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14th September 2004




Meetings 2004
13th January 2004
10th February 2004
9th March 2004
13th April 2004
11th May 2004
8th June 2004
13th July 2004
10th August 2004
14th September 2004
12th October 2004
9th November 2004
14th December 2004

 These minutes are subject to approval at the Council meeting on October 12th.

Minutes of the meeting held in the Old Village Hall on September 14th 2004


Cllr Mrs E Cansdale Chairman                                               Cllr H Richards

Cllr Mrs U Ainscough                                                               Cllr Mrs B Swain

Cllr M Conway                                                                        Cllr P Whapham

Cllr Mrs J Ashcroft


Apologies for absence, Cllr Mrs R Ashton, Cllr R Brown, Cllr Mrs G Scott, Cllr J Rymer-Jones and the Clerk

In the absence of the Clerk Cllr Mrs Ashcroft took the minutes and the Clerk subsequently typed them.

 Two parishioners were present.

 1   There were no alterations to members Register of Interests.

 2   Comments raised by parishioners present,

        Mrs Marshall reminded the Council that the next village litter collection would be in October.

        She also advised that a great deal of rubbish is being dumped by the five bar gate in Weavers Wood which is stopping the gate closing. The excess is now being left at the back of residents gardens. A letter will be sent to the offending parishioner and if this has no effect the Borough Council will be notified.

 3   The minutes of the meeting held on August 10th were approved.

 4   As regards the minutes of the Extraordinary Meeting held on August 25th 2004 (section c) Cllr Conway advised the figure mentioned was 65,000 and he would like this amended. This was agreed.

 5   Matters arising,

        Youth Club. Three extra people will be helping this week. It was noted that the Church has kindly offered to sponsor a qualified Youth Leader.

        Speed signs. Cllr Conway reported that we have been successful in obtaining a grant of 250 towards the purchase of a speed gun. He then proposed that the Council pay the balance of about 50 to allow the purchase to go ahead. Cllr Whapham seconded the proposal and it was agreed by the Council.

        Council newsletter nothing to report this month.

        Village Gateways. There is some doubt as to whether planning permission is required for Gateways. Further enquiries are in hand by Cllr Conway.

        At the last Police meeting in Cranbrook it was advised that some area boundary changes may affect Biddenden. Results awaited.

  6   Reports from lead councillors,

        Cllr Richards reminded the Council of the Village Picnic on September 17th. The Cadets were being asked if they could assist.

        Cllr Mrs Swain reported on the RoSPA inspection of the childrens play area in the Gordon Jones Field. She was pleased to say there were no major problems, just general maintenance that would be put in hand.

        It was decided that RoSPA be asked for a quote for checking the Millennium Field and Jubilee Meadow.

 7   Parish Plan.

            Mr Greensted presented the Questionnaire results and advised that the parishioners major concern was for speed calming in the village. There will be village Open Meetings on November 8th and 13th so parishioners can look at  the results and discuss matters arising.

            Each household will be issued with all the information obtained from the             questionnaire.

            It was suggested that Cllrs Conway and Richards join Mr Greensted to draw   up the Parish Plan. Cllr N Bell would also be invited to the discussions.

            Cllr Conway thanked Mr Greensted and his helpers on behalf of the Parish Council for all the hard work in producing the current report.

 8   Planning see below

 9   Finance see below

 10   Correspondence,

  • BEST had asked if they could place signs on the Village Green for the Biddenden Blaze. They were advised they could not but could place signs on the verge by the toilets.
  • A letter had been received from the Tennis Club requesting a donation towards resurfacing the courts. It was decided they be asked to attend the next Council meeting to explain their request.

 11   Matters for future consideration,

  • Cllr Richards advised that two parishioners had suggested that they may give in the order of 100.000 to the Council if they were able to obtain Planning Permission for development. ( It should be noted that the Parish Council is not able to grant Planning Permission but only express a view on any application.)

 12   Next meeting October 12th 2004


Minutes taken by Cllr Mrs Ashcroft.                 September 19th 2004


Planning items considered at the meeting on September 14th 2004

Decisions received from Ashford Borough Council: 

04/00483   Chestnut Stables, Woolpack Corner. Application for Lawful Development Certificate use of former outbuilding as a separate residential development.

Certificate granted.


 04/01079  Standen Barn, Smarden Road. Single storey extension and glazed link.



04/01106   16 High Street. Interior repairs etc. Consent granted.


04/01145  3 Church Cottages, High St. Installation of a skylight. Consent granted.


The following were considered by the Planning Group and at the extraordinary meeting of the council on August 25th


04/00111   33 The Meadows. Reduce spread and height of oak tree. Object.


04/01321  Pinnock Farm, High Halden Rd. Replacement outbuildings. No objections.


04/01343  9 Glebelands, Biddenden. Patio/Deck (Retrospective) No objections.


04/01380  Car parking are by 20 The Meadows. Support but request concrete block surface with ability for grass growth.


04/01414  Rogers Hill, Cranbrook Rd. First floor extension. No objections.


04/01443  Townland Farm, Townland Close.Proposed dwelling. No objections.


04/01497  Whitfield Farm, High Halden Rd. Reinstate oak windows to west elevation also gable and windows to south elevation. No objections.


04/01568   Thousand Acres, High Halden Road. Revised location for previously consented new building and removal of smaller building. No objections.



The Council approved the following payments at its meeting on September 14th 2004

269.14           J Mannouch, Lengthsman, Wages

 412.55           G Smith, Clerk, Salary

 41.00             Chairmans phone calls 1st March to 30th June 

101.64           RoSPA  Annual safety inspection of Playground

11.34             Staples, Stationery

100.00           A J Sowery, Mowing services


The following money has been received,

 20.00             from Tenterden Tigers for removal of excess refuse sacks.

1700              From KCC for Youth Club equipment


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