WATERINGBURY PARISH COUNCIL
Minutes of Parish Council Meeting
Tuesday 4th January 2022 7.30pm
Wateringbury Village Hall
Cllr P Gregson (Chairman)
Cllr R Tripp
Cllr D Marks
Cllr L Simons
Cllr F Fielding
Cllr G Owen
Mrs S Cockburn – Clerk to the Council
Mrs C Byron – Rostrum Correspondent
1 Member of the Public
The Chairman opened the meeting by reminding everyone in attendance the meeting may be filmed, recorded, photographed or otherwise reported and asked if anyone present intends to make a video or audio recording of the proceeding – None
21/070 APOLOGIES FOR ABSENCE
Cllr Wells & Cllr Hudson (Cllr Hudson joined later in the meeting)
21/071 DECLARATIONS OF INTEREST/DISPENSATIONS
The new Swing Scales were in place.
21/073 REPORT FROM COUNTY COUNCILLOR & BOROUGH COUNCILLOR
Cllr Hudson was not present.
21/074 CRIME REPORT
The Chairman confirmed our PCSO Josh Vincent had carried out two speed checks in the village on the 23rd & 24th December. Details had been circulated.
21/075 MINUTES OF PARISH COUNCIL MEETING HELD ON 7TH DECEMBER 2021 TO BE APPROVED FOR ACCURACY
The Minutes having been read were approved by Cllr Marks and seconded by Cllr Fielding – The Minutes were signed as a correct record.
21/076 MATTERS ARISING FROM MINUTES OF PARISH COUNCIL MEETING HELD ON 7th DECEMBER 2021
Confirmation had been sent to Safeplay to carry out replacement decaying timbers on the play equipment
The Chairman said other parishes had submitted their Highway Improvement Plans and some of their requests had been actioned. Council needed to progress with their plan. After discussion it was agreed to have a Highways meeting on the 18th January.
Cllr Fielding confirmed she and Cllr Tripp would look at 3 contractors to progress with a new play area.
21/077 BUDGET 2022-2023
Councillors had copies of the budget and after discussion it was agreed all the figures were necessary and no other savings could be made. Agreement of the Budget was proposed by Cllr Tripp and seconded by Cllr Simons and all Councillors voted in favour. (Precept £105,321.05)
21/078 REPORTS FROM COMMITTEES AND OTHER BODIES
Speedwatch – Speedwatch report had been circulated
21/079 FINANCIAL STATEMENT AND CHEQUES FOR PAYMENT
The Financial Statement was approved by Cllr Marks and seconded by Cllr Owen and all cheques were signed.
The Chairman adjourned the meeting at 8.06pm and opened the Planning Committee meeting which closed at 8.09pm
The Chairman reopened the Parish Council meeting at 8.10pm
21/080 PUBLIC DISCUSSION
A member of the public was concerned that residents on Tonbridge Road had not been consulted on a mobile phone mast to go up at the crossroads. Cllr Marks stated the land at the proposed site was owned by KCC and a Conservation Area.
Central Government had changed the rules so planning permission was not required for these masts unless it was in an Area of Outstanding National Beauty.
It was confirmed there would now be a fete on the 19th June which was in the process of being organised
There being no further business the Chairman closed the main meeting at 8.18pm
Members of the public were asked to leave the meeting
Vacancy for Village Warden
After discussion it was agreed to make some changes to the Duties of the Warden. These changes to be discussed and agreed.
An advertisement would go in the February Rostrum magazine.
The Private Session was closed at 8.31pm