GOUDHURST PARISH COUNCIL
Local Government for Goudhurst, Kilndown and Curtisden Green
MINUTES OF A MEETING OF GOUDHURST PARISH COUNCIL
at The Jessel Room, Goudhurst Parish Hall on Monday 13 January 2014 at 7.30 pm
PRESENT: Councillors Antony Harris (Chairman), Ed Bates, David Boniface, Philip Kirkby, Barry Noakes, Tony Richards, Clive Roberts, John Ward, Stephen Wickham and Birgitta Wikman.
Borough Cllr Edmund Hastie (until 7.50 pm).
APOLOGIES FOR ABSENCE
269/13 Apologies for non attendance were accepted from Cllr Guy Sutton (away on business) and County Cllr Alex King.
DECLARATIONS OF INTEREST
270/13 There were no declarations of interest.
MINUTES OF THE LAST MEETINGS
271/13 It was resolved that the Minutes of the meeting held on 09 December 2013, copies of which had been previously distributed to Members, be signed as a correct record.
QUESTIONS FROM THE PUBLIC
272/13 There were no questions from the public or the press.
REPORTS FROM COUNTY AND BOROUGH COUNCILLORS
273/13 The Clerk presented a brief written report from County Cllr Alex King relating to traffic speed and volume checks on B2079 Bedgebury Road/Lady Oak Lane and the project to install a mirror to assist sight lines at the junction of A262 Cranbrook Road and B2084 Chequers Road.
The Chairman of the Amenities Committee reported:
274/13 Kilndown Quarry Centre. Following the request raised by two Kilndown Parish Ward Members it was resolved to approve a grant of £250.00 to the Kilndown Quarry Centre towards essential maintenance work under LGA 1972, s133.
275/13 Burials Register. Resolved to agree expenditure of £175.50 for a new Burial Register from Shaw & Sons, specialist suppliers. It was noted that the present register, nearly full, has been in use for more than 50 years.
BUSINESS LIAISON COMMITTEE
The Chairman of the Business Liaison Committee reported:
276/13 Superfast Broadband. It was noted that the installation of the 4 new roadside cabinets had been delayed due to the bad weather conditions. However the radio link between St Mary’s Church tower and Curtisden Green is working. The search is on for solutions for outlying areas in the Parish that are not able to receive a good fast connection
HIGHWAYS AND FOOTPATHS COMMITTEE
277/13 Junction B2079 North Road with Summerhill and Ballards Hill. It was noted that there has been repeated flooding over the Highway at this point. Repairs were supposed to have been completed by early November 2013 that this has proved to have been ineffective. The fault has been reported again; Kent Highways report 86162 of 16 December 2013 refers.
278/13 B2079 Bedgebury Road verges. The poor condition of the B2079 Bedgebury Road, west side, down from Whites to the junction with Peasley Lane where water is washing out the edge of the tarmac was noted. The Goudhurst Highways Steward has reported that the issue has been referred to Kent Highways Drainage Department.
279/13 The salt/grit bin that the junction of Bedgebury Road and Peasley Lane. Noted that this had been destroyed by what must have been a particularly poor bit of driving some weeks ago. The wrecked bin has been removed. The Clerk has been told that the replacement awaits Highways permission for a bin to be re-established.
280/13 Mirror at the junction of A262 Cranbrook Road and B2084 Chequers Road, Goudhurst. Council Minute 246/13. Clerk raised a request through Highways District Manager Tunbridge Wells for a mirror to be established at the junction of B2084 Chequers Road with A262 to improve to safety of drivers exiting Chequer Road turning right (westwards) into A262 Cranbrook Road. Subsequent contact with Kent Highways reveals that the request is being evaluated and may be approved. Meanwhile, our County Member has offered to fund the project, providing he has sufficient budget provision left, and providing Highways agree the project.
281/13 B2079 Warning – Beware Pedestrian Signs. Council Minute 245/13. Clerk raised a request through Highways District Manager Tunbridge Wells for ‘Beware Pedestrians’ signs on Balcombes Hill and at various points south along Bedgebury Road and Lady Oak Lane. The response from the Highways Traffic Safety Engineer is that while there would be no objections for the signs to be installed, this location currently does not fall within our safety critical remit (insufficient accidents), so funding for such a scheme would require to be sourced. Clerk has asked for costs (Post meeting note: about £350.00 each).
282/13 B2079 Traffic Surveys. Following a request submitted by Council to our County Member and the Member Highway Fund Team Leader, we have been informed by a Highways Traffic Engineer that traffic survey equipment will be established at 4 points along B2079 Bedgebury Road and Lady Oak Lane during January 2014. One will be set up just north of Goudhurst Vets within the 30 mph limit. The equipment will measure both traffic volumes and traffic speed.
283/13 Pedestrians on Cranbrook Road. A Member observed that a great deal of time and effort is being spent on traffic speed and road signage on the rural B2079 Lady Oak Lane and Bedgebury Road whilst little attention is being paid to pedestrian problems in Goudhurst Village and on the Cranbrook Road, particularly relating to families and children walking to and from the Primary School.
284/13 B2079 Bedgebury Road and Lady Oak Lane Speed Reduction Campaign. As part of this campaign, Chairman GPC Highways & Footpaths Committee is keen to seek a statement of support from TWBC Cycling Department. Clerk has been in touch with Economic Development Officer (EDO) at TWBC who has responded positively to the wider issue of traffic problems on B2079 under TWBC’s Transport Strategy. EDO TWBC will send the Clerk a survey questionnaire which will provide input to the Transport Strategy.
285/13 Finger Post at the junction of A262 and B2079 by Goudhurst Pond. Noted that a request for a replacement was submitted to Highways some months ago. There has been no progress since. The Clerk is following up with Highways Area Manager for Tunbridge Wells.
286/13 School Bus Services. Noted that Council awaits a response from KCC relating to further problems raised by parents relating to the school bus services to Tonbridge and Tunbridge Wells.
POLICE & NEIGHBOURHOOD WATCH
287/13 CCTV Camera. It was noted thatone of the cameras in central Goudhurst has been damaged in recent storms. Mr Rolington has asked the manufacturer to check and advice on the cost of repairs. The Clerk will alert our Insurance Company.
288/13 Car Parking at Balcombes Hill Car Park. Members noted that a car had been left covered by a protective sheet at Balcombes Hill Car Park for several weeks. The Clerk will check on whether it has road tax and insurance through PCSO Krissy Howlett.
WAR MEMORIAL COMMITTEE
The Chairman of the War Memorial Committee reported:
289/13 Refurbishment Contract. Following Minute 247/13. It was resolved to accept the War Memorials Committee recommendation to accept the Cost of £9,745.00 + VAT for the specified contract works.
It was resolved to appoint Mr David Howard as project manager. He is a retired but very experienced mason who is familiar with the Goudhurst Memorial.
290/13 Fund raising. It was noted that more than £3,500.00 had already been received towards the refurbishment fund. A fundraising campaign will be launched in late January 2014. It was agreed that it needs to be explained clearly to the public why donations are being processed through Goudhurst Parish Council.
It was resolved to note the following Decisions from TWBC and agree the Representations:
13/02981 3 Clay Cottages Clayhill Goudhurst
Lowering part of garden to create a single parking space with associated landscaping
13/02982 3 Clay Cottages Clayhill Goudhurst
Listed Building Consent: Lowering part of garden to create a single parking space
with gates and associated works
13/03217 Kilnwood Church Road Kilndown
Minor Material Amendment to Planning Permission TW/13/00919/HOUSE:
Loft conversion with two dormer windows and four velux rooflights. Ground
floor extension to garage with first floor overbuild extension and loft room –
Removal of dormers on front elevation; reduction in height to the overbuild
extension to garage and consequential removal of the loft room; high level
window added to south west elevation in master bedroom to loft conversion
and velux in half hip of north west elevation.
13/03230 Dodges Oast Curtisden Green Lane Goudhurst
Installation of solar panels on ground within curtilage
13/03275 Risebridge Farm Ranters Lane Goudhurst
Closure of existing access and create new vehicular access onto Ranters Lane for Farmhouse Oast House and Office Buildings; Detached garage for Farmhouse with drive; Denote curtilage of Farmhouse with boundary hedge
13/03279 26 High Ridge Goudhurst
Single storey side and rear extension including demolition of part of existing outbuilding
13/03394 1 Risebridge Bungalows Peasley Lane Goudhurst
Single storey extensions to front and rear of property
13/00775 St Cubys Yard Blind Lane Goudhurst
Conversion of stable block into a small house
Appeal against TWBC decision to refuse the application is dismissed
13/03507 Goldwell Cranbrook Road Goudhurst
Single storey side extension
This appears in general to be a balanced and proportionate addition to the house. The only reservation would be that the windows on the front elevation would appear to be out of balance with the remaining windows on this elevation due to their size in relation to the other ground floor windows.
GOUDHURST & KILNDOWN PARISH MAGAZINE
293/13 The Parish Magazine Circulation. Following Minute 263/13. It was resolved to approve expenditure of up to £700.00 for the printing of extra copies of the Parish Magazine in June, July and August Editions for distribution to all residences in the Parish. It was noted that the PCC has agreed to organise distribution (but Council is likely to be asked to assist with that task).
294/13 Resolved unanimously that the following payments be made:
DDR BT CCTV & Broadband High St/Parish Hall £151.11
3353 AVB Farnfield December 13 pay with arrears and expenses £1,211.67
3354 HM Revenue & Customs December 13 PAYE and NI £401.60
3355 Pearson’s Landscapes The Plain etc maintenance December 13 £81.90
3356 Agrifactors (Southern) Ltd Local Councils Explained £1,476.00
3357 Peter Watkins PROW maint Dec 13 £152.00
3358 Paul and Eileen Landon War Memorial and Water Trough planting £73.98
3359 SLCC Training – Minute taking £16.45
3360 Tate Fencing PROW maint materials £236.65
3361 Commercial Services Trading Chequer Field/Lurkins Rise maint 2nd half year £564.19
3362 Kilndown Quarry Centre Grant for maintenance £250.00
3363 Microshade Business Consultants Citrix Inv 7443 £51.60
3364 Paul Filtness Repairs to PROW WC31 £680.00
3365 Shaw and Sons Ltd Register of Burials £210.60
DDR Veolia Environmental Services Burial Grounds bin December 2013 £130.40
DDR South East Water Chequer Field water Jun – Dec 13 £85.30
DDR Eon Energy The Plain light and K’down phone kiosk £11.40
295/13 Receipts in December 2013
Burial Board £330.00
Goudhurst War Memorial refurbishment donations £1015.00
Goudhurst United FC £997.50
296/13 Bank reconciliation to end December 13. Noted that Council’s cash book balances total £66,190.11
of which £3,456.10 is held on behalf of the War Memorials Committee.
297/13 Statement of expenditure and receipts against budget for April to December 2013. Members noted
that there are no significant unexplained variations from Budget.
298/13 Ring Fenced Reserves. It was resolved that the following funds be ‘ring fenced’ for planned
Goudhurst Pond refurbish £25,000
Glebe Field gates, fields and hedge work £5,000
TWBC PARISH CHAIRMEN’S MEETING
The Chairman reported that he had represented Goudhurst at this quarterly meeting held on 03 December 2013:
299/13 Affordable Housing and Housing Allocations: It was noted that under item 4, he had highlighted the importance of working co-operation between the Borough Council and the Parishes; and;
300/13 Mid-Kent Improvement Partnership: It was noted that he had made the point that the advantages of the Partnership had been highlighted but there had been little mention of the disadvantages.
301/13 Emergency Procedures. It was reported at the Chairmen’s meeting that some Parishes, notably Yalding, had established local emergency plans.to cope with disasters e.g. the recent flooding in some areas. Should Goudhurst draw up such a plan especially with a view to supporting the vulnerable? On balance Members were of the view that floods are not expected in Goudhurst, that most elderly people had neighbours or families nearby and that the power companies had responsibility to provide essential back-up e.g. generators. Council is aware of local farmers with tractors etc who could be called upon if needed. It was agreed to take no further action at present. Nevertheless Cllr Bates was recognised and thanked for his recent work with his chainsaw and with local resident Mr Roger Joye in clearing a blockage by a fallen tree on A262 when Kent Highways were unable to assist.
DATE OF NEXT MEETING
302/13 Monday 10 February 2014. The Jessel Room, Goudhurst Parish Hall at 7.30 pm.
ITEMS FOR INFORMATION
303/13 The following items were noted:
The Chairman will attend the Lord Lieutenant of Kent’s Civic Service at Canterbury Cathedral on 11 March 2014
The Meeting closed at 8.37 pm.
These Minutes are subject to approval at the next meeting of Council
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