WOULDHAM PARISH COUNCIL
MINUTES of the MONTHLY MEETING of the PARISH COUNCIL held on TUESDAY,
7th OCTOBER, 2008, in the VILLAGE HALL, WOULDHAM.
PRESENT: Mr. K Malkinson (Chairman), Mr. D Adams, Mrs J Head, Ms. L Morgan,
Ms A Parnell, Mr T Fulwell and Mr R Stone
IN ATTENDANCE: Mr G Rowe (County Councillor)
Mr R Dalton (Borough Councillor)
Mr. M J Ross (Clerk)
1. APOLOGIES: Apologies for absence were received from Borough Cllr. Davis, PC Dalton
and PCSO Honeysett.
2. MINUTES: The minutes of the monthly meeting of the Parish Council, held on the
2nd September, 2008 were proposed by Cllr. Stone and seconded by Cllr. Adams, to be a
true record of the proceedings of the Parish Council, and it was AGREED that they be signed by
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
4. POLICE REPORT: In the absence of representatives of the Police, the Clerk advised
members that he had been provided with the latest crime figures for the period 1st September to
6th October, 2008. There had been 7 crimes reported in the Village of which 3, which were drug
related, had been detected. The remaining 4 were made up of 2 theft from a motor vehicle, 1
criminal damage and 1 assault. There were no crimes reported for Laker Road.
PCSO Honeysett had also referred to the bollards that had been installed outside Wouldham Court/
Church and had indicated that she had received very positive feedback on this and would like the
PC to consider installing similar outside 25 High Street. Members were doubtful whether this
would be acceptable to WKH but AGREED to approach them to see what the reaction was.
The Clerk reported a letter from KCC confirming that a replacement Community Warden for
Wouldham, Burham and Eccles, had been appointed and was currently undergoing training.
It was envisaged that the person concerned would be available for duty as of Monday 17th
November, with the temporary cover continuing until that time.
5. BOROUGH COUNCILLORS REPORT: The Clerk reported that Borough Cllr. Davis had
advised him that the only item he wished to report to Members, was the fact that fly tipping was
continuing on Common Road and Hall Road, with a large tip of tyres that he had reported at the
Borough Cllr. Dalton reported that he had 3 issues, the first with regard to parking in the Village
and the fact that he had emailed TMBC in this regard and had been advised that Parking
Attendants came out to Wouldham on average 3 times per week. The next issue was one of a
serious nature and the fact that there had been an abduction attempt in Burham recently and as a
result there had been an approach to TMBC for CCTV. A presentation on this subject, was
planned at TMBC offices on the 17th October, at 10.0am and the Chairman indicated his
intention to attend this.
Finally, Borough Cllr. Dalton
reported that appeals in relation to the development proposed at 7
High Street and on land fronting Church Place had been dismissed, thus proving that the PC
working together with the Borough Council works successfully.
6. COUNTY COUNCILLORS REPORT: County Councillor Rowe referred to his report
that had been circulated by the Clerk. The report contained information as follows:
1. Kent’s Local Democracy Week is to be held 13th – 19th October. Parish Councillors
may be asked to give a talk at their local school and they are encouraged to do so.
2. Inside Track (No. 129) has been issued
3. Maidstone Voluntary Action has been selected by KCC to co-ordinate recruitment
and placement of volunteers to help with events and one off events across the county
between now and the 2012 Olympic Games.
4. Cold Calling Controlled Zones of Ditton and Eccles in County Cllr. Rowe’s County
Division, have been identified as areas for consideration because:
(a) they have a well organized Neighbourhood Watch Scheme in operation
(b) they have areas of concern, identified
(c) they have shown an interest
He has allocated £5,000 from his Kent Police Authority grant with, some local KCC
Members grant money, to support setting up the scheme in locations across the
Borough. If the PC are interested, contact should be made with
5. KCC Select Committee on Provisions of Activities for Young People in Kent – County
Cllr. Rowe has been asked to join this group set up to develop a comprehensive strategy
of providing more youth activities for young people throughout Kent. The website set
up is www.togogo.info and is being developed to signpost what is available, where and
from whom. The PC is encouraged to submit details of all its known youth
organizations and opportunities for young people within the Parish. As part of this
iniative, TMBC have developed Freedom Passes for all 11 plus year olds which will
entitle holders to travel free throughout the area on production of this pass which will
cost £50 per year.
6. A skateboard and BMX bike park has been established in Laker Road, known as Unit 1
Skatepark. New Venture Coaches has formed a co-op and is arranging to provide
subsidized transport to this facility which has 2 hour blocks for the use of the facilities.
Contact can be via www.unit1skatepark.co.uk for more information.
7. Wouldham Guides have submitted an application for grant for camping equipment.
Have the PC any other applications pending. The Grants Committee meet of the
8. The Public Transport Panel meets of the 4th November; the Parish Partnership Panel on
The 13th November and the Joint Local Board on 26th November. All meet at 7.30pm
Councillors and public are welcome at these meetings.
9. Aylesford Sports Collage has 2 Governor vacancies.
7. MEMBERS OF THE PUBLIC: A member of the public asked about the bollards outside the
Church and Wouldham Court and asked why they were so ugly. The need for a bollard in the
area of Nelson Road and the Riverfront was also raised, to stop driving onto the green area. Cllr. Head
Cllr. Head undertook to raise the matter with TMBC (John Dicker).
The poor signs around the green in the center of the Village were also the subject raised by the
public and they were advised that the PC hoped to change these in 2009. when they take over the
management of this area.
Another resident stated that they were disappointed that no bollards had been installed outside 29
High Street, since they have problems with parking outside their house and obtaining access to and
from it. The Chairman stated that he would be meeting with a representative of KHS shortly
and would raise the matter with him and at the same time would ask the PCSO to monitor the
situation. The matter of dog mess on the pavements in the High Street and on the Recreation
Ground was also raised, with criticisms that people did not always clear up after their dogs.
Members AGREED that the Clerk should include reference to this in the article for the Parish
Magazine, suggesting that anyone noting dog’s mess not cleared up, should contact the Clerk
Dog Warden at TMBC.
The condition of the Recreation Ground car park was also referred to and the fact that the
Pot holes were getting worse. Cllr. Stone undertook to follow up on this and try and arrange Cllr. Stone
for these to be filled in.
Another resident stated that he felt that the Village Green opposite the shop needed brightening
up with flower beds and some form of posts to deter parking on it.
8. PLANNING: (a) Planning applications considered by the Planning Committee:
(i) 15 School Lane-Erection of 2 dwellings: The PC is still firmly of the
opinion that the proposed development should not be permitted and
object to the proposal most vehemently. The maisonette is far too
close to the substation and the PC question whether this is “piggyback”
planning and had the applicant applied for the whole 6 units on the
original application, rather than the 4 applied for and approved, the
application would have been refused.
(ii) Peters Village-Details of archaeological management: No comments
(b) Planning Consents issued:
There were no planning consents notified this month.
(c) Planning Applications refused:
(i) 7 High Street-Demolition of offside extension & erection of new 2
storey house: Appeal dismissed.
(ii) Land adjacent 230 High Street-Erection of 2 storey Victorian style
house: Appeal dismissed.
(d) Other Planning Issues:
Access road to rear of High Street: The Chairman reported on a
Meeting he, together with Cllr. Stone, had attended with KCC &
TMBC, arranged by the consultant in this matter. KCC had asked
why they should adopt the proposed road since they felt it would not
serve the community but mainly just the residents of part of the High
Street. However, he felt that they had managed to convince the officers
that the provision of this road would benefit the whole village in the
alleviation of some of the parking problems that currently exist and
would provide a valuable link in the Village. It would provide a
pedestrian and cycle link between Knowle Road and the Tramway.
Martin Hunt, the Consultant, was now gathering the required
information, arising out of the meeting, in order to progress the
Miscellaneous Planning Issues: The Clerk reported that he had
received a letter from the SE Regional Assembly advising of their
search for sites for gypsies and the fact that each local authority was
responsible for identifying suitable sites within their areas. A meeting
for west Kent was planned for the 27th October, 2008, at Oakwood
Matters Arising: The Clerk referred to the report to the September
meeting of the PC, regarding possible breaches of planning control that
had been reported at Upper Nashenden Farm, in regard to car breaking
and siting of caravans. He had now received a letter from TMBC Action by
stating that there would be no action by the Enforcement Team in regard
to the car breaking investigations.
9. STREET LIGHTING: Cllr. Adams reported that there were a number of street lights out
but, despite chasing KHS, no action was forthcoming. Cllr. Head suggested that he make
contact direct, with Brian Chitty, who would hopefully, act on the matter.
10. HIGHWAYS & VERGES: General: The Chairman reported on a meeting that he,
together with the Clerk, had had with KHS, who had recently moved to new premises in
Aylesford.. The meeting had proved most useful and it had been confirmed by KHS, that the
Spreadsheet would only include enlargement/improvement issues in the future and all other
maintenance issues had to be reported through the Call Centre and should be reported via the
telephone number 0845 247 800. The Spreadsheet will eventually disappear, probably early in
2009, and be replaced by a computer system which will allow, with a password, for interrogation
on the latest position on issues.
The bollards that have been erected in front of the Church and partly in from of Wouldham
Court, have been erected in the wrong place. Terry Dury of KCC was made aware of this fact
at the meeting held with KHS and has suggested a site meeting to resolve matters. It was
hoped that this meeting will be held very shortly when the Chairman planned to determine with
Mr Dury, not only the exact location of the bollards, but also the type, as the current ones are not
attractive and it was felt that wooden ones would give a softer image.
Matters Arising: The Clerk reported that following the instruction at last months meeting
he had made enquiries of Burham PC in regard to the costs of hanging baskets and their
maintenance. The cost of the 14 baskets they have was £406.00 with a maintenance
cost, involving daily watering, of £420.00 per month.
The Chairman reported that he had made tentative enquires regarding the acquisition of
the verge area owned by Lefarge, at the entrance to the Village and the signs were
11. FOOTPATHS/PROW: General: Currently awaiting a quotation from Headland Garden
Services, for the maintenance of the footpaths within the Parish so as to be able to determine
whether to accept the offer of KCC, who would pay the PC a fixed annual sum for carrying
out this work.
12. ALLOTMENTS: There was nothing to report on the allotments this month.
13. RECREATION GROUND: The repair to the Teen Shelter was raised and Cllr. Stone
stated that the material that he had in mind to use to repair the window, proved to be almost as
expensive as the approximate figure quoted by the suppliers. In view of this, it was AGREED
the Clerk should approach the suppliers and obtain a firm quote for the necessary repair.
The possibility of obtaining funds for this repair, from TMBC in connection with the 106
Agreement, was raised but it was pointed out that these funds were only for maintenance of Clerk
items purchased from the money provided by the developer and the Teen shelter was not such an
item. The Clerk confirmed that he had chased EDF Energy regarding the piles of earth, etc. on Clerk
the Recreation Ground, by Murphys.
14. FINANCE: (i) General: The Chairman reported on a meeting he, together with the
Clerk, had held with Barry Hutchings regarding the establishment of the PC’s own website.
Mr Hutchings had indicated that he was prepared to design an appropriate website for the PC
with 5 page headings, all having common navigation and including any necessary photography,
for the sum £700.00. In addition to this he would host and manage the website for the sum of
£80.00 per annum. Members discussed this and decided that before committing to
Mr Hutchings quotation, they should seek alternative quotes so as to be able to carry out a
valid comparison. It was therefore AGREED that the Chairman investigate alternative quotes Chairman
for the creation and setting up the PC’s website.
The Clerk reported that Nat West Bank had recently introduced monthly charges for handling
the PC’s Bank accounts. Members AGREED that the Clerk should investigate the possibility Clerk
of changing the PC’s bank accounts to another bank that does not make these charges and
(ii) Bank Position:
Income this month: £12,738.50
Current Account: £12,220.74 (Less cheques for payment today)
Savings Account: £18,836.21
Building Society Account: £10,016.01
(iii) Accounts for Payment:
Came & Co.
Premium for PC’s Public Liability Insurance
Street Lighting - Electricity supply Sept. 2008
M J Ross
Sal: 768.75; Rent: 150.00; Exp: 40.32; Imp: 13.96
Ms J Harmer
Litter duties – September, 2008
All the above accounts were approved for payment.
(vi) Grants: Cllr. Morgan stated that she was awaiting information
regarding the Members grant application for picnic, etc. facilities to be provided on the
Common and would be submitting the application to County Councillor Rowe as soon as all Cllr. Morgan
the required information was to hand.
16 SPECIAL REPORTS: Church News & Letter: It was AGREED that reference to the
bollards and the fact that they have been put in the wrong place should be made, together with
the crime figures for the Parish. It was also suggested that mention should be made of the
problems with dog’s mess in the High Street and on the Recreation Ground and ask people to
make sure they collect their dog’s mess and anyone observing someone failing to pick it up, to
be reported to the Dog Warden at TMBC.
The proposal to install a CCTV camera in the High Street should also be mentioned and the Clerk
views of the residents sought on the plans.
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 November, 2008.
19. COUNCILLORS/CHAIRMAN/CLERK: Cllr. Adams enquired about the land at Ravens
Knowle and whether the residents had resolved their issue with Trenport over the sale of the
land to them. The Chairman advised that so far as he was aware, the residents had not yet
indicated their acceptance of the offer by Trenport who were awaiting their reaction to the
offer. Jonathan Shaw, the local MP was involved.
Cllr. Head asked if there had been any response from Trenport over the request to re-open
Old Church Road and was advised that a response was still awaited.
Cllr. Parnell stated that it appeared that numbers of houseboats and caravans were building up
at the lower end of Ferry Lane and she asked if anyone knew what was going on. No one
was aware of this and was unable to give an answer.
The Clerk reported that he had received an email from Action with Rural Communities in
Kent asking about community transport schemes and whether there was any such schemes
in Wouldham. The answer was that there were no such schemes.
Another email received referred to publicity for Dogs Trust Rehoming Centre, based in
Canterbury and asked if the PC could display posters advertising their operation on the
PC’s notice boards. Members AGREED that this was not something they could agreed to
as the space on the notice boards was limited.
There being no further business to discuss, the meeting closed at 9.45pm
Signed as a correct record of the proceedings
Date: 4th November, 2008. Chairman:………………………
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