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%.