Goudhurst, Kent. A Wealden hill village

Amenities Committee September

Local Government for Goudhurst, Kilndown and Curtisden Green


Minutes of a Meeting held on 25 September 2018 in the Jessel Room

Present: Cllrs Stephen Wickham (Chairman), David Boniface, Mrs Angela Broom and Chris Ditton.
1Member of the Public   

Apologies were accepted from:  Cllrs Alan Foster (holiday) and Antony Harris (overseas). 

Declarations of interest:  None declared.

Questions and Statements from the Public.  There were none.

The Village Green (the top Glebe field) Grounds Maintenance:

Members considered various quotations:

a. Taking approx. 12” off the top of the Glebe hedge from the north east gate to the first gate in the vicarage drive.  Recommend to Council not to do this, but to have the hedge topped and sided as usual with the tractor mounted hedge cutter.  Bring forward for further consideration in 2019/20.

b.To spread level and re-seed the worst areas of the Glebe Field with 10 tonnes top soil.

Recommend to Council to re-examine the surface in spring 2019 then decide whether to go ahead. 

c. To rotavate, level, dragmat and reseed with grass, a larger area of the Glebe. Recommend to Council not to go ahead with this.

d. Post Meeting:  Recommend to Council to approve a verbal quote of up to £700 [ £100 per load] to remove the pile of grass cuttings at the eastern end of the Glebe . 

Play Area – Back Lane

Members considered the notes from the Play Area Working Group meeting on 17th Sept 2018. Recommend to Council to:

a. Repair existing equipment (multi-unit, picnic bench, suspended logs) to a level which meets safety standards. A contractor has already been appointed. Retain climbing frame, no maintenance required.

b. Remove condemned equipment, spring bird and spring cow.  Two swing sets have already been removed.

c. Arrange for working group to meet to discuss fund raising to purchase a new but moveable swing set.

d. Not to meet with our proposed project manager until plans can be progressed. 

It was noted that the project to construct a new play area cannot progress until any possible Church Room redevelopment plans are confirmed.

Kilndown Fishing Club

Cllr Ditton reported that the fishing club is again up and running.  The Parish Council has insurance in place, rules and regulations have been revised, application forms for membership are being circulated to past members and local people. 

The Fishing Club information is now on Kilndown Village Hall website and new notices with contact details are about to be placed by the pond.

The meeting ended at 8:20PM.

Clerk to the Parish Council

Anthony Farnfield MBE

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