At the parish council meeting last night (7th March 2013):

  • Councillor Shoults reported that the Education Funding Agency (considering the location of the Free School) were very keen to know whether the village was serious about using the Wye College Grade 1 listed buildings (adjacent to one of the prospective sites for the Free School – the Grade 2 Edwardian buildings). He’d reported that he has obtained support from English Heritage and the Architectural Heritage Fund. Councillors requested that the matter be properly debated next month before any commitment is embarked upon.
  • Councillor Shoults reported that he is carrying out his own investigation into the issue of the village’s free school questionnaire. He also said that he was visiting John Claydon at Crown Print. Councillors expressed the view that whoever made the mistake needed to come clean. And that it was likely that John Claydon deserved an apology.
  • It appears an announcement is imminent on the Free School. Councillor Jacobs and Councillor Woodford continued to voice concerns over the decision and the process.
  • Councillor Shoults reported that he has written to the heads of the Lady Joanna Thornhill Primary School, the Free School and Spring Grove with a view to forming a coordinated travel plan for schools in the village. Councillor Macfee expressed concern that no-one would ‘own this plan’ and that it would represent a tremendous amount of work to do effectively.
  • Regarding the Neighbourhood Plan, Councillor Bouverie asked about the negotiating process with Imperial. Councillor Shoults reported that the Neighbourhood Plan gave the village a strong position in any negotiation and that no-one could negotiate away from the ‘village view’. Recently he has been contacted for a meeting by Kevin Radford of Rummey Design. It is likely that Councillor MacFee, Councillor Bartley, Mark Hanton, Jim Boot and a qualified planner will attend such a meeting – though Councillor Shoults will also be meeting with village representatives of the Imperial College Sounding Boards to discuss the way forward.
  • Councillor Bouverie reported that he has spoken to Kirsty Hogarth at Ashford Borough Council to see if an extension can be obtained for Wyecycle until the new waste contract rolls out. This appeared unlikely – but he will be talking to Ashford again in the next few days.
  • Councillor Bartley reported that the Parish Council is to sign the lease on the public conveniences next to the Co-op and will be taking them over from April 1.
  • Councillor Wright reported that Conningbrook Lakes development (Leisure Park plus 300 houses) has now been agreed and has gone to planning. He also reported  that John Lewis is to build a new store near Sainsbury’s in Ashford.
  • Councillor Mansfield reported a 100% increase in Burial Ground fees and payments. Wye is still far cheaper in this regard than surrounding parishes. Councillors also agreed that burial of Under-16s should be free (in common with many other parishes).
  • Councillor Mansfield was thanked for putting so much effort (physical and mental) into the allotments.

About jasperbouverie

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. Thank you Jasper for getting the news out fast.
    Communication is everything!!

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