These are my recollections of the parish council meeting last week. I actually left after 45 minutes because I had another meeting elsewhere.. so most are recollections of someone else who was there.
- The draft Neighbourhood Plan is now being reviewed by parish councillors prior to being officially sent to Ashford Borough Council on November 7.
- A public meeting to discuss the draft Neighbourhood Plan and to consider the issue of the parish office will be held on Tuesday October 21. There will be a public exhibition of the plan the previous weekend – October 18 and 19 – in the Wolfson Hall.
- The parking survey has been completed.
- It is likely that the Neighbourhood Plan will go to referendum in the autumn of 2015.
- Imperial were disappointed that their Masterplan will have to wait for delivery of the Neighbourhood Plan before being discussed by Ashford Council. They have subsequently informed Councillor Shoults and other parties that their Endowment Board have decided to stop all discussion and negotiations whilst they review their strategy. They are not prepared to consider the future of individual sites whilst they are reviewing their overall direction. This has immediately stopped the process of the Free School moving into the Edwardian Buildings at a point when the Education Funding Agency were about to contract for works on the site. It is hoped that this is a temporary setback.
- The Taylor Wimpey development of WYE1 has been through planning committee. Councillor Shoults reported that things had turned out better than for WYE2 – with less housing density and a commitment to redesign and re-consult with the Parish Council on the Wye Court end of the development.
- The meeting was attended by a representative from Bacchus Partners – the company which hopes to develop part of the Naccolt site. Several environmental issues are being worked on prior to the plan’s submission to ABC later this year.
- The community warden Richard Sinden attended and explained that the community warden scheme is now under review by Kent County Council. The council is hoping to dispense with 39 of the 79 wardens countywide as this will save about £1.28 million a year. While Richard is unlikely to lose his job, the new system would mean that he wouldn’t be able to dedicate so much time to Wye – and the personal touch would be lost. He encouraged the council and members of the public to fill in the public consultation form.
- The council is about to interview for the job of village caretaker/ handyman.