WATERINGBURY PARISH COUNCIL
Minutes of Parish Council Meeting held on 5th November 2019
7.40pm Wateringbury Village Hall
Cllr M Wells (Chairman)
Cllr D Marks
Cllr F Fielding
Mrs S Cockburn – Clerk to the Council
Cllr M Balfour – Kent County Councillor
Cllr S Hudson – Tonbridge & Malling Borough Councillor
Mrs Christine Byron – Rostrum Correspondent
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 any person present intends to make a video or audio recording of the proceedings. None
19/064 APOLOGIES FOR ABSENCE
Apologies received from Cllr Tripp, Cllr Simons & Cllr Burrows
19/065 DECLARATIONS OF INTEREST/DISPENSATIONS
Remembrance Sunday 10th November – Cllr Marks will lay a wreath on behalf of the Council
The Chairman reminded the meeting of a Finance & General Purposes Committee meeting Tuesday 19th November at 7.30pm when the first draft of the Budget for 2020/2021 will be discussed. Also, the Highways & Transportation Committee meeting on Tuesday 26th November at 7.00pm
The Chairman will attend the Kent Association of Local Councils AGM on 30th November. Speakers – Tracey Crouch MP and David Astley OBE Chairman of SECamb NHS Foundation Trust.
19/067 REPORT FROM COUNTY COUNCILLOR
Cllr Balfour stated Roger Gough had been elected Chairman of KCC after Paul Carter had stepped down after many years as leader. Cllr Balfour had been appointed Deputy Cabinet Member for Corporate & Traded Services. Cllr Balfour referred to a meeting arranged with the Parish Council and KCC on the 7th November to discuss the crossroads proposals and apologised he was unable to attend.
19/068 REPORT FROM BOROUGH COUNCILLOR
Cllr Hudson’s report attached.
19/069 CRIME REPORT
No report received.
19/070 MINUTES OF PARISH COUNCIL MEETING 1st OCTOBER 2019
The Minutes having been read were approved by Cllr Marks and seconded by Cllr Fielding and signed as a correct record.
19/071 MATTERS ARISING FROM MINUTES OF 1st OCTOBER 2019
Matters arising attached.
19/072 REPORTS FROM COMMITTEES AND OTHER BODIES
Finance & General Purposes – Next meeting 19th November. Councillors considered the quote from Evergreen Rabbit Control to treat the rabbits in the cemetery at £570 plus VAT. A proposal to accept the quote was made by Cllr Wells and seconded by Cllr Fielding. This was agreed
A Quote had been received from Maidstone Signs for 2 new warning signs on the track to the playing fields at £146 pus VAT. Cllr Marks proposed acceptance of the quote and this was seconded by Cllr Fielding. This was agreed
Details of a Tree Charter had been received from NALC The Woodland Trust were offering free trees for delivery around March 2020. It was agreed to put this forward to the next meeting.
Planning – Meeting to follow.
Wateringbury Sports & Recreational Association – nothing to report
Village Hall – nothing to report
Tonbridge & Malling Area Committee of KALC_– Next meeting 5th December
Parish Partnership Panel – next meeting 14th November
Joint Parish Council Transport Consultative Group – Next meeting 28th November
Kent Community Rail Partnership – No report
Highways & Transportation – next meeting 26th November
Speedwatch – report attached
Allotments – letters had gone out to 7 holders whose plots have been neglected. 3 were carrying on, 2 had become vacant and 2 had not replied. The gate had had previous repairs but had no dropped and gate would need replacing at some time.
Cemetery – An application for a commemorative plaque had gone to the Commonwealth War Graves Commission. Could take up to 12 months.
Joint Flood Group – Nothing to report
Village Warden – report attached
19/073 FINANCIAL STATEMENT AND ACCOUNTS FOR PAYMENT
Agreement of the Financial Statement was proposed by Cllr Wells and seconded by Cllr Marks. All cheques were signed
19/074 PUBLIC DISCUSSION
A member of public referred to the new development in The Orpines and felt there wouldn’t be enough parking spaces allocated for the new residents. Cllr Marks said this was something that had been raised early in the development.
Overgrown vegetation was reported along the fence line in Glebe Meadow
It was suggested that the Glebe Meadow land could be registered with Fields in Trust
It was suggested the Parish Council make an allowance in their forthcoming budget for traffic calming – say £10,000
It was agreed Cllr Hudson could attend the meeting with KCC on the 7th November as an observer
There being no further business the Chairman closed the meeting at 8.45pm