Parish Council meeting minutes, July 2020

RUCKINGE PARISH COUNCIL

MINUTES OF THE ORDINARY PARISH COUNCIL MEETING HELD AS A VIDEO-LINKED MEETING DUE TO ALTERNATIVE LOCKDOWN MEASURES DUE TO THE CORONA VIRUS ON THURSDAY 9TH JULY 2020 COMMENCING AT 6.30 PM

PRESENT: Cllr P Sillibourne (Chair), Cllr J Reid (Vice Chair), Cllr A Beaney, Cllr A Rylands, Cllr T Cliffe-Harrison & Cllr D Archer PARISH CLERK: Ms C Laming
BOROUGH COUNCILLORS: COUNTY COUNCILLOR: Cllr Mike Angell MEMBERS OF THE PUBLIC: There were no members of the public attending.

1. INTRODUCTION

2. APOLOGIES FOR ABSENSE Cllr M Pepper

3. APPROVAL OF REASONS FOR APOLOGY FOR ABSENCE Proposed Cllr A Rylands Seconded Cllr A Beaney

4. DECLARATIONS OF PECUNIARY AND SIGNIFICANT INTEREST Declarations of Pecuniary Interest There were no Declarations of Pecuniary Interest. Declarations of Significant Interest. There were no Declarations of Significant Interest. Updating of Declarations of Interest for the Code of Conduct Councillors are reminded that they should update their Declarations of Interest with the Monitoring Officer if necessary. Councillors are also reminded of their common-law responsibilities with regard to pre-determination and fettering of discretion in relation to agenda items.

5. ACCEPTANCE OF MINUTES OF PREVIOUS MEETING Minutes of the meeting held on Thursday 11th June 2020 were accepted and it was unanimously agreed that Cllr P Sillibourne should sign them.
Proposed Cllr J Reid Seconded Cllr A Rylands

6. PUBLIC INTERVAL There was no Public Interval.

7. PLANNING Discussion and Decision on action to be taken on any other matters related to Planning issues within the Parish Please see attached list for decisions on current applications.

There were no new Planning Applications

8. CORRESPONDENCE, FINANCE AND OTHER COUNCIL BUSINESS

EMAIL CORRESPONDENCE BROUGHT TO THE ATTENTION OF THE MEETING All emails are forwarded to all Councillors

There were no e-mails brought forward to the attention of the Meeting.

Account Balance & Payment of Accounts The June bank statement was e-mailed over to the Councillors. The following accounts were signed off for payment:

Clerk’s Salary - £300.00

Clerk’s Expenses - £14.39

Donation to Bromley Green Hall - £1500

Donation to Ruckinge Village Hall - £1500 Proposed Cllr J Reid Seconded Cllr A Beaney

Internet Banking: It was discussed that another Councillor needs to sign up to Internet Banking. Cllr T Cliffe-Harrison has agreed to sign up.

Parking – Oakridge: Nothing to report. Borough Cllr Linda Harman & Cllr D Archer to arrange to meet.

The Old Church Hall: Nothing new to report. Defibrillator:

Cllr T Cliffe-Harrison updated the Councillors and it was discussed about purchasing a locked cabinet or an unlocked cabinet. Generally the Parishes go for the locked cabinet. We are looking for volunteers to fit the cabinets. Mr Moon who lives on Bromley Green Road has agreed to power the new defibrillator. Training is also available. It was decided that the order should paid for. Proposed Cllr A Beaney Seconded Cllr T Cliffe-Harrison

9. CHAIRMAN’S REPORT Cllr P Sillibourne reported he has been up to Carters Field and the mowing is really good and the weeds are mown down and do not appear to be a problem. However, many trees have not survived due to lack of water and there are self-sown oak trees which are establishing too. KCC served notice on landowner to cut the footpaths south of the canal bridge. Footpaths are now open. Noakes Pig Farm demolition started last week; all the barns are down and the other buildings will be demolished soon.

10. BOROUGH COUNCILLORS REPORT Cllr Linda Harman was unable to make the Parish meeting this evening but has provided the following report from actions raised from last month. Fairview Industrial Estate The Planning Officer will be visiting the site as PPE has now been issued. The application is still under review. Parking at Oak Ridge, Ruckinge Cllr. Denis Archer and myself visited the road after our last meeting and I have enquired at ABC about land ownership. The road, verges and parking in Oak Ridge are owned by ABC who might consider signing over to Ruckinge Parish Council. There is a question here about the cost to Ruckinge Parish Council should ABC be amendable to signing the land over. I also made enquiries about the land under the oak tree and whether that could be landscaped by Ruckinge PC to create a community area with a couple of benches (which would be much better for the tree than a van parking on its roots).

11. COUNTY COUNCILLORS REPORT KCC has provide an extra million pounds to our Community Warden Service over the next 2 years recruiting some more Community Wardens. Since lockdown started we have purchased and sent out 6.5 million pieces of PPE. 3000 separate deliveries, In addition to that 4657 people have been helped to get the support they need through the Kent Together plan. £315 million of grant funding has been accessed by Kent businesses from the help of Kent & Medway. Also 5101 library online joiners have appeared since lockdown.

12. RUCKINGE PARISH WEBSITE Mr Stephen Denis has presented the new website to the Clerk for approval to then demonstrate to the Councillors the fully compliant Parish Website with the new latest WCAG 2.1 and GDPR guidelines ready for September. The Clerk shared the pending website with the councillors to view. The Clerk would undertake the updating of the new website after training with Mr Denis.

13. RUCKINGE VILLAGE HALL AND BROMLEY GREEN HALL It was discussed by Cllr A Beaney that there are grants available for Village Halls.

14. HIGHWAYS & PUBLICS RIGHT OF WAY The traffic lights at the Landslip on Cottons Hill has been up for 131 days. The landowner has been given a warning as the land does not belong to KCC. The B2067 was closed from the old pub through to Bilsington. Diversion via Ash Hill. There was a close encounter at the junction at the bottom of Ash Hill due to worn white lines. A letter needs to be sent to KCC to renew the markings. Cllr Mike Angell has said he will follow it up.

15. ITEMS FOR INCLUSION ON THE NEXT AGENDA Record Retention Policy Meeting

16. FORUM FOR EXCHANGE OF INFORMATION BETWEEN COUNCILLORS

DATE OF NEXT MEETING & ANNUAL PARISH MEETING Thursday 10th September 2020 from 6.30pm on Zoom

There being no other business the meeting closed at 8.09pm.

Signed: Chairman Dated:

RUCKINGE PARISH COUNCIL

RECORD OF PLANNING APPLICATIONS

2020

JUNE/JULY

There were no new Planning Applications for June/July 2020

Decision Notices/Updates received from ABC

20/00612/AS Fairfield, Bromley Green Road, Ruckinge, Ashford, Kent, TN26 2EG. Single storey rear extension, Juliet Balcony to the master bedroom and existing external cladding to be replaced with cedral weather boarding. Permit

20/00322/AS Noakes Farm, Ash Hill, Ruckinge, Ashford, Kent, TN26 2PE. Demolition of barns and erection of 5no. dwellings and new agricultural barn, with associated landscaping and parking Permit

20/00521/AS Fairview Industrial Park, Hamstreet Road, Ruckinge, Ashford, Kent, TN26 2PL Erection of industrial/storage building for 8 units; Creation of open storage areas; Boundary enclosures, hard and soft landscaping areas (Part Retrospective - as hard surfacing, drainage, parking, delivery and turning areas have already been provided) Pending