Goudhurst, Kent. A Wealden hill village

Ameneties Committee November

Local Government for Goudhurst, Kilndown and Curtisden Green


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

Present: Cllrs Chris Ditton (Chairman), David Boniface, Alan Foster, Antony Harris and Mrs Jayne Russell.

Apologies were accepted from:  Cllr Phil Kirkby.

Declarations of interest:  None declared.

Questions and Statements from the Public.  There were none.

The Village Green (the Upper Glebe Field).  

It was noted that our Contractor had started work on the project to level the Village Green but work had been suspended due to repeated heavy rain.  Our Contractor has informed us that the ground can not be grass seeded until the coming Spring as the ground is now too cold for the seed to take.  It was noted that some members of the public are concerned about the fitness of the Village Green to accommodate the Goudhurst Village Fete in June 2020.  It was noted that that Fete will be organised by the Goudhurst Parish Hall Trust and the Chairman of the Trust is a Member of this Parish Council committee.  There was a brief discussion about alternative sites for the 2020 Fete including part of the Lower Glebe, Chequer Field or Finchcocks.  It was decided to recommend to Council that the matter be reviewed in February 2020.

Hedge, gates and fencing on the south side of the Village Green.  The height of the hedge has been reduced to the height of the small foot gate installed in the south west corner of the Green.  The Contractor will keep it cut to that height four times a year.  Two 3 metre lengths of Palisade fencing and a new foot gate will be installed on Tuesday, 03 December 2019.

Benches and Litter Bins.  Following Council Minute 259/19, it was noted that the In Memory of Norma Neal bench in the Back Lane children’s play area will be moved to the Village Green.  Furthermore another Norma Neal bench, presently at the Primary School, will also be moved to the Village Green.  One will be situated at the west end of the Green facing east; the second one on the north side of the Green facing south. Cllr Mrs Jayne Russell is arranging for the benches to be moved.  The Clerk will arrange for quotes to establish appropriate secure bases for the benches.  

With regard to the Litter Bins, it was noted that Council Minute 260/19 summarised the action to be taken.

Village Green – gate to be established in the north east corner.  Council has received a request from members of the public for a gate to be introduced for pedestrian safety reasons.  The Clerks will obtain quotations.

Tree Survey.  Following Council Minutes 010/19 and 082/19, it was noted that some Members attended a meeting on 08 November 2019 with our arboreal adviser and contractor.  The contractor has tagged trees on our estate.  Council needs to consider priorities for the needed tree work against available budget expenditure.  The Clerk will liaise with Chairman, Amenities Committee on this, In the meantime Assistant Clerk has started to accurately map on our mapping software the trees for which Council has responsibility.  

Electric Vehicle Charge Points. Cllr Alan Foster will take a meter reading at the Parish Hall so as to estimate how much energy is being used by electric vehicles being charged at the charge points.

Royal Mail letterboxes.  It was noted that, subsequent to this meeting, Assistant Clerk had once again written to the Royal Mail asking that the letter box removed from the A262 Cranbrook Road, opposite the Goudhurst Inn, to the Taywell Farm shop some 250 yards to the east be moved again to a site offered by Mr Donald Sargeant at the Weald Service Station forecourt.  This position would be much ore convenient for local residents in that area.

Goudhurst in Bloom. It was agreed that the Asst Clerk will use social media in the search for a volunteer to take over the running of Goudhurst in Bloom.  

Goudhurst Pond: Replacement fencing on the south side.  It was noted that one quote had been received so far.  Amenities Committee to decide 

S106 Funding.  It was agreed to draw up some costed schemes so that, should the possibility arise, Council could bid for S106 monies from local developers should appropriate schemes come to pass.   Examples put forward:

  1. An outdoor gymnasium equipment at the Village Green or elsewhere;
  2. To create a ‘hoggin’ path along south side of the A262 Station Road from the junction of Ranters Lane to the area of the junction with Blue Coats Lane.  Thought to be circa £25k.
  3. A play area for Lurkins Rise (Hillier’s Field).

The meeting closed at  8.05 pm.

Clerk to the Parish Council

Anthony Farnfield MBE

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