WOULDHAM PARISH COUNCIL
MINUTES of the MONTHLY MEETING of the PARISH COUNCIL held on TUESDAY,
11th NOVEMBER, 2008, in the VILLAGE HALL, WOULDHAM.
PRESENT: Mr. K Malkinson (Chairman), Mr. D Adams, Mrs J Head and Mr T Fulwell.
IN ATTENDANCE: Mr R Dalton (Borough Councillor)
Mr D Davis (Borough Councillor)
PC Dalton (Police)
Mr. M J Ross (Clerk)
1. APOLOGIES: Apologies for absence were received from Councillors Morgan, Parnell
and Stone, County Councillor Rowe and PCSO Honeysett.
2. MINUTES: The minutes of the monthly meeting of the Parish Council, held on the
7th October, 2008 were proposed by Cllr. Adams 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
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: PC Dalton reported that there were 4 crimes reported in the Village this
month. These were 3 burglary other than dwelling and 1 theft miscellaneous.
There were no crimes reported for Laker Road and PC Dalton pointed out that the traffic calming
measures in Laker Road were now completed and this may have had an influence on the fact
that there were no crimes reported.
PC Dalton was also asked if the Police were aware of the fact that gypsies were encamped in Laker
Road and he confirmed that since they were on private land, it was the owners responsibility to
ensure their removal but the Police were monitoring the situation.
Fireworks that had been let off at the top of School Lane, was also raised and it was confirmed
that PCSO Honeysett had dealt with the situation.
The Clerk drew attention to the fact that TMBC had advised that ‘Operation Cubitt’ was to be
operated in the Borough from 1st – 5th December. This was the removal of any untaxed vehicles
from the public highway. If the PC were aware of any areas where there were such vehicles, the
Borough Council should be advised, with authority for them to act if the land is private.
5. BOROUGH COUNCILLORS REPORT: Borough Cllr. Davis advised Members that TMBC
were aware of the problems relating to gypsies on land in Lake Road, which was just inside the
TMBC area. The land they are on is private and consequently TMBC are working, in
co-operation with the owners of the land, to resolve the matter
With regard to Oldfield Drive, it appears that Malcolm Appleby of KHA has indicated there is
currently no Traffic Regulation Order in place and it is essential to progress this before the
adoption can be proceeded with.
The sewers in Oldfield Drive and Trafalgar Close are partly public and partly private. The public
sewers are the responsibility of Southern Water, but obviously the private ones are the
responsibility of the homeowners. If there are any immediate problems with the private sewers,
TMBC wish to be advised of the fact. There is currently a White paper in progress through
Parliament which will make all sewers public in 2010.
In the case of the Church car park, the Church are still waiting to purchase the land from Lefarge
and when this acquisition takes place, TMBC will assist with the development of the car park.
Borough Cllr. Dalton reported that another planning application had been submitted for 7 High
He also stated that in the light of the constant damage that was occurring to the wall of the
properties to the left of the Village Hall, TMBC had enquired whether extending the double
yellow lines would assist in obviating this happening.
The Parish Partnership Panel would be meeting of the 13th November at TMBC Offices.
It had also been confirmed that the review of the Aylesford Sewer Plant had been completed and
there were no further plans for development, other than routine maintenance.
The practice of ‘cold calling’ on houses in the village was also referred to and it was suggested
that anyone receiving a call from such individuals, should ask for formal identification and it was
proposed that the Parish News items in the magazine, should draw attention to this fact.
6. COUNTY COUNCILLORS REPORT: County Councillor Rowe’s report had been circulated
and the content was summarized as follows:
1. Friends of Wouldham All Saints CE Primary School have submitted an application
for £1600 towards installation costs of a community bicycle shelter and Wouldham
Guides have been in receipt of a grant for camping equipment. No application was
made this year for grant from the Small Community Capital Grant, by the PC and the
list is now closed. Subject to any comments from the PC County Cllr. Rowe is happy to
support the applications received.
2. KCC Health Watch was launched on Friday, 10th October.
3. A permanent replacement Community Warden has now been recruited and will take up
duties on the 17th November.
7. MEMBERS OF THE PUBLIC: A member of the public raised the question of plastic
recycling and asked if it would be possible for Wouldham to have an appropriate facility. She was
advised that this was unlikely as the whole question of plastic recycling was very expensive in
relation to the value of the plastic.
The same member of the public confirmed her agreement with the suggestion of installing CCTV
in the village and suggested that it would be located on the green area opposite the shop.
The problems of parking in the Oldfield Drive area were also raised and Cllr. Adams pointed out
that because the roads were currently un-adopted, there was nothing that could be done.
The question of youth club provision was another issue raised and it was pointed out that until sufficient
volunteers could be found to run the club, little could be achieved.
8. PLANNING: (a) Planning applications considered by the Planning Committee:
(i) Land east of 11 School Lane – Details of validation of contamination
report: No comments
(ii) 21 Nelson Road – Bay windows and single storey side extension: No comments
(b) Planning Consents issued:
(i) Peters Village-Details of archaeological management
(c) Planning Applications refused:
There were no planning applications refused this month.
(d) Other Planning Issues:
Access road to rear of High Street: Martin Hunt, the Consultant, was now
gathering the information suggested by TMBC and will submit this to the
PC in due course.
Tree Preservation Order-Land and buildings, Hall Road: The Clerk
reported that TMBC had confirmed that the TPO made on land and
buildings in Hall Road, was now approved.
1-3 Portland Road: The Clerk reported that he had received
notification from TMBC that the outstanding works, that were the subject
of enforcement procedures, had now been completed to their satisfaction
and the matter was now closed.
9. STREET LIGHTING: Cllr. Adams reported that there were 6 street lights out
but, despite chasing KHS, no action was forthcoming to date
The Clerk reported that he had received an approach from Ringway, offering their services in
street light maintenance and it was AGREED that the approach be noted and filed for obtaining
a quote next year..
10. HIGHWAYS & VERGES: General: Cllr Head reported a site meeting held with
representatives of KHS regarding the bollards outside the Church and part of Wouldham
Court. It had been agreed that the bollards would be relocated to a specific plan and that they
would proceed with this as soon as possible. They had also agreed that they would place a
bollard outside 27 High Street. The bollards would be changed to wooden ones that were more
Members also asked about the Final Audit Report that was expected on the Traffic Calming
Scheme. The Clerk confirmed that no such report had been forthcoming to date and Clerk
undertook to chase Julian Cook of KHS to establish when the report could be expected.
Matters Arising: The Clerk reported that following his approach to Trenport regarding
the possible re-opening of Old Church Road, they had stated that they were not
prepared to re-open the road for a variety of reasons including to deter fly tipping, illegal
raves and burning out cars, etc. Members discussed these issues and asked the Clerk Clerk
to enquire of Trenport about rights of access.
11. FOOTPATHS/PROW: General: The Clerk confirmed that he had written to David Munn
of KCC PROW seeking to learn whether they would be prepared to contribute towards the
cost of bringing many of the paths up to a reasonable standard and also asking if a second cut is Clerk
planned for the paths this year. To date no reply has been received.
12. ALLOTMENTS: There was nothing to report on the allotments this month.
13. RECREATION GROUND: The Clerk confirmed that he had approached Park Leisure to
provide a quote for the replacement of the window in the Teenage Shelter but up to this point, Clerk
no quotation had been forthcoming.
The matter of the surface of the car park was again raised and it appeared that Cllr. Stone was
unlikely to be able to acquire the necessary scalpings. It was therefore AGREED that
alternative sources of obtaining these scalpings should be investigated
14. FINANCE: (i) General: The Chairman referred to the proposal to investigate the
provision of the PC’s own website and the fact that Barry Hutchings was producing a
suggested layout. Cllr. Fulwell proposed that the PC should investigate the potential of using
the KCC website where they offer free training on setting it up and maintaining it. There was
considerable discussion on the relative merits of each approach and it was AGREED that the PC
should wait until Barry Hutchings had produced his outline draft of the website, which the
Chairman, together with the Clerk, had discussed with him. Members could then examine the
relative merits of both websites and make a decision. This would be a matter for discussion at
the next meeting.
(ii) Bank Position:
Income this month: Nil
Current Account: £8,004.58 (Less cheques for payment today)
Savings Account: £18,836.21
Building Society Account: £10,016.01
(iii) Accounts for Payment:
Street Lighting - Electricity supply October, 2008
M J Ross
Sal: 768.75; Rent: 150.00; Exp: 37.44; Imp: 10.72
Ms J Harmer
Litter duties – October, 2008
All the above accounts were approved for payment.
(vi) Grants: Cllr. Head asked for it to be recorded that she was
disappointed that the PC had not submitted an application for grant, to KCC. It was pointed
out that Cllr. Morgan was putting an application together for a Members Grant in respect of
picnic facilities, etc., on the Common and the Clerk undertook to ‘chase up’ on the matter. Clerk
16 SPECIAL REPORTS: Church News & Letter: It was AGREED that the Clerk would
put the news items together, which would include crime figures, reference to cold calling and
the fact that the PC will be carrying out a survey of the whole village in regard to CCTV
before committing the Parish to any firm plan for it. It was also suggested that all villagers
should be wished a Very Happy Christmas from the PC.
Henry Peters Trust: The Clerk stated that the Trust, for which
the PC had responsibility was administered by the Church, since it was designed for the people
of the village who fell on hard times and needed some small financial help. The Church had
pointed out that the current Board of Trustees did not include a parish councilor and asked if
the PC could nominate a councilor to serve. Cllr. Adams proposed Cllr. Parnell, who was
absent from the meeting and it was AGREED that subject to Cllr. Parnell accepting the role, Clerk
she become the PC’s representative on the Board of Trustees.
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 2nd December, 2008.
19. COUNCILLORS/CHAIRMAN/CLERK: Cllr. Adams enquired about progress in the
matter of Knowle Pit and the Chairman confirmed that he was waiting for Mike Bax, the
Agent, to respond to his approach.
It was also suggested that the PC should obtain an update on the situation in regard to the
Valley of Vision and the likelihood of the PC obtaining any grant funding from it.
The establishment of the youth facility in the village was also raised and it was stressed that
before any progress could be made, it was essential that a number of volunteers to administer it
would need to be recruited.
Cllr. Fulwell asked about the progress on the purchase of the garden areas by the owners of the
Ravens Knowle properties and was advised that Trenport had made, what appeared to be a
generous offer, to sell the land to them and an outcome of this was awaited.
The Chairman reported the fact that he had been approached by a number of residents of
Crescent in regard to the anti social behavior of residents of a property
Knowle Road whereby they were having frequent bonfires in their garden. Cllr. Fulwell, a
resident of Cornwall Crsecent, stated that he was unaware of these activities and the Chairman
expressed his disappointment at Cllr. Fulwell’s apparent ignorance of what was a blatant act
of anti social behavior. The Chairman confirmed that he was pursuing the matter with Russett
The Clerk reported a notification from the Vicar regarding the Remembrance Day Services
and also a letter from TMBC advising that the Borough Council had agreed to undertake a
Community Governance Review, which will enable them to consider the PC’s request for a
reduction in the number of councillors. The proposals will take about a year but will be in
place for the next Parish elections which are due in 2011.
The Clerk also advised that he had received several emails supporting the idea of CCTV in the
There being no further business to discuss, the meeting closed at 9.30pm
Signed as a correct record of the proceedings
Date: 2nd December, 2008. Chairman:………………………
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