PARISH HEADLINES – 22

These are my recollections of the parish council meeting last night:

  • Councillor Shoults wrote to Ashford Borough Council (ABC) to ask how Imperial College’s Masterplan would be treated by the council. The response was that ABC will use the emerging Neighbourhood Plan to inform the emerging Local Plan and that together these plans will provide ABC with the necessary guidance for its response to Imperial.
  • The Neighbourhood Plan therefore needs to be completed as soon as possible with plenty of evidence to support the various policies – particularly on housing numbers. The current intention is that the completed plan will be submitted by the Neighbourhood Plan Group to the parish council on October 2nd.
  • A letter has been sent to ABC expressing concern about the possible removal of covenants on the Withersdane site linking the site to the main college buildings. The letter points out that both the Free School and PROMIS may fail and that therefore any removal of covenant should be temporary.
  • The council approved the idea of commissioning a parking survey in the village – to inform the neighbourhood plan and to prepare for new double yellow lines which will be painted sometime during the winter.
  • A further grant of £7,000 from the Department for Communities and Local Government (DCLG) will be applied for to help pay for the Neighbourhood Plan.
  • A public meeting will be held in September to update the village on Neighbourhood Plan progress. A newsletter will also be sent out.
  • WYE2 (construction of 25 houses near village hall playing field) is going to planning committee on August 20. The parish council is sending a small delegation. The council has particular concerns about the access arrangements.
  • The completion of the Multi Use Games Area was applauded. Particular thanks were proposed to Vinny Maclean for pushing things forward. Everyone was delighted with how it looks and is looking forward to the official opening on September 12.
  • Dave Martin reported on the success of the Our Place funding application. The village has been allocated both the initial grant of £10,000 and a supplementary ‘going further’ grant of £7,000. There is a possibility of a further breaking new ground grant of up to £20,000 which can be applied for in the autumn.
  • These grants from Locality in the DCLG are the only ones to be allocated in Kent. As such there is great interest from Kent County Council, the National Health Service and others about what we achieve here.
  • First steps will probably be a working lunch for all those interested in helping to frame the project to take place in September. A project manager will also be recruited to push things forward. Dave Martin also said that he was going to be coordinating plans with Rob Dudley and David Reece who were considering plans to modernise the village hall.
  • Councillor Shoults expressed grave concern about the findings of the internal auditor. It was resolved that some of his recommendations needed to be acted on immediately and a meeting was scheduled for next week.
  • The new PCSO Chris Ellingham introduced himself to the council. He reported three thefts at the co-op and two incidents of fire on Churchfield Green. Crime in Wye is 17.8 % below expected levels. Chris agreed to attend the PC meeting quarterly.
  • Richard Sinden reported that Ashwood Tree Services who had charged a Wye resident £400 for an hour’s work had featured on BBC Watchdog as a rogue trader.
  • The village is to be given a bronze plaque to display that Churchfield Green has become a ‘field in trust’. There was discussion about where this plaque should be sited. One possibility appears to be that it could be attached to the village sign on the Green.
  • The council decided to object to the proposed residential development in Naccolt (on left hand side of road as you drive away from Wye) on the grounds that it represents change of use and is in the AONB.
  • It had previously been agreed that the youth shelter should be repaired before consideration is given as to whether it should be re-sited or sold. A carpenter has been commissioned to work on it this autumn but the project may be delayed to enable recruitment of teenage apprentices to help with the work.
  • Funder Films (my company) applied for a grant of £200 to make a film with Wye teenagers about the opening of the MUGA. This was approved. (However, before cashing the cheque or carrying out the work, I am seeking clarification from Kent Association of Local Councils as to whether such grants are appropriate given my position on the council.)

About jasperbouverie

I am Jasper Bouverie. I have two blogs: jasperbouverie.com which is about promoting sustainability in the village of Wye in Kent (and beyond); and FunderFilms.com 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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