Minutes – Parish Council Meeting – 26 July, 2016

MINUTES OF THE MEETING OF

WEALD PARISH COUNCIL

HELD ON THE 20th JULY, 2016   

 

PRESENT:  Mrs R Wood, (in the Chair), Mrs C Beddoe, Mrs K Long, Mr J Blackman, Mr R Brunner.      

In attendance were 20-30 members of the public and the clerk.  

  1. APOLOGIES FOR ABSENCE – District Councillors Hogarth and Thornton, Mrs L Harris   and Mrs J Mannering.
  1. DECLARATION OF INTEREST – there was none.
  1. MINUTES OF THE MEETING HELD ON 15th June, 2016 – the Minutes were accepted as an accurate record and were so acknowledged by the signature of the Chairman.
  1. MATTERS ARISING

(1)  Parish Annual Return 2015/16

The clerk advised the submission of the above Return to the external auditor.  The Return was signed by Mrs Harris on behalf of the Council.  The clerk advised that a copy of the Return has been posted on the Parish Council’s website and on the Parish Council’s main notice board next to the Windmill.     

 (2)  Update on the Methodist Church

The clerk advised that progress was being made in agreeing the overage provisions with the legal representatives of the Methodist Church.  

(3)  Update on the Memorial Hall    

The clerk advised that a productive meeting had been held with members

of the Hall Committee on the lease agreement with respect to the Hall. 

(4)  Mount Pleasant to Hale Oak Road Byway 

The Parish Council noted that following representations to KCC by the

Parish Council, the Secretary of the 10k run and other residents, KCC has

agreed to make emergency repairs to the byway that has been badly

damaged by joy riders which should allow the 10k run to go ahead as planned in

September.  Further representations will be made, following the 10k run,

to have the byway declassified for use by vehicular traffic to prevent

future damage to the byway.

(5)  Scabharbour Road – Safety Issues

The Parish Council were shocked and concerned by the recent report of the near collision between a van and a resident  with her 2 year old son at the narrow section of  Scabharbour Road between Weald Close and the Forge.  The resident, Mrs Trotter, attended the Parish Council Meeting and appealed that something be done to improve road safety and to slow down traffic before another collision could end in tragic circumstances.  As responsibility for road safety lies with Kent County Council it was agreed that Mrs Wood would urgently contact our local KCC member, Cllr Nick Chard, to open up discussions with a view a site meeting to be arranged with Mrs Trotter and other concerned residents and members of the Parish Council.       

(6)  Proposed sites for residential development

The clerk circulated details of the nine proposal sites identified for potential

residential developments in Weald.  The clerk advised that these developments

were speculative at the stage and that no formal planning applications

have been submitted.  As all of the sites were in the Green Belt and/or

AONB such developments were unlikely to go forward but any that did

would be opposed by the Parish Council if they endangered the character

of Weald or were unacceptable in the Green belt or AONB.        

   5.      CORRESPONDENCE

None.

6.      PLANNING

The following application has been reviewed by the Parish Council:

SE/16/01782/HOUSE – Pitfield, White House Road, Bayleys Hill, Weald

          Demolition of existing garages and utility room.  Construction of a double storey side

          and rear extension with internal reconfiguration of the room layout alternations to

fenestration and new garden wall.  Extension includes new front gable, replacement side dormers and four roof lights.   The Parish Council supported this application.

7.      PUBLIC QUESTION TIME

The Meeting adjourned at 8.15 p.m. and resumed at 8.20 p.m.

8.      ANY OTHER BUSINESS

The Parish Council noted the comments raised by the Chairman of Weald Recreation  Ground Association that requests that the Parish Council should give consideration to fund improvements to the access road to the Recreation Ground and other facilities in the grounds had gone unanswered.   The Parish Council accepted that the condition of the road was bad and deteriorating but advised that the Parish Council did not currently have the free funding to undertake this work.  The Parish Council agreed to look to do this work, when it can, in line with other priorities.  It should be noted that over the last few years the Parish Council has provided considerable funds towards the new changing room and has twice repaired and made improvements to the old Pavilion, recently named the David Marchant Pavilion.

Mrs Long noted the poor condition of the village sign at the Forge and agreed to come forward with some proposals to repair/replace the sign.  

 

9.      CHEQUES FOR SIGNATURE

  

           20.7.16        

          001616                   SDC                       £22.50

          001617                   SDC                       £210.60

          001618                   SDC                       £187.50

 

The meeting closed at 8.35 p.m.