Minutes – Weald Parish Council – 25 April 2018

MINUTES OF THE MEETING OF

WEALD PARISH COUNCIL

HELD ON THE 25th APRIL, 2018

 

AT THE WESLEYAN CHAPEL

 

PRIOR TO THE MEETING THE WESLEYAN CHAPEL WAS OFFICIALLY OPENED BY MRS WOOD, CHAIRMAN OF THE PARISH COUNCIL, FOLLOWING THE REPAIRS AND MODERNISATION OF THE CHAPEL UNDERTAKEN BY THE PARISH COUNCIL

 

THE CHAPEL WAS PURCHASED BY THE PARISH COUNCIL IN 2017, ON BEHALF OF THE PEOPLE OF WEALD, TO PROVIDE A PERMANENT CENTRE TO BE USED BY THE COMMUNITY FOR COMMUNITY PURPOSES.

 

IN MAY, 2018, WEALD’S COMMUNITY SHOP WILL BECOME THE FIRST RESIDENTS OF THE CHAPEL PROVIDING VITAL SERVICES TO THE WHOLE OF THE COMMUNITY  

 

IN ATTENDENCE:  Mrs R Wood, (in the Chair), Mrs Lucy Harris, Mrs K Long, Mrs C Beddoe, Mr J Blackman, Mr R Brunner and Mr R Trapp.

 

In attendance were approx. 30 members of the public, Kent County Councillor Lake, and the clerk.

 

 

  1. APOLOGISES FOR ABSENCE – there were none.

 

 

  1. DECLARATION OF INTEREST – there was none.
  2. MINUTES OF THE MEETING HELD ON 28th March, 2018– the Minutes were accepted as an accurate record and were so acknowledged by the signature of the Chairman.
  3. MATTERS ARISING

 

  • Portfolio Holders

There were no major updates from the previous meeting.

 

  • The Wesleyan Chapel – an Update

The Community Shop is due to open in the Chapel on 6th May, 2018.   At the request of the representatives of the Shop the Chapel will be rented to the shop for an initial period of one year.  The shop will pay a monthly rent of £400.00 which will cover the Parish Council’s costs of owning the Chapel which principally is the cost of servicing the interest and principal payments on the loan facility provided to the Parish Council by the PWLB (the Public Works Loan Board).

 

The Chairman acknowledged the contribution of the late Graeme Davie towards the Parish Council’s purchase of the Chapel on behalf of the people of Weald, and the Parish Council agreed that Mr Davies’ contribution should be acknowledged by a plaque in his memory to be erected above the entrance of the Chapel.

 

  • Repairs to the Hurst Lane roadway/additional Bollards on the Green

Knole Estate’s agent has advised the Parish Council and the residents of Hurst Lane that responsibility for repairs to the roadway lies with the residents and neither the landlord (Knole Estate) or the Lessee of the land (the Parish Council) has any responsibility for maintaining this roadway.

 

Knole’s agent has also advised the Parish Council that if it wishes to consider erecting bollards on the Village Green next to Hurst Lane that the prior approval of Knole’s Trustees is required.  The clerk requested that this approval be sought in case the Parish Council opts to erect bollards to protect the Green from vehicles mounting and damaging the Green when using Hurst Lane.

 

  • World War One – 100th Anniversary – Beacons of Light

Following the Parish Council’s agreement in principle to participate in the above celebrations this November, the Parish Council has secured a site to erect the beacon and is now considering options to acquire a suitable beacon/brazier.  

 

  • Litter Drop

The clerk advised that SDC is ready to supply the necessary equipment provided at least two week’s notice is given of the drop.   The clerk will recontact SDC once the date for the first event is agreed.

 

  1. CORRESPONENCE

There were none.

 

  1. PLANNING

 

The undernoted planning applications were reviewed by the Parish Council:

 

SE/18/00812/HOUSE – Greenmantle, Rycroft Lane – Erection of single storey garage.

 

The Parish Council supported this application.

 

SE/18/00960/LBCALT – The Oast House, Elses Farm, Morleys Road -Re-siting of a

modern internal stud partition wall between sitting room and kitchen to expand kitchen area.

 

The Parish Council supported this application.

 

  1. PUBLIC QUESTION TIME

The Meeting adjourned at 7.40 p.m. and resumed at 7.55 p.m.

 

 

  1. ANY OTHER BUSINESS

 

County Councillor Lake advised that the Head of KCC Highways will be visiting

Weald on 11th May, 2018, to discuss with the Parish Council the state of the roads

in Weald and KCC’s programme to deal with the repairing of potholes.

 

  1. CHEQUES FOR SIGNATURE

 

None.

 

 

The Meeting closed at 8.15 p.m.