WATERINGBURY PARISH COUNCIL
Minutes of Parish Council Meeting
Tuesday 3rd November 2020 7.30pm
Held via Zoom
Cllr M Wells (Chairman)
Cllr R Tripp
Cllr D Marks
Cllr F Fielding
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
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
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