Parish Council meeting minutes, February 2016

Meeting of the Parish Council held on Thursday,  11th February 2016 at  8.00 p.m. in Bromley Green Hall.


Cllr. S. Denis in the Chair, Cllrs. P. Sillibourne, D. Guy, A. Beaney, Mrs T. Cliffe-Harrison, Mrs M. Hills and the Clerk, Mrs M. Shaw.


Cllr. Mrs F. Burt.


There were none.


The minutes of the previous meeting had been circulated, these were resolved as a correct record, proposed by Cllr. Mrs T. Cliffe -Harrison, seconded by Cllr. A. Beaney.

Matters Arising

Sewage problems, Bromley Green Road –  due to the inclement weather no work had been carried out.  This is not anticipated until after Easter.  Concern was expressed that the schedule of works agreement  has now expired and that Southern Water are in default of their agreement.  The Parish Council are of the opinion that they should now be paying a rental on a monthly basis until the completion of the works.  Cllr. A. Beaney proposed £ 200 per month from February and complete reinstatement of the car park, seconded by Cllr . D. Guy and unanimously agreed. Cllr. Mrs T. Cliffe-Harrison will contact Mr Henry Burrows on this.


K.A.L.C. Ashford Area Committee minutes.
Clerks and Councils Direct.
K.C.C. Proposed amendments to Mobile Library Service.
Good Councillors Guide.
Wicksteed leaflet on Play Equipment.
A.B.C. Final recommendations on Ward boundary changes.


Treasurers Account  as at   31st January 2016 £ 16,556 - 79

Amended Financial Regulations, these have been “tweaked” very slightly by the Government from those formally adopted by Ruckinge on 8th March 2015 and will need to be formally adopted at the next meeting.


Approvals received

15/01446/AS  Woodbury, Bromley Green Road, Ruckinge. Erection of a new 'L' shaped garage building.

15/01438/AS  1 Dimon Villas, Hamstreet Road, Ruckinge. Change of use of an existing outbuilding to operate as a Nano brewery (Class B2).

15/01557/AS  Little Dale, Bromley Green Road, Ruckinge. Change of use of land to residential and erection of outbuilding (part retrospective)

The appeal for Cherry Tree Paddock against the Enforcement Order will be held on 19th April.  Further information on the procedure which this will take is to be obtained from Cllr. Jane Martin.  Cllrs. Mrs M. Hills and Mrs T. Cliffe-Harrison will contact her.

Carters Field

The possible uses  will be considered in relation to the insurance criteria and the “Fields in Trust” regulations.

Various ideas were forthcoming and it was agreed that both Hall committees could liaise with each other.   It was agreed to form a sub-committee led by Cllr. Mrs. M. Hills.

Cllr. P. Sillibourne had applied for and was successfully granted a “Working Wood Pack” from the Woodland Trust, this consist of 105 saplings and will be delivered between
7th   and 11th March.  This will form the Queens “Diamond” planting.

It was agreed that the area for planting these needs to be cut and sprayed to eradicate the weeds prior to planting.  It was agreed that the Tree Warden, Dr. C. Gove be contacted by the Chairman for advice.  Cllr. D. Guy will try to enlist the help of the Cubs in the planting project.

Access is required for the Environment Agency to the site for clearing the ditch, this could be  via  Mr P. Collicks field.  Cllr. Beaney to organise.

Cllr. P. Sillibourne proposed that Cllr. Mrs  T. Cliffe-Harrison should  book  and accompany the Wicksteed inspection of the Children’s Play equipment at Carters Field  which will cost £ 86 - 00  + V.A.T.,  seconded by Cllr. Mrs M. Hills and agreed.

B.G. Hall

No response from the Chairman of the Bromley Green residents Association to  the invitation to attend.  In view of the fact that no financial statements are supplied “out of courtesy” this requirement should now be a condition of their donation.

Highways & Byways

Hamstreet Road landslide - there had been a negative response from Cllr. Mike Angell who had been corresponding with the wrong Parish Council. This had been followed up by CllB.G. Hallr. A. Beaney.  Mr P. Collick, the land-owner is being charged for  the Traffic Lights  which now totals over £ 18,000.  The matter is  apparently a stalemate between Land  Agents, Solicitors and K.C.C.  It was agreed to write  to our M.P. Damian Collins, Cllr A.  Beaney to draft a letter.

The Chairman has received notification from Grahame Rusling, K.C.C. PROW Officer, who confirmed that the Gill Lane will be closed until December 2016.

The Chairman had met with Edward Denne  to discuss this further.

Re: Gill Lane and Hog Tub. - apparently there has been a “Pubic “ consultation, but some involved owners were not consulted, Clerk to write to Mr Rusling to ascertain who had actually been consulted, and to ensure that they do now receive consultation on this.

It was reported that bikers have destroyed the track only just laid by Cllr. P. Sillibourne, the K.C.C. Prow officer has stated that they and the police should be informed of any incidents, despite an  email being sent to PROW no reply had been received.

Village Hall

Nothing further to report. The Chairman, Mr S. Cross had attended and will produce a Business Plan for consideration at the next meeting.

Borough Cllr

Cllr. J. Martin had tendered her apologies.

Items of Interest

It was noted that the electricity pole at North View had been removed at the request of the owner, but in doing so the street light has also been removed making the area very dark. Request to be made for the reinstatement of the light.

Date of the Next Meeting

The next Meeting of the Parish Council was agreed for Thursday, 10th March 2016 at 8 p.m. in Bromley Ruckinge Village Hall

There being no further business the Chairman declared the meeting closed at 9.35 p.m.