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     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)

MEMBERS OF

THE PUBLIC:              There were 2 members of the public present.                                                         Action by

 

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

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 agenda.

 

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

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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

Street.

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

 

           

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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

aesthetically pleasing.

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.

                                                                                                                                                 

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 (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:

  Cheque No

Payee

Detail

Amount

Direct

EDF Energy

Street Lighting - Electricity supply October, 2008

23.95

 

M J Ross

Sal: 768.75; Rent: 150.00; Exp: 37.44; Imp: 10.72

966.91

 

Ms J Harmer

Litter duties – October, 2008

183.36

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

Cornwall Crescent in regard to the anti social behavior of residents of a property fronting

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

Homes.

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

Village.

 

 

 

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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