This is what I recall of the parish council meeting last night:
- Councillors present: Tony Shoults, Noel Ovenden, Richard Bartley, Lucy and Aidan Gillespie. Councillors Reece and McKay sent apologies.
- The end of year accounts were discussed and approved. Thanks were expressed to Councillor Ovenden for preparing them.
- Councillor Shoults stood down as Chair of the Resources Committee. Councillor Ovenden was elected to take his place.
It was agreed to sign the deed to make the green space alongside Churchfield Way a ‘centenary green’ to commemorate World War 1. The change is part of a national initiative organised by Fields in Trust. The space, now owned by the Parish Council, has been renamed Centenary Green and a plaque that tells of its rededication will be erected on the Green in due course.
- The burial ground application, currently lodged at Ashford Borough Council, was discussed. It was felt that the application should be amended to include a larger area. The clerk is going to contact Ashford to see if this will be possible.
- A grant application of £150 was approved to the Barber’s Arms to help with insurance for the forthcoming beer festival (this weekend!). It was acknowledged that it was unusual to make a grant to a private business but the feeling was that the beer festival did represent a community event and was an important addition to the community calendar.
- This meeting was only convened to discuss the end of year accounts which are due at the end of this month. Most items have been deferred to next week’s meeting on July 2nd.