Challock Parish Council Meeting (Edited Minutes)

 

Memorial Hall, Audrey Allen room

Thursday 16th January 2014, 7.30pm

 

Members of public present: 3

 

 

 

 

 

Apologies

 

David Robey (ABC Cabinet meeting)

 

 

Present

 

Roger Spicer, Stephen Brandon, John Ramsden, Akile Clinton, Michael Fisher, Diane Ashworth, Nichola Fox, Kirstie Wooltorton (Clerk), Diane Sandy (Assistant Clerk)

 

 

Minutes of Last Meeting

 

Minutes of 28th November 2013 meeting were signed by Roger Spicer as an accurate record.

 

 

Peter Willows

 

Peter confirmed he has been carrying out high visibility patrols. A property undergoing renovation in Church Lane has had tools and equipment stolen.

 

Diane Ashworth asked Peter if he knew when the Police Forum would be re-started. Peter will find out and inform Clerk.

 

 

Parish Council Budget 2014-2015

 

 

Parish Council Budget 2014-2015

 

Budget report given to Councillors for approval at meeting (This had been previously emailed to Councillors to consider)

 

Councillors considered the 2014 - 2015 Parish Council budget

 

Ashford Borough Council is cutting the grants it gives to Challock Parish Council by approximately £4,000 over the next two years

 

The Parish Council has responded by making cuts of its own but it will be necessary to increase the Parish Precept. The Precept will increase by £1,000 to £16,000 for the 2014-2015 financial year to help offset the cuts

 

This small increase actually represents less than 0.2 per cent of the average family’s Council Tax bill which is less than 5 pence a week

 

The Precept form must be returned to Ashford Borough Council by 24th January 2014

 

Clerk to complete and return the Precept form

  

 

 

 

 

Clerk’s Report

 

Landscaping

 

The Groundsman cut the hedge along the walking bus footpath

 

The Groundsman cut the hedge along Canterbury Road near the Barn Shop

 

 

Highway Issues

 

The Groundsman has filled potholes on all three Lees tracks

 

Clerk reported potholes in Blind Lane and Canterbury Road to KHS

 

Clerk reported fallen tree on Canterbury Road to KHS

 

Salt bag from Kent Highways has been delivered to the verge at St Cosmas Close

 

 

Vandalism

 

Nothing to report

 

 

Funding

 

Nothing to report

 

 

Play area

 

Nothing to report

 

 

Correspondence

 

 

 

 

Letter from Village Fund Trustees confirming award of grants. Noted

 

 

 

 

 

Email from ABC regarding budget consultation paper. Noted

 

 

 

 

 

Email from NHW liaison officer regarding theft of tools from a property in Church Lane. Noted

 

 

 

 

 

Parish Precept form from ABC. Clerk to return form

 

 

 

 

 

Email from resident reporting dangerous trees on the hill in Church Lane. Clerk reported this to Eastwell Park and they cut and removed the trees. Noted

 

 

  

 

Planning applications

 

Planning application update given to Councillors. Application discussed at meeting

 

Leesview House, Canterbury Road, Challock, Ashford, Kent, TN25 4DF

 

Erection of garage extension

 

Councillors supported this application.

 

 

Items for Information

 

Village Confines

 

The report will be submitted to Ashford Borough Council’s Cabinet on 13th February for approval

 

 

Goose Fair storage container

 

The Clerk will arrange for the delivery of the storage container as soon as ground conditions improve

 

 

Parish Council Audit

 

Kevin Funnell, the Parish Council Auditor, will be carrying out the Parish Council Audit on 25th April 2014

 

 

William Oure Charity

 

Letter has been sent to Mr Nightingale to request the £150 rent payment for the Poor Field. Clerk to send résumé of the Charity to Nicholas Fox

 

 

Christmas power cut

 

Approximately 40 properties in the village were left without power for six days over the Christmas period, following stormy weather on 23rd December 2013.

 

Clerk checked that the elderly were being looked after and arranged for the Red Cross to visit elderly St Cosmas Close

 

 

 

 

Trees on Post Office road

 

Clerk has arranged for UK Power Networks to disconnect the power on Friday 24th January to enable the Groundsman to cut two leaning trees

 

The work should take approximately two hours. UKPN will be notifying affected properties

 

 

Parish Council phone line

 

The phone line has been dead since 23rd December 2013. BT have had numerous problems in Challock and the phone line will be fixed as soon as possible

 

 

Kent Association and Local Council (KALC)

 

Akile Clinton updated Councillors with the latest news from the KALC Ashford Area Committee meeting

 

 

Renewal of domestic water supply pipe to Haverbrack

 

The owner of Haverbrack needs to renew their water supply pipe and has requested permission to cross the Lees with a new pipe. Councillors agreed to this request providing the trench is suitably fenced and reinstated to the satisfaction of the Parish Council

 

 

Hazard assessment of trees on the Lees

 

Clerk is meeting Envirocology Ltd, tree care specialists, on Friday 17th January, who will undertake a free hazard assessment of trees on the Lees

 

 

Remaining Parish Council meeting dates for 2014

 

Thursday 20th March

Thursday 29th May

Thursday 24th July

Thursday 18th September

Thursday 27th November

 

 

The meeting closed at 8.25pm

 

 

The next Parish Council meeting is on Thursday 20th March 2014

 

 


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