Goudhurst, Kent. A Wealden hill village

GPC January 2017

To:  Members of Goudhurst Parish Council

Copy: County Cllr Alex King and Borough Cllr EW Hastie

I summon you to a Meeting of Goudhurst Parish Council in the Jessel Room, Goudhurst Parish Hall on Monday 09 January 2017 at 7.30 pm when the business detailed on this Agenda will be considered: 

Members of the Public and the Press are welcome to attend this meeting.  At the Chairman’s discretion, 15 minutes will be set aside for questions from members of the public each one of whom may be invited to speak for a maximum of 3 minutes in total relating to items on the Agenda or about issues of local concern.  Please inform the Clerk if you intend to film or record the Meeting.

Anthony Farnfield   ……………………………………………..

Clerk   03 January 2017

Goudhurst Parish Council, The South Oast at Smugley Farm,  Bedgebury Road,  Goudhurst

TN17 2QU 01580 212552     [email protected]            www.goudhurst.co.uk


Quorum for Council:  4 Members

Prior to the opening of the meeting the Chairman may read a Prayer for Kent.

  1. Apologies for Absence as reported at the meeting.

2. Declarations of Interest

To receive Declarations of Interest on Agenda items and Members are reminded that they must inform the Monitoring Officer of any changes to their Notification of Disclosable Pecuniary Interests.

3. To resolve that the Minutes of the meeting of Council held on 12 December 2016 and distributed to Members with this Agenda be signed as a correct record.

4. To receive Questions from the Public and the Press.

5. Goudhurst Parish Neighbourhood Development Plan

The Chairman and Secretary of the Goudhurst Parish Neighbourhood Development Plan (NDP) will report on progress.

6. To receive reports from County and Borough Councillors 

7. Committee Reports

a. Amenities Committee.

The Chairman of the Amenities Committee will report verbally on current projects.

b. Highways & Footpaths Committee

The Chairman of the Highways & Footpaths Committee to report on a Committee meeting held on 13 December and for Council to decide on recommendations on

– approaching a landowner to obtain permission to establish a Footway over a parcel of land adjoining Station Road Goudhurst and

– to continue to pursue the project to establish a cycle way along Lady Oak Lane on Forestry Commission land.

c. Police and Neighbourhood Watch

The Chairman of the Police & Neighbourhood Watch Committee to report on progress with the enhanced CCTV projects and for Council to approve expenditure on a replacement camera at Goudhurst High St.  Also a camera at the Old School to be funded by local residents.

d. Youth Committee

To receive a verbal report from the Chairman of the Youth Committee.

8. Planning Committee  

The Chairman of the Planning Committee to present:

a. A report on the Planning Decisions received from TWBC in December 2016 (attached).

b. The Minutes of the Committee meetings held on 13 December 2016.

9. Training  

Kent Association of Local Councils (KALC) Communications & Media Conference at East Malling on 19 January 2017.  Council to agree who should represent GPC at this event.

10. TWBC Parish Chairmen’s Meeting

Members to note, for background information, the Notes (attached) of a meeting held on 29 November 2016.

11. Accounts  

a.  Approval of Accounts for payment.

b.  To receive details of Receipts in December 2016.

c. To receive the reconciliation of Council’s accounts to the end of December 2016.

d. To receive a statement of actual expenditure against budget for Apr – Dec 2016 (attached).

12. Date of next meeting: 13 February 2017.  7.30  pm at the Jessel Room


13. Items for Information

– Members to note that the   Clerk will be away 15 to 24 February 2017.


Planning Committee Tuesday 10 January 6.30 pm Jessel Room

Youth Committee Thursday 19 January 8.00 pm Scout Hut

Planning Committee Tuesday 24 January 6.30 pm Jessel Room

Amenities Committee Tuesday 24 January 7.30 pm Jessel Room

Anthony Farnfield, Clerk

Members of the Press and Public are welcome to attend this Meeting