An extraordinary meeting of the council took place on Monday morning. The following was decided:

  • Tony Shoults explained that not all the responses to the village survey regarding the Free School had been returned. It was therefore decided to convene a further meeting to discuss the council’s response to the Free School consultation.
  • Following questions from the public, Councillor Bartley explained that the intention had been to ask a ‘yes-no’ question on this consultation but that the wrong document had been sent to the printers in error. The majority of councillors felt that the ‘yes-no’ information could nevertheless be gleaned from the existing questionnaire.
  • Councillor Bouverie (me) explained that he’d received a letter from Richard Boden at Wyecycle which states that Wyecycle intend to cease collection of recyclables in Wye and Brook at the end of this month. (Mr Boden is trying to win support for the continuation of Wyecycle and seems to be employing shock tactics.)  Councillors agreed that there was an urgent need to liaise with Ashford Borough Council to make sure a replacement service could be put in place in advance of the new waste contract which starts in April. Councillors also agreed that there was a need to make sure that parishioners were provided with balanced information. To this end, it was agreed that parishioners should be directed to the question and answer section on the Ashford Borough Council website.
  • Councillors agreed a minor amendment to the precept to take account of a possible decrease in rebate received from Ashford Borough Council. The increase in precept is still likely to be in the region of 25%.

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I am Jasper Bouverie. I have two blogs: which is about promoting sustainability in the village of Wye in Kent (and beyond); and which I will fill with short films dedicated to promoting social and environmental awareness and change. Find me on Twitter: funderfilms and finelinej
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  1. Surely if it had been agreed at the Council to include the Yes or No question and then through error it had been omitted, good practice would have been to inform the Council. An apology could have been made on behalf of the Council and all the debate and bad feeling would have been avoided. People would have far more respect for a ‘hands up it’s our fault approach’. Even the Chairman tried to cover it up!
    I certainly did not appreciate the blame trying to be hung on the poor printer who is a
    highly talented professional man.
    I do however wonder if this was an error.

    • I agree with your first point Ann. I was not made aware of the problem as you know.
      Unfortunately we live in a community where there is still plenty of mistrust. This is inevitable when there are fortunes to be won or lost – and it means that we are perhaps hyper-sensitive to any form of secrecy or misdemeanor.
      I do believe that it was an error – but I can understand why others may not do so.

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