Useful Information

Next Meeting of the Parish Council: Thursday 11th April 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.

May elections for the parish council

After 5 years as chairman, it is time to pass the baton to new blood. As many of you will know, May elections will be held for borough and parish councillors; there will be at least two vacancies to fill on Ruckinge Parish Council. If you are interested then please stand for election (or co-option) – full details may be found via this link

Why become a Parish Councillor?

Put simply, you can make a difference. When people in the community need support and guidance, it is often the parish council that is turned to – recent examples have been:

  • Sewage infrastructure: Bromley Green Road – continuing remedial action taken by Southern Water (still very much a work in progress).
  • Carters Field: Returned to the community and dedicated as a ‘Field in Trust’ as part of the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee celebrations.
  • Ashford Local Plan: Support of both the ‘Rural Means Rural’ campaign and Landscape Protection Policy initiative with other Saxon Shore parishes.

So, by becoming a parish councillor you become someone our community will look to for help, guidance and support; a community leader with the power to influence decisions for the benefit of the people you serve.

What decisions does it make?

We make all kinds of decisions on issues that affect the parish. The most common are planning matters (we are statutory consultees), crime prevention, managing open spaces (Carters Field), maintaining our highways and byways, providing financial support for our village halls.

It’s true to say that on we have limited powers to make decisions. But we DO have the ability to negotiate with, and the power to influence other organisations that do make the final decisions (such as the borough council, KCC highways, police etc).

In this respect the parish council is powerful. The organisations that make the final decisions know that our parish council gives the best reflection of how a community feels about something, and its views will be taken seriously.

How much time does it take up?

The parish council meets on the first Thursday of each month (except August and January). Meetings usually last up to two hours, depending on the agenda. Councillors are required to attend other meeting representing the council, for example, acting as a representative on an outside body like the Kent Association of Local Councils, community activities, or helping develop a new project for the community.

How long does a parish councillor serve for?

Once elected, parish councillors sit on the council for a maximum of four years. If they then want to stay in the post they can stand for re-election.

Am I eligible to be a Parish Councillor?

To stand for election on a parish council, you must:

  • be a UK or commonwealth citizen, or;
  •  be a citizen of the Republic of Ireland, or;
  • be a citizen of another Member state of the European Union;
  • be a least 18 years old.

To be eligible to stand for an election for a particular parish, you must:

  • be an elector of the parish, or;
  • for the whole of the previous 12 months have occupied (as owner or tenant) land or other premises in the parish, or;
  • during the previous 12 months have worked in the parish (as your principal or only place of work), or;
  • for the whole of the previous 12 months lived in the parish or within three miles of the parish boundary.

You don’t have to be connected to a political party. If you do become a parish councillor you will have to sign up to the Code of Conduct.

What powers do parish councils have?

They have a wide range of powers which essentially related to local matters, such as looking after community buildings, open spaces, street lighting. The council also has the power to raise money through taxation, called the precept; it is the parish council’s share of the council tax.
Parish Duties

Ruckinge Parish Council has 7 Councillors. The duties and functions are many and varied. The Council meets monthly and considers planning applications and any other matters referred to it by local residents. Ashford Borough Council and by central government. All meetings are open to the public and there is a forum during the meeting at which members of the public can raise concerns and ask questions. There is also an annual meeting which all parishioners are invited to attend. All meetings are advertised on the council notice board outside Ruckinge Village Hall. Residents can bring to the attention of the parish council anything that concerns them, either directly or through the clerk. If matters raised are not the responsibility of the council, the clerk can bring them to the attention of the proper authority.

The best way to find out what it’s like to be a parish councillor is to talk to someone who’s doing it now. Come along to a parish council meeting, or speak to one of our councillors and find out what they think of the job.

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: Local Plan

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 – February 2019

Minutes of the Meeting of the Parish Council held on Thursday, 14th February 2019 at 8 p.m. in Bromley Geen Hall.
Present: Cllr. 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: Cllr. Mrs. F. Burt.
Declarations: Cllrs. S. Denis, D. Guy and P. Sillibourne on application 19/0028/AS.
Minutes: The minutes of the previous meeting had been circulated and were agreed as correct.
Matters Arising: Sewage problems, Bromley Green Road – two sewage tankers are regularly attending the area on a daily basis.
Correspondence:
  • K.A.L.C. Minutes.
  • A.B.C. Leaders Bulletins – circulated.
  • K.C.C. Attachments to Street Lighting furniture 2019 – circulated.
  • K.C.C. Road closures – as circulated.
  • Ashford Borough Election information – circulated.
  • Clerks and Councils direct.
Finance: Treasurers Account as at 31st January 2019 £ 17,311 – 73.
Cheques to be drawn: Carters field Car park barrier
Ashford Local Plan: his was published on 9th January and circulated to councillors..
Planning: 19/00128/AS Land North of and adjacent to Harrison House, Ash Hill, Ruckinge. Proposed new dwelling with detached garage and new access.The application was objected to.

19/00132/AS Sunnyside, Bromley Green Road, Ruckinge. Conversion of existing workshop into self-catering holiday accommodation and erection of porch. The application was supported with the proviso that permission is only for a holiday let.

Approvals received :-

18/01710/AS Agricultural Buildings at Noakes Farm, Ash Hill, Ruckinge. Prior Approval for a proposed change of use of agricultural buildings and land within
their curtilage to 5 no. dwelling houses.

18/ 01831/AS Norfolks, Bromley Green Road, Ruckinge. First floor extension & Recladding

18/00177/4AS Agricultural Building south of, Park Farm, Gill Lane, Ruckinge. Conversion of agricultural building to dwelling.

Cherrytree Paddock – nothing further

Capel Gardens – nothing further

Village “confines”: It was agreed to accept the confines as specified on the circulated A.B.C. map.

Fairview Industrial Estate: Nothing further.
Carters Field: Fencing, etc. – nothing further.

Chain and Gate vandalism – rhis continues.

Picnic Benches – nothing further.

Dog Training, field usage donation – nothing further.

Supermarket” funding – nothing further.

Play area mowing – will be carried out at the appropriate time.

Car park surface – this has not been done yet.

Car park barrier – this is progressing, and is awaiting painting.

Bromley Green Hall: Defibrillators – the Clerk had located suppliers and one would cost £ 1,395 plus V.A.T. and would also require electrical installation. It was proposed by Cllr. Mrs T. Cliffe-Harrison to purchase and agreed, but it was not decided if one should be purchased for each hall. Cllr. Mrs T Cliffe- Harrison will investigate further..
Highways & Byways: Village “Gateways” – Cllr. A. Beaney had investigated wih K.C.C. but the costs are exhorbitant. It was agreed to consult with Councty Councillor Mike Angell.

Overgrown hedges – some have been cut.

Drains and gullies – some have been repaired, but very badly.

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

Village Hall: Mr Bridge had been invited but was not available to attend this meeting. To be invited again.
Items of interest: The telephone kiosk has eventually been removed.

Cllr. P. Sillibourne had brought copies of the Parish Magazine from thirty years ago with his report as his hall chairman, which referred to the Village Hall history and the apathy in the village which has worsened.

Date of the Next Meeting: Thursday, 14th March 2019 in Ruckinge Village Hall at 8 p.m.

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

 

Meeting Minutes – December 2018

 

 

Minutes of the Meeting of the Parish Council held on Thursday, 13th December 2018 at 8 p.m. in Ruckinge Village Hall..
Present: Cllr. S. Denis in the Chair, Cllrs. D. Guy, A. Beaney, P. Sillibourne, J. Reid, Mrs. T. Cliffe-Harrison, Mrs. F. Burt, and the Clerk, Mrs. M. Shaw.
Declarations: Cllr. D. Guy on 18/01710/AS and Cllr. S. Denis on both 18/01710/AS and 18/01774/AS 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 – the meeting held at Bromley Green Hall on 22nd November was well attended. There is a possibility that some of the pipes may require lining. Mr Oliver of Southern Water will be visiting residents on 19th December.
Correspondence:
  • Leaders Bulletins – as circulated.
Finance: Treasurers Account as at 30th Novober 2018 £ 19,516 – 44

Cheque were drawn:-
Mrs M. Shaw salary 1st October 2018 to 31st December 2018 £ 886 – 40

HMRC PAYE £ 63 – 60

British Legion wreath £ 18 – 00

Finalisation of precept request – it was proposed by Cllr. A. Beaney seconded by Cllr. P. Sillibourne and unanimously agreed that the precept remain at £ 10,000.

Ashford Local Plan: Nothing further.  The draft plan is due to be published imminently.
Planning: 18/01710/AS Agricultural Buildings at Noakes Farm, Ash Hill, Ruckinge,Prior Approval for a proposed change of use of agricultural buildings and land within their curtilage to 5 no. dwelling houses. Comments were made regarding the remaining buildings on the site.

18/01774/AS Agricultural building Park farm, Gill Lane, Ruckinge. The application was supported.

Approval received:-
18/1567/AS Rose Lodge, Bromley Green Road, Ruckinge. Proposed replacement porch

Village “confines”: A.B.C survey – as circulated. This was not understood by councillors, dispite the Clerks explanation. Chairman wll consult wth Borough Councillor Martin.
Fairview Industrial Estate: Nothing further.
Carters Field: Fencing, etc. – leave for the time being.

Picnic Benches – nothing furher

Dog Training – it is understood hat they will give a donation for their usage. Mark Nash to negotiate.

Supermarket “funding” – nothing further.

Car Park condition – it was considered that more planeings are now required – Cllr. J Reid to follow up. It was agreed that the Parish Council will fund any expense.

Bromley Green Hall: Car Park barrier – whilst the proposal was agreed that the Parish Council will finance, concern was expressed that the suggested height of this may not be compatible with the height of some of the councillors vehicles for attending meetings at that hall.
Highways & Byways: AE550 – the damage to the gate had been rectified by K.C.C. P.R.O.W.

Overgrown hedges – nothing further

Drains and gullies – several of these have been marked for repair.

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

Village “Gateways” – this is being surveyed by Darren Hickman of K.C.C.to ascertain the feasibility of their installation positioning

Village Hall: It was agreed that the Chairman will invite Mr J. Bridge to a meeting discuss the future of the Village Hall..
Borough Councillor: Cllr. Miss J. Martin had already reported on matters pertaining to Ruckinge (sewage problems).
Items of interest: There are still problems with usage of the PROW AE550 by 4 x 4 vehicles.
Date of the Next Meeting: Thursday,  14tth February 2019  in Bromley Green Hall at  8 p.m.

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

 

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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