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

  • It was agreed to accept the revisions to the Neighbourhood Plan as recommended by examiner Richard High. (These revisions had been previously accepted by the community at a public meeting on February 22nd.) Councillor Shoults explained that the procedure was now to request Ashford Borough Council (ABC) for a referendum. And that thanks should be expressed to officers at Ashford for helping us get this far.
  • Councillor Bartley suggested changes to the picture on the front cover of the plan – and also that a dedication to the late Ian Coulson, previous chair of the Neighbourhood Plan group, should be included on the index page.
  • Councillor Shoults reported that he has been writing to various MPs and ministers of the government to object to the extension of permitted development rights beyond May 2016 – which would allow Telereal Trillium to build 52 flats on the ADAS site. Unfortunately it seems likely that the extension will go ahead nonetheless.
  • Councillor Shoults also reported that ABC, Telereal Trillium and the parish council were now agreed that there should be a collaborative masterplan for WYE3, conducted within the guidelines of the Neighbourhood Plan. The first meeting to address how this might come about will take place in Ashford on March 24.
  • At the public meeting on February 22nd there were concerns raised about the treatment of commercial tenants by both Imperial College and Telereal Trillium, and, at this parish council meeting, it was noted that one of the village’s largest employers BCP Certis was leaving the village with the loss of 30-40 jobs. Councillors resolved to find out more about reasons for the company’s departure.
  • There was much discussion about projects which could be in receipt of Section 106 and Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL) payments. It was decided that this subject merited a meeting of its own.
  • It was noted that there was a new lease agreed between the tennis club and the Village Hall and Recreation Ground charity.
  • It was agreed to light a beacon on the Crown to mark the Queen’s 90th birthday in April.
  • The community warden, Richard Sinden, talked about numerous incidents of petty crime in the village:  petrol stealing, milk bottle stealing, fly-tipping, and quite substantial trees being felled to make fires in the woods.
  • The community warden said that he’d also accompanied Dave Martin on a tour of eating outlets in Wye to find out about affordable meals for the elderly. This information is to be published as part of the Our Place project.
  • The borough councillor, Noel Ovenden, said that there was nothing of significance to report from Ashford Borough Council.




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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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