Monthly meeting of Wouldham Parish Council on 6th January, 2009.


Present:                        Mr K Malkinson (Chairman) Mr. D Adams, Mr. T Fulwell, Mrs. J Head,

                                    Mrs. L Morgan, Ms. A. Parnell and Mr. R Stone


In Attendance:              Mr. G Rowe (County Councillor)

Mr. D Davis (Borough Councillor)

                                    PC A Dalton (Police)

                                    Mr. D Piepnick (Community Warden)

                                    Mr. A Marr (Allotment Rep.)                           

Mr. M J Ross (Clerk)


There were no members of the public present.                                                                                           Action by


  1. APOLOGIES: Apologies received from Mr. R Dalton (Borough Councillor)


  1. MINUTES: The minutes of the meeting  of the Parish Council, held on the

2nd December, 2008, were proposed by Cllr. Stone and seconded by

Cllr. Adams, to be a true record of the proceedings and it was AGREED that

they be signed by the Chairman.

Note: Cllrs. Head & Fulwell asked for their objections to the minutes to be

recorded on the basis that the wording of the item relating to Declarations of

Interest was not in accordance with their view of the discussions that took




any matters arising from the minutes would be dealt with under the appropriate

heading, as the meeting progressed through the agenda.


  1. DECLARATIONS OF INTEREST: There were no Declarations of Interest



  1. POLICE & COMMUNITY WARDEN’S REPORT: Figures for period

2nd December, 2008 to 3rd January, 2009, was 1 assault.   There were no

reported crimes for Laker Road.   Various other queries were raised by

Members, all of which the Police dealt with.


  1. BOROUGH COUNCILLORS REPORT: Borough Councillor Davis

reported on various matters such as fly tipping on Pilgrims Way and the

clearance work, plus similar tipping on Hill Road including smashed glass,

which it  was hoped to clear next week.  


  1. COUNTY COUNCILLORS REPORT: County Cllr. Rowe reported on a

variety of matters including the Parish Partnership Panel, which now

incorporates the KCC Local Board, whose next meeting is planned for the

26th February, 2009.   He also referred to the Freedom pass for secondary

school students at a cost of £50 per annum and the T&M Joint Transportation

Board received a report on ongoing discussions with the Medway Valley

Initiative regarding possible routes and funding for cycle and pedestrian 

routes within the Medway Valley.




                           Action by

8.  MEMBERS OF THE PUBLIC: There were no members of the public present.


9.  PLANNING:  (a) Applications commented upon during the month:

   15 School Lane – Erection of two dwellings: The PC object to this

application for two additional housing units on a site that is already

quite limited and feel that the density of   the development would be

far too high with the additional problems of the electricity sub

station being so close and the noise factor that would be emanating

from it.

                              (b) Applications approved:

                                                                           i.      7 High Street-Demolition of side extension and erection of two

new two storey houses with off street care parking.

                                                                         ii.      132 High Street-Two storey rear extension

                                                                        iii.      Land east of 11 School Lane-Details of validation contamination


(c)    Applications refused: There were no applications refused

this month.

(d)   Other Planning Issues: Access Road to rear of High Street-

Members AGREED that the PC should proceed with obtaining

the necessary planning consent and discuss adoption issues with                           Clerk

KCC at a later date.


10. STREET LIGHTING: Cllr. Adams reported that street lights requiring repair

were all still out.


11. HIGHWAYS & VERGES: Members AGREED that a salt bin should be

provided on the junction of School Lane/Oldfield Drive.

The Final Audit Report on the Traffic Management Scheme for the Village

referred to posts painted and members were not in agreement with this.   They

AGREED that KCC should be approached to enquire about alternatives.                                          Cllr. Head


12. FOOTPATHS/PROW: PROW Officer of KCC advises PC to list footpaths

that require attention in order of priority and pass information through to him.  He

will look at, in the light of funds available for maintenance and advise the PC

of the likely amount that can be made available so PC can determine whether they Clerk

wish to take over maintenance.


13. ALLOTMENTS: Andy Marr reported on the allotments.   Next report

February.   It was AGREED that the water charges should be investigated.


14. RECREATION GROUND: The clean up of the broken window was

confirmed as completed.   AGREED that it might be possible to repair                                             Cllrs. Sone

with checkaplate with Cllr. Stone to sort out with Cllr. Head.                                                              & Head


15. FINANCE: General: Clerk reported Village Hall a/c had paid back £321.08

due for electricity charges.


Bank Position:   Income for Month - £375.89

                                            Current Account - £5,406.66

                                            Savings Account - £18,836.21

                                            Building Society - £10,159.28




                                                                                                                                                         Action by


      Accounts for Payment:

  Cheque No





M J Ross

Christmas Gratuity



J Harmer

Christmas Gratuity



Sapphire Holdings

PC Xmas Refreshments



EDF Energy

Street Lighting - Electricity supply December, 2008




Stationery items and toner



South East Water

Water supply to allotments



M J Ross

Sal: 768.75; Rent: 150.00; Exp: 29.12; Imp: 21.93



Ms J Harmer

Litter duties – December, 2008


All the above accounts were passed for payment.

Cllr. Fulwell stated that he did not approve of the Clerk’s Xmas gratuity.


                  Parish Website: It was AGREED that discussion on this would be

deferred to next months meeting.


                  Grants:  It was confirmed that the application for grant for the

Common via the KCC Local Members Grant, would be submitted shortly now

that Cllr. Morgan had returned and all the required information was to hand.


                  Precept Meeting: Members AGREED that the meeting to determine

the Precept for the forthcoming year, should be set for 7.0pm on Tuesday, 13th



16. SPECIAL ITES: Items for Church News: It was AGREED that the crime

figures and any other issues that the Clerk feels appropriate should be included.                                    Clerk


17. CORRESPONDENCE: The list of correspondence received during the

month had been circulated to Members.


18. DATE OF NEXT MEETING: The next meeting of the Parish Council

will be on 3rd February, 2009.


19. COUNCILLORS/CHAIRMAN/CLERK: Cllr. Adams enquired about the

fixing of the plaque for the Village sign.   Cllr. Stone confirmed he would

arrange it by Friday, 6th January.   Cllr. Adams also confirmed his support for

both the Chairman and the Clerk and this was endorsed by Cllr. Stone..

Cllr. Fulwell stated that he was not aware of any further problems with bonfires

in the Cornwall Crescent area.   He asked the Chairman if he would confirm he

worked for Trenport and Lefarge, which the Chairman did and Cllr. Fulwell also

raised the issue of the Tramway, which would be an item on the agenda for next

months meeting.


There being no further business to discuss, the meeting closed at 9.20pm


Signed as a correct record of the proceedings.





Date: 10th February, 2009.                         Chairman:…………………

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