Minutes September 2015


Clerk: J Coulson-Wright, 5 Dour Side, River, Dover, Kent CT17 0UX

Tel:  01304 820273   Email:  coulsonwright@aol.com  

website: www.templeewellpc.kentparishes.gov.uk

Minutes of the Temple Ewell Parish Council Meeting held on

Tuesday 29th September 2015, 7.15pm at Temple Ewell Baptist Church Hall




989.Present: Cllrs C Smithen, G Mousley, R Hamer, I Dean, N Doherty, Mrs A Worton, Mrs L End,


       Apologies: Dist Cllr Rose, A Stacey, S Pilcher, PCSO May.


       In Attendance: Mrs J Coulson-Wright (Parish Clerk) County Cllr Lymer.


990. Declarations of Interest

Councillors were invited to declare any agenda items in which they had a personal/prejudicial   interest. None were declared.


991. Minutes of Meeting held 28th July 2015

Proposed by Cllr I Dean seconded by Cllr R Hamer, the minutes were then agreed as a correct record and signed by the Chairman.


992. Matters Arising from Minutes of last meeting:

(a) Public Footpath – Templeside – The public footpath running along the back of Templeside properties has finally been cleared by the Public Rights of Way team. No further action.

(b) Informative Board Dragon Wood & Village Notice Board – The new Parish Council oak notice board and Dragon Wood informative board have been installed. The old boards have been relocated onto the upper and lowers allotments. An article has been placed in the local newsletter informing parishioners’ of the changes. The Chairman thanked the Clerk for all of her good work.

Semi Automatic External Defibrillators – The Chairman met with the Clerk and Cllr Mrs A Worton on Monday 17th August to consider a suitable location for the defibrillator. The Chairman proposed the Players Corner building, which after some discussion was unanimously agreed. Negotiations will take place with the Players and DDC who lease the building. The Chairman will contact a local electrician. Once installed Cllr I Dean has agreed to write an article for the newsletter. Signs informing parishioners’ where the defibrillator is located will be placed in key areas around the village. The Clerk has contacted the Parish Council insurance and itemised the equipment for inclusion on the policy.
 CCTV Quotations, KG V Playing field – Three quotes will be obtained for discussion at the next meeting.
Tree Removal/Parking Green Lane – Deeds – Unfortunately the land registry documents do not show who owns the strip of land running along the back of the Target Firs properties, nor does the ordnance survey map. The Clerk has contacted Michelle Atkins, DDC who has agreed to look into their archived documentation.
Grass Verge, London Road – Cultivation License Application Form – The Clerk has submitted a cultivation license to Yasin Ziya, East Kent Roadwork’s and awaits a reply.
 Overgrown Foliage – Public Footpaths. Lower Road to Station/Church – NetworkRail have been contacted and a job reference obtained – Ref No:150916000249.
Dead Tree, London Road – The tree located on the bank in front of Lorna’s hairdressers has died. KHS has been contacted and asked for a replacement tree. Ref No – 170277. Deborah Collick KCC has confirmed that the tree will be removed within the next eight weeks, however they have not guaranteed its replacement.
Willow Club – Village Planters – The village planter located opposite the junction of Watersend will be maintained by the Temple Ewell youth club, run by Marilyn Holness. The Parish Council has purchased two new planters and soil.



993. Public Contribution Time

    No Report


 994. PCSO Mays’ Report

         No Report


 995. Planning & Decisions:

DOV/15/00854 – Proposal: Erection of a two storey rear extension Location: Swerford, The Avenue, Temple Ewell – No objection

DOV/15/00887   Proposal: Erection of a two storey rear extension

Location: Semmering, The Avenue, Temple Ewell – No objection

DOV/15/00869   Proposal: Erection of a log cabin. Location: Suilven, Egerton Road, Temple Ewell – No objection

DOV/15/00123 – Proposal: Erection of ten semi-detached dwellings and creation of vehicular access and parking spaces (existing bungalow and garage to be demolished) (amended

plans) Location: Land at 191 and Forge Bungalow, London Road, Temple Ewell – The Parish Council has now considered the revised plans and is pleased to note that development at the lower level (plot 10) has been moved away from the boundary with number 18 Templar Road. They are however disappointed that this improvement has come at the expense of proposed over intensive development, at the upper level.The Parish Council is strongly of the opinion that 7 houses fronting London Road in blocks of 3 and 4 would be too much, and would give the appearance of an urban street scene rather than a village development. These properties cannot be compared with those near by in Templar Road, which are tiny cottages and totally in keeping with the village environment. In our opinion the three pairs of properties as previously proposed are far preferable. By proposing seven at this level the parking provision has also been reduced which will no doubt lead to undesirable parking on London Road. 

As a further thought the Parish Council wondered weather plot 10 of the development could be turned through 90 degrees and re-sited where parking spaces 11/12/13 are at the moment, to move it even further away from 18 Templar Road and obviate its overbearing effect on that property.

To note decisions made by DDC

DOV/15/ 00646 – 12 Riverside, Temple Ewell, conversion of garage to habitable room –  Granted

DOV/15/00613 – 2 Kearsney Villas, Egerton Road, Temple Ewell, Erection of a two storey side extension     incorporating external staircase, balcony, creation of driveway & installation of steps.  – Granted

DOV/15/00690 – 8 High Street, Temple Ewell –   Erection of rear single storey extension – Granted




 996. Reports of County & District Councillor/Committees –

         Cllr Mrs S Pilcher – Village Hall Meeting. No report.

Dist Cllr Lymer reported that Kent County Council has recently secured funding to convert all of its street lights to Light Emitting Diode (LED) technology. LED’s are significantly more efficient than the existing lights. Improvements in LED technology and a reduction in prices mean that LED lights are now the first choice for street lighting.

The work will involve changing the lantern on the existing column and will start early next year, 2016. They will begin by converting the lights in residential areas, which will take about fourteen months, followed by the main routes and town centres. The work will take around three years and when complete these changes could reduce our current energy and carbon emission costs by 60%, saving around £5.2m, each year.



     No reports



‘Best Allotment’ judging took place on Tuesday 1st September. The winners were chosen and letters will be sent inviting them to attend Octobers meeting to receive their prizes.

Annual rent letters were sent on the 1st September, with a deadline of the 1st October. 35 tenants have paid to date, 14 outstanding.


     Footpaths, Highways & Pavements

          No Report


         Playing Field Report

Wickstead Play quoted £1,200 for a replacement low level balancing log. The Clerk will contact Jacksons for an alternative quotation. A price to mend a broken panel by the far kissing gate, Dragon Wood will also be sought.


997.  Correspondence

Kearsney Park Consultation – Everyone is invited to go along to a series of events to view the final designs for the heritage project at Kearsney Abbey and Russell Gardens, along with the conservation and activity plans for the parks.

Events are taking place on:

Monday 5 October – 5pm to 7pm at St Mary’s Parish Centre, Dieu Stone Lane, Dover
Tuesday 6 October – 9am to 12 noon in Kearsney Abbey
Thursday 8 October – 2pm to 5pm in Russell Gardens
Saturday 10 October – 10am to 1pm in Kearsney Abbey.


998.  Chairman’s Announcements

Plans to light the beacon in 2015/2016 were discussed. Possible options:- Travelling nativity play 2015. – Queens 90th birthday 12th June 2016.


999. Events Committee

The parish walk has been organised for Saturday 10th October, and will coincide with the Countryside ramble for BBC Children in need. Cllr Mrs A Worton will arrange this years Christmas switching on of the lights, which will take place on Sunday 6th December. Players, Temple Ewell primary school and the newsletter will be contacted. £100 budget for refreshments was agreed.


  1000. Clerks Financial Report, Statement of Accounts.

  The statements of receipts & payments for July & August 2015 were presented to the Parish Council. Proposed by Cllr G Mousley, seconded by Cllr Mrs L End and unanimously agreed.


        1. Any Other Business

     There being no further business, the meeting closed at 8.35pm.


Closed Session


The Chairman announced the winners of the best-kept allotment competition.