Thursday 17th January 2013
17 April 2013 @ 7:30 pm - 8:40 pm
Members of public present: 5
Roger Spicer (Business), Nicholas Fox (Business). David Robey (Business)
Stephen Brandon, John Ramsden, Michael Fisher, Akile Clinton, Diane Ashworth, Kirstie Wooltorton (Clerk), Diane Sandy (Assistant Clerk)
Minutes of Last Meeting
Minutes of 29th November 2012 meeting were signed by Stephen Brandon as an accurate record.
Budget 2013 – 2014
Councillors considered the 2013 – 2014 Parish Council budget.
Councillors unanimously agreed to increase the budget by £1,000 to £15,000 to help fund the proposed war memorial and skate park projects.
Clerk to complete and return the Precept form to Ashford Borough Council.
Kent Landscapes cut the verge between the roundabout and Barn Shop
The Groundsman cleared a fallen tree at the Beech Court end of The Lees that was causing an obstruction
The Groundsman has filled potholes in all three Lees tracks
20t load of planings delivered for filling potholes in the Lees tracks
Clerk has contacted the farmer responsible for snow clearing the roads in village and requested that he also clears the village hall car park in the event of snow
The salt bag will be delivered to St Cosmas Close when snow is forecast
Nothing to report
Nothing to report
The Groundsman has removed the shade canopy for the winter
Email from Girlings confirming conclusion of sub-station lease. Noted
Letter from Community Safety Partnership asking for Parish Council input to their Strategic Assessment for 2013-2014. Form to be completed and returned by the 31st January 2013. Councillors agreed that road safety and burglary are high priority. Clerk to complete and return form
Email from Daly International regarding proposed telecommunications development in Brushdane Wood/Highways Depot. Councillors considered proposals and raised no objections
Email from David Robey regarding possible community ward member grant of up to £650 towards a war memorial. Noted with thanks
Letter from Ashford Borough Council requesting confirmation of Parish Precept and Concurrent Functions Grant for 2013-2014. Noted. Clerk to complete and return form
Letter from Girlings regarding Mr Shirley’s oral examination. Noted
Letter from Landscape Services regarding the grounds maintenance contract for 2013. Noted
Letter from Ashford Borough Council regarding Plan-It Ashford. They are looking for workshops to take place in February or March to ensure that feedback is fed into the new local plan to 2030. Councillors agreed to commence these workshops once the village confines pilot is concluded
Pre-application discussion: telecoms upgrade: Brushdane Wood/Highways Depot
Pre-application notes given to Councillors at meeting.
The proposed works will not alter the appearance of the mast in any meaningful way. Only the height to the top of the antennas will increase by 0.7m. Two proposed dishes will be placed at a height of 23.6m. Councillors considered proposals and raised no objections
Items for information
Kevin Funnell, the Parish Council Auditor, will be carrying out the Parish Council Audit on 26th April 2013
The Parish Council office is located in Amanda Cottrell’s garden. Due to an impending change in Amanda’s personal circumstances, Amanda asked last year if the office can be removed
The village hall committee has now agreed that the Parish Council can have some space in the village hall and discussions are still ongoing
The village hall has a disconnected phone line, to which the current Parish Council phone number will be transferred. The office building will be sold, which will help offset the removal costs. Diane Ashworth has expressed an interest but a price has yet to be agreed.
Councillors asked the Clerk to advertise the building for sale in February’s Forester.
The village confines pilot has progressed very well. After five very well attended workshops the agreed confines map and workshop notes have now been sent to Ashford Borough Council
The next stage is for a meeting with the workshop and ABC planners to discuss the group’s findings
Councillors discussed the easement for Leahurst. The NALC legal team has advised that an easement should be charged if the entrance is moved.
Councillors felt that the Parish Council should be consistent and request a formal valuation before agreeing an easement payment with the developer.
The neighbours either side of Leahurst have expressed a preference for the entrance to be moved to the centre of the plot.
Clerk to ask the developer to arrange a formal valuation.
Peter Willows, Community Warden, gave his report to Councillors. Peter can be contacted on mobile tel: 07813 695817.
Peter informed that there had been more oil thefts and that he has been monitoring the school-run traffic.
On 1st February 2013 there will be a security road show at the Challock Farmers Market.
The meeting closed at 8.40pm
The next Parish Council meeting is on Thursday 21st March 2013
Parish Council meeting dates for 2013
Thursday 23rd May
Thursday 25th July
Thursday 19th September
Thursday 28th November