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GOUDHURST PARISH COUNCIL
Local Government for Goudhurst, Kilndown and Curtisden Green

at The Jessel Room, Goudhurst Parish Hall on Monday 08 September 2014 at 7.30 pm

PRESENT:    Councillors Antony Harris (Chairman), Ed Bates, Philip Kirkby, Barry Noakes, Tony Richards, Clive Roberts, Guy Sutton, John Ward and Stephen Wickham.   
1 Member of the Public.
                         
APOLOGIES FOR ABSENCE 
201/14    Apologies for non attendance were accepted from Cllrs David Boniface (in the Tatra Mountains) and Ms Amy Kneller (meeting at school).     

DECLARATIONS OF INTEREST
202/14    None declared.

MINUTES OF THE LAST MEETINGS
203/14    It was resolved that the Minutes of the meeting held on 11 August 2014, copies of which had been previously distributed to Members, be signed as a correct record.

QUESTIONS FROM THE PUBLIC
204/14    There were one question from a local resident and that is recorded in the Amenities Committee reports..

ELECTORAL VACANCY AND COMMITTEE APPOINTMENTS
205/14    Vacancy on Council.  The Clerk reported that there had been one applicant to fill the casual vacancy on Council.  Resolved: to appoint Mr Alan Foster to fill the vacancy.  The Clerk will brief Mr Foster and ensure that he completes the necessary declarations.
206/14    Committee AppointmentsResolved to invite Mr Foster to join the Highways & Footpaths Committee and to invite him to become a Council nominative trustee to Goudhurst Parish Hall.

REPORTS FROM COUNTY AND BOROUGH COUNCILLORS
207/14    Cllr Noakes reported that the Rates support grant from Central government will be around £300k less for 2015/16.  TWBC is searching for further savings.    
 
AMENITIES COMMITTEE
The Chairman of the Amenities Committee reported:
208/14    Additional Bench at The Plain.  It was noted that Mr Dennis Knight had applied to Council to establish a bench on the Plain in recognition of the outstanding services provided to the community as a whole in the Parish over many years by Bill Musgrave MBE.  It was noted that Mr Knight has launched an appeal to raise funds for the bench.  Various options were considered and it was resolved that permission be granted for a hardwood picnic table be introduced at the Plain and that the detail of the project will be agreed between Cllr Ed Bates and Mr Dennis Knight.

BUSINESS and COMMUNICATIONS COMMITTEE
The Chairman of the Business and Communications Committee reported:
209/14    Call Flow Solutions.  Following Minute 175/14.   There appears to be some doubt as to whether Call Flow will be able to deliver the Broadband speeds that some believe have been promised to all parts of the Parish.  Meanwhile those in the centre of Goudhurst who have signed up to CallFlow appear to be positive.  It was noted that Phase 2 – the wireless link relayed from St Mary’s Church tower – was implemented on 04 September 2014.  It was noted that a list of postcodes across the Parish had been passed to CallFlow so that they could better assess coverage.
210/14    The Agreement between KCC and CallFlow.  Council believes that the Agreement between KCC and CallFlow (not seen by Council) demands 24 kbs across the Parish.  Subjectively Council believes this is not going to be achieved. And claims that Goudhurst and Kilndown are receiving superfast broadband are incorrect. 

HIGHWAYS & FOOTPATHS COMMITTEE
211/14    Forward Plans.   Minute 177/14.  It was noted that Chairman of the Highways & Footpaths Committee had drawn up a draft 3 year plan of projects to include costs to be carried out in the Parish.  Council awaits specific proposals before taking any decisions.. 
212/14    Chain saw for PROW Work.   Resolved to purchase an Echo CS350 chain saw at a cost of £339.29 + VAT being a 15% discount on the recommended retail price..
              
POLICE AND NEIGHBOURHOOD WATCH
213/14    CCTV Equipment.  A verbal report from the Clerk was noted.  The satisfactory installation of the replacement CCTV camera at The Vine and the monitor in the Control Room in the Parish hall are not yet functional.  Mr Peter Rolington, adviser to Council on this, is pressing the contractor to finish the job.   No invoices from the contractor have been paid.

PLANNING COMMITTEE  
It was resolved to note the following Decisions from TWBC and agree the Representations:
214/14    DECISIONS
               Due to a breakdown of the new software system introduced with the merger of the Tunbridge Wells, Maidstone and Swale Boroughs back office planning operations,  no decisions were received in July.

215/14    APPLICATIONS
14/501086       Torvalla North Road  Goudhurst
                        Single storey side extension.
                        Recommend approval
                        This is a sympathetic extension that appears to be in keeping with the existing modern design and shows an attempt to blend in and avoid any intrusion on neighbouring properties.  Subject to any compliance with increase in volume regulations.
14/501102       Primrose Cottage North Road Goudhurst
                        New brick built garage and driveway
                        Recommend approval
                        The addition of the garage would be in keeping with other properties within North Road and appears to be proportionate.
                        The letter of concern from a near neighbour was noted and we are sure that the standard conditions relating to building to reduce inconvenience and disruption will be added to any approval.
14/501294       Amberfield Cottage Peasley Lane Goudhurst
                        Covered rose walk in garden
                        Refuse
                        Goudhurst Parish Council is concerned that the size of the construction being along the boundary with the neighbour would be out of keeping and severely impact on the boundary creating a potential three metre high barrier with any adjacent fencing. The whole construction would appear to be disproportionate in size for the plot on which it stands.
14/501522       Bricklayers West Road Goudhurst 
                        Removal of existing oak post and brick plinth and strengthening works to existing beam
                        Recommend approval
                        Goudhurst Parish Council is content that this internal change be approved, subject to the conservation officer’s  approval.
14/501788       Land adjacent to Three Winds North Road Goudhurst
                        Demolition of redundant farm buildings, workshop and storage. Replace with a five bedroom live/work dwelling and associated landscape works
                        Recommend approval 
                        Goudhurst Parish Council (GPC) continues to support the application to demolish the redundant farm buildings and replace with a new residential dwelling that is designed to a high standard and is to use local materials.
                        The applicant of this new application has responded to officers’ comments. It is an improved scheme further reducing any impact on this site and has the full support of neighbours.
                        GPC continues to recognise that the site is currently not in the Limits to Build but these were set up many years ago and there seems to be at present no forum by which applicants can get them changed.  This site is a logical one for the LTB to be extended to enclose a small area and one that would not set a precedent for any further development to the North.
                        The development of this site has strong support from surrounding neighbours and will improve the appearance of what is now a site housing derelict buildings. At a previous TWBC committee one councillor claimed that the owner could repair these buildings to make them less unsightly.  GPC believes that is something that will not happen as there is no incentive to do so.  This will leave the site being an eyesore in the AONB and be detrimental to those living in the vicinity.
                        GPC believes that the TWBC planning committee have it in their power to grant this extension of the LTB and GPC strongly recommend that this is done.
                        We have a situation where both residents and Parish Council are recommending approval. No one is objecting.
                        Committee
14/502112       5 Cliffe Cottages North Road Goudhurst 
                        Erection of detached oak framed garden room
                        Recommend approval
                        Goudhurst Parish Council has no objection to the erection of this garden room which is to be used as an office and studio.
14/502113       5 Cliffe Cottages North Road Goudhurst 
                        Listed Building Consent: Erection of detached oak framed garden room
                        Recommend approval
                        Goudhurst Parish Council has no objection to the erection of this garden room which is to be used as an office and studio.
14/501382       Hyland Balcombes Hill Goudhurst                                                                                   
                        Rear two-storey side extension to provide kitchen and bedroom, part first floor
                        extension to carry over existing garage, verandah porch cladding building at first
                        floor with weatherboard
                        Recommend approval
                        A reasonably sized extension which will have minimal impact on the locality, and no impact on the amenity of neighbouring dwellings.
14/501598       Flimwell Radio Station Lady Oak Lane Flimwell                                                             
                        Installation of 2 transmission dishes on existing structure
                        Recommend approval
                        The installation of 2 additional dishes on the existing structure will have minimal impact on the locality or the AONB.
                        Delegate
14/502254       1 Clay Cottages Clayhill Goudhurst                                                                                
                        Installation of replacement windows
                        Recommend approval
                        The replacement windows will have minimal impact on this listed building.  Goudhurst Parish Council (GPC) has assumed that the new windows are to be double glazed units.   Subject to the views of the conservation officer, GPC is content that the application is approved.
                        Delegate
14/502255       1 Clay Cottages Clayhill Goudhurst                                                                                
                        Listed Building Consent:  Installation of replacement windows
                        Recommend approval
                        The replacement windows will have minimal impact on this listed building.  Goudhurst Parish Council (GPC) has assumed that the new windows are to be double glazed units.   Subject to the views of the conservation officer, GPC is content that the application is approved.
                        Delegate
14/502331       Combwell Priory London Road Flimwell
                        Construction of new Riding Arena and Equine Compost Storage
                        Recommend approval
                        Both the proposed facilities are appropriate for an equine business.   Goudhurst Parish Council considers that, since the arena is to be constructed on/near to the site of the Augustinian Priory, a condition requiring an archaeological watching brief should be imposed.
                        Delegate

PLANNING and HOUSING COMMITTEES JOINTLY
216/14    To record events relating to these two Planning Applications:
               13/03171/MOD106/GM2    Land east of Bankfield Way (Culpepers) Goudhurst
               Variation of S106 Agreement in order to allow a mortgage exemption clause (TW/91/0894 refers)
               13/03298/MOD106/CP3    Land adjacent 4 Shernfold Church Road Kilndown
               Variation of S106 Agreement in order to allow a mortgage exemption clause (TW/91/0613 refers)
Following Minute 189/14. It was noted that there has been no reply from Head of Planning Services to Council’s letter of 16 August 2014.  The Chairman reported that the TWBC Housing Register and Development Manager had met with Town and Country Housing (TCH) Managers but had not been able to obtain agreement to the Variation of the S106 documents issued by TWBC.   Resolved that the Clerk is to write to the Town and Country Housing Group..

TWBC PARISH CHAIRMEN’S COMMITTEE
217/14    The Notes of a meeting held on 17 June 2014 at the Town Hall were noted.
218/14    Discretionary Services.  Minute 198/14 refers.  The Chairman reported on the meeting he had attended on 02 September 2014.  One important item noted was that the Leader of the Council confirmed that, despite rumours, no Discretionary Services would be withdrawn by the Borough without detailed discussions with the Parishes (Minute 198/14 refers).  There is to be a meeting at the Town Hall for further discussions on 02 October 2014.  Two representatives from each Parish Council may attend.  It was resolved that whoever represents Goudhurst be authorised to resist the withdrawal of the Refuse Amenity Lorry service and the closure of the Balcombes Hill Lavatories.  If need be, they may agree to the costs of these services being transferred to the Goudhurst Parish Council budget, but with TWBC negotiating and managing the contracts for these specific services..  

ACCOUNTS
219/14    It was resolved unanimously that the following payments be made:
3462    AVB Farnfield                                      August 14 pay and expenses                                  £1,112.00
3463    HM Revenue & Customs                      August 14 PAYE and NI                                          £365.74
3464    Grounds Care and General                     St Mary’s mowing contract Aug 14                        £2344.80
3465    Pearson’s Landscapes                           The Plain etc maint – August 14                                £81.90  
3466    Peter Watkins                                      PROW maint & Millennium green fuel                    £179.20
3467    David Denton                                      Christ Church mowing (Muggridge)                          £102.00
3468    Microshade Business Consultants          Citrix Server inv 7793                                               £51.60
3469    Mr A D Howard                                   Expenses re War Memorial restoration                    £100.00
3470    Lamberhurst Engineering                     Chain saw for PROW maint                                     £407.15
3471    Goudhurst Parish Hall                           Annual maintenance grant                                     £1750.00
3472    Kilndown Village Hall                           Annual maintenance grant                                       £500.00  
3473    Quarry Centre                                      Annual maintenance grant                                       £250.00
3474    Citizens Advice Bureau                         Annual grant                                                            £350.00
3475    St Mary’s PCC                                     Parish Magazine – annual contribution to costs        £450.00
3476    Kilndown Village Newsletter                 Annual grant                                                              £50.00
3477    Goudhurst Parish Hall                           Energy used for pond pump annually                        £200.00
3478    The Vine                                              CCTV camera energy used and amenity use              £100.00
3479    Goudhurst Parish Hall                           CCTV monitor energy used and use of store room    £100.00
3480    RBL Poppy Appeal                              Wreath: Goudhurst Remembrance Sunday S137          £25.00
3481    RBL Poppy Appeal                              Wreath: Goudhurst Remembrance Sunday S137          £25.00
3482    Goudhurst Ex-Servicemen’s Club          War Mem’l lights energy and amenity use                  £50.00
DDR    Veolia                                                  Burial Grounds bin Aug 14 (inc credit note)                £36.42
           
Resolved that the Council, in accordance with its powers under sections 137 and 139 of the Local Government Act 1972, should incur the following expenditure which, in the opinion of the Council, is in the interests of the inhabitants of the Parish of Goudhurst and will benefit them in a manner commensurate with the expenditure of £50.00 to purchase two poppy wreaths for the 2014 Remembrance Day services at St Mary’s Goudhurst and Christ Church Kilndown.

220/14    Receipts in August 14      
               Burial Board                                                                         £940.00
                                                                                                                       
221/14    Bank reconciliation to end August 14Noted that Council’s cash book balances total £60,486.50
               of which £351.50 net of expenses is held on behalf of the War Memorials Committee.

DATE OF NEXT MEETING                                                                            
222/14    Monday 13 October 2014.     Parish Council.   7.30 pm in the Jessel Room.   

ITEMS FOR INFORMATION
200/14    The following items were noted:
-     None were presented.

The Meeting closed at   8.55 pm.

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