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Minutes of the meeting held in the Old Village Hall on November 8th 2005
Cllr P Whapham – Chairman Cllr C Friend
Cllr Mrs E Cansdale – Vice Chairman Cllr H Richards
Cllr Mrs J Ashcroft Cllr Mrs G Scott
Cllr Mrs R Ashton Cllr Mrs B Swain
Cllr R Brown Cllr J Rymer Jones
Cllr M Conway
Apology for absence - Cllr N Bell, Ashford Borough Council (owing to attendance at Borough Council meeting in Ashford)
Seven parishioners were present.
1 There were no alterations to members Register of
Interests and Cllr Friend gave his Register to the clerk for
2 Parishioners questions/comments
Sue Boon reported that the fly tipped rubbish in the
Millennium Field car park should be removed this week by the guilty
It was suggested that a temporary height bar be erected next year to prevent a recurrence.
3 Minutes of the meeting held on October 11th 2005
These were approved and signed by the Chairman.
4 Update on previous matters (not on the agenda)
Cllr Brown said he had been reported (by a person unknown
to him) to the Standards Board for irregularities in the
It was agreed the clerk would try to complete the purchase.
Cllr Rymer Jones queried the basis of the “village
envelope” in planning terms and wondered how flexible the
5 Letter from Cllr Rymer Jones to the Chairman. (already passed to councillors)
Cllr Rymer Jones said he was unhappy with the recent
article in the Kentish Express (October 20th) that gave a
The Chairman said that in future he hoped councillors could
discuss any differences in a more open way (without
Cllr Mrs Scott said she would like noted that the Standards
Board investigation concerning herself has concluded
6 Post Office scheme.
Cllr Mrs Scott said design work for the new Post Office and
toilets was complete and ready to go to tender to five
No details of any grants would be available until the grant
giving bodies had sight of the actual building costs arising
Temporary use, during conversion of the existing toilets,
of Village Hall owned toilets would be clarified at the VHMC
Cllr Mrs Scott said that most councillors would, by now, be
aware of a possible new location for the Post Office in a
This had just become available and many questions needed to
be answered (largely by the landlord) before it could
Cllr Conway said he hoped the location would be suitable as he always felt this was the right place for the Post Office.
In view of this new possibility (which would take time to
evaluate) Cllr Mrs Scott had asked Ashford Borough Council
It was agreed that in the meantime tenders would still be
sought for the already developed new Post Office scheme
7 Recycling update.
Cllr Rymer Jones said a textile bin had been agreed with
the Salvation Army and this would be in place in the
The Clerk would advise neighbouring parish councils so the bin would be well used.
8 Traffic and Pedestrians Committee.
Cllr Friend said he was just starting on this and would
report progress at the December meeting. Any villagers
9 Millennium Field and Jubilee Meadow Committee.
Cllr Richards said he would produce a specification for the
footpath from the MF car park to the school so that three
The Blaze had gone well on November 4th and financial results would be announced by BEST in due course.
The Millennium Field sign would be re erected by the
village car park as soon as the Post Office scheme was clarified
10 Other reports
Cllr Mrs Cansdale said that due
to no participants at the last two meetings the Club had been suspended until
The Chairman said this had been
signed today and returned to our solicitors. It was noted that the ash tree by
Councillors had inspected the
lighting trial and agreed it was a good scheme. The clerk would write to confirm
It was noted a new lockable post
was needed by the refuse bins. Cllr Richards would give the clerk details
Cllrs Mrs Cansdale and Rymer
Jones reported on their observations at the KAPC AGM on November 5th
The Chairman asked Cllr Friend to take the matter forward on behalf of the council.
11 Planning See below. There were no other plans to examine at the meeting.
It was agreed that Eric Farris should be thanked for being
willing to continue as a Trustee of the Consolidated Charity
14 Items for future consideration.
It was noted the bus shelter by The Weavers needed some
repair. The Chairman said he would examine and advise
Cllr Rymer Jones wondered whether the developers of the
Cheeselands low cost housing scheme should offer some
Cllr Rymer Jones also reported that the council payment for
the periodic circulation of the Parish Magazine to all
15 Next meeting
December 13th 2005
Decisions received from Ashford Borough Council
05/01310 The Granary, Crosswell Farm, Cranbrook Road. Conversion of agricultural building to office and games room. Permission granted.
05/01477 Turks Head Farm, High Halden Rd. Use of “The Cowshed” as an ancillary accommodation. The use has been declared “lawful” under sec.191 of Town &Country Planning Act 1990.
05/01534 Cheeselands, Biddenden. Construction of 7 replacement parking spaces.
05/01538 9 Glebelands. Erection of decking (retrospective). Permission granted.
05/01544 & 1609 41 North Street. Extension and alterations. Refused.
05/01580 & 81 24 High Street. Replace rear yard wall and door. Permission granted.
04/01235 Greenacres Farm, Sissinghurst Road. Appeal against refusal of ABC to allow development of fishing ponds. Appeal allowed.
05/00337 Woodlands Park, Tenterden Rd. Appeal against ABC
refusal to allow occupation of some caravans
05/00856 Land adjacent 16a Townland Close. Appeal against
ABC refusal to allow erection of detached house
Decisions made by the council’s planning group.
05/00628 Turks Head Farm, High Halden Rd. Parking for 3
HGVs and use of buildings for office/store (retrospective)
05/01534 Cheeselands. 7 replacement parking spaces. No objections.
05/01538 9 Glebelands. Erection of decking (retrospective) No objections.
05/01544 41 North Street. Extension and alterations. No objections.
05/01580 & 81 24 High Street. Replacement of rear yard wall and door. No objections.
05/01748 Midwood, Benenden Road. New pitched roof. No objections.
05/01777 Punch Croft, Thurstons Lane. Proposed verandah. No objections.
FC05/00117 Tole Wood, Thurstons Lane. Application to fell 90 oaks. Object
TC 05/00121 The Rectory, High Street. Cut back ash trees. No objections.
Proposed H3G base station at Pullen Barn Farm
£607.40 S Keen, Lengthsman. £368.00 Wages and £239.40 Tax Credit 1621
£444.67 G Smith, Clerk, Salary 1622
£3824.63 Cyma Architects. First phase of design work for new Post Office.1623
£33.00 Webb’s Tenterden. New tyres and tubes for Lengthsman’s barrow 1624
£22.14 Mrs Cansdale – Flowers for War Memorial 1625
£28.20 Turners Stores – black sacks for Lengthsman 1626
£970.00 A J Sowery. New fence around childrens play area and new seats on rocking horses etc. 1627
£200.00 Donation to All Saints Church, Biddenden 1628
£30.00 Kent Wildlife Trust. Donation. 1629