Parish Council meeting minutes, June 2017

Meeting of the Parish Council held on Thursday,  Thursday, 15th June 2017 at  8 p.m. in Ruckinge Village Hall.


Cllr. S. Denis in the Chair, Cllrs. P. Sillibourne, A. Beaney, Mrs. M. Hills and the Clerk, Mrs. M. Shaw.


Cllrs. Mrs. F. Burt, Mrs. T. Cliffe-Harrison and D. Guy.


There were none.


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.   The updating of the laterals is in progress.

Ashford Borough Council, Litter and Dog bin survey – this had been submitted by Cllr. Mrs. M. Hills.



Treasurers Account as at   31st May 2017   £  20,712 - 22

The Internal audit had been completed, the report was received and the Audit form Duly submitted to the Audit Commission.

Mr. J. Cantor was formally appointed as the internal Auditor for the financial year 2017 - 2018

Income received:-

Half year Precept, Support Grant and Concurrent Functions grant £ 5,250 - 00

Cheques were drawn:-
M. S. Ealham, Village Hall boiler re replacement £2,775 – 00 + V.A.T. £ 550 – 00 total due £ 3330 – 00

The Clerk had circulated her Administration book and this was approved.

Mrs. M. Shaw, salary 1st April 2017 to 30th June 2017 less P.A.Y.E  £ 695 – 65

Mrs. M. Shaw, administration expenses  (1st April 2017 to 30th June 2017) £166 – 86
H.M.R.C.  P.A.Y.E  1st April 2017 to 30th June 2017) £ 173 - 91

S.M. Sillibourne, mowing etc. Carters Field £ 84 – 38 + V.A.T.  £ 16 – 88, total due £ 101 - 26


17/00632/AS  Willow Tree House, Bromley Green Road, Ruckinge.
Change of use of the land and erection of a timber framed building for the use as a beauty salon (retrospective). The Parish Council were  concerned that this was a retrospective application.  Although supported in principle, great concern was expressed at the lack of sufficient parking on the site.

17/00870/AS  Ashwell Lodge, Bromley Green Road, Ruckinge.Erection of a single storey rear kitchen extension. This was supported.

17/00848/AS  Silver Birches Caravan Site, Capel Road, Ruckinge.Variation of condition 2 on planning permission reference 12/00044/AS to allow the total number of caravans sited to be increased by 1 to 27. The Council raised no objection.

Approval received:-

17/00170/AS   Meadow View Industrial Estate, Hamstreet Road, Ruckinge. Use of land for stationing of caravan for overnight security purposes ancillary to Meadow View Business Park (resubmission of 15/01657/AS).

Fairview Industrial Estate

Nothing further.    the Enforcement Officer, Tony Jarvis will not return to work until the end of July.

Carters Field

The securing of the new picnic tables was discussed and arrangements made for their Positioning.

Concern was expressed about the ragwort which is very prolific on the field – agreed to contact Aspire for a quotation.

A Football Club is interested in using the field on a regular basis.  This was discussed and it was agreed to invite the gentleman to the next meeting to explain that whilst the Parish Council would like the field used there are no  changing or toilet facilities as the Bromley Green Hall is entirely separate from the Parish Council.

It was agreed that the “Carters Field” sign need updating giving a bit more history and information – Cllr. A. Beaney will obtain  quotations.

The planted trees now need staking, they have been sprayed around to prevent weeds.

Cherry Tree Paddock

Appeal – the final part of the appeal was held on 22nd January and the result of this is awaited.

Highways & Byways

There has been two incidents of fly-tipping along Capel Road.

Dimon Hill access -  nothing further.  Abi Close of Ashford Borough Council to be reminded again.

Obstructed PROW – nothing further.   Cllr. Mrs M. Hills will contact the complainants.

Notification from Kent County Council, Seasonal, Permanent Traffic Regulation Order for Byways AE563 and AE566, Ruckinge.

“Speeding Signs etc. ” –  a letter had been sent to Bilsington explaining that at the present time Ruckinge will not be able to participate in the scheme due to legal difficulties

Village Hall

The Chairman had attended their AGM and reported thereon. The hall car park needs 'tarmacing' and quotations will be obtained.

Village Protection Plan

Nothing further at the present time. Cllr. Mrs. T. Cliffe-Harrison will contact Cllr. Martin.

Borough Councillors

Apologies from Cllr. Miss J. Martin, but she had forwarded a detailed email to Councillors.

Footpath Warden

Nothing further.

Items of Interest

Quad Bikes are off-roading along Hog Tub – P.C.S.O. to be informed.

Date of the Next Meeting

Agreed for Thursday, 13th July 2017, at  8 p.m.  in Ruckinge Village Hall

There being no further business the Chairman declared the meeting closed at 9.25 p.m.