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14th August 2001




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Minutes of a meeting of the Biddenden Parish Council

Held on Tuesday 14th August 2001 at 7.30p.m. in the Club House

Present: Cllr. Mrs. G. Scott – Chairman Cllr. D. Harrison
  Cllr. E Farris Cllr. Mrs. B. Swain
  Cllr. G. Raffe Cllr. T. Richards
  Cllr. M. Conway Cllr. B. Wingham
  Cllr. H. M. Stokes Cllr. Mrs. E. M. Griffiths
Apologies: Cllr. Mrs. E Cansdale Cllr. N. Bell


After taking questions from the public the Chairman proceeded with the business of the Council as follows:


The minutes of the meeting of Tuesday 10th July 2001 were approved.


High Street Parking restrictions - Cllr. Wingham reported on the information obtained to date and will forward a copy of his draft reply to the Clerk, when available. NOTED.

Rural Housing Trust Proposals for possible new scheme

The Council’s concerns relating to the proposed site are to be put to, and clarified by, the Rural Housing Trust before further consideration to supporting a potential new scheme is given. AGREED.

Committee structure and procedure – An offer from Clive Powell, KAPC, to address the Council at its meeting on 13th November was accepted. Reference will be made to the recent Rural White Paper, copies of which have been circulated to all Councillors. NOTED.

Biddenden Wastewater –Maintenance work has been scheduled to prevent future occurrences of malodour, as recently experienced. NOTED.

41a Cheeselands – This property has now been re-allocated. NOTED.




The Highways Unit is in agreement to a site meeting specifically to discuss the minor alterations to the junction. It has suggested that should the Council wish to discuss any additional matters that a meeting for this be arranged separately. In addition it wishes to "hold back" on the interactive speed sign until further monitoring is carried out, say 3 months after the implementation of the junction alterations. The Clerk has reminded Highways that the Speed Indicator was promised as part of the JTC agreed improvements rather than an add-on at a later date.

Due to the difficulties in obtaining a date to meet on site, a letter expressing the Council’s concern is to be sent to the Chairman of the Joint Transportation Committee. AGREED.





Planning Committee Decisions

(Meeting on 6th August 2001: GS/EF/GR/TR/EC/MS/DH & 1 member of the public)

01/00999/AS Tatu Farm, High Halden Road
NO OBJECTIONS New detached garage building
TC/01/05051/AS Orchard House, 10 Shuttle Close
NO OBJECTIONS Carry out works to a tree in a conservation area

Full Council Decisions:

01/01097/AS Hill View, Bell Lane
NO OBJECTIONS Proposed two-storey extension, conservatory and double garage
01/01106/AS 20 Chulkhurst
OBJECT Two storey side extension
Reason: A side extension would be out of keeping and intrusive on neighbouring properties. A rear extension might be more acceptable.
01/011211/AS Froyden, Cloth Hall Gardens
NO OBJECTIONS Erection of car port/covered area and conservatory/greenhouse.
01/01139/AS* 13-15 High Street
OBJECT Change of use from restaurant and dwelling to two dwellings
Reason: Needed for the vitality of the village. The Council would find it easier to accept a proposal for one separate dwelling and a smaller restaurant, subject to viability.
01/01150/AS 14 Townland Close
NO OBJECTIONS Two storey side extension
01/01167/AS The Old Beer Garden, The Cellars Rear of, 30 High Street
OBJECT Timber framed and clad garages with offices above
Reason: Site too small and access not good as per the previous application on this site (98/AS/1532)

* The Chairman declared an interest in this application as the applicant had personally approached her. (The decision was made after a vote: 6 for, 3 against and 1 abstention.)

Planning Consultations – Planning Department is now supplying a map detailing the neighbours consulted, for every planning application.

Single storey communications building, Benenden Road – A resident has written to the Planning Department regarding the failure to provide proper landscape maintenance at this site. NOTED.




The cheques presented were APPROVED and signed and the receipts NOTED


Refurbishment of Village Noticeboard – Mr. D Stroud

Rub down & make good where necessary. Paint one undercoat and one gloss and re-write sign board. £88.00
Gordon Jones Playing Field – Graham Laws Fencing  
To refix 4 no. and replace 5 no. gravel boards.

To repair approx. 3.5m chainlink.

To adjust gate and replace 2 no. pales.

(All timber pressure treated softwood)



£150.00 + Vat


After discussion it was decided to proceed with both quotations, without the need for further estimates. AGREED.


GM Crops – Details of the proposed sowing of oil seed rape in Biddenden was distributed to all Councillors prior to the meeting. Details of the Soil Association’s views have also been received. NOTED.

Tenterden Tigers FC - Permission was granted for the use of a pitch by its Sunday boys team on an "as and when needed" basis and a fee of £3.50 per game AGREED.

A resident of North Street has expressed his concern that there is no longer a Biddenden leaflet available to visitors. As Cllr. Wingham has the original artwork this could be made available to anyone with the resources to take on such a project. Thought will be given to incorporating this information onto the Parish Council Website (

Signs on the Village Green – requests for permission from All Saints Church to advertise the opening of the Church Tower and Mr. Carr, in respect of the VDS Meeting, were GRANTED.

A resident has written to the Chairman with regards various matters (TABLED). The Chairman will reply in due course however the Millennium Beacon will be discussed at the next meeting. The Clerk is to ask Helen Tobitt (Contracts Dept. Ashford BC) to inspect the recent unsatisfactory works to the car park hedge under the guidance of Cllr. Wingham. AGREED.

The following items of correspondence were NOTED:

Street Cleaning – Following a complaint from a resident, the Lengthsman has reverted back to his agreed starting times (6.30-7am on weekdays and 8am on Sundays).

Highways Unit is to investigate the problems experienced by the School Crossing Patrol and the white line problem in the High Street.

The Council for Voluntary Services has arranged a free event to meet national and local grant-makers. Tuesday 25th September at the London Beach Hotel, Tenterden.

ABC draft Play Action Plan for 2002-05 – TABLED.

KCC Rural Revival Annual Report - TABLED.

Honeybee Vineyard - An application is to be made for tourism signs

Proposed Management Protocol for Unauthorised Encampments – Reply by Cllr Raffe (TABLED)


Cllr. Richard reported on the minutes on the meeting held on 25th July including:

Nature Trail – Mr. & Mrs. Ham have volunteered to assist.

Arial Photograph for the noticeboard – estimated cost £80.00.

Ponds – the swing rope attached to the ash tree by unknown parties is to be removed and, as the tree is likely to die from the damage caused, will be cut down.

Memorial Trees – It is proposed that the dead trees (to date) be replaced but that no responsibility be taken for future losses. Letters outlining these proposals are to be sent to all those who donated, in due course.

Date of next meeting – Wednesday 29th August 2001, 7.30pm at Wealden, Cot Lane.

Terms of reference

Cllr. Conway confirmed that the revised draft terms of reference were acceptable. The Clerk will provide copies of the final draft for the Committee’s next meeting at which it will elect its Chairman. The Committee will continue to meet at Wealden, Cot Lane and the dates of future meetings will be published on the Parish Council Noticeboard. NOTED.


Cllr. Mrs. Swain was appointed as the Parish Council nominated representative. AGREED.


Mr. Carr was invited to speak to update the Council on his progress and the planned meeting - Tuesday 25 September, 7.30pm in the Village Hall. Village Plan registration is to be discussed at the next meeting.


The Clerk is to chase the safety report from ROSPA

Children’s play area - Mr. Brightling is to be asked to remove the weeds and cut back the hedge. AGREED.

Replacement Picnic Bench – Cllr. Richards is arranging the required additional fixings to secure this to the ground.


POLICE REPORT – Postponed.


September agenda to include: Charges for Cricket Club, Millennium Beacon, Parish Plan Registration, Matters raised by Public, Petition for skate park, Blaze programme advert.


The next meeting of the Council will take place on Tuesday 11 September 2001 at the Club House.

The meeting closed at 10.05p.m

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