WOULDHAM PARISH COUNCIL
MINUTES of the MONTHLY MEETING of the PARISH COUNCIL held on TUESDAY,
5th FEBRUARY, 2008, in the VILLAGE HALL, WOULDHAM.
PRESENT: Mr. K Malkinson (Chairman), Mr. D Adams, Mr T Fulwell, Mrs J Head,
Ms A Parnell and Mr R Stone.
IN ATTENDANCE: Mr R Dalton (Borough Councillor)
Mr D Davis (Borough Councillor)
Mr. M J Ross (Clerk)
1. APOLOGIES FOR ABSENCE: There were no apologies for absence.
2. MINUTES: The minutes of the monthly meeting of the Parish Council, held on the 8th January,
2008, the Extraordinary Meeting of the same date and the Extraordinary Meeting (Precept) of the
15th January, 2008 were proposed by Cllr. Stone and seconded by Cllr. Head, to be a true record of the
proceedings of the Parish Council, and it was AGREED that they be signed by the Chairman.
Cllr. Fulwell asked for his objection to the wording of the minutes of the Extraordinary Meeting of the
8th January, 2008, to be recorded.
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: There was no Police presence and therefore a report was not received.
5. BOROUGH COUNCILLORS REPORT: Borough Cllr. Davis reported that fly tipping
continues to be a problem although the Hall Road area has improved of late with less fly
The issue of the adoption of Oldfield Drive has been raised with Malcolm Appleby of KHS
and a meeting is proposed to try and progress the matter. It has been established that Lafarge
Cement are not in any way involved in the delays that are occurring, but Taylor Woodrow, who
bought out the original developers, Wilcon Homes, and who are now known as Taylor Wimpey
may well be responsible. KCC are planning to circulate a plan indicating the rear access to the
school and the playing fields access to see if these are acceptable. Once these have been
confirmed as in order, the completion of the adoption could be completed withing 28 days.
6. COUNTY COUNCILLORS REPORT: The Clerk reported that he had not received any
report from County Councillor Rowe.
7. MEMBERS OF THE PUBLIC: A member of the public raised a number of issues relating
to the proposed Greenway, with particular regard to the cobbled surface that was proposed for
the Bridleway MR10. The Chairman confirmed that the PC had identified this problem in their
comments to TMBC and suggested that alternative, softer surfaces should be considered.
The member of the public also confirmed that the majority of the members of the public present
had attended to satisfy themselves that the PC were proceeding with their promise to survey
the village with regard to the suggestion of the closure of Scarborough Lane and Margetts
Lane. Members, after discussion, AGREED that the survey would be carried out forthwith so
that residents of the village given an opportunity to have their say on the issue.
8. PLANNING: (a) Planning applications considered by the Planning Committee:
(i) Peters Village – Details of Piling: No comments
(ii) Land east of Hall Road-Removal of high voltage overhead lines:
The PC would like to see the whole route to Knowle Road placed
(iii) Peters Village – Construction of Greenway: The PC object to this
application on the grounds that the amendments are unacceptable
because the deduction of the shuttle area, to the south, defeats the
object of the traffic lights being out of sight of one another.
Pollution & disruption is likely to residents of Hall Road when vehicles
stack at the lights and the PC feel there is no need for priority for
southbound traffic and they would like further detail of exact traffic
(iv) Peters Village-Main on site road network, landscaping and public open
spaces: The PC have concerns that changes have been made to the
surface of the bridleway as part of Riverside Walk. Also the area of
vegetation to be removed at the site of the Roman buildings is likely to
be outside the application site.
(v) Peters Village-Construction of new and improvements to existing
highways between Peters Village and the junction of Rochester Road
& Pilgrims Way: No comments
(vi) Peters Village-Additional infrastructure and associated landscaping as
part of new construction and improvements to existing PROW between
Peters Village & Rochester Road/Pilgrims Way junction: No comments
(b) Planning Consents issued:
(i) Land between A228 & Peter Hall Road-Details of contamination
(ii) Upper Nashenden Farm-Variations to approved application.
(c) Planning Applications refused:
(i) Land adjacent to 230 High Street-Erection of 2 storey dwelling
(d) Other Planning Issues:
Access road to rear of High Street: The Clerk reported that he
had received a draft scheme for the construction of the access
road and the Chairman confirmed that he was now consulting with
the Planning Committee on the proposals, who would report back
to the PC in due course.
Three Villages Liaison Group: The Chairman referred
to the notes of the Liaison Group meeting of the
17th January, 2008, already circulated. He drew attention to the
village ‘wish list’ that had been noted and hoped the 3 villages
would support one another in trying to achieve these plans for
9. STREET LIGHTING: Cllr. Adams stated that he had nothing to report this month.
10. HIGHWAYS & VERGES: General: Cllr. Head referred to the Spreadsheet and enquired
whether members had any items to add but there were no other issues to be raised.
The adoption of Oldfield Drive was also raised with the query as to whether the service road
areas, such as Meadow Way and Garden Court would be included in the adoption and Bor. Cllr. Davis
Bor. Cllr. Davis undertook to find out.
The Chairman also referred to the need to establish a plan to deal with the parking problems in
the Village and suggested that Cllr. Head take responsibility for gathering information in order Cllr. Head
to produce this plan. Cllr. Head agreed to assume this responsibility but stated that she would
need help which members agreed they would provide.
The Chairman stated that he had contacted David Aspinall of KHS to try and establish what
plans, if any, KCC had for Scarborough and Margetts Lanes. He had been advised that, at this
point in time, there were no plans to close either of these Lanes.
Cllr. Adams then stated that he felt the PC should now take action to consult all residents of the
Village and this was AGREED by all members. The exact wording of the Survey letter to
residents was to be determined.
There continues to be problems with the Traffic Management Scheme with signage not being in
place and other issues. The safety audit carried out by an independent contractor indicted that
there were concerns about the safety of the ‘gateway’ on Knowle Road but felt that with the
necessary signage in place this could be overcome. However, the matter would be reviewed in
due course after all signs were erected.
The Clerk read out a letter from a Member of the public which commended the PC on the
scheme and considered that despite the doubts about the safety of some parts, was a major
benefit to the Village.
11. FOOTPATHS/PROW: General: The surfacing of the footpath forming the alleyway by the
school was discussed and the quotes obtained. After discussion, Members AGREED that the
specification for the surfacing should be revised to provide for a surface right across the width
of the path with a 2 metre wide strip through the middle having a tarmac surface. The Chairman &
Chairman and Cllrs. Stone and Adams, agreed to go back to the contractors they had approached Cllrs. Stone & Adams
and obtain a revised quote based on the new specification.
12. ALLOTMENTS: The representative of the allotment holders, stated that all was
satisfactory in the management of the allotments and enquired about the possibility of
extending the water supply to a new standpipe to the top end of the allotments. Members
AGREED to consider the request when the likely cost of extending it was known.
It was also reported that there were still 2 plots available and Members AGREED that
reference to this fact should be included in the PC’s article in Parish News.
The collection of the rents for the forthcoming year was a further issue raised and the Clerk
confirmed that these were normally collected by the Association on a Saturday morning in late
March, in the VH, for a two hour period between 10.0am and Noon.
The representative also confirmed that he was going to liaise with the named
representatives from Burham and Eccles in regard to the Vegetable and Flower Show that was
13. RECREATION GROUND: Cllr. Adams enquired about the request of Burham Football
Club to provide 2 pitches on the Recreation Ground rather than the current one. The
Chairman advised that the suggested layout of 2 pitches had left little space for the public to
walk round and therefore the proposal had been abandoned.
Cllr. Head referred to the extremely poor condition of the car park surface and suggested
something needed to be done to improve it. Cllr. Stone suggested that the PC might be able to
arrange for scalpings from works on Blue Bell Hill to be used for infilling the poor areas Cllr. Stone
of the car park and undertook to look into the possibility further.
14. VILLAGE HALL: There was nothing to report.
16. FINANCE: (i) General: The Clerk reported that he had consulted with Shaw & Sons
regarding the Chairman’s insignia and was awaiting a revised quote to bring the figure down Clerk
to within the £1450 allowed by the insurers.
(ii) Bank Position:
Income this month: £549.96
Current Account: £2,667.62 (less cheques for payment today)
Savings Account: £18,466.10
Building Society Account: £10,016.01
(iii) Accounts for Payment:
Street Lighting - Electricity supply: January, 2008.
M J Ross
Sal: 750.00; Rent: 125.00; Exp: 40.64; Imp: 14.10
Litter Duties-January, 2008
All the above accounts were approved for payment.
(iv) Grants: The Clerk reported that he had been advised by KCC that the
Members Grant of £2000 for the footpath surfacing by the school, must be spent by the
30th April, 2008, or for the PC to give valid reasons why not.
16 SPECIAL REPORTS: (a) Village Sign: The Clerk reported that he had established that
KCC Supplies were able to provide a plaque to recognize the work done on the Village Sign by
Ken & Jo Savage, but required the exact wording to be provided on the plaque and its size in
order to be able to quote. Members AGREED that the wording should be as follows: Clerk
“Designed and built by Ken and Jo Savage, 2007”.
(b)Church News & Letter: Various subjects were agreed for
inclusion in the Parish News, including reiterating the problems with fly tipping, the availability
of allotment plots, a further reference to the survey regarding the possible closure of
Scarborough and Margetts Lanes and the continuing vacancies on the PC. It was also suggested
that a reference to the parking problems in the service road areas of Oldfield Drive should be Clerk
mentioned, with a reference to the fact that this is a private road at the moment and any parking
should be done with consideration for other residents.
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 March, 2008.
19. COUNCILLORS/CHAIRMAN/CLERK: Cllr. Parnell asked if she could receive the
minutes separate from the agenda so that she can pass on the minutes to Chris Norcutt for
inclusion in the website he has created for Wouldham, after approval by the PC.
Cllr. Adams suggested that an approach should be made to the owners of the land at Church
Place, to see if they would consider selling the land to the PC.
There being no further business to discuss, the meeting closed at 9.15pm
Signed as a correct record of the proceedings
Date: 4th March, 2008. Chairman:………………………
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