Goudhurst, Kent. A Wealden hill village

Council News September

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

MINUTES OF A MEETING OF GOUDHURST PARISH COUNCIL

at The Jessel Room, Goudhurst Parish Hall on Monday 09 September 2019 at 7.30 pm

PRESENT:  Councillors Antony Harris (Chairman), David Boniface, Craig Broom, Alan Foster, Philip Kirkby, David Knight, Barry Noakes, Mrs Caroline Richards, Mrs Jayne Russell and Guy Sutton. County Cllr Seán Holden for the first part of the meeting. 

Cllr Alan McDermott, Leader of TWBC.

2 Members of the Public.  

APOLOGIES FOR ABSENCE  

178/19 were accepted from Cllrs Chris Ditton and Peter Wood.  

DISCLOSURES OF INTEREST

179/19 Cllr Guy Sutton declared an interest in discussions on Community Land Trust proposals at Kilndown (Minute 196/19) and withdrew from the meeting at that time. 

MINUTES OF THE LAST MEETING

180/19 It was resolved that the Minutes of the Parish Council meeting held on 12 August 2019, copies of which had been previously distributed to Members, be signed by the Chairman as a correct record. 

VISITING SPEAKERS

Mr Lee Colyer, Director of Finance, Policy & Development, TWBC briefed Council on Town Hall matters. The Revenue Support Grant from central Government to TWBC is now nil.  The Borough Council is largely self sufficient and dependant on Business Rates for its main income.  The redevelopment of the cinema site in the town centre will start soon and there are plans to redevelop part of the Royal Victoria Centre which is currently unused.

Cllr Mrs Carol Mackonochie, Portfolio Holder for Communities and Wellbeing briefed Council on homelessness in the Borough and on housing matters generally. 

REPORTS FROM COUNTY AND BOROUGH COUNCILLORS

181/19 Cllrs Seán Holden announced that Cllr Paul Carter CBE, Leader of Kent County Council will be stepping down in October 2019.  There was no report from Borough Cllr Dr Linda Hall.  

QUESTIONS AND STATEMENTS FROM THE PUBLIC AND THE PRESS

Two local residents spoke briefly and asked that Council install seating on the upper Glebe (Village Green) and the lower Glebe along with more litter bins in those areas. 

CENTRAL GOUDHURST (TRAFFIC & PARKING) COMMITTEE

The Chairman of the Traffic & Parking Committee reported: 

182/19 Extra parking areas.  Council expressed the view, often heard from local residents, that ‘something needs to be done’ about the lack of parking spaces in central Goudhurst.  Several pockets of land are being considered.  The Clerk is obtaining a list of Kent Highways approved consultants who may be contracted to give Council advice on technical matters and will follow up.

183/19 Parking and Traffic in Goudhurst with special reference to the Old Parsonage site planning application 19/00280.   Head of Planning Services TWBC has agreed to facilitate a meeting with the developers of the Old Parsonage site to obtain land for an additional 8 to 12 parking places opposite (to the east of) our existing car park on Balcombes Hill. 

HIGHWAYS COMMITTEE

The Chairman presented the Minutes of a Committee meeting held on 27 August 2019:

184/19 A21 campaign to lower the speed limit and reduce collision frequency.  It was noted that there has been further exchanges of correspondence between the Parish Council and Highways England (HE) relating that stretch of the A21 that passes through this Parish.  Local resident Mr Ted Bennett seeks Council’s support to make further points to HE since HE appears not to be doing what they have been asked to do and that is considered unsatisfactory.  

185/19 Goudhurst Lorry Watch.  A proposal to set up a Goudhurst Lorry Watch was considered. The scheme will be modelled on that at Horsmonden.  The Goudhurst Traffic Action Group (GTAG) led by Mr Colin Wilson has expressed interest in this and will consider setting up a Lorry Watch Group.  It was noted that present legislation allows HGVs to use the A262 through Goudhurst but a question has been raised as to whether HGV drivers that ignore the blue signs indicating that the road through Goudhurst is not suitable for their use constitutes ‘bad behaviour’.

186/19 Speed limit on A262 near the Market Place (Station Road near the Green Cross). It was resolved that the Clerk will seek a quote from the contractor who previously carried of traffic checks for us.  The purpose of this is to build a case for a reduction in the speed limit in that area from 40 mph to 30 mph.  Meanwhile it was agreed that the proposed speed check in the ‘Iden Green’ area will be held in abeyance for the time being and as a result so will the proposed application to designate Iden Green as a village.

187/19 Goudhurst High Street raised pedestrian platform.  Following Minute 412/18 of 11 March 2019. It was resolved that Council will write to Traffic Manager Kent Highways to follow up the possibility that had been discussed of a dispensation to establish a ‘raised area’ to increase the safety of  pedestrians crossing from one side of the road to the other side..

188/19 Additional traffic sign ‘Beware Pedestrians’ or similar.  Following Minute 188/19.  On following up with Kent Highways on progress with this project, the Clerk found that we have to follow a new procedure.  We need to complete a Highways Improvement Plan.  The Clerk will take the necessary action.

YOUTH COMMITTEE

The Chairman of the Youth Committee presented the Minutes of a Committee Meeting held on 29 August 2019

189/19 Back Lane Play Area by the Church Room: Funding for replacement equipment. It was noted that there may be S106 (Community Infrastructure Levy) monies available from two building developments in the Parish.  This might produce £25 to £30k for Play Area upgrading. It is too early to say when these funds might be made available.  In the meantime, the Parish Council has £5k budgeted in the current year and this may be repeated in the 2020/21 budget.  But this should not deter fundraising by those interested in the Play Area improvements.  The Youth Committee will bring forward more detailed and costed proposals.

190/19 Upgrading the surface of the Top Glebe (Village Green).  In response to comments from local residents, Council has a quote from our regular contractor to carry out much needed and overdue improvements to the surface of the Village Green. Further quotes are awaited.  It was noted that when it was controlled by the Diocese, virtually no maintenance had been carried out for many years.  It is rough and uneven and parts can be considered to be a hazard to users.  The Friends of Goudhurst Village Green (FGVG) will be informed if the project is to go ahead.  Dynamos FC has offered to cover 50% of the cost.  It will be necessary to fence off the large part of the Village Green from October 2019 to the Spring 2020 but Councillors considered that this project will bring benefits to the whole community. It was resolved to approve expenditure of up to £7,500 and the Clerk was instructed to instruct Capel Groundcare to proceed with the work.  The Clerk will generate a deposit payment of £1,500.00 to Capel Groundcare.

191/19 Hedge on the south side of the Village Green along the Vicar’s driveway adjoining the Play Area.  It was noted that some local residents had indicated that they feel it is dangerous when the hedge is high and fully green in that children can be at risk from cars moving along the Vicar’s drive.  It was resolved that Council will draw up a scheme, which might include changing the worn out footgate to the Green, lowering the height of the hedge and maybe introducing some suitable fencing.  This can be considered to be part of the upgrading of the Village Green facility.  

192/19 Shelter on the Village Green. It was agreed that Cllrs Craig Broom and David Knight are to draw up a specification for the shelter for approval by Council.

PLANNING COMMITTEE   

Council noted the following Decisions from TWBC published in August 2019:  

193/19 DECISIONS

19/00195 Summerhill Barn Summerhill Goudhurst

Siting of caravan for annex use

Granted permission

19/00953 Black Swan Hall Cranbrook Road Goudhurst

Variation of Condition 6 (Holiday let management and parking) of 13/02333/FUL – Re-word condition to state “two parking spaces shall be made available for the occupiers of the holiday let”

Granted permission.

19/00974 Black Swan Hall Cranbrook Road Goudhurst

Application to discharge S106 agreement dated 23 March 1994 relating to occupation and sale of annexe

Granted permission

19/01308 Lower Maypole Cottage Maypole Lane Goudhurst

Internal alterations to subdivide utility room, create new bathroom; replace fixtures, finishes and rewire

Granted permission

19/01538 Zion Barn Ranters Lane Goudhurst

Proposed single storey rear extension to existing garden room

Granted permission

19/01856 Larchfield House Bedgebury Road Goudhurst

Erection of a detached cart shed garage

Granted permission

19/01813 Winchet Hall Winchet Hill Goudhurst

Erection of a single storey side extension

Granted permission

19/01988 OS Plot 6267, Rogers Rough Road, Kilndown

Permeant retention of residential unit for agriculture, game rearing or forestry workers’ use (Retrospective)

Granted permission

19/01733 4 Summerhill Cottage, Rogers Rough Road, Kilndown

Erection of a single storey bay window front extension

Granted permission

194/19  APPLICATIONS considered by the Parish Council Planning Committee in August 2019 with the  representations here approved by Council:

19/01731 5 Cliffe Cottages North Road Goudhurst

Listed Building Consent:  Replacement of modern floor of concrete and slab to damp proof membrane, insulation, screed and under floor heating with engineered oak flooring above (Works Commenced).

Neutral

No supporting documents were available on the website during this committee meeting.  However Goudhurst Parish Council recommends that the application should be seen by the Conservation Officer since the proposed works might be detrimental to the building through ‘drying out’. 

19/01735 Delaware Beresford Road Goudhurst

Erection of a log cabin

Recommend approval

Goudhurst Parish Council notes that the proposed construction will be well shielded.  Being a replacement for the existing shed, it should be conditioned to be ancillary to the main dwelling. 

19/01865 8 John Stacey Heights High Ridge Goudhurst

Change of use from over night carers accommodation to office accommodation.

Recommend approval

Goudhurst Parish Council believes the application is appropriate since it will be used by Town & Country Housing as office accommodation for their employees.  

19/01988 OS Plot 6267 Rogers Rough Road Kilndown

Permanent retention of residential unit for agricultural, game rearing or forestry workers’ use (Retrospective)

Recommend refusal

Goudhurst Parish Council believes that the site is only suitable for temporary use for seasonal work.

19/02194 Beech House North Road Goudhurst

Provision of white painted timber weatherboard to front first floor elevation

Recommend approval

The proposal fits well with the High Weald building vernacular and will have no effect on the local environment since Beech House is not a prominent dwelling 

19/01638 Pook Hill Wood Farm Wilden Park Road Staplehurst

Prior notification for the change of use of a building and land within its curtilage from an agricultural user to a use falling within Class C3 (dwelling house) together with associated building operations which are reasonably necessary to convert the building for its prior approval to:

– Transport and highways impacts

– Noise impacts

– Contamination risk

– Flooding risks

– Whether the location or siting makes it impracticable or undesirable

For operational development:

– Design or external appearance.

Recommend approval

Goudhurst Parish Council does not believe that any of the identified issues will form grounds to refuse this application

Delegate

195/19 Licensing Application for consideration

19/02940/LAPRE  H and J Abode Limited, Olive Stores West Road Goudhurst

Provision of regulated entertainment (live music) and the supply of alcohol.

Local residents began by expressing concern that the proposed licensable activity was already causing a noise nuisance to immediate neighbours, particularly in the evenings. They were less concerned about such noise during daylight hours. Goudhurst Parish Council (GPC) members agreed that this problem could probably be overcome by the installation of noise blocking material in the appropriate party walls, or the restriction of the opening times to daylight hours only, when ambient noise levels would be higher.

Members also expressed concern that the current presence of tables and chairs on the pavement outside the premises, which is narrow, were causing a problem to parents with buggies and wheel chair users. These tables and chairs have now been removed.

It was resolved that GPC will formally request that in order that these issues can be given appropriate consideration, a TWBC licensing sub-committee hearing should take place to consider this application and that concerned neighbours should be invited to attend the hearing to explain their concerns to the panel.

196/19 Community Land Trust Scheme.  It was noted that a resident in the Parish had submitted a proposal to Council for a Community Land Trust (CLT) scheme to be considered relating to land at Kilndown.  It was noted that if the Parish Council takes ownership of the land and builds on it, then the Council has control over who occupies the buildings. It was resolved that the 3 Kilndown Parish Ward Councillors together with Mr Colin Willis and Cllr Craig Broom should meet with the proposer of the scheme to understand better his intentions and how the scheme might be progressed or not within the Local Plan.

NEIGHBOURHOOD DEVELOPMENT PLAN

197/19 Cllr Craig Broom reported that he has updated 700 pages following comments received from

local residents on the first edition.  He plans to bring the updated version to Council on 14 October 2019 for approval and to then publish it in November.

GDPR

198/19 Following Minute 171/19.  Members each received a copy of the 4 page briefing from the Information Commissioners Office via KALC “IT Update on Parish Websites and GDPR Issues – September 2019”.  

TRAINING

199/19 It was noted that Asst Clerk Mrs Claire Reed and Cllr Mrs Caroline Richards had both attended the KALC ‘Dynamic Councillor’ course on 29 August.  Mrs Reed will attend the KALC ‘The Clerk in Action’ course on 17 September 2019.

ACCOUNTS 

200/19 It was resolved unanimously that the following payments be made:

U019 Paul & Eileen Landon War Mem’l garden maint £55.00

U020 AVB Farnfield Software purchase WinRAR £36.12

DD Veolia Environmental Services Burial Grounds bin Jul £152.35

DD TWBC NNDR Public Conveniences Sep 19 £104.00

U021 AVB Farnfield Clerk’s Pay & expenses Aug 19 £2,276.84

U022 HM Revenue & Customs Clerk PAYE & NI Aug 19 £852.67

U023 CL Reed Asst Clerk pay Jul & Aug £1,267.14

U024 HM Revenue & Customs Asst Clerk PAYE & NI Jul & Aug £342.79

U025 RJ&L Hillier The Hop Bine rent Sep £400.00

U026 Groundscare & General Services St Mary’s maint contract Aug 19 £1,325.28

U027 Capel Groundcare Chequer Field etc grounds maint Aug 19 £1,254.72

U028 John Fermor Landscapes Christ Church & Quarry Pond maint Jul £1,170.00

U029 Tenterden Twilight Premises Cleaning contracts Aug £806.45

U030 Pearsons Landscapes The Plain grounds maint Aug £111.60

U031 Microshade Business Consult Citrix Inv 12229 £122.28

U032 Paul & Eileen Landon War Mem’l and Water trough Jul/Aug £45.00

U033 Beric Appliances (pay AVBF) Office Cooling fan £399.99

U034 Merit Thornton NDP Consultancy fees £1,537.92

U035 PCC Goudhurst Room hire Hop Pickers Aug £20.00

U036 PCC Goudhurst Room hire Hop Pickers Oct £20.00

U037 KALC Inv 1021097203 Richards training £60.00

U038 Iden Signs Limited parking signs £60.00

U039 Complete Weed Control (Kent) Burial Grounds weed control £396.00

U040 Goudhurst Parish Hall GPC Room Hire Apr-Sep 19 £375.00

U041 AVB Farnfield Office unit for IT equipt £269.00

U042 Chata Hygiene Ltd Toilet block sanitary bins £19.76

U043 KALC Inv 1022726599 Boniface training £72.00

U044 KALC Inv 1031106125 Wood training £60.00

U045 AVB Farnfield Radar keys for toilet block £11.40

U046 John Lewis (pay AVBF) Fridge for Hop Bine office £168.99

U047 McVeigh Parker Quarry Pond Forestry Gate replace £560.40

U048 Mead Sport & Leisure Ltd Fishing Club insurance 19/20 £257.60

U049 Paul & Eileen Landon War Mem’l and Water trough maint Jun £55.00

U050 AVB Farnfield Software for GPC desktop £36.12

U051 K’down Mill Green Trust Grant for goals Mill Green £214.99

U052 Gill Wallis-Hosken Goudhurst in Bloom expenses £73.21

U053 AVB Farnfield Goudhurst in Bloom prize giving event cost £200.90

DD Veolia Environment Services Burial Ground bin Aug £152.35

201/19 Receipts in August 2019      

Burial Board fees£930.00

CCLA dividend£13.62

202/19  Bank reconciliation.  Resolved to accept the Clerk’s explanation of the reconciliation of accounts to the end of August 2019 and noted that Council’s cash book balance was:

Unity trust Current a/c£52,621.01

Nat West Current a/c£2,955.27

CCLA Public Sector Deposit Fund£20,446.38

£76,022.66

NEXT PARISH COUNCIL MEETING

203/19 15 October 2019.   Parish Council Meeting in the Jessel Room at 7.30 pm.  

The meeting closed at 9.30 pm

Anthony Farnfield, Clerk

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

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

Clerk to the Parish Council

Anthony Farnfield MBE


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