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19 February 2018 1 comment

Next Meeting of the Parish Council: Thursday 8th March 2018

Meeting of the Parish Council at 8.00 p.m. in Ruckinge Village Hall. The public notice and agenda may be downloaded from this link: Public Notice – Monthly Meeting March 2018

Vacancy on Parish Council

We have a vacancy on the Parish Council. If you are interested joining, then please contact the Clerk to the Parish – details on the Councillors page of this web site.

Rural Means Rural

The campaign for Rural Means Rural is the voice of residents in the villages surrounding Ashford, Kent, who are concerned about the inappropriate housing development in the countryside and damage to the rural environment. Here are links to Facebook, 38o Petition and Twitter pages where you can make your voice heard.

‘Omission’ sites – Ruckinge

Update November 2017: The two sites within the parish boundary (shown below) submitted to ABC for inclusion in the Ashford Local Plan and initially rejected, have been re-submitted for reconsideration, and are on the ‘reserve’ list of sites that could be considered by ABC in December. Here are links to the submission cover letter to ABC by the Landowner dated 30th August 2017, and the representation made by the Developer  dated 10th August 2017.

As of now the Parish Council has not been alerted formally of the revised submission.  We infer from this action that there is a very real chance that the sites will appear in the Draft Local Plan put to the Local Planning Inspectorate in the coming weeks.

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Cherrytree Paddock, Bromley Green Road

Ashford Borough Council received a revised planning application for change of use of land to use as a residential caravan site for one gypsy family with two caravans, including retention of hardstanding and erection of utility building. The application was rejected and an enforcement order applied. The applicant appealed against the enforcement order: Ref: APP/E2205/C/15/3137477. An inquiry was held into the appeal, adjudicated by The Planning Inspectorate.

Update 7th November: The appeal has been dismissed by The Planning Inspectorate, and the enforcement notice upheld. A copy of the appeal decision can be downloaded via this link Appeal Decision.

Ashford Local Plan

Here are links to information to view and documents to download:

Relevant extract from plan – change of status for Ruckinge:

The planning status of Ruckinge parish is about to change, when the Ashford Local Plan is adopted – here is the key extract:

Policy HOU4 – Residential Development in the rural settlements
Minor residential development and infilling of a scale that can be easily integrated into the existing settlement will be acceptable within the confines of the following settlements:

Aldington, Appledore, Appledore Heath, Bethersden, Biddenden, Bilsington, Boughton Lees/Eastwell, Brabourne Lees/Smeeth, Brook, Challock, Charing, Charing Heath, Chilham, Crundale, Egerton, Egerton Forstal, Godmersham, Great Chart, Hamstreet, Hastingleigh, High Halden, Hothfield, Kenardington, Little Chart, Mersham, Molash, Newenden, Old Wives Lees, Pluckley, Pluckley Thorne, Pluckley Station, Rolvenden, Rolvenden Layne, Ruckinge, Shadoxhurst, Shottenden, Smarden, Stone in Oxney, Tenterden (including St Michaels) Warehorne, Westwell, Wittersham, Woodchurch and Wye.

Landscape and Village Protection Policy (LVPP)

Ruckinge Parish Council endorses the Landscape and Village Protection Policy and will be taking steps to work with subject matter experts to develop a plan for the parish.

Here is a link where you can download a protection policy prepared by consultants on behalf of Aldington Parish submitted to the planning policy manager officer at Ashford Borough Council responsible for the Ashford Plan. The contents list policy categories, and supporting evidence. The overriding objective is formal adoption of the policy into the Local Plan.

Borough Councillor: Jane Martin has produced a newsletter on ‘Saxon Shore Matters’ including the LVPP that parishioners should be aware of – you may download it here

Carters Field – Picnic Tables.

We are looking for a group of volunteers to become ‘Friends of Carters Field’ to manage and publicise the amenity for the enjoyment of all parishioners. If you are interested please email: clerk2012@ruckinge-pc.gov.uk.

We have replaced the two picnic tables stolen last July.


Parish Speed Indicator Device (SID) Scheme

The Parish Council has decided with much reluctance to suspend the Speed Indicator Device (SID) initiative for our village. We cannot find an adequate location for the sighting of a device mounting pole on the Eastern approach to Ruckinge along the B2067 Hamstreet Road.

We have had several meetings with KCC Highways on this matter, resulting in their requirement for a Deed of Easement to be executed by identified landowner(s) to allow the pole to be installed on their land; the legal covenants contained therein have proved too onerous.

In a sense, we are victims of geography; there are so few suitable locations that meet KCC Highways criteria to install the device.

Comments from parishioners welcomed…..

Replacement Streetlight

A new streetlight has been installed outside the churchyard.

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Meeting Minutes – December 2017

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Minutes of the Meeting of the Parish Council held on Thursday, 14th December 2017 at  8 p.m. in Ruckinge Village Hall.
Present: Cllr. S. Denis in the Chair, Cllrs.  P. Sillibourne, D. Guy, A. Beaney. T. Cliffe-Harrison and F. Burt.
Apologies: The Clerk, Mrs M. Shaw.
Declarations: Cllr. A. Beaney on Fairview Industrial Estate.
Minutes: The minutes of the November meeting have been held-over for distribution and approval at the next meeting in February.
Matters Arising: Sewage problems, Bromley Green Road: Borough Councillor Martin provided an explanation from Southern Water on the recent problems with the pumping station. Further remedial work is being planned – a full update will be given to the next meeting.
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Meeting Minutes – November 2017

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Minutes of the Meeting of the Parish Council held on Thursday, 9th November 2017 at  8 p.m. in Bromley Green Hall.
Present: Cllr. S. Denis in the Chair, Cllrs. P. Sillibourne, D. Guy, A. Beaney Mrs. T. Cliffe-Harrison and the Clerk, Mrs. M. Shaw.
In attendance: Mr. M. Pepper.
Apologies: Cllr. Mrs. F. Burt.
Declarations: Cllr. A. Beaney on Fairview Industrial Estate.
Minutes: The minutes of the previous meeting had been circulated, these were resolved as a correct record.
Matters Arising: Sewage problems, Bromley Green Road – nothing further
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Meeting Minutes – October 2017

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Minutes of the Meeting of the Parish Council held on Thursday, 12th October 2017 at  8 p.m. in Ruckinge Village Hall.
Present: Cllr. S. Denis in the Chair,  Cllrs.  P. Sillibourne,  D. Guy, A. Beaney  and the Clerk, Mrs.  M. Shaw.
Apologies: Cllrs. Mrs. T. Cliffe-Harrison and Mrs. F. Burt..
Absent: Cllr. Mrs. M. Hills.
Declarations: Cllr. A. Beaney on Fairview Industrial Estate.
Minutes: The minutes of the previous meeting had been circulated, these were resolved as a correct record.
Matters Arising: Sewage problems, Bromley Green Road – the pods have been done, some laterals are a problem, as others are not large enough, and some are the responsibility of the property owner. Read more…
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Index of planning applications

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Pending Planning Applications

Case No Parish Ward Location and Description
06/01259/CONA/AS Ruckinge Saxon Shore Hollybush Barn, Poundhurst Road, Ruckinge, Ashford, Kent, TN26 2PQ
Discharge of condition 1
17/01824/AS Ruckinge Saxon Shore Ashwell Lodge, Bromley Green Road, Ruckinge, Ashford, Kent, TN26 2EQ Erection of a garage building with a home office above.
17/01804/AS Ruckinge Saxon Shore Ardenleigh, Bromley Green Road, Ruckinge, Ashford, Kent, TN26 2EF Reconstruction of existing garage/outbuilding to form office/studio including replacement roof (revised construction to planning permission references 16/01875/AS &; 16/01875/AMND/AS)
17/01208/AS Ruckinge Saxon Shore 1 Dimon Villas, Hamstreet Road, Ruckinge, Ashford, Kent, TN26 2NT Creation of track and gate for ease of access to field. Access will remain unchanged.
17/01340/AS Ruckinge Saxon Shore Longacres, Bromley Green Road, Ruckinge, Ashford, Kent, TN26 2EG Proposed detached garage
17/01434/AS Ruckinge Saxon Shore Kenilworth, Hamstreet Road, Ruckinge, Ashford, Kent, TN26 2NR Proposed change of use of existing outbuilding to holiday let.
17/01224/AS Ruckinge Saxon Shore Fairview Industrial Park, Hamstreet Road, Ruckinge, Ashford, Kent, TN26 2PL Erection of industrial/storage building for 8 units. Creation of open storage areas. Boundary enclosures, hard and soft landscaping areas
17/01185/AS Ruckinge Saxon Shore Barnwood, Bromley Green Road, Ruckinge, Ashford, Kent, TN26 2EE Extension of existing timber shed to be used as a workshop

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Meeting Minutes – September 2017

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Meeting of the Parish Council held on Thursday,  Thursday, 14th September 2017 at  8 p.m. in Bromley Green Hall.
Present: Cllr. S. Denis in the Chair,  Cllrs.  P. Sillibourne,  D. Guy, Mrs. T. Cliffe-Harrison, and the Clerk, Mrs.  M. Shaw.
Apologies: Cllrs. A. Beaney and Mrs. F. Burt.
Absent: Cllr. Mrs. M. Hills.
Declarations: There were none.
Minutes: The minutes of the previous meeting had been circulated, these were resolved as a correct record.
Matters Arising: Sewage problems, Bromley Green Road –  nothing further.   It appears alright at the present time.

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Meeting Minutes – July 2017

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Meeting of the Parish Council held on Thursday,  Thursday, 15th July 2017 at  8 p.m. in Ruckinge Village Hall.
Present: Cllr. S. Denis in the Chair, Cllrs. P. Sillibourne, A. Beaney, D. Guy, Mrs. F. Burt, Mrs. T. Cliffe-Harrison, Mrs. M. Hills and the Clerk, Mrs. M. Shaw.
In attendance: Kevin and Gary from the Football Club.
Declarations: There were none.
Minutes: The minutes of the previous meeting had been circulated, these were resolved as a correct record.

The Chairman closed the meeting at 8.05 p.m. to allow the two gentleman to explain their proposals and to answer questions for the use of the football pitch at Carters Field.

They then left the meeting.

The meeting reconvened at 8.25 p.m.

The Councillors then discussed this in depth and they were in favour of their proposal to use Carters Field for the football activities which they had outlined to the meeting. The Council considered that an initial period of 12 months would be appropriate to allow both parties to assess the durability of the playing surface, and the impact on the community.

Any agreement between the Parish Council and the football club will be subject to  a  written agreement and compliant with the National Playing Fields, FIT Deed of Trust.

Matters Arising: Sewage problems, Bromley Green Road –  nothing further.   It appears alright at the present time.

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