This is my recollection of the discussions at last night’s parish council meeting:

  • The resources group are recommending a 4.23% increase in the precept. There will be letter going out to residents to explain the reasons for this increase.
  • Councillor Shoults was not feeling well so didn’t attend the meeting. Detailed discussions on the Neighbourhood Plan were therefore postponed. However there was agreement that the plan needs to be pushed forward as quickly as possible.
  • Councillor Shoults has received a reply to his letters to Dame Eliza Manningham-Buller, the Chair of the Imperial College Board from Stewart Newton, the Chair of the Imperial College Endowment Board. It merely expressed the wish that the village and the college would achieve agreement on the future of Wye 3.
  • The community warden (Richard Sinden) attended and explained the relationship with the local police. The parish council discussed the need for better contact with the PCSO.
  • The Borough Councillor Steve Wright attended. Councillors expressed dissatisfaction that his report consisted of information that was already in the public domain – and that he had not attended any full council meetings at the borough council since his election.
  • Councillor Donovan expressed continued dissatisfaction that the Ashford Borough officer Ray Wilkinson who is responsible for yellow-lining had not progressed the work that has been requested in Wye – and that Councillor Wright had not taken the matter up with Mr Wilkinson.
  • Ashford Housing have submitted a renewed planning application for a four-bed house in Cherry Garden Crescent. Councillors support the concept but were again disappointed with elements of the design.
  • Village resident Dave Martin presented an initial report about the concerns of the over-60s in the village (this has been commissioned by the Parish Council). In particular he has identified a wish for a social eating place – somewhere to provide a budget midday meal. Dave is continuing to collect information. Please contact me if you would like to be put in touch with him.
  • Richard Boden (Wyecycle) had written to councillors requesting support for a pilot scheme for local collection of garden waste in the village. After discussion, it was decided that the council could not support such a scheme.
  • The footbridge at the train station will be upgraded from January 31. Space in the carpark will be limited.

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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