News & Notices

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New Village Notice Boards

Rottingdean is an active village, and it has been great seeing events put on by Cinema Club, Rottingdean Arts and the Drama Society running again . The Parish Council are keen to promote these and other community events and have invested in six new noticeboards for the village. These will be installed in the following locations at some point week beginning March 21st.
 
West Street Car Park next to the Welcome to Rottingdean Sign
 
On the wall of the Reading Room at the bottom of Nevill Road
 
In Golden Square next to the flint wall to the left of the old washroom
 
Behind the planter, next to the old telephone box in Vicarage Lane
 
At the top of the green in Grand Crescent
 
On the green in Meadow Parade facing onto the Falmer Road

UK Power Networks prepare for Storm Eunice and Dudley 

As you may be aware, UK Power Networks manages the local power lines and substations which distribute electricity to over 8.3m homes and businesses across London, the South East and the East of England. 

Storm Dudley will arrive tomorrow and is forecast to have a minimal impact on our network. However, Storm Eunice is expected to arrive on Friday 18th and is expected to bring stronger winds and unsettled weather.

Our electricity network is built to be resilient but strong winds and heavy rain can bring down branches and trees, damaging overhead power lines. Where this happens we work to restore power as quickly and safely as possible. 

UK Power Netwoirks have organised for additional staff in our contact centre and more engineers on the ground, particularly for Storm Eunice, to be available to help customers whose electricity supply might be affected by the predicted weather.
 
Regular updates and information about individual power cuts can be found here. There will also general updates on @UKPowerNetworks .
 
Anyone experiencing a power cut should: 
• Visit www.ukpowernetworks.co.uk/powercut and type in their postcode to view a live power cut map, with details of individual power cuts
• Call 105 free of charge to speak to our customer service team, report a power cut or damage to the electricity network
• Tweet @UKPowerNetworks to report a power cut or to receive updates
• Visit www.ukpowernetworks.co.uk for the latest updates 
 
UK Power Netwirks advise people to stay clear of power lines and report damaged power lines immediately by calling 105 free from either a landline or a mobile phone. If they see electricity lines that are down or causing significant risk to the public they should call 999. They also provide extra help to customers on our Priority Service Register during a power cut.  Households with older or disabled people, those with children under five, or where someone uses medical or mobility equipment that requires electricity as well as other reasons can join the register.  You can find out more information about the Priority Service here 

 

At the meeting on 7 Februry the Parish Council agreed an increase in the precept for 2022/23 of 2%.  This will enable the Parish Council to continue to improve services and amenities and begin to further develop and begin to implement plans for a new public open space at the southern end of the High Street, progress the other projects set out in our Infrastructure Development Plan and support local charities and good causes through grants and donations. See the details here

St Aubyns Field: Offer of Transfer to the Parish Council. The Parish Council have now received a formal offer of the transfer of St Aubyns Field and the Chapel, Pavilion, Water Fountain and Memorial from Fairfax Properties, in accordance with the section 106 agreement. The Parish Council have 12 weeks in which to respond. It is envisaged that the transfer will occur in the Summer of 2023. The offer will be discussed at the Parish Council meeting on Monday 6 December

St Aybyns Works

  • Temporary Closure of the Twitten. The Twitten will be closed from 7 February for 6 to 8 weeks to enable repair of the flint wall, the cutting of new openings from the campus site to the Field site and some resurfacing

New Councillor. Following a co-option exercise to fill the current Council vacancy Mark Cherrie was co-opted on to the Parish Council on 6 December.  

The Local Government Boundary Commission's consultation of Brighton and Hove Electoral Wards See the Parish Council's response here


Publcation of the Parish Council Accounts for 2020/21

Each year a smaller authority’s Annual Governance and Accountability Return (AGAR) needs to be reviewed by an external auditor appointed by Smaller Authorities’ Audit Appointments Ltd. The unaudited AGAR  has been published with this notice. As it has yet to be reviewed by the appointed auditor, it is subject to change as a result of that review.

Any person interested has the right to inspect and make copies of the accounting records for the financial year to which the audit relates and all books, deeds, contracts, bills, vouchers, receipts and other documents relating to those records must be made available for inspection by any person interested. More information on how to access the accounts is here

Councillors asked to extend Rottingdean Air Quality monitoring

Councillors are being asked to extend a trial scheme aimed at improving air quality in Rottingdean next week.

In partnership with Rottingdean Parish Council changes were made to the road layout in the High Street in October 2019, including a ban on right turns out of West Street, a planter north of Park Road to encourage free flowing traffic northbound and a no stopping (yellow hatched) box in the narrowest part of the lower High Street. 

While the first 18 months of the trial have showed some positive results, travel restrictions as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic since March 2020 have significantly impacted how the data can be compared to previous years. 

Therefore, recommendations will be put to members of the Environment, Transport and Sustainability (ETS) committee on Tuesday 16 March, that would further the trial for another 18 months. The ban on right turns out of West Street will be made permanent though having received no objections. See More details on the Projects page 

COVID -19:    Find out what the rules are here

Rottingdean Parish Survey  2020 Results, Many thanks to all of you who participated in our Survey this year. This is a summary of some of the main findings. The full report is here on the website, together with a list of all the individual comments made where we asked for information, rather than a YES/NO answer.

This was our first village-wide survey since 2013 and will help us to focus on identified priorities for Rottingdean over the next few years.The survey was completed by 252 people (237 of which were residents), an increase on the previous one of 71.  You told us you mainly hear about the workings of Rottingdean Parish Council (RPC) via the local magazines and flyers along with visiting the website, noticeboard and word of mouth.  Some respondents said information was difficult to find.  There was an even split regards whether people know enough about what RPC is doing. 

One suggestion was for residents to have the opportunity to sign up to a regular e-mail.The main area of contention for people seems to be related to the experimental traffic scheme in the High Street, introduced to reduce high air pollution levels in the Air quality Management Area. There was particular anger towards the Planter.  32% of respondents approved of the scheme but 56% i disapproved. The junction between Park Road and the High Street (72) was considered the most dangerous junction, closely followed by Steyning Rd and the High Street (41).  You commented that the zebra crossing was often obscured by queuing traffic behind the Planter. 

Calls for a traffic camera on the traffic lights were made (18). High up the rankings as roads causing safety concerns came Dean Court Rd and Falmer Road (9) and some people mentioned Tesco Carpark being used as a cut through with the no right hand turn needing to be clearer (8).  Court Ord Road and Eley Drive seem to have a problem too (7). 

The question of a Residents’ Parking Permit was met with 28% for and 47% against.

The High Street was listed as the most difficult part of the Parish to access and needing improvement, followed by the slope to the beach.    Traffic was listed as the thing that mostly affected people’s enjoyment of the village but 21 people actually said that nothing affected this.  Litter, graffiti and dogs were high on the list .

Whilst 32% were satisfied with the paving in the Conservation Area, 40% were not.  The main factor is it’s being uneven and slippery when wet (72).  18 people said it could be improved whilst wanting it to remain aesthetically pleasing.  Paving outside of the Conservation Area was deemed to be uneven/broken but not to such a high extent as within.  50% were satisfied with 24% dissatisfied.  Similarly, 32% were satisfied with street infrastructure whereas 26% were not.

An impressive 90% of respondents used the High Street at least weekly, but to be encouraged to shop more in the High Street less traffic, more parking and more independent shops along with wider pavements were suggested.  9 respondents said they could get all they needed from the High Street.

An outdoor gym and resurfacing the tennis courts were highest on the agenda for improving outdoor space.  21 people reported that they were unaware of any indoor sports facilities, i.e.at Longhill School.  77 people thought there were enough outdoor play areas for children whilst 30 thought there were not and 23 said something more central was needed.  A directed question regards the need for an adult gym met with 47% for and 24% against.  Of these, 49 said in the Recreation Ground and 27 on St Aubyns Field.  6 people commented that the one in Saltdean Park is under used.
There was a fairly even split regards whether more allotments should be created, with only 11 people saying they had one and 13 on the waiting list.
The majority of respondents use the beach and undercliff and only 5% use beach huts with the main niggle being cyclists.  More regular litter/pebble collection, bigger bins, and sprucing up the beach huts were high on the list.  There was one suggestion of a drinking fountain which is already on our RPC to-do list.

Benches, pathways and a peaceful community garden with shrubs and flowers were high on the list of suggestions for St Aubyns Field, along with keeping as much open space as possible.  No dogs was quite a popular request.  Setting up a volunteer group to maintain the site was suggested.

Generally, people seemed happy with bus services although 28 asked for a bus route to Lewes via the Universities and Falmer Station.

Over the range of cycling-related questions, nearly 40% of respondents indicated that they were not cyclists.  Approximately 18% of respondents were satisfied with cycle routes and paths with 18-26% respondents dissatisfied.  Highest ranking comments were requests for cyclists to use the lanes/road rather than the pavement, along with the banning of cycling on the Undercliff path. There is a lack of cycle parking that, again, is already on our RPC to-do list.

Age analysis of submissions:-

24-30                     5
31-40                    10
41-50                    28
51-60                    67
61-70                    68
over 70                 50
total answers      228
average age         61

Notices

Notice of Conclusion of Audit

Annual Governance & Accountability Return for the year ended 31 March 2020
Sections 20(2) and 25 of the Local Audit and Accountability Act 2014
Accounts and Audit Regulations 2015 (SI 2015/234)
Accounts and Audit (Coronavirus) (Amendment) Regulations 2020 (SI 2020/404)

The audit of accounts for Rottingdean Parish Council for the year ended 31 March 2020 has been completed and the accounts have been published on the Parish Council Website.See Financial Reports
The Annual Governance & Accountability Return is available for inspection by any local government elector of the area of Rottingdean Parish Council on application to the Parish Clerk, Chris Hayes

  • By email chris.hayes@rottingdean-pc.gov.uk 
  • By post at The Gables, 6 Dean Court Road, Rottingdean, BN2 7DH

Copies will be provided to any person on request.

Chris Hayes, Parish Clerk/Responsible Finance Officer.  

26 November2020

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Parish Council Accounts 2020/2021

Each year a smaller authority’s Annual Governance and Accountability Return (AGAR) needs to be reviewed by an external auditor appointed by Smaller Authorities’ Audit Appointments Ltd. The unaudited AGAR has been published with this notice. As it has yet to be reviewed by the appointed auditor, it is subject to change as a result of that review.

Any person interested has the right to inspect and make copies of the accounting records for the financial year to which the audit relates and all books, deeds, contracts, bills, vouchers, receipts and other documents relating to those records must be made available for inspection by any person interested. More information on how to access the accounts is here

Consultation on Beach Chalet Letting Policy

In response to a request from Rottingdean Parish Council to move to a 5 year fixed term license for all licensees, a consultation on Brighton and Hove City Council's beach chalet letting policy has been announced and can be accessed via the link here: https://consultations.brighton-hove.gov.uk/neighbourhoods-communities/beach-chalet-letting-policy

BHCC are seeking the views of chalet tenants and those who would like to rent a chalet in order to inform a report for the Tourism Equalities Communities and Culture Committee (TECC).  The consultation period runs until Sunday 27 September and the report will be presented to the TECC Committee on 19 November.

Traffic Monitoring

0n 31 October 2017 a study of Traffic travelling eastward from Brighton by East Sussex Traffic Monitoring Unit, was commissioned by the Parish Council.

The results tell us that at peak times the queue from Brighton towards Rottingdean stretches beyond Greenways roundabout past the speed camera towards Roedean holding on average, in the busy period, 342 vehicles. Such lengthy queues impact on more than just the congestion on the A259 but also affects the flow in the High Street and has a knock on impact in the AQMA. The Parish Council continues to work with BHCC to seek ways to improve matters. Data can be viewed here

St Aubyns - RPC meeting with Fairfax Properties Feb 2017

Traffic count Rottingdean 2016

Neighbourhood Development Plan - November 2015 Call for Sites

As part of its work in assessing future development needs, the Rottingdean Neighbourhood Plan Working Group is calling upon landowners and agents of land within the parish who would like their sites to be considered within the Neighbourhood Plan. For further details please click HERE

Future Developments

Maps of Urban Fringe sites

Rottingdean 1918-2018 World War 1 Centenary

View the Centenary Poster here

 

Local Green Space

At the meeting of Rottingdean Parish Council on 2 nd March 2015 a motion was proposed and adopted to designate the playing field of St Aubyns School as a Local Green Space within the Neighbourhood Plan currently in preparation.

This Local Green Space designation will be in accordance with the National Planning Policy Framework  and the recent St Aubyns Planning Brief.

For further information please click here

RPC are in ongoing discussions with BHCC trying to address and resolve the problems of traffic and air pollution in Rottingdean.

Traffic volumes and Air Pollution 15 January 2015

Future Developments Maps of Urban Fringe sites

NP Results Introduction

Neighbourhood Plan results

Register of Village Greens

Register of Common Land

2013 Neighbourhood Planning Notice

Kipling Gardens

After a period of closure, because of social distancing rules, Kipling Gardens is now open to the public. The gardens are owned and managed by the City Parks team at Brighton and Hove City Council (BHCC). The City Parks team are supported by local volunteers, who within the guidelines of currennt BHCC policy on volunteering, help ensure the Gardens are kept at their best.

Sleeping Rough

Residents concerned about someone sleeping rough, the Streetlink website may be used to send an alert.  Details are sent to these local outreach services to help them find the individual and connect them to support (go to the StreetLink website or call 0300 500 0914). 

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