SMARDEN PARISH COUNCIL
MINUTES OF THE MEETING 13th MARCH 2017
Present: John Lowings, Mark Wilson, John Atkins, Jocelyn Craig, Gill Bromley, Pete Watts, Brian Bristow, John Atkins, Cliff Ridley, and Catherine Stanley (Clerk).
Four parishioners were present,
Sarah Ellison and Geraldine Dyer
- PRESENTATION BY WEALDEN WHEELS
Alan Davies and Tim Lee of Wealden Wheels attended the meeting and gave a brief history of the organisation and its aim to provide affordable transport. They have had 41 members in 14 years. All Parishes now contribute the same amount of £500 per year. The organisation has two years’ worth of reserves and did not receive any funding last year although it is hoped that it might get some funding this year. It was thought that if the Parish Council ceased to donate £500 per year then the renewal fees would double and the fees charged on journeys would have to increase by 20%.
John thanked Alan and Tim for coming and speaking to the Parish Council.
- LIST OF THE DEPARTED
Arthur Axtell and Lulabelle Snow
- MINUTES OF THE MEETING HELD ON 13th FEBRUARY 2017
The minutes of the meeting of 13th February 2017 were agreed and signed by the Chairman and publication on the website agreed.
- MATTERS ARISING
Nothing to report.
Nothing to report.
- POST OFFICE
John read through an email which had been sent by Jill Alanskas explaining that she wishes to close the Post Office by December 2018 but would like to try to ensure that it is sold as going concern rather than be closed.
Gill gave a summary of the present situation.
Ashford Borough Council will be making its decision to list the Post Office as a Community Asset next week. Gill proposed and it was agreed that a small group is set up to deal with this issue. The group will be John (Lowings), Gill and Jocelyn together with Jill Alanskas.
It was agreed to place an item in the Parish Magazine explaining the present situation.
John thanked Jill for coming.
Gill is aiming for the new website to be up and running by the end of May and is asking for contents and links.
- BURIAL GROUND
Mark has cleared away the wreaths and it has been mown. Mark has also cleared away the fallen branches.
Brian questioned whether the path could be strimmed.
- CORNES MEADOW and THE MINNIS
The mowing has started. It was agreed that Pete would keep Catherine informed when any part needed to be mown so that she can book the mowers to come.
It was agreed to accept the design for the new Minnis gate.
Catherine gave an update on the repairs to the Playground and reported that the bearings need replacing on the roundabout. It was agreed to accept Wicksteed’s quote although Gill will assist in trying to raise some funding from grants.
- HIGHWAYS and SPEEDWATCH
Jocelyn reported that they have a new volunteer for Speedwatch who has been trained. The team are due to be out monitoring speed in the Parish this Saturday.
Brian has reported potholes to KCC outside Bardleden Manor and also the area of road which has sunken outside.
13.1 Accounts – Catherine presented the monthly account for February and presented the items of expenditure for March which were approved.
13.2 Application for grants –
Items for the Parish Magazine (as amended) were agreed and it was further agreed.
- REPORTS OF MEETINGS ATTENDED/FORTHCOMING MEETINGS
John Lowings hopes to attend a KALC meeting on 22nd March. He is also attending the Lord Lieutenant’s Service at Rochester Cathedral.
- ANY OTHER BUSINESS
The draft Agenda for the Annual Parish Meeting was agreed.
The Tidy Evening will take place on 12th April at 6pm.
It is hoped that the Gardeners’ Society will take on the responsibility of planning up the tubs outside Town Barn.
It was agreed that as many Parish Councillors are members of various village clubs the Parish Council will not be putting forward a team for the FOSC Quiz night.
Gill reported that it may be helpful to promote ‘Country Eye’ an app which allows you to report fly tipping. She will obtain more information for a future edition of the Parish Magazine.
There being no further business the meeting closed at 9.05pm.
Smarden Parish Council Planning Meeting 27/3/17
Present: John Lowings, Mark Wilson, Brian Bristow, John Atkins, Pete Watts, Clifford Ridley, Jocelyn Craig, Geraldine Dyer, Sarah Ellison
Gill Bromley sent her apologies and also registered an interest in one of the applications 17/00298
14th March 2017
Application No: 17/00351/AS
Proposal: Erection of a currently dismantled traditional Kent Barn for the storage of hay bales, provision of hard standing and temporary access across the field
Location: Little Gates, Smarden Bell Road, Smarden, Kent TN27 8PA
Comments: Smarden Parish Council still do not think the siting of this barn is correct. It should be adjacent to the existing buildings/stables and not in an open field. By the admission of the applicant a temporary roadway will have to be constructed to allow for erection. If this barn was in the vicinity of the main house, drive and stables, then access could be through the main driveway. Hay Barns are generally built adjacent to farm yards where they are easily accessible and can be used through the winter months easily. Smarden is low lying and wet through the winter and this is presumably when access will be required to use the hay.
20th March 2017
Application No. 17/00298/AS
Proposal: Retrospective application for a first floor extension to garage to form annex for ancillary use.
Location: Hadman Cottages, Bell Lane, Smarden TN27 8PW
Comments: Object and refer to Committee. Unanimous request.
02nd March 2017
Application No. 17/00300/AS
Proposal: Proposed Replacement of existing bitumen stoarage tank and three storage tanks and bunded fuel tank plus associated works including impermeable membrane and concrete base.
Location: Premier Coatings Ltd., Marley Farm, Headcorn Road, Smarden, Kent TN27 8PJ
Comments: No Comment
17/00303 Charing – Gladman application for 245 houses land south of railway line, Pluckley Road, Charing: Smarden PC to send a letter of objection to support Charing PC.