22 Elder Close



BN41 2ER


Clerk to the Council:  Elizabeth Leggo

Tel:  07738664449  

e-mail: ashurstclerk@outlook.com





Councillors are respectfully summoned to attend the meeting of Ashurst Parish Council on Thursday 1st October 2020 at 7.00pm, via Zoom for the transaction of the business on the Agenda below.


Elizabeth Leggo

Clerk to the Council

24th September 2020


Further to the Coronavirus Act 2020, this meeting will be held remotely via Zoom


Members of the Public are asked to submit any questions or comments to the Clerk via email or telephone by 4.30pm on the day of the meeting. Should members of the public wish to observe the meeting, please contact the Clerk for an email invitation link.





To discuss any questions submitted by the public.


  1. Apologies for Absence.
  2. Declaration of Members’ Interests.
  3. Approve the Minutes* of the Meetings of 2nd July and 6th August 2020: The minutes, subject to any amendments, to be approved and signed as a true record of the meeting. The Chairman will sign a copy of the minutes and post to the Clerk.
  4. Update on COVID-19: To receive any updates relating to the pandemic
  5. Reports from District & County Councillors.
  6. Outstanding Actions: To clarify and report on actions brought forward from the last meeting.
  7. Recreation Ground Matters: To discuss any matters concerning the Recreation Ground.

Please note that the Annual Recreation Ground Meeting is being held via Zoom at 6pm prior to this meeting.

  • To review Horsham District Council and the Annual Wicksteed Playground Inspection results.
  • To note an offer of a donation from Slinfold Concert Band
  • To organise a meter reading
  • To decide whether to use a free service from Utility Aid to save on water and electrics at the Ground

 8. Planning Matters: To comment on planning applications received from Horsham District Council.

DC/20/1769: Installation of a 36m x 50m clay-lined earth walled slurry lagoon with associated surrounding engineering works. Merrion Farm Bines Green Partridge Green West Sussex

9. Planning Decisions from HDC: To receive decisions on planning applications from HDC.

 10. To discuss a response to the Horsham District Local Plan

11. Financial Matters:

  • To receive the report on the Council’s income and to approve future expenditure.
  • To resolve whether to have an interim audit for 2020/21
  • To decide whether to accept Lloyds Bank’s offer of a refund for the safe custody standing orders
  • To discuss and make amendments to the draft precept for 2021/22*

 12. Website Update: to note accessibility requirements are now met

13. Broadband in Ashurst: to receive an update from Cllr Nicholson

 14. Community Speedwatch: to receive an update from Cllr Nicholson

 15. Trees and footpaths:

  • Cllr Fischel will give an update
  • To discuss correspondence from a resident concerning an oak tree at the Ground

 16. Operation Watershed: to receive an update from Cllrs Knight and Russell

 17. SSALC Update:

  • To note recent correspondence from WSALC regarding a ‘Value for Money’ review, and formulate a response
  • To review forthcoming online events and whether any representative wishes to attend

 18. HALC Update: to receive an update from Cllr Fischel

 19. Grants: To review grant applications

    • To decide whether to make a grant to Age UK Horsham District for its Bags of Support Scheme
    • To discuss the payee for Steyning Swimming Pool donation

 20. To note the Clerk’s pay increase following the National Salary Review

21. GDPR: Reminder to delete all emails over 6 months old

22. To discuss correspondence and respond to correspondence received.

23. Reports from Outside Bodies.

24. Information Items. To receive information and items for the agenda at future meetings.

 25. Future meetings: To remind Councillors of the amended meeting schedule for the next year further to the Coronavirus Act


Date of the next Meeting of the Council: Thursday 7th January via Zoom


                *Documents circulated to all Councillors with the agenda/emails previously forwarded