This is my recollection of the parish council meeting last week:
- The Neighbourhood Plan has now been amended to take account of recommendations made by the examiner Richard High. A public meeting is being planned for February 22nd where these changes will be explained to the community. A decision on whether to proceed to referendum will be made at the next council meeting in early March. (The decision has to be made both by the Parish Council and Ashford Borough Council.) See here for Councillor Shoults’ full report: 160113NP Council report on examination and beyond
- Councillors discussed the budget for 2016-17 at some length. It was agreed that there needed to be a substantial increase to the precept in order to cover costs of the parish office moving to Wye, improvements to the village hall, and the recruitment of a responsible financial officer to help with parish accounts.
- It was noted that Telereal Trillium intend to upgrade the offices to 52 small accommodation units on the ADAS site, using law on permitted development. Councillor Shoults has made representation to the local MP (and others) suggesting that such permitted development rights should not be permitted in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.
- Councillors discussed Section 106 agreements. It was noted that the three new houses on Oxenturn Road would deliver £2071 each for the outside space connected to the village hall project (see here for agreement). Councillor Ovenden explained that Section 106 money could only be allocated by the borough to an existing project (and budget). There was a need therefore to draw up further projects in Wye, and also to log where Section 106 monies were being allocated.
- Councillor Bartley reported that Locality had given a verbal assurance that the final £21,000 of the Our Place grant would be paid.
- A grant application was going to be made for £3000 to the Children’s Playing Field Charity to help pay for play equipment costs and maintenance.
- The borough councillor Noel Ovenden reported that it had been a quiet month with few meetings. The boundaries commission had made recommendation that wards in Ashford should be made more equal, and that this would probably mean that Wye will expand. Councillor Ovenden is on the group responding to the recommendations and is therefore well-placed to define the nature of such expansion.
- The community warden was absent/otherwise engaged
- It was noted that the Queen was going to be 90 this year. Councillors discussed whether we should mark the occasion in some way.