Goudhurst, Kent. A Wealden hill village

Amenities Committee 29 November 2016

Local Government for Goudhurst, Kilndown and Curtisden Green


Minutes of a Meeting held on 29 November 2016 at the Jessel Room at 7.30 pm

Present:   Cllrs Stephen Wickham (Chairman), David Boniface, Mrs Angela Broom and Alan Foster.  The Clerk.

Apologies: Cllrs Phil Kirkby (business) and Tom Malt (business).

Goudhurst Pond de-silting.  To note that the to various unplanned delays in obtaining the necessary permits for depositing the silt on the selected farm land (Mr Will Thompson), Amenities Committee now plan to carry out this project in September 2017 as the spring and summer are not the best times to do it.  The costs will be refreshed with the chosen contractor in mid 2017.

Goudhurst Pond Fence Posts.   The planned  replacement of the rotten and damaged posts project will now be planned for September 2017 which links it to the Pond de-siling.  However one key post has been badly damaged and Amenities recommends to Council that it be replaced as soon as practicable.

The Glebe Field.  It was noted that there has been no progress on the 30 year lease with the Diocese of Canterbury.  Council has briefed our legal adviser but no draft lease has been received from the other party.  The target date of the 1st week in January 2017 to reach agreement seems unlikely to be met.

Post Meeting: It was noted that some Members of the Goudhurst Village Green Committee had expressed concerns that the Lease with the Diocese might contain clauses that would conflict with the Village Green status now enjoyed by the Glebe Field.  The Clerk has reassured the Chairman of the Village Green Committee that our legal advisor, who assisted with the legal process in establishing the Village Green status, will ensure the appropriate safeguards are maintained.

Chequer Field.  It was noted that Agrifactors have ‘earthquaked’ the Chequer Field pitch at a cost of £400.00.  For approval by Council.

Amenities Committee has met a representative of an alternative company who have suggested a solution with a quote to remedy the poor drainage at the south end of the pitch.  Council to agree to brief Buss Murton to approach TWBC once again (Minute 067/16 of 13 June 2016 and 146/16 of 15 August 2016) to offer a negotiated solution to the pitch drainage issues and the outstanding boundary matters.

Balcombes Hill Toilet Block.  It was noted that one of the handwash units in the ladies toilet has broken down.  It was agreed to seek agreement of Council to approve expenditure of not more than £3,000.00 to replace the broken unit (now over 25 years old) with 1 new unit from Wallgate.

Balcombes Hill car park.   Buss Murton has asked Council to agree to a wayleave agreement for TWBC to access the car park to service the recycling bins which stand on ground under TWBC’s control. This is a technical legal matter raised by the Land Registry and Amenities Committee recommends approval by Council.

Kilndown Fishing Club.  Following Minute 203/16.  The Clerk reported that although he has had a further phone conversation with Mr Graham Booth, no formal request to re-start the Fishing Club has been received.

The meeting closed at 8.20 pm.

These Minutes are subject to approval at the next meeting of Council

Clerk to the Parish Council

Anthony Farnfield MBE

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