Goudhurst, Kent. A Wealden hill village

Council News April

Local Government for Goudhurst, Kilndown and Curtisden Green

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at The Jessel Room on Monday 09 April 2018 at 7.00 pm

PRESENT:  Councillors Antony Harris (Chairman), Alan Foster, Mrs Angela Broom, David Boniface, Chris Ditton, Phil Kirkby, Mrs Susan Newsam,  Barry Noakes, Mrs Caroline Richards and Guy Sutton.   1 Member of the public. 


001/18 were accepted from Cllr Stephen Wickham.    


002/18 The Chairman reminded Members of their responsibility for any Disclosures of Interest on Agenda items for this meeting and for any changes to their Register of Interests. 


003/18 It was resolved that the Minutes of the meeting held on 12 March 2018, copies of which had been previously distributed to Members, be signed by the Acting Chairman as a correct record.


004/18 There were none.


005/18Borough Cllr Barry Noakes observed that largely the Town Hall is focussed on the coming elections for Borough Councillors..


The Chairman of the Amenities Committee reported:

006/18 Defibrillators.  Council resolved to support in principle Mrs Georgia Read-Cutting with her project to introduce more defibrillators into the Parish providing grant funding support is sought.  It was noted that the defibrillator on the south wall of the Star and Eagle is waterlogged and has been withdrawn for possible repair. Discussion on a proposal as to whether a new defibrillator should be positioned at Old Parsonage Surgery or in the proposed red telephone booth at The Plain was left unresolved (it maybe getting a traditional red booth to replace the present modern style booth might not be viable or simply too difficult).

007/18 Lower Glebe Field.  Chairman Amenities Committee had meet Mr Ian Johnstone of the Kent High Weald Project on site on 06 April for a briefing on how Council might develop the Lower Glebe into a more attractive recreation area – less noxious weeds, more wildflowers etc.  We await Mr Johnstone’s proposals.

008/18 Upper Glebe Field – Vehicle Gate.  It was resolved to accept a quote of £2,179.00 to establish a vehicle gate with a foot gate and some minor earthworks.

009/18 Christmas celebrations at The Plain and the lower end of Goudhurst High St. The Chairman of the Parish Council has proposed that a suitably large Christmas tree be introduced at The Plain with more Christmas lights etc.  He reported that this has the support of local traders.  The cost to the Parish Council will be kept low.  Members indicated support for the proposals.

010/18 The Silent Soldier.  This is a nationwide project on behalf of the Poppy Appeal.  It was resolved to agree the proposal to place a man sized silhouette of a WW1 soldier at the War Memorial for the remainder of 2018 to mark the 100th anniversary of the end of that war.

011/18 Extra litter bins.  It was noted that this is a popular topic in discussions with local residents.  It was resolved that the Amenities Committee will carry out a survey of litter bins across the Parish.  If it is found that there is a need for more, Council will need to budget for that and for contracting for them to be emptied weekly

012/18 Tree Survey.  Members noted that there has not been a full survey of trees on Parish Council land for a long time, if ever.  It was resolved that the Clerk will put such a survey in hand and report on progress to Council.


013/18 The Brick Path across St Mary’s Churchyard.  Following Minute 358/17.   The Chairman of the Burial Board reported that she has been in contact with Debbie Matlby, TWBC Conservation Officer. Members noted that it has been agreed that the path should be completely re-laid.  This has been agreed in principle by the Canterbury Diocesan Advisory Committee (DAC) during their visit to Goudhurst on 04 April. But a Faculty will be required.

A number of potential contractors had been contacted by Council but only 2 responded,  A nation wide company bid £33k and a local builder in this part of Kent 18k.  It was resolved to accept the bid of the latter who was interviewed on-site.  

014/18 The Ridgeway Enclosure in the Victorian Cemetery.  Following Minute 118/17.  It was noted that so far the Chairman of the Burial Board has not been successful in obtaining any grant funding for the renovation of this enclosure.   The project will be considered at the next Burial Board meeting on 17 July 2018.


The Chairman of the Highways & Footpaths Committee reported:

015/18 Footpaths.  The poor condition of parts of WC90 and WC42 (High Weald Landscape Trail) between Cranbrook and Goudhurst has been reported to KCC.  

016/18 Traffic Regulation Order (TRO).  Following Minute 397/17.  It was noted that Council awaits the initial report from Socium Consultants on the proposed Traffic Regulation Order (TRO) which will prohibit the use of the A262 through Goudhurst Village by certain HGVs and the  Technical Report to Kent County Council (KCC) proposing that A262 be classified as a ‘B’ road.

017/18 Change of Speed Limit on the A21 between the Bewl Water turn off and the area of T&J Motel at Stonecrouch.  Following Minute 399/17.  It was noted that Council has not yet received a positive response from Highways England.

018/18 Electric Vehicle Charging Points.  Following Minute 402/17.  It was noted that Council has submitted a letter of intent to Tesla.  Negotiations continue as to where in Goudhurst the charging point might be established. whilst noting that this document is not a firm agreement.

019/18 Fire Hydrant Survey. Following Minute 405/17.  It was noted that Kent Fire & Rescue is continuing the refurbishment of the Hydrants across the Parish.

020/18 Hop Pickers Line.  It was noted that the proposed Information Panels are being printed and discussions continue on where they will be sited.


021/18 CCTV.  Following Minute 406/17.  It was noted that the chosen contractor will be starting work in mid April on the first replacement camera and it should be commissioned by the end of April.  It was noted that Mr Justin Moore of the Vine had been most cooperative in agreeing to have the equipment on his premises..


022/18 The Children’s Play Area in Back Lane, Goudhurst.  Following Minute 408/17, it was noted that in anticipation that Council will soon be taking over responsibility for this facility, County Cllr Seán Holden has offered grant funding from his discretionary KCC fund.


It was resolved to note the following Decisions from TWBC published in March 2018:  

023/18   DECISIONS

18/00001 Shepherds Lawn West Road Goudhurst

Part retrospective – Outdoor swimming pool and revised external works

Application withdrawn

18/00053 Stream Farm House Summerhill Goudhurst

Retrospective – Change of use of outbuilding from ancillary residential to offices

Granted consent

18/00082 Land Rear of 3 Bedgebury Cross Cottages Bedgebury Road Goudhurst

Change of use of site for tourist accommodation (seasonal visitor accommodation); installation of wooden platform, access track and extension to rear of existing field shelter. Erection of yurt and provision of temporary huts for shower and toilet facilities

Refused planning permission

18/00261 Trowswell Hill Cottage North Road Goudhurst

Part demolition, part extension and refurbishment including: Demolition of existing garage lean-to extension and replacement with new porch; Demolition of existing rear flat roof extension and replacement with new full width extension; Demolition of existing porch and chimneystacks; Existing cladding removed and replaced with additional insulation and new cladding

Granted consent

18/00322 The Flat Finchcocks Goudhurst

Trees:  Quercus Cerris (G8) – Fell

Granted consent

18/00330 Finchurst Summerhill Goudhurst

Erection of a car lodge

Refused permission

18/00388 Cloud Cottage North Road Goudhurst

Single storey extension

Granted consent

18/00401 Agricultural Building Little Combourne Farm Jarvis Lane Goudhurst

Prior notification for the change of use of a building and land within its curtilage from use falling within Class B8 (Storage or distribution centre) to a use falling within Class C3 (Dwelling houses).

For its prior approval to:

– Air quality impacts; – Transport and highway impacts; – Contamination risk; 

– Flooding risks; – Noise impacts; – Impact of sustainability of storage, distribution or  

  industrial services in the area.

Granted prior approval

18/00458 Spring Cottage London Road Flimwell

Proposed porch to side elevation, proposed single storey rear extension including glazed atrium and new door to rear

Granted consent

024/18   APPLICATIONS considered by the Parish Council Planning Committee in March 2018 with representations here approved by Council:

18/00508 Agricultural Building Twyssenden Farm Priors Heath Goudhurst

Part demolition and conversion of part of a redundant rural building into a dwelling with provision of a wildflower meadow and scheme for landscaping and biodiversity 


Recommend approval 

This proposal improves the appearance of the building and the rural setting.  It does not adversely affect the AONB.  Goudhurst Parish Council recommends approval subject to comments from the Conservation Officer.  

18/00654 The Forge Bedgebury Road Goudhurst 

Proposed side extension 

Recommend approval

Goudhurst Parish Council (GPC) notes that this application is very similar to 14/506127 of January 2015.  We repeat our representation of 19 January 2015:  On the assumption that the proposed volume increase complies with policy, GPC is content that approval is granted.  

18/00735 Summerhill Barn Summerhill Goudhurst

Lawful Development Certificate (Proposed) – Siting of temporary caravan

Recommend refusal

Goudhurst Parish Council (GPC) does not support this proposal.  The size of the proposed caravan  has the appearance of a permanent dwelling.  It is not sympathetic or appropriate in the AONB.    

18/00598 Zion Barn Ranters Lane Goudhurst

To enlarge the existing front entrance porch with a pitched roof (as opposed to a catslide) with a barn hip to match the existing pitched roof at the front.  Gable end of the porch to be finished with weatherboarding to match existing (as opposed to glazing which was originally intended). 

Recommend approval

These revised plans address Goudhurst Parish Council’s concerns on the original application.

Appeal Notification

17/01456 Libra Hair First Floor Unit Fountain House

Change of Use from A1 (Shops) to C3(a) (Dwellinghouse)

No submission is necessary as Goudhurst Parish Council’s support for the TWBC decision will be automatically forwarded to the Planning Inspectorate 


025/18 Following Minute 412/17.   The Clerk has obtained quotes and proposals from a number of organisations that are offering Data Protection Officer (DPO) services.  It was resolved that Cllrs Chris Ditton, Mrs Caroline Richards and Alan Foster will meet with the Clerk to bring a recommendation to Council as to which proposal should be accepted.  It was noted that the GDPR legislation becomes effective on 25 May 2018 – although further legislation is still before Parliament.


026/18 It was resolved unanimously that the following payments be made:

4312 AVB Farnfield March 18 salary and expenses £2,422.01

4313 HM Revenue & Customs Clerk PAYE & NI March 18 £1,313.74

4314 Grounds Care & General Services Grounds maintenance St Mary’s £602.40

4315 Capel Groundcare Chequer Field etc grounds maint March £761.25

4316 John Fermor Christ Church grounds maint March £110.00

4317 Pearsons Landscapes The Plain and Pond maint etc March £145.90

4218 Tenterden Twilight Toilet Block cleaning March £572.00

4319 Microshade Business Consult Citrix – Inv 10545 March £61.14

4320 TWBC Amenity vehicle cost share £1,495.11

4321 Colin Langridge Verge & Hedge Cuts £243.60

4322 DHA Planning A262 reclassification + HGV ban £2,144.76

4323 Hurstway Construction Refurbish posts and railings Pond £1,800.00

4324 SLCC Enterprises Reference books £21.07

4325 Zurich Management Services Clerk LCAS Seminar 18 Jan £36.00

4326 Simply Shredding (AVBF) Shredding old documents £40.00

4327 LCPAS (AVBF reimburse) GDPR templates £30.00

4328 Michael Bennett Website & e-mail accounts 2018-19 £1,725.70

4329 Michael Bennett Maint. Social Media accounts 18-19 £648.00

4330 AwCiRK Membership 2018-19  £50.00

4331 Communicorp Local Councils Update monthly 18-19 £100.00

4332 T Smith St Mary’s path maint £380.00

DDR Veolia Environmental Services Burial Ground bin March £144.54

DDR Eon Energy K’down kiosk & Plain light £16.74

DDR BT CCTV line High St to Parish Hall £236.34

027/18 Receipts in March 2018      

Burial Board £120.00

NatWest interest £1.01

CCLA dividend £11.06

028/18  Bank reconciliation.  Resolved to accept the Clerk’s explanation of the reconciliation of accounts to the end of March 2018 and noted that Council’s cash book balance was:

Nat West Current a/c £4,078.11

Nat West Business Reserve £17,479.43

CCLA Public Sector Deposit Fund £35,215.12



029/18 14 May 2018.   Annual Meeting of the Parish Council. 

The Jessel Room, Goudhurst Parish Hall at 7.30 pm.  


419/17 Members were reminded that the Goudhurst Annual Parish Meeting will be held on Tuesday 17 April 2018 at 7.45 pm for 8.00 pm in Goudhurst Parish Hall.  The Kilndown Annual Parish Meeting will be held on 02 May 2018 at 7.45 pm for 8,00 pm in Kilndown Village Hall. 

The Meeting closed at 9.10   pm. 

Anthony Farnfield, Clerk

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

Clerk to the Parish Council

Anthony Farnfield MBE

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