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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.