Challock Parish Council Meeting (Edited minutes)

Memorial Hall, Audrey Allen room

Thursday 24th July 2014, 7.30pm

Members of public present: 4





Micheal Fisher (Holiday), John Ramsden (Holiday), Akile Clinton (Maternity Leave)


Roger Spicer, Stephen Brandon, Diane Ashworth, Nicholas Fox, Kirstie Wooltorton (Clerk)

Minutes of Last Meeting

Minutes of 29th May 2014 meeting were signed by Roger Spicer as an accurate record

Clerk’s Report


The Groundsman has installed a replacement dog bin in Church Lane

The Goundsman has strimmed along Canterbury Road and Church Lane

Landscape Services have carried out a full back up cut of The Lees

The Groundsman will remove section of tree on The Lees damaged by storm on 18th July

Highway Issues

The Groundsman has filled potholes on all three Lees tracks

Clerk reported overgrown and blocked PROW’s to KCC PROW officer


Nothing to report


Nothing to report

Play area

The Goundsman has strimmed around and tilled the play area

A section of the front play area fence has been temporarily secured and the Groundsman will provide a quote for replacing the rotten posts

The RoSPA report is awaited


Email from resident regarding blocked and overgrown PROW’s. Clerk has reported to PROW Officer

Leahurst Deed of Easement for Land Registry has been signed and returned. Noted

Email Insurance documents received from Came and Company. Noted


Email play area audit from Ashford Borough Council. Clerk read ABC comments to Councillors

Letter from Girlings regarding legal costs recovery. Clerk updated Councillors

Planning applications

Application to be discussed at meeting

The Paddocks, Faversham Road, Challock, Ashford, TN25 4BQ

Erection of a replacement detached dwelling

Councillors discussed and considered this application and fully support.

Land between Dorset Bungalow and The Paddocks, Faversham Road, Challock, Ashford

Outline planning permisssion for the erection of six dwellings with access and parking with all matters reserved for future consideration.

Copies of emails from Lucy Davies given to Councillors.

Councillors considered and discussed Lucy Davies’s comments and felt that their original decision and comments were correct.

The application however, has since changed on Ashford Borough Council planning officer recommendation from 8 to 6 dwellings and is due to go to the Planning Committee in August 2014.

4 Chapmans Close, Challock, Ashford, TN25 4AX

To demolish existing double detached garage and replace with a single detached dwelling

Copy of email from Steve Kingston and officer assessment sheet from Ashford Borough Council given to Councillors at meeting.

Mr Kingston attended the meeting to answer any questions regarding his planning application. He confirmed that he has submitted an appeal to Ashford Borough Council.

Councillors discussed the application again and were satisfied that the application meets the essential and advocated minimum standards. Councillors are now happy to support this application.

Items for Information

School Summer Fair

The School held a successful Summer Fair on Wednesday 2nd July

Boot Fairs

The Youth Club boot fair was held on Sunday 13th July

The Cricket Club boot fair will be held on Monday 25th August

Roger Spicer confirmed that the Cricket Club would like to hold a firework event on the Lees in November 2014. Clerk to check with Parish Council insurers.

The Fire Brigade will have to be advised and an events licence from Ashford Borough Council obtained.

The grass on the Lees would also have to be removed and replaced if there is a bonfire.

Service at war memorial

Clerk has arranged with Reverend Paul Radcliff that a short World War 1 commemorative service will be held at the war memorial at 2pm on 3rd August

A251 Buck Street – temporary overnight road closures

A251 Buck Street will be closed from the roundabout junction with A252 Canterbury Road southwards for approximately 75 metres on Friday 8th August and Monday 11th August from 8.00pm through until 5.00am both nights

Challock Flower Festival

The Flower Festival at Challock Church will commemorate World War 1 this year and will be held over the August Bank Holiday weekend

UKPN Wayleave Agreement

UKPN would like to revise their wayleave agreement as they have revised their route. The new route will mean there is less disturbance caused to The Lees

Chairman Roger Spicer signed the new wayleave agreement. Clerk to return this to UKPN

PROW Issues

Clerk reported overgrown and blocked PROW’s to KCC. These have now been cleared

Mid Kent Water

Clerk reported water leak and poor reinstatement of trench on The Lees outside Leahurst following installation of water meter. These have now been repaired

Stephen Brandon informed that the trench for a new water main at the Beech Court end of the Lees has sunk and needs reinstating to the original level. Clerk to report to South East Water

Trees on The Lees

Envirocology Ltd has carried out the first round of tree works

Parish Council meeting dates for 2014

Thursday 18th September

Thursday 27th November

The next Parish Council meeting is on Thursday 18th September 2014



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