Parish Council meeting minutes, February 2021

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 11TH FEBRUARY 2021 COMMENCING AT 6.30 PM

PRESENT: Cllr J Reid (Chair), Cllr T Cliffe-Harrison (Vice Chair), Cllr A Beaney, Cllr P Sillibourne, Cllr D Archer, Cllr M Pepper

PARISH CLERK: Ms C Laming

BOROUGH COUNCILLORS: Cllr Linda Harman

COUNTY COUNCILLOR: Cllr Mike Angell

MEMBERS OF THE PUBLIC: There were no members of the public attending.

1 INTRODUCTION

2 APOLOGIES FOR ABSENSE

There were no apologies for absence.

3 APPROVAL OF REASONS FOR APOLOGY FOR ABSENCE

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 & MATTERS ARISING FROM THE PREVIOUS MINUTES

Minutes of the meeting held on Thursday 10th December 2020 were amended and accepted and it was unanimously agreed that Cllr J Reid should sign them.
Proposed Cllr P Sillibourne. Seconded Cllr A Beaney

6 PUBLIC INTERVAL

There were no members of the public present.

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.

8 CORRESPONDENCE, FINANCE AND OTHER COUNCIL BUSINESS

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

Account Balance & Payment of Accounts The November bank statement was e-mailed over to the Councillors.

The following accounts were signed off for payment:

Clerk’s Salary - £300.00

Proposed Cllr M Pepper. Seconded Cllr J Reid

Precept 21/22 Following on from the agreement that the Precept for 2021/2022 will remain the same it was applied for and requested for the amount of £10.5k on 12th January 2021.

Internet Banking The Clerk has been involved in lengthy conversations with Lloyds Bank and it has now escalated to the complaints department. Switching banks was also discussed and the Clerk will look into various options. In the meantime, Lloyds Bank will continue to rectify their mistakes.

The Old Church Hall It was reported that the owner of the Church Hall stayed at the property for around 10 days over Christmas therefor breaching the Covid rules.

Defibrillator Nothing to report until it is safe to install.

Dog Bin A new general waste bin has been installed by Ashford Borough Council to replace the damaged bin. This bin allows dog waste and general waste together.

Notice Boards A quote has been received by JTL Construction. The Clerk will chase up a quote from Aspire before a decision is made.

9 CHAIRMAN’S REPORT

Chairman J Reid spoke about the Census and whether the Parish need to do anything. The Parish has no role in the census but can encourage people to support it.

10 BOROUGH COUNCILLORS REPORT

Cllr Harman updated the Councillors on the response from Southern Water saying that the Kent Area Manager has now nominated a tanker contractor. She will continue to correspond with Southern Water and is hopeful by the end of the Winter the monitoring devices will be assessed and there will be a meeting come Spring 2022.

A complaint from a local resident with regards to rubbish dumping at Ash Hill has been received. A reply was sent back. Ashford Borough Council have portable surveillance cameras which can be applied for if there are repeated littering offences. Cllr Harman will start the process in obtaining these cameras by contacting the CSU Team. The Clerk will write back to the resident and update him on our discussions and plans.

There has still not been any response to enquiries over land transfer with regards to the parking at Oak Ridge. The Parish Council have rejected the idea of purchasing the small plot of land due to the initial and ongoing costs. The Parish will suggest to the owners to buy the land and do the levelling work themselves.

11 COUNTY COUNCILLOR’S REPORT

Cllr Mike Angell reported that council tax has increased by 4.99%.

A device called Helping Hand has formed to help those that have financial difficulties due to the tax increase. The community money has also been reduced from £20k down to £10k. This money is for the whole year. This money will be available from May 2021.

Cllr Mike Angell informed the Parish of the new Road Steward Margaret Meades. She can be contactable via e-mail for any road related issues.

12 RUCKINGE PARISH WEBSITE

Nothing to Report. A handover will happen once safe to do so.

13 RUCKINGE VILLAGE HALL & BRONLEY GREEN HALL

Due to the election in May the Ruckinge Village Hall committee need to be aware that the new flooring cannot be carried out during this time. The Clerk will notify them of this.

14 HIGHWAYS & PUBLICS RIGHT OF WAY

Diamond Hill has now been cut back on both sides. At the bottom of Diamond Hill a collision with the barriers which subsequently ended up in the stream. Cllr A Beaney contacted the drainage department and a temporary barricade has been put around it.

15 ITEMS FOR INCLUSION ON THE NEXT AGENDA Blocked drains around the village were raised by Cllr P Sillibourne. Cllr Mike Angell will contact the new Road Steward.

Notice of Vacancy.

16 FORUM FOR EXCHANGE OF INFORMATION BETWEEN COUNCILLORS

DATE OF NEXT MEETING & ANNUAL PARISH MEETING

Thursday 11th March 2021 from 6.30pm on Zoom.

There being no other business the meeting closed at 8.05pm

RECORD OF PLANNING APPLICATIONS

JANUARY-FEBRUARY 2021

20/01805/AS Hans Farm, Kitsbridge Lane, Ruckinge, Ashford, Kent, TN26 2PX
Change of use of buildings and land within their curtilage from an agricultural use to a flexible use falling within Class B1c (light industrial workshop)

Object ** (see footnote)

Decision Notices/Updates received from ABC

20/01645/AS The Nook, Marsh Road, Ruckinge, Ashford, Kent, TN26 2NZ Proposed two storey front extension, rooflights to rear. Permit

20/01773/AS Little Acorns, Bromley Green Road, Ruckinge, Ashford, Kent, TN26 2EG Erection of replacement dwelling (existing dwelling to be demolished) Permit

20/01676/AS 1 Oak Ridge, Ruckinge, Ashford, Kent, TN26 2PA
Two storey side and single storey rear extension; front porch; front & rear window. Permit

20/01684/AS Noakes Farm, Ash Hill, Ruckinge, Ashford, Kent, TN26 2PE
Lawful development certificate - existing - confirmation that planning permission ref: 20/00322/AS has been lawfully implemented and is now extant. Permit

** Hans Farm, Kitsbridge Lane, Ruckinge, Ashford, Kent, TN26 2PX 1) Route from the B2067 in Ruckinge village cross's the Royal Military Canal at Ruckinge bridge that has a weight limit of 18 TONNES and follows Marsh road for approx 1 mile, a narrow road with no passing places, and then turns sharp left into Tarpot lane that is even narrower to access the site.

2) Traffic from the B2067 at Bilsington, the only other possible route to access the site is via an even narrower lane along the canal bank and then onto Tarpot Lane. This route is unsuitable for any vehicle larger than a car.

3) Unless passing places are constructed these routes are not suitable for Goods Vehicles to access an industrial site.