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Next Meeting of the Parish Council: Thursday 9th November 2017

Meeting of the Parish Council at 8.00 p.m. in Bromley Green Village Hall

Ashford Local Plan

The local plan was published on Friday 7th July.  Parishioners will be able to make comments online on the Ashford Borough Council Website http://www.ashford.gov.uk.

Here are links to information documents you can download:

‘Omission’ sites – Ruckinge

Update October 2017: The two sites within the parish boundary (shown below) submitted to ABC for inclusion in the Ashford Local Plan have NOT been included in the document released for public consultation. However, we understand they have been re-submitted for reconsideration, and are on the ‘reserve’ list of sites that could be considered by ABC in the future.

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Draft Ashford Local Plan – extract:

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.

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…..

Landscape and Village Protection Policy

A public meeting was held at Aldington Village Hall on 21st January to explore how development is shaping and changing the Saxon Shore area. The views of Aldington, Bonnington, Bilsington, Brabourne  Brook, Hastingleigh, Ruckinge, and Smeeth parishes were sought, to help Borough Councillors represent them.

The aim of the initiative is to help parishioners to identify ways in which the plan can be used to improve the perennial challenges faced by parishes, such as; speeding, parking and damage to rural roads.

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

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 have 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.

Update 10th February : Part II of the Enforcement appeal hearing was held Tuesday 31st January 2017. We now await the outcome of the inspectors report. Click this link for the Enforcement hearing notice.

Click this link to view the refusal notice. For further information, contact Joanne Alexander on (01233) 330266.

Replacement Streetlight

A new streetlight has been installed outside the churchyard.

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Footpath Warden

Parishioner Peter Rylands has kindly agreed to take over the roles as Footpath Warden – he will walk the footpaths and report any problems with public access and broken/missing signage to the Parish Council. He would very much like another volunteer to help him with the task. If you are interested, then please contact the Clerk to the Parish.

Vacancy for Chair of Ruckinge Village Hall Committee

If you are interested in the role, please contact the interim Chairman: John Bridge (john@theAtrium.co.uk). The Annual General Meeting of the Village Hall Committee will be held at Ruckinge Village Hall on 15th June 2016 at 7.00pm.

Hedges and verges

Overhanging roadside hedges: it is the responsibility of property owners to maintain their roadside hedges from encroaching onto the carriageway reducing visibility for drivers. KCC has published guidelines for the maintenance of trees, hedges and vegetation on land boundaries – downloaded via this link

‘Diamond Wood’ planted in Carters Field

120 mixed-tree samplings were donated to the Parish Council by the Woodland Trust, following a successful application by Councillor Peter Sillibourne. Local residents and children under the guidance of Councillor Maxine Hills planted them on Sunday 13th March 2016. The diamond shape reflects the Deed of Dedication of Carters Field made during the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee year.

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Illegal off-road activity on our byways

There has been much off-road activity on our byways over the holiday period, mainly by trials bikes. If you witness off-road vehicles in an illegal or anti-social manner, please contact our Police Community Support Officer: andrew.huskstepp@kent.pnn.police.uk or dial 101 to report the incident. Click this link Off_roading for a factsheet.

Courtesy consultation: Outline Planning Permission – Kingsnorth

The Parish council were asked to comment on the following application 15/0856/AS Land at Pound Lane, Magpie Hall Road, Bond Lane and, Ashford Road, Kingsnorth – for mixed use development up to 750 dwellings. We ask parishioners to leave comments on the Ashford Borough Council web site by Thursday 22nd October.

Right to Buy (RTB) for Housing Association tenants.

We have received a written reply from English Rural Housing Association to clarify RTB. In summary, it says a voluntary agreement reached between the Government and the National Housing federation (the housing associations’ trade body) the existing statutory exclusion from RTB of English Rural’s properties will continue.

Bromley Green & Ruckinge Fete: ‘Have a Field Day’

The event was held on Saturday 5th Jul 2014. The Mayor of Ashford unveiled the newly-built Kent Rag Stone cairn displaying the commemorative plaque marking the dedication of Carters Field to the Queen Elizabeth II Fields in Trust. Here are some photos of the event: Have a Field Day Have a Field Day Have a Field Day           BGRA raised just under £360 from the afternoon; many thanks to the organising committee for all their hard work.

Carters Field

Fields in Trust The Queen Elizabeth II Fields Non-Charitable Deed of Dedication has been signed, and we have received a splendid commemorative plaque. It has been mounted on a plinth located at the playground entrance, and constructed from Kentish ragstone, kindly donated by Ashford Demo. Thanks also to Borough Councillor Jane Martin for providing a grant to help fund construction. Plaque Guidelines for the use of the field may be found under the ‘Carters Field’ tab or via this link. It is your community resource; we need volunteers to help manage and maintain it. If you can help please email the Parish Clerk at clerk2012@ruckinge-pc.gov.uk or leave a comment.

STOP PRESS: The playground needs volunteer(s) to mow the grass. If you can help, please call or email the Clerk with your contact details.

Bromley Green Village Hall

Bromley Green Residents Association (BGRA) committee members are listed here. They are responsible for fund raising, management and refurbishment of the building. Car ParkA new sign with hire contact details has been affixed to the front of the building. The Parish Council has supplied road scalpings for the Car Park which has been transformed. Many thanks to Athens Farm who donated labour and machinery.

Village Crime Report

The latest report may be downloaded via this Link

S.O.M.B.R.E (Save Our Marsh – Block Rural Exploitation)

Update: OLD ROMNEY FOUR TURBINE APPLICATION TO GO BEFORE SHEPWAY DISTRICT COUNCILLORS-14TH JULY: A proposal for a Wind Farm to be constructed on highly graded agricultural land just outside Old Romney can be seen via this Link

Green Lanes Environmental Action Movement (GLEAM)

The Parish Council is a member of GLEAM – a pressure group, founded in 1995, which campaigns for changes in the law to stop thoughtless off-road drivers destroying green lanes, and the rights of walkers, riders, pedal cyclists, carriage drivers and the disabled to use them without danger, difficulty and inconvenience. Their web site and resources may be accessed via this link.

Make Kent Quicker – Faster broadband for Kent

Parishioners can register and vote for better broadband services in Kent via this link – there is a simple questionnaire to complete via links on the page. The more who register, the more likely action will be taken.

Illegal fly-tipping in the Parish

If you see any fly-tipping please use the form on the ABC web site to report it – accessed via this link.

Villages’ Bargain Oil Network

Click this link to view month on month oil purchase and saving made. To order oil or find out more about the scheme email Susan Hanlon  ordermeoil@hotmail.co.uk

Report pot-holes

You can report or track a problem on our roads or pavements via this link to the KCC web site.

Police Community Support Officer (PCSO)

Lee SINDEN is the Saxon Shore PCSO. He is on hand to deal with your concerns about 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: lee.sinden@kent.pnn.police.uk

Heritage Society

We would love to hear from anyone who would like to share Ruckinge-related facts, stories, reminiscences, etc, with the group or who has ideas for future research. Please contact Liz on 732560 or rosemary on 732349.

Standing Orders and Financial Regulations

Kent Code of Conduct for Members

  • Code of Conduct formally adopted on 13th September 2012 – click here to download a PDF copy.

About the village

  • Here is the entry on Wikipedia: Link (do you know the author?)
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  1. Peter Rylands
    10 April 2013 at 2:00 PM

    Future of Carters Field:
    Excellent idea: Open spaces like Carters Field are fast disappearing around the country and so we need to do all we can to preserve our local ones. To make sure that it stays a community space it needs to be used as much as possible by advertising and encouraging groups and teams to maximise its use. Also updating the hall would make it more enticing to groups contemplating using it, although funds may be a problem.

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