Parish Council meeting minutes, October 2017

Minutes of the Meeting of the Parish Council held on Thursday, 12th October 2017 at  8 p.m. in Ruckinge Village Hall.


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


Cllrs. Mrs. T. Cliffe-Harrison and Mrs. F. Burt..


Cllr. Mrs. M. Hills.


Cllr. A. Beaney on Fairview Industrial Estate.


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

Matters Arising

Sewage problems, Bromley Green Road - the pods have been done, some laterals are a problem, as others are not large enough, and some are the responsibility of the property owner.


Ashford Local Plan

Borough Councillor, Miss J.Martin gave an extensive update on the Local Plan,  this report should be published at the end of December.  There are two sites just outside Ruckinge boundary, the Chairman will publicise on the web-site to ensure that  parishioners are fully aware of this.


Treasurers Account as at   29th September 2017   £  19,211 – 29.

Income received:-
Ashford Borough Council, half year Precept, Concurrent Functions Grant and Support  Grant  £ 5,250 - 00 (included in the above).

Cheque was drawn:-
A.Beaney, Carters Field Sign  £ 75- 00  V.A.T.  £ 15 – 00, Total due    £ 90 – 00.


17/01208/AS   1 Dimon Villas, Hamstreet Road, Ruckinge Creation of track and gate for ease of access to field. Access will remain unchanged. his highly dangerous access was objected to.  The Chairman will compose a response including photographs showing the dangerous aspects of this access.

17/01441/AS   Novagas Ltd, The Fuel Depot, Stone Cross Road, Ruckinge. Storage and transfer of liquefied petroleum gas in cylinder and vessels. This was supported.

17/01398/AS   Novagas Ltd, The Fuel Depot, Stone Cross Road, Ruckinge. additional 50 tonne propane storage vessel.  Additional 32,000 gallon (145,600) litre tank of water for drench system. This was supported.

17/01434/AS   Kenilworth, Hamstreet Road, Ruckinge. Proposed change of use of existing outbuilding to holiday let. This was supported.

16/00848/AS  Silver Birches Caravan Site, Capel Road, Ruckinge. Variation of condition 2 on planning permission reference 12/00044/AS to allow an amended layout and the total number of caravans sited to be increased by 1 (from 26 to 27) This was supported.

Fairview Industrial Estate

It was understood that Mr Tony Jarvis, Enforcement officer of Ashford Borough Council is closing his files on  “out of hours” working. Clair Marchant of A. B. C. has stated that it be a considerable time before their planning  application is  considered.  Agreed that Cllr. Miss J. Martin to be reminded that the Parish Council wish  that this application should be brought before the Planning Committee.

Carters Field

The Picnic tables have been installed and are being used.

Cllr. P. Sillibourne had mown this field again especially for a booking in conjunction  with the Bromley Green Hall for a “Dog Show”.

Confirmation that the Football Club are definitely not interested in using the field. It was pointed out that there is potential for income for the field – to be discussed at a later date.

Land drains, location plan – nothing further.

Cllr. Mrs. T. Cliffe-Harrison was to investigate the “Tesco Funding Scheme”.

Cherry Tree Paddock

Appeal – nothing further.

Highways & Byways

Wey Street – Cllr. A. Beaney to report this again.

Village Hall

Cllr. D. Guy had contacted Mr Sam Fuller regarding “Tarmacing” the village hall car park.   It was understood that  Mr Fuller has already provided a quotation to Elaine  Collick for the front part.   It was agreed to await the quotation for the whole area.

Village Protection Plan

Nothing further.

Items of Interest

The possible installation of Wi-Fi for Village Hall, Bromley Green Hall and The Scout Hut was discussed.

Date of the Next Meeting

Agreed for Thursday, 9th November 2017, at  8 p.m.  in Bromley Green Village Hall

There being no further business the Chairman declared the meeting closed at 9.40 p.m.