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at The Jessel Room, Goudhurst Parish Hall on Monday 11 January 2016 at 7.30 pm 

PRESENT:  Councillors Philip Kirkby (Acting Chairman),  Mrs Carol Ash, Mrs Angela Broom, David Boniface, Alan Foster, Sean Gilder,  Tom Malt, Georgia Read-Cutting, Guy Sutton and Stephen Wickham.

1 Member of the Public for Item 328/15.


325/15 were accepted from Cllrs Antony Harris (business in London) and Barry Noakes (Borough Council meeting).   Also County Cllr Alex King.


326/15 The Chairman reminded Members of their responsibility to any Declarations of Interest on Agenda items for this meeting and any changes to their Register of Interest Declarations.


327/15 It was resolved that the Minutes of the meeting held on 14 December 2015, copies of which had been previously distributed to Members, be signed by the Chairman as a correct record.


328/15 Mrs Stafford raised 3 questions:  a. The informal Bedgebury Road Association has no funds and wishes to meet in the Jessel Room at no charge under the Parish Council’s block booking arrangement.   Council expressed no objection.  b. What steps have been taken to repair the road surface at the junction of  The Plain and B2079 at Balcombes Hill.  Council observed that this has been reported several times to Kent Highways.   c.  What can be done about moving on the unsightly burger/kebab van which appears to have taken a permanent position at The Plain.  Council noted that several complaints had been received and the Police and TWBC have been contacted; it may be that Council has to take legal action to resolve the matter or the owner moves the van due to a lack of trade.

Mrs Stafford made a general observation about the need for approval of long term projects for a Parish Council office and a Youth shelter.


329/15 County Cllr Alex King sent a brief written report on the KCC draft 2016/17 budget which has been published on the KCC website.


The Chairman of the Amenities Committee presented the Minutes of a meeting held on 01 December 2015:

330/15 Glebe Field Lease from the Diocese of Canterbury. Following Minute 291/15.  It was noted that the Clerk had written to the Diocesan Land Agent rejecting the offer of a short term licence.  Meanwhile Rev Hugh Nelson has indicated that he will contact the Archdeacon to see if any urgency can be injected into this matter of the long-term lease, the terms of which have been verbally agreed and which was first proposed as long ago as 2009.

331/15 Chequer Field and the Pavilion – Transfer of the land to the Parish Council. Following Minute 289/15. Noted that there is nothing further to report as our legal adviser has had no response from TWBC.

332/15 Chequer Field – Condition of the Pitch.  Following Minute 290/15.   Noted that there is nothing further to report as our legal adviser has had no response from TWBC.  The drainage at the south end is very poor; our grounds maintenance contractor reports that there is only a thin layer of topsoil on the clay under soil.   As a temporary measure the pitch has been shortened so that matches can be played but Parish Council Members agreed  in discussion that this is not a satisfactory long term solution.

333/15 Balcombes Hill Car Park – Transfer of Ownership.   It was noted that our legal adviser has very recently received the transfer documents for signature.  Meanwhile it was noted that the Clerk has sent to TWBC a detailed list of handover matters;  Council has indicated that the transfer documents will not be signed until a satisfactory handover is completed

334/15 Goudhurst Public Lavatories at Balcombes Hill – Transfer of Ownership.  It was noted that our legal adviser has just received the transfer documents for signature.  As in Minute 334/15, Council awaits a comprehensive handover by TWBC and a £1,000.00 contribution towards the Parish Council’s costs.

335/15 Kilndown Red Phone kiosk – Defibrillator.   Following Minute 284/15.  Cllr Mrs Georgia Reed-Cutting reported that the net credit balance of the fundraising stands at £876.25.  The target is £2,000.00.

336/15 Goudhurst Social Club Car Park. Following Minute 298/15.   Noted that The Clerk has written to the Club management about the proposal for the Club to make their car park more available perhaps with an annual grant or fee from the Parish Council.  No reply has been received so far.


The Chairman of the Highways and Footpaths Committee reported:

337/15 East facing slips on M25 in the vicinity of Junction 5.  Following Minute 123/15. The Chairman of the H&F Committee had circulated a draft response to input to a study looking at the economic case for east facing slips in the vicinity of Junction 5 of the M25.  KALC needs the Parish response by the end of January.  Noted that Members had no objection to the draft; the Clerk will take the necessary action.


The Chairman of the Police & Neighbourhood Watch Committee reported:.

338/15 CCTV Systems.  Following Minute 302/15.  It was noted that the Council has received one proposal.

Another potential bidder has indicated that they will respond soon.  Two suppliers have not so far responded to Council’s invitation to bid.


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


15/509044 2 Orchard Cottages Mallions Farm Curtisden Green

Demolition of conservatory and erection of a two storey side extension with Juliet Balcony, sunpipes, porch and external alterations


15/509072 Brandfold Farm North Road Goudhurst

Proposed internal and external alterations to regularise usage and layout of two existing dwellings


15/509498 The Old Stables Tiddymotts Lane Goudhurst

Tree in a Conservation Area Notification: OAK  – small crown thin and lift and removal of dead wood

No objection

340/15 APPLICATIONS considered by the Parish Council Planning Committee in December 2015:

15/509799 Combourne Farm Jarvis Lane Goudhurst

Retrospective application for the siting of a mobile office building

Recommend approval

The building, which is of a temporary construction, is sited in such a way as to have a minimal impact on its location, which is outside the AONB.

15/509892 Rear Shearnfold Oast Church Road Kilndown

Amendments to planning permission 15/503275/FUL (Proposed new dwelling to form a separate unit and shared cart lodge (amendment to plans previously approved under planning application ref 12/01997)) – Alteration to fenestration

Recommend approval

Goudhurst Parish Council has consistently expressed concern about this building due to the formation of a separate curtilage and the overlapping of the line of the limits to build and into the AONB.   However, the proposed modifications are modest and will not materially worsen the impact on the AONB.


341/15 KALC New Councillor Induction on 02 February at Yalding.  It was noted that Cllrs Mrs Carol Ash, Mrs Angela Broom, Alan Foster, Guy Sutton and Stephen Wickham will attend.

342/15 SLCC  South East Regional Roadshow on 03 February at ChathamNoted that the Clerk and Cllr Guy Sutton will attend.


343/15 It was resolved unanimously that the following payments be made:

DDR BT Inv VP85597370 CCTV High St £185.88

3737 AVB Farnfield Dec 15 pay and expenses £1,328.46

3738 HM Revenue & Customs Dec 15 PAYE and NI £453.87

3739 Capel Groundcare Grounds Maintenance Contract Dec. £1,220.76

3740 PCC Goudhurst Room Hire Hop Pickers Line £14.00

3741 Microshade Business Consultants Citrix Inv 8703 £54.30

3742 Tate Fencing Timber roadside bollards repair £88.34

3743 Jack Bateman PROW maint and tree work at The Plain £270.00

DDR South East Water Water at Chequer Field pavilion Jun – Dec 15 £96.90

DDR Veolia Burial Grounds bin December 15 £144.54

344/15 Receipts in December 2015

Burial Board £150.00

Defibrillator fund£970.25

G&K Primary School contribution to Chequer Field maint£500.00

NatWest interest£3.44

345/15  Bank reconciliationResolved to accept the Clerk’s explanation of the reconciliation of accounts to the end of December 2015 and noted that Council’s cash book balances total £101,775.34

346/15 Statement of receipts and payments against budget for April to December 2015.   Members noted the figures presented including the committed spend on the resurfacing of Balcombes Hill car park before the end of the current financial year.


347/15 Meeting Dates 2016.   Members noted the updated list of Council’s meeting dates for 2016 which had been included in the Agenda supporting documents for this meeting.


348/15 Monday 08 February 2016. 7.30 pm at the Jessel Room


349/15 Burger/Kebab Van at The Plain.  Members noted that this ‘rather unsightly’ van has been parked at The Plain since approximately 01 January 2016.  Several members of the public have complained to Council asking for it to be removed.  Council has ascertained that the vehicle is currently taxed and insured and has the necessary hygiene certificates from TWBC.  It is not parked in a restricted area.  PCSO Dave Jenkins confirms that there are no legal grounds to force the owner to move on.  Some Councillors expressed the view that the owner will fail to generate sufficient revenue to make it worthwhile remaining in Goudhurst.  The matter will be kept under review.

The Meeting closed at  8.50 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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