Goudhurst, Kent. A Wealden hill village

Amenities Committee May

Local Government for Goudhurst, Kilndown and Curtisden Green


Minutes of a Meeting held on 23 May 2017 in the Jessel Room

Present: Cllrs Stephen Wickham (Chairman), David Boniface, Chris Ditton,

Alan Foster, Antony Harris and Phil Kirkby

Mrs Pamela Boniface, representing the Goudhurst Village Green Committee.

Apologies:  were received from Cllr Mrs Angela Broom

Glebe Field.  The notes of an extra Amenities Committee meeting held on 18 May were reviewed. Corinne Browne has produced an updated draft ease for Council’s consideration.  Items relating to parking arrangements on the top glebe, the footpath not to be closed as requested by the Diocese and the trees on the eastern curtilage of both glebes need further refining on advice from Corinne Browne.  She he will also mention in correspondence with the Diocese our request to use the lower glebe for special event parking, the widening of the existing entrance to the lower glebe and to making an entrance (exit) in the lower glebe southern boundary (Corinne’s e-mail of 22 May at 14.19 hrs).

Chequer Field.  Cllr Stephen Wickham reported on a meeting held at the Town Hall on 18 May 2017 attended by himself, Cllr Anthony Harris, the Clerk and Mrs Corinne Browne of Buss Murton as our legal adviser.  TWBC was represented by Mrs Kate Turnham, Solicitor to TWBC and Mr John Antoniades, Acting Property & Estates Manager.  It was noted that Mr Ian Gifford had left TWBC and that Mrs Turnham is leaving on 23 June 2017.

The object of the meeting was two fold.  Firstly to resolve the outstanding  matter of the incorrect boundaries including the ‘slither of land’ in the south-west corner of the land to be transferred to GPC and secondly the resolve the issue of the inadequate drainage at the south end of the football pitch which renders it unplayable in very wet conditions.

On the first matter, it was noted that Mrs Corinne Browne’s comprehensive analysis of the boundaries issues was contained in her letter of 18 January 2017 to TWBC.  However TWBC indicated they are not prepared to do any further work on this although it was evident that an error had been made during the compulsory purchase of 4 parcels of land that now make up the Chequer Field.

On the second issue of the poor drainage, it was agreed that if GPC would slightly move the pitch away from both the disputed ‘slither of land’ and the poorly drained area, TWBC will cover the cost of the pitch.  Such a move would require work to reposition the goal post sockets and the remarking of the football pitch.  GPC will obtain relevant quotes for TWBC to consider.

Goudhurst Pond De-silting.  Cllr Stephen Wickham reported that Council is now negotiating with White Land Solutions – previously known as ACS.  There has been a complete review of the operation which is now being quoted as £24,000 + VAT.  However, there is an issue with the quote; we need to be clear about costs if the amount of silt to be removed from the Pond is greater than 600 tons. Once this point has been clarified, Amenities Committee recommends to Council that this quote be accepted.

Amenities Committee will liaise with the Parish Hall Trust on the exact dates the work is to be carried out.

Balcombes Hill Toilets.  It was noted that 2 of the 5 recently installed hanging baskets have been stolen.  It was agreed that they be replaced under delegated expenditure authority.

The meeting closed at  8.30 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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