Agenda Parish Council Meeting 2nd March 2021

WATERINGBURY PARISH COUNCIL

Notice is hereby given of a meeting of the Parish Council

Tuesday 2nd March 2021 7.30pm

 

This meeting will be held via Zoom

Any member of the public wishing to attend should contact the Clerk

clerk@wateringburypc.org.uk for access details

 

NO ADMITTANCE AFTER 7.30pm

Susan J Cockburn (Mrs)

Clerk to the Council

AGENDA

 

1   Apologies for absence

2   Declarations of Interest/Dispensations

3   Co-option of Mr Patrick Gregson

4   Announcements

5  Report from County Councillor

6  Report from Borough Councillor

7  Crime Report

8  Minutes of Parish Council Meeting held on the 2nd February 2021 to be approved for accuracy

9  Matters arising from Minutes of Parish Council Meeting held on  2nd February 2021

10 Reports from Committees and Representatives on other bodies

            10.1    Finance & General Purposes

            10.2    Highways & Speedwatch report

            10.3    Cemetery

            10.4    Allotments

            10.5    Village Warden      

 11  Financial Statement and Accounts for payment

 12   Public Discussion

                                                                                                                         

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Agenda Planning Committee meeting 2nd March 2021

WATERINGBURY PARISH COUNCIL

Notice is hereby given of a meeting of the Planning Committee

Tuesday 2nd March 2021 to commence immediately after the

Parish Council meeting

 

Held via Zoom

 

AGENDA

  • Apologies for absence
  • Declarations of Interest/Dispensations
  • Minutes of Planning Committee Meeting 2nd February 2021 to be approved for accuracy
  •   Planning Applications

 

Any applications received after the date of this notice

 

24th February 2021

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Draft Minutes of Parish Council meeting Tuesday 2nd February 2021

Draft of Minutes to be approved for accuracy

WATERINGBURY PARISH COUNCIL

Minutes of Parish Council Meeting
Tuesday 2nd February 2021 7.30pm

Held via Zoom

Present
Cllr M Wells (Chairman)
Cllr R Tripp
Cllr D Marks
Cllr F Fielding

In attendance

Mrs S Cockburn – Clerk to the Council

Cllr S Hudson – Tonbridge & Malling Borough Councillor

Mrs C Byron & Mrs E Bird – Rostrum Correspondents

7 Members of the Public

The Chairman opened the meeting by stating the meeting would be recorded to assist the Clerk in taking the Minutes

19/195       APOLOGIES FOR ABSENCE

                   Cllr L Simons

19/196       DECLARATIONS OF INTEREST/DISPENSATIONS

                   None

19/197       ANNOUNCEMENTS

The Chairman stated KCC had advised they will now be looking at Highway Improvement Plans and asked for any additions to our HIP held over from last year.

There will be a Highways & Transportation Committee Meeting on 16th February to discuss this.  The plan would be available on the council website prior to the meeting and it would be helpful if any member of the public would like to put anything forward this could emailed to the clerk in advance of the meeting

The Chairman said he would like to appoint Cllr Fielding as Vice Chairman.  Cllr Fielding had agreed.  Cllr Tripp proposed the appointment and this was seconded by Cllr Marks.  All Councillors voted in favour.

19/198       REPORT FROM COUNTY COUNCILLOR

Cllr Balfour was not present 

19/199       REPORT FROM BOROUGH COUNCILLOR

Cllr Hudson said the Borough Council had sent a response in the form of a 22 page letter to Central Government regarding its Local Plan.  The Angel Centre in Tonbridge would be open shortly as a Covid mass vaccination centre for West Kent and recommended all have regular tests to check they are not Covid positive.  The local free testing centres are The Hop Farm and Larkfield Library. Cllr Hudson was working with the relevant departments to tackle the problem of the flooding near the junction of the A26 and The Orpines.

The village sorting office is to close in March.  Packages which are unable to be delivered could still be collected from the post office.  Mail would come from Snodland so deliveries may be slightly later.  The village post office remains up for sale.

19/200       CRIME REPORT

Lodge Close Wednesday 13th January between 8.30pm and 9pm a large amount of Laurel trees had been ripped up and left on the ground

Bow Road – between 6.00pm Saturday 16th January and 11.00am Sunday 17th January someone broke a window of a residential property

Bow Road – Monday 18th January between 12.00pm and 1.00pm a building lock had been stolen

Red Hill – Thursday 28th January between 1.30m and 2.11pm Somebody damaged trees and knocked down a fence post at a farm by driving a 4×4 and an off road bike through it.

19/201       MINUTES OF MEETING HELD ON 5th JANUARY 2021 TO BE APPROVED FOR ACCURACY

                   The Minutes having been read were approved by Cllr Marks and seconded by Cllr Fielding – all Councillors voted in favour. The Minutes would be signed as a correct record.

 

19/202       MATTERS ARISING FROM MINUTES HELD ON 5th JANUARY 2021

                   None

19/203       STREET LIGHTS

                   A Resolution was passed at the January meeting that the Parish Council intended to seek an interest free loan from Salix Finance of £12,000 to replace all lights with LED lanterns.  Repayments of £2400 over 5 years would not be put on the precept.  One of the conditions of the loan was to get public support.  It was agreed that an article would go in the Rostrum magazine, on the parish website and on Facebook.

Street Light repairs – Ken Bonner of Streetlights had submitted a Service Inspection Report that listed repairs needed before any new work.  The estimated cost would be in the region of £4000/£5000.

£5,000 had been included in the budget for 2021/2022 which had been agreed in January.  The repairs had been agreed but Mr Bonner asked if work should start immediately or wait until after the 1st April.  Cllr Marks proposed that work should start immediately. This was seconded by Cllr Fielding.  All Councillors were in favour

The Chairman said there was some tree/hedging that would need to be removed prior to repairs.

The Brucks – column number 33 is heavily corroded inside plus a hole in the column.  The column is dangerous and needs replacing. To do this the supply to the column needed to be disconnected and then reconnected once a new column was in. This would be done by UK Power Networks at a cost of £1032.  It was agreed this was necessary and all Councillors voted in favour of accepting the UK Power Networks quote.

19/204       REPORTS FROM COMMITTEES AND OTHER BODIES

                   Finance & General Purposes  – no meeting.  Andrew French Fencing had been asked to inspect all the chestnut fencing along the track at the playing fields, parts are leaning over towards the track and new posts are needed.  Also, a stile near the pavilion had collapsed due to rotting timber.  A quote for supply and fit around 25 new chestnut posts and one replacement timber stile £535 plus VAT.  Cllr Tripp proposed acceptance and this was seconded by Cllr Fielding all Councillors agreed

                   An amended quote had been received from Safeplay for repairs to play equipment.  This put the amount up from £1890 to £2094.05.  All councillors agreed.  The Chairman thanked Cllr Tripp and Cllr Fielding for carrying out an inspection and making recommendations

Birkby Construction had been asked to inspect the pot holes in the track leading to the playing fields, but there had been no contact to date.   Cllr Marks agreed to contact Bikby Construction

 Speedwatch – Due to the team being grounded there was no report

Cemetery – The seat removed by James Woolley for refurbishment has been put back in the cemetery

Allotments – There are 6 people on the waiting list.  All have come on since the lockdown last March up until recently.   Some existing holders have been identified as having done or little or no work on their allotments over the past 12 months+ showing no interest and leaving them overgrown. This is a breach of their tenancy agreement and unfair to those who work hard and keep their plots in good condition.

The Clerk would like to establish information of each plot and then to write to those identified as not having worked their plots over a long period stating renewal from the 1st April would not be offered. All Councillors agreed

Village Warden – very little to report other than the grounds are very wet due to the recent heavy rain

19/205       FINANCIAL STATEMENT AND CHEQUES FOR PAYMENT

                   The Financial Statement was approved by Cllr Fielding and seconded by Cllr Marks and all cheques would be signed.

19/206       PUBLIC DISCUSSION

                   The Reverend Gary Townsend introduced himself as the new Vicar to Wateringbury and said he wanted to come along to the meeting to see what issues there are at the moment and he hoped to play a full part in the village community.  The Chairman welcomed the Reverend Townsend

                   Mrs Byron said she would be happy to identify the owners of trees that overhung street lights in Canon Lane and Mr Ockenden said he would also be happy to identify those in Fields Lane, Cobbs Close and The Brucks

Cllr Hudson said a CCTV sign was still in place on the wall of the village hall by the ramp and needed to be removed and replaced with new sign that showed the village hall were responsible for the camera on the ramp.

Cllr Marks said he had previously removed two other signs, but was unaware of a third sign.  The Chairman said the council would look into it. 

Mr Verity asked for clarification of the meeting previous mentioned with KCC on the 16th February.  The Chairman said it was the Parish Council that was holding the meeting to discuss the Highways Improvement Plan. The Council had been campaigning for the last six years with our County Councillor Matthew Balfour, and writing direct to KCC about the speed of vehicles going through Wateringbury on the A26 and nothing has been done.  There was one site meeting with KCC in July last year at which the Parish Council was not consulted and it is understood KCC have applied for funds but the outcome won’t be known until KCC have finalised their budget which may not be until the end March so what the Councill will discuss is their Highways Improvement Plan.

Cllr Hudson referred to issues going on the Council website and in Rostrum but said people read on the go and she had spoken in the past about using social media which she believed the Parish Council could use to achieve to get people to respond to specific issues such as street lighting.  It was really important to get a greater engagement with the electorate which the Parish Council represents. Nothing has happened on the council’s Facebook page for sometime and nothing placed on the village Facebook page from the Parish Council. Cllr Hudson said she put Parish Council meetings on Facebook asking people to contact the Clerk and she was pushing to get people more engaged to care about their environment and community and that the Parish Council would benefit from it too.

Cllr Fielding agreed it as one way of getting comments quickly particularly on the street lights issue.

Cllr Hudson said she would push the Highway Improvement Plan to get people more engaged.  Cllr Hudson said she was more than happy to do that on behalf of the Parish Council.

The Chairman said the council would look into it and Cllr Fielding said she would liaise with Cllr Hudson on the street lights.

 

There being no further business the Chairman closed the meeting at 8.20pm

 

 

 

 

Minutes of Parish Council Meeting 5th January 2021

WATERINGBURY PARISH COUNCIL

Minutes of Parish Council Meeting
Tuesday 5th January 2021 7.30pm

Held via Zoom 

Present
Cllr M Wells (Chairman)
Cllr R Tripp
Cllr D Marks
Cllr F Fielding
Cllr L Simons

In attendance

Mrs S Cockburn – Clerk to the Council

Cllr S Hudson – Tonbridge & Malling Borough Councillor

Mrs C Byron & Mrs E Bird – Rostrum Correspondents

11 Members of the Public

The Chairman opened the meeting by stating the meeting would be recorded to assist the Clerk in taking the Minutes

 

19/180       ELECTION OF CHAIRMAN

The Chairman announced he would be standing down and asked the Council to vote in Cllr Tripp who had offered to take on the role as Chairman.  3 voted in favour and 1 abstained.  Cllr Tripp said as he did not have the full support of Councillors he withdrew his offer.  Cllr Wells then agreed to continue in the role as Chairman.

Cllr Tripp left the meeting   

19/181       APOLOGIES FOR ABSENCE

                   None received

19/182       DECLARATIONS OF INTEREST/DISPENSATIONS

                   None

19/183       ANNOUNCEMENTS

                   None

19/184       REPORT FROM COUNTY COUNCILLOR

Cllr Balfour was not present

19/185       REPORT FROM BOROUGH COUNCILLOR

Cllr Hudson had no report

19/186       CRIME REPORT

Phoenix Drive – Saturday 12th November between 11.30am – 8.40pm somebody broke into a residential property, damaged a door to get inside and carried out a messy search            

19/187       MINUTES OF MEETING HELD ON 1st DECEMBER 2020 TO BE APPROVED FOR ACCURACY

                   There was one correction 19/171 – word should read ‘experienced’ The Minutes were approved by Cllr Marks and seconded by Cllr Fielding – all Councillors voted in favour. The Minutes would be signed as a correct record.

19/188       MATTERS ARISING FROM MINUTES HELD ON 1ST DECEMBER 2020

                   19/175 – Play equipment Repairs – Following a ROSPA report and inspection by Cllr Tripp & Cllr Fielding an estimate of repairs had been received from Safeplay. It was felt any repairs to the slide could be left at this time, as there was no risk to users.  Taking this into consideration the estimate was £1890 which had provisionally been included in the 2021/2022 Budget.  This excluded the new goal net at £1048 which had already been included in the budget.

                   Acceptance of the estimate was proposed by Cllr Marks and seconded by Cllr Fielding.  All Councillors voted in favour

19/189       FINAL BUDGET 2021/2022

                   Councillors had copies of the Final Budget. Cllr Marks said the Budget was well controlled, and proposed acceptance and this was seconded by Cllr Simons. All Councillors voted in favour.

19/190       RESOLUTION – WATERINGBURY PARISH COUNCIL INTEND TO SEEK THE APPROVAL OF THE SECRETARY OF STATE FOR HOUSING, COMMUNITIES & LOCAL GOVERNMENT TO APPLY FOR A SALIX FINANCE INTEREST FREE LOAN OF £12,000 OVER A BORROWING TERM OF 5 YEARS TO UPDATE PARISH STREET LIGHTING TO LED LANTERNS.  THE ANNUAL REPAYMENTS WILL COME TO £2400.  IT IS NOT INTENDED TO INCREASE THE COUNCIL TAX FOR THE PURPOSE OF REPAYMENT OF THE LOAN

                   Cllr Wells stated this referred to the parish owned street lights only.

Cllr Marks said changing the lanterns was the way forward, good for the environment, and as the loan repayments did not increase the precept he felt this is something the Parish Council should do.  Cllr Marks proposed the resolution and Cllr Fielding seconded.  All Councillors voted in favour.

19/191       TRAFFIC CALMING PROPOSALS

                   The Chairman said that at present the Council knew very little about proposals in email from Ian Grigor to Cllr Sarah Hudson on proposals discussed at a site meeting at which the Parish council were not invited. One item the Council has been trying to do for the past 5/6 years  was to get the speed limit dropped from Danns Lane to the 30mph limit. The limit mentioned by our County Councillor, Matthew Balfour, in an email was down to 50mph. Cllr Wells said he would like see, and he was sure a lot of people living in the area would like to see, that it was dropped to 40mph.  50mph was however a result after the years of trying.  Another item mentioned was a traffic island on the A26 somewhere in the region of the church. The church had commented on what an island there would cause them with funerals, weddings and people attending the church. There was nothing in writing and no plans drawn up. Ian Grigor was applying for funds. Cllr Simons said anything that interferes with the function of the church would be of concern to the village as a whole, and if any footage was taken away from the layby there, she would be concerned for pallbearers carrying out their duties.  It was hard to comment hypothetically.  Cllr Wells agreed it was hard to make any decision until Council see what is proposed.                

Cllr Marks agreed and said that without any details and the possible removal of the VAS sign, council would have to consider the safety of the village and if an alternative to removing the sign is something council could support, but without any details we can’t comment.

Cllr Marks said that having tried to get so much done over the years, it is useful that things are basically proposed but if the village would welcome them Council couldn’t say.

Cllrs Wells said he lived about 50/60 metres from the A26 and he can hear the sound of the traffic. A gentleman who lived nearby had complained for some time of the safety of the corner of Pizien Well Road. One of Cllr Simons neighbours had written in about damage to his property from large lorries going past in the night, with items falling down inside his house.  It was a very emotive subject and he hoped people realised Council have been trying for a long time, and the situation is getting worse.

Cllr Wells proposed that Councillors wait until we get something concrete to look at and put to the people in the village.

19/192       REPORTS FROM COMMITTEES AND OTHER BODIES

Finance & General Purposes  – no meeting
 Speedwatch –  The report was read out
Cemetery – none
Village Warden – nothing to report

19/193       FINANCIAL STATEMENT AND CHEQUES FOR PAYMENT

The Financial Statement was approved by Cllr Marks and seconded by Cllr Fielding and all cheques would be signed.

19/194       PUBLIC DISCUSSION

                   A number of residents commented on problems experience on Tonbridge Road

Mr Jessop spoke of the need for speed cameras which were only considered on the number of fatalities. He felt the speed limit from Danns Lane to the 30mph limit should be 40mph as at present at Pizien Well Road, although these were only advisory not statutory.

Mr Edmunds referred to the double yellow lines at the entrance to Glebe Meadow which were being ignored, also waste bins being left out on pavements. Mr Edmunds thanked the PC for the improvements to the gardens at the crossroad.  The Chairman said the Parish Council were not responsible and his thanks should go to Cllr Sarah Hudson

Mr Osborne & Mr Verity who had lived in the village for 33years the traffic and speed was getting worse and worse. Their house shakes and makes noises and they were worried about the foundations of the house.  Various comments about this have been made to the County Council and Borough Council and have been told that if we wanted a speed camera then someone had to be killed, and that you cannot have repeater speed limit signs in the village because of lampposts.  Other villages have lampposts with fixed repeater signs, and why is Wateringbury not getting the attention that many other villages are.  It was appreciated people worked very hard for the village but it did seem the County Council and some Borough Council members, although Cllr Hudson works hard for the village, are just sitting with things happening to us and we don’t seem to have any redress on this. When trying to pull into our drive we have abuse shouted. Sometimes waiting for minutes to get out of the drive because traffic comes hurtling around the bend and with the big lorries when they meet each other by our wall and the wall of the estate they have to stop and gradually grind past each other because the road is not wide enough The pavement along the wall of the estate is so narrow with only room for a single file it is felt school children aren’t always safe

The Chairman said on the email mentioned earlier did mention work being carried out on that footpath from Danns Lane down to the church.  There is no room for it to be widened. Cllr Fielding said it was the camber of the road that was being talked about not widening it.

A resident mentioned the fatality of the young boy, when the father had said on radio the boy was doing a paper round and was knocked off his bike at Canon Lane. There had been numerous accidents, some reported and some not, and to be told to have speed camera you need fatalities, well there had been

It was felt KCC should make sure people knew it is a 30mph and that a speed camera is the only answer.

Ms Davis who lives in Canon Lane said she had two young children who catch the bus to Maidstone every day, and they are scared of getting knocked over crossing the road every day.  If you get off at the church rather than at Old Road, because the corner is dangerous and they are not allowed to get off there, getting off opposite the church cars come around the corner, pick up speed and vehicles honk at them because they haven’t got across quick enough. It is frightening during the dark evenings.  Using the narrow pavement they could get clipped by a lorry or wing mirror.  The proposals mentioned a possible crossing at the Old Road junction would be welcome.

The Chairman said it was not long ago that a cyclist coming from Pizien Well Road was knocked off his bike by a lorry.  Luckily he was ok as he had his crash helmet on otherwise it could have been fatal. Pictures were taken of the helmet which showed it cracked right through.

The Chairman said the council was fully aware of problems and over the past 6 years have been on and on about the speed particularly in the A26 coming east into the village.

Mr Bird said there were concerns on west bound traffic which speeds up from The Lodge and would have personally liked to have seen a pedestrian crossing near the junction of the Love Lane which would act as a slowly device for traffic.  The Chairman said the Speedwatch team would fully back that. Most of the reports on speeding, apart from Red Hill are on vehicles travelling west.  KCC did have a look at putting a crossing somewhere hear Love Lane and the Borough Councillor also looked into it with one proposal to get Wateringbury Place to alter their wall to make the pavement wide enough, but KCC subsequently said there was no space for a crossing, and it was not their policy to narrow an A road.  A resident said he had spoken to the council saying Brasted have road narrowing where vehicles slow down to get round, but was subsequently told they did not exist.  The Chairman said Hadlow also have them and council had been told as there are no properties from Pizien Well to Manor Farm  KCC will not put anything that would narrow the road

Cllr Hudson said there had been complaints on waste bins being left on the pavements making it difficult for pedestrians, particularly those using buggies, causing an obstruction, and if a general message could go out to residents asking them not to block pavements.  Cllr Hudson said she had spoken to the house owners at 212 Tonbridge Road about the ivy and holly overhanging the path as it is necessary to move out into the road to get past. This vegetation hung over the Pill Box, which has been cut back but not all was done as the resident said they were too busy.

Cllr Hudson emailed Michael Payne KCC Highways & Transport Cabinet member on the 13th August and emailed again twice in October and still had not had a response, only an acknowledgement of receipt of an email.  It was regarding the A26 because in an earlier email he had advised the need for through traffic must be balanced against the quality of life for the residents and sited the A26 as a strategic route. On an Ordnance Survey map the A26 is not designated a strategic route i.e. administered by Highways England,  it is simply any other A road shown red on a map.

Furthermore, there is a recommendation for lorries not to use the A26 as a route into Maidstone from the west with a sign just before Mereworth roundabout towards the A228. Given the A26 route is shorter drivers take no notice of the advice, they are most likely to follow their satnav as pure habit.  If this advice was made mandatory it would reduce traffic from that direction and footpath safely would be enhanced as lorries are the most intimidating vehicles to a pedestrian. Cllr Hudson suggested they did a similar thing at All Saints Church in the centre of Maidstone all the traffic would come up Hermitage Lane and turn right so again Teston, Barming & Wateringbury would benefit from a reduction in pollution and congestion and the air pollution and traffic density at the crossroads would also be reduced.  So far still no response from that.  With that in mind, and the fact that since being elected coming up to two years, in all of that time despite sending emails to our County Councillor, Matthew Balfour, he has yet to respond to one email sent him.  As a consequence, Cllr Hudson did stand against him as candidate for KCC elections in May and was successful.  Cllr Hudson hopes that if she is successful, after the 6th May Waterinbury will get far more traction in County Hall and have needs better addressed and have some acknowledgement of the issues being experienced. Cllr Hudson said she had been campaigning for speed reductions, traffic islands and crossings in the last 15/18 years since joining the Parish Council so have gone a long way and whilst the suggestions Ian Grigor has put forward may not come to fruition if no funding available, as a large number of parishes seeking funding for the same small pot of money and all saying their traffic problems are more important than anyone else.  There are compromises to be made by everyone and hope we can find the right solutions that helps everyone in the village

The Chairman said he hoped so, as we keep trying and wait and see what Ian comes up with.  Cllr Hudson asked if there was anything on the 20mph.  The Chairman stated that is on the council’s Highway Improvement Plan.  When Ian looked at the traffic speed survey we had on Bow Road he said what the survey said we could have 600mtrs of 20mph from the traffic lights down to the bottom of Bow Road.  Traffic calming has to be self-policing as the police will not monitor it, Council did ask what kind of traffic calming and what cost as there was money in the budget for it. It was then we were told KCC could not respond as they were busy on other government work and would not be able to look at it again until March and there was no need to contact them again.

Mrs Byron spoke of a possible small pavement near The Beck, and felt it would be highly dangerous to put a tiny bit of pavement on the other side of the road.  If money was available and the council had funds then the best thing is speed cameras because unless people know they are going to be caught is a waste of time.  Speed cameras in Scotland have reduced the accident rate markedly.

The Chairman said the council had asked about speed cameras and cameras at the traffic lights to catch red light jumpers and were told it was not an accident black spot with only one accident there ten years ago.  The police have to agree to speed cameras and they would not back it.

Mr Jessop said last summer he accompanied Cllr Hudson to the police offices and were categorically told that if there is a mandatory speed limit in the village they will enforce it. Cllr Hudson said she spoke to Mr Scott who said if that had been said at the meeting, they would do it.

There being no further business the Chairman thanked everyone for attending and closed the meeting at 8.20pm

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Minutes Planning Committee Meeting 5th January 2021

WATERINGBURY PARISH COUNCIL

Minutes of Planning Committee meeting
Tuesday 5th January 2021
immediately after the Parish Council Meeting

Held via Zoom

 

Committee

Cllr M Wells (Chairman)

Cllr D Marks

Cllr F Fielding

Cllr L Simons

In attendance

Mrs S Cockburn – Clerk to the Council

Cllr Mrs S Hudson – Borough Councillor

Mrs C Byron & Mrs E Bird– Rostrum Correspondents

Members of the Public

 

The Chairman announced the meeting would be recorded to assist the Clerk in taking the Minutes

1         Apologies for absence – none

2         Declarations of Interest/Dispensations – none

3        Minutes of Planning Committee Meeting 1st December 2020
to be approved for accuracy –
Approval of the Minutes was proposed

by Cllr Marks and seconded by Cllr Fielding.  All agreed

 4          Planning Applications

TM/20/02459/LDP

30 Allington Gardens

Lawful development Certificate Proposed – dropped kerb at the front of house to allow access to driveway

Comment:   No objection

TM/20/02722/FL

20 Leney Road

Variation of condition 3 9windows) pursuant to planning permission TM/20/01379/FL (proposed first floor side extension over existing garage conversion of garage conversion with two storey extension to rear and porch extension to front elevation)

Comment:  No objection

TM/20/02343/PDVLR

3Warden Mill Close

Application to determine if prior approval is required for a proposed larger home extension pursuant to schedule 2, Part 1, Class A of the Town & Country Planning (General Permitted development) (England) Order 2015 (amended) – single storey rear extension: depth to rear 8 metres height to eaves 2.5 metres, maximum height 3.2 metres

Comment:  Leave to Officer

TM/20/02760/FL

10 The Orpines

Proposed single storey rear extension demolition of existing garage block to side elevation and construction of new single storey extension

Comment:  No objection

TM/20/02681/LDE

153 Pizien Well Road

Lawful Development Certificate Existing: The land at the rear of the property has been used as a garden for in excess of 10 years

Comment:  Leave to Officer

TM/20/02825/FL

3Lodge Close

Proposed side and rear double storey extension

Comment: no objection

The meeting was closed at 8.35pm

 

 

 

Minutes of Parish Council Meeting 1st December 2020

 

WATERINGBURY PARISH COUNCIL

Minutes of Parish Council Meeting
Tuesday 1st December 2020 7.30pm

Held via Zoom

Present
Cllr M Wells (Chairman)
Cllr R Tripp
Cllr D Marks
Cllr F Fielding

In attendance

Mrs S Cockburn – Clerk to the Council

Cllr S Hudson – Tonbridge & Malling Borough Councillor

Mrs I Bird – Rostrum Correspondent

3 Members of the Public

 

The Chairman opened the meeting by stating the meeting would be recorded to assist the Clerk in taking the Minutes

19/167       APOLOGIES FOR ABSENCE

                   Cllr M Balfour

19/168       DECLARATIONS OF INTEREST/DISPENSATIONS

                   None

19/169       ANNOUNCEMENTS

The Chairman thanked Cllr Marks on behalf of the Council for laying the poppy wreath on Remembrance Sunday.

19/170       REPORT FROM COUNTY COUNCILLOR

Cllr Balfour was not present 

19/171       REPORT FROM BOROUGH COUNCILLOR

Cllr Hudson had attended a meeting of the Communities & Housing Advisory Board who were piloting a scheme for private landlords for 3 months in 2021 as a start, whereby under proposals they would be guaranteed to pay any arrears during a tenancy with financial reassurance to private landlords in light of the changes in universal credit etc., that go to the recipient rather than the landlord as it did in the past so private landlords are reticent to take on tenants in receipt of housing benefit.

The Borough Council has bought a building in Tonbridge for temporary accommodation so it will help with the reduction of homeless numbers in the borough

At a Parish Partnership Panel meeting Nick Heslop gave a report on the Borough Council’s response to the Covid 19. A local plan update, also a change to Section 106 protocol

A report on waste services during lockdown showed things had changed significantly. Working from home had created a net increase of black bin rubbish by 28%, green lidded bin by 28%, paper and card up by 45% and food waste up by 13%

Overall, the issues with problems experienced at the beginning of the year seem to have by and large worked out with the odd teething problem.  There were shift personnel changes due to the coronavirus and readjusting members to different shifts to ensure they get rounds covered.

The Community Fridge applied to the Coronavirus Emergency Fund funded by the Co-op through the Kent Community Fund and the Community Fridge was awarded £2000 to help in purchasing fruit and vegetables and additional produce to help supplement food over the winter months and improve the variety of stock on offer.

After chasing up Ian Grigor of KCC for a number of weeks, predominantly because although there were lots of conversations back in July they were all with checks on widths or the road and other things and none of the suggestions were met with a definite yes of no, but as the Local Transport Plan for the next period of bidding for various schemes would take place next week, Ian had come back that afternoon with the plans they are considering.

  • 50mph buffer between national speed limit and 30mph, approaching village entrance from Mereworth
  • Enhancing, and refreshing the existing village gateway
  • Potential pedestrian crossing point at Old Road junction
  • Potential traffic calming island west of Canon Lane. A wheelchair user was unable to cross the road to visit his late wife in the cemetery.
  • Outside Wateringbury Place the camber on to the road to allow water to run off from the pavement had the effect of pushing pedestrians into the road – so looking at changing the camber of the footway from Old Road down to the church to help prevent accidents.
  • Potential installation of traffic islands
  • White lining outside the church to visually narrow the carriageway to create an optical illusion the road is narrowing

Cllr Hudson had no idea if all or any of these will be approved and there no mention of the Highway Improvement Plan

Cllr Wells said he had put out batteries for collection with the black bin as instructed.  However, these were not removed and he had reported this to waste services.  He had agreed to leave until the next back bin collection but again they had been left. Waste services said there had been some trouble with some of the contractor’s staff, some of which need training and some not and Cllr Wells was told to put them in the black bin

19/172       CRIME REPORT

Lodge Close – between 10.30pm on Wednesday 11th November and 9.00am on Thursday 12th November various plants had been stolen from outside a property

Bow Road – between 7.00pm Monday 16th November and 2.00am Tuesday 17th Nov ember somebody stole a Yamaha motorbike Reg EN16***                

19/173       MINUTES OF MEETING HELD ON 3rd NOVEMBER 2020 TO BE APPROVED FOR ACCURACY

The Minutes having been read were approved by Cllr Tripp and seconded by Cllr Fielding and would be signed as a correct record.

19/174       MATTERS ARISING FROM MINUTES HELD ON 3rd NOVEMBER 2020

None

19/175       MINUTES OF FINANCE & GENERAL PURPOSES COMMITTEE MEETING HELD ON 17TH  NOVEMBER 2020 TO BE APPROVED FOR ACCURACY

The Minutes having been read were approved by Cllr Marks and seconded by Cllr Fielding and would be signed as a correct record.

Cllr Fielding reported on a site meeting held with Cllr Tripp to look at the play equipment following the report from ROSPA. Although there were items that needed attention, they found there was nothing serious or would compromise the operation of the equipment. A Zoom meeting had been arranged with the Clerk on Friday 4th December to go through their findings so an estimate for work could be obtained.

19/176       MINUTES OF HIGHWAYS & TRANSPORTATION COMMITTEE

MEETING HELD ON 17TH MARCH 2020 TO BE APPROVED FOR ACCURACY
 Normally Minutes of the Highways meeting would be approved at the next Highways meeting.  Due to lockdown and that KCC will not be looking at parish highway matters until 2021 there would not be a Highways Committee meeting for the time being, so the Minutes of the 17th March needed to be approved.

The Minutes having been read were approved by Cllr Tripp and seconded by Cllr Fielding and would be signed as a correct record.

19/177       REPORTS FROM COMMITTEES AND OTHER BODIES
Finance & General Purposes  – no meeting
Highways/Speedwatch – Cllr Fielding raised items that needed attention in Bow Road. Old rusting railings and overgrown vegetation which are the property of Wateringbuy Pear Orchard.  Cllr Marks stated he had at one time helped to move the railings back, but it was understood there were no funds to have them replaced which would have to be heritage type railings due to being in a Conservation Area. Cllr Fielding said yellow warning tape had since been placed on the railings. The hedge running along Bow Road from behind the bus shelter was very untidy. Some of the debris from previous attempts to cut the hedge back had been left on site.  Cllr Hudson agreed to contact Clarion. Cllr Hudson said the Friends of Wateringbury were going to do a clear-up along Bow Road.

Speedwatch – The Report was read out.

Cemetery – The privet hand been cut back and pollarding of the Lime trees was in progress

 Village Warden – A short report was read out.

19/178       FINANCIAL STATEMENT AND CHEQUES FOR PAYMENT

The Financial Statement was approved by Cllr Marks and seconded by Cllr Tripp and all cheques would be signed.

19/179       PUBLIC DISCUSSION

Cllr Hudson said some solar panel lights would be put on the living wall for the Christmas period.

Cllr Hudson also said that through donations £250 had been raised to replace the number of Laurel bushes that were stolen from an elderly couple living in Lodge Close

 

There being no further business the Chairman wished everyone a happy Christmas and closed the meeting at 8.12pm

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Minutes of Planning Committee Meeting 1st December 2020

 

 

WATERINGBURY PARISH COUNCIL

Minutes of Planning Committee meeting
Tuesday 1st December 2020
immediately after the Parish Council Meeting

Held via Zoom

Committee

Cllr M Wells (Chairman)
Cllr R Tripp
Cllr D Marks
Cllr F Fielding

In attendance

Mrs S Cockburn – Clerk to the Council
Cllr Mrs S Hudson – Borough Councillor
Mrs C Byron – Rostrum Correspondent
4 Members of the Public

The Chairman announced the meeting would be recorded to assist the Clerk in taking the Minutes

 1   Apologies for absence – none

2   Declarations of Interest/Dispensations – none

3   Minutes of Planning Committee Meeting 3rd November 2020
to be approved for accuracy –
The minutes having been read were approved.

Planning Applications 

TM/20/02014/FL 

141 Bow Road

Erection of 2 Dwellings

Comment: The Parish Council objects on the basis that it does not meet the HCA/Homes England space standards expected for new homes, is overdevelopment and does not meet the required architectural design standards for such a prominent, sensitive site in the conservation area.

TM/20/02488/FL   

Land to the south of Teston Road

Construction of 5 stables with ancillary storage, parking, dug=ng and bedding area, outside training area also use of land for the keeping, breeding training and care of horses including their gazing for personal recreation

Comment: The Parish Council still has serious concerns re this application, as whilst the bulk of the site is not within our parish, despite a smaller area being within our remit, the effect on residents within our parish could be significant. The PC is very concerned as to any development or change of use in this area which could increase traffic generation and its extent in Ketridge Lane and If this application is granted, we would ask that conditions be applied to prevent any extension of highway restrictions in place and the extension of permitted activities on site (bearing in mind the previous withdrawn application) and to firmly regulate the timing of and activities on site permitted. We also would ask for conditions to control the waste generated by the use and that generated during construction and the timing of building contract operations.

TM/20/02484/LB

238 Tonbridge Road

Listed Building Application removal of five existing sash windows at the front of property and to b replaced with new replacement double glazed slenderline units.

Comment: The Parish Council notes the application and understand the requirement.  However, we ask that the listed buildings officer is consistent in considering the replacement of timber sash windows by those proposed, bearing in mind previous similar applications.

TM/02583/FL

Coppice Court  70 Teston Road

Application under S73 of the Town & Country Planning Act 1990 (as amended) Variation of Condition 5 (no lighting) of planning permission TM/19/02966/FL dated 12th February 2020 for erection of building for indoor dog training to allow some external lights to be installed.

Comment:  The Parish Council objects to this proposal and do not see any overriding justification to change the condition relating to external lighting re permission 02966 when granted.

TM/20/02557/TNCA

3 Mill Lane –   Yew Tree reduce by 20%

Comment: As long as the Tree Officer is satisfied the Parish Council has no objection

TM/20/02551/FL 

9 Warden Mill Close

Demolition of existing store to side elevation and construction of proposed single storey side extension

Comment: No objection

The Chairman referred to a previous application TM/20/02237/FL Lower Green Barn Danns Lane – variation of condition 11 (operating hours) and 12 (vehicles) submitted pursuant to planning permission TM/09/02696/FL (Change of use from redundant agricultural building to B1 light industrial use/Resubmission of application TM/08/03249/FL)  The Parish Council had objected on the grounds of noise and disturbance.

Permission had been refused.

The meeting was closed at 8.35pm

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Minutes of Finance & General Purposes Committee Meeting 17th November 2020

WATERINGBURY PARISH COUNCIL
Minutes of Finance & General Purposes Committee Meeting Tuesday
17th November 2020 7.30pm
Held via Zoom

Present:
Cllr M Wells (Chairman)
Cllr R Tripp
Cllr L Simons
Cllr D Marks
Cllr F Fielding

In attendance:
Mrs S J Cockburn – Clerk to the Council
Mrs C Byron – Rostrum Correspondent
1 member of the public

1 Apologies for absence – none

2 Declarations of Interest/Dispensations – none

3 Draft Budget 2021/2022

Administration
Salaries – After discussion it was agreed any increase would be in line with that agreed by the National Association of Local Councils and Central Government and come out of surplus.
Donations: budget – £2000
Scouts & Guides – £500
Wateringbury WI – £300
Crossroads Care – £300
Watch Club – £300
Royal British Legion – £200
Citizens Advice North & West Kent – £100
Heart of Kent Hospice – £100
Kent & Surrey Air Ambulance – £100
Marie Curie Nurses – £100

General Purposes
Repairs to play equipment – the amount would be increased to include a new football net on the goal post at present left open. This would match the other goal which recently had new goal net.

Cemetery
It was felt the £3000 allowance for tree maintenance should remain in the budget for next year

Street Lighting & Highways
It was agreed a further £10,000 be included for traffic calming

With changes to date the draft budget was agreed.

4 Street Lights
Councillors had copies of all papers including information on interest free loans from Salix Finance. It was stated a lot of information was needed from Ken Bonner of Streetlights to assist in any application. It was
agreed to the put in an Expression of Interest to Salix for their comments before proceeding.

5 Drayhorse Meadow
A 6year lease dated 1st May 2017 stated during the third year of the lease there should be a rent review. It was stated the tenant had carried out some improvements and Council had no complaints. After discussion, and taking into consideration present financial strains, it was agreed there would be no increase in the rent and this would remain until the end the of the term of the lease.

6 Cemetery
A request from Terry Bird of Wateringbury History Society to consider funds towards a refurbishment of Tom Smith’s grave was considered. Tom Smith was the only WW1 soldier buried in the cemetery. He died in June 1920 in Fox Pitt Hospital Chatham from a disease contracted on the Salonica front, but because he was buried in a private grave and not a war grave the Commonwealth War Graves Commission would not give any recognition to the grave. His name is shown on the school memorial. £250 was already being held by Rostrum towards the project. After discussion it was greed the Council should support this. The headstone would need to be straightened and any plaque should be sited outside the confines of the grave. It was agreed to contact Viners & Son to arrange a site meeting.

7 Any other business of finance
The Chairman referred to the ROSPA play equipment reports that all Councillors had received, highlighting issues that need attention. It was agreed Cllr Tripp and Cllr Fielding would inspect the equipment and report their findings. Any costs identified would need to be added to the budget.
James Woolley had recommended some maintenance on the playing fields for next Spring. As there are funds allocated in the budget for maintenance of the playing fields, it was agreed the work should be carried out.
The Chairman raised that despite all the bank statements going direct to the Clerk she was unable to ring the bank to stop a cheque. It was confirmed the bank would only accept requests from an authorised signatory. The Clerk stated she did not wish to become a signatory.
Mrs Byron said if the meeting had been held in the hall hard copies of documents would be available for the public and asked if those attending zoom meetings could be offered sight of documents via email.

There being no further business the meeting was closed at 8.40pm

 

 

 

Minutes of Planning Committee Meeting 3rd November 2020

 

WATERINGBURY PARISH COUNCIL
Minutes of Planning Committee meeting
Tuesday 3rd November 2020
immediately after the Parish Council Meeting
Held via Zoom

Committee
Cllr M Wells (Chairman)
Cllr R Tripp
Cllr D Marks
Cllr F Fielding

In attendance
Mrs S Cockburn – Clerk to the Council
Cllr Mrs S Hudson – Borough Councillor
Mrs C Byron – Rostrum Correspondent
2 Members of the Public

The Chairman announced the meeting would be recorded to assist the Clerk in taking the Minutes

1 Apologies for absence – none

2 Declarations of Interest/Dispensations – none

3 Minutes of Planning Committee Meeting 6th October 202 to be approved for accuracy
The minutes having been read were approved.

4 Planning Applications

TM/20/02214/FL
Construction of new swimming pool

15 Upper Mill

Comment: The Parish Council must leave any decision to the Officer

TM/20/02237/FL
Variation of condition 11 (operating hours) and 12 (vehicles) submitted pursuant to planning permission TM/09/02696/FL Change of use from redundant agricultural building to B1 light industrial use. Resubmission of application TM/08/03249/FL
Lower Green Barn Hermitage Farm Danns Lane

Comment:
The Parish Council is concerned that this proposal will impact on the lives of our residents living in the vicinity of Hermitage farm.

The main farm cottages are roughly 50 to 60mtrs from the Green Barn in question and previous planning for a property to be made into 4 flats. Next to Hermitage Farm cottages there is also a renovation of a property taking place in the area of Heritage Farm and a bungalow in the same area.

At the entrance to Danns Lane there are occupied residential cottages that would be affected by the increase in traffic movements to the proposed operations of 06:00 to midnight 7 days a week. That is an increase of 61 hrs to 126hrs a week in possible traffic movements along Danns Lane from the present permission of 65 hrs, without the possible noise pollution around the Green Barn from the proposed installation of a refrigeration plant during the proposed 126 working hours per week.

The present hours of 08:00 to 19:00 Monday to Friday and 08:00 to13:00 Saturdays and no such movements on Sundays and bank holidays, it understood that these hours were imposed to “avoid unreasonable disturbance outside normal working hours to nearby residential properties”

The application form states ‘given the rural location of the site is an ideal for this type of use’ , with no obvious thought for the residents that also live in this rural area that will have their ideal severely decimated with unsocial hours of working, an increase in traffic movements and the loss of peaceful bank holidays if this application is approved.

We would also point out that unlike the answer in section 6 of the application form the site can be seen from Danns Lane, a public road.

The Parish Council strongly objects to this application and fully supports the views of the Director of Health and Housing Mr Peter Thomason with his letter of objection sent to Adem Mehmet of the 30th October

TM/20/01992/FL
Garden shed 10x16ft 2.4m high located at the end of garden behind hedge 120 feet from house and 1 meter from boundary

A resident had objected to comments by the Parish Council on this application

The Chairman referred to a letter from the Inspectors on the Examination of the Tonbridge & Malling Local Plan sent to Ian Bailey at Tonbridge & Malling Borough Council stating there some serious concerns in relation to legal compliance, and a further detailed letter would be sent as soon as possible

The Meeting was closed at 8.20pm

Minutes of Parish Council Meeting 3rd November 2020

 

WATERINGBURY PARISH COUNCIL
Minutes of Parish Council Meeting
Tuesday 3rd November 2020 7.30pm
Held via Zoom

Present
Cllr M Wells (Chairman)
Cllr R Tripp
Cllr D Marks
Cllr F Fielding

In attendance
Mrs S Cockburn – Clerk to the Council
Cllr S Hudson – Tonbridge & Malling Borough Councillor
Mrs C Byron – Rostrum Correspondent
2 Members of the Public

The Chairman opened the meeting by stating the meeting would be recorded to assist the Clerk in taking the Minutes

19/155 APOLOGIES FOR ABSENCE
Cllr L Simons & Cllr M Balfour

19/156 DECLARATIONS OF INTEREST/DISPENSATIONS
None

19/157 ANNOUNCEMENTS
There is a Finance & General Purposes Committee Meeting Tuesday 17th November via Zoom
Kent Association of Local Councils Community Award Scheme – The Parish Council put the Friends of Wateringbury forward for the award and a framed certificate will be presented to Michael Williams at a date to be arranged
The new Council website is now live. www.wateringburypc.org.uk

Chairman referred to the last Kent Association of Local Councils meeting when Harry Rainer, a County Councillor, stated parishes had been informed Highway Improvement Plans had been put on hold but it was hoped these would recommence at the next Joint Transportation Board meeting.

19/158 REPORT FROM COUNTY COUNCILLOR
Cllr Balfour was not present

19/159 REPORT FROM BOROUGH COUNCILLOR
Cllr Hudson reported with the return of Lockdown, the village hall is closed to all bookings. The only activity still taking place is the Community Fridge, but this has had to revert back to timeslots. It is open on Friday mornings from 11.30am. If anyone is not working, not getting paid, has had their hours cut and runs out of food or necessities, or times are just tough, please don’t let you or your kids go to sleep on an empty stomach. Don’t be afraid or embarrassed to send me a private message. I will do anything I can to help. It may simply be a case of dropping off a food parcel and leaving. No one has to know.
There are further grants and other payments available to small businesses, please do get in touch if you need help and support. I am happy to help complete online forms with you.
I continue to collect prescriptions, and foodstuffs for shielding and vulnerable residents, and will do throughout this next period.
The Tommy silhouettes have been collected from the RBLI in Aylesford and are being put up on Thursday, in time for Remembrance Sunday. We are also decorating the living wall with poppies too, as a mark of respect. Large poppies were also purchased and have been placed on as many poles as possible and thanks to the permission of Wateringbury Place, all along the A26 on the railings of the estate. It really looks lovely.
The Telephone Box Library is arriving tomorrow. We will just need to get the shelving made, and then we shall be ready. A huge thank you to everyone for your kind donations of books.

Our next Community project is the tidying up of the village car park. A team from Grow 19 College, based in East Malling, are hoping to come along each Thursday, as part of their work experience, to help the Friends of Wateringbury in weeding, tidying and painting the fencing around the car park to make the area far more attractive and welcoming. It is hoped that we can get some planters made to go in the central island, and these will be planted with colourful bedding plants each Summer. If there is anyone who would like to help with this project – then please do get in touch with me. Due to lockdown, the start date has been put back. Paint and weedkiller would be funding out of my Borough Council allowance
I, along with many of my fellow councillors on TMBC, have a dozen anti-litter posters to put up around the village. I was hoping that the village warden would be able to help in putting them up in the places with the worst cases of littering in Wateringbury. Again, these would funded out of my Borough Council allowance. It was hoped that John Ibbs could liaise on the worst places.

19/160 CRIME REPORT
Bow Road between 5.00pm Sunday and 18th 10.59am Thursday 22nd October someone stole a Suzui Carry reg GJ54***

19/161 MINUTES OF MEETING HELD On 6th OCTOBER 2020 TO BE APPROVED FOR ACCURACY
The Minutes having been read were approved by Cllr Tripp and seconded by Cllr Fielding and would be signed as a correct record.

19/162 MATTERS ARISING FROM MINUTES HELD ON 6th OCTOBER 2020
None

19/163 STREET LIGHTS – LED UPGRADE
The Chairman stated this would now be covered at the Finance & General Purposes Committee meeting on t he 17th November

19/164 REPORTS FROM COMMITTEES AND OTHER BODIES
Finance & General Purposes – As stated the next meeting 17th November. The Chairman stated he would be attending a Chairman’s meeting on the 24th November
Speedwatch – The Report was read out. In Red Hill during a week last month two offenders travelling down Red Hill at 50mph the first of which a Ford Mondeo who was not satisfied at following other cars doing 32mph proceeded to overtake the cars ahead of him.
Thankfully there was no one trying to exit their drive at the time. There was a Kent Police unit at Lodge Close on 21st October at about 9pm.
Due to the new lockdown it was not known at that time if the police would allow over 70’s to participate in any sessions
Cemetery – A meeting would be arranged with James Wolley to discuss issue relating to the rabbit problem, where four large burrows had been identified, but due to the new lockdown this would be arranged at a later date
Village Warden – none

19/165 FINANCIAL STATEMENT AND CHEQUES FOR PAYMENT
The Financial Statement was approved by Cllr Tripp and seconded by Cllr Marks and all cheques would be signed.

19/166 PUBLIC DISCUSSION
Christine Byron told the meeting that after 25 years Ted Bates would be standing down as Treasurer for the Rostrum magazine and Terry Bird would be taking over in January 2021
It was stated two of the ‘Tommies’ would be at the corner of Canon Lane and one at the crossroads
Cllr Hudson said the owner of amounts of rubbish in Boorman’s Mews had been given 4 weeks to remove it or Environmental Health would be involved.

 

 

There being no further business the Chairman thanked everyone for coming and closed the meeting at 7.45pm