TEMPLE EWELL PARISH COUNCIL
Clerk: J Coulson-Wright, 5 Dour Side, River, Dover, Kent CT17 0UX
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Minutes of the Temple Ewell Parish Council Meeting held on
Tuesday 30th June 2015, 7.15pm at Temple Ewell Baptist Church Hall
963.Present: Cllrs C Smithen, I Dean, N Doherty, Mrs S Pilcher, Mrs A Stacey, Mrs L End,
Apologies: Dist Cllr Rose, G Mousley, R Hamer, A Worton.
In Attendance: Mrs J Coulson-Wright (Parish Clerk) County Cllr Lymer, PCSO May
964. Declarations of Interest
Councillors were invited to declare any agenda items in which they had a personal/prejudicial interest. Cllr Mrs L End declared an interest relating to item number 969, and left the meeting during its consideration.
965. Minutes of Meeting held 19th May 2015
Proposed by Cllr I Dean seconded by Cllr Mrs S Pilcher, the minutes were then agreed as a correct record and signed by the Chairman.
966. Matters Arising from Minutes of last meeting:
(a) Grass Verge – London Road – County Councillor Lymer has spoken to Steve Rivers at a recent joint highways meeting, and the proposal to plant shrubs on the grass verge to combat unlawful parking has been given the go ahead. County Councillor Lymer will ascertain whether the Parish Council can purchase the shrubs direct and also plant them to try and avoid the cost of Highways planting them, as they would charge a fee of £1,000 to carry out an assessment. However this would mean that the Parish Council would then be responsible for the maintenance and upkeep of the hedging in future. Due to the hot weather it was agreed that planting would not take place until the autumn. As soon as County Councillor Lymer receives a requisite consent form he will contact the Clerk. Two large planters are also needed to stop vehicles parking on the pavement.
(b) Wellington Road Parking – The Clerk has received copies of the following planning applications from DDC development control: 85/0977, 88/1168, 96/0806, however drawings of the nursing homes parking allocation were missing. Further supporting documentation will be sought.
(c) Public Footpath – Templeside – The public footpath running along the back of Templeside properties remains blocked by a fallen tree & is still impassable. KCC was informed in March – Ref no – 155034, they have now passed the responsibility onto Public Rights Of Way. The Clerk has spoken to Amanda Simler, Contact Point Supervisor, KCC and been advised that the tree is the responsibility of the landowner. One of the PROW officers wrote to the landowner in the latter half of May requesting that the tree be removed and has advised them that the time frame for this is 28 days. An officer is due to attend at the end of the month to inspect the area to make sure that the work has been done.
Informative Board Dragon Wood & Village Notice Board – The Clerk reported that the graphics draft for the informative board should be received shortly. Once the graphics have been formally agreed, Nature Sign Designs will confirm a delivery date. Cllr Mrs A Stacey asked if it were possible for the Parish Council to retain the copyright of the artwork for future use if needed.
Semi Automatic External Defibrillators (Plus response from Kearsney development)– At the last meeting it was proposed by Cllr Mrs A Worton, seconded by Cllr I Dean to purchase a defibrillator for the village. The Chairman has spoken to the Baptist Church who have agreed in principle for the Defibrillator to be housed externally on their building. However the Parish Councillors discussed other possible locations, as they were not convinced that the Baptist Church was the best site. Three other areas for consideration were – The Fox Pub, the wall next to Lorna’s hairdressers or Southdown Stores. It was agreed that the unit be purchased in advance and once received the Parish Councillors would organise a date to walk around the village and decide on the most suitable location.
Jon Winder, Kearsney Park Project Manager has confirmed that installing a defibrillator in Kearsney Abbey is not something they can use the Heritage Lottery funding for. The Parish Councillors were extremely disappointed to hear this, especially as the number of visitors to the abbey is set to increase once the renovations are complete.
Bushes London Road – Shrubs and bushes have been allowed to grow onto the highway over many years and are now approx 4 feet deep. The Clerk has asked that KHS address this during their next verge maintenance in the area. She was advised that KHS don't look after trees, hedges and shrubs on private land, including land that is next to roads and pavements. Private landowners, district councils, parish councils, housing associations and homeowners will own these. It is the landowner's responsibility to look after these areas. Hedges by the side of the road that they do own are cut once a year during autumn or winter. Ref No – 161894
Historic Village Notice Board – After a year of chasing, Jon Iveson has confirmed that the historic panel should be replaced by Friday 3rd July at a cost of £188.80 + vat.
967. Public Contribution Time
The weather vane on the top of the village hall clock is slightly bent. The Chairman has asked Cllr Mrs S Pilcher the Parish Council representative on the village hall committee to enquire at the next village hall meeting what the committee’s future plans are for the clock. The Parish Council offered to pay for its refurbishment in 2013, however no approach has been made for assistance. Also some time ago a legacy was left to the village hall committee for the provision of audio-visual equipment and the Parish Council wondered what progress had been made in acquiring this.
968. PCSO Mays’ Report
PCSO May reported that a few allotments had been broken into recently. A couple of shed doors and locks damaged and a few items were taken. PCSO May has also patrolled the King George V Playing Field since youths vandalised the new play equipment. Cllr Mrs A Stacey proposed that the Parish Council re-consider replacing the old CCTV equipment, and providing the school & church the option to be included in discussions as a joint venture. The Clerk will obtain further quotes. The Chairman informed PCSO May that a boy racer has been seen driving dangerously around the village. Parish Councillors were asked to report any details if they see the culprit.
969. Planning & Decisions:
DOV/15/00528. Proposal: Erection of a single storey side and rear extension (existing garage to be demolished. Location : 54 Lower Road, Temple Ewell, CT16 3DY – No objection
DOV/15/00499. Proposal: Installation of a 12.5 metre high Phase 5 monopole and a cabinet and associated works. Location: Manor View Nursery, 32 Lower Road, Temple Ewell, CT16 3DY – No objection.
To note decisions made by DDC: None
970. Reports of County & District Councillor/Committees –
County Cllr Lymer confirmed that the damaged lamp in the George & Dragon car park (standard GLCS106) has finally been replaced. The Chairman thanked him for his support in the matter. No further action.
The Clerk took photographic evidence showing the felling of four trees, removed from land belonging to KCC. An enquiry reference number was raised – 17043013. Deborah Collick, Soft Landscape Team at KCC replied stating “With regards to your enquiry 17043013 I have inspected site. The mature Beech tree, which has been felled, is situated more than 2m back from the edge of the carriageway. It is not considered to be a highway tree”. Parish Councillors are concerned that if other residents take it upon themselves to remove trees, Green Lane will lose most of its greenery from land already established in the past as belonging to KCC. This item has been escalated as a matter of urgency and passed onto County Councillor Lymer.
County Councillor Lymer reported that everyone is invited to come along to a series of events to view ideas for restoring and improving Kearsney Abbey and Russell Gardens – and to let them know what you think.
Events are taking place on:
Wednesday 1 July, 6pm to 8pm, at St Peter and St Paul’s Church, River
Thursday 2 July, 2pm to 5pm in Russell Gardens
Saturday 4 July, 11am to 2pm in Kearsney Abbey
Monday 6 July, 9am to 11am in Kearsney Abbey
Sunday 12 July at River Fete.
There will be the chance to see a range of ideas, talk with the Kearsney Parks project team, and have your say on plans for the parks. You will also be able to follow a self-guided historic photo trail in the parks, with a map available at the drop-in sessions. You can call in at any time during the events, but parking is limited, and visitors are encouraged to walk, cycle or take public transport if they can.
The Kearsney Parks project is being funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund and Big Lottery Fund Parks for People programme
Footpaths, Highways & Pavements
Playing Field Report
The utilities box has been vandalised again. The handyman promptly mended the box and PCSO May has been informed.
Lighting Whitfield Hill – Lights in the Dover District were switched off in August 2013 and the review is now substantially completed. The review has included further consultation with the Police to identify any reduction in road safety or increase in crime which may be reasonably attributed to the switching-off of street lighting, and has taken into account local concerns such as those expressed by the Parish Council. The findings of the review will be published on their web site once they have been formally accepted.
DDC Empty Properties – As a range of regeneration initiatives continue to move forward, Dover District Council is welcoming news that the number of long term empty properties in the area has dropped by more than 50% over the last five years.
The figures show that the number of long term empty dwellings in Dover District has reduced from 952 in 2009 to 436 in 2014 – a reduction of 516, or 54%.
DDC Litter Bin Incentive – A three-year-old from Dover has shown that putting litter in the bin is child’s play – and has been chosen as the latest winner in an innovative campaign to help keep the town clean and tidy for the future. Dover District Council is working in partnership with Dover Town Council to trial the ‘Pick It, Bin It, Win It’ scheme, which was launched in February. People seen disposing of litter responsibly, or picking up after their pets in the Dover Town area are being rewarded with a post card, which allows that person to enter a monthly prize draw, and gives them the chance to win a £25 ‘Love to Shop’ voucher.
DDC New Car Park, Bench St – A new 48 space car park has been opened at Bench Street, Dover, to complement the major multi million pound St James’s development for Dover Town Centre. The new Bench Street Car Park will provide key central parking spaces for the town as the regeneration of the area continues to move forward.
White Cliffs Walking Festival – Thursday 27th August to Wednesday 2nd September, 2015 (over the bank holiday weekend)
Last year this Festival attracted 1005 walkers of all abilities, a 49% increase on 2013. The White Cliff Ranblers continue to improve the event and its promotion to attract many people from the local parishes.
Flood Warning Training – Parish councils have been invited to attend Flood Warden training which will take place on Saturday 18 July at Lenham Community Centre.
972. Chairman’s Announcements
973. Events Committee
974. Clerks Financial Report, Statement of Accounts.
The statements of receipts & payments for April & May 2015 were presented to the Parish Council. Proposed by Cllr Mrs S Pilcher, seconded by Cllr Mrs L End and unanimously agreed.
975. Any Other Business
Cllr I Dean requested that a letter be sent to the organisation that made the decision not to award Temple Ewell Primary School funding for redevelopment. Unanimously agreed.
There being no further business, the meeting closed at 8.15pm.