I was away for the parish council meeting last week. However, despite being in Holland, I did hear news:
- That the Free School has been given permission to occupy the Kempe Centre site on a permanent basis. The Education Funding Agency will be financing a design and build scheme for the site. The school will use the hop garden as a playing field. And Telereal Trillium have confirmed Imperial College’s agreement that the school can use the carpark to the north of Olantigh Road as a carpark for staff. The temporary classrooms currently being constructed in the Kempe Centre grounds are therefore likely to be only present for a couple of years.
- That a Our Place meeting of key stakeholders was among many things cancelled as a result of Operation Stack. Nonetheless, the two Kent County Council officers who have been employed to work on the social care issue in Wye and Newington have begun work.
- That a train was derailed when it crashed into several cows between Wye and Chilham… (On the way back from Holland I met the guard who was on duty at the time. He told me that there had been 65 passengers on board including two pregnant women, and that everyone remained exceedingly calm (bored?) while the fire brigade strimmed a path through the nettles.)
Since writing that, I have now seen the draft minutes of the meeting and can therefore add:
- That there was much discussion about Telereal Trillium’s purchase of the WYE3 site. Ten members of the public had turned up to hear from the Chair of the parish council about his meeting with TT the previous Monday. The Chair had written a report: 150804NPlancouncilreportTelerealtrillium Having just cycled to Amsterdam, I noted in particular: “They (TT) mentioned their interest in accommodating cycling opportunities.”
- That Ashford Borough Council had extended the consultation period for Wye’s neighbourhood plan by two weeks in order to allow Telereal Trillium to comment.
- That a planning application had been for conversion of Lepper’s hardware store into two dwellings. This was discussed at some length.
- The tennis club has formally requested permission from the parish council and the village hall committee to occupy more land to the north of the tennis courts – to allow for a seating area and off-court entry to courts 3 and 4.
- The MUGA is now a year old. However the oak tree that was removed when it was built has not been replanted. It was agreed that this should be actioned in the autumn and that the cypress stump beside the facility should also be removed.
- Chilham parish council are coordinating representation to the Cycle Path inquiry which is happening in Chilham in November. Wye’s clerk is to send a notice to the planning inspector notifying him of the parish council’s objections to the cycle path becoming a byway.
- It was agreed to proceed with the repair of the youth shelter, partially burnt in 2013, using money claimed through insurance. Currently it is not clear where the repaired shelter will be sited.