This is my recollection of last week’s parish council meeting:

  • It was agreed to adopt the Neighbourhood Plan unchanged from its current draft. While some have questioned aspects of the plan, it was felt that the examiner (who has just been appointed) would be better placed to carry out factual amendments prior to the plan going to referendum.
  • Councillor Shoults reported that he had had only one meeting with Telereal Trillium and that this was organised by Ashford Borough Council shortly after the announcement about the WYE3 purchase (which is due to be completed in October). I asked about the price that Telereal Trillium had paid and was told that this would be in the public domain 3 months after completion (if not before).
  • Councillor McKay reported on an Our Place meeting which had taken place earlier in the day. He said that it was recognised that the project needed to re-engage with the community but that it was clear that Kent County Council and Ashford were prepared to invest a lot of resource in the success of the project.
  • The planning application to turn one of the barns near Wye Court into an MOT testing station (15/01004/AS here) has been referred to Planning Committee at Ashford Borough Council. The parish council will send representation and will be arguing against.
  • The parish council also objected to a planning application to put a 4 sq metre advertisement in the window of the pharmacy, as it was felt that this did not conform to guidelines in the Village Design Statement and Neighbourhood Plan.
  • The parish council have received a draft audit report which contains many criticisms. It was acknowledged that these needed to be addressed as soon as possible.
  • The Community Warden reported on his first ‘three cs’ meeting (coffee, cake and chat). On the first occasion 15 people turned up. Second occasion 9. Feedback has been positive though people have difficulty remembering the date – last Friday in the month at Luckley House. He is about to introduce an additional meeting on the second Friday every month.
  • The Community Warden also reported that Liam Simms has been given a criminal behaviour order. He can be reported for drinking alcohol from any open container in the village and has been banned from any premises that sells alcohol for two years.
  • The Community Warden reported that an individual has been riding a quad bike on the Centenary Green. If this individual was to be reported for doing the same thing again, they would be liable to a substantial fine and the loss of their quad bike.
  • A MacMillan coffee morning is being held at the fire station on Sunday 27th September between 11am and 1pm.
  • It was noted that there will not be a bonfire or fireworks on the Crown this year.

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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