Next meetings of the Parish Council:
Finance Parish Meeting: Friday 25th September 2020
I hereby give you notice that a Council Meeting will be held via Zoom on: Friday 25th September 2020 at 6pm
All members of the Council are hereby summoned to attend for the purpose of considering and resolving the business to be transacted at the Meeting as set out hereunder.
Dated this 21st September 2020, Caroline Laming, Parish Clerk
- To consider the report of the Internal Auditor
- To approve the statement of Internal Control
- To approve the Annual Governance Statement 2019/20
- To approve the Accounting Statements 2019/20
- Appointment of Internal Auditor for the forthcoming municipal year.
- To approve the schedule of payments and bank balances
- Appointment of Responsible Finance Officer and Proper Officer
Regular Parish Meeting: Thursday 8th October 2020
Meeting agenda to be published one week before the meeting.
Coronavirus pandemic – support links
Click the above link to download a booklet produced by the ‘Hamstreet Community Comes Together’ support network with useful and general information on how to access support.
- Don’t Get Scammed – It is important the Community stays safe
- Helping Hands – Support with the practical things when you can’t leave the house
- Telephone Chat Group – Are you living alone?
- Food Bank – coordinator telephone numbers
- Guidance from the NHS
Ashford Borough Council: Coronavirus: help for the community – view via this link:
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
Report pot holes
Use the following link via the ABC web site: Report a pot hole
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: firstname.lastname@example.org
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: Report fly tipping
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.
Ashford Local Plan
Here are links to information to view and documents to download:
- Local plan – view: home page
- Local plan guidance note – download: Viewing comments
- Local Plan 2030 – download: Frequently Asked Questions
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
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 2018: 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: email@example.com.
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…..
A new streetlight has been installed outside the churchyard.
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.
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: firstname.lastname@example.org 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: BGRA raised just under £360 from the afternoon; many thanks to the organising committee for all their hard work.
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. 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 email@example.com 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. A 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.
Villages’ Bargain Oil Network
You can report or track a problem on our roads or pavements via this link to the KCC web site.
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
- Standing Orders formally adopted on 12th March 2015 – click this link to Standing Orders to download a PDF copy.
- Financial Regulations formally adopted on 12th March 2015 – click this link to Financial Regulations to download a PDF copy.
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?)