WATERINGBURY PARISH COUNCIL
Minutes of the Parish Council Meeting
Tuesday 1st November 2022 7.30pm
Wateringbury Village Hall
Cllr P Gregson (Chairman)
Cllr M Wells (Vice Chairman)
Cllr R Tripp
Cllr L Simons
Cllr F Fielding
Mrs S Cockburn – Clerk to the Council
Cllr S Hudson – Borough and County Councillor
Mrs C Byron – Rostrum Correspondent
Mark Little – Village Warden
2 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 anyone present intends to make a video or audio recording of the proceeding – None
22/060 APOLOGIES FOR ABSENCE
22/061 DECLARATIONS OF INTEREST/DISPENSATIONS
There would be a Finance & General Purposes Committee meeting on Tuesday 15th November to agree the first draft of the 2023/2024 Budget
Damage to the village hall wall -driver left the scene before police attended. No tax or MOT – police reported car was written off and unable to trace the driver. Due to the unstable state of the wall a quote from Rocks Road Building at £830.00 was agreed
Remembrance Day Sunday 13th November – Cllr Gregson will lay the poppy wreath on behalf of the Council
22/063 REPORT FROM COUNTY COUNCILLOR & BOROUGH COUNCILLOR
Cllr Hudson said the traffic calming measures on the A26 were almost complete with a speed roundel still to go on the road outside the cemetery. More planters to be put around the village. Bollards have been put on the corner of Lodge Close to stop vehicles parking on the grass. Approval has been sought to paint the mobile phone mast. Some replanting of the living wall was needed.
The community fridge was working well and is now held in East Peckham. The Friends of Wateringbury had plans to tidy up the car park.
Local Plan – Cllr Hudson said that out of the 293 sites put forward 80% were unfeasible, and stressed these are not planning applications. Results would not be known until around June/July 2023.
Cllr Fielding said at the public meeting in the hall Cllr Matt Boughton, leader of TMBC, spoke really well on the subject
22/064 CRIME REPORT
The Kent Police website had not been updated since August
22/065 MINUTES OF PARISH COUNCIL MEETING HELD ON 4th OCTOBER 2022 TO BE APPROVED FOR ACCURACY
Cllr Tripp said his report from the Wateringbury Sports & Recreational Association was not complete. An amended report would be shown in the Minutes of the next meeting The Minutes, subject to the changes, were approved by Cllr Wells and seconded by Cllr Simons The Minutes were signed as a correct record
22/066 MATTERS ARISING FROM MINUTES OF PARISH COUNCIL MEETING HELD ON 4th OCTOBER 2022
Street Light 169 Old Road – work had been carried out on the 25th November at short notice and the resident was unable to be present. UKPN would be informed so moving the cable can be arranged.
Wateringbury Football Club – an insurance policy had been received and circulated. It was stated there was no mention of the council land the club were using and for which a lease had yet to be signed. Cllr Gregson said he would contact the Chairman Tony Garrett.
New CCTV cameras were in place and up and running. There was one CCTV sign on the pavilion and it was suggested more were needed. Mark Little said some assistance was needed as he was unsure of how to call up recordings.
Clerk vacancy – two interested parties had not responded to a request for CV’s. An advertisement could go on the KALC website – this was proposed by Cllr Wells and seconded by Cllr Simons
22/067 REPORTS ROM COMMITTEES & OTHER BODIES
Finance & General Purposes – No meeting.
Safeplay had reported repairs to the Cable Way would be £545, £200 more than quoted as the Spring Buffer was a different style to that quoted for. Councillors agree to increased cost.
Playdale had submitted a quote for replacement posts (following ROSPA report) at a cost of £4795. If agreed payment was due upfront. Agreement was proposed by Cllr Simons and seconded by Cllr Fielding. All voted in favour.
Safeplay submitted a quote for various repairs (following ROSPA report) at a cost of £814.75 plus VAT. Agreement was proposed by Cllr Simons and seconded by Cllr Fielding. All voted in favour
Cllr Fielding referred to an application for funds for a new play area and asked Councillors for agreement that she could sign an application form on behalf of the Council. Agreement was proposed by Clllr Tripp and seconded by Cllr Wells. All voted in favour.
Cllr Fielding stated a condition on an application for funds for a new play area would be to get support from the residents
Highways – An email from KCC asking Council to suggest some dates to meet
Speedwatch – report attached.
T&M Area Committee of KALC – Next meeting Thursday 13th October Cllr Wells to attend
Cemetery – the signed Transfer Deed for the car park had been sent to Solicitors
Jubilee Garden – Cllr Simons was looking into this further.
Allotments – nothing to report
Village Wardens – reports attached. It was stated the cigarette bins on the bus shelters were full up
22/068 FINANCIAL STATEMENT AND CHEQUES FOR PAYMENT
The Financial Statement was approved by Cllr Wells and seconded by Cllr Fielding and all cheques were signed.
22/069 PUBLIC DISCUSSION
Cllr Hudson said she would donate a Christmas tree to go at the crossroads. The lights would be switched on 11th December at 4pm. Everyone was welcome.
Christine Byron suggested a consultation on the play equipment could go in Rostrum
Councillors agreed as the date of the January meeting was close to the holidays it should be moved to the 10th.
Some of Shell garage’s signs were getting rusty
Some members of the public thanked the Clerk for all she had done over the past years.
There being no further business the Chairman closed the meeting at 8.50pm