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 24th February 2015, 7.15pm at Temple Ewell Baptist Church Hall
920.Present: Cllrs C Smithen (Chairman) G Mousley, I Dean, R Hamer, N Doherty, Mrs S Pilcher, Mrs A Worton, Mrs A Stacey, Mrs L End, Mrs A Newman.
Apologies: PCSO May
In Attendance: Mrs J Coulson-Wright (Parish Clerk) Dist Cllr Lymer.
921. Declarations of Interest
Councillors were invited to declare any agenda items in which they had a personal/prejudicial interest. Cllr Mrs A Stacey declared an interest on agenda item number six, planning application number DOV/15/00123.
922. Minutes of Meeting held 27th January 2015
Proposed by Cllr Mrs L End seconded by Cllr Mrs S Pilcher, the minutes were then agreed as a correct record and signed by the Chairman.
923. Matters Arising from Minutes of last meeting:
New Play Equipment Proposals & Grant Funding Applications Update – Caledonia Play has confirmed that the installation of the new play equipment will commence on Monday 9th March and should take approximately four days to complete. The Clerk will attend the site daily. Cllr Mr G Mousley reported that the events committee has met and arrangements for the official unveiling are all in hand. The celebrations will take place on the King George V playing field on Wednesday 1st April at 3.30pm.
Handyman Job Vacancy – The Clerk has received three enquiries for the handyman position. The closing date is Friday 27th February. The Chairman and Vice Chairman have agreed to interview the candidates.
Informative Board Dragon Wood – A further six ‘Interpretation’ notice board options were presented to the Parish Council for their consideration. A substantial A1 size oak Salmesbury Hall board which included a lockable notice board was the preferred choice, costing in the region of £1,650 + vat. The Clerk confirmed that a proportion of the funds would come from last years Dragon Wood Community grant and the remainder from the Parish Councils reserves which had been ring fenced for the new play equipment project. As the project has come in slightly under budget, there will be allocated money available, the precept will remain untouched.
Grass Verge, London Road – KHS verbally agreed for bollards to be installed on London Road
However a week later the Clerk received an e-mail from Mr Charles Ohog, Technical Support Officer, who retracted these works. The Parish Councillors wished to establish if KHS would be agreeable for them to purchase and install their own bollards. KHS has agreed for Dist Cllr Lymer to instruct a technical engineer to prepare a costing. Cllr G Mousley suggested that a hard verge/hatching might be an alternative option, which would allow vehicles to officially park off-road. Cllr Mrs A Newman expressed her concerns with this suggestion, stating that inconsiderate parkers will have won, the grass verge has been allowed to be destroyed, and in her opinion the only way to preserve it is to install bollards. Cllr Mrs L End highlighted that the bollards at Russell Gardens have worked and successfully stopped verge parking. The Parish Council agreed that the recent planning application for 10 dwellings on the garage site opposite would need to be taken into consideration with any decision.
Village Bench – The Chairman and Parish Councillors thanked Mr Roy Parks and his family for replacing the old wooden bench with a new oak version in memory of a family member, on London Road.
Parishioner – London Road – A request from a local parishinor to purchase a piece of land owned by the Parish Council located at the King George car park was discussed. A similar request was received some years ago and refused. This requested was also refused unanimously.
Blocked Drain – Kearsney – The blocked drain has been reported to KHS and a reference number obtained.
Annual Parish Meeting Speaker – The Clerk will arrange for John River to deliver a presentation on public access Semi Automatic External Defibrillators at this years APM, which will be held on Tuesday 7th April, 7pm at the Baptist Church.
924.Public Contribution Time
It was reported that the foliage on players corner is overgrown and required attention. Once the new handyman has been appointed this will be addressed. Parking concerns on the Wellington Road were raised. The Chairman confirmed that the issues with parking on Wellington Road had been raised with Kent Highway services in the past, but as they have no record of any personal injury crashes, they would not take any action. The Clerk will contact Dover District Council to establish if the Temple Ewell nursing home is providing sufficient parking for their staff and visitors.
925. PCSO Mays’ Report
926. Planning & Decisions:
DOV/15/00080 Proposal: Erection of a two storey side extension
Location: 65 Target Firs, Temple Ewell, CT16 3AU – No objection
DOV/15/00071 Proposal: Fell one beech tree to 2 metres above ground level and crown reduce one beech tree by five metres. Location: Swerford, The Avenue, Temple Ewell, Dover, CT16 3AW – No objection
DOV/15/00123 Erection of ten semi-detached dwellings and creation of vehicular access and parking spaces (existing bungalow and garage to be demolished) | Land at 191 and Forge Bungalow, London Road, Temple Ewell –
The parish council unanimously agreed that this application for ten semi-detached dwelling is an overdevelopment of the site. Plot number ten on the plans sits only a few feet away from the boundary of property 18 Templar Road, and due to a steep drop on the other side of the boundary wall, the resident is concerned that its stability may be affected. Her property will be overlooked and her privacy will be invaded.
The village already has considerable issues with parking and the parish councillors are concerned that the allocated parking will not be adequate. The Clerk will arrange a site meeting with the developers, DDC planning for parish councilors to attend before submitting comments.
To note decisions made by DDC:
927. Reports of District Councillor/Committees –
Dist Cllr Lymer reported that he is still chasing KCC for the new light column to be installed in the Dragon Wood Car park and has requested the new LED light version.
Highways Agency plans to remove lighting and close lay-bys along stretches of the A2 may result in lorries being parked up on industrial estates and village roads.
A network of lorry parks could be constructed in the county to tackle problems suffered by residents from HGVs parking in residential and industrial areas, under plans due to be discussed by KCC's Environment & Transport Cabinet Committee.
The A20, as a key link road from Dover to the M20, has been particularly badly afflicted by rubbish recently. While the A20 has had its share of litter, the problem extends into the Highway Agency’s domain, stretching onto the M20 as well – used by thousands of tourists every day.
Pressure is growing on a countywide blitz on rubbish gathering on our roadsides amid mounting concerns it is deterring visitors from stopping to and from the Channel ports and is blighting people’s enjoyment of their towns and villages. Freight traffic coming into and out of Dover is most likely the main cause of these problems. Disr Cllr Lymer explained that a clean sweep of rubbish is on the horizon.
Cllr Mrs A Newman who informed Dist Cllr Lymer that the recycling collection team are still dropping litter on collection days was asked to let him know the areas affected so that he can report the problem to Roger Walton.
The green grit bin located at the top of Church Hill will be replaced by a new yellow grit bin and will be adopted and filled by KHS.
Historic Village Notice board –The historic sign has still not been update as per Jon Iverson’s’ guideline ‘By the New Year’. The Parish Council is still waiting for a copy of the new graphics.
Footpaths, Highways & Pavements
George & Dragon Car Park – The car park has become rutted and muddy making part of it unusable. The Clerk instructed Pennock Plant to scrape the mud from the top section and fill the holes with planning’s. This has address the issue and cars are now re-using the car park.
Playing Field Report
English Landscapes has provided a quotation for 2015/16. An increase of 2% was applied across the board. The Parish Councillors agreed unanimously to offer the contract to English Landscapes for the next financial year, and accepted the quotation.
DDC Garden Waste Collections – With spring just around the corner, green-fingered residents who want to cut down on car miles, and find alternatives to trips to Household Waste Recycling Centres, are reminded now is the time to start planning environmentally-friendly ways to recycle your garden waste.
As well as home composting your garden waste, residents can sign up for garden waste collections from Dover District Council. The collection service costs £40 and is valid from April to March. Sign up now and you will be entered into a draw with the chance to win a £20 garden centre voucher.
Under DDC’s collection scheme, they will collect your garden waste once a fortnight, and will empty up to six bags per collection. You will receive up to 25 collections a year (one break over the Christmas period).
For more information on home composting, including details of discounted composters, see www.dover.getcomposting.com. For more information on garden waste collections, or to sign up for collections, see www.dover.gov.uk/gardenwaste
Hornby HQ Locates to Discovery Park – An announcement has been made that Hornby PLC is to locate its headquarters to the Discovery Park at Sandwich. Hornby wished to stay in East Kern, both for expanding its existing staff numbers and have room for possible future expansion.
Elections – The next four-yearly elections of members of Town and Parish Councils are on 7 May 2015. All Parish Councillors wishing to seek re-election will need to complete a nomination pack. The Clerk will send an e-mail to all existing Parish Councillors with the date that packs are available and deadlines for submission.
The Chairman has met the new shopkeepers at South Down stores and welcomed them to the village.
Cllr Mrs A Worton reported that a National Citizenship Scheme will take place this year during the Summer holidays and is a practical follow-on to students’ PSHE and Citizenship learning as well as connecting them and their school or college to their local community. Cllr Mrs Worton proposed that a few young men from the scheme, help plan and organise the annual parish walk, followed by a picnic in the King George V playing field. Cllr Mrs A Newman enquired if dogs could be allowed on the playing field that day. Cllr G Mousley believed that this would set a precedent and may be hard to control after the event. River Parish Council allows dogs onto their playing field once a year at their summer event, but their only purpose by holding a ‘dog show and competition’ is to attract residents to the event. The Chairman agreed to discuss this again nearer the event.
Cllr I Dean reported that he has joined the Temple Ewell Newsletter. This year the newsletter is planning a village nativity, and hopes to build the stable in the Fox Pub bowling alley. If any Parish Councillors would like to get involved please contact Jenny Miles.
931. Clerks Financial Report, Statement of Accounts.
The statements of receipts & payments for November, December 2014 & January 2015 were presented to the Council. It was proposed by Cllr Mrs S Pilcher and seconded by Cllr Mrs L End, that they be accepted and this was carried. The Chairman then signed the statement.
932. Any Other Business
The public telephone box located on players corner is not working and will be reported to British Telecom.
Cllr Mrs A Stacey has asked for ‘village flower beds’ to be included on next months agenda.
Cllr I Dean reported that the public footpath running along the back of Templeside properties has been blocked by a fallen tree & become impassable. The Clerk will contact Kent County Council.
A Street light outside of the children home Green Lane is not working.
There being no further business, the meeting closed at 8.30pm.