- The new waste contract begins next week (on Thursday 11 July). For more details on recycling please visit the waste page on the Ashford Borough Council (ABC) website.
- ABC have given permission for the Kempe Centre to be used as premises for the Wye Free School for three years. This follows planning recommendations from the parish council decided at last month’s meeting.
- The Neighbourhood Planning Group are preparing an initial response to the Imperial College Masterplan for Wye 3. This will be discussed by the Neighbourhood Planning Group at its meeting on July 17 before being put to the Council at its next meeting on July 25th.
- Imperial College have rejected a request by the Chair of the Parish Council for a meeting with the Chair of its Endowment Board.
- There are likely to be three or four more workshops for the Neighbourhood Plan. The budget has risen to £33,000. This is still affordable using the council’s reserves but costs are likely to rise still higher. Grants will be applied for from Locality and DCLG.
- The success of the Neighbourhood Plan relies on its conclusions being ‘evidence-based’. A professional traffic and parking survey will be crucial to establishing this evidence. Councillors Donovan and Mansfield are going to embark on commissioning such a survey.
- The Multi Use Games Area project is now being fronted by the Parish Council rather than the Village Hall and Recreation Ground Charity. This is as a result of advice provided by Sport England who will announce whether they are to support the project with a grant later this month (they said that only the owner of the land could apply). A benefit will be that the project will not have to pay VAT.
- Substantial works are taking place at the village hall this summer. The boiler in large hall is being replaced. Work on the small hall roof will start on August 5th and electrical work in the small hall will take place at the same time. Work reviving the children’s playground fencing will start on Monday 8th July.
- Rob Dudley has kindly agreed to be Chair of the Village Hall charity.
- A beautiful new memorial bench dedicated to Samuel Alexander Moon (1990-2011) and built by Chartwood Design is to be sited in the burial ground.
I believe that the world must become more sustainable and to do that it will become more local. My global experience is as a radio producer at the BBC World Service and as communications director for the Climate Parliament. I am now active locally - as a parish councillor in the village of Wye (close to Canterbury) in Kent. This blog is my own view - not that of the council.
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