Meeting Minutes – February 2015


Meeting of the Parish Council held on Thursday, 12th February 2015 at 8pm in Bromley Green Hall.
Present: Cllr. D. Guy in the Chair, Cllrs. A. Beaney, P. Sillibourne, Mrs T. Cliffe-Harrison, Mrs A. Tanton and the Clerk, Mrs  M. Shaw.
Apologies: Cllrs. S Denis, Mrs F. Burt
In Attendance: One member of the public. P.C.S.O. Andy Huckstepp
Declarations: Cllr. A. Beaney on the Village Hall.
Minutes: The minutes of the previous meeting had been circulated,  these were resolved as a correct record, proposed by Cllr. P. Sillibourne, seconded by Cllr. D. Guy.
Matters Arising: Sewage problems along Bromley Green Road – up to the Christmas period there were tankers pumping on a daily basis.No actual progress appears to have been made.  Another meeting with the Damian Collins M.P., Cllr. J. Martin and the Steering Committee is scheduled for 27th February at Bromley Green Hall.
  • K.A.L.C. Minutes – circulated
  • Parish Forum notes – circulated
  • “Revelation”,
  • A.B.C. Housing News
  • Clerks & Councils Direct
  • Rural Housing Alliance – Guide for Parish Councils
  • Government Electoral Review of  K.C.C.
  • English Rural Housing Association Annual Report 2014
  • Kent Resilience Forum – What Should I do in an Emergency ?
  • “Being a Local Councillor”
  • P.C.S.O Report
  • Parish News
  • Letter from Mrs Rosemary Collick – notification that the existing Village Hall Committee would be standing down at their A.G.M. in May.
P.C.S.O. : P.C.S.O. Andy Huckstepp elaborated on his crime report which had been circulated. He was thanked for attending and then left the meeting.
Finance: Treasurers Account  as at  30th January 2015 £ 12,527 – 06
Planning: 15/00137/AS   Honeydene, Bromley Green Road, Ruckinge.  First floor rear extension and linked single storey rear Extension. The application was supported.15/00104/AS  Ash Hill House, Ash Hill, Ruckinge. Erection of a part single storey and part first floor side and  rear extension and insertion of first floor window to South East elevation. The application was supported.Approvals received:

14/01412/AS  Harrison House, Ash Hill, Ruckinge. Erection of detached outbuilding and log store.

14/01540/AS  Amhurst, Hamstreet Road, Ruckinge. Erection of a double garage (part retrospective)

Carters Field/Bromley Green Hall: Nothing further on the trees.
Highways & Byways: Following the Chairman’s meeting with Andrew Hutchinson of K.C.C. Public Rights Of Way dept., Gill Lane has had a 6 month temporary Closure Notice imposed.Cllr. A. Beaney had a meeting with the Highways Steward on 5th January 2015 and had circulated copies of the report, some of these had been repaired. He was thanked for attending this meeting.Cllr. Sillibourne reported that he had received a grant of £500 for the Byway along the Canal Bank, but it is too wet to carry out any work, but road planeings are still unavailable.
Speeding Traffic: Nothing further.
Web site: Nothing further.
Village Hall Condition and Future: Cllr. Mrs T. Cliffe-Harrison had collated the responses to the questionnaire which had circulated at the previous meeting.Several volunteers had come forward and it was noted that some of the existing committee members would be willing to help a new committee in their initial meeting.  There will be an ordinary meeting next week when the volunteers will be discussed. It was reported that the bookings had actually increased in the last six months.
Borough Councillor: Cllr. J. Martin discussed various subjects with the councillors including the provision of Broadband to households, the closure of Knoll Hill at Aldington and preferred routes for lorries. She distributed the Ward member Newsletter on behalf of William Howard and herself.
Items of Interest: The Clerk advised that it is necessary to adopt the updated Standing Orders and Financial Regulations before the end of the financial year.It is now Legal for Councillors summons to the meetings to be distributed by email, but only if a councillor specifically requests this method.Following previous concern about lorries using Ash Hill as a short cut, Cllr. Sillibourne had followed a Collison’s tanker on 8th January  at 11 a.m. and had noted its registration number.It was agreed to send these details to the County Councillor, M. Angel.
Date of the Next Meeting: The next Meeting was agreed for Thursday 12th  March 2015 at 8 pm in the Village Hall. There being no further business the Chairman declared the meeting closed at 09: 50 p.m.

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