Minutes of Parish Council Meeting 5th June 2018

WATERINGBURY PARISH COUNCIL

Minutes of Parish Council Meeting held on 5th June 2018

7.30pm Wateringbury Village Hall

 

Present

Cllr M Wells (Chairman)

Cllr L Simons (Vice Chairman)

Cllr R Tripp                                                                                                            

Cllr M Daly

Cllr F Fielding

Cllr D Mitchelmore                                                                                                                     

In attendance:

Mrs S Cockburn – Clerk to the Council

Mrs T Bailey – Rostrum Correspondent

8 members of the public

 

The Chairman opened the meeting by reminding everyone in attendance the meeting may be filmed, recorded, photographed or otherwise reported and asked if any person present intends to make a video or audio recording of the proceedings.  None

 

18/016       APOLOGIES FOR ABSENCE

Apologies received from Cllr Marks, PCSO Wendy Stanley, Cllr M Balfour and Cllr S Jessel

18/017       CO-OPTION OF NEW MEMBER ON TO THE PARISH COUNCIL

One applicant – Mr Dennis Stones.  A secret ballot was held. 5 voted in favour  1 ballot paper left blank.  Mr Dennis Stones was duly co-opted on to Council, took his seat with Councillors and signed the Declaration of Acceptance of Office

18/018       DECLARATIONS OF INTEREST/DISPENSATIONS

                   None                                                         

18/019       ANNOUNCEMENTS

Th Chairman said he had been contacted by former Councillor Stephen Tickner stating if other Councillors were happy he would like to apply to re-join as a member of the Council.   5 members voted in support of Stephen Tickner applying to re-join the Council with one abstension. 

18/020       REPORT FROM COUNTY COUNCILLOR

Cllr Balfour was not present

021       REPORT FROM BOROUGH COUNCILLOR

                   Cllr Jessel was not present

18/022       CRIME REPORT

Crime reports attached – taken from Kent Police website and e-watch website.  PCSO Wendy Stanley was unable to attend the meeting but had sent another report.  – attached

18/023       MINUTES OF THE ANNUAL PARISH COUNCIL MEETING HELD ON 1ST MAY 2018 TO BE APPROVED FOR ACCURACY

The Minutes having been read were approved by Cllr Simons and seconded by Cllr Fielding and signed as a correct record

18/024       MATTERS ARISING FROM MINUTES OF MEETING HELD ON 1st MAY 2018

18/010 – No update on bullet points sent to TMBC relating to the car park

18/010 – Pollution monitoring Equipment – Awaiting installation date

18/011 – Data Protection – await update on possible amendment to GDPR bill

18/025       MINUTES OF ANNUAL PARISH MEETING HELD ON 15TH MAY 2018 TO BE APPROVED FOR ACCURACY

The Minutes having been read were approved by Cllr Daly and seconded by Cllr Fielding and signed as a correct record

18/026       MATTERS ARISING FROM MINUTES OF ANNUAL PARISH MEETING HELD ON 15TH MAY 2018

                   Item 5 – Letter sent to school

                   Item 6 – Email forwarded to Mike Hoiles

                   Item 7 – Overgrown vegetation reported

18/027       REPORTS FROM COMMITTEES AND REPRESENTATIVES ON OTHER BODIES

Finance & General Purposes No meeting  Estimate of repairs to the swings and wet pour from Safeplay.  It was agreed to replace the flat swings with second hand seats at a cost of £108 and replace the cradle swings with the dog proof seats at a cost of £464   As the cost of the wet pour could vary depending on inspection it was agreed to ask Safeplay to inspect and submit new estimate.

Councillors considered an email from the David Merry re the tuning fork required for the Speedwatch equipment.  The original fork ordered by the Parish Council was incorrect and David Merry had replaced this with the correct fork and paid for it himself at cost of £73.20. It was confirmed Council had received a full refund of £38.04 for the incorrect fork. Councillors agreed that David Merry should be reimbursed the sum of £73.20

Planning – meeting to follow

Wateringbury Sports & Recreational Association no representative

Village Hall – Tim Middleton of TMBC had sent details of Living Walls, suggesting perhaps this could be considered for the village hall. Cllr Simons agreed to discuss this with the Village Hall Committee at their next meeting

Tonbridge & Malling Area Committee of KALC_– Report of meeting 10th May attached.

Parish Partnership Panel – next meeting 14th June

Joint Parish Council Transport Consultative Group – Report of last meeting attached.

Kent Community Rail Partnership – no representative

Highways & Transportation-Speedwatch  – No meeting

Speedwatch report attached.

Allotments – All plots taken   An email had been received asking the Council’s decision not to reimburse the cost of £37 of repairs to the communal shed to be reversed.   After discussion it was agreed to reimburse the £37

Cemetery –  A request to place a seat in the cemetery had been received, and it was agreed to send the applicant the policy drawn up by Council with conditions of installing a seat on Parish Council land

Joint Flood Group –  Nothing to report. 

18/028       FINANCIAL STATEMENT AND ACCOUNTS FOR PAYMENT

Agreement of the Financial Statement was proposed by Cllr Tripp and seconded by Cllr Fielding   All cheques were signed.

18/029       PUBLIC DISCUSSION

Members of the public raised concerns over a number of men seen meeting in the playing fields at night and evidence of drug taking/possible dealing.  The Clerk was asked to contact the PCSO first thing the next day

The condition of the crossroad gardens was raised, and weeds growing through the pavements

A resident raised the problem of the leakage of waste water from the forecourt of the car showroom in Bow Road.  It was confirmed that both  KCC and Southern Water had been informed.  The resident stated contact had been made with Southern Water but had been told that as Southern Water had spent enough money on this site they would not deal with it.

The number of advertising boards, about 7, on the grass verge outside the petrol station was raised stating this was a Conservation Area

It was suggested the Parish Council might consider a swing for disabled children.  It was agreed the Council would look into this.

Parking of commercial vehicles parked in Fields Lane was raised but it was pointed out that there were no double yellow lines restricting parking

It was suggested that improvements to the crossroads could cause vehicles to travel faster, and possibly give the green light to building on the corner of Fields Lane.

Another school at Kings Hill to accommodate future building would be needed

 

The Chairman thanked everyone for coming and closed the meeting at 9.05pm