This is my recollection of the parish council meeting last week:
- Much of the meeting was taken up with discussion about the public meeting on November 2nd. The council felt that the meeting had gone well and that questions from the floor had been extremely apposite.
- We have received notification from the Neighbourhood Plan examiner (Richard High) that he requires a hearing regarding two particular issues in the plan
1. The procedures for the preparation of the screening assessment for the Strategic Environmental Assessment (SEA) and the Strategic Environmental Assessment itself.
2. The definition of the village envelope and the concept of the ‘walkable village’ with a particular focus on: the justification for the 5 minute or 400m threshold and the implications for the former Imperial College campus (site WYE3).
He also suggests that it would be an opportunity to clarify issues regarding Figure 6.1 – viewable here. The issue surrounds inclusion of an area in WYE3 that might not actually belong to Telereal Trillium.
The examiner is suggesting December 8 or 9 for the hearing. We are looking into availability of meeting space. Notices will be posted three weeks before the hearing takes place.
Councillor Shoults submitted an explanation as to how the land around the doctors’ surgery came to be included in ‘the envelope’ following public consultation: NP Audit Trail Envelope alteration to Wye NP 2 10 2015. In the document he confessed that the matter had been an oversight brought on by the multitude of issues that were being dealt with at the time.
- The borough councillor reported that the application for a MOT testing station at Wye Court had been turned down by Ashford Borough Council planning committee based on the number of objections.
- Councillor Ovenden also informed the council that the owners of 32a Churchfield Way are interested in purchasing a strip of land to enable vehicle egress from their property directly onto Churchfield Way (as opposed to onto the lane to Poynters coach garage/the soon-to-be-built road to WYE1). The PC felt that this was a matter that needed sorting out with Taylor Wimpey.
- Taylor Wimpey have felled trees in the conservation area without permission. Ashford Borough Council are already aware.
- Councillors were curious as to why no yellow lining took place on November 2nd. This was despite the fact that notices had gone up all round the village, cones had been put in place and most people had removed cars from the areas concerned. We wondered if it had been something to do with leaves…
- The council noted the shoddy work that had taken place on the tennis court patio extension. Also noted was the tennis club’s own dissatisfaction with the contractor concerned. Everything has been put on hold until return of the tennis club Chair (who contracted the works) in the middle of November.
- The council discussed its own application for an extension to the village hall. We noted that minor changes (materials and place of the windows) could be changed after the application has been processed.
- The community warden reported on a drugs bust in Orchard Drive (a non-resident with class A drugs).
- The three cs meeting (coffee cake and chat) in Luckley House is still happening once a month. (Last Friday in month). It had been hoped to do it fortnightly but this had not worked out.