Goudhurst, Kent. A Wealden hill village

Council News January

GOUDHURST PARISH COUNCIL Local Government for Goudhurst, Kilndown and Curtisden Green


at The Jessel Room on Monday 15 January 2018 at 7.00 pm

PRESENT:  Councillors Antony Harris (Chairman), Alan Foster, Mrs Angela Broom, David Boniface, Phil Kirkby, Mrs Susan Newsam, Barry Noakes, Mrs Caroline Richards,

Guy Sutton, Mrs Rachel Washbourn and Stephen Wickham.  

County Cllr Sean Hilden from 8.05 pm for approximately 15 minutes.

3 Members of the public until 7.35 pm.


311/17 were accepted from Cllr Mrs Angela Broom (holiday).


312/17 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.


313/17 It was resolved that the Minutes of the meeting held on 11 December 2017, copies of which had been previously distributed to Members, be signed by the Chairman as a correct record.

The Meeting then adjourned for guest speakers.

The Chairman welcomed Mrs Karen Fossett, TWBC Head of Planning Services and Mr Peter Hockney, Development Manager.  They gave a 30 minute presentation on Material Considerations and decision making taking into account the National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF).  There followed some questions.

Council then reconvened at 7.35 pm.


314/17 There were none.


315/17 Borough Cllr Barry Noakes reported that decisions will be made imminently by TWBC on the planned renovations of the Library and Adult Education Centre buildings adjacent to the Town Hall.

316/17 County Cllr Seán Holden (who arrived from a meeting at the Town Hall at 8.05 pm) supported this Parish Council’s proposals for the prohibition of Heavy Goods Vehicles transiting the Parish (except for setting down and picking up) and also for certain speed limit reductions and the proposed downgrading of the A262 from an A class to a B class road.  He is putting our case to County Cllr Mike Whiting the KCC Cabinet Member for Highways and Transport who was said to be supportive in principle.


The Chairman of the Amenities Committee reported:

317/17 Chequer Field.   Following Minute 208/17.   It was noted that we have agreement with TWBC on the outstanding matters relating to the poor drainage of the football pitch and certain boundary issues. Our Legal Adviser is awaiting documents for signature from TWBC.

318/17 Glebe Fields. It was noted that through our Legal Adviser, we have reached agreement with the Diocese of Canterbury on all matters relating to the proposed lease on the land except the matter of the path around the west and north sides of the ‘top’ Glebe.  This now has Village Green status and is thus available for residents of the civil parish to engage in recreational activities 365 day a year.  The path was established as a Condition attached to the planning permission for the building of the new Primary School.  The Diocese is insisting that the path be closed for 2 days a year so as to prevent the establishment of a permanent legal footpath.  However our Legal Adviser is putting forward a form of words to the Diocese on this point that they may find acceptable.  

319/17 Chequer Field Wildlife Protection Area.  Following Minute 282/17.   It was noted that Capel Groundcare, Council’s grounds maintenance contractor, has started cutting certain areas of the Wildlife Area to the satisfaction of the local resident who has an interest in reptiles there.

320/17 Village Green Committee.  It was noted that Council has received a further letter raising certain issues relating to the management of the Village Green.  It was resolved that the Clerk will respond thanking the Committee for the helpful points raised but pointing out that the Parish Council can take no action until the lease, which is under negotiation with the Diocese of Canterbury, has been finalised.


The Chairman of the Highways & Footpaths (H&F) Committee reported:

321/17 Footway on A262 Station Road from Ranters Lane junction to Bluecoats Lane Junction.

Following Minute 251/17.  It was noted that the Chairman of this Committee and the Clerk had met a contractor recommended by KCC on site at ‘the swale’.  It seems that it will not be impossible to establish a path through the swale and the Contractor will be sending several costed options.

322/17 Traffic Regulation Order.  Following Minute 155/17.    It was noted that the volume of HGVs through Goudhurst that cause traffic disruption continues to be the subject of continuing complaints from local residents.  Furthermore the recently repaired St Mary’s Churchyard wall has suffered further significant damage recently.

Council has been in touch with a former KCC Highways Officer who is now offering consultancy services on Highways matters.   This Committee has informally requested this consultant to:

Give an opinion to Council as to whether we will likely to be successful in:

  1. an application from Council for a Traffic Regulation Order (TRO)
  • to downgrade the A262 (presently a primary road) from Wilsley Pound (Cranbrook) to Forstal Farm Roundabout (Lamberhurst) from an A class to a B class road;
  • to prohibit HGVs above a certain size to transit Goudhurst Parish (except to the purposes of setting down and picking up goods locally);
  1. establishing a reduction in the speed limit on the A262 east of Goudhurst village and at the same time gain recognition for the hamlet of Iden Green.

It was noted that the initial opinion of the consultant is that the chance of success is likely to be more than 50%.

A broad estimate of the consultant’s advice and the process of submitting the proposed TRO will be £11,720 in total.

Members failed to agree all points and it was resolved to defer the matter to a further Highways & Footpaths Committee meeting.  This to be held as soon as practicable to consider these issues again, including the costs, with the specific intention of establishing how the project can be broken into phases following the initial validation study.


The Chairman of the Police & Neighbourhood Watch Committee reported:

323/17 CCTV.  It was noted that our adviser, Mr Peter Rolington, is working on the Goudhurst & Kilndown CCTV outline scheme.  He needs to reach a ‘critical mass’ to make it viable.  The Parish Council Chairman expressed concern that the project seemed not to be progressing; if there is not evidence soon that we are making progress Council should investigate alternatives.

324/17 Removal of the defunct camera from The Vine wall.  It was noted that Cllr Phil Kirkby will assess how this might be done safely and with the minimum of disruption in the near future.


It was resolved to note the following Decisions from TWBC published in December 2017:

325/17   DECISIONS

17/03333 Lakeview Oast Three Chimneys Farm Bedgebury Road Goudhurst

Alterations and extension to outbuilding including addition of first floor to create two-storey outbuilding

Granted permission

17/03337 Finchcocks Blue Coats Lane Goudhurst

Renovation and restoration of Finchcocks including:

– Enclosure of void under existing cantilever extension;

– Installation of new tank room under existing cantilever extension;

– Single storey extension to south wing;

– Installation of open air swimming pool on south terrace with associated hard landscaping works;

– Replacement of existing five bar gate and fencing to side with wrought iron Deer Park gates with matching gateposts and meatal estate fencing to side;

– Change of use from use as a museum for keyboard instruments and residence for Curator to use as a residential dwelling with D1 usage on part of ground and cellar floors.

Granted permission

17/03338 Finchcocks Blue Coats Lane Goudhurst

Listed Building Consent – Renovation and restoration of Finchcocks including:

– Restoration of damaged ceiling;

– Introduction of services;

– Re-opening bricked up windows;

– Extension for storage and WC in south wing;

– Enclosure of void under existing cantilever extension;

– Installation of new tank room under existing cantilever extension;

– Single storey extension to south wing;

– Improvements to north entrance hall, and new access to cellar in north wing;

– New bathrooms on first, second and third floors and new WC on ground floor;

– External alteration including reopening two blocked up windows;

– Installation of sprinkler system.

Granted permission

17/03366 The Oaks Lidwells Lane Goudhurst

Conversion of loft space with introduction of two dormer windows and one gable window

Granted permission

17/03491 Trowswell Hill Cottage North Road Goudhurst

Proposed single storey double garage with a gabled entrance in traditional materials

Granted permission

17/03746 Springwood Fisheries Rosemary Lane Flimwell

Construction of a new log cabin to provide additional short term family letting accommodation

Permission refused

17/02765 Land at Triggs Farm Cranbrook Road Goudhurst

Outline (Access not reserved) – Demolition of property known at Kestral and erection of a new access road and twelve dwellings including provision of 35% affordable housing

Permission refused

326/17   APPLICATIONS considered by the Parish Council Planning Committee in December 2017 with representations here approved by Council:

17/03828 Riseden House Riseden Goudhurst

Two-storey rear extension

Recommend approval

The proposed extension will have minimal impact on the locality and the AONB.   Subject to officers confirming that the volume increase is compliant with TWBC policy, Goudhurst Parish Council is content that consent is granted

17/04048 Lower Crowbourne Farmhouse Station Road Goudhurst

Retrospective – Change of use of land to residential garden and laying of hardstanding.

Recommend approval

This development has little impact on the locality and the AONB.   Goudhurst Parish Council recommends approval, but agrees the Permitted Development Rights should be withdrawn on this parcel of land.


17/03991 Rear Shernfold Oast Church Road Kilndown TN17 2RT

Alteration to fenestration and glazed porch – Reposition velux window from north to south elevation.

Recommend approval

The repositioned velux window will protect the amenity of the nearest neighbour and Goudhurst Parish Council recommends approval.


17/03698 Former Allotment Gardens Churchills Rope Walk Goudhurst

Erection of 2 No 4-bedroom dwellings with associated parking, landscaping and ancillary works

Recommend approval

It has been explained to Goudhurst Parish Council (GPC) that this 2 dwelling scheme results from advice from planning policy and development control officers.   Subject to KCC Highways confirming that they are content with the likely increase in traffic movements at the junction of Rope Walk with Church Road, GPC now recommends approval.


327/17 The Chairman, as a member of the Steering Committee, again reported that it is continuing to progress well.   A first draft of the Plan is being written.  Members noted the Neighbourhood Development Plan Overall Timeline from December 2017 to January-March 2019.


328/17 Council resolved to approve the training programme for January to March 2018:

Zurich Municipal Insurance.  Training Seminar at Crowborough 18 January.  Clerk to attend.

KALC General Data Protection Regs.  At Ditton on 24 January.  Clerk & Chairman to attend.

KALC Governance, Procedures and Transparency. At Ditton on 08 February.  Clerk to attend.

SLCC South East Regional Training Seminar.  At Uckfield 21 March.  Clerk to attend.


329/17 Following the co-option of Mrs Caroline Richards at Council on 11 December 2017.  Mrs Richards signed her Declaration of Acceptance of Office before the Clerk.  She will complete her Disclosable Pecuniary Interests Form and send it directly to the TWBC Monitoring Officer.


330/17 It was resolved unanimously that the following payments be made:

4260 AVB Farnfield December 17 salary and expenses £2,463.75

4261 HM Revenue & Customs Clerk PAYE & NI December 17 £905.65

4262 Capel Groundcare Chequer Field etc grounds maint Dec £761.25

4263 Pearsons Landscapes The Plain and Pond maint etc December £288.00

4264 Tenterden Twilight Toilet Block cleaning Dec – 4 weeks £572.00

4265 Microshade Business Consult Citrix – Inv 10324 December £61.14

4266 RV Stedman Pest Control Moles control Chequer Field  £88.00

4267 Kent Assoc Local Councils Clerk General Data Protection Training £36.00

4268 Kent Assoc Local Councils Clerk Governance Procedures Transparency £72.00

4269 Society Local Council Clerks Membership 2018 £233.00

4270 CB Noakes Reimburse cost High St Xmas tree £80.00

4271 Arron Services (AVBF) Repairs to Council’s desktop £294.00

4272 Merit Thornton Planning Consultancy services to NDP £2527.64

4273 Kent Assoc Local Councils Cllr Harris Data Protection Training £36.00

4274 Kent Assoc Local Councils Cllr Mrs Richards Dynamic Cllr Course £72.00

4275 GM Monk Ltd Toilet block electrics maint £111.60

DDR BT CCTV line High St to Parish Hall   £245.42

DDR South East Water Balcombes Hill toilets water £331.07

DDR South East Water Chequer Field pavilion water £429.13

DDR Veolia Environmental Services Burial Ground bin December £144.54

331/17 Receipts in December 2017

NatWest interest £2.57

CCLA dividend £8.38

Goudhurst United FC Dynamos£700.00

My Community – Locality: NDP Grant £8966.00

332/17  Bank reconciliationResolved to accept the Clerk’s explanation of the reconciliation of accounts to the end of December 2017 and noted that Council’s cash book balance was:

Nat West Current a/c£6,244.49

Nat West Business Reserve£52,474.80

CCLA Public Sector Deposit Fund£35,182.03


333/17 Statement of receipts and payments against budget for April to December 2017.  Members noted that there are no significant unexplained variances from Budget


334/17 12 February 2018.   The Jessel Room in Goudhurst Parish Hall at 7.30 pm.


335/17 Blend.  Letter of 15 December 2017 from the Lay Minister at St Mary’s Goudhurst thanking Council for a grant they had received towards this Youth project start up..

336/17 Kilndown Village Trusts.  A letter from the Secretary to the Kilndown Millennium Green and Kilndown Village Hall Trusts  thanking Council for the grant funding towards their maintenance costs.

337/17 KCC Update on Household Waste Recycling Centre Policies.  A letter of 08 January 2018.

The Meeting closed at 9.20 pm.

Clerk to the Parish Council Anthony Farnfield MBE

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