WOULDHAM PARISH COUNCIL
Monthly meeting of Wouldham Parish Council on 7th April, 2009.
Present: Mr K Malkinson (Chairman) Mr. D Adams, Mrs. J Head,
Ms. Parnell and Mr. R Stone
In Attendance: PCSO C Honeysett (Police)
Mr. D Piepnick (Community Warden)
Mr. M J Ross (Clerk)
There were 2 member of the public present. Action by
Mr R Dalton and Mr D Davis (Borough Coulcillors)
3rd March, 2009 were proposed by Cllr. Adams and seconded by Cllr. Stone,
to be a true record of the proceedings and it was AGREED that they be signed
by the Chairman.
any matters arising from the minutes would be dealt with under the appropriate
heading, as the meeting progressed through the agenda.
in any issue that arose relating to grounds maintenance work within the Parish.
She also declared a personal interest in items relating to the Tramway and the
crime figures for the period 03/03 –06/04. There had been 5 crimes reported during this
time; namely 3 Thefts Miscellaneous, 1 Criminal Damage and 1 Theft from a motor vehicle.
In Laker Road there had been no crimes reported. PCSO Honeysett also referred to the
fact that her poster giving her details, was missing from the notice board by the shop.
She undertook to provide another one for placing on the notice board.
The Community Warden reported that he had met with the Valley of Vision
People, he was following up on more fly tipping and had had reports of
vehicles driving on footpaths. He had also now been trained in dealing with
crime and drew attention to the fact that there was a new law relating to cold
calling. He also referred to the fact that he had received a complaint about
people parking too close to temporary traffic lights.
6. BOROUGH COUNCILLORS REPORT: Since neither Borough Councillor
was in attendance there was nothing to report.
7. COUNTY COUNCILLORS REPORT: County Cllr. Rowe had provided a
written report which the Clerk had circulated. In the report County Cllr.
Rowe stated that at an earlier meeting, he had indicated that Wouldham
Primary School had been identified as a centre that would be offered a
Childrens Centre. Unfortunately this is no longer possible and is being
offered to Burham. Wouldham lease/trust agreement on its buildings will not
allow such a use.
A further meeting had been offered to Wouldham/Burham year 6 parents,
involving both Area CFE officer and Head of Aylesford Sports College, in
order to progress their concerns. The appeals process will be making a
possibility of providing bus shelters in the village but was advised that this had
been raised before but because of limited space on the pavements this couldn’t
Another member of the public asked about the Parish Precept and the increase
in the Council Tax. It was pointed out that the PC had not put up their Precept
for the year 2009/10 and had retained the same level as that for 2008/09.
The same person enquired about the possibility of becoming a parish councillor
and was advised to submit a letter setting out their cv and requesting
consideration for co-option onto the PC.
i. Starkey Castle-New metal gate: No comments
ii. Land east of 170 School Lane-Two electrical poles: No
iii. 7 High Street-Details of materials storage& Screening of
refuse, etc.: No comments
iv. Merchant House-single storey side extension, etc.: PC feel
that although the extension is hidden by the garage block, it
is clearly visible from Wouldham Road and the overall design
of it does not compliment the original barn conversion.
(b) Applications approved:
i. 7 High Street-Details of materials, storage & Screening of refuse,
surface & foul water drainage, slab levels & landscaping.
ii The Yeomans Cottage, Starkey Castle-Rear extension
(c) Applications refused:
There were no applications refused this month.
(d) Other Planning Issues: Wilcon Development-106
Agreement: Clerk reported that he had consulted
TMBC regarding the 106 Agreement for the Wilcon
development and had been advised that the £32,000 set
aside for the maintenance of the play equipment was
not time restricted and was available for any maintenance
works on the play equipment. This must be only on play
equipment purchased by the PC from the money provided
by the developer, for the purchase of play equipment.
The Clerk undertook to circulate a list of the play Clerk
equipment provided under the 106 Agreement.
person in adverse possession: The Clerk reported that
he had received notification from the Land registry that
an application had been received for registration of the
rear garden area of 56 High street, of a person in adverse
possession. This meant the Executors of the Will of the
late owner of 56 High Street, needed to register the Title
of the land to the property and the PC had no objection to
raise on this proposal.
Access Road: The Clerk reported that he had been
Advised by Lloyd Hunt Associates, that they would be in
a position to submit a planning application to TMBC for
the proposed access road, by mid April.
10. STREET LIGHTING: Cllr. Adams reported that there had still be no action on
repairing the street lights that were out. Members voiced their dissatisfaction with
the service that EDF Energy were providing and authorised the Clerk to write to
Kim Hills of KHS expressing their disgust at this extremely poor service from EDF Clerk
11. HIGHWAYS & VERGES: Cllr. Head referred to the Parish Report received
from Kent Highways and commented on a number of issues within it.
The parking situation at the junction of School Lane/High Street/Rochester Road
was referred to and the Chairman confirmed that a meeting had been arranged with
KHS on the following day, to discuss the situation which was becoming extremely
difficult for large vehicles trying to get through this junction.
12. FOOTPATHS/PROW: The Clerk referred to the issue of prioritising the
footpaths in need of work and Cllr. Head reported that Headland Garden Services
found it difficult to determine such priorities. Members discussed the matter and
AGREED that, if it wasn’t too late, the Clerk should write to KCC (PROW) and Clerk
ask if the offer made in their letter of the 3rd July, 2008, of £1,025, which would be
increased slightly as tenders had been sought later in 2008, could be taken up by the
13. ALLOTMENTS: The rents were due to be collected from allotment holders
and the Clerk was instructed to enquire of the Allotment Association whether this Clerk
had been carried out.
It was reported that Headland Garden Services had paid the rent in respect of the
area of the allotments they use.
14. WOULDHAM COMMON: The Clerk reported that he had received a request
from Agents acting for EDF Energy, seeking an Easement in respect of a electricity
cable that they wish to bury across Wouldham Common. The plan of the proposed
route of the easement was shown to Members and after discussion, Members
Members also discussed the possibility of arranging for the purchase of a bench seat
to be installed on the Common, providing the PC had sufficient funds.
It was also suggested that a sign be erected with wording to the effect “Wouldham
Common – No Tipping, vehicles or fires by order of Wouldham Parish Council”.
It was also suggested that a litter bin should be provided and the Clerk was to Clerk
contact TMBC to see if this could be arranged.
15. VILLAGE HALL: The Clerk confirmed that he had written to both Lafarge and
and Trenport regarding the release from restrictive covenants on both the Village
Hall and the Recreation Ground. Responses were awaited.
16. RECREATION GROUND: TMBC had confirmed a grant of £1250 had been
agreed for the completion of the railings along the frontage of the site of the old
social club on Knowle Road. It was suggested that railings might also be installed
along the boundary by the Tramway where existing railings were in an extremely
poor state of repair. Members AGREED to defer the work of installing the railings
to the frontage of the old social club until such time as a further grant might be
obtained from KCC Local Members Grant to finance the provision of railings along
the boundary adjacent to the Tramway.
It was AGREED that Cllr. Davis should make a grant application to KCC for such
a grant as soon as the PC were advised that grants for the new financial year were Clerk
17. FINANCE: General: Nothing to report this month.
Bank Position: Income for Month – £2,359.00
Current Account - £3,341.21
Savings Account - £18,903.76
Building Society - £10,159.28
Accounts for Payment:
Street Lighting – Electricity supply March, 2009
South East Water
Supply to Allotments - Recovery
South East Water
Water supply to allotments-Standing Charges
Provision of stationery
Provision of salt bin
Fee for 205 Audit fee
Membership of Association for 2009.
Headland Garden Services
Fee for removing damaged window from Teen Shelter
M J Ross
Sal: 768.75; Rent: 150.00; Exp: 32.00; Imp: 13.96
Ms J Harmer
Litter duties – February, 2009
Rent for Allotments
All the above accounts were passed for payment.
Grants: Cllr. Davis was not present and there was nothing to report this
18. SPECIAL ITEMS: Items for Church News: It was AGREED that the crime
figures, together with a promotional piece on the Common should be included and
make reference to the confusion that appears to exist over the Council Tax and the
fact that the PC have not increased the Precept this year. It was also suggested that
reference be made to the China Trek being undertaken by 3 local residents and the
fact that although the PC could not justify sponsoring them, individuals within the
Village might like to. Clerk
China Trek-Request for Sponsorship: The Clerk referred
to a request from 3 local residents who were proposing to participate in a China Trek,
for sponsorship in aid of the Heart of Kent Hospice. Members discussed the matter
at length but AGREED that, whilst they had every sympathy with the very
worthwhile cause, they could not justify spending public funds on such sponsorship. Clerk
Secondary selection Prodcedure-Wouldham School: Cllr.
Adams stated that although appeals may or may not be successful, the school could
end up blighted for secondary selection in future years unless action was taken now
to address the issue. There was a definite need for change since it appeared that all
primary schools in the area were under subscribed with all secondary schools over
subscribed. It was questionable as to the need for a primary school within the
Peters Village development when this took place. Members AGREED that the
Head Teacher of Wouldham School be asked if there was any action the PC could Clerk
take to assist in this issue.
19. CORRESPONDENCE: The list of correspondence received during the
month had been circulated to Members.
20. DATE OF NEXT MEETING: The next meeting will be on 5th May, 2009.
This will also be the PC’s AGM.
21. COUNCILLORS/CHAIRMAN/CLERK: Cllr. Adams suggested that the
Clerk should write to County Councillor Rowe enquiring if he could explain why Clerk
the County Council have not acted to adopt the Sustainable Communities Act, as
referred to in the email received from the National Co-ordinator of the Act.
Cllr. Head assured members that the web site she was developing for the PC within
the Kent Parishes, was secure and authority was needed to access it for updating.
She would consult with the Clerk and the Chairman before adding any item.
Cllr. Head also referred to the fact that as it seemed highly likely that the Peters
Village development would not proceed in the immediate future, could Trenport
be asked if they would consider re-opening Old Church Road.
Cllr. Parnell referred to the need for the area immediately in front of the bottle
banks on the Rec., to be kept clear of parked cars and suggested a notice should
be put up asking for drivers to keep the area clear. Clerk to seek assistance in this Clerk
She also asked about the Ferry Lane apparent contraventions of the planning and
the Clerk confirmed that he had raised the matter with TMBC and the Enforcement
Team were investigating.
The Clerk then advised members that he had submitted his letter of resignation to
the Chairman and would be ceasing his employment with the PC with effect from
the 31st May, 2009. Members authorised him to advertise the post and suggested
that KCC be asked if they could include notice of the vacancy within their list
of vacancies, circulating within the Authority.
There being no further business to discuss, the meeting closed at 9.50pm
Signed as a correct record of the proceedings.
Date: 5th May, 2009. Chairman……………………….
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