Useful Information

Next Meeting of the Parish Council: Thursday 14th February 2019

Meeting of the Parish Council at 8.00 p.m. in Bromley Green Hall. The public notice and agenda may be downloaded here one week before the meeting.

Accounts for the year ended 31 march 2018. The official notice may be downloaded here: Audit Notice – Ruckinge 2018.

Ashford Local Plan – Planning Inspectorate report

Report on the Examination of the Ashford Local Plan 2030 by The Planning Inspectorate. The Plan was submitted for examination on 21 December 2017. The examination hearings were held between 11 April and 13 June 2018. The report was published on 2 January 2019. Click this link to download it

Parishioners should read paragraphs 184-190. They refer specifically to policies HOU3a and  HOU5 now part of the ABC Local Plan 2030 and affect Ruckinge.

Here is the direct link to the ABC web site where the source documents can be found: https://www.ashford.gov.uk/planning-and-building-control/planning-policy/local-plan-to-2030/

Village Confines exerise

Planning Officers at Ashford Borough Council have drawn the confines around a number of rural settlements in the borough.including Ruckinge Parish. The Council intend to confirm this mapped line for the purposes of determining future relevant planning applications.

The exercise is intended to be for clarification purposes only, and does not change the meaning of the Council’s planning policies or their application. It does not make development of a site more or less likely to occur. It is merely an exercise to visually represent the confines of certain settlements, using the long established written definition as the guide. The definition which underpins the drawn confines is established in the emerging Local Plan 2030 which states a village confines is the:

 “limits of continuous and contiguous development forming the  existing built-up area of the settlement, excluding any curtilage  beyond the built footprint of the buildings on the site (e.g. garden areas)”.

Click the link to download the draft Ruckinge village confines

Bromley Green Road – Southern Water public meeting

A public meeting will be held on Thursday 22nd November at 7:00 pm in Bromley Green Hall, chaired by Borough Councillor Jane Martin. Representatives of Southern Water will present a summary of works carried out to date, and outline further actions planned to improve the sewage infrastructure,

Police Community Support Officer (PCSO)

Aaron Newell is the Saxon Shore PCSO. He is on hand to deal with your concerns about any crime and anti-social behaviour and can also give you some advice to help you protect yourself, your home and your property from crime. Contact- T: 101 – to speak to him or be put through to an officer best placed to deal with your enquiry. E: aaron.newell@kent.pnn.police.uk

Illegal fly-tipping in the Parish

There have been three incidents of fly-tipping in the parish this month in Hog Tub Lane, and Poundhurst Road. If you see any fly-tipping please use the form on the ABC web site to report it – accessed via this link.

Carters Field – vandalism

The padlock and chain to the main field gate has been removed and now replaced; horses were seen grazing in the field. If you see any suspicious activity then please report it to the police. This is our Queens Diamond Jubilee field for the enjoyment of all.

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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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.

Update: May 2018: The ABC Draft Plan is being reviewed by the Planning Inspectorate. On 1st May written representation of the Landscape Protection Policy was presented by Peter Brett Associates. A copy of their submission may be downloaded here

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

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.

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 – November 2018

 

Minutes of the Meeting of the Parish Council held on Thursday, 8th November 2018 at 8 p.m. in Bromley Green Hall.
Present: Cllr. S. Denis in the Chair, Cllrs. D. Guy, A. Beaney, P. Sillibourne, J. Reid, and the Clerk, Mrs. M. Shaw..
Apologies: Cllrs. Mrs. F. Burt and Mrs. T. Cliffe-Harrison
In Attendance: Borough Councillor, Miss J. Martin.
Declarations: None.
Minutes: The minutes of the previous meeting had been circulated and were agreed as correct.
Matters Arising: Sewage problems, Bromley Green Road – Cllr. Martin gave an update of the meeting held at Bromley Green Hall on 22nd October. An information leaflet will be circulated to residents. Plans are needed for the location of the laterals.
Correspondence:
  • Leaders Bulletins – as circulated.
  • Clerks and Councils Direct
  • ABC “The Battles Over “– A Nations Tribute
  • HAGS 2018 brochure
  • A.B.C Village Envelope survey notification – as circulated.
  • A.B.C Mayors Hobby Horse Race night – as circulated.
  • K.C.C. Winter Sevice Information – as circulated.
  • K.C.C. Fault reporting video – as circulated.
Finance: Treasurers Account as at 31st October 2018 £ 19,662 – 70

Cheque was drawn:-

  • S. M. Sillibourne, Mowing Carters Field £ 101 – 26
  • Draft budget 2019/2020 – thishad been circulated. This was dicussed It was agreed that councillors give further consideration for the final precept request decision at the next meeting.
  • Cllr. A. Beaney suggested allowing £ 5,000 for Village Gateways, subject to further investigation . Allowance of £ 1,000 to be made for a barrier for Carters Field car park.
Ashford Local Plan: Submission comments as sent by the Chairman – these had been circulated for councillors prior approval. It was anticipated that the Inspectors report will be completed by the end of the year.
Planning: 18/1567/AS Rose Lodge, Bromley Green Road, Ruckinge. Proposed replacement porch. The application was supported.

Approval received:-
18/00176/HG Hedgerow, land north east of Horton Green, Ash Hill and Hedgerow, north west of Ransley Green, Hamstreet Road, Ruckinge,
Proposal:

  • Fields amalgamated – fences removed two years ago.
  • Plan 1 70 yards of hedgerow obstructing field operations.
  • Plan 2 45 yards trees in middle of field.
  • Total of 115 yards of hedgerow to be removed.

Nothing further on Cherrytree Padock enforcement.

Fairview Industrial Estate: Nothing further.
Carters Field: Fencing, etc. – leave for the time being. The tree which was in the ditch has been removed.

Chain and Gate vandalism – Cllr. Guy had met wilth P.C.S.O. Aaron Newlel, who will pay regular visits to the area.

Picnic Benches – leave until the next meeting.

Dog Training – suggested that they give a donation for the usage.

Supermarket” funding – nothing further.

Play area mowing – the Residents Association will mow this area.

Bromley Green Hall: The Chairman had been given a key to the hall by Mr. Mark Nash.

Car park- nothing further on the road planeings.

Highways & Byways: OAE550 – the damage to the gate had been reported to K.C.C. PROW Officer

Overgrown hedges – nothing further

Drains and gullies – several of these have been marked for repair. It was reported that there is a water leak outside Lily House.

Mirror, Bromley Green Road/Hornash Lane crossroads – nothing further.

Village “Gateways” – Cllr. Beaney is investigating.19.

Village Hall: Nothing to report.
Borough Councillor: Cllr. Miss J. Martin had already reported on matters pertaining to Ruckinge (sewage problems).
Items of interest: The Chairman will represent Ruckinge at Warehorne Church on Remembrance Sunday and lay a wreath during the ceremony, which will subsequently be laid at the Memorial in Ruckinge Church. .
Date of the Next Meeting: This was agreed for Thursday, 13th December 2018 at 8 p.m. in Ruckinge Village Hall

There being no further business the Chairman declared the meeting closed at 9.45 p.m.

 

Meeting Minutes – October 2018

 

Minutes of the Meeting of the Parish Council held on Thursday, 11th October 2018 at 8 p.m. in Ruckinge Village Hall.
Present: lCllr. S. Denis in the Chair, Cllrs. D. Guy, A. Beaney, P. Sillibourne, J. Reid, Mrs. T. Cliffe-Harrison and the Clerk, Mrs. M. Shaw.
Apologies: Cllrs. Mrs. F. Burt.
In Attendance: Borough Councillor, Miss J. Martin.
Declarations: Cllr. P. Sillibourne on 18/00176/HG and Cllr. A. Beaney on Fairview Industrial Estate.
Minutes: The minutes of the previous meeting had been circulated and were agreed as correct.
Matters Arising: Sewage problems, Bromley Green Road – Cllr. Martin gave an update and that a meeting will be held next week in Bromley Green Hall to inform residents.
Correspondence:
  • K.A.L.C. A.G.M., Ditton, 17th November 2018.
  • Broxap catalogue.
  • Leaders Bulletins – as circulated.
Finance: Treasurers Account as at 28th September 2018 £ 19,726 – 30

Income received:-
Half year Precept, Concurrent functions and Support Grant £ 5,280 – 00

Ashford Local Plan: Cllr. Martin had circulated a letter to all residents on this plan and the various changes which could affect Ruckinge. The meeting referring to ongoing sewage problems will also incorporate this Local Plan and Cllr. Martin will encourage residents to write with
their comments relating to Ruckinge as this still being mentioned in the plan. It was confirmed that the “Omissions Sites” put forward, are currently NOT included in the Plan.

Public consultation notification is from 13th September to 26th October 2018.

Planning: 18/00176/HG Hedgerow, land north east of Horton Green, Ash Hill and Hedgerow, north west of Ransley Green, Hamstreet Road, Ruckinge,

Proposal:
Fields amalgamated – fences removed two years ago.
Plan 1 70 yards of hedgerow obstructing field operations.
Plan 2 45 yards trees in middle of field.
Total of 115 yards of hedgerow to be removed.

The application was supported.

Approval received:-
18/00960/AS Lords Farm, Kitsbridge Lane, Ruckinge. Change of use and conversion of existing agricultural building.

Fairview Industrial Estate: Building work has started on the new development on the site.
Carters Field: Vandalism –fixings removed from gate, spiles removed, telegraph poles used as ladders, lights had been had to be replaced etc, as well as threats to persons. The Clerk confirmed that the local PCSO had been invited to tonights meeting

Fencing – left in abeyance.
Picnic Table plaques – still in situ.
Dog Training – nothing further on the agreement.
“Supermarket” funding – nothing further.

The Bromley Green Residents Association have not yet been asked to mow around the play area and picnic tables.
It was agreed that the field requires mowing once more before Winter.

Bromley Green Hall: The Chairman had been given a key to the hall by Mr. Mark Nash.

Car park- nothing further on the road planeings.

Highways & Byways: Overgrown hedges along Ash Hill and Dimon Hill – “Highways letters” have been circulated as appropriate.

Various drains and gullies to be reported to Highways again.

Mirror, Bromley Green Road/Hornash Lane Crossroads – nothing further.

On 1st October 2018 notices were positioned for Seasonal, Prohibition of Traffic Order 2017 for the byways AE563 and AE566 to prohibit use until 30th April 2019.

Village Hall: No suggestions (for capital expediture) were forthcoming from Mr. Bridge.
Items of interest: here have been at least three incidents of “fly-tipping” in the village, these were cleared by A.B.C.s.
Date of the Next Meeting: This was agreed for Thursday, 8th November 2018 at 8 p.m. in Bromley Green Hall

There being no further business the Chairman declared the meeting closed at 9.45 p.m.

 

Meeting Minutes – September 2018

 

Minutes of the Meeting of the Parish Council held on Thursday, 13th September 2018 at 8 p.m. in Bromley Green Hall.
Present: Cllr. S. Denis in the Chair, Cllrs. D. Guy, A. Beaney, P. Sillibourne, J. Reid and the Clerk, Mrs. M. Shaw.
Apologies: Cllrs. Mrs. F. Burt, Mrs. T. Cliffe-Harrison.
Declarations: There were none.
Minutes: The minutes of the previous meeting had been circulated and were agreed as correct.
Matters Arising: Sewage problems, Bromley Green Road – nothing further.
Co-option: Mr. Jeremy Reid was proposed by Cllr. A. Beaney, seconded by Cllr. D. Guy and unanimously elected to the Council. Mr. Reid then signed his “Declaration of Acceptance of Office” which was duly witnessed by the Proper Officer of the Council.
The Chairman welcomed him to the Council.
Correspondence:
  • Clerks & Councils direct.
  • Leaders Bulletins.
  • Two further accounts from Peter Brett and Co. – forwarded to Cllr. Jane Martin.
Finance: Treasurers Account as at 31st August 2018 £ 15,202 – 30

V.A.T. Repayment received £ 831 – 02

The Clerk had circulated her expenses book, which was checked and agreed.
Cheques were drawn:
Mrs. M. Shaw, Clerks Salary, 1st July to 30th September 2018 less P.A.Y.E. £ 886 – 40.
Mrs. M. Shaw, Expenses (1st April 2018 to 30th September 2018) £ 287 – 31.
H.M.R.C. P.A.Y.E (1st July to 30th September 2018) £ 63 – 60.
S. Fuller, underpayment of previous cheque £ 504 – 00.
K.A.S.A. Payroll fees, £ 126 – 00

Ashford Local Plan: Public consultation notification received from 13th September to 26th October 2018.
Planning: 18/1134/AS The Chestnuts, Stone Cross Road, Ruckinge. Proposed replacement detached garage. The application was supported.

Approval received: 18/0960/AS Longacres, Bromley Green Road, Rucking, Proposed detached garage (revision to fenestration design on garage approved under 17/01340/AS)

Fairview Industrial Estate: Nothing further,but site to be monitored
Carters Field: Fencing – left in abeyance.

The gate, Chain and Padlock – following replacement these have been tampered with yet again, and one key had been found from the vandalised key safe, but the other was missing.

It was agreed that a gate key be given to Cllr. P. Sillibourne and one retained by the Chairman.

The misuse by the “Trotting ponies” has ceased from previous usage.

Picnic Table plaques – these have been positioned.

Dog Training – nothing further on the agreement.

“Super market” funding – nothing further.

The Ragwort has been sprayed.

It was agreed that the Bromley Green Residents Association be asked to mow around the play area and picnic tables.

Bromley Green Hall: The Chairman had been given a key to the hall by Mr. Mark Nash.

The condition of the car park still requires road planeings, Cllr. P. Sillibourne will remind the supplier.

Highways & Byways: Cllr. D. Guy had inspected the AE550 gate onto the A2070 road and photographs will be sent to Graham Rusling, PROW Officer.

Concern was expressed about overgrown hedges along Ash Hill and Dimon Hill –

Clerk to forward “Highways letter” to Cllr. A. Beaney for circulation to offending owner/s.

Various drains and gullies to be reported to Highways again.

It was suggested that a mirror by positioned at Bromley Green Road/Hornash Lane Crossroads – Highways to be contacted to ascertain if this is now permitted.

Village Hall: No suggestions (for capital expediture) were forthcoming from Mr. Bridge.

Discussion took place on improvements to the facilities for the hall, the possibility of new chairs and tables were mentioned. To be reviewed at the next meeting.

Items of interest: It was agreed to investigate with Highways the “Gateways” which are being positioned in several nearby villages at their entrances.
Date of the Next Meeting: This was agreed for Thursday, 11th October 2018 at 8 p.m. in Ruckinge Village Hall

There being no further business the Chairman declared the meeting closed at 9.25 p.m.

 

Meeting Minutes – July 2018

 

Minutes of the Meeting of the Parish Council held on Thursday, 12th July 2018 at 8 p.m. in Ruckinge Village Hall.
Present: Cllr. S. Denis in the Chair, Cllrs. D. Guy, Mrs. F. Burt, Mrs. T. Cliffe-Harrison and the Clerk, Mrs. M. Shaw.
Apologies: Cllr. A. Beaney and P. Sillibourne.
Declarations: There were none.
Minutes: The minutes of the previous meeting had been circulated and were agreed as correct, after the location of the blocked culvert by Hill Croft was added.
Matters Arising: Sewage problems, Bromley Green Road – nothing further. It is understood that there are still problems, Cllr. Miss J. Martin explained that the “Pods” are working but there are serious problems with the 30+ laterals, some have been done by Southern Water but because there are funding problem these should have been done by residents. She has arranged another meeting with Southern Water.
Co-option: The prospective candidate was not in attendance.
Correspondence:
  • Clerks & Councils direct.
  • Notice of Polling District and Places Review.
Finance: Treasurers Account as at 30th June 2018 £ 15,774 – 25.

Cheque was drawn:
S. Denis, Padlock and Chain, Carters Field gate £ 55 – 83.

Ashford Local Plan: Nothing further
Planning: 18/00960/AS Lords Farm, Marsh Road, Ruckinge. Change of use, and conversion of existing agricultural building to holiday let unit. The application was supported.
Fairview Industrial Estate: Nothing further
Carters Field: Fencing – nothing further.

The Chain and Padlock, missing from the gate – Cllr S. Denis has obtained a replacement.
Picnic Table plaques – these have been received and will be positioned shortly.

Dog Training – nothing further on the agreement.

“Super market” funding – nothing further..

Bromley Green Hall: The replacement of the windows and doors have been completed and new chairs purchased.

Southern Water have now paid the compensation money to the Hall.

Highways & Byways: Letter from PROW regarding AE 539, AE538 and AE579 and the Royal Military Canal Path, these problems will be addressed.

Cllr. D. Guy to inspect the AE550 gate onto the A2070 road.

Village Hall: In view of the high balance in the bank, it was suggested that the Parish Council could support projects to enhance the Hall for the benefit of the village. Mr. J. Bridge to be invited by the Chairman to the next meeting with possible suggestions.

Wi-fi and Defibrillator – see above item.

Items of interest: The Rev, Rod Whatley would like support for the commemoration of the end of WW1. Support was given with the proposal of a wreath laying ceremony by the Chairman at the War Memorial.
Date of the Next Meeting: This was agreed for Thursday, 13th September 2018 at 8 p.m. in Bromley Green Hall.

There being no further business the Chairman declared the meeting closed at 9.05 p.m.

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Meeting Minutes – June 2018

 

Minutes of the Meeting of the Parish Council held on Thursday, 14th June 2018 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: Borough Cllr. Miss J. Martin.                        .
Apologies: Cllr. Mrs. F. Burt.
Declarations: Cllrs. S. Denis and D. Guy on application 18/00805/AS   .
Minutes: The minutes of the previous meetings had been circulated, and resolved as a correct record.
Matters Arising: Sewage problems, Bromley Green Road – nothing further. It is understood that there are still problems, Cllr. Miss J. Martin explained that the “Pods” are working but there are serious problems with the 30+ laterals, some have been done by Southern Water but because there are funding problem these should have been done by residents. She has arranged another meeting with Southern Water.
Correspondence:
  • K.A.L.C. Ashford Area minutes and agendas
Finance: Treasurers Account as at 31st May 2018 £ 14,710 – 54

It was proposed by Cllr. P. Silliburne, seconded by Cllr. D. Guy to belong to the K.A.L.C. and unanimously agreed.

Cheques were drawn:
K.A.L.C. Subscription, £ 260 – 10 + V.A.T. £ 52 – 02 Total due £ 312 – 12
Mr. C. D. Tearle, Internal Auditor fees £ 25 – 00 + V.A.T. £ 5 – 00 Total due £ 30 – 00
H.M.R.C. P.A.Y.E 1st April 2018 to 30th June 2018 £ 190 – 00
Mrs M. Shaw, Salary, 1st April 2018 to 30th June 2018 £ 886 – 10
Medash Signs (A Beaney) replacement plaques, picnic benches, £ 162 – 00

Ashford Local Plan: Nothing further
Planning: 18/00805/AS Noakes Farm Barn, Ash Hill, Ruckinge. Change of use, and conversion, from garage/workshop to holiday let. The application was supported.

18/00756/AS Land Adjacent to Chestnuts, Stone Cross Road, Ruckinge. Prior Approval for a proposed change of use – storage and distribution building, and land within its curtilage, to residential dwelling and associated operational development (resubmission of prior approval application 16/00543/AS) The application was supported.

Application withdrawn:-
18/00500/AS Silver Birches Caravan Site, Capel Road, Ruckinge. Change of use of garden ground to form extension to holiday caravan park for the siting of 4 holiday lodges (legally twin unit caravans).

Fairview Industrial Estate: Nothing further
Carters Field: Ragwort – some has been treated.

Trees – those over 3ft are growing, but smaller ones are dying.

Fencing – Nothing further.

The Chain and Padlock are missing from the gate – Cllr D. Guy will obtain replacement.

Picnic Table plaques – these have been ordered and paid for in advance.

Dog Training – clarification is required on the actual usage of the field, also the budget for mowing is only three times a year, but if they require for extra cuts, they should pay for them. A draft agreement will be composed by Cllrs. S. Denis and Mrs T. Cliffe-Harrison.

The usage by HGV’s of the car park was again discussed.

Bromley Green Hall: Nothing further.
Highways & Byways: There are obstructions to PROW’s AE 539, AE538 and AE579.

The Royal Military Canal PROW is impassable between Ruckinge and Bilsington due to overgown vegetation etc.

Cllr. A. Beaney had reported a blocked culvert last February, but this had still not been rectified.

Landscape Protection Policy: Cllr. Martin gave details of the progress of the Public Examinations, and the Inspectors deliberations. This has now been adjourned for their report, possibly available in two to three months time..
Village Hall: Nothing further.
Items of interest: Cllr.S. Denis reminded members that Parish Council elections take place next May, and informed them that he would not be standing for re-election.
Date of the Next Meeting: This was agreed for Thursday, 12th July 2018 at 8 p.m. in Ruckinge Village Hall.

There being no further business the Chairman declared the meeting closed at 9.50 p.m.

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Meeting Minutes – May 2018

 

Annual Meeting of the Parish Council, 10th May 2018 at 8 p.m. in Ruckinge Village Hall.
Present: Cllr. S. Denis in the chair, Cllrs. D. Guy, A. Beaney, P. Silliboune, Mrs. T. Cliffe-Harrison.                     .
In attendance: One member of the public.                        .
Apologies: Mrs. M. Shaw (Clerk to the Council).
Election of Chairman: Cllr. S. Denis was proposed as Chairman by Cllr. P. Sillibourne, seconded by Cllr. A. Beaney, there being no other nominations Cllr. Denis was duly elected as Chairman. He duly signed his “Declaration of Acceptance of Office”.
Election of Vice-Chairman: Cllr. D. Guy was proposed by Cllr. S. Denis, seconded by Cllr. Mrs. T. Cliffe-Harrison. There being no other nominations, Cllr. D. Guy elected as Vice-Chairman.
Appointment of Representative: K.A.L.C. Ashford Area committee – it was agreed to continue membership. Representatives to be appointed on an ad-hoc basis for the bi-monthly meetings in Ashford.
Declarations: Cllr. Mrs. T. Cliffe-Harrison – Montane 18/00609/AS.
Minutes: The minutes of the previous meetings had been circulated, and resolved as a correct record.
Matters Arising: Sewage problems, Bromley Green Road – these are still on-going. Cllr. S. Denis reported on the recent Bromley Green Residents Association meeting that construction of a larger holding tank at the pumping station is being discussed, no decisions have been made. Tankers will still likely to be a regular feature during periods of heavy rain..
Correspondence:
  • Clerks & Councils Direct
  • Kent Air Ambulance
  • K.A.L.C.
  • Citizen Advice
  • Inspiring Generations
Co-option: A gentleman was suggested, but until he has received all his documentation pertaining to the Code of Conduct etc., etc. he cannot be officially co-opted onto the Council or participate at any Parish Council meeting or in any business or discussions.
Finance: The Annual Governance Statement was completed and signed.
The Accounting Statements for 2018/2018 were confirmed as correct and signed.
Certificate of Exemption was signed.
The Financial Statement for year ending 31st March 2018 was circulated and approved.Treasurers account as at 31st March 2018 £ 15,053 – 64Income received:
VAT repayment £ 1,018 – 64

  • Cheques were drawn:-

S. Fuller, Tarmacing, Village Hall £ 4,032 00
A. Beaney (Village Hall Sign, Medash Signs) £ 72 – 00
S. M. Sillibourne, Mowing, Carters Field £101 – 26
S. Denis, Web site £ 19 – 19
S. M. Sillibourne, spray, Carters Field £ 36 – 00
BNIB, Parish Council combined insurances , £ 444 – 29

Planning: 18/00606/AS 1 Dimon Villas, Hamstreet Road, Ruckinge Creation of track and gate for ease of access to field (retrospective).The application was objected to.

18/00499/AS Silver Birches Caravan Site, Capel Road, Ruckinge. Variation of condition 2 on planning permission reference 12/00044/AS to allow total number of caravans sited to be increased by 3(from 27 to 30). The application was supported

18/00609/AS Montane Bromley Green Road, Ruckinge. Side/rear extensions ; front porch; dormers to front and rear elevations.The application was supported.

Approvals received:-

18/ 00409/AS Longacres, Bromley Green Road, Ruckinge. Proposed conversion of and alteration to existing garage to provide ancillary annexe accommodation

17/00246/AS Dei Gratia, Bromley Green Road, Ruckinge. Variation of condition 9 of planning permission 17/00246/AS to alter design of approved garage.

Carters Field: Ragwort will be sprayed when ready, and road planeings are to be donated.

Dog training as discussed, it was agreed that a contribution of £ 50 would be required from the Dog Training Company. Cllr. S. Denis to contact Mark Nash to communicate the decision.

It was agreed that the vandalized picnic bench plaques be replaced.

The condition of the car park is to be monitored as it has been reported by the Bromley Green Residents Association that H.G.V’s are using the car park as a turning area.

Bromley Green Hall: Southern Water donations still not received by the Bromley Green Residents Association.

The Association are looking at siting a storage container adjacent to the hall to provide storage for chairs and tables.

Highways & Byways: Cllr. A. Beaney reported drain covers to be unblocked and pot-holes to be filled.
Village Hall: Defibrillator – no further update on the Table Tennis Club suggestion, but Cllr. D. Guy reported that Hamstreet are installing one at their Sports Pavilion.

Wi-fi – no further update. This is a matter for the Village Hall Management Committee.

Telephone Kiosk – this will be removed by September 2018

Village Hall sign – this has been installed, with thanks to Cllr. A Beaney

Borough Councillor: No report.
Items of interest: Cllr. S. Denis to update web-site with ABC Planning Inspectorate documentation.
Date of the Next Meeting: Thursday, 14th June 2018 at 8 p.m. in Bromley Green Hall.