WATERINGBURY PARISH COUNCIL
Minutes of Parish Council Meeting held on 5th March 2019
7.30pm Wateringbury Village Hall
Cllr M Wells (Chairman)
Cllr L Simons (Vice Chairman)
Cllr D Marks
Cllr D Stones
Cllr R Tripp
Cllr F Fielding
Cllr J Roe
Mrs S Cockburn – Clerk to the Council
Mrs T Bailey – Rostrum Correspondent
5 members 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 any person present intends to make a video or audio recording of the proceedings. None
18/118 APOLOGIES FOR ABSENCE
Apologies received from Cllr M Balfour & PCSO Wendy Stanley
18/119 DECLARATIONS OF INTEREST/DISPENSATIONS
The Chairman reported that Tonbridge & Malling Borough Council have submitted their Local Plan to the Secretary of State and have been formerly notified of two Planning Inspectors, Simon Berkley & Luke Flemming for the examination to take place later this year.
Parish Council Elections – notices in Rostrum, on the website and notice board
Village Warden – advertisement in Rostrum, on the website & on notice board
18/121 REPORT FROM COUNTY COUNCILLOR
Cllr Balfour was not present
18/122 REPORT FROM BOROUGH COUNCILLOR
Cllr Jessel was not present
18/123 CRIME REPORT
PCSO Wendy Stanley was not present – report attached.
There were no reports for November, December or January on the
Kent Police website. Wendy Stanley is to cover a wider area. Recent
incidents at Drayhorse Meadow had been reported
18/124 MINUTES OF MEETING HELD ON 5TH FEBRUARY 2019 TO BE APPROVED FOR ACCURACY
The Minutes having been read and approved were proposed by Cllr Marks and seconded by Cllr Stones and signed as a correct record.
18/125 MATTERS ARISING FROM MINUTES OF MEETING HELD ON 5th FEBRUARY 2019
18/113 – New Locks for the playing field gates had been received and fitted
18/115 – Tree Inspection – Liz Guthrie the Borough Council’s Tree officer had was unable to carry out any inspection of trees due to workload. The Clerk was asked to seek quotes
8/126 REPORTS FROM COMMITTEES AND REPRESENTATIVES ON OTHER BODIES
Finance & General Purposes – No meeting The Chairman, Cllr Marks & Cllr Stones had a site meeting with Birkby Construction and a quote was awaited for repairs to the track leading to the playing fields
The Chairman had had a site meeting with Jacksons Fencing as the gates at the top play area were not shutting properly and the fencing posts on all three gates need re-alignment. Jacksons quote received was for £789.85. After discussion this was agreed
An email had been received from Ted Bates regarding the Tom Smith Memorial in the cemetery. Tom Smith was a World War 1 soldier who died in 1920 at Fox Pitt Hospital Chatham. It is not a registered war grave but Terry Bird had given £150 to Rostrum Village Amenities Fund to refurbish the grave which it was hoped would be done by the centenary of his death in 2020. It would be necessary to see if there were any descendants to seek permission. Councillors were in favour of supporting this and it would be necessary to check any regulations first.
An email had been received from Stephen Norman re ‘The Farleighs’ website asking for a link to the Parish Council website. Councillors were supportive of this and Cllr Roe would have a look at the Council website.
Bank Signatories – it was agreed that Cllr Roe be added as a signatory to the Council’s bank account.
Planning – Meeting to follow
Wateringbury Sports & Recreational Association – nothing to report
Village Hall – The recent quiz night was very successful
Tonbridge & Malling Area Committee of KALC_– nothing to report
Parish Partnership Panel – Minutes of meeting 7th February attached
Joint Parish Council Transport Consultative Group – Next meeting 5th March – Chairman unable to attend as same night as meeting
Kent Community Rail Partnership – no representative
Highways & Transportation-Speedwatch – Minutes of meeting 26th February attached. Cllr Roe reported that Councillors had had a meeting with KCC regarding the crossroad alterations. This was still ongoing with talks with the utility companies yet to be finalised.
Future H & T meetings would be bimonthly. It was agreed to proceed with SID
It was suggested a letter go to Jenners asking if the fields next to the The Orpines was being used for parking.
Speedwatch Report attached
Allotments – Invoices would go out this month
Cemetery – The water tap was not working and it was agreed to get a plumber to look at it.
Joint Flood Group – nothing to report
18/127 FINANCIAL STATEMENT AND ACCOUNTS FOR PAYMENT
Agreement of the Financial Statement was proposed by Cllr Stones and seconded by Cllr Roe All cheques were signed
18/128 PUBLIC DISCUSSION
It was reported the streetlight outside The Stables in Canon Lane did not come on properly. This would be reported.
The subject of double yellow lines in The Orpines was raised. The Chairman stated the Parish Council had not been officially asked to be involved.
There being no further business the Chairman thanked everyone for coming and closed the meeting at 8.35pm