Parish Council meeting minutes, July 2017

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


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

In attendance

Kevin and Gary from the Football Club.


There were none.


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

The Chairman closed the meeting at 8.05 p.m. to allow the two gentleman to explain their proposals and to answer questions for the use of the football pitch at Carters Field.

They then left the meeting.

The meeting reconvened at 8.25 p.m.

The Councillors then discussed this in depth and they were in favour of their proposal to use Carters Field for the football activities which they had outlined to the meeting. The Council considered that an initial period of 12 months would be appropriate to allow both parties to assess the durability of the playing surface, and the impact on the community.

Any agreement between the Parish Council and the football club will be subject to  a  written agreement and compliant with the National Playing Fields, FIT Deed of Trust.

Matters Arising

Sewage problems, Bromley Green Road -  nothing further.   It appears alright at the present time.



Treasurers Account as at   31st May 2017   £  15,401 - 49


17/00908/AS   Mobile Home, Longacres, Bromley Green Road, Ruckinge. Proposed replacement dwelling The application was objected to being two tier development and could set a precedent and
“open the floodgates” to further applications along Bromley Green Road.

Approval received:-
17/00390/CONA/AS   The Church Hall, Hamstreet Road, Ruckinge, Discharge conditions: 2, 5 & 6.

Fairview Industrial Estate

Nothing further. As the Enforcement Officer, Tony Jarvis will not return to work until the end of July it was agreed that contact be made with Ashford Borough Council.

Carters Field

The installation of the picnic tables was discussed and arrangements made for this.

The new sign for Carters Field will cost £ 90 – 00.   It was agreed to order this from Medash Signs – Cllr. A. Beaney to organize.

Ragwort – although the Clerk had emailed “Aspire” (the A.B.C. in-house contractors), they have not replied to either Cllrs P. Sillibourne or Cllr. S. Denis. To be followed up with “Aspire” and the A.B.C. Chief Executive, Mrs. T. Kerly.

Agreed that Cllr. P. Sillibourne continue to mow Carters Field.

The Oak trees have now been pollarded.

Cherry Tree Paddock

Appeal – nothing further. Enquiries to be made through Ashford .

Highways & Byways

Dimon Hill access -  Ms Abi Close of A.B.C. had responded that no planning application has yet  been  submitted.

Obstructed PROW AE552 – Cllr. Mrs. M. Hills had inspected and there is no problem.

Village Protection Plan

The Chairman reported on this and the Ashford Local Plan.

Borough Councillors

Apologies from Cllr. Miss J. Martin, but she had forwarded information to Councillors by email.

Items of Interest

It was agreed it find out the costs of  providing a defibrillator at the Village Hall.

Grants are available for the provision of a computer, printer, monitor and all set up costs of broadband provision costs etc. – the Chairman will investigate.

Date of the Next Meeting

Agreed for Thursday, 14th September 2017, at  8 p.m.  in Bromley Green Village Hall

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