GOUDHURST PARISH COUNCIL
Local Government for Goudhurst, Kilndown and Curtisden Green
MINUTES OF A MEETING OF GOUDHURST PARISH COUNCILat the Jessel Room, Goudhurst Parish Hall on Monday 11 November 2013 at 7.30 pm
PRESENT: Councillors Antony Harris (Chairman), Ed Bates, David Boniface, Philip Kirkby, Barry Noakes, Tony Richards, Clive Roberts, Guy Sutton, John Ward, Stephen Wickham and Birgitta Wikman.
Borough Cllr Edmund Hastie (part of the meeting).
PCSO Laura Carey. 10 Members of the public.
APOLOGIES FOR ABSENCE
202/13 Apologies for non attendance were accepted from County Cllr Alex King.
Mr STEVE WHITEHEAD, COMMUNITY SAFETY MANAGER, TWBC
203/13 Mr Whitehead briefed the meeting on the work of his team based at Tunbridge Wells Town Hall. Their role is to combat all kinds of crime and anti-social behaviour across the Borough. Members of the public are encouraged to report low level anti-social behaviour to the 101 phone line. They could assist with an anti-dog fouling campaign in Goudhurst parish if it is needed. Mr Whitehead encouraged everyone to use of ‘smart water’ kits to mark their property.
DECLARATIONS OF INTEREST
204/13 There were no declarations of interest.
MINUTES OF THE LAST MEETINGS
205/13 It was resolved that the Minutes of the meeting held on 14 October 2013, copies of which had been previously distributed to Members, be signed as a correct record.
QUESTIONS FROM THE PUBLIC
206/13 A local resident raised a question as to why Council had taken a sudden interest in the circulation of the Goudhurst and Kilndown Parish Magazine. She suggested that any proposed payment by Council towards the printing of extra copies could lead to the publishers, the Parochial Church Council (PCC) making a profit. Council could find itself acting ‘ultra vires’.
207/13 Another resident pointed out that the two reactive speed signs in the Parish in Cranbrook Road and Station Road are not working. The Clerk will follow up with Kent Highways.
REPORTS FROM COUNTY AND BOROUGH COUNCILLORS
208/13 In his absence, County Cllr Alex King asked that a message be read out to the Meeting: “The main item of note is that the County Council has published its Budget draft for consultation and we have to take out another c£270m over the next 3 years (having taken more than that in the last three!).” “There will undoubtedly be some service reductions but the main emphasis will be on doing things very differently.” “More on this as the situation develops.” “As always let me know if there are any specifics you want me to follow up.”
APPOINTMENTS AND ELECTORAL VACANCIES
209/13 It was noted that Ms Amy Kneller, selected to fill the casual vacancy in the Goudhurst Parish Ward due to the resignation of Mrs Jo Loveridge, was unable to attend this meeting due to a family bereavement.
Resolved: that Ms Kneller will sign her Written Undertaking and Register of Members Personal Interests at Council’s next meeting on 09 December 2013. Minute 194/13 refers.
The Chairman of the Amenities Committee reported:
210/13 Goudhurst Pond. On 24 October 2013, Cllrs Wickham and Bates with the Clerk met Mr Tony McKenna of AES Europe Aquatic Environmental Solutions (Rugby, Warwickshire) at Goudhurst Pond. Mr McKenna and AES have been involved in many prestigious pond maintenance projects nationwide including Storrington Village Pond for Storrington Parish Council in West Sussex. He confirmed that Goudhurst pond requires de silting. Before being able to provide a quotation for the work, he needs to establish the silt content as the requirement for the necessary silt disposal license. The terms of the silt disposal license may have a very significant bearing on cost. The outcome of the analysis of a silt sample taken by Mr McKenna is yet to be received by the Clerk. The company is also able to provide expert advice about on-going maintenance, including planting.
The Chairman of the Burial Board reported:
211/13 Fees and Charges. Resolved by a majority vote: that the note to the Fees “All fees relating to the interment of infants up to 1 year of age may be waived on application” (Minute 174/12) be amended to read “On application, for those who are local residents of the Parish of Goudhurst as defined elsewhere in these Regulations, no fee is payable in respect of a burial within 16 years of birth.”
BUSINESS LIAISON and GOLDEN THREAD COMMITTEE
The Chairman of the Business Liaison Committee reported:
212/13 Broadband. We understand that the roadside Cabinets are to be changed in about 4 months time.
GLEBE FIELD COMMITTEE
213/13 It was noted that the Chairman of the Amenities Committee and Cllr Wickham had met the Kent High Weald Partnership Manager to seek advice on the management of the lower Glebe. She will send a report to Council laying out options and costs.
HIGHWAYS AND FOOTPATHS COMMITTEE
214/13 Temporary Diversion Signs. Council has purchased a quantity of temporary road diversion and traffic interruption signs with stands for the use of Parish organisations when parades are to be held. This is to meet new Police procedures and requirements. Resolved: That Council meets the cost of £266.34.
215/13 Promissory Path in the Station Road Area. It was noted that a local resident and landowner wishes to establish a promissory path. The Clerk has obtained information from KCC as to how this can best be handled and is in touch with the landowner.
216/13 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.
POLICE & NEIGHBOURHOOD WATCH
217/13 Kent Police & Crime Commissioner. Noted that Mrs Ann Barnes visited Goudhurst on 25 October 2013.
WAR MEMORIAL COMMITTEE
The Chairman of the War Memorial Committee reported:
218/13 Fund Raising for the refurbishment of the Goudhurst War Memorial. It was noted that more than £1,000.00 had been received already towards the refurbishment fund. A fundraising campaign will be launched in early December well after the Poppy Appeal. It was agreed that it needs to be explained clearly to the public why donations are being processed through Goudhurst Parish Council.
The Chairman of the Youth Committee reported:
219/13 Parenting Courses. Following Minute 162/13.It was noted that the parenting courses, now completed, have proved popular with 38 parents attending.
It was resolved to note the following Decisions from TWBC and agree the Representations:
13/01996 Little Bewl Bridge Farm Hastings Road Lamberhurst
Detached timber-framed 5-bay garage building and equipment store
13/02477 Fruit Packing Station Cherry Gardens Jarvis Lane Goudhurst
Conversion of redundant fruit packing station to live/work unit
13/02588 Three Chimneys Farmhouse Bedgebury Road Goudhurst
Listed Building Consent: Secondary glazing to windows and doors on all elevations
13/02595 1 Orchard Cottages Mallions Farm Curtisden Green
Demolition of double garage and erection of triple bay garage with log shelter and four solar panels
13/02811 Maypole Farm Maypole Lane Goudhurst
Entrance gates and brick piers
13/01994 Lidwells House North Road Goudhurst
Demolition of existing garage and construction of replacement garage
No increased impact on AONB or locality; better appearance, the roof in particular.
13/02728 Risebridge Farm Ranters Lane Goudhurst
Proposed closure of existing drive, new driveway for shared uses, detached garage,
garden wall, additional hedge planting, soft landscaping, drive access road and
water attenuation pond
This scheme will confine all traffic movements to a new entrance which will allow much better sight lines to be achieved. GPC accepts the evidence which shows that the plot across which the new access runs has been amenity rather than agricultural land at least since the Paddock Wood to Hawkhurst branch line was constructed in 1892. Subject to the views of Highways, GPC is content that the application is approved
13/02811 Maypole Farm Maypole Lane Goudhurst
Entrance gates and brick piers
Normal security provision in a well screened location
13/02903 Bank House High Street Goudhurst
Replacement rear fence, enlargement of rear access to parking area, replacement
of timber sheds with one timber shed
Very modest alterations; no impact on the Conservation Area
13/02927 Old School House Beresford Road Goudhurst
Demolition of outbuildings and construction of dwelling
Goudhurst Parish Council (GPC) believes that the proposed new dwelling is reasonable in both scale and location. GPC is, however, concerned regarding access to the proposed dwelling and does not believe that the photographs which accompany the application present a balanced case in support of the proposal. The photos taken at the proposed access onto Tattlebury Lane have been taken at the very edge of the road, rather than 2.4 m back where a vehicle driver would be. There is only a single photo at the egress from Tattlebury Lane onto Cranbrook Road looking west, which demonstrates satisfactory visibility, but no photograph looking east which would show no visibility.
The photos taken at the existing access to School House on Beresford Road demonstrate satisfactory visibility in either direction. The photos taken at the exit from Beresford Road onto Cranbrook Road demonstrate limited visibility in both directions. There are no photos which demonstrate the limited visibility to the south and the nil visibility to the north at the egress from Beresford Road onto Chequers Road, which is also the alternative exit from Tattlebury Lane. Highways need to carefully evaluate these highway junctions to determine the safest route and advise accordingly.
13/03016 Elm Tree Summerhill Goudhurst
Demolition of existing bungalow and erection of replacement dwelling house
This was a finely balanced recommendation. Goudhurst Parish Council (GPC) believes that the existing single storey dwelling is of no architectural merit and its siting is very prominent in the locality and the AONB, the boundary of which excludes the site but passes along the road in front. The proposed scheme, however, falls foul of several of the policy requirements for replacement dwellings, including:
• The replacement dwelling is not on the same footprint;
• The replacement dwelling is not in the existing domestic curtilage;
On balance, however, GPC believes that, because the proposed replacement is more discretely sited and of considerably better design than the existing, approval should be granted, subject to the increased volume satisfying TWBC’s relevant policy.
GOUDHURST & KILNDOWN PARISH MAGAZINE
222/13 The Parish Magazine Circulation. The Chairman presented an outline proposal for increasing the circulation of the Magazine so that all dwellings in the Parish (approx. 1280) should receive a copy for, say, 3 months. At present 500 copies are printed monthly some of which are available in the two Churches. This means that currently the magazine reaches about one third of all dwellings. The costs and circulation figures need to be checked with the PCC and their agreement sought for the proposal. The Chairman will report further.
223/13 Resolved unanimously that the following payments be made:
3330 AVB Farnfield October 13 pay and expenses £1,153.95
3331 HM Revenue & Customs October 13 PAYE and NI £364.50
3332 GroundsCare & General Maint St Mary’s Churchyard etc mowing October 13 £1,147.20
3333 Pearson’s Landscapes The Plain etc maintenance October 13 £81.90
3334 Kent Association of Local Councils Local Councils Explained £42.88
3335 Staples (AVBF) Printer cartridges £30.50
3336 JK Business Machines Photocopier maintenance £132.00
3337 Viking Payments Stationery £59.34
3338 Microshade Business Consultants Citrix server Inv 7378 £51.60
3339 AVB Farnfield Postage stamps £110.00
3340 Iden Signs (RCB Dixon) Portable road diversion signs £168.00
3341 BCW Office Products (RCB Dixon) Stanchions for road diversion signs £98.34
DDR BT Office phone + broadband 212552 £121.76
DDR Veolia Environmental Services Burial Grounds bin October 2013 £130.40
224/13 Receipts in October 2013
Burial Board £1,470.00
Goudhurst War Memorial refurbishment donations £100.00
225/13 Bank reconciliation to end October 13. Noted that Council’s cash book balances total £67,759.28
of which £130.00 is held on behalf of the War Memorials Committee.
DATE OF NEXT MEETING
226/13 Monday 09 December 2013. The Jessel Room, Goudhurst Parish Hall at 7.30 pm.
ITEMS FOR INFORMATION
227/13 The following items were noted:
- KALC Tunbridge Wells Area Committee. Minutes of a meeting held on 04 September 2013.
- Action with Communities in Rural Kent, Rural News No 132.
- KALC AGM on 23 November 2013. Cllr Ed Bates to attend to represent Council.
- Council meeting dates for 2014. For Members to note.
The Meeting closed at 9.50 pm.
These Minutes are subject to approval at the next meeting of Council
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