June 2017 Minutes

MINUTES OF A MEETING OF TILMANSTONE PARISH COUNCIL
Held on Monday 19th June 2017 at 7pm in Tilmanstone Village Hall

PRESENT: Cllr. Brazier (in the Chair), Cllr. Greenwood, Cllr. Morgan-Lovett
IN ATTENDANCE: Mr. A. Denyer (Parish Clerk)

67. APOLOGIES FOR ABSENCE: Cllr. Beadle, Cllr. Weeks, District/County Cllr. Manion

68. DECLARATIONS OF INTEREST: There were none.

69. MINUTES OF THE PREVIOUS MEETING
The minutes of the meeting held on Wednesday 24th May 2017 had previously been circulated. Cllr. Morgan-Lovett proposed that the minutes represented a true record of the meeting. This was seconded by Cllr. Brazier and agreed.

70. UPDATES ON ONGOING ITEMS
a) Plough and Harrow Public House
Works seem to have started on the pub. A letter had been sent to Mr. Stillman outlining local concerns and pointing out that the pub had been successful in its current form until quite recently. No reply has been received. Mr. Stillman had been invited to attend tonight’s meeting.
Heavy Goods Vehicles had used the car park for overnight parking at the weekend. This has been reported to Mr. Stillman with a suggestion to secure the car park.
b) Site for additional village bench
Several positive suggestions have been received for a bench to be sited on the grass verge before School House in School Road. Clerk is to establish ownership of the verge for any permissions.
c) Danefield House site
Clerk provided an explanation of the notices which can be served on the owners of defective or dangerous buildings as referred to in correspondence received from DDC Planning Department. Clerk was asked to check on any progress with this matter.

71. REPORTS:
a) District and County Councillors
A written report has been received from Cllr. Manion: KCC is working to improve conditions to those who deliver adult social services. The current situation is unsustainable and KCC is looking into how extra funding in the budget could be channelled directly into improving the situation for care workers and not into profits.
b) Parish Councillors
Cllr. Morgan-Lovett reminded the meeting about the Country Eye smartphone app which can be used to directly report suspicious behaviour, concerns or incidents of flytipping.

Public Question Time

• The hedge on the Dover Road near the Plough and Harrow needs cutting back – this will be reported to Kent Highways.
• Following an attempt to make a phone call to the DDC out of hours noise nuisance service, it was noted that a pause in between the menus leads people to believe they have been cut off. These comments will be passed on to Dover District Council.
• Queries were received over when verges are cut back and how often roads are swept.
• An enquiry was made about whether Kent Highways could conduct a traffic survey to ascertain speed of vehicles travelling through the village.

72. PLANNING MATTERS:
a) Planning Applications: There were none.
b) Decisions by Dover District Council: There were none

73. FINANCE:
a) Financial Statement
Accounts are currently with the auditor.
b) Approval of Payments
• Harold Collins – repairs to chain link fence in play area/clearing dead tree £170
• MCL Graphics (Reimbursed to Chairman) – cost of printing for Tilmanstone Brief £13

74. CONSULTATION INTO BUS SERVICE CHANGES
Notification has been received from Stagecoach of proposed reductions in bus services from September. Routes 87 and 88 are proposed to be withdrawn and Tilmanstone will be served by a reduced schools and shopping service only. Cllr. Greenwood has already responded as a resident. Cllr. Morgan-Lovett suggested working with the other local parishes. It was agreed to work alongside other parishes and to respond directly as a parish council.

75. VILLAGE RECREATIONAL AREA
Cllr. Greenwood proposed investigating the feasibility of purchasing the field next to the Play Area to provide more recreational facilities for local people. This could include refuge hut for cyclists, running/walking track, dog walking area, space for events, allotments and re-instatement of a village pond. It was agreed to investigate the feasibility of this as a project over the next five years.

76. GENERAL CORRESPONDENCE
a) Kent Police Open Day
Kent Police are to hold an open day on Sunday 2nd July 2017. This is to be a free family event taking place at Kent Police Training School in Maidstone.
b) Rural Bus Shelter Grant Fund
Details have been received of the KCC Rural Bus Shelter Grant. This can provide 50% match-funding for refurbishment or replacement of bus shelters up to a maximum contribution of £2,000.
c) KALC Councillors’ Conference
The KALC Councillors’ Conference is due to be held on Saturday 8th July at Downswood Community Centre near Maidstone.

77. FUTURE MEETING DATES
It was agreed that the date for parish council meetings remain the third Monday of the month.

78. ITEMS FOR INFORMATION
There were none.

Meeting closed at 8.03pm