This is my recollection of the main points of last week’s parish council meeting:

  • 17 Dutch clerks attended the meeting. (We knew they were coming. They didn’t just turn up on the off chance!)
  • Councillor Shoults reported that Imperial College are in private discussion with Ashford Borough Council concerning the development of Wye3. The parish council will be meeting ABC on September 23 to discuss the proposals and the three parties are likely to meet together on October 7. The aim of the meetings is clearly to see if any agreement can be reached between the parties.
  • A rural business assessment is being carried out by ABC. This will focus on the whole ABC borough but there will inevitably be a focus on Wye and Tenterden as the largest communities in the specified area. Wye PC is represented on the panel to recruit the assessor.
  • There is no further news on the transport and traffic assessment which KCC and ABC have agreed to carry out.
  • Councillor Mansfield is to respond to the consultation on the Kent Area of Otstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) management plan (with some input from myself)
  • DHA planning consultants are carrying out an online consultation on Wye 2. The parish council has concerns as to whether this consultation will be adequate.
  • There will be a location-based consultation on Wye 1 on September 21 organised by the developers. Location to be confirmed.
  • There is some concern about the exact location of the Multi Use Games Area. Current plans indicate that it could interfere with a protected oak tree. The parish council have discussed whether some of the children’s playground equipment could be relocated so that the MUGA could move further east.
  • Councillor Donovan expressed extreme dissatisfaction with the repainting of the village’s yellow lines by ABC. He feels that it would have been sensible to have waited for agreement on new yellow lines and do everything at the same time.
  • The Parish Council is going to look at options for the conversion of some allotment area into new burial ground.
  • A Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents (RoSPA) inspection has been carried out on the children’s play area. Some modifications have been suggested.
  • Wye School has opened to 88 pupils. (Which should rise to 90.) Margaret Williams has reported that very few parents are using cars to get to school.
  • Contrary to expectation, there was no discussion of councillor portfolios at this meeting. A decision has been made to delay this pending the auditor’s report.

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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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