MINUTES OF THE MEETING OF
WEALD PARISH COUNCIL
HELD ON THE 20th JULY, 2016
PRESENT: Mrs R Wood, (in the Chair), Mrs C Beddoe, Mrs K Long, Mr J Blackman, Mr R Brunner.
In attendance were 20-30 members of the public and the clerk.
- APOLOGIES FOR ABSENCE – District Councillors Hogarth and Thornton, Mrs L Harris and Mrs J Mannering.
- DECLARATION OF INTEREST – there was none.
- MINUTES OF THE MEETING HELD ON 15th June, 2016 – the Minutes were accepted as an accurate record and were so acknowledged by the signature of the Chairman.
- MATTERS ARISING
(1) Parish Annual Return 2015/16
The clerk advised the submission of the above Return to the external auditor. The Return was signed by Mrs Harris on behalf of the Council. The clerk advised that a copy of the Return has been posted on the Parish Council’s website and on the Parish Council’s main notice board next to the Windmill.
(2) Update on the Methodist Church
The clerk advised that progress was being made in agreeing the overage provisions with the legal representatives of the Methodist Church.
(3) Update on the Memorial Hall
The clerk advised that a productive meeting had been held with members
of the Hall Committee on the lease agreement with respect to the Hall.
(4) Mount Pleasant to Hale Oak Road Byway
The Parish Council noted that following representations to KCC by the
Parish Council, the Secretary of the 10k run and other residents, KCC has
agreed to make emergency repairs to the byway that has been badly
damaged by joy riders which should allow the 10k run to go ahead as planned in
September. Further representations will be made, following the 10k run,
to have the byway declassified for use by vehicular traffic to prevent
future damage to the byway.
(5) Scabharbour Road – Safety Issues
The Parish Council were shocked and concerned by the recent report of the near collision between a van and a resident with her 2 year old son at the narrow section of Scabharbour Road between Weald Close and the Forge. The resident, Mrs Trotter, attended the Parish Council Meeting and appealed that something be done to improve road safety and to slow down traffic before another collision could end in tragic circumstances. As responsibility for road safety lies with Kent County Council it was agreed that Mrs Wood would urgently contact our local KCC member, Cllr Nick Chard, to open up discussions with a view a site meeting to be arranged with Mrs Trotter and other concerned residents and members of the Parish Council.
(6) Proposed sites for residential development
The clerk circulated details of the nine proposal sites identified for potential
residential developments in Weald. The clerk advised that these developments
were speculative at the stage and that no formal planning applications
have been submitted. As all of the sites were in the Green Belt and/or
AONB such developments were unlikely to go forward but any that did
would be opposed by the Parish Council if they endangered the character
of Weald or were unacceptable in the Green belt or AONB.
The following application has been reviewed by the Parish Council:
SE/16/01782/HOUSE – Pitfield, White House Road, Bayleys Hill, Weald
Demolition of existing garages and utility room. Construction of a double storey side
and rear extension with internal reconfiguration of the room layout alternations to
fenestration and new garden wall. Extension includes new front gable, replacement side dormers and four roof lights. The Parish Council supported this application.
7. PUBLIC QUESTION TIME
The Meeting adjourned at 8.15 p.m. and resumed at 8.20 p.m.
8. ANY OTHER BUSINESS
The Parish Council noted the comments raised by the Chairman of Weald Recreation Ground Association that requests that the Parish Council should give consideration to fund improvements to the access road to the Recreation Ground and other facilities in the grounds had gone unanswered. The Parish Council accepted that the condition of the road was bad and deteriorating but advised that the Parish Council did not currently have the free funding to undertake this work. The Parish Council agreed to look to do this work, when it can, in line with other priorities. It should be noted that over the last few years the Parish Council has provided considerable funds towards the new changing room and has twice repaired and made improvements to the old Pavilion, recently named the David Marchant Pavilion.
Mrs Long noted the poor condition of the village sign at the Forge and agreed to come forward with some proposals to repair/replace the sign.
9. CHEQUES FOR SIGNATURE
001616 SDC £22.50
001617 SDC £210.60
001618 SDC £187.50
The meeting closed at 8.35 p.m.