Parish Council meeting minutes, November 2016

Meeting of the Parish Council held on Thursday,  Thursday, 10th November  2016 at  8 p.m. in Bromley Green Hall.


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


Cllrs. Mrs F. Burt and P. Sillibourne.

In  Attendance

Cllrs. Miss J. Martin and W. Howard.


There were none.


The minutes of the previous meeting had been circulated, these were resolved as a correct record, proposed by Cllr.  A Beaney, seconded by Cllr. D. Guy and agreed.

Matters Arising

Sewage problems, Bromley Green Road -  there are problems with the pod by the Bromley Green Hall, elsewhere it needs to be ascertained between now and March where the laterals need attention and to whose property they relate to.

Dimon Hill access - nothing further.



Treasurers Account  as at   31st October  2016    £ 19,029 -65

Income received:-

Maven  Insurance., Picnic Tables claim £ 1,015 - 00

Budget for 2017 / 2018  - the Clerk had circulated a draft budget for the year 2017/2018 and this was discussed. It was agreed to obtain quotations for the fencing at Carters Field. and the possible replacement of the Heating Boiler for the Village Hall, which will also then need re-positioning.

It was suggested that the donations to the Halls should remain at £1,000 for Bromley Green Hall and increased for the Ruckinge Village Hall to £ 1,500.

The donation to the Churchyard upkeep to be increased to £ 200. It was agreed that Capital expenditure should be ring-fenced at £ 500, and £ 500 in reserve for eventualities.

The Clerks Salary to be raised to £ 3,478 - 05 in accordance with the recommended salary payable as from 1st April 2017 as negotiated by N.A.L.C and S.S.C.L.

The figures for the Support Grant and Concurrent Functions are not yet available from A.B.C. - until these are confirmed it was proposed by Cllr A. Beaney seconded by Cllr. D. Guy to Precept for £ 8.500, subject to agreement at the next meeting.


16/01407/AS Land Adjacent to Chestnuts, Stone Cross Road, Bilsington. Change of use of barn from commercial storage building to residential dwelling (development in relation to prior approval under 16/00543/AS). No comment was made on the application.

Refusal Received:-

15/01657/AS   Meadow View Industrial Estate, Hamstreet Road, Ruckinge.Retention of caravan for security purposes.

Approval Received


16/01285/AS   Carter Farm, Hamstreet Road, Ruckinge.Steel framed agricultural building extending from existing .

The Ashford Local Plan “Omissions” sites - these have to be considered by Ashford Borough Council before there will be another public consultation which will probably  be late Spring.

Cherry Tree Paddock - enquiry will be held on 16th November 2016 at Civic Centre at 10 a.m.

Fairview Estate - nothing further.

Carters Field/B.G. Hall

Following a site meeting it was agreed to obtain quotations for the replacement fencing. A Management Combination between the Halls is a definite possibility.

Highways & Byways

The PROW AE 567 closure is “underway”.

Village Hall

This could possibly need a new heating boiler.

Borough Councillor

Cllr. Miss J. Martin gave an update  on various Borough Council matters. She gave details of the Village Protection Plan, which is being carried out by Aldington and Bonnington Parish Council and will forward further details to the Parish Council.

Cllr. W. Howard also attended and spoke about the “Aspire” a recently created department of Ashford Borough Council which is now available for contract landscape works.

Street Light

North View - nothing further on this.

Footpath Warden

Nothing further on this.

Items of Interest

The Church Hall has been sold at auction.

It was noted that the Village Hall will now need to be open for use of toilet facilities when events are held in the church.

Date of the Next Meeting

This was agreed for Thursday, 10th December 2016 at 8.00 p.m. in Ruckinge Village Hall.

There being no further business the Chairman declared the meeting closed at 10.30 p.m.