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Goudhurst, Kent. A Wealden hill village

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Parish Council LogoMINUTES OF A MEETING OF GOUDHURST PARISH COUNCIL
at Goudhurst Parish Hall on Monday 09 February 2015 at 7.30 pm

PRESENT:    Councillors Antony Harris (Chairman), Ed Bates, Mrs Angela Broom, David Boniface, Alan Foster, Philip Kirkby, Barry Noakes, Tony Richards, Clive Roberts, Guy Sutton, Stephen Wickham and John Ward.  2 Members of the Public. PCSO Dave Jenkins and Ms Julie Chapman, KCC Youth.

APOLOGIES FOR ABSENCE 
341/14    County Cllr Alex King       

DISCLOSURES OF INTEREST
342/14    Cllr David Boniface declared a prejudicial interest in planning application 14/50439 as a close neighbour.  He expressed an opinion briefly but as no decision was taken he did not leave the meeting.

MINUTES OF THE LAST MEETING
343/14    It was resolved that the Minutes of the meeting held on 12 January 2015, copies of which had been previously distributed to Members, be signed as a correct record.

QUESTIONS FROM THE PRESS AND THE PUBLIC
344/14    A local resident urged Council to ensure that sufficient candidates come forward to stand in the Parish Council Elections in May 2015.
345/14    A resident in North Road spoke about traffic speed both inbound and outbound on B2079 North Road, Goudhurst close to the village centre and urged Council to introduce a Speedwatch Group together with interactive cameras.

KCC YOUTH SERVICES
346/14    Ms Julie Chapman briefed Council on her work in the Parish. It was noted that the Youth Group meets 3 times monthly in the Church Room on Tuesdays and once at Goudhurst Pond when the Church Room is not available. On average 12 youngsters attend.  KCC Youth Services are now known as ‘Early Help’. Ms Chapman outlined a request for grant funding from Council towards the cost of taking the Youth Group to the residential KCC Mountain Centre in North Wales.  Such visits had been organised with some GPC support in previous years, but not recently.  

POLICE AND NEIGHBOURHOOD WATCH
347/14    Members welcomed PCSO Dave Jenkins who has been recently appointed to cover Goudhurst along with some neighbouring Parishes.

REPORTS FROM COUNTY AND BOROUGH COUNCILLORS
348/14    No significant items were reported.

AMENITIES COMMITTEE
The Chairman of the Amenities Committee presented the Minutes of a meeting held on 27 January 2015:
349/14    Chequer Field Grounds Maintenance.  It was resolved to approve payment of an invoice from Agrifactors for £460.00 plus VAT for fertiliser at Chequer Field.
350/14    Chequer Field Ground Maintenance Contract.  Following an evaluation of bids by the Amenities Committee, it was resolved to appoint Capel Groundcare to carry out the maintenance of Chequer Field as specified for 12 months from 01 April 2015 at a cost of  £4,450.00 plus £85.00 for each ad-hoc marking out of the pitch.
351/14    Chequer Field Weed Control.  It was resolved to accept the quotation from Complete Weed Control for a nil % increase over their 2014/15 price for 2015/16  weed control at Chequer Field.
352/14    Lurkins Rise Play Area.  It was resolved to appoint Capel Groundcare to carry out the maintenance of the Lurkins Rise Play Area as specified for 12 months from 01 April 2015 at a cost of £900.00.
353/14    ‘Love Where You Live’ Litter Pick.  This will be held on the weekend of 28/29 March 2015.  The Clerk has reserved with TWBC the loan of the necessary equipment and is dealing with the paperwork required.  Noted that the Clerk has sufficient volunteers to cover all the main areas of the Parish.  There are no plans do that part of the A21 south and south east of Kilndown due to risk from traffic volumes.  In any event the A21 is the responsibility of the Highways Agency.
354/14    Kent Men of the Trees Competition 2015.  It was resolved that Goudhurst Parish will enter the competition this year with an entrance fee of £10.00.
355/14    The Plain Fence Posts.  It was noted that the Amenities Committee recommended that the 61 posts be repainted and repaired/replaced as necessary.  One quote has been obtained and the Clerk is seeking at least two  more.
356/14    Public Address System.  It was noted that this was purchased by the Parish Council in 2008 as a community asset and stored at the Parish Hall.  It has become unreliable.  Resolved that expenditure of up to £975.00 be approved for repairs/upgrading via a specialist supplier..

BURIAL BOARD
The Chairman of the Burial Board presented a report:
357/14    Christ Church Churchyard Maintenance.  It was resolved to appoint Capel Groundcare  to carry out the grounds maintenance of the ‘upper’ area of Christ Church Churchyard  for 12 months from 01 April 2015.  The contract cost of £1,875.00 to be allocated 90%/10% between the Churchyard maintenance and Kilndown Bus Shelter area maintenance accounts.
358/14    Christ Church Churchyard Weed Control.  It was resolved to accept a 6.6% increase in the Complete Weed Control contract price for 2015/16 for weed control at Christ Church Kilndown.

YOUTH COMMITTEE
The Chairman of the Youth Committee presented a report following a Committee meeting of 22 January 2015:
359/14    Play Area in Back Lane Goudhurst.  The letter of 22 January 2015 from the Vicar of St Mary’s Goudhurst and Christ Church Kilndown in which he proposed that the Parish Council should take a long lease on the Play Area in Back Lane Goudhurst was noted.  It was resolved to agree this proposal on the basis that the facility should be provided as a public facility rather than by St Mary’s Parochial Church Council (PCC) on whose land it stands.  The Clerk will liaise with the PCC on the detail of the lease contract.
360/14    Grant support for the Goudhurst Youth Group.  See Minute 346/14.  It was resolved that the Parish Council will cover the costs of the Youth Group use of the Church Room, Goudhurst for 6 months from February to July 2015 at an expected cost of £360.00.  Thus an equal amount will be saved by KCC and credited to the Residential Visit fund.  The Clerk will arrange for invoices from St Mary’s PCC for their use of the Church Room over the 6 months to be sent to Goudhurst Parish Council rather than KCC.
 

PLANNING COMMITTEE  
It was resolved to note the following Decisions from TWBC and agree the Representations:
361/14    DECISIONS
14/505455       Triggs Farm Cranbrook Road Goudhurst
Listed Building Consent:  Reinstatement of the structure and fabric of Triggs Farm House following a fire damage
Approved
14/504748       Whitestocks Bedgebury Road Goudhurst
                        Two storey side extension with pitched roofs over
                        Approved
14/504462       Chestnuts Beresford Road Goudhurst
Erection of a two storey side extension (garage with room over) to replace existing car port
                        Approved
14/504047       Whites Bedgebury Road Goudhurst
Replace dilapidated timber stables and extend to incorporate secure storage, create hard-standing to yard
                        Refused
14/505638       5 Cliffe Cottages North Road Goudhurst
                        Erection of detached oak framed garden room
                        Approved
14/505973       3 Morebreddis Cottages Chequers Road Goudhurst
                        Listed Building Consent:  Alterations to the staircase and ground floor partition and overlaying of the chipboard flooring to the upper floor with hardwood boarding (works carried out)
                        Approved
14/503251       Maypole Farm Maypole Lane Goudhurst
                        Demolition of existing stables; erection of new stable range ; hard and soft landscaping
                        Approved
14/500303       Tattlebury Gallery Cranbrook Road Goudhurst
                        Listed Building Consent: Reconstruction of small front bay
                        Approved
14/506127       The Forge Lady Oak Lane Goudhurst              
                        Side extension
                        Approved
14/505461       Etchinghill Farmyard Gore Lane Goudhurst
                        Demolition of existing out building and erection of garage and stable block with associated works
                        Refused 
14/504637       Bedgebury School Lady Oak Lane Goudhurst
                        Installation of two underground oil storage tanks and change of use of parkland to residential
                        Approved

362/14             APPLICATIONS
14/500303       Tattlebury Gallery Cranbrook Road Goudhurst
                        Listed Building Consent: Reconstruction of small front bay
                        Recommend approval
                        Subject to the views of the conservation officer GPC is content that approval is granted.
14/504673       Oakwater Farm North Road  Goudhurst
                        Part Retrospective – Change of use of derelict hopper huts to agricultural (viticulture) support and storage; Wooden cladding on outside of huts; Erection of small wooden structure at end to screen and protect water collection and storage; Erection of 4.5m steel pole supporting security cameras, weather station and communication antenna; Construction of non-slip raised walkway; Increase in size of existing winter-fill reservoir
                        Recommend refusal
                        The application form shows only the Oakwater address.   It would therefore appear that the applicant is resident at the application site.   As hopper huts are only for seasonal use in connection with farming activity, officers should look into this and act as needed.
                        There is a serious lack of detail in the application.   There is no plan which shows the current land uses or a chart to indicate the areas of land which are devoted to the livestock or to grapes and whether it is proposed to alter such areas.   The application refers to wine making, which will surely entail the introduction of specialist equipment and buildings.
                        Goudhurst Parish Council believes that a business plan should be produced in order that officers can properly assess this proposal and what further facilities would need to be installed to create a viable unit.
14/505086       Elm Tree Summerhill Goudhurst
                        Demolition of existing bungalow and erection of replacement dwelling house
                        Recommend approval
                        The applicant has now provided the ecological assessment which the planning inspector required.   On the assumption it is satisfactory, GPC is content that approval is granted
14/505461       Etchinghill Farmyard Gore Lane Goudhurst
                        Demolition of existing out building and erection of garage and stable block with associated works
                        Recommend approval
                        The removal of the collapsed buildings will be an improvement and the proposed new buildings are of suitable rural design.   There is no information on how manure is to be stored and handled.
14/506127       The Forge Lady Oak Lane Goudhurst
                        Side extension
                        Recommend approval
                        On the assumption that the proposed volume increase complies with policy, GPC is content that approval is granted
14/506288       Woodfield House Jarvis Lane Goudhurst
                        Demolition of existing single storey side extension.  Construction of new two storey rear extension, conversion of loft, elevation enhancements and construction of garden store to back of existing garage
                        Recommend approval
                        On the assumption that the proposed net volume increase complies with policy, GPC is content that approval is granted
14/506511       Ladham House Ladham Road Goudhurst
                        Demolition of existing outbuilding to provide replacement log store and stables and associated hardstanding
                        Recommend approval
                        In this discreet site the proposed modest increase in built from will have very limited impact on the locality or the AONB.
14/505411       Bedgebury Park Equestrian Centre Lady Oak Lane Goudhurst
                        Single storey rear extension, front porch and associated works
                        Recommend approval
                        The proposed extension is modest and will only impact on the immediate locality.
                        Delegate
14/506683       Little Orchard Church Road Kilndown
                        Extension of existing garage and the erection of a porch/lobby
                        Recommend approval
                        A very modest proposal which will have no impact on the neighbours or the adjacent conservation area
14/506757       2 Bakers Corner Ladham Road Goudhurst
                        Retrospective – Erection of a replacement garage and outbuilding
                        Recommend approval
                        An improvement on the dilapidated structure which it has replaced.
14/506763       Limney Station Road Goudhurst
                        Proposed two storey side and rear extension 
                        Recommend approval
                        Minimal impact on the neighbour or the wider locality and AONB.   Subject to the proposal complying with volume increase policy, GPC is content that it is approved.
15/500322       The Lodge Old Park Wood Cranbrook Road Goudhurst
                        Demolition of existing dwelling, garage, shed and erection of replacement dwelling and garage
                        Recommend approval
                        This scheme would appear to address the key issues raised by the inspector when he dismissed the appeal against refusal of 12/03467.   Subject to the views of the Landscape & Biodiversity officer and English Nature, GPC is content that the application is approved.

AMENDED APPLICATION
14/505439       Fir Bank School Road Goudhurst
                        Demolition of existing bungalow and erection of replacement dwelling with addition of subterranean level and integrated garage
                        Recommend refusal
                        Due to the curtilage boundary being shown in the wrong place, the construction of the retaining wall to the left of the garage access will not be feasible as the footings will encroach onto the neighbour’s land and threaten the important adjacent tree.   The access to the garage space needs to be moved approximately 1 metre westward in order to allow space for the footings.   None of the other issues which GPC raised in its earlier representation (windows overlooking neighbouring properties; siting of photoelectric equipment and/or a heat pump) appears to have been addressed.
                       
Site Allocations Development Plan Document Workshop
363/14    Cllr Guy Sutton reported on this event which he attended on 03 February 2015 in the Town Hall.  The current plan is an update of the strategic plan adopted in 2010.  The need for more houses is largely driven not by immigration but by people living longer and on their own.  Plan is for 6,000 new homes in the Borough by 2026 in 5 areas:  Tunbridge Wells, Southborough, Paddock Wood, Cranbrook and Hawkhurst. The difficulty in finding sites is increased by Green Belt and AONBs.  TWBC often has insufficient information about the future availability of schools, water, roads etc.  Housing requirements for rural villages in the Borough set in 2010 have already been met.  The Plan envisages a further 360 additional dwellings in rural Parishes will be required by 2026, but no sites have been identified.  Some Parishes have produced Parish Plans and TWBC encourages others to do them to help Planning Officers deliver what the Parishes want rather than leaving it to chance..

ELECTIONS 2015
364/14    The Chairman reminded Members that the forthcoming Goudhurst Parish council elections will be held on 07 May 2015 and he urged all to suggest names of likely candidates. 

ACCOUNTS
365/14    It was resolved unanimously that the following payments be made:
3548    AVB Farnfield                                      January 15 pay and expenses                                 £1,372.68
3549    HM Revenue & Customs                      January 15 PAYE and NI                                         £480.72
3550    Pearsons Landscapes                            The Plain maint Dec 2014                                         £81.90
3551    Viking Payments                                  Stationery                                                                £106.67
3552    Agrifactors                                           Fertilise Chequer Field                                              £552.00
3553    Clive Roberts                                       Parking on Town Hall visits                                         £5.80
3554    CB Noakes                                           Christmas Tree Goudhurst High St                              £60.00
3555    Pearsons Landscapes                            The Plain maint Jan 2015                                          £81.90
3556    Kent Men of the Trees                        Entry to 2015 Trees in the Villages competition       £10.00
3557    John Brander                                        Tree work                                                                £930.00
DDR    BT                                                       Office phone                                                            £133.26
DDR    Veolia                                                  Burial Grounds bin Jan 15                                         £144.54

366/14    Receipts in January 15      
               Burial Board                                                                      £1,340.00
               Goudhurst United FC                                                            £475.00
               NatWest: Interest January 2015                                               £2.26
367/14    Bank reconciliation to end December 14Noted that Council’s cash book balances total £70,348.72

DATE OF NEXT MEETING                                                                            
368/14    Monday 09 March 2015.        7.30 pm in the Jessel Room, Goudhurst Parish Hall.   

ITEMS FOR INFORMATION

  • Kent Association of Local Councils “The Parish News” February 2015 was noted. 
  • Goudhurst Village Fete will be held on 13 June 2015.

The Meeting closed at  9.27 pm.

These Minutes are subject to approval at the next meeting of Council

Clerk to the Parish Council
Anthony Farnfield MBE


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