Parish Council minutes – February 2017

SMARDEN PARISH COUNCIL  

MINUTES OF THE MEETING 13TH FEBRUARY 2017

 

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

 

  1. APOLOGY

None

  1. LIST OF THE DEPARTED

None

  1. MINUTES OF THE MEETING HELD ON 9th JANUARY 2017

The minutes of the meeting of 9th January 2017 were agreed and signed by the Chairman and publication on the website agreed.

  1. MATTERS ARISING

John has spoken to Carl Adams who has advised that there may be funding available for the gates on The Minnis. It is hoped that there will be more information and plans available at the next meeting.

  1. PLANNING

17/00099/AS

Proposal: Proposed triple garage with self-contained holiday let accommodation over

Location: Vane Farm, Headcorn Road, Smarden Kent TN27 8PN

Comments: Comment that number of car parking spaces seems excessive and 3 dormer windows does not appear in keeping with existing farmhouse.

17/00014/AS and 17/00015/AS

Proposal: Erection of a single storey side extension, forming link to garage and single storey rear extension

Location: Thorn Farm Barn, Grigsby Lane, Smarden Kent TN27 8QQ

Comments:

Action: Withdrawn by applicant.

17/00086/AS

Proposal: Erection of two storey side extension

Location: 1 Green Lane, Smarden, TN27 8NE

Comments: No upstairs windows should overlook Columbine Cottage.

13/02/17

Proposed three executive family homes, adjacent to Long Meadow, Smarden. Letter submitted to John Lowings by Malcolm Jarvis.

Comments: SE to write to Jarvis and state that SPC would strongly object if a planning application was submitted on this site.

Sarah reported that the Parish Council’s letter of objection in respect of the application to develop the land at the rear of Chessenden (AS/17/00032) has been submitted to Ashford Borough Council. Gill is to put out a final reminder as Friday is the deadline for objection.

Sarah gave an update on the Gladman appeal process.

Catherine was asked to keep a list of the names of Parishioners who wish to take a seat on the coach so that Gill can make the necessary arrangements.

Sarah and Geraldine are to meet the Ashford Borough Council’s representatives in early March.

Everyone thanked Sarah for her efforts.

 

  1. COMMUNITY ASSET REGISTER

Catherine reported that she has received acknowledgement from Ashford Borough Council in respect of the application to list the Post Office as a Community Asset. The Council has until 21st March to make a decision.

 

  1. PARISH COUNCIL PRIORITIES  

It was agreed that Parish Council’s priorities over the next year are going to be planning, local needs housing, older persons’ accommodation and the Post Office.

 

  1. BURIAL GROUND

John commented that the Burial Ground is looking very good.

 

  1. CORNES MEADOW and THE MINNIS

John reminded the Parish Council that it would be helpful if they could monitor the grass growth and keep Catherine informed.

Catherine gave an update on the repairs to the Playground and reported that the bearings need replacing on the roundabout. Wicksteed are to repair this too.

 

  1. HIGHWAYS and SPEEDWATCH

Jocelyn reported that as part of Lorrywatch there has been a company which has been reported to the Police as a result of breaching the lorry prohibition.

Brian reported that the potholes in The Street have been spray painted but not filled at this stage.

 

  1. CORRESPONDENCE

There was a general discussion as to the poor state of parking at Ashenden and how some parked vehicles are causing obstructions.

The Parish Council has received a letter of thanks from some residents at Dadson Court in respect of the work the done to overcome the heating problem.

Gill reported that she has attended a course on websites and has started the process for organising a new and improved website for the Parish which would have a Parish Council news section.

Gill hopes that at the APM it might be possible to announce the new website. All the existing information would need to be transferred from the old website to the new website. It would give the Parish Council the opportunity to set up new pages and add new items such as the Emergency Plan, the Burial Ground etc.

 

  1. FINANCE

12.1     Accounts – Catherine presented the monthly account for January and presented the items of expenditure for February which were approved.

12.2     Application for grants –

None

 

  1. COMMUNICATIONS

Items for the Parish Magazine (as amended) were agreed and it was further agreed.

 

  1. REPORTS OF MEETINGS ATTENDED/FORTHCOMING MEETINGS

None.

 

  1. ANY OTHER BUSINESS

Brian confirmed that a representative from Wealden Wheels would be attending the next Parish Council meeting.

 

There being no further business the meeting closed at 9.30pm.