- The public hearing for the Neighbourhood Plan will now be held at the Julie Rose Centre (not at St Anselm’s Church as previously advised). The time however is the same: 8th December at 10 am. While it is open to the public it is not expected that members of the community will have an opportunity to speak.
- Telereal Trillium have called a meeting at the primary school for 7pm on December 15th to discuss possible developments of Wolfson Hall and Wolfson House. (This meeting is not open to the whole village – just neighbours of these developments.)
- Telereal Trillium have notified the parish council (and the village as a whole in their newsletter) that they intend to go for ‘permitted development’ on the ADAS site. This government regulation enables developers to upgrade commercial property into residential, and TT say they intend to put 52 one-bed and two-bed flats on the site. The parish council, aware that such a plan flies in the face of the Neighbourhood Plan, discussed the motivations and appropriate response.
- Taylor Wimpey, the company developing WYE1, were invited to attend the meeting to explain progress, and to answer questions regarding the felling of a tree and the muck on the road at the bottom of Churchfield Way. They didn’t attend.
- The village hall extension and refurbishment was discussed. In particular Councillor Reece explained that he was going to apply to the parish council for a grant of £15,000 in order to top up existing funds (£40,000) so that a grant application can be made to Kent County Council for matching funds (up to £50,000) before the end of the year. The parish council approved such a grant in principle – subject to a grant application being submitted and agreed.
- The parish council agreed to make a grant of £1000 to the PCC for purchase of a new pew for the church modernisation.
- Councillor Ovenden explained that the brickworks site in Naccolt had changed hands – and that it was therefore necessary to keep an eye on how the approved designs were being amended. Plot 1 for example, closest to the road, needed to face in two directions – Naccolt Road and the cul de sac around which the 8 houses are to be built.
- There was some discussion about the community benefits (Section 106) to be had from the construction of the 3 houses on Oxenturn Road near the surgery. Councillors wondered if this money might be applied to the village hall improvements. If not, then the thinking was that it should be applied to improvement of the allotments, the riverside walk or a green gym. (In accordance with a list drawn up for the Neighbourhood Plan.)
- In the absence of the community warden (scheduled), the borough councillor reported that there had been a recent increase in petty crime in the area: thefts from cars (including petrol), sheds and garages.
I believe that the world must become more sustainable and to do that it will become more local. My global experience is as a radio producer at the BBC World Service and as communications director for the Climate Parliament. I am now active locally - as a parish councillor in the village of Wye (close to Canterbury) in Kent. This blog is my own view - not that of the council.
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