These are my recollections on the parish council meeting which took place last Thursday:

  • Final agreement as to whether the Free School will occupy the Grade 2 listed college buildings is still to be reached. A final decision is expected within the month.
  • A public meeting to discuss the Wye2 site will take place on the 23rd April. (7.30 for 8). The council is particularly concerned about the cumulative growth in traffic – taking into account Wye1, Wye2, Wye3 and the Free School. The organisation which has carried out a traffic survey for the parish council will be asked to make a presentation at the meeting
  • Borough councillor Noel Ovenden reported that he’s been made a member if the Wye3 Task Group at Ashford Borough Council (ABC), but that this group hasn’t met for a while. He is also meeting with council leader Gerry Clarkson on Monday 7th April.
  • The parish has written to Ashford Borough Council asking to take over the ownership of the Twitten – the pathway linking Churchfield Way with Bridge Street.
  • The occupational license handing responsibility for management of the village hall playing field to the parish council has been agreed, and supported by both the village hall committee and the parish council.
  • The final terms of the Multi Use Games Area contract are being agreed with Trevor May (the same company that built the tennis courts). Works should commence by the end of April and should be completed by mid July.
  • The price of the Multi Use Games Area is projected to be £12,000 more than the amount of money raised. The PC has agreed to fund £3,500 of this deficit. Application is to be made to the Children’s playing Field charity for £5,000 and the village hall charity for the remaining £3,500.
  • The annual parish meeting will take place on 1st May. Members of the community are invited to nominate winners for the various parish awards. Details on the parish council website.
  • The community warden said that the allotments had been broken into five times in the past 18 months. Allotment holders were recommended to security mark their tools or remove parts from more pricey equipment to render them inoperable if stolen.
  • The village has secured a £2,830 grant to develop an Our Place grant application. The project is being coordinated by village resident Dave Martin and will focus on provision for the over-60s.
  • Grants have been approved to support the publication of leaflets promoting walks around Wye (Wye Business Association), and for promoting the Wye Food Festival. More details have been requested about other possible grants for restoration of the Methodist Church, and for a children’s food sculpture event at the Wye Food Festival.

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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