Parish Council meeting minutes, September 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 10TH SEPTEMBER 2020 COMMENCING AT 6.30 PM
PRESENT: Cllr P Sillibourne (Chair), Cllr J Reid (Vice Chair), Cllr A Beaney, Cllr T Cliffe-Harrison & Cllr M Pepper
PARISH CLERK: Ms C Laming
BOROUGH COUNCILLORS: Cllr L Harman
COUNTY COUNCILLOR: Cllr Mike Angell
MEMBERS OF THE PUBLIC: There was one member of the public attending.
APOLOGIES FOR ABSENSE Cllr A Rylands apology of absence was accepted. There was no apology of absence from Cllr D Archer.
APPROVAL OF REASONS FOR APOLOGY FOR ABSENCE Proposed Cllr J Reid, Seconded Cllr M Pepper
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.
ACCEPTANCE OF MINUTES OF PREVIOUS MEETING Minutes of the meeting held on Thursday 9th July 2020 were accepted and it was unanimously agreed that Cllr P Sillibourne should sign them.
Proposed Cllr J Reid Seconded Cllr A Beaney
PUBLIC INTERVAL D r Stephen Denis presented the new Parish Website to the Councillors. All the Councillors were extremely happy with the new design and layout and thanked Dr Denis for his time.
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
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 August bank statement was e-mailed over to the Councillors. The following accounts were signed off for payment:
Clerk’s Salary - £300.00
M.Shaw Expenses - £345.81 Proposed Cllr J Reid Seconded Cllr A Beaney
Internet Banking Nothing to report.
Parking – Oakridge Borough Cllr Linda Harman & Cllr D Archer viewed the site and made some enquiries at ABC. It was established that the land is owned by ABC. Should the Parish which to adopt the land then support is needed from the residents. An update and request to support the parking situation will appear in the next newsletter.
The Old Church Hall Further noise and disturbances have been reported. The neighbour has been told it is an environmental issue and they must record and report it. It has been agreed that the Council draft a letter to the owner.
Defibrillator Cllr T Cliffe-Harrison has received the 2 defibrillators. Cllr T Cliffe-Harrison and Cllr J Reid will meet with Mr Moon to discuss the installation. Football
Cllr P Sillibourne had a meeting with Andy Waters at TSS Youth Football Club. It was concluded that the land would not be suitable for the football due to the huge cracks and other various factors.
CHAIRMAN’S REPORT Cllr P Sillibourne reported that he is struggling with e-mail communication and he would prefer a phone call instead. He is also keen to take the Councillors and Clerk around the Parish to look at the planning and other issues that arises. He met with Andy Waters at TSS Youth Football Club and with the lack of plans to show the drainage it was agreed that the field was not suitable. It was also discussed the Cllr J Reid would be elected as Chairman for the next Parish Meeting. Cllr P Sillibourne has been asked to mediate on the ongoing boundary problem at Noakes Farm. Noakes Pig Farm has been completely cleared and the area returned to grass but is waiting for rain. There is also a concern about the roadside hedges near to Ash Hill. It was discussed that secure cabinets to be purchased to hold all the Parish paperwork and minutes.
BOROUGH COUNCILLORS REPORT Cllr Linda Harman reported that she will be having a meeting with Southern Water on 29th September 2020 to discuss what the Phase 2 improvements are.
COUNTY COUNCILLORS REPORT Cllr M Angell discussed The White Paper. The White Paper is out declaring a requirement to increase the annual national target of 300,000 new houses to be built and increased to 330,000.
The government are consulting on a ‘new vision for England’s planning system’ with proposals grouped under three pillars. This briefing sets out some of the key changes.
- Pillar 1 – Planning for the development which includes a national set target of 300,000 homes per annum, with binding targets for local authorities which factor land constraints,
- Pillar 2 – Planning for beautiful and sustainable places which includes a new National Model Design Code and a revised Manual for Streets, to complement the existing National Design Guide,
- Pillar 3 – Planning for infrastructure and connected places which includes a new fixed rate Infrastructure Levy to replace S106 and Community Infrastructure Levy, based on the final value of the development and finally delivering the change.
There is also a discussion with government to move to change the shape of local government have more unitary councils. This matter is in discussion only at the moment.
RUCKINGE PARISH WEBSITE Dr Stephen Denis has presented the new fully compliant Parish website to the Councillors during the public interval for approval. The annual cost to host this website will be £80. The Clerk would undertake the updating of the new website after training with Dr Denis. Proposed Cllr P Sillibourne, Seconded Cllr J Reid
RUCKINGE VILLAGE HALL AND BROMLEY GREEN HALL Nothing to Report.
HIGHWAYS & PUBLICS RIGHT OF WAY Cllr M Angell has reported the worn white lines at the junction bottom of Ash Hill. Cllr A Beaney has been able to contact ABC with regards to the hedges. Cllr T Cliffe-Harrison raised concerns about the speed of traffic along Bromley Green Road. Cllr M Angell has suggested that a speed test could be done.
ITEMS FOR INCLUSION ON THE NEXT AGENDA
FORUM FOR EXCHANGE OF INFORMATION BETWEEN COUNCILLORS
DATE OF NEXT MEETING & ANNUAL PARISH MEETING
Thursday 8th October 2020 from 6.30pm on Zoom
There being no other business the meeting closed at 8.13pm.
RUCKINGE PARISH COUNCIL
RECORD OF PLANNING APPLICATIONS
2020 JULY – SEPTEMBER
20/01165/AS Littlehaven, Bromley Green Road, Ruckinge, Ashford, Kent, TN26 2EQ Erection of side and rear extensions with side dormer and rooflights; change to facing materials, alteration to vehicular access to provide crossover (revision to materials on planning permission 20/00529/AS) Support
20/01150/AS 1 Oak Ridge, Ruckinge, Ashford, Kent, TN26 2PA Part two-storey/part single storey side and rear extension; front porch Support
20/00322/CONA/AS Noakes Farm, Ash Hill, Ruckinge, Ashford, Kent, TN26 2PE Part-discharge of condition 2 (related to the new agricultural barn only) Comments by – N/A
20/01118/AS Brisley Farm buildings, Brisley Lane, Ruckinge, Kent, TN26 2PW Demolition of dilapidated storage barn and the construction of a steel framed agricultural storage barn Support
Decision Notices/Updates received from ABC
20/01065/AS Woodruff, Bromley Green Road, Ruckinge, Ashford, Kent, TN26 2EF Lawful development certificate - Existing - provision and use of a twin unit mobile home as additional accommodation by family member/s as part of one household within the lawful residential planning unit from 2009 to date. Decided - Existing Use/Development Is Lawful