wooden pontoons and debris thrown into the lake.   Residents are having to clear up large quantities of canisters, balloons and other drug and substance abuse materials found alongside or in the lake each morning. Parents are alerted to the evidence of drug abuse and might consider the area unsuitable for their children in the evenings or at night at this time.  Any witnesses are asked to make a report to Surrey Police on https://www.surrey.police.uk/ro/report/asb/asb-b/report-antisocial-behaviour/.  The Borough Commander has confirmed that a Dispersal Order is under consideration.

17 Copthorne Road Development Works

Planning Enforcement officers at Tandridge District Council have taken the decision not to enforce the pre-condition imposed by the Planning Inspectorate that no works could start on this site until the developers have completed works to improve sight lines on the A264 at this time. 

17 Copthorne Road Advertising Sign

Developers have failed to remove the illegally placed advertising sign.  The Planning Enforcement department at Tandridge District Council have advised them that legal action will now be taken to enforce its removal. 

Residents can report breaches of planning conditions on https://www.tandridge.gov.uk/Planning-and-building/Planning-applications-and-enforcement/What-if-someone-does-not-follow-the-planning-rules

NO BONFIRES PLEASE - A Message from Tandridge District Council

Some residents are still regularly burning their waste. We are asking everyone to stop and think about their neighbours. Please don’t have a bonfire.  Bonfires create smoke, cause air pollution and prevent people from being in their gardens and can have a bigger impact at this time.  Coronavirus is known to cause serious respiratory problems, which could be made much worse if the sufferer is exposed to smoke from bonfires.  Bonfires can also become out of control or cause accidents, creating extra pressure on the already busy emergency services.  Please think of others, compost your garden waste where possible and dispose of your rubbish rather than burn it.  If you are regularly affected by smoke in your home and/or garden you can report this to us - for more details please visit https://www.tandridge.gov.uk/Environmental-concerns/Bonfires-and-smoke.

Imberhorne Lane Waste and Recycling Centre

The centre has now fully reopened.  For up to date information please visit  http://www.recycleforwestsussex.org/recycling-sites/east-grinstead/.  The Centre is closed on Tuesdays and Wednesdays and visitors need to bring ID and proof of residency.  Surrey County Council have made a payment to West Sussex County Council as part of an agreement to allow Felbridge residents to continue to use facility.  Please note that the agreement covers cars only. The full list of postcodes included in the agreement are: RH19 2, RH7 6, RH10 3,,RH19 3, TN8 7, TN8 5 and TN8 6.  

Message from South East/Southern Water

Many of us are spending more time at home and in the garden during this warm spell, which often means we use more water. @sewateruk is asking us all to use water wisely by letting our lawns go brown and not washing cars. Find out more about how you can help and claim some water-saving freebies here 👉 www.southeastwater.co.uk/my-water-supply/save-water-save-money/save-water-while-at-home-in-the-sunshine

Community Helpline Number

Surrey County Council have set up a Community Helpline number: 0300 200 1008 It operates Monday to Friday, 8.00am-6.00pm and 10.00am-Midday Saturday and Sunday and will direct residents to services that can help during this time.  

Felbridge Parish Clerk, Patricia Slatter, can be contacted via email on clerkfpc@aol.com and Parish Council Chair Georgina Chapman can be contacted by emailing georginafelbridgepc@gmail.com, by calling 01342 314028 or texting 07919100239.  Please be reassured that residents are not alone and there are people ready and willing to help. 

Technology Assistance from Action for Carers and Surrey Coalition for Disabled People

Stay connected with friends, family and the community: get online! Tech to Community Connect could loan you a device and give you the training and support you need to get started. If you are interested or know someone who may benefit please contact the team getconnected@surreycoalition.org.uk Phone: 01483 456 558, SMS text: 07563 997 932

ST. JOHN'S CHURCH FELBRIDGE - SUPPORT FOR RESIDENTS

A “buddy” system is up and running for any in our local area who may be feeling cut off and would appreciate someone from the church giving them a call from time to time to check in with them and seeing if they need any help.

Sunday services are being live streamed with the recording made available shortly afterwards. For more information please visit https://www.stjohnsfelbridge.com/

CANCELLATION OF PUBLIC MEETINGS/TEMPORARY ONLINE MEETINGS

In line with government guidelines, public meetings of Felbridge Parish Council cannot currently take place.  Legislation has been approved to allow Parish Councils to hold online meetings while public meetings remain suspended. All business will be conducted as usual.  A new tab has been added to the website so residents can view Felbridge Parish Council's comments on planning applications without waiting for Minutes to be uploaded.

POTHOLES ON COPTHORNE ROAD

Felbridge Parish Council submitted a formal request for the A264 to be resurfaced from Doves Barn through to the county boundary.  Our County Councillor has confirmed that resurfacing the A264 from the Star Junction through to the county boundary has been placed on the shortlist under the SCC Horizons project. 

ROWPLATT LANE - UNSUITABLE FOR HGVs

New signs are now in place confirming that Rowplatt Lane is unsuitable for use by HGVs (except for access). 

EMERGENCY CONTACT INFORMATION

Emergency contact numbers, email address and website addresses for all the council agencies and utilities providers has been uploaded below.  Please scroll down and open the folder named 'Emergency Contact Details'.

ROADWORKS

Information on both planned and unplanned roadworks, including the specific location and duration, can be found on the Surrey County Council website https://www.surreycc.gov.uk/roads-and-transport/roadworks-and-maintenance/roadworks  Using the map function allows users to view the surrounding area too which comes under West Sussex.  Another option which is often more up to date is the national roadworks website https://one.network/

FELBRIDGE PARISH COUNCIL RESPONSE TO TANDRIDGE DISTRICT COUNCIL LOCAL PLAN 

Felbridge Parish Council response to the Regulation 19 consultation on the Local Plan.

Housing

Felbridge Parish Council is supportive of the fact that the Local Plan does not allocate any housing sites within Felbridge. We are aware that sites FEL001, FEL004, FEL005, FEL008 were assessed in the HEELA and were considered not to be in accordance with the preferred strategy. Felbridge Parish Council would oppose any future development of these Green Belt sites.  Any future development in Felbridge would be better met through infill development within the village.

Infrastructure

The Infrastructure Delivery Plan (IDP) identifies nine Transport schemes for the Parish of Felbridge. Four of these are considered to be High Priority and we welcome the proposed improvements.

The proposal is made by the IDP that improvements to Copthorne Road/Crawley Down Road Junction are funded through contributions from SES02 (Hobbs Industrial Estate). Whilst we would support improvements to the junction, we are unclear as to why the industrial site would be required to make contributions to this residential road scheme.

The IDP refers to the potential delivery of a relief road by the new Garden Village but with no detail at present as to the exact route this would take. Felbridge Parish Councils feels that further information is required before further comments can be made on this point.

The impact of the A22/A264 junction remains one of the biggest issues faced by Felbridge village and its residents now and in the future. The Local Plan proposes that as part of the mitigation for the proposed new Garden Village at Godstone that the A264 right turn onto the A22 heading South is made into two lanes.

However this mitigation is already proposed for the consented development at Hill Place Farm and therefore the extra capacity that this will generate will already be absorbed by traffic from the Hill Place Farm development. Therefore, this mechanism cannot be used to mitigate the impact from the proposed new Garden Village on the A264/A22 junction.

Examination in Public

Felbridge Parish Council would also like to actively participate in the Examination in Public process in due course. 

Additional Notes

FPC consider the source of funding of a residential road improvement being the Hobbs Industrial Estate is Unsound (not justified) as the industrial site has no impact upon this road. The funding should be via CIL derived from local in-fill housing.

FPC consider the Plan is Unsound (Not Effective & Not in Compliance with the NPPF) in relation to the mitigation of the Garden Village traffic being proposed as the two right turn lanes southbound onto the A22 at Felbridge.  This mitigation is already going to be delivered as a result of Planning Appeal APP/D3830/W/16/3142487 and the works would only provide mitigation of the 200 dwellings associated with that development, thus proposing the same mitigation (that is already being implemented) will not be effective in relation to providing any mitigation for the Garden Village. 

FPC are concerned with the failure to provide any material mitigation within the Plan for the recognised traffic impact resulting from the Garden Village upon the already “severe congestion” (quoted from Surrey Highways) at the A264/A22 junction is not in compliance with Paragraph 32 of the NPPF (2012) or Paragraph 109 of the NPPF (2018).

Tandridge District Council Additional Recycling - Door Step Collection

You can recycle textiles, paired shoes, small electrical items and batteries every week in your own plastic bags, by leaving them out with your food waste caddy.

All you need to do is:

  1. Place each type of item in a separate supermarket carrier bag (no larger than 35 x 40cm and not in black bin bags).
  2. Put batteries in a separate, sealable/tied up small bag eg a sandwich bag.
  3. Tie each bag.
  4. Leave the bags at the front of your property boundary next to your food waste caddy on your usual recycling/waste collection day by 6am.

For further information visit https://www.tandridge.gov.uk/Recycling-and-rubbish/Recycling/Textiles-electricals-and-battery-collections

SPEEDWATCH VOLUNTEERS NEEDED 

The Parish Council are looking at options for operating Speedwatch within the village and would like anyone interested in volunteering to get in touch.  Please email clerkfpc@aol.com . 

BUS SERVICE TO GATWICK FOR FELBRIDGE RESIDENTS

APH, now based near Wyevale Garden Centre, 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.

DEFIBRILLATOR

A defibrillator is located in the porch next to the entrance doors to Felbridge 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.

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