Goudhurst, Kent. A Wealden hill village

Ameneties Committee March

Local Government for Goudhurst, Kilndown and Curtisden Green

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Minutes of a Meeting held on 26 March 2019 in the Jessel Room

Present: Cllrs Stephen Wickham (Chairman), David Boniface, Alan Foster and Antony Harris. 

Apologies were accepted from:  Cllrs Mrs Angela Broom and Chris Ditton.   

Declarations of interest:  None declared.

Questions and Statements from the Public.  There were none.

Duck House on Goudhurst Pond     Members considered a request from the Goudhurst Village Pre-School for a Duck House to be established on the Pond.  The key issue is do we need to encourage more ducks that at a time when we need to maintain good quality water in the pond. In addition, when Council has to find considerable sums to refurbish the Back Lane Play Area, it is difficult to commit £1,500 to £2,000 to purchase a duck house which will need ongoing maintenance. Members noted that members of the public are upset when ducks are killed by passing traffic.  On a vote of 3 against the proposal and 1 in favour it was recommended to Council that the request for a duck house on the pond should be refused.

Light Polution.  The committee considered a complaint by 2 house holders from Balcombes Lane/Bays Alley about light pollution from one particular street light on Town and Country land.  It was noted that this is an ongoing matter which has been raised with Town & County Housing several times in the past.  During a site visit in 2018, Council had reached a verbal agreement with Town and Country that they would fix an appropriate shade to the street light in question.  Recommend to Council that the Clerk approached Town & Country once again about this issue.  

Land adjacent to the Back Lane Play Area.  It was recommended to Council that a quote of £1,400 be accepted for clearing this area which is currently unusable.  It may then be able to be used for extra parking.

The Plain notice board and the Quarry Pond notice board.   Noted that both had been removed temporarily for repairs and maintenance.  For approval of expenditure of £150.00 for the Plain notice board and £265.00 for the Quarry Pond board

Defibrillator to be installed in the area of The Plain.  Council Minute 346/18. The red phone kiosk purchased from Yorkshire is to be shot blasted and repainted.  Members are investigating the possibility of establishing it adjacent to the current BT kiosk opposite the War Memorial to house a further defibrillator.  It was noted that Mrs Georgia Read-Cutting will be giving a defibrillator demonstration at Hammerton & Jones on 01 April 2019. 

The Tree survey of trees on the Parish Council estate.  That has been carried out by The Living Forest at a cost of £425.00 + VAT and their report is awaited.

The Goudhurst Website.  It was noted that the Clerk is in touch with Mr Michael Bennett regarding the arrangements for 2019/2020.

Electronic Vehicle Charge Point.  Arrangements for the trenching in of the cables from the Parish Hall to two parking places on the north side of the Balcombes Hill toilet block is in hand.  It was noted that Tesla are sending us longer cables that are more suitable for the site.  There will be one Tesla charging plug and one for general use.

The Meeting closed at 8.05 pm.

Post Meeting item:

Tenterden Twilight Commercial Cleaning Co quote for the Balcombes Hill Toilet Block cleaning. For 1 April 2019 to 30 March 2020 the cost will be £146.29 a week.  That is a 2.3% increase over their rate for 2018/19.  For approval by Council.

Tenterden Twilight Commercial Cleaning Co quote for cleaning at The Hop Bine.  They propose a cost of £15.00 per visit for April 2019 to March 2020 with consumable cleaning materials charged separately.  For approval by Council.

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