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

  • Councillor Shoults reported back on the meeting with Imperial College and Ashford Borough Council – though he wasn’t able to say much due to Chatham House rules. He explained that one of the problems is that the Imperial College Endowment Board has a duty to maximise return on all the Imperial College assets in their care. With that in mind, he is going to write to Eliza Manningham-Buller (Chair of the Imperial Board) to ask her to relax this requirement when it comes to Wye College – due to the sensitivity of the local area. A further meeting with Imperial and ABC will be held on December 4.
  • The developers of Wye1 are holding a public consultation on Monday 11 November (today). Kent County Council and Ashford Borough Council are now both aware of the site’s archaeological importance.
  • Councillor Ovenden went to the consultation on the development at Willesborough Leas. 200 houses are planned together with a new road to connect the A20 with the rear entrance of the William Harvey Hospital. This development is at an early stage and it’s not clear when or whether it will proceed.
  • Councillor Bouverie (me) and Councillor Bartley will be attending a meeting on the new cycle path on November 15th when it’s hoped that the final route can be agreed.
  • The Naccolt Brickworks site has been sold to four separate buyers. The Parish Council is seeking clarification on the waste license for one of the sites from Kent County Council. (The PC’s view is that the site should not be developed as a ‘waste site’ and that, while there appears to be no immediate threat, we need to take steps to prevent it from happening in the future.)
  • The Parish Council is now the legal owner of Churchfield Green. The PC feels that for the time being we will keep it much as it is now (mowing it when it becomes dry enough to do so). Any changes in how the space is maintained or designed would need to involve wider consultation (which is not what the village needs right now.)
  • Planning permission has been granted for the Multi Use Games Area – and we now have until April to begin the works (after Sport England granted an extension).
  • The youth shelter will be repaired over the next few weeks using money obtained through insurance. It is still undecided whether it will be re-sited in the village however or whether it will be sold.
  • An environmental assessment is to take place on the possible extension to the burial ground.
  • The memorial bench to Samuel Alexander Moon (1990-2011) and built by Chartwood Design has been sited in the burial ground.
  • The PC voted a grant of £100 to help Wye Business Association with the costs of running the Christmas Fayre on December 6.
  • The PC has agreed to take on ownership of Catha’s Seat (to be sited on Cycle Route 18 between Godmersham and Chilham in memory of Catha Keegan who lived in the village). Upkeep and maintenance will be provided by Kent County Council.
  • The PC thanked the anonymous person who distributed balloons prior to Halloween. The idea was that anyone willing to be visited for Trick or Treating would put a balloon outside their door – and the system seemed to work well.

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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