WATERINGBURY PARISH COUNCIL
Minutes of Parish Council Meeting held on 5th June 2018
7.30pm Wateringbury Village Hall
Cllr M Wells (Chairman)
Cllr L Simons (Vice Chairman)
Cllr R Tripp
Cllr M Daly
Cllr F Fielding
Cllr D Mitchelmore
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
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