The following is my recollection of the parish council meeting held on Thursday night:

  • Councillor Shoults reported that the Free School have signed a three year lease on the Kempe Centre.
  • There was discussion as to whether to invite Imperial College to the public meeting on May 20th. It was agreed that we should let them know that it was happening but explain that it was for the local community to agree consensus on their plans (without them being present).
  • Concern was expressed that there were no playing fields identified for the Free School in the Imperial Masterplan for Wye3 and that a formal response should be sent to Imperial from the PC to that effect.
  • Councillor Donovan updated the council on plans to establish more parking restrictions in the village (notably at bottom of Churchfield Way, on Church Street close to Co-op, and at the top of Bridge Street). It was agreed that these plans should be displayed at the Annual Parish Meeting on May 13.
  • A letter concerning the new recycling scheme will be sent out to residents from Ashford Borough Council (ABC) at the end of May.
  • Concern was expressed at the lack of a Chair for the Village Hall and Recreation Ground Charity – following Liz Coulson’s retirement from the role.
  • It was agreed that the Parish Council should apply for planning permission for a multi use games area (MUGA) on the Village Hall Playing Field – in order to support continuing fundraising.
  • The community warden suggested that a repaired youth shelter could be located on the Village Hall playing field, close to the MUGA. A decision was deferred on this (and on whether the youth shelter should be repaired).
  • The application for 300 houses at Conningbrook Lakes is currently lodged at ABC and will be decided on May 15. The parish council is supportive – given the use of high quality building materials.
  • A planning application for Naccolt Brickworks is also currently lodged at ABC. the Council have agreed to seek professional advice on how to respond to this application.
  • The Co-op have applied for a refit – with new signage and a canopy at the side of the property. Shelving inside the store is also going to be reorientated 90 degrees. The Council is supportive.
  • The parish council have agreed to fund 50% (£160) of a vegetable sculpture event being organised by local artist Maggie Johns at the Wye Food Festival. (The Children’s Playing Field Charity is funding the other 50%.)

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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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