Parish Council minutes – June 2017

SMARDEN PARISH COUNCIL  

MINUTES OF THE MEETING 12th JUNE 2017

 

Present: John Lowings, Mark Wilson, Pete Watts, Sarah Ellison, John Atkins, Brian Bristow, Cliff Ridley, and Catherine Stanley (Clerk).

  1. APOLOGY 

Jocelyn Craig

 

  1. LIST OF THE DEPARTED 

None

 

  1. MINUTES OF THE MEETING HELD ON 8th May 2017

The minutes of the meeting of 8th May 2017 were agreed and signed by the Chairman and publication on the website agreed.

 

  1. MATTERS ARISING

It was agreed that the policies for inspecting the playground need to be tightened.

Catherine is to produce a rota and an inspection form to be completed.

 

  1. COUNCILLOR RESPONSIBILITIES

It was agreed to keep the responsibilities the same as before.

 

  1. COUNCILLOR VACANCY

John advised that the Parish Council can now co-opt. John read out a draft notice. It was agreed to advertise this.

 

  1. PLANNING

Application No. 17/00565/AS

Proposal: The siting of a Norwegian Log Cabin (mobile home) as ancillary accommodation to The Firs, Pluckley Road, Smarden

Location: The Firs, Pluckley Road, Smarden, Kent TN27 8NQ

Comments: Comment only that should only be for lifetime of occupation of parents and if they move out the mobile home should be removed. Should also be tied by 106 agreement to main house.

 

Application No: 17/00858/AS

Proposal: Retrospective application for the retention of existing touring caravans, mobile homes, staff building, and toilets extension to a further staff building.

Location: Wildlife Heritage Foundation, Headcorn Road, Smarden, Kent TN27 8PJ

Comments: No Comment

 

Application No: 17/00847/AS

Proposal: Variation of a Section 106 Agreement transferring the AOC from Roughlands Farm first dwelling to the Roughlands Farm Second dwelling.

Location: Roughlands Farm House, Lewd Lane, Smarden TN27 8PB

Comments: No Comment

 

Application No: 17/00820/AS & 17/00833/AS

Proposal: Retrospective erection of a platform and associated heat pump and water cylinder to the side elevation

Location: The Byre, Hadmans Place, Smarden Bell Road, Smarden TN27 8PW

Comments: Object. Platform and heat pump and water cylinder should be relocated away from the Oast House, and full access between both dwellings reinstated.

 

ApplicationNo : 17/00838/AS

Proposal: Conversion of existing stables into offices (Class B1)

Location: Wealden Barn, Bethersden Road, Smarden TN27 8QF

Comments: Do not object in principal to conversion of ground floor into offices but stables do not have ceilings and therefore object to conversion of roofspace into offices.

  

Ware Field, Copper Lodge Farm, Smarden

A letter from Crabtree and Crabtree regarding a scheme for housing on the above site has been received. It was agreed to respond confirming that Smarden Parish Council support the emerging Local Plan and will not support any additional housing.

 

  1. BURIAL GROUND 

Nothing to report

 

  1. POST OFFICE

It was agreed that Jocelyn would report at the next meeting. It was also agreed that the Committee would remain as agreed before being Jocelyn, John (Lowings) and Gill Bromley with Brian joining. It was further agreed that interested parties may be invited.

 

  1. BURIAL GROUND 

Nothing to report

 

  1. MINNIS and CORNES MEADOW

Catherine reported that the drones signs have been erected and it was agreed that they look very good.

 

  1. HIGHWAYS and SPEEDWATCH 

It was reported that a parishioner in Chessenden Lane has pointed out that 5/6 residents have disabled badges but do not have a disabled parking space. Brian reported that he had looked into this and KCC have advised that the rules for allocating such spaces are that the spaces must not take up more than 20% of the available road space. It was thought that this would not work properly in Chessenden Lane.

 

  1. CORRESPONDENCE

Catherine reported that she had received an email from the Clerk to Biddenden Parish Council asking if the Parish Council would like to join with them in requesting a higher level of policing.

 

  1. FINANCE and MONTHLY ACCOUNTS

14.1     Accounts – Copies of the accounts for May were presented and the items of expenditure for June were approved.

14.2     Annual Return and Audit – Catherine presented the completed Annual Accounts and Annual Return now that the internal Audit was complete and successful. It was agreed that the Annual Return could be signed and submitted to the external Auditors.

 

  1. COMMUNICATIONS

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

 

  1. REPORTS OF MEETINGS ATTENDED/FORTHCOMING MEETINGS 

Brian reported that he had attended a recent WKPS meeting.

 

  1. ANY OTHER BUSINESS

None

There being no further business the meeting closed at 9.05pm.