Parish Council meeting minutes, April 2017

Meeting of the Parish Council held on Thursday,  Thursday, 13th April 2017 at  8 p.m. in Ruckinge Village Hall.


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


Cllr. S. Denis.


Cllrs. A. Beaney, OSI, on Fairview Industrial Estate and D. Guy, OSI on planning application 17/00340/AS.


The minutes of the previous meeting had been circulated, these were resolved as a correct record.

Matters Arising

Sewage problems, Bromley Green Road -  nothing further.

Ashford Borough Council, Litter and Dog bin survey - nothing further.




Treasurers Account as at 31st March  2017    £  15,626 - 37

Income received

V.A.T. repayment  £ 801 – 31

Cheques were drawn:-

S. Denis, web site     £ 21 – 46
K.S.A.S. Pension Legislation etc.  £ 200 +V.A.T.  £ 40 total due £ 240 – 00
Medash Signs (P. Sillibourne)  Picnic Tables £ 54 - 00.


17/00390/AS Church Hall, Hamstreet Road, Ruckinge. Change of use and conversion of disused church hall into holiday let. The application was strongly supported.

17/00340/AS  Harrison House, Ash Hill, Ruckinge.
Alterations to attic of existing double garage to form office including fitting external staircase and dormer windows. The application was supported.

17/00324/AS   Blue Anchor, Hamstreet Road, Ruckinge.
Change of use and conversion of part of ground floor from office to residential flat and associated garden and parking. No comment was made on the application.

17/00329/AS   Land between Blue Anchor and Danehurst, Hamstreet Road, Ruckinge.
Change of use of land from car park and associated land and the erection of a detached dwelling with associated alterations to access. The Parish Council strongly object to the application as it is too large in comparison to the existing building.

17/00494/AS  Appledene Cottage, Poundhurst Road, Ruckinge. Single storey rear extension. The application was supported.

Prior Approval Is Given:-

17/00037/AS  Agricultural Buildings at Noakes Farm, Ash Hill, Ruckinge. Prior Approval for a proposed change of use of agricultural buildings and land within curtilage to 3 no. dwelling houses.

Fairview Industrial Estate

Nothing further.  The Borough Council Enforcement Officer is on leave at the present time.

Carters Field

Cllr. P. Sillibourne has planted more trees, these will require regular watering due to the exceptionally dry weather. It was resolved that the cost of the spray chemicals to control ragwort etc., will be paid for by the Parish Council.

It was agreed to leave some of the field un-mown for the wild species to propagate.

Securing of the Picnic Tables was again discussed, it was agreed to have a site meeting the following Monday at 9 a.m. to discuss further.
It was suggested that “A friends of Carters Field” group could be set up.

Cherry Tree Paddock

Nothing further.

Highways & Byways

Speeding Signs” the sighting proposed to be near to Turves Farm is still causing legal problems. There are other complications and the scheme could possibly be shelved.

Dimon Hill access -  nothing further.

Village Hall

The Hall Committee has now received two quotations for a new boiler.

Village Protection Plan

The Borough Councillor grant from Cllr. Miss J. Martin for £500 has been approved.

Cllrs. Mrs T. Cliffe-Harrison and Mrs. M. Hills will draft leaflets, for approval, inviting volunteers to carry out this plan. They will be meeting with Borough Councillor Miss J. Martin to discuss this further.

Borough Councillors

Apologies from Cllr. Miss J. Martin and an update on matters on the agenda.

Street Light

The Street light had now been installed and is greatly appreciated by parishioners.

Footpath Warden

Nothing further.

Items of Interest

Cllr. Mrs M. Hills understood that PROW (by Athens Farm) is obstructed and will inspect a.s.a.p.

Date of the Next Meeting

The Assembly of the Parish Meeting was agreed for Thursday, 11th May 2017, at  7.30 p.m. in Ruckinge Village Hall followed by the Annual Meeting of the Parish Council.

There being no further business the Chairman declared the meeting closed at 9.50 p.m.