Goudhurst, Kent. A Wealden hill village

Council News September

Local Government for Goudhurst, Kilndown and Curtisden Green


at The Jessel Room, Goudhurst Parish Hall on Monday 12 September 2016 at 7.30 pm 

PRESENT:  Councillors Phil Kirkby (acting Chairman), Mrs Carol Ash, Mrs Angela Broom, David Boniface, Alan Foster, Mrs Susan Newsam, Barry Noakes, Guy Sutton, Tom Malt and Stephen Wickham.

2 Members of the public until after the Questions from the Public item.


166/16 were accepted from Cllrs Antony Harris (business overseas) and Sean Gilder (business).  Also County Cllr Alex King.


167/16 The Chairman reminded Members of their responsibility for any Declarations of Interest on Agenda items for this meeting and any changes to their Register of Interest Declarations.

Cllr Phil Kirkby declared an interest in Minute 177/16 as the contractor involved in providing electrical services (at a discounted rate) and took no part in the decision making.


168/16 It was resolved that the Minutes of the meeting held on 15 August 2016, copies of which had been previously distributed to Members, be signed by the acting Chairman as a correct record.


169/16 Mrs Sonia Smith asked if it would be possible to establish a small area at the junction of A262 Cranbrook Road and Tattlebury Lane for pedestrians to stand safely while waiting to cross the road. She also asked if it would be possible to cut back excess growing vegetation which is encroaching onto the footway from ‘Henley’s Field’ on the opposite side of Church Road from Tattlebury Triangle.  Cllr David Boniface will take appropriate action on these two queries.

170/16 Mr Romilly Wallis-Hosken asked about a mysterious black box which had appeared on a road sign at the entrance to Swan Lane from North Road. It was noted that the Clerk had already queried this with Kent Highways who have no knowledge of it; it must be some sort of private arrangement.  Mr Wallis-Hosken asked what the next steps are relating to the proposed Neighbourhood Development Plan following the successful initial meeting held on 10 September.  Council explained that some 100 local people had volunteered to assist and that there would be a meeting of those volunteers in early October to establish a Steering Committee and to allocate ‘who does what’.


171/16 Cllr Noakes reported that a replacement TWBC Monitoring Officer will be appointed soon.


The Chairman of the Amenities Committee reported:

172/16 Glebe Field. Following Minute 370/15It was noted that the Diocesan Land Agent had written to Council offering terms for a 30 year lease.  Amenities Committee will now set a date to meet with the Land Agent to clarify some detail. The target start date for the lease is 01 January 2017.

173/16 Goudhurst Pond – Desilting.  Following Minute 102/16.  It was noted that the appointed contractor will start work in the second half of October.  The work will take some weeks; the Pond has to be drained, the silt allowed to dry out a bit before being dug out and then the Pond refilled. It was agreed that Council will carry out a publicity campaign so that local people are informed well ahead of time.

174/16 Goudhurst Pond – Railings.  It was noted that a number of white posts are rotten and need to be replaced.  All the posts need to be repainted.  Council is seeking quotes for this project which will be carried out as soon as possible after the Pond de-silting.

175/16. Chequer Field – Transfer of Title.  Following Minutes 145/16 and 146/16.  The Clerk is to contact TWBC Legal with a view to resolving the issues around the precise land boundaries and the poor pitch drainage.

176/16 Quarry Centre, Kilndown.  The Transfer of Title from the Parish Council to the newly established Trust (Reg Charity No 1167410) has been received from Buss Murton and is ready for Council to sign.  The Clerk will ensure this done and the document returned to our legal advisers.

177/16 Defibrillator at Kilndown.  Following Minute 135/16, it was resolved to approve expenditure of £369.56 for electrical installation work at the red phone kiosk so that the defibrillator can be installed.


The Chairman of the Highways & Footpaths Committee reported:

178/16 Proposed purchase of land adjacent to A262 Station Road to the east of Blue Coat Lane. Following Minute 106/16.  It was resolved that Council will approach Kent Highways to seek their agreement to sell this parcel of land to the Parish Council.  The objective is to establish a footway across it as part of the proposed establishment of a PROW link from central Goudhurst onto WC40 leading towards Finchcocks and Riseden.  The Clerk will raise this matter with Kent Highways whilst keeping KCC PROW & Access informed.  It was noted that Kent Highways had estimated (in February 2012) the cost of establishing an aggregated footway for 270 meters along the A262 westwards from the junction of Ranters Lane to the ‘Reduce Speed Now’ road sign to be c£25,000.

179/16 Speed Indicator Device (SID).  Following Minute 110/16, the Highways & Footpaths Committee recommends that the roadside poles from which the SID will work should be on the Cranbrook Road on both eastbound and westbound approaches to the entrance to Beaman Close and on North Road in the area of the old Methodist Chapel.  Chairman Highways & Footpaths Committee will follow up with Kent Highways who will decide on the final positioning..


The Chairman of the Youth Committee reported:

180/16 Chequer Field – Juniors’ Football.   It was noted that organisers of the junior football activities as part of Goudhurst United FC (GUFC) have reported a surge of interest.  Council has been approached to provide extra junior pitches within the main Goudhurst United senior team’s pitch.  The extra cost of laying out the junior pitches and maintaining the lines (blue) is estimated at £1,300 annum under Council’s grounds maintenance contract.  It was resolved that Council, in wishing to encourage this junior football activity, will charge the junior football section of GUFC £650.00 annum (£325.00 twice a year) whilst taking the cost of £650.00 onto the Youth Committee budget.


It was resolved to note the following Decisions from TWBC and agree the Representations:


16/502391 The Goudhurst Inn Cranbrook Road Goudhurst

Retrospective – Single storey detached Pizza Kitchen at rear of The Goudhurst Inn; fitted air conditioning unit to single storey roof on The Goudhurst Inn

Granted permission

16/505440  Land adj Cedar Cottage Clayhill Goudhurst

Outline (All Matters Reserved) – Detached dwelling (TW/07/03069/OUT refers)

Granted planning permission

16/505448 Lower Ladysden Farm Winchet Hill Goudhurst

Proposed external changes to building to provide two semi-detached dwellings

Granted permission

16/05644 Chequer Tree Farm House Mile Lane Goudhurst

Demolition of existing boiler house and erection of a new single storey kitchen extension and back door porch with alterations

Granted permission

16/05843 Little Quarry Farm Station Road Goudhurst

Erection of timber framed shed for secure storage of machinery and provision of an external WC

Granted permission

16/05973 The Barn Shear Farm North Road Goudhurst

Extension and refurbishment of existing property

Refused permission

16/06077 The Omega Beaman Close Goudhurst

Proposed loft conversion and alterations

Granted permission

182/16 APPLICATIONS considered by the Parish Council Planning Committee in August 2016:

16/502391 The Goudhurst Inn Cranbrook Road Goudhurst

Retrospective – single storey detached Pizza Kitchen at the rear of the Goudhurst Inn.  Fitted air conditioning unit to single storey roof on The Goudhurst Inn

Recommend approval

The impact of these proposals is confined to areas which are used by customers of the business rather than from public viewpoints.

16/505087 1 Lurkins Rise Goudhurst

To demolish part of the back addition of the existing dwelling house and extend the first floor at the rear of the dwelling. Internal alterations, fenestration alterations and existing door canopy.  To divide the property and erect a 2 bedroom semi-detached house including a new parking area and landscaping.

Recommend refusal

Goudhurst Parish Council (GPC) has serious reservations regarding this proposal, which, because the roof ridge is continued at the same height as the existing property, will take the built form very close to the boundary of the property, where it will tower over the pedestrian footway which borders the property.   In addition, when approaching the village from the west, the additional dwelling will have a very dominant appearance.   GPC is also concerned that although the parking provision is theoretically sufficient being so near to the village centre, one space per dwelling will in practice prove insufficient and may lead to vehicles reversing onto A262 Clay Hill.

16/505440 Land adj Cedar Cottage Clayhill Goudhurst

Outline (all matters reserved) – Detached dwelling (TW/07/03069 refers)

Recommend approval

On the assumption that there have been no material changes to planning policy which affect this application, Goudhurst Parish Council is content that the application is approved.

16/505973 The Barn Shear Farm North Road Goudhurst

Extension and refurbishment of existing property


Despite searching, Goudhurst Parish Council (GPC) has been unable to ascertain how policy on extensions should be applied to dwellings which have been allowed by recent changes to PD legislation.  GPC would comment that the proposed changes, being well screened from nearby views and only visible in long views from Horsmonden, will have minimal impact.   Officers should determine

16/06063 Blantyre House Horden Road Goudhurst

Temporary change of use to staff training centre (Class D1) for 5 years

Recommend approval

Goudhurst Parish Council (GPC), while not opposing the re-use of these premises, believes that this proposal will lead to a large increase in daily traffic movement to and from the prison, most of which will pass through Curtisden Green Village.   GPC would request that efforts are made to minimize traffic movements which will clash with traffic serving Bethany School.

16/06077 The Omega Beaman Close Goudhurst

Proposed loft conversion and alterations.

Recommend approval

The main impact of this proposal, in terms of overlooking and appearance will be on the school car park rather than other residences.

16/06119 Bedgebury Pinetum Forestry Authority Park Lane Goudhurst

Erection of 3 storage units; Relocation of recycling/waste area and local widening to footpath and cycleway

Recommend approval

Relatively minor works that will improve that area.  The impact is minimal and very local.

16/06248 Wanderwood North Road Goudhurst

Demolition of the existing house and garage; proposed replacement dwelling and attached garage including formation of new vehicular access to create ‘in/out’ drive.

Recommend approval

A carefully designed scheme, which will have no more impact than the existing building.   The ridge height will be approx ½m higher than the existing, but still lower than either of the neighbouring properties.   Goudhurst Parish Council recommends that:

1.Highways should confirm that the traffic movements will be safe,  and

2. Include a condition to limit light pollution from the many windows facing the valley to the west.

16/06269 Walled Garden Bedgebury Pinetum Bedgebury Road Goudhurst

Outline (Access and layout not reserved) – Construction of a permanent office and training/education building in the Walled Garden for use by the Forestry Commission and Kent High Weald Partnership

Recommend approval

Goudhurst Parish Council’s view is that this proposal will probably smarten up the area, provided that the subsequent full application uses suitable materials etc

16/06270 Walled Garden Bedgebury Pinetum Bedgebury Road Goudhurst

Temporary retention of two office and training/education buildings in the Walled Garden for use by the Forestry Commission and Kent High Weald Partnership (for a Period of 3 Years)

Recommend approval

These 2 old structures are probably getting close to the end of their useful life, but will probably last a bit longer


182/16 Following Minute 158/16.   The Clerk reported (in the absence of the Chairman) that the ‘Big Meeting’ held on 10 September 2016 in Goudhurst Parish Hall had been a success.  Council had hoped that 100 to 120 local residents might attend; on the day 238 attendees were registered on the door.  More than 90 have volunteered so far to participate in drawing up the NDP and 30 have asked to be kept informed.  By a show of hands those present voted unanimously that Council should proceed with the Goudhurst Parish NDP.  The next event will be held in early October for those who had volunteered to participate.  At that meeting the NDP Chairman will be appointed, the Steering Committee established and groups formed to start on the work.  It was noted that while Council will provide some support services (e.g. accounting) the Steering Committee will largely run the project with Mr Jim Boot MSc, a Community Planner, acting as Consultant.  It will have to be compliant with planning legislation and with the Tunbridge Wells Borough Local Plan.  TWBC Planning Policy Manager will speak at the early October meeting.


183/16 It was resolved unanimously that the following payments be made:

3888 AVB Farnfield August 16 pay and expenses £2,362.39

3889HM Revenue & CustomsClerk PAYE & NI August 16£841.06

3890 Groundscare & General Services St Mary’s grounds maint contract August 16 £1,204.80

3891 Capel Groundcare Chequer Field etc grounds maint contract Aug 16 £865.27

3892 John Fermor Landscapes Kilndown grounds maint August 16 £1,370.00

3893 Pearsons Landscapes The Plain and Pond maint August 16 £103.20

3894 Tenterden Twilight Cleaning Balcombes Hill public toilets contract August 16 £698.75

3895 Cancelled cheque

3896 Paul & Eileen Landon War Memorial garden & water trough maint £35.00

3897 Peter Watkins PROW maint Aug plus Millennium Green fuel £98.78

3898 PCC Goudhurst St Mary’s Church meeting room rental £12.60

3899 PKF Littlejohn LLP Audit Council’s Accounts 2015/16 £480.00

3900 AVB Farnfield Goudhurst in Bloom Awards costs £192.00

3901 Tate Fencing St Mary’s Churchyard foot gates (2nd instalment) £1,750.84

3902 Barbara Harrison-Stafford Neighbourhood Dev Plan advertising £21.16

3903 Goudhurst Parish Hall Hall hire for NDP meeting 10 September £79.50

3904 Complete Weed Control St Mary’s and Christ Church weed control £288.00

3905 The Wealden Group Printing NDP posters £140.40

3906 Peter Bateup Kilndown red phone kiosk repainting £400.00

3907 Chata Hygiene Public toilets – nappy bin service £19.76

3908 Goudhurst Parish Hall Maintenance Grant 2016/17 £1.750.00

3909 Kilndown Village Hall Maintenance Grant 2016/17 £500.00

3910 Kilndown Quarry Centre Maintenance Grant 2016/17 £250.00

3911 Citizens Advice Bureau Annual grant 2016/17 £350.00

3912 PCC Goudhurst Parish Magazine (grant for pages used by Council) £450.00

3913 Kilndown Village Newsletter Fund Grant for 2016/17 £250.00

3914 Goudhurst Parish Hall Energy used 2016/17 by Pond pump/fountain £200.00

3915 The Vine Inn Grant for energy used and amenity CCTV camera £100.00

3916 Goudhurst Parish Hall Grant for energy used and amenity CCTV room £100.00

3917 Goudhurst Parish Hall Grant for energy used by The Plain Xmas lights £50.00

3918 Goudhurst Social Club Grant for energy used for War Memorial lights £50.00

3919 Royal British Legion – Poppy Appeal Grant for Remembrance wreath (Goudhurst). S137 £25.00

3920 Royal British Legion – Poppy Appeal Grant for Remembrance wreath (Kilndown). S137 £25.00

3921 AVB Farnfield Reimburse NDP meeting expenses £66.33

3922 B&K Electrical Contractors Electrical work K ’down defibrillator instal’n £369.56

DDR Southern Electric Chequer Field pavilion energy £87.44

DDR Veolia Environmental Services Burial Grounds bin August 16 £144.54

184/16 Cheques 3919 and 3920.  Resolved that the Council in accordance with its powers under sections 137 and 139 of the Local Government Act 1972, should incur the following expenditure which, in the opinion of the Council, is in the interests of the inhabitants of the Parish of Goudhurst and will benefit them in a manner commensurate with the expenditure of £50.00 to purchase two poppy wreaths for the 2016 Remembrance Day services at St Mary’s Goudhurst and Christ Church Kilndown.

185/16 Receipts in August 2016

Burial Board£1,350.00

NatWest interest£0.58

CCLA interest£17.97

186/16  Bank reconciliationResolved to accept the Clerk’s explanation of the reconciliation of accounts to the end of August 2016 and noted that Council’s cash book balance was:

Nat West Current a/c£2,257.27

Nat West Business Reserve£1,984.47

CCLA Public Sector Deposit Fund£50,074.82


187/16 Statement of receipts and payments against budget for April to September 2016.   Members accepted the explanation for adverse variances on account lines 4290, 4291 and 4304.  It was noted  total expenditure for the 1st half of the financial year is as expected; it is always higher in the 1st half year than the 2nd half.


188/15 Resolved to accept the proposal that the Chairmen of Council’s Committees should each draw up a simple Business Plan for 2017/18.  The purpose is for each Committee to give thought to plans for their projects for 2017/18 so as to facilitate and justify the Budget for that year.


189/16 10 October 2016.   Parish Council in the Jessel Room, Goudhurst Parish Hall at 7.30 pm

The Meeting closed at  9.10 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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