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

  • The council elected Noel Ovenden to be Chair of the Parish Council, to replace Councillor Shoults who is standing down. A vote of thanks was proposed to Councillor Shoults who was elected Deputy Chair. Councillor Ovenden is also to chair the Resources Committee.
  • Councillor Shoults reported on the meeting with Telereal Trillium and Ashford Borough Council which took place on April 25. At the meeting, Telereal Trillium agreed that the Neighbourhood Plan constituted the basis for the forthcoming Masterplan for WYE3. It was also agreed that the parish council and Telereal Trillium should work together on a Masterplan for the area. Exactly how this will work will be the basis of forthcoming meetings, the first of which is on Monday May 9. Please see Councillor Shoults’ full report here: 160507NPreporttoCouncil.
  • At the same meeting, Simon Cole from Ashford Borough Council explained that Ashford electoral services were unable to carry out a Neighbourhood Plan referendum in Wye before September.
  • Councillor Reece is carrying out an audit of community spaces (and service providers?). This is in order to establish clarity on what the community might like to be sited in the College buildings.
  • The borough councillor Noel Ovenden reported that the election of officers has now taken place at the borough. Noel is on the Economic Regeneration Investment Board and the Broadband Hard To Reach panel. He said that considerable development is to take place in Ashford town centre over the next few years, starting with the cinema currently under construction on Elwick Road.
  • Our Place Wye has registered as a community interest company separate from the parish council and has its own bank account. It is therefore able to apply for grants to carry out community work in its own right. Anyone interested should contact Penny Haynes or Dave Martin.
  • It was agreed that a voucher would be distributed to the recipients of the Parish Awards starting this year. The award winners have been agreed and will be notified prior to the annual parish meeting on Wednesday May 25.
  • It was noted that the dispute concerning the permissive footpath adjacent to the Old Vicarage on the Green was continuing. This however is a matter for the rights of way department at Kent County Council. Anyone who would like to take the matter up with KCC should contact the parish clerk in the first instance.
  • The community warden reported that the Monday community cafe event at the Wye Corner Cafe was thriving. In addition, a community lunch will soon be provided at the village hall on a Wednesday with the help of the catering company which provides food for the primary school (a roast dinner for about £4.50).
  • It was agreed to support Our Place in the organisation of a community tea/lunch? on Churchfield Green on June 12 – as part of the national Big Lunch, to celebrate the Queen’s 90th birthday.
  • The community warden also reported that he’d been taking some of the community’s older residents to take part in an intergenerational project at Wye School: they had been interviewed and drawn by the children.
  • The defibrillator has been installed at the fire station.
  • The youth shelter has been repaired and is now being stored at Perry Court prior to a decision being taken as to where it should be located

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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