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Cllr Mrs E Cansdale Chairman Cllr R Brown
Cllr Mrs G Scott Vice Chairman
Cllr Mrs U Ainscough Cllr H Richards
Cllr Mrs J Ashcroft Cllr J Rymer Jones
Cllr Mrs R Ashton Cllr P Whapham
Cllr N Bell Ashford Borough Council
Apologies for absence Cllrs M Conway and Mrs B Swain
One parishioner was present.
1 There were no alterations to the Members Register of Interests.
2 Under the new agenda item giving parishioners the opportunity
to raise any topic, Mr Dillon from Glebelands drew attention to
3 Minutes of the August 12th meeting.
These were signed by the Chairman subject to noting that under minute 9 the
possible cost of producing a door to door parish
Under minute 6 item 6 it was noted that the fruit trees would be in the Gordon Jones not the Millennium field.
4 Reports from lead councillors.
·Cllr Mrs Ainscough had studied the KCC annual plan and as far as Biddenden was concerned she felt the
main issues were the recognition of the pressure for additional housing and the desire to maintain the traditional
(These comments in the Plan were not specific to Biddenden but concerned the whole county)
·Cllr Mrs Ashcroft had no particular road issues to report but did remind councillors that the "Litter Week"
organised by Mrs Scales would commence on September 21st.
Anyone willing to help should make contact on 01580 292525
·Cllr Mrs Ashton was pleased to report that about 14 youths had joined the Junior Squash Club. Also
it was noted that the Tenterden Youth Project would start again in the Gordon Jones car park on September 16th.
·Cllr Brown reported that the membrane and bark chippings around the "Sputnik" in the play area need attention.
He agreed to organise repairs. He also reported that the hedge in the east side play compound needs cutting.
Cllr Richards agreed to organise this.
It was agreed that signs needed to be provided at the Gordon Jones
Field asking that dog fouling be avoided as it is a childrens
play area. Cllr Ashton reminded everybody that
free "dog bags" were available at the Post Office. The clerk
·It was generally agreed that the village needed an "odd job person" who could take on minor repair items as,
for example, above. The clerk would advertise for this.
Anyone interested could contact the clerk now on 01622 890596.
·Various estimates were tabled for the provision of replacement posts between the Gordon Jones car park and
the playing field. As Cllr Richards was no longer able to undertake the work it was agreed the clerk ask Tate Fencing to
do the job subject to final confirmation of costs. The Chairman agreed to meet them on site to check location details.
·Cllr Mrs Cansdale had no police matters to report.
·Cllr Richards said the Millennium Field & Jubilee Meadow Committee meeting had been postponed. However he did report that DEFRA funding for educational access to the Jubilee Meadow would rise from £200 to £500 p.a.
Also additional fish had been stocked in the Millennium Field pond at the request of young village anglers.
·Cllr Rymer Jones reported that the Biddenden Design Statement had been formally approved by Ashford Borough
Council as supplementary planning guidance and was currently being printed.
·Cllr Mrs Scott reported that she hoped a new Biddenden Post Office Liaison Group would be formed following a
meeting on September 22nd. This would work towards a permanent location for a new office. Also to note that the old
Post Office building had been sold and the new owners would not wish to have the Post Office back in the building.
·Cllr Whapham reported that the Village Hall Management Committee were willing to address the council and the
Post Office Liaison Group concerning any proposal to locate a permanent Post Office in the Village Hall. The Chairman
said if, in due course, it was necessary the offer would be accepted.
5 Planning. See below.
Cllr Richards and Cllr Mrs Scott were concerned that some planning
applications that the parish objected to were then approved by the Borough
The clerk would liaise with ABC planning officers and Cllr Bell to seek clarification.
It was reported by Cllr Bell that there was a possible ABC planning objection
to Cllr Whaphams application to build a farm house on his property.
6 Finance. See below.
Councillors agreed to a request from BTCV to fund our Pond and Tree Wardens
at £80 per head to BTCV not a payment to the wardens
Councillors formally noted that the 2002/3 Parish accounts had been audited
by the Internal Auditor on September 2nd and were found to be in
It was agreed that any excess funds beyond normal transactions in the
Millennium Field account be transferred to the council Reserve Account
7 Village Plan.
Cllr Bell (ABC) emphasised the urgency of producing a Village Plan to meet
Ashford Borough Councils planning cycle. If we do not have
It was agreed that Cllr Rymer Jones try and organise a meeting for
councillors with Kathy Bugden of KRCC on September 23rd to
8 Village Open Meeting.
It was agreed this would be "on hold" until the outcome of 7 above was established.
On the specific issue of a newsletter to all village homes Cllr Rymer Jones
reported this could be done in conjunction with the Parish
Looking to input for the newsletter it was agreed a parish diary would be
appreciated and Cllr Mrs Ainscough agreed to be the
9 Tenterden Tigers Football Club.
The clerk outlined a discussion he had held with their chairman when it was
explained that the Tigers had received a donation
10 BEST Bonfire night.
This was noted for November 7th and councillors agreed support with their normal advert in the programme.
The meeting closed at 10.30pm
11 Next meeting.
The Council approved the following payments at its meeting on September 9th 2003:
£241.62 J Beeken, Lengthsman wages (392)
£393.31 G Smith, Clerk salary (393)
£56.00 Tull Sports and Leisure junior squash rackets (394)
£34.08 Iden Signs Millennium Field signs (395)
£329.00 Internal audit fee. (£49.00 VAT recoverable) (396)
Would the Council agree to make a donation to BTCV (the national body
covering voluntary conservation matters like our Tree and Pond
The Internal Audit was satisfactorily completed on September 2nd and a written report will follow. (See minute 6)
Planning matters considered at the meeting on September 9th 2003
Decisions received from Ashford Borough Council
03/00062 1 Mansion House Close. Tree works. No objections.
03/00067 School House, High Street. Tree works. No objections.
03/00667 The Barn Oast, North Street. Installation of PVC windows and timber doors. Consent granted.
03/00819 Priory Wood, Tenterden Road. Change of use to caravan site. Refused.
03/01171 Priory Mead, Tenterden Road. Conservatory. Permission granted.
03/01264 White House Farm, Hareplain Road. Lean to on existing dutch barn.
Council is content for work to proceed.
Land at Newcastle Corner Messrs Brown and Summers Motors. Appeal by
Public Inquiry at Ashford on October 14th against
The following decisions were made by Cllrs Mrs Cansdale, Mrs Scott and Mrs Swain
03/01255 & 6 Great Batchelors, Sissinghurst Road. New double garage and
conservatory and conversion of existing garage to
03/01301 Little Mockbeggar, Mockbeggar Lane. Conversion of barn to holiday let.
Not possible to consider because of inadequate plans.
03/01322 Tree Tops, Mockbeggar Lane. Two storey addition. Object.
The following applications are for council consideration at the meeting
03/01399 Little Crampton Farm, High Halden (just in Biddenden). Resiting existing dutch barn from near farmhouse to field. No objections.
03/1403 &1404 Stede Quarter Farm House, High Halden Road. Erection of conservatory and porch. No objections.