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at Goudhurst Parish Hall on Monday 09 November 2015 at 8.00 pm 

PRESENT:  Councillors Antony Harris (Chairman),  Mrs Angela Broom, David Boniface, Alan Foster, Philip Kirkby, Barry Noakes, Mrs Georgia Read-Cutting, Guy Sutton and Stephen Wickham.

11 Members of the public.


255/15 were accepted from Cllrs Carol Ash (meeting elsewhere) and Sean Gilder (business).

Also County Cllr Alex King and Borough Cllr Edmund Hastie. 


256/15 Cllr Mrs Georgia Read-Cutting declared an interest in Planning Application 15/507749 which is for her own residence.  Since the item was a report from the Planning Committee and no discussion took place, Cllr Read-Cutting did not leave the meeting..


257/15 It was resolved that the Minutes of the meeting held on 12 October 2015, copies of which had been previously distributed to Members, be signed by the Chairman as a correct record.


258/15 Mr Ed Bates asked what progress had Council made in concluding the proposed long lease on the Goudhurst Glebe Field.  Council informed Mr Bates that the Diocesan Land Agent had promised action on the necessary lease agreement by the end of 2015.

259/15 Mr Richard Day noted that the reeds at Goudhurst Pond had been cut back so much that the ducks now had very limited shelter.  Council noted Mr Day’s comment for future discussion with the maintenance contractor.

260/15 Mrs Caroline Richards asked what progress is being made to open the old railway line from Paddock Wood to Hawkhurst which runs through Goudhurst.  Council explained that there is a ‘Hop Pickers Line’ Committee (TWBC and representatives from the relevant Parishes) that is working towards re-opening parts of the line as a bridleway and cycle route.


261/15 County Cllr Alex King sent a message to the meeting to say that he is following up on the proposal to reduce the speed limits on B2079 Bedgebury Road and Lady Oak Lane by 10 mph.

262/15 Borough Cllr Barry Noakes informed the meeting that the insulation Tunbridge Wells Town Hall is not going to meet legal requirements in a few years time.

263/15 It was noted that Borough Cllr Edmund Hastie has raised £700.00from a sponsored bike ride.  The money is to go towards re-establishing the weather vane on the roof of Goudhurst Parish Hall.


264/15 Defibrillator at Kilndown.  Following Minute 230/15. Cllr Mrs Georgia Read-Cutting, a medical professional, reported on her project to establish a defibrillator in the red telephone kiosk at Kilndown.  Noted that Ambulance response time to relatively remote areas such as Kilndown are inclined to be longer than the target.  Her research in Kilndown indicates good public support for the project.  She has been working with the Community Heartbeat Trust.  Resolved: to agree expenditure of up to £2,000 to establish a defibrillator in the Kilndown phone kiosk plus £250 for printing fund-raising appeal leaflets and £30 to the Community Heartbeat Trust for their publicity leaflets.   However it was noted that a fund raising campaign will be held in Kilndown to encourage local interest and ‘ownership’ as well as to cover as much of the cost of the project as possible.

265/15 Chequer Field and the Pavilion – Transfer of the land to the Parish Council.  Minute 235/15.  Noted that our legal adviser has sent a reminder to TWBC Legal Department  asking for a response..

266/15 Chequer Field – Condition of the Pitch.  Council Minute 236/15.  Noted that our legal adviser has written to TWBC to raise the matter of the football pitch which is failing to drain properly in wet weather; it appears that the construction of the pitch is defective in some way.


The Chairman of the Highways & Footpaths Committee reported.

267/15 Bollards in Goudhurst High Street.   Minute 267/15.  Noted that Kent Highways has given permission for the proposed bollards and has offered to install them recharging the cost to Goudhurst Parish Council  at an estimated cost of £250.   Future maintenance costs relating to this project will also be rechargeable to the Parish Council. Resolved:  to approve expenditure of £250 for this project providing the residents of Manor House and Manor Barn contribute to the cost.


The Chairman of the Police & Neighbourhood Watch Committee presented the Minutes of a Meeting held on 30 September 2015.

268/15 Following Minute 244/15.  It was noted that the Clerk has sent an invitation to tender to 4 suppliers of CCTV systems.


It was resolved to note the following Decisions from TWBC and agree the Representations:


15/505506 Grange Farm House Chequers Road Goudhurst

Listed Building Consent:  To re-establish internal fireplaces in two bedrooms, fit solid oak surrounds with cast iron inserts.  To remove concrete cap from chimney and re-establish chimney pots and chimney brickwork at the top if required to mirror the chimney at the opposite end of the house


15/506433 Blackberry Cottage Rogers Rough Road Kilndown

Single storey extension with cellar to side and installation of two roof windows


15/506436 Blackberry Cottage Rogers Rough Road Kilndown

Listed Building Consent: Single storey extension with cellar to side and installation of two roof windows


15/506609 Grove Place North Road Goudhurst

Erection of two bay garage


15/506838 2 Marlingate Cottages Bedgebury Road Goudhurst

Erection of enlarged greenhouse to replace existing one


15/507020 Bakers Farm House Ladham Road Goudhurst

Erection of a single storey rear extension with glazed link to dwelling. Extension to existing garden wall


15/507022 Bakers Farm House Ladham Road Goudhurst

Listed Building Consent:  Erection of a single storey rear extension with glazed link to dwelling. Extension to existing garden wall


15/507425 Greentrees Cranbrook Road Goudhurst

Two storey side extension


269/15 APPLICATIONS considered by the Parish Council Planning Committee in September 2015:

15/507325 Burgess Stores High Street Goudhurst

Proposed remote compressor unit in basement with external condensing unit

15/507325 Burgess Stores High Street Goudhurst

Listed Building Consent – Proposed remote compressor unit in basement with external condensing unit

Recommend approval

Goudhurst Parish Council, whilst recommending approval in principle, would suggest that officers consider the following issues:

• The compressor is an unattractive item and should be screened in a suitable container to reduce its visual impact on the listed building;

• Whilst recognizing that there are no windows in the wall of the immediately adjacent ‘Old Smithy’ officers should be satisfied that the noise generated by the compressor is not sufficient to cause a noise nuisance

15/507643 South Lodge Hastings Road Lamberhurst

Retrospective planning application for the erection of a close boarded fence and native species hedgerow fronting A21

Recommend approval

Goudhurst Parish Council, whilst recommending approval in principle, suggests that, in order to limit the visual impact of the fence while the screening hedge develops, that the fence should be stained with a medium dark stain.

15/507952 Marlingate Granary Bedgebury Road Goudhurst

Retrospective application for conversion to holiday let

15/507956 Marlingate Granary Bedgebury Road Goudhurst

Listed Building Consent:  Conversion to holiday let (works commenced)

Recommend approval of the internal changes.

Goudhurst Parish Council would comment as follows on the other variations from the approved scheme:

• The proposed number of external lights seems excessive.   GPC would suggest that 2 traditional corner mounted swan neck lights on diagonally opposite corners would be sufficient to address the identified need;  or lights at ground level;

• The meter box and the alarm box should be coloured in a colour which blends with the brickwork of the building.

15/507749 Down House Church Road Kilndown

Demolition of existing detached garage and erection of two storey side extension with creation of rear balcony and internal alterations, erection of detached oak framed double garage and insertion of 2m high timber gates

Recommend approval

Whilst recommending approval in principle (subject to the volume increase complying with policy) Goudhurst Parish Council would make the following observations in respect of the proposed replacement garage:

• The orientation of the garage necessitates virtually all the area to the front of the house to be hard finished;

• Is there sufficient space between the house and the garage to allow vehicles to enter and exit without excessive manoeuvring;   highways officers should advise

15/508114 Wagtail Farm Jarvis Lane Goudhurst

Retrospective: Implement store for milking equipment

Recommend refusal

There is already a large agricultural building on this very small holding and the applicant has made no case for the need for another.

15/508429 Park Farm Cottage Colliers Green Road Goudhurst

Separation of existing detached residential annexe from the main property to form a new separate residential dwelling

Recommend refusal

The main difference between this application and the recently refused scheme is the revised parking layout.   GPC does not believe that the new layout is satisfactory for 2 reasons:

• The revised layout will still not leave sufficient space for 4 vehicles to park and turn on site;

• To have a neighbour’s vehicles parking within inches of a house wall which has both windows and doors in it, is unsatisfactory particularly in warm weather when they may be open.


270/15 It was resolved unanimously that the following payments be made:

3707 AVB Farnfield Oct 15 pay and expenses £1,325.96

3708 HM Revenue & Customs Oct 15 PAYE and NI £453.87

3709 Groundscare & General Services St Mary’s mowing contract Oct 15 £1,204.80

3710 Capel Groundcare Contract mowing at Goudhurst and Kilndown Oct £898.50

3711 Pearsons Landscapes The Plain grounds maint Oct – Inv 122 £69.90

3712 Peter Watkins PROW maintenance £178.50

3713 Microshade Business Consultants Citrix Inv 8565 £54.30

3714 Kilndown Quarry Centre Meeting Room Hire £30.00

3715 SLCC Clerk’s Manual – updated edition £62.78

3716 Viking Stationery £62.78

3717 AVB Farnfield Meeting costs £98.57

3718 J&K Business Machines Photocopier maintenance £152.86

DDR Veolia Burial Grounds bin October £144.54

271/15 Receipts in October 2015

Burial Board £150.00

NatWest interest£3.47

Vat Reclaim Apr – Sep 2015£4,149.41

272/15  Bank reconciliationResolved to accept the Clerk’s explanation of the reconciliation of accounts to the end of October 2015 and noted that Council’s cash book balances total £108,896.42.


273/15 Noted that Council’s Annual Return for 2015/15 had been signed off by the Auditor PKF Littlejohn LLP without comment.


274/15 Monday 14 December 2015. 7.30 pm at the Jessel Room


275/15 Would you like to own The Vine?  A leaflet circulated by concerned local residents planning to re-open and establish The Vine at The Plain, Goudhurst as a Community Pub.

276/15 The Queen’s 90th Birthday in 2016.  An early notification from our Deputy Lieutenant of various National and Local celebrations in the summer of 2016.

277/15 Christ Church, Kilndown.  Notification that it will be Christ Church’s 175th Anniversary in 2016.

The Meeting closed at  9.40 pm

Anthony Farnfield, Clerk

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

Clerk to the Parish Council

Anthony Farnfield MBE

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