A259 Action Group: This is from the meeting at Lewes District Council Scrutiny Committee Monday 15th January, regarding the A259 attended by Laurence O'Connor, and Viv Carrick of the Focus Group. More to follow.
I list below notes from the above meeting held this morning. I shall issue minutes of the meeting when received by Lewes District Council Scrutiny Officer.
Present: Myself, Rob & Laurence. Members of the Transport Scrutiny Panel: Chairman: Professor Peter Gardiner (Lib Dem), Councillor Joanna Carter (Green), Councillor: Julian Peterson (Conservative), Councillor Nigel Enever (Conservative), & Councillor Ruth O'Keefe (Independant) Deputy for Councillor Vic Ient (Lib Dem). Also present Councillor Stephen Caitlin (Leader of Independant Group & Member of the Planning Application Committee, Councillor Dave Neave (Independant & Member of the Planning Application Committee & Councillor Robertson (Independant). Also present LDC Officers: Jazmin Victory (Democratic Services), LDC Head of Planning: Aiden Thatcher & CIL Officer (was at the Lower Hoddern Farm Planning Application).
Following an introduction from the Chairman of the committee and Viv Carrick, Laurence gave a Power Point Presentation followed by questions from members of the Scrutiny Transport Panel, Councillors not on the Panel & Planning Officers. The Councillors on the Transport Scrutiny Panel asked numerous questions relating to congestion, traffic data and bus information and other councillors also gave input relating not only A259 but the Lower Hoddern Farm Application. The Officers stated that that all traffic data had been robustly reviewed by ESCC whose responsibility was for the highways and not LDC who could only comply with Planning Laws & Regulations.
However, the Panel concluded that they were not satisfied with the council traffic data available, traffic data needed up dating to give sensible information to councillors of the Planning Application Committee Members, ESCC should properly review their own available traffic data & Bus Information Data should be sought. Even the Officers accepted there was a congestion problem on the A259. Therefore, the Panel sought a meeting in the near future with ESCC Officers to answer numerous questions, which would be open to the Public. The Chairman thanked the A259 Action Group for their detailed report, presentation and answers to questions and his committee shall report through the Scrutiny Committee to Cabinet their findings & proposals.
We believe the meeting went well and the presentation was well received and trust it will influence the Councillors on the A259 problems & Lower Hoddern Farm Application. Many thanks to Laurence & Rob for all their efforts.