Goudhurst, Kent. A Wealden hill village

Amenities Committee January

Local Government for Goudhurst, Kilndown and Curtisden Green

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Minutes of a Meeting held on 23 January 2018 in the Jessel Room

Present: Cllrs Stephen Wickham (Chairman), David Boniface, Mrs Angela Broom and

Alan Foster

Apologies:  Cllr Chris Ditton and Phil Kirkby

Declarations of  interest:  None

The Glebe Fields

Lease Agreement. The Chairman reported that the draft lease from the Diocese of Canterbury is agreed with the exception of an outstanding matter relating to the path on the west and northern sides of the ‘top’ Glebe – the Village Green.  Our legal adviser has put a suggested amended form of words to the Diocesan Solicitor in the hope that it will be accepted.

The Village Green CommitteeA good letter from the Goudhurst Village Green Committee dated 12 January 2018 was noted.  It outlined the history and background of the Village Green and Members indicated that they found it helpful.

The Junior Footballers – The Goudhurst Dynamos.  It was noted that they will not be playing on the Glebe until the start of the 2018-19 season.

Parish Council representative on the Village Green Committee.  Cllr Mrs Angela Broom readily agreed to accept this role.   The Clerk will advise the Village Green Committee.

Management Plan.  Members noted the draft Management Plan drawn up by the Chairman of the Amenities Committee which had been distributed prior to this meeting.  He will be contacting the High Weald Project for ideas and advice particularly relating to the lower Glebe.  Meanwhile Council can take no action on major cost items until such time as the lease agreement is signed.

Additional gate to Maypole Lane on the lower Glebe southern boundary.  The Clerk will liaise with TWBC Planning Department on this.

Goudhurst Pond

De-silting. It was noted that the Clerk had written to Mr Will Thompson, the farmer who took the silt on to his land, to thank him for his co-operation and help.

Ducks on the Pond.  Members had no objection to a verbal request from the Goudhurst Pre-School who with to hatch some ducklings as a project and then establish them on Goudhurst Pond.

Goudhurst Parish Hall

The Public Address (PA) equipment.  Members noted that, following a query, The Parish Hall Trustees had agreed to store and control the use of the PA system (which had been purchased by the Parish Council for general use by Goudhurst Parish residents).  The Parish Hall may charge for its use particularly if it is to be used by a non-Goudhurst group or event.

The Projector.   Council to approve  that this will be kept under the control of the Parish Council.

The meeting closed at 8.40 pm

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