Parish Council minutes – September 2016

SMARDEN PARISH COUNCIL 

MINUTES OF THE MEETING 12th SEPTEMBER 2016

Present: John Lowings, Mark Wilson, Jocelyn Craig, Gill Bromley, Pete Watts, Brian Bristow, John Atkins, Cliff Ridley and Catherine Stanley (Clerk).

1.         APOLOGIES

Geraldine Dyer and Sarah Ellison (part)

2.         LIST OF THE DEPARTED

Tracey Johnson

3.         MINUTES OF THE MEETING HELD ON 8th AUGUST 2016

The minutes of the meeting of 8th August 2016 were agreed and signed by the Chairman and publication on the website agreed.

4.         MATTERS ARISING

None.

5.         PLANNING 

Application No: 16/01199/AS

Proposal: Prior approval to convert existing agricultural building into a dwelling

Location: The Hay Barn, Prosser Farm, Pluckley Road, Smarden

Comments: No Comment

Application No. 16/01276/AS

Proposal: Change of use of land to garden curtilage and erection of a garage

Location: Mount Pleasant Farm, Lewd Lane, Smarden TN27 8NP

Comments: No Comment

Application No. 16/01258/AS

Proposal: Prior notification of change of use of a building and land within its curtilage from an agricultural use to a use falling within Class C3 (dwelling houses)

Location: Mainey Farm, Pluckley Road, Maltmans Hill, Smarden TN27 8RD

Comments: No Comment

Application No. 16/01301/AS

Proposal: Siting of 1 no. seasonal agricultural workers accommodation and out of season storage at other times of the year.

Location: Buckman Green Farm, Romden Road, Smarden, Kent TN27 8QZ

Comments: No Comment

Application No. 16/01287/AS

Proposal: Change of use of land from agricultural to equestrian; erection of stable building with fodder/bedding store for private equestrian use.

Location: Langley Farm, Bethersden Road, Smarden TN26 7HF

Comments No Comment

Application No. 16/01289

Proposal: Repair and upgrade of existing outbuilding to include installation of a mezzanine over three of the four garage bays.  Installation of three in number roof lights on the south-west elevation facing the garden.

Location: The Cloth Hall, Water Lane, Smarden TN27 8QB

Comments: No Comment

Application No. 16/01322/AS

Proposal: Redevelopment of an existing commercial/industrial site to accommodate 5 no. commercial units.

Location: Mechanical Components Ltd., Church Farm, Bell Lane, TN27 8NT

Comments: Object strongly and ask to go to Committee

Local Plan Update

Sarah reported that there were 2800 responses to the Local Plan and the main comment was that there is not enough building in the countryside. It was thought that this was mainly from developers.

80 sites were put forward. Ashford Borough Council (ABC) will be considering all of these. There will then be a further round of consultation and the amendments are due to be published next Spring.

ABC is confident that (with land put forward) they will meet their housing requirements.

Gladman have appealed the decision in respect of the land at Brabourne.

The Parish Council have received a letter from ABC advising that there are three new proposed sites in Smarden.

It was agreed that the Parish Council would put an article in the Parish Magazine.

6.         BURIAL GROUND 

Mark reported that he had moved the bins from the Charter Hall to the Burial Ground.

It was agreed to accept the recent application for a memorial at the Burial Ground.

Mark agreed to measure the height of the highest memorial stone then guidelines on height restrictions would be put together.

7.         CORNES MEADOW and THE MINNIS

Pete reported that the hedge had been cut in Cornes Meadow.

It was noted that there are brambles growing over the stream. John agreed to ask Adrian Hackett if he would undertake this work.

It was also notes that there is ivy growing on trees at The Minnis. It was suggested that a working party could be put together one Saturday morning to try to clear this.

Catherine agreed to approach Wicksteed to try to establish whether the tyres on the play equipment need to be replaced and to obtain a quotation for this. It was thought that a grant could possibly be obtained to fund the repairs.

9.         HIGHWAYS and LORRYWATCH

Jocelyn reported that she is trying to get Speedwatch started. The next stage is for there to individual training which can now be done on-line.

10.       CORRESPONDENCE

Catherine advised that she had received an email from a concerned Parishioner about cars speeding along the roads in the Parish. It was agreed to discuss it more fully at the next meeting. It was however noted that the forthcoming introduction of Speedwatch should enable the Parish Council to gather information on where and when the speeding takes place. This information can then be presented to Highways as evidence for a proposal to KCC that the 40mph speed limit be extended.

It was also noted that the Parish Council would be grateful for any volunteers in operating Speedwatch.

The Parish Council received an email from a Parishioner asking if it was possible to ask BT to paint the ‘phone box on the Betherden Road. Catherine explained that she has found it incredibly hard to get BT / Openreach to assist in any way. Catherine has been trying on and off for over a year to get BT/ Openreach to replace the glass panel at the bottom of the Phone box in The Street. Catherine will continue trying.

11.       FINANCE

11.1     Accounts – Catherine advised that she had now received the monthly statement from Santander for August and so presented the items of expenditure for August and September which were approved.

11.2     Application for grants –

There was an application from the History Society. It was felt that whilst the Parish Council commended the work the History Society has undertaken it cannot provide any further funds.

12.       ITEMS FOR PARISH MAGAZINE

Items for the Parish Magazine were agreed and it was further agreed to place an article in the next edition to give an update on the emerging Local Plan.

13.       REPORTS OF MEETINGS ATTENDED/FORTHCOMING MEETINGS

John hopes to attend a forthcoming KALC meeting

14.       ANY OTHER BUSINESS

Jocelyn advised that the Emergency Plan is to get advice on purchasing radios. They have been told that the cost is £150 for 10 of them.

There being no further business the meeting closed at 8.55pm.