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These minutes are subject to approval at the meeting on January 11th 2005
Minutes of the meeting held in the Old Village Hall
on December 14th 2004
Cllr Mrs E Cansdale – Chairman Cllr H Richards
Cllr Mrs U Ainscough Cllr J Rymer Jones
Cllr M Conway Cllr P Whapham
Apologies for absence, Cllrs Mrs Ashcroft, Mrs Ashton, R Brown, Mrs Scott,
Mrs Swain and Cllr N Bell, Ashford Borough Council.
No parishioners were present.
1 There were no alterations to members Register of Interests.
2 The minutes of the meeting held on November 9th were approved and signed by the Chairman.
3 Matters arising.
Access from school to Jubilee Meadow.
Cllr Richards reported that the school has a key to the gate and can use the Meadow for educational purposes. It is not available for general public access.
Purchase of a party tent.
Cllr Conway said a 4m x 8m tent had been donated by a villager (Mr Jacobs) and this is just what the council required. It was unanimously agreed that a letter of thanks be sent to Mr Jacobs.
Cllr Conway said this matter should be “put on hold” until the issue of a speed sign on the approach from Tenterden is resolved as part of the Mill Corner scheme.
4 Post Office update.
A copy of the PO Liaison Committee meeting held on December 9th was circulated to all councillors - a further copy is attached.
5 Speed cameras.
Nothing further to report on hand held cameras.
Regarding the provision of a flashing speed sign on the approach from Tenterden as part of the Mill Corner planning permission this seemed to be at variance with previously stated highway “rules” on approach distances. The Clerk was asked to resolve via Cllr Bell.
6 Parish Plan.
(Mr Greensted had apologised for his absence). It was noted that the questionnaire results had been circulated to all households in the village. The cost of printing these (£228) was approved by the Council.
Cllr Rymer Jones queried the status of the Plan and it was explained that when complete the Parish Council would adopt it either in full or with amendments. Any possible residential expansion would be an aspect the Parish Council would need to adopt as part of the Plan.
Concerning recycling and refuse issues in the Plan councillors asked that ABC be requested to consider a refuse skip or lorry, for large items, visiting the village on a regular basis to reduce fly tipping around the lanes. Other Boroughs had this facility. The Clerk was asked to approach Cllr Bell on the matter.
7 Reports from lead councillors.
PC Toby Burns on 0787 025 2413. PC Burns is responsible for Biddenden and High Halden.
(NB This is a revised date) The main purpose of the Fete is to allow village organisations to have stalls and make a profit for their activities as well as, of course, having an enjoyable village event.
Cllr Richards also reported that in discussions with the Rural Payments Agency it was possible that we may get grants for stewardship of the Millennium Field as well as the Jubilee Meadow.
At the Ashford area KAPC meeting on December 1st items discussed included the Integrated Kent Franchise (railway services), the proposed Licencing Laws and a new publication “Ashford Voice” which would publicise activities in the Ashford Borough area.
It was noted that the KRCC had now become “Action with Communities in Rural Kent” and that in view of their valuable support for parish work the Council would join at the requested annual fee of £35.
Cllr Rymer Jones reported some vandalism damage to lights in the churchyard.
8 Planning. See below
As regards the now authorised Mill Corner development it was agreed that surface water could be drained (by pipe) to the Millennium Field ditch but that the proposed works must be agreed by the appropriate Council members (Cllrs Richards and Conway)
It was also agreed that any builders vehicles could use the parking area beyond the Squash Club during the construction stage (NB not the tarmac area by the recycling bins.)
9 Finance. See below
The proposed 2005/6 budget was discussed and was agreed apart from a reduction in the likely income from the Grand Fete (see 7 above) from £1000 to £500.
It was specially noted that the village precept would rise from £30,000 to £50,000 to help pay for the new Post Office. Even at this figure the average cost of all the Parish Council activities and the new Post Office would be approximately £1 per household per week.
It was agreed to make a £100 Christmas donation to the local Green Fields School
There were only a few items.
11 The meeting closed at 9.20pm and the Chairman thanked all councillors for their support during the year and wished them a Happy Christmas.
12 Next meeting. January 11th 2005.
Graham Smith, Parish Clerk, December 15th 2004 01622 890596
The Council considered the following planning matters at its meeting on December 14th 2004
Decisions received from Ashford Borough Council
04/00160 Great Omenden Farm, Pook Lane. New farm bungalow.Refused.
04/00390 Old Mill Corner, Tenterden Road, Development of nine houses.
04/01235 Green Acres, Sissinghurst Road. Creation of fishing ponds etc.
04/01321 Pinnock Farm, High Halden Road. Replacement outbuilding.
04/01343 9 Glebelands, Biddenden. Patio/deck (retrospective) Refused.
04/01568 Thousand Acres, High Halden Rd. Revised location for previously consented building. Permission granted.
04/01689 Folk Meadow, Tenterden Road. Shower room & single bedroom.
04/01699 Ibornden Farm, Frittenden Rd. Provision of private sand school.
04/01717 2 Worsenden Cottages, Sissinghurst Road. Vehicle crossing/drop kerb.
04/01719 Little Monks Cottage, Smarden Rd. Change of agricultural use to keep horse.
04/01754/5 Little Bedgebury Farm. Conversion of exiting barn to annexe.
04/01779 Little Whatmans, Gribble Bridge Lane. Access stairs to first floor.
03/00819 Priory Wood, Tenterden Road. Appeal against ABC enforcement notices. Hearing on December 7th 2004
Decisions of the Parish Council Planning Group for approval by the full Council.
04/01953 21 High Street. Demolition of outside WC & construction of rear extension.
04/01960 Cheveney Place, The Nightingales. Loft conversion and extension.
04/01993 Pedlars Farm, Mockbeggar Lane. Addition to existing house etc.
TO04/00150 58 North Street, Biddenden. Fell trees and replacements.
No objections. (Trees being replaced by agreement)
To be considered by the Council at its meeting on 14th December
04/01940 Pell House Farm, Sissinghurst Rd. New dwelling.
Support Weald of Kent Preservation Society comments.
04/02098 Shortswood Cottage, Cranbrook Rd. Erection of a swimming pool building.
TP04/00174 34 The Meadows. Reduce crown and spread of oak tree. (Previous similar application was for 33 The Meadows.) No Objections.
Information has been received from “Synergy” Ltd. concerning additions to the mast on Biddenden Telephone Exchange, North Street. Full application will be received via ABC in due course.
The Council approved the following payments at its meeting on December 14th 2004
£139.00 J Mannouch, Lengthsman, Wages. This is his last payment as the new Lengthsman, Shaun Keen, has taken over from today. 518
£432.00* G Smith, Clerk, Salary 519
£160.00* G Smith, Clerk, Backdated salary increase April–November 2004. 519
£79.97 Swaines, Tenterden. High Visibility jacket, wellingtons and leggings for new Lengthsman. 520
£36.00 Biddenden Squash Club–Wine for Mayors party at Bonfire Night 521
£5.10 Mrs Scott – expenses for Bonfire Night (meat) 522
£19.57 Mrs Cansdale – Various food for Bonfire Night 523
£20.93 Mrs Cansdale – Flowers for War Memorial 524
£60.87 Mrs Cansdale – Telephone calls for July to November 2004 525
£23.50 Mr Rymer Jones – Mileage to and lunch at KAPC AGM 526
£240.88 “Sota.” Computer Club Broadband for three months. 527
£600.00 All Saints Church, Council insertions in Parish magazine. 528
£220.00 Ashford Borough Council. Planning application for Post Office. 517
The following money has been received,
£1612.30 Rural Payments Agency. Stewardship scheme for Jubilee Meadow
* The Council agreed to pay the Clerk at the NALC rate of £7.553 per hour (gross) for 70 hours per month from April 2004. This scale subsequently increased to £7.913 per hour (gross) from July 2004 (backdated to 1st April 2004).