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DICKER SUNDAY SERVICES: 9.15am Holy Communion at Holy Trinity Church, Coldharbour Road.

COFFEE MORNINGS: There are weekly coffee mornings with a book exchange at Dicker Hall 10.40am to noon every Thursday. Book Exchange or purchase 20p.

MICHELHAM PRIORY EVENTS: For more information visit www.sussespast.co.uk but in summary coming up over half term from October 24 there is a trail to follow, Ghost Walk on October 30, Halloween weekend (October 31 and November 1) and another Ghost Walk on October 31.

LEISURE AND RECREATION: At the Advisory Committee the following items were discussed: Regarding dogs on allotments, there had been two occasions when dogs had not been under control. A discussion was held on the current wording in the tenancy agreement and what the PC may allow. The committee will recommend to the PC to allow well behaved dogs on a lead on the allotments or in the owners fenced enclosure, providing the dog cannot get out. If the PC agree to this proposal the Clerk will change the tenancy agreement to commence 1 January 2016. The sign at the allotments will be checked and recommendations for changing it will be brought to the Parish Council meeting . The cricket club is really struggling and is trying to recruit new members. If they are not successful they may have to fold. They are looking at getting a site screen and possibly a sign along the road to highlight that cricket is being held. It was confirmed that the sign would probably require Highways’ and possibly the PC’s permission. Suggestions were given on recruiting new members and obtaining grants for the sign. The PC have been given details of the proposed improvements to the area by the cricket commemorative stone, the committee will take the proposals to the PC meeting for approval. Concern was expressed that some people who had written to the PC did not appear to be aware of thereasons why the design the new village green competition was being undertaken. It is because the fencing had to be removed and the PC wanted to involve residents and needed to ensure that cars could not be parked on the grass and that the green continued to be a pleasant area for residents and visitors. A discussion was held on prizes for the winners and it was suggested that a list of the winners be shown in the noticeboard. It was proposed that the entries be scanned in and shown at the Village Shop so that residents have a chance to see them.

PARISH COUNCIL: During the public session it was confirmed that the Clerk was leaving the PC. Also, Lindy Gillam (Speeding Action Group Arlington - SAGA) thanked the Parish Council (PC) for adding speeding to the agenda. She confirmed that ESCC had rejected their request for a 30-40-50mph speed limit in Arlington, they have offered to improve signage and work is being done with Highways on this. She highlighted local villages that do have a 30mph speed limit and gave details of an accident recently between a car and a horserider. The PC was requested to take action over the speed limit. Cllr. Nigel Coltman (WDC) confirmed that he is on WDC Planning Committee South and was available to comment during the planning session. A member of the public expressed concern over the planning application for a new solar farm on the Wick Street site and that it is being advertised as a community solar farm however, it is not a community venture. He also expressed concern about how long it would take members of the public to get their investment back. It was highlighted that the application is on good arable land. A Councillor asked whether the planned site is where the archaeological remains were previously found and it was confirmed that the application now covers half of the north field and that English Heritage have now accepted the new proposals.

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