WOULDHAM PARISH COUNCIL
MINUTES of the MONTHLY MEETING of the PARISH COUNCIL held on TUESDAY, 6th
NOVEMBER, 2007, in the VILLAGE HALL, WOULDHAM.
PRESENT: Mr. K Malkinson (Chairman), Mr. D Adams, Mrs J Head, Ms A Parnell
and Mr R Stone.
IN ATTENDANCE: Mr D Davis (Borough Councillor)
PCSO Honeysett (Police)
Mr. M J Ross (Clerk)
1. APOLOGIES FOR ABSENCE: Apologies for absence were received from Cllrs. Giles, Fulwell and
Bor. Cllr. Dalton.
The Clerk pointed out to Members that Cllr. Giles had not attended a Parish Council meeting for 6
months and therefore, under Section 85 of the Local Government Act, 1972, he ceased to be a member of
the Parish Council. The Clerk confirmed that he would advise the Monitoring Officer of TMBC of this
fact and confirm that there is a further casual vacancy on the PC, thus making a total of 3 vacancies
currently. Members AGREED to this course of action.
2. MINUTES: The minutes of the monthly meeting of the Parish Council, held on the 2nd October,
2007, were proposed by Cllr. Adams and seconded by Cllr. Stone, to be a true record of the proceedings
of the Parish Council, and it was AGREED that they be signed by the Chairman.
3. MATTERS ARISING FROM MINUTES: Members AGREED that matters arising from the
minutes would be dealt with under the appropriate heading as the meeting progressed through the
4. POLICE REPORT: In the absence of a Police Officer, PCSO Honeysett reported the crime figures
for the past 2 months. During this period there were 11 crimes reported. Some of these crimes were
currently being investigated and they ranged from attempted burglary to theft of a MV and criminal
PCSO Honeysett also stated that she had not realized that Laker Road, Rochester came within the
boundary of the Parish and consequently she had a separate set of crime figures for that locality. In this
instance 8 crimes had been reported for this area ranging from theft of a MV, interfering with a vehicle
The parking on the pavement at the Wouldham Court Farm development was continuing to occur and it
was suggested that PCSO Honeysett should, where appropriate, leave a note on the windscreens of any
cars illegally parked on the pavement, pointing out the fact that they are illegally parked. This course of
action was AGREED by Members.
Cllr. Stone made reference to fireworks that had been let off in the vicinity of School Lane which had
caused problems and enquired whether the reported situation had been actioned. PCSO Honeysett was
unaware of the situation and undertook to investigate
5. BOROUGH COUNCILLORS REPORT: Borough Cllr. Davis reported that fly tipping
that had taken place at Hill Road, had been cleared by TMBC but there still remained a degree
of litter. He was in discussion on possible actions with Dennis Gardner of TMBC with particular
reference to possible ways of making the area less accessible for fly tipping. Members
AGREED that an item should be included in the Church News regarding
this and asking members of the public to phone in reporting any fly tipping observed.
With regard to the adoption of Oldfield Drive, Bor. Cllr. Dalton had consulted with KHS and
EDF Energy but there had been no progress to date. Members AGREED that letters should be Action by
sent to Malcolm Appleby of KHS and EDF Energy inviting them to a PC Meeting to explain
Clerk why there has been such a delay in progressing this matter and try to determine actions
that need to be taken to bring this matter to a conclusion.
The planning application from Trenport for Condition 26 is to be considered by Area 3 Planning
Committee at their next meeting and a petition for soft surfaces for the Greenway has been
submitted by local horse riders.
Cllr. Head enquired whether it was legal create a wooded area from an agricultural field.
6. COUNTY COUNCILLORS REPORT: The Clerk advised members that he had not
received any report from County Cllr. Rowe.
7. MEMBERS OF THE PUBLIC: A member of the public asked who was responsible for
installing the kissing gate on MR6 since she felt it was difficult for persons with pushchairs to
get through. The Chairman confirmed the PC had installed the gate and were satisfied that it
allowed access to all wishing to use the footpath.
Another member of the public referred to the fact that some of the street furniture had been
damaged and knocked over and Cllr. Head confirmed that this would be recorded on the next
spreadsheet for submission to WKH.
The need for another bollard on the approach to the Riverfront was also raised and Cllr. Head Cllr. Head
also stated that she would take this matter up with TMBC.
8. PLANNING: (a) Planning applications considered and commented upon, by Planning
(i) Peters Pit & Works – Proposed new Village-Details of site
investigations and remediation strategy (Condition 8)-Revised
cycleway, footway and bridleway strategy: No further comments
other than those already submitted
(ii) Peters Village-Details of retention, interpretation & management
programme for chalk faces: No comments
(iii) 7 High Street-Demolition of side extension & erection of new
2 storey house with off street parking: The PC identified that
Policy P6/1of the Local Plan, quoted by the applicant, does not
apply to Wouldham and there are also concerns over the proximity of
various windows to the communal alleyway which serves the other
properties including the Village Hall (fire escape). The PC therefore
consider that rather than enhancing the area, the proposal would
remove the individuality of the terrace.
(b) Planning Consents issued:
(i) 181 High Street-Loft conversion rear dormers & porch.
(ii) Land between A228 & Hall Road-Bridge Crossing-Detail of external
(c) Planning Applications refused:
There were no applications refused this month.
(d) Other Planning Issues:
Access road to rear of High Street: The Clerk reported that the PC
were awaiting the results of the application to the KCC Local Board
for a grant towards the fees for the design and planning application.
It was unlikely the result of the application would be known before
January, 2008 Peters Pit Development- Liaison Group: The
Chairman reported that arrangements were trying to be made to
meet on the 23rd November.
9. STREET LIGHTING: Cllr. Adams reported that he had carried out a survey of the Oldfield
Drive area and had established that there were 3 lights out. There was also a light out in Hall
10. HIGHWAYS & VERGES: General: Cllr. Head referred to the monthly spreadsheet that Cllr. Head
was submitted to WKH and asked if there were any other issues to be added for this month.
11. FOOTPATHS/PROW: General: Cllr. Head referred to the fact that a Land Rover was
seen driving up MR6 and asked if this was allowable. It was suggested that the issue be taken
up with the PROW Office at KCC. Cllr. Head
12. ALLOTMENTS: The Chairman reported that Andy Fizzani had resigned as Chairman of
the Allotment Association. Andy Marr had been appointed as Chairman for the time being.
Cllr. Parnell raised the issue of plots that had been let but were not being cultivated and
consequently were left in an untidy state. It was felt that unless the allotments were shown to
be well used and maintained in a neat condition, the land may well be lost for development.
It was AGREED that the temporary Chairman be advised that there was a need to ensure the
proper maintenance of the allotments. It was also AGREED that the Clerk should seek the Clerk
views of TMBC on registering the land as allotments on the Local Plan to ensure they remain
allotments for all time.
13. RECREATION GROUND: The Clerk reported that he had been in touch with John
Fletcher of the Medway Inn regarding his proposals for establishing a garden area within part of
the Recreation Ground car park. It was suggested that a site meeting should take place on
Saturday 10th November at 1.0pm when all members who would be able to attend at this time
should be present to hear Mr. Fletcher’s proposals. This was AGREED.
14. VILLAGE HALL: The Clerk reported that he had received a response from Lafarge
Cement regarding the restrictive covenant on the Village Hall. They were happy to allow the
release of the PC from this covenant subject to certain safeguards. They had provided details of
the Company’s Solicitors and suggested that the PC arrange for their Solicitors to contact them
with a view to progressing the matter. Since this was a fairly straightforward matter, Members
AGREED that the Clerk should seek the services of a local Solicitor who could deal with this Clerk
matter and would not be too expensive.
Members also AGREED that a meeting of the VH Management Committee should be arranged
and to this end, the Clerk make contact with all the users of the VH with a view to them Clerk
attending a meeting. In view of Cllr. Stone,(Chairman of the Management Committee) being
absent, the meeting should be arranged for a date after the 23rd November.
16. FINANCE: (i) General: The Clerk advised Members that as from the 1st October, 2007,
the minimum wage was £5.52 per hour.
The Clerk also referred to the fact that he had now obtained a quotation from Shaw & Sons for
the replacement of the Chairman’s insignia which had been stolen from the Clerk’s house
when it had been burgled. The quotation amounted to £1950 plus VAT and members
AGREED that the Clerk should proceed to submit this to the PC’s insurers with a view to Clerk
obtaining clearance to placing an order for the replacement of the insignia.
(ii) Bank Position:
Income this month: Nil
Current Account: £7490.05 (less cheques for payment today)
Savings Account: £18,380.95
Building Society Account: £9,724.08
(iii) Accounts for Payment:
Royal British Legion
Remembrance Sunday Wreath & Donation
Street Lighting–Electricity supply October, 2007
Fees for further action
Reimbursement for litter pickers purchased
M J Ross
Sal: 750.00; Rent: 150.00; Exp: 20.80; Imp: 12.04
Litter duties – October, 2007.
Total to be authorised today:
All the above accounts were approved for payment.
(iii) Grants: Cllr. Adams undertook to approach County Cllr. Rowe in regard
to the KCC Local Members Grant which was to be for clearing and providing a surface for the
newly acquired strip of land by the school, together with such works as are necessary to provide
adequate ornamental vegetation along it. Cllr. Adams
16 SPECIAL REPORTS: (a) Village Sign: Cllr. Adams advised Members that, in order to
progress matters with regard to the junior signs, he had taken on himself to place the signs at
either end of the village in locations approximate to those discussed by Members at their last
meeting. He had sited these high up in order to try and avoid vandalism, on telegraph poles
near the Church and by Cornwall Crescent.
(b)Church News & Letter: Various subjects were agreed for
inclusion in the Parish News, including the fact that children from the school had participated
in the planting of bluebells on the Common, the crime figure reported by the Police and it was
also suggested that local people would be interested to hear that Rita Martin’s dog ‘Peg’ was Clerk
now living with her granddaughter.
17. CORRESPONDENCE: The list of letters and other correspondence received during the
month was circulated to Members on the e-mail, so that any Member could request sight of any
particular item that they wished to read.
18. DATE OF NEXT MEETING: The next meeting will be on the 4th December, 2007.
As this meeting would be the last before the Christmas break, Members AGREED that a
small buffet be provided at the Medway Inn, on similar lines to that provided last year.
19. COUNCILLORS/CHAIRMAN/CLERK: Cllr. Head raised the matter of Disabled
parking bays and was suggesting to KCC that a review of the current allocation be carried
Cllr. Stone referred to the RBL Poppy Appeal and confirmed that within the Village there
were a number of sources for donating to this with Poppies in the pubs and the shop, apart
from Stella Stevenson’s normal action in this respect.
Cllr. Adams stated that he felt the parking provision in the planning application for 7 High
Street was inadequate and also enquired about the Church Car Park that was proposed and
would this be available to the public. It was confirmed that this would not be available for
The final point raised by Cllr. Adams was in regard to Knowle Pit and the progress in
negotiations to acquire this for the PC. The Chairman stated that he was chasing Mike
Bax who was reporting the matter to the Maths School
Discussion also took place on the proposed access road issue and the outcome was that
the PC would place an order with Martin Hunt to develop the scheme and the PC would
continue to attempt to obtain a grant but this could not be allowed to hold the matter up. Clerk
The Chairman referred to the fact that Roman remains found locally, were the subject of a
report and Trenport would be sending a copy to the PC in due course.
There being no further business to discuss, the meeting closed at 9.40pm
Signed as a correct record of the proceedings
Date: 4th December, 2007. Chairman:………………………
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