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Useful Information

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

Finance

  1. To consider the report of the Internal Auditor
  2. To approve the statement of Internal Control
  3. To approve the Annual Governance Statement 2019/20
  4. To approve the Accounting Statements 2019/20
  5. Appointment of Internal Auditor for the forthcoming municipal year.
  6. To approve the schedule of payments and bank balances
  7. 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

Community comes together

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:

https://www.ashford.gov.uk/your-community/emergency-planning/health-and-pandemics/coronavirus-covid-19/coronavirus-help-for-the-community/

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: 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: 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.

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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 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: 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 2020

Minutes of the Ordinary Parish Council Meeting held in The Ruckinge Village Hall
on Thursday 13th February 2020 at 7.30pm

PRESENT: Cllr P Sillibourne (Chair), Cllr A Beaney, Cllr J Reid, Cllr M Pepper, Cllr T Cliffe-Harrison
& Cllr A Rylands
PARISH CLERK: Ms C Laming
BOROUGH COUNCILLORS:
COUNTY COUNCILLOR:
MEMBERS OF THE PUBLIC: There was one Member of the Public in attendance.

1. APOLOGIES FOR ABSENCE
Cllr L Harman

2. APPROVAL OF REASONS FOR APOLOGY FOR ABSENCE
Councillors approved Cllr T Cliffe-Harrison reason for absence.
Proposed Cllr T Cliffe-Harrison Seconded Cllr J Reid

3. DECLARATIONS OF PECUNIARY AND SIGNIFICANT INTEREST
Declarations of Pecuniary Interest
There were no Declarations of Pecuniary Interest.
Declarations of Significant Interest.
There were no Declarations of Significant Interest.
Updating of Declarations of Interest for the Code of Conduct
Councillors are reminded that they should update their Declarations of Interest with
the Monitoring Officer if necessary.
Councillors are also reminded of their common-law responsibilities with regard
to pre-determination and fettering of discretion in relation to agenda items.

4. COUNCILLOR NOMINATION
Mr Denise Archer was elected and the declaration of acceptance was signed.
Proposed Cllr A Beaney Seconded Cllr M Pepper

5. ACCEPTANCE OF MINUTES OF PREVIOUS MEETING
Minutes of the meeting held on Thursday 19th December 2019 were accepted and it was unanimously
agreed that Cllr P Sillibourne should sign them.

Proposed Cllr A Beaney Seconded Cllr M Pepper

6. PUBLIC INTERVAL
The meeting was opened to the Members of the Public from 7.43pm – 7.57pm pm during this time one member of the public were present. Mr Taylor from Noakes Farm discussed his plans for the Farm.

7. PLANNING
Discussion and Decision on action to be taken on any other matters related to Planning
issues within the Parish
Please see attached list for decisions on current applications.

8. CORRESPONDENCE, FINANCE AND OTHER COUNCIL BUSINESS

Banking
Bank Signatories to be sent off to Lloyds Bank by the Clerk.
Finance
The new Clerk to get access to the bank statements and update the account.

9. CHAIRMAN’S REPORT
Whilst I was up at the playground repairing the fence 2 scooters pulled in and a pony and trap. They were very intimidating. They came across to the fence and made sarcastic remarks on the job. A number plate was taken. Carter Field Car Park, the working party did a very good job. We managed to get the 20 tonne spread out and consolidated. 10 days later was still holding up pretty well with just a few small puddles. Cllr P Sillibourne also visited MMP to discuss a payroll invoice. The Clerk to follow up. 2 people have left a message to complain about the noise form the Church Hall from the outside hot tub. I have also done some work on the Kissing Gates along the canal, they were filled with water and mud which I have now filled in.

10. WEBSITE
Cllr T Cliffe-Harrison to provide the Clerk with contact details for Phil Hobson of HCI Data & Stephen Denis to discuss e-mail addresses and the website.

11. RUCKINGE VILLAGE HALL AND BROMLEY GREEN HALL
Nothing to report for Ruckinge Village Hall. Cllr J Reid has received a 2nd quote and has requested a 3rd quote for the Bromley Green Hall Car Park. Oil traps and gravel boards were discussed.

12. BOROUGH COUNCILLORS REPORT
As agreed at the last Parish Council meeting I did try to initiate a visual survey of the roadside ditches along Bromley Green Road, however this has yet to take place. I still think that we should do this and am happy to participate. The drainage issues in BGR arise from multiple factors, including soil type and dysfunctional ditches. If residents take action within their own properties, it will help discussions with public bodies.

Southern Water were at the Ashford Brough Council meeting in January and I explained the unacceptable issues at BGR over the Christmas period. I requested an improvement plan and was promised a response. I did receive an email response but am extremely dissatisfied with the evasive nature of it. SW Customer Services Dept have said in an email received on 7th Feb that “Phase 2 Remedial Works” are being discussed and, when agreed, will be communicated. They have also said that they are willing to attend a resident meeting and I propose that we proceed to arrange this. As the BGR Residents Association is also very involved with this issue a joint extra ordinary meeting with yourselves and Myself would be appropriate to discuss ways forward and set a date for a public meeting. The next meeting at Ashford Borough Council will be on a date in March. Presence in these meetings means that drainage issues in Bromley Green Road are now being considered in the context of new developments coming onstream from the South of Ashford Garden Community. This has raised their profile from being an issue that affects Bromley Green Road only to one with environmental impact on development in South Ashford.

There has been much discussion on the Bromley Green Community page on FaceBook about the steep increase in traffic accidents at the Steeds Lane junction with Ashford Road (5 over the last 2/3 months). Whilst this is outside the Parish, it affects Ruckinge residents living in BGR. I would like to suggest that Ruckinge PC approaches Kingsnorth PC to work collaboratively on junctions with Ashford Road as a key part of the Ruckinge Highways Improvement Plan. This may also be applicable for Shadoxhurst Parish Council too, as all 3 PCs have junctions onto this increasingly busy road and should all be considered by KCC Highways.
On a happier note, I have this month donated £950 to Ruckinge Parish Council to purchase a defibrillator machine.

13. ITEMS FOR INCLUSION ON THE NEXT AGENDA
VE Day
Defibrillator Update
Internet Banking
Highways Improvement Plan

14. HIGHWAYS/PUBLIC RIGHT OF WAY
KCC have sent out a letter with regards to their responsibility with overgrown hedges. Copies to be made
to hand out to residents. There are still a number of potholes appearing which will only get worse with the rain.
The Gateway Project was discussed and a feedback form from KCC needs to be filled in.

15. FORUM FOR EXCHANGE OF INFORMATION BETWEEN COUNCILLORS
Power cuts were discussed and Cllr T Cliffe-Harrison raised her concern over the elderly and vulnerable residents of Ruckinge during these times. One resident contacted the electricity board and they were given £15 to contribute towards a hot meal. Would a register of vulnerable people pe prepared so other residents can keep an eye on them during these long power cuts. Cllr T Cliffe-Harrison has also raised the purchase of the defibrillator accessories.

DATE OF NEXT MEETING
Thursday 12th March 2020 7.30pm at Bromley Green Village Hall.

There being no other business the meeting closed at 9.20pm.

RUCKINGE PARISH COUNCIL

RECORD OF PLANNING APPLICATIONS

2020

JANUARY/FEBRUARY 2020

20/00130/AS
Willow Tree Hair and Beauty, Willow Tree House, Bromley Green Road, Ruckinge, Ashford, Kent, TN26 2EQ
Change of use of land to incorporate rear extension to existing salon building and extension to car park
Support

20/00093/AS
Churchfield Cottage, Marsh Road, Ruckinge, Ashford, Kent, TN26 2NZ
Proposed two storey side/ rear extension, new window on first floor side elevation
Support

20/00062/AS
Golden Wood Farm, Brisley Lane, Ruckinge, Ashford, Kent, TN26 2PW
Prior approval for change of use from agricultural building to one dwelling house and associated operational development (resubmission of prior notification approval 16/00883/AS)

20/00007/AS
Longfield Farm, Bromley Green Road, Ruckinge, Ashford, Kent, TN26 2EG
Proposed conversion of garage and games room above into self-contained annexe.
No Comment

Decision Notices received from ABC

19/01755/AS Kia Ora, Bromley Green Road, Ruckinge, Ashford, Kent, TN26 2EF
Lawful development certificate – proposed – twin unit mobile home to be used as additional living accommodation to the existing dwelling
Proposed Use/Development Would Be Lawful

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Meeting Minutes – December 2019

Minutes of the Ordinary Parish Council Meeting held in The Bromley Green Hall
on Thursday 19th December 2019 at 7.30pm

PRESENT: Cllr P Sillibourne (Chair), Cllr A Beaney, Cllr J Reid, Cllr M Pepper & Cllr A Rylands
PARISH CLERK: Ms C Laming
BOROUGH COUNCILLORS: Cllr L Harman
COUNTY COUNCILLOR:
MEMBERS OF THE PUBLIC: There were no Member of the Public in attendance.

1. APOLOGIES FOR ABSENCE
Cllr T Cliffe-Harrison

APPROVAL OF REASONS FOR APOLOGY FOR ABSENCE
Councillors approved Cllr T Cliffe-Harrison reason for absence.
Proposed Cllr A Beaney Seconded Cllr J Reid

2. DECLARATIONS OF PECUNIARY AND SIGNIFICANT INTEREST
Declarations of Pecuniary Interest
There were no Declarations of Pecuniary Interest.
Declarations of Significant Interest.
There were no Declarations of Significant Interest.
Updating of Declarations of Interest for the Code of Conduct
Councillors are reminded that they should update their Declarations of Interest with
the Monitoring Officer if necessary.
Councillors are also reminded of their common-law responsibilities with regard
to pre-determination and fettering of discretion in relation to agenda items.

3. ACCEPTANCE OF MINUTES OF PREVIOUS MEETING
Minutes of the meeting held on Tuesday 14th November 2019 were accepted and it was unanimously
agreed that Cllr P Sillibourne should sign them.

Proposed Cllr M Pepper Seconded Cllr J Reid

4. MATTERS ARISING FROM THE PREVIOUS MINUTES
Sewage challenges & Car Park Surface.

5. CORRESPONDENCE, FINANCE AND OTHER COUNCIL BUSINESS

Precept
It was agreed that the precept to increase by £500 to £10,500.
Proposed Cllr M Pepper Seconded Cllr J Reid
Expenses
To be reimbursed to Cllr P Sillibourne of £18.50 (British Legion Wreath) & £55.10 (Temporary Clerks Wages)
Proposed Cllr A Beaney Seconded Cllr M Pepper
Banking
Bank Signatories to be sent off to Lloyds Bank by the Clerk.
Finance
The new Clerk to get access to the bank statements and update the account.
Contract of Employment
Contract of Employment for the new Clerk to be completed and signed.

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6. CO-OPTION
The need of another Councillor was discussed with a recommendation of Mr D Archer.

7. PLANNING
Discussion and Decision on action to be taken on any other matters related to Planning
issues within the Parish
There were no current Planning Applications

8. MEMBERS OF THE PUBLIC
There were no members of the Public present.

9. CARTERS FIELD
The car park has been too wet to make repairs to the surface so volunteers will wait for better weather.

10. HIGHWAYS
The Badger hole and verge has been dealt with since the last parish Meeting. A Highway Improvement Plan was submitted to ABC.

11. BOROUGH COUNCILLORS REPORT
Several BGR residents have been in contact because the Southern Water Customer Case office, Oliver Eley is being moved on to a different role. No contact name for a successor has been supplied. I have written to Kelly Robinson who is County Customer Manager for Kent. I have just sent a reminder email as I’ve had no response to the first. Residents have also reported that the direct line telephone number supplied to report flooding issues in BGR is being discontinued. I have asked SW to explain what their proposed system will be to support BGR residents going forward. Judith Hunt and Susan Cranfield have both been in contact.

I have met with a couple of BGR residents to discuss the drainage issues. We need to bring together all parties to address this issue which has gone on for far too long. My main contact with Southern Water is at a senior level and via a meeting held in ABC to which I am invited. I attended my first meeting in October. The next one is scheduled mid January.

We need to survey the entire length of BGR to map where the ditches have been filled in or paved over. Who needs to rectify that will depend on who owns the land. I would like the help of the PC to organise a survey ourselves in 2020. We can do it ourselves visually by just walking along the road and collating photographic evidence. I have written to Mike Angel to request a map of all verges owned by KCC for reference. We may be able to use this information to put pressure on KCC.

Mr Lindsey in Ash Hill is going to Appeal on his application.

Answers were given at the meeting why Notices of Meeting were not put in place on the PC Notice Boards in BGR and in Ruckinge village. A new Clerk has now been employed and will ensure that the minutes and the agenda are available. The website is being reviewed but I think a temporary solution has been found to updating it.

12. ITEMS OF INTEREST
Bridle Gate information was given to Cllr A Beaney.

13. DATE OF NEXT MEETING
Thursday 13th February 2020 at Ruckinge Village Hall

14. ITEMS FOR INCLUSION ON THE NEXT AGENDA
VE Day
Defibrillator Update
Internet Banking
Highways Improvement Plan

15. FORUM FOR EXCHANGE OF INFORMATION BETWEEN COUNCILLORS

There being no other business the meeting closed at 9.26pm

 

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Meeting Minutes – April 2019

Minutes of the Meeting of the Parish Council held on Thursday, 11th April 2019 at 8 p.m. in Bromley Geen Hall.
Present: Cllr. D. Guy in the Chair, Cllrs A. Beaney, P. Sillibourne, J. Reid, Mrs F. Burt, Mrs T. Cliffe-Harrison and two members of the public..
Apologies: Cllr. S. Denis.
Declarations: P. Sillibourne on Planning
Minutes: The minutes of the previous meeting were agreed as correct.
Matters Arising: No sewage problems due to dry weather.
Finance: An invoice for £300 for road planings was presented from P Vass and a cheque needed to be arranged. P.S. to deal with, whilst Clerk is unwell.
Planning: 19/00479/AS Sunrise, Capel Road, Hamstreet, TN26 2EJ Cllrs were concerned that the garage could become another dwelling and ABC should put conditions on it to prevent that happening. Also concerned with the dominance over the neighbouring property.

Hans Farm. Permitted development being sought for agricultural building on the condition that all the old buildings are demolished.

19/00104/AS The Willows, Poundhurst Lane, Ruckinge, 4 eco-friendly holiday lets. Meeting closed to allow applicants to speak and Cllrs to ask questions. Meeting reconvened and the Cllrs unanimously supported this application.

Carters Field: Fence to come off agenda.
Chain on gate. D. G. to take his chain away from hinge end.
Picnic benches to be dealt with by new Council.
Mowing Martin Pepper to mow Playground.
Car Park. M. Baldock to be asked for a quote, together with S Empett, to lay road planings.
Bromley Green Hall: Defibrillator.  Still waiting for someone to look at Victory Hall’s.
Highways & Byways: Village Gateways. £497 for 4 gates.
Road Signs £1104 for 4 30mph signs.
There has been an offer to install them free of charge by a Parent of a member of the Scouting/Guiding movement.
Date of the Next Meeting: 9th of May 2019 in Ruckinge Village Hall. t 8 p.m.

 

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Meeting Minutes – March 2019

Minutes of the Meeting of the Parish Council held on Thursday, 14th March 2019 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, and the Clerk, Mrs. M. Shaw..
Apologies: Cllr. D. Guy,  Mrs. F. Burt. and Mrs. T. Cliffe-Harrison.
Declarations: There were none
Minutes: The minutes of the previous meeting had been circulated after a slight amendment and were agreed as correct.
Matters Arising: Sewage problems, Bromley Green Road –  Borough Councillor Miss J. Martin to be asked for an update
Correspondence:
  • K.A.L.C. Minutes.
  • A.B.C. Leaders Bulletins – circulated.
  • Clerks and Councils direct.
Finance: Treasurers Account as at 28th February 2019 £ 17,311 – 73.

Cheques were drawn:

Car Park barrier, Carters Field £ 960 – 00

J. Reid, Car Park barrier, Carters Field £ 197 – 94

Mrs. M. Shaw, Salary 1st January 2019 to 31st March 2019 £ 886 – 40

Mrs. M. Shaw, Administration expenses 1st October 2018 to 31st December 2018 £ 227 – 96 2019 – not previously claimed

Mrs. M. Shaw, Administration expenses 1st January 2019 to 31st March 2019 £ (figure to be supplied)

H.M.R.C. P.A.Y.E. 1st January 2019 to 31st March 2019 £ 63 – 60

Ruckinge Village Hall donation £ 1,250 – 00

Bromley Green residents Association, donation £ 1,250 – 00

Ruckinge P.C.C. contribution £ 200 – 00

Planning: Approval received:

17/00340/AM01/AS Harrison House, Ash Hill, Ruckinge. Alterations to the approved external access stairs & construction of a timber balcony in place of the existing conservatory

Cherrytree Paddock – rumours were circulating about a possible sale. A.B.C. to be informed and queries raised about the situation regarding the utilities on the site after the enforcement is actioned.

Capel Gardens – nothing further

Village “confines”: It was agreed to inquire from Cllr. Martin regarding Bromley Green Road definition.
Ashford Local Plan: Nothing further.
Fairview Industrial Estate: Nothing further.
Carters Field: Fencing, etc. – leave at present.

Chain and Gate vandalism – nothing further

Picnic Benches – nothing further.

Dog Training, field usage donation – nothing further. Cllr. J. Reid to pursue.

Supermarket” funding – nothing further.

Play area mowing – will be carried out as a co-operation.

Car park surface – it is understood that road planeings are becoming available. It was agreed that 20 tonnes will be ordered at £ 250 plus V.A.T. for the car park. Cllr. J. Reid to investigate, order, and liaise with Cllr. P Sillibourne.

Car park barrier – installation is expected to be started next Sunday

Bromley Green Hall: Defibrillators – nothing futther
Highways & Byways: Village “Gateways” – Cllr. A. Beaney is still investigated the actual costs of the “Gateways”. County Councillor Mike Angell is willing to give a contribution from his Members fund.

Drains and gullies – more to be reported Cllr. A. Beaney will inspect Wey Street where badgers are undermining the road.

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

Village Hall: Mr Bridge had been invited but was not available to attend this meeting. Not to be pursued.
Items of interest: There were none.
Date of the Next Meeting: Thursday, 11th April 2019 in Bromley Green Hall at 8 p.m.

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

 

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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.