These are my recollections of last week’s parish council meeting:

  • the meeting was addressed initially by Alan Patterson, who has submitted a planning application for the land behind 59-65 Oxenturn Road, and his architect Richard Bailey. The planning application is for three 3-4 bedroom homes and had been the subject of a pre-application meeting in 2012. Councillors asked various questions related to the design, access and size of the properties but ultimately decided to support the application as the concerns raised in the pre-application meeting had been addressed.
  • councillors also considered a potential planning application submitted by Ashford Housing for 6 units on vacant land between Little Chequers and Southern Water’s treatment works. Concerns were expressed about the single access road, the lack of parking, the failure to draw up a plan that incorporated the forthcoming development at WYE2, and the design. Councillor Ovenden is going to relay the information back to Ashford Housing.
  • the borough councillor (Councillor Ovenden) reported on planning developments in Ashford, particularly on the extension to the Outlet and the proposed Model Railway Museum. He also reported that Park Mall was going to be transformed into Santa’s grotto for Christmas. And that some discussion had taken place about the housing of asylum seekers in the coming years.
  • Councillor Shoults reported that he had exchanged correspondence with Telereal Trillium in an attempt to find a date for a public meeting. The company had proposed October 15 but this had been impossible due to the church not being available. He had written back suggesting alternative dates in early November but had heard nothing back.
  • it was noted that Telereal Trillium had been removing furniture from many of the college buildings and measuring up.
  • there was a lengthy discussion about the Neighbourhood Plan in which concerns were expressed about changes to the ‘village envelope’ (the area of land where development might be permitted pre-2030). It appeared that changes had been made to this area between public consultation and submission to Ashford Borough Council and that one of these changes had involved the area behind 59-65 Oxenturn Road, discussed previously in the meeting. Councillors were unclear as to how to proceed on this issue. (After the meeting Councillor Shoults launched an investigation and will be expected to report to the next council meeting.)
  • Councillor Reece submitted a suggested plan for part one of works to the village hall: an extension to the rear of the main hall to allow for more storage. Councillors discussed the modern design, the flat roof and how it would look from the road. I said that I liked the modern design and that I hoped that the design on the front of the building would match.
  • councillors once again discussed the Wye burial records, and how they should be housed in the safe at the Latin School. It has been confirmed now that the safe is large enough to accommodate them.
  • a casual vacancy has been advertised for Wye with Hinxhill parish council. There are in fact four vacancies and it is hoped that people wishing to join the council will come forward in the coming days.
  • the community warden was unable to attend the meeting and sent apologies.

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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