WATERINGBURY PARISH COUNCIL
Minutes of the Parish Council Meeting
Held on Tuesday 2nd February 2016
7.30pm Wateringbury Village Hall
Cllr M Cayzer (Chairman) Cllr D Marks
Cllr R Tripp Cllr M Wells
Cllr C Talbert Cllr Mrs C Moreland
Cllr D Stones Cllr J Evans
Mrs S Cockburn – Clerk to the Council
Cllr Matt Balfour – Kent County Councillor
Cllr Simon Jessel – Tonbridge & Malling Borough Councillor
Mrs Christine Byron – KM Reporter
8 members of the public
15/101 APOLOGIES FOR ABSENCE
Apologies received from Cllr Mrs Simons who was unwell
15/102 DECLARATIONS OF INTEREST
The Chairman confirmed the cabinet for the defibrillator has been received and delivered to the village hall. This had been installed by Cllr Evans on the wall next to the entrance. The Chairman thanked Cllr Evans. When the defibrillator has been installed training days for public would be arranged.
The Chairman referred to the recent pantomime by the Wateringbury Players, and stated this production of Aladdin was excellent. Profits from the show would be split between the Church and Cross Roads Care
15/104 REPORT FROM COUNTY COUNCILLOR
Cllr Balfour stated Kent County Council had lost £17million in the Government settlement and worse was expected next year. There would be further cuts.
Consultation on Operation stack and also the Lower Thames Crossing which could affect Wateringbury. A possible meeting may be arranged in March in connection with flooding.
The Chairman thanked Cllr Balfour who left the meeting at 7.35pm
15/105 REPORT FROM BOROUGH COUNCILLOR
Cllr Jessel stated there would be meetings on finance as the Government settlement had been cut by £1½ million. He referred to the Abbeyfield Kent application who were looking to see if it was viable to reduce the size, with the possibility of removing one floor.
There were discussions on the additional traffic that would be caused by the new buildings Hermitage Lane, a new Aldi & McDonalds .
Cllr Jessel said he was not involved in the Call For Sites. Cllr Mrs Moreland asked how many homes would need to be built in the borough. Cllr Jessel stated that about 800 were needed over the next four years, with 680 this year. Cllr Jessel said he would look up the numbers.
The Chairman thanked Cllr Jessel who then left the meeting at 7.50pm
15/106 CRIME REPORT
January report attached
15/107 MINUTES OF PARISH COUNCIL MEETING HELD ON 5th JANUARY 2016 TO BE APPROVED FOR ACCURACY
Approval of Minutes was put by Cllr Evans and seconded by Cllr Stones
The Chairman signed the Minutes
15/108 MATTERS ARISING FROM MINUTES OF MEETING HELD ON 5TH JANUARY 2016
Page 34 15/1200 – The application to Tonbridge & Malling Borough Council for the field at the corner of Fields Lane to go on the Community Assets list did not meet the criteria and had not been accepted.
15/109 NEW SURFACE FOR PLAY EQUIPMENT
Councillors had copies of three quotes received – Park Leisure, Abacus & Wicksteed. It was agreed the quote from Abacus was acceptable but before formal acceptance it was agreed that Playdale be asked if wet pour would invalidate any guarantees on the new posts to be installed. If wet pour would not invalidate the guarantees on the new posts all councillors were asked to agree formal acceptance of the Abacus quote (total cost £38,968) All councillors voted in favour. It was resolved the Abacus quote be accepted on condition the wet pour would not invalidate any guarantees on the new posts to be installed.
15/110 REPORTS FROM COMMITTEES AND REPRESENTATIVES ON OTHER BODIES
Finance & General Purposes – No meeting. CouncilLors agreed an informal meeting should be arranged with Croudace Homes to discuss there their plans for Fields Lane.
Councillors were asked to consider completing the work on Drayhorse Car Park for which £6000 had been budgeted. Councillors had copies of previous quotes in 2015. New quotes would be needed. After discussion it was agreed to ask contractors what could be done for the £6000.
Cllr Evans raised the problem of fly tipping in the corner of the playing fields. After discussion it was agreed to write to the resident of the adjoining property
A quote had been received from RSS for repairs to the play equipment following the last inspection. Cllr Stones and the Clerk had gone through these and put to Council which of these it was felt needed to be done. It was agreed to ask RSS for a revised quote
A quote had been received from Playdale for the replacing some support timbers on the play equipment and to replace supports on the scales supplied by Timberplay. Total £1348.63 This was agreed
Planning – Minutes of last meeting attached. As no plans had been received there would be no Committee Meeting to follow
Wateringbury Sports & Recreational Association – Mike Witts reported that due to the adverse weather James Woolley had been unable to carryout work on the grounds. Cllr Stones agreed to represent the Parish Council on the WSRA Committee
Village Hall – nothing to report
Tonbridge & Malling Area Committee of KALC_- Nothing to report
Cllr Wells had been unable to attend meeting
Parish Partnership Panel – nothing to report
Kent Community Rail Partnership – nothing to report
Highways & Transportation-Speedwatch – Speedwatch report attached
Charles Stroud reported that traffic moved more slowly on Tonbridge Road and there were not so many high end speeders detected, which was encouraging
Volunteer Support Warden – nothing to report
Allotments – nothing to report
Cemetery – nothing to report
Village Warden – nothing to report
15/111 FINANCIAL STATEMENTS AND ACCOUNTS FOR PAYMENT
Agreement of the Financial Statement was proposed by Cllr Stones and seconded by Cllr Talbert. All cheques were signed.
15/112 PUBLIC DISCUSSION
It was stated that Cllr Talbert and Ted Bates of the Wateringbury History Society would attend a meeting of the Kent Community Rail Partnership on 9th February to discuss the future of signal boxes
It was reported that weeds were growing on the paved areas at the cross roads, around the bus stop at the corner of Old Road and around the waste bin outside the tea shop. These would be reported.
There being no further business the Chairman closed the meeting at 9.45pm