WOULDHAM PARISH COUNCIL
Monthly meeting of Wouldham Parish Council on 3rd March, 2009.
Present: Mr K Malkinson (Chairman) Mr. D Adams, Mrs. L Davis,
Mr. T Fulwell, Mrs. J Head, Ms. Parnell and
Mr. R Stone
In Attendance: Mr. R Dalton (Borough Councillor)
Mr D Davis (Borougn Councillor)
Mr. D Piepnick (Community Warden)
Mr. M J Ross (Clerk)
There was 1 member of the public present. Action by
Miss Caroline Honeysett (PCSO).
10th February, 2009 were proposed by Cllr. Head 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
that PCSO Honeysett had provided crime figures for the period 10/02 –02/03.
These showed that there had been 3 crimes reported during this time; namely
2 of criminal damage and 1 assault. In Laker Road there had been 1 case of
theft from a motor vehicle.
It was also confirmed that during the recent publicity regarding dogs found
killed in the area, the RSPCA had dealt with 2 dogs and Environmental
Services had dealt with 3 dogs, thus making a total of 5 dogs. There was a
reward of £1000 on offer and 2 of £100 for information leading to a
conviction in this matter.
The Community Warden reported that Charlton Football Club were running
Thursday night Football in Bull Lane Eccles. He also advised that he,
together with PCSO Honeysett had spent time at the school which had been
useful and had also spent time at TMBC offices on community safety training.
He also stated that he now had a bicycle. He drew attention to fly tipping in
Hill Road and in particular to an area on the bend at the top, just before the
Common, where there was an area of land that didn’t have any gate at the
entrance. Members AGREED that this access should be blocked off with Cllr. Stone
concrete posts and Cllr. Stone undertook to arrange this.
there was progress on Oldfield Drive with the land transfer issues being
resolved but there was however, problems with parking restrictions.
There was currently a Bill before Parliament providing for the taking on of all
private sewers and this would particularly relevant to the properties in
Trafalgar Close, although it may be another 2-3 years before this comes to
written report which the Clerk had circulated.
The issues reported on covered the next Joint Transportation Board meeting on
the 9th March, with an item that affected Wouldham , namely the Medway
Valley initiative to improve
cycling and pedestrian routes in the Medway
Valley being deferred for further discussions on the proposed route.
He also referred to the adverse reports he was receiving from parents of children
attending Wouldham School who have not been allocated their chosen place
which was expected to be Aylesford Sports College. He was meeting parents
on Friday to hear their concerns.
T&M Youth Advisory Group meet on Wednesday, 31st March at Init 1 Skatpark,
from the Riverside POS, would be replaced was made. Members AGREED
that a site meeting should be held with a representative of TMBC to discuss Clerk
the replacement and to agreed on the location of those to be replaced.
The ruts in the Recreation Ground car park was also referred to and it was
confirmed that as soon as appropriate materials became available, these ruts
would be filled in.
The repairs to the damaged wall opposite the shop were not felt to be adequate
with the thickness of the rebuilt section being half of that of the remaining wall.
It was AGREED that KHS should have their attention drawn to the fact that
the rebuilt section could be dangerous and needed to be strengthened. Cllr. Head
(i) The Yeoman’s Cottage, Starkey Castle-Rear extension:
(b) Applications approved:
(i) 15 School Lane-Erection of 2 additional dwellings.
(c) Applications refused:
There were no applications refused this month.
(d) Other Planning Issues: There were no additional planning
issues this month..
10. STREET LIGHTING: Cllr. Adams reported that street lights requiring repair
were all still out this month and there had been no repairs effected at all. In
addition there was a street light out outside 9 Oldfield Drive and the light for the
car park was still out.
11. HIGHWAYS & VERGES: Letter sent to resident of Ravens Knowle was
referred to and it was confirmed the Clerk would arrange for all members to receive
a copy of the letter. It was AGREED that the matter would be discussed at next
Cllr. Head reported that the broken bollard, on the chicane in Knowle Road, would
be repaired today. She also referred to the Highways Road Show that she had
attended, when the new procedures had been explained and which she had found
Cllr. Stone referred to problems of parking within the area outside the Church,
particularly on a Sunday, when local residents parked in such a way that it was
difficult to pass. The possibility of double yellow lines might be an answer but
members AGREED to refer the matter to Terry Dury of KHS to look at. Clerk
12. FOOTPATHS/PROW: There were no issues for discussions under this heading
13. ALLOTMENTS: There was no Allotment representative present at the meeting.
14. RECREATION GROUND: Cllr. Stone reported that upon checking, he had
found that the piece of material that he had thought appropriate to replace the
window in the Teen Shelter, was too small. Members suggested that, with the
approach of Spring/Summer, the replacement of the window should be left for the
time being. This was AGREED.
15. FINANCE: General: Nothing to report this month.
Bank Position: Income for Month – Nil
Current Account - £2,681.44
Savings Account - £18,903.76
Building Society - £10,159.28
Accounts for Payment:
Street Lighting - Electricity supply February 2009
PC Telephone a/c
M J Ross
Sal: 768.75; Rent: 150.00; Exp: 37.12; Imp: 12.88
Ms J Harmer
Litter duties – February, 2009
All the above accounts were passed for payment.
Grants: Cllr. Morgan advised Members that the Members grant that
the Parish Council had applied for, had been approved and a grant of £2,000 had
been agreed by County Councillor Geoff Rowe.
The provision of the picnic table and seating on the Common would be able to be
proceeded with as soon as the money was received and Cllr. Morgan suggested that
the PC should ask Headland Garden Services to provide suggestions for the other Cllr. Head
areas that might suitable to improve on the Common and Members AGREED
16. SPECIAL ITEMS: Items for Church News: It was AGREED that the crime
figures, together with details of the football course being run by Charlton Athletic
at Eccles and the fact that a new salt bin was being provided at the School Lane/
Oldfield Drive junction should be included this month, together with and any other
issues that the Clerk felt appropriate. Clerk
17. CORRESPONDENCE: The list of correspondence received during the
month had been circulated to Members.
18. DATE OF NEXT MEETING: The next meeting will be on 7th April, 2009.
19. COUNCILLORS/CHAIRMAN/CLERK: Cllr. Fulwell confirmed that he was
not aware of any further bonfires in Cornwall Crescent.
Cllr. Adams raised the question of the secondary selection procedure, particularly
that relating to Wouldham School where parents were unhappy about the fact that
their children were not being given the opportunity to go to Aylesford Sports
College which was a school where many children from the Village had moved on
to in the past. Members discussed the issue and AGREED that the Clerk should Clerk
advise County Cllr. Rowe of the PC’s support for the parents in their quest for
getting their children to Aylesford Sports College.
Cllr. Morgan enquired about the creation of the Steering Group for the new
Village Hall and offered her services to get this up and running again.
The Chairman of the Village Hall Management Committee (Cllr. Stone) was
happy to agree that she could take on this role.
Cllr. Morgan also stated that the residents of the Ravens Knowle properties
were having problems with rats which emanated from the rubbish left in Knowle
Pit and since this was a health hazard, needed to be dealt with urgently.
Members AGREED that the Clerk should make contact with Trenport, the Clerk
owners of the Pit and ask them to take immediate action on this issue.
Cllr. Head advised that the new salt bin had now been provided and that
Headland would be installing it at the junction of School Lane/Oldfield Drive
without charge to the PC.
Cllr. Parnell enquired about the fact that there were numerous boats at the
end of Ferry Lane and the Clerk undertook to put the matter to the Planning Clerk
Enforcement team at TMBC for investigation.
She also referred to the vegetable growing in the village, referred to last month
and the article in the Parish News and confirmed that she had been approached
by a resident who was keen to pursue this. She asked for an item to be
placed on the agenda for next months meeting.
There being no further business to discuss, the meeting closed at 9.10pm
Signed as a correct record of the proceedings.
Date: 7th April Chairman………………………
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