Minutes of Parish Council Meeting Tuesday 4th September 2018

WATERINGBURY PARISH COUNCIL

Minutes of Parish Council Meeting held on 4th September 2018

7.30pm Wateringbury Village Hall

 

Present

Cllr M Wells (Chairman)

Cllr L Simons (Vice Chairman)                                                                   

Cllr D Marks          

Cllr M Daly

Cllr D Stones

                                                                                                                    

In attendance:

Mrs S Cockburn – Clerk to the Council

Mrs T Bailey – Rostrum Correspondent

PCSO Wendy Stanley & colleague

8 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

 

18/042       APOLOGIES FOR ABSENCE

Apologies received from Cllr Tripp & Cllr Tickner & Cllr Fielding

18/043       DECLARATIONS OF INTEREST/DISPENSATIONS

                   None

18/044       ANNOUNCEMENTS

The Chairman reminded everyone of the Finance & General Purposes Committee Meeting 16th October for the first draft budget for 2019/2020

The Chairman told the meeting the Wateringbury History Society was looking in to the burial of a WW1 soldier in Wateringbury Cemetery, who had been invalided out of the army and died after the end of the war.   The War Graves Commission had confirmed the grave in the cemetery was not designated a war grave.

The Chairman will attend a Chairmanship Conference on the 13th December and Cllr Stones would attend a Community Resilience Workshop on 6th October.

The Parish Council had received a donation of £100 from the Rostrum Village Amenities Fund towards the repairs to the seat outside the school.  The Chairman thanked Rostrum.  The seat was in the process of being repaired

18/045       REPORT FROM COUNTY COUNCILLOR

Cllr Balfour was not present and had sent his apologies.

18/046       REPORT FROM BOROUGH COUNCILLOR

Cllr Jessel was not present

18/047       CRIME REPORT    click here

Crime reports attached – taken from Kent Police website and e-watch website.  PCSO Wendy Stanley read her report – report attached.

The Chairman referred to the problems at the playing fields involving possible drug use and asked how the Council could take this further.  PCSO Stanley suggested contacting Inspector Kerry Rothwell at Kings Hill. A member of the public told of overhearing children threatening to ‘slash horses’ at Drayhorse Meadow.  The Chairman thanked PCSO Stanley and her colleague who then left the meeting at 7.40pm

18/048       WATERINGBURY CAR PARK

Council had received an email from Tonbridge & Malling Borough Council setting out a tariff for Pay & Display in the car park, in response to the Parish Council’s previous suggestions.  It was agreed Cllr Simons would discuss this with the Village Hall for their comments

18/049       MINUTES OF THE PARISH COUNCIL MEETING HELD ON 3rd JULY 2018 TO BE APPROVED FOR ACCURACY

There were two amendments to the Minutes.  Item 18/031 should read ‘A secret ballot was taken 5 voted in favour 0 against 1 abstention’  18/033 – should read ‘ the next meeting ‘ The Minutes having been amended were approved by Cllr Marks and seconded by Cllr Stones and signed as a correct record 

18/050       MATTERS ARISING FROM MINUTES OF MEETING HELD ON 5th JUNE 2018

18/038 – Tonbridge & Malling Borough Council’s bullet points relating to the car park to be dealt with under Item 6 on the Agenda

18/038 – water leak Bow Road – Cllr Balfour was chasing this with Highways

18/038 – Drug problem at playing fields.  Dealt with in discussions with the PCSO.  Cllr Stones said it was noticeable that the problems being experienced had all taken place since the loss of a Village Warden. It was agreed this issue would be put on the Agenda for the next meeting

18/039 – Swing for all abilities – a member of the public had thanked the Parish Council for installing the swing.

18/039 – WSRA pavilion insurance to be dealt with under Item 10 on Agenda

18/039 – Overflowing waste bins at playing fields – TMBC had agreed to an additional collect on Mondays

18/039 – Speeding vehicles on track to pavilion – to be dealt with under Item 10 on Agenda

18/051       REPORTS FROM COMMITTEES AND REPRESENTATIVES ON OTHER BODIES

Finance & General Purposes No meeting. An estimate had been received from Maidstone Signs for 2 x 5mph speed limit signs and 4 x ‘no dogs allowed’ signs for the play area at a cost of £627.90 excl VAT.  Acceptance was proposed by Cllr Stones and seconded by Cllr Marks. All Councillors voted in favour.

Zurich Insurance Renewal – Councillors had copies of the policy which was due for renewal on 9th September. All Councillors agreed to renew the policy.

Councillors agreed that Cllr Fielding and Cllr Stones be added as signatories to the bank account

Planning – meeting to follow

Wateringbury Sports & Recreational Association The Chairman reported the Association would pay 50% of the insurance premium for the pavilion.  Cllr Stones agreed to represent the Parish Council at WSRA meetings

Village Hall –  No report

Tonbridge & Malling Area Committee of KALC_– Report attached    click here

Parish Partnership Panel – The Chairman reported that Tonbridge & Malling Borough Council would have to revisit their Local plan as an extra 630 houses were needed.  The final Local Plan was due to be with The Secretary of State by the end of the year.  The Chairman stated that Broadwater Farm had been sold for building 1100 homes

Joint Parish Council Transport Consultative Group – Next meeting 6th September

Kent Community Rail Partnership – no representative

Highways & Transportation-Speedwatch  – No meeting. Councillors had copies of a Contract with the new street light contractor, Streelights. It was agreed this was straightforward.  Cllr Stones proposed the Contract be signed and this was seconded by Cllr Simons

Speedwatch report attached   click here

Allotments –  Repairs to the gate and water tap cover were in hand

Cemetery –   The Chairman and Clerk had a site meeting with a relative and the siting of a bench had been agreed.

Joint Flood Group –  Nothing to report.

18/052       FINANCIAL STATEMENT AND ACCOUNTS FOR PAYMENT

Agreement of the Financial Statement was proposed by Cllr Daly and seconded by Cllr Marks   All cheques were signed

18/053       PUBLIC DISCUSSION

Graffiti was reported on the green utility box at the corner of Canon Lane

The Council was asked if the school had been informed about the possible drug problem in the playing fields. It was agreed to contact the school.

It was reported weeds were growing around the crossroad gardens and it was suggested this would be improved if planters were used to brighten the garden up.

Referring to the proposed crossroad alterations it was suggested KCC be asked to draw plans for a possible bypass

A rubbish bin at the Mill Pond was requested.

 

There being no further business the Chairman thanked everyone for coming and closed the meeting at 8.30pm