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Swingfield Parish Council minutes 29 November 2005

Contributed by editor on Feb 05, 2006 - 09:26 PM


SWINGFIELD PARISH COUNCIL MINUTES

Minutes of a meeting of Swingfield Parish Council held at Swingfield Village Hall, on Tuesdav 29 November 2005

PRESENT: Councillor R D Curd (in the Chair), Councillors Mrs A Hanner, V Hamler R Hoult-Lukey, S Lee, A Nichol, H O'Grady and C D Tearle.

Apologies for absence: Councillor P Major.

Officer in Attendance: Mrs T Wiles, Clerk and Treasurer

5011.DECLARATIONS OF INTEREST

Councillor V Hamler and Mrs A Hamler declared a prejudicial interest in minute 5014.4 (Parish Council Budget 2006/07 - the item which related directly to Parish Maintenance only) and would only leave the meeting if this item was discussed.

Councillor R D Curd declared a prejudicial interest in Minute 5013 
Planning Application -- Reference Y05/1472/SH - 385 Canterbury Road, Densole and was absent ITom the meeting during discussion and voting on this item.

The Clerk and Treasurer declared a prejudicial interest in Minute 5014.3 -: Financial Matters review of Clerk's salary and was absent ITom the meeting during discussion and voting on this item.

5012. MINUTES

The minutes of the meeting of the Parish Council held on 25 October 2005 were submitted, approved as a correct record and signed by the Chairman.

5013. PLANNING MATTERS

The Chairman reported that two planning applications had been received since the last meeting of the Parish Council.

Note: At this point the Chairman left the meeting and the Vice-Chairman took the Chair

Application reference Y05/1472/SH Land Adjoining 385 Canterbury Road, Densole (Black Horse Meadow) was ,?onsidered at the meeting. This application was for 98 dwellings. The issue of requesting an Article 4 Notice to remove all permitted development rights was also considered.

PROPOSED BY COUNCILLOR A NICHOL
SECONDED BY COUNCILLOR S LEE and

RESOLVED:
1. To strongly object to planning application reference Y05/1472/SH. The grounds for refusal to include being contrary to the Local Plan, highway related issues, no recreation area, infrastructure issues, size and density of the application insidious creeping urbanisation, domino effect.


(Voting for 7; Against 0; Ab 0)
PROPOSED BY COUNCILLOR S LEE

SECONDED BY COUNCILLOR A NICHOL and

RESOLVED:
2. To request that an Article 4 Notice be served on the site removing all permitted development rights.

(Voting for 7 Against 0 Ab 0)


The Chairman then resumed the Chair.

The response of the Parish Council to the other application is attached at Appendix 2.

5014. FINANCIAL MATTERS

Councillors considered the Financial Report and Accounts for Payment, which was circulated at the meeting.

PROPOSED BY COUNCILLOR C D - TEARLE
SECONDED BY COUNCILLOR A NICHOL and

RESOLVED:
1. To approve the accounts a copy of which is attached to these minutes as Appendix 1, and to make the payments due.


PROPOSED BY COUNCILLOR C D TEARLE
SECONDED BY COUNCILLOR A NICHOL and

RESOLVED:
2. To exclude the public from the meeting for the following item of business on the ground that it involves the likely disclosure of exempt information as defined in paragraph 1 of schedule 12A of the Local Government Act 1972.

Parish Councillors reviewed the salary of the Clerk and Treasurer in accordance with the National Pay Scales.

PROPOSED BY COUNCILLOR S LEE

SECONDED BY COUNCILLOR H O'GRADY and

RESOLVED:
3. To increase the salary of the Clerk and Treasurer to point 6 on the National Pay Scales with effect from 1 January 2006.

The Clerk and public were then invited back into the meeting.
Councillors considered the draft budget and precept for 2006/07 presented by the Clerk and Treasurer. Councillors noted that the income to the Parish Council in respect of the granting of the easement at St Peter's Church has been included in the budget. Parish Councillors then asked questions and the Chairman and Clerk and Treasurer responded. It was also agreed that the Clerk should write the Twinning Association requesting a breakdown of how the donation made by Parish Council had been spent during the year.

A copy of the budget is attached to these minutes.

PROPOSED BY COUNCILLOR A NICHOL
SECONDED BY COUNCILLOR H O'GRADY and

RESOLVED:
4. To receive and approve the Budget for 2006/07.

5. To precept the District Council for the sum of £5500
.


5015. REPORT OF THE COUNTY COUNCILLOR AND/OR DISTRICT COUNCILLOR

The Kent County Councillor and District Councillor were not in attendance.

5016. ROADS AND FOOTPATHS

It was reported that the drain repairs in Pay Street carried out in October 2005 has caused the road surface to shrink in the area surrounding the repair.
The works requested in Boyington Lane had still not been undertaken.

The Clerk reported that the operations manager at Kent Highways had advised that he was not prepared to take any further action regarding the fence at 1 Pay Street. He had referred the Parish Council to the Planning Department.

PROPOSED BY COUNCILLOR H O'GRADY

SECONDED BY COUNCILLOR A NICHOL and

RESOLVED:
To take no further action regarding the fence at 1 Pay Street.


5017. PARISH MAINTENANCE

Green moss was reported on the pavement in Densole Way. No other maintenance issues were raised.

5018. KENT ASSOCIATION OF PARISH COUNCILS/OTHER COMMITTEES

The Parish Council representative gave a resume of the matters discussed which included the following:
Planning User Group - The planning procedure had again been discussed, particularly how the call-in procedure works. The District Council were also to consider this as part of a communications strategy.

5019. CORRESPONDENCE

The Clerk reported on correspondence which had been received since the last meeting and which would be circulated to all members. Details are contained in Appendix 3 to these minutes.

NOTE: At the conclusion of the meeting the Chairman announced that he was stepping down as Chairman with immediate effect. He thanked the Parish Councillors for their hard work and support over the years he had been Chairman. The Vice Chairman would act as Chairman until the Parish Council Meeting in January 2006, when a Chairman would be elected


Three times a Chairman

Contributed by editor on Feb 05, 2006 - 06:51 PM

 

THREE TIMES A CHAIRMAN

Colin Tearle with his constant companion Max

Densole development saviour Colin Tearle has been elected Chairman of Swingfield Parish Council for the third time.

In 2000 he stood down due to council commitments on Shepway District Council, although he still remained a member of the parish council.

At their monthly meeting on Tuesday (31 January) Cllr Tearle was elected unopposed following the resignation of Cllr Roger Curd in November 2005, who had held the office for 5½ years.

Mr Tearle's knowledge and understanding of planning procedures proved invaluable in steering the opposition to the housing development proposed for Black Horse Meadow to a successful conclusion. The plans were thrown out by the district council and an order was placed on the land to prevent further development. 

Conservative party member Colin served on Shepway District Council for 4 years between 1999 and 2003 and is a member of the Kent Association of Parish Councils (KAPC). He is also on the KAPC/Shepway District Council Joint Consultative Committee and has been elected to the county executive of the KAPC.

As well as his council duties, Cllr Tearle is heavily involved in building links with Swingfield's twin village Aviron in Normandy, France in his rôle as Chairman of the Swingfield Twinning Association.

Mr Tearle who is a farmer was born in Denton and has lived in Shepway all his life.


Arrests at Dover animal demo

Contributed by editor on Feb 05, 2006 - 12:32 PM


ARRESTS AT DOVER ANIMAL DEMO

A rally over live animal exports which coincided wth the death in Coventry 11 years ago, of protestor Jill Phipps saw police arrest three people for obstruction.

A large number of police officers watched as more than 100 people  gathered o­n the seafront in Dover before making their way to the entrance of the Eastern Docks where Kent Against Live Exports  hold their monthly demonstration.

Among the speakers at the rally was Robert Mouland from Folkestone who gave an impassioned speech against the baby seal cull  which is due to begin shortly in Russia.

Every year since Jill Phipps died while protesting against the export of live baby calves to the Netherlands from Coventry Airport, a national event has been held in her memory.


Hawkinge Parish Council Agenda 8 February 2006

Contributed by editor on Feb 04, 2006 - 05:00 PM


HAWKINGE PARISH COUNCIL AGENDA

The next meeting of Hawkinge Parish Council will be held o­n Wed. 8th February 2006 at 7.30 p.m. in the Village Hall
 
OPEN MEETING

The Chairman will take questions from parishioners.   The number of speakers will be limited to five (time limit 3 minutes).  
A G E N D A

1            Apologies
 
2            Declarations of Interest

Councillors should disclose personal or prejudicial interest/s in any item/s o­n this agenda.  Councillors with a personal interest must describe and give details of the interest.  Unless the personal interest amounts to a prejudicial interest, he/she may participate fully in the meeting.   A prejudicial interest is o­ne in which a member of the public, with knowledge of the relevant facts, would reasonably regard as so significant that it is likely to prejudice a Councillor’s judgement of the public interest.   Anyone with a prejudicial interest must, unless an exception applies or a dispensation has been issued, withdraw from the meeting room (see note enclosed).
Whenever possible, and if in doubt, advice should be sought from the Clerk prior to the meeting.
 
3          Minutes

To confirm and sign the minutes of the meeting held o­n 11th January 2006 (already circulated).
 
4          Matters arising out of the Minutes
 
5          Reports

      (a) Community Liaison
Cllr. Brisley to report 
Village clean-up weekend – Cllr. Trice
A260 re vehicles speeding – Cllr. Callahan
 
      (b) Planning and Development
      (c) Public Rights of Way  
         
6          Other Bodies

Neighbourhood Management Partnership
Community Centre
Village Hall
           
7          Hawkinge Football Ground

      (a) The Football Project – Cllr. Trice
      (b) Management of the ground – Cllr. Hodgson
A paper prepared by Cllr. Trice entitled Sport and Recreation Plan 2006 – 2011 is enclosed.
 
8          Finance Group

Chairman to report o­n meeting held o­n 3rd February      
 
9          Finance

       (a) Clerk to report
       (b) Flag Poles – Cllr. Hogben
       (c) Bank Mandate
       (d) Payments
            To approve payment of the accounts presented at the meeting (list enc.)
Any queries regarding accounts must be raised with the Clerk before the meeting.
 
10       Village Hall Car Park

      (a) Chairman to report
      (b) Zurich Insurance (copy of letter enc.)
      (c) Footpath/fence – Cllr. Punnett (letter enclosed)
 
11        Correspondence

Mid & SE Kent Council for Voluntary Service – consultation o­n the Shepway Compact (letter enc.)
SDC Draft Statement of Community Involvement (SCI) letter and questionnaire  enc.
 
12       Plans

           List of applications received since the last meeting enclosed.   
 
Please contact Cllr. Trice if you would like to view the plans before the meeting. 
 
13       CONFIDENTIAL MATTERS

           To resolve that because publicity would be prejudicial to the public interest by
Reason of the confidential nature of business to be transacted the public (including the Press) be excluded from the meeting pursuant to the provision of sub section 100 & 102 of the Local Government Act, 1972.
 
14        Sale of Leisuredrome Site

Chairman to report
 
15        Village Hall Management Committee

(a) Exterior lights: costs for installation, maintenance and running costs
(b) Kingsfords – sub station account
 
16       Any matters referred to the confidential section during the meeting.
 


No Liberal Democrat votes from Hawkinge whingers - a resident bites back

Contributed by editor on Feb 04, 2006 - 08:57 AM


NO LIB DEM VOTES FROM HAWKINGE WHINGERSFollowing this snippet in the Martello column in week's Folkestone Herald (2 February), a resident bites back :

<FONT color=midnightblue>"No votes for Shepway district councillor Paul Marsh in Hawkinge. He refers to its good denizens as 'Hawk-whingians' or simply 'Hawk-whingers'.

Dear Ed

Re: Benefit of the doubt M'Lud
 
Have you seen in the Folkestone Herald how the odious Lib Dem Paul Marsh has refered to the good people of Hawkinge?

The people of Hawkinge elected three Lib Dems in 2003 never again! 

Hawkinge resident

 


Hawkinge rubble toil and trouble

Contributed by editor on Feb 03, 2006 - 09:17 PM


HAWKINGE RUBBLE TOIL AND TROUBLE

A pile of builders’ rubble and a collection of old tyres dumped at the entrance to a field in Hawkinge have been cleared by Shepway Council’s Handyman Service.
 

This is all in a normal day’s work for Terry Smith and Michael Clarke  – the council’s ‘handyman’ team which works throughout the district o­n a range of jobs – from tidying flowerbeds and painting walls to removing fly-tipped rubbish.

The site in Standen Lane is a fly-tipping ‘hot spot’ and following the latest clean-up the council is warning that offenders will be prosecuted.  The Handy-man team works closely with the officers of the council’s pollution team to investigate and prosecute people who fly-tip or drop litter.

In the last few months, Terry and Michael have removed graffiti from road signs, repaired footpaths and potholes, collected a dumped washing machine from a car park and picked up a bath left in an alleyway in Ashley Avenue,

But much of their time is spent clearing litter and fly-tipped rubbish. The maximum penalty for fly-tipping is £50,000 or five years imprisonment and Cllr Shirley Newlands, Cabinet Member for the Environment, warns that the council will prosecute.

“Obviously people who dump their rubbish will do it when no-one is around. But if we can get any evidence and trace them we will not hesitate to prosecute. We would ask anyone who sees rubbish being dumped to report it to us straight away. Vehicle registration numbers would be particularly useful.�

“There is no excuse for fly-tipping, the council already has a free bulky household waste collection service for larger items like washing machines and householders can take other items to the Civic Amenity Sites at Hawkinge and Ross Way.�
 
“The council is working hard to make Shepway cleaner, greener and safer but we cannot do it by ourselves. We need the goodwill of the people of the district and we would appeal to everyone to act responsibly.

“To request a free bulky waste collection or report fly-tippers, please call us o­n 01303 858660.â€?


Telephone danger warning to villagers

Contributed by editor on Feb 03, 2006 - 09:08 PM


TELEPHONE DANGER WARNING TO VILLAGERS

Neighbourhood Watch have issued the following message concerning the giving of details, mainly banking o­nes, over the phone.

Never give any details whatsoever over the phone.  All banks assure us that they will never phone to say that unusual purchase patterns are occurring o­n your account or ask if you have made a purchase for a specific amount of money.

They will never ask you for your credit card number, your PIN number or the security number o­n the back of your card.  Just think about it, why would they?  They issued you with all of these numbers, if you wish to change your PIN number to something memorable to yourself that is between you and the machine requiring the number.  Nobody else needs to know it, not even family members or close friends.

There are some very unpleasant people out there who may try and get this information from you, always be on your guard.


Neighbourhood Watch


Passenger flights return to Manston

Contributed by editor on Feb 03, 2006 - 05:21 PM

 

PASSENGER FLIGHTS RETURN TO MANSTON

Passenger flights are to return to Kent International Airport for the first time since the demise of low-cost airline EUJet.

The airport’s owners Infratil has said weekly flights will be taking off later this year to Faro, in Portugal's popular Algarve region, and Barcelona that will service the Costa Brava.

Flights will be operated by holiday company Kent Escapes and operate every Thursday from May 25 until October 26.

Prices start from £309 for seven nights all inclusive hotel accommodation in Costa Brava, and £239 for seven nights self-catering in the Algarve.

The return of passenger flights to Kent International Airport draws a line under the recent, rocky past for the facilities at Manston.

EUJet’s collapse in the middle of last year left many thousands of passengers stranded across Europe and led to the sale of the airport itself to new owners Infratil.

And now its new owners hope the flights will bring better times for the airport.

Phill Vann, general manager of the airport, said: “I am delighted that Kent Escapes will bring regular passenger services to Kent International Airport over the summer and we hope they will be the first of many operators to use the excellent facilities we have here.�


Man drowns after slipping into ditch

Contributed by editor on Feb 03, 2006 - 12:12 AM


MAN DROWNS AFTER SLIPPING INTO  DITCH
  
A driver who stopped to go the toilet near the side of the road  o­n Romney Marsh is thought to have slipped into a drainage ditch and drowned.

The 33-year-old victim from Seaford, was driving home from Kent along the A259 in the early hours of Monday morning when he stopped to relieve himself.

He parked beside the road at around 3am and walked off to find a discreet place. When he failed to return to the car, his two women passengers began calling for him.

A passing motorist stopped and raised the alarm. Two police officers searching the area spotted the man's body at 4.30am in a ditch which runs alongside the A259  near Rye.


Benefit of the doubt M'Lud

Contributed by editor on Feb 02, 2006 - 11:50 PM


BENEFIT OF THE DOUBT M'LUD

Dear Ed,

Whilst I understand that if the current main two political parties are discarded there is little left and if they were all to go there would be a "power vacuum".

However, I am startled by the numbers who seem intent (and content) to let the current set of politicians continue to bu***er up Shepway.

I mean, there is a limit to "Benefit of the doubt M'Lud" - isn't there?

Yours as ever,

Lazarus