Hothfield Parish Council
...in the rustic heart of Kent
2008 ANNUAL PARISH MEETING MINUTES
the Annual Parish Meeting, held in the Village Hall on
[ Draft Minutes version 2 - yet to be approved ]
The Chairman opened the meeting and welcomed everyone. There were 15 Members of the Public present, 8 Parish Councillors, County Councillor Richard King and Borough Councillor Neil Wallace
1. APOLOGIES FOR ABSENCE:
2. TO APPROVE THE MINUTES OF THE LAST MEETING
4. QUESTIONS AND COMMENTS ON THE REPORTS FROM VILLAGE ORGANISATIONS, PUBLISHED IN THE NEWSLETTER
Time was allowed for everyone who had submitted a report to give a brief outline to the meeting and for questions. The following questions were asked of:-
BOROUGH COUNCILLOR WALLACE, ABC:-
The members of the Community Safety Unit are due to visit Hothfield, to see a village where things are working well.
A resident expressed concern that there is no crossing near the MUGA. Councillor Wallace said that we need to pressure Highways about this.
A resident said that he did not feel that 3pm on a week day was a suitable time to hold the LDF Workshop as many people could not attend. He asked whether any feedback has been received and Councillor Wallace said that the feedback from the meeting was appalling. There will be more consultation regarding this in September.
A question was asked about the design of Ashford Town Centre and Mr Wallace updated the meeting.
The following people, who did not submit reports, spoke at this point:-
I am a great believer in old fashioned values and morals and hope to be able to bring some of these to the youth of the village and show them that they can change their ways.
I am trying to organise a Multi Organisation Day, when members of ABC, KCC and other agencies meet together to walk round the village and see what can be done to improve the village in the future.
The first PACT meeting was held 6-7 weeks ago and I am hoping to hold them on a monthly basis. We have 3 prominent issues. The meetings allow the public to talk to the police informally. We will have to wait and see if they prove successful.
I am hoping to be able to obtain enough funding to enable us to ask Charlton Athletic back to work with the youngsters. They will arrange football and other activities as requested by the children. They charge £100 per session and we would like 10 sessions. Councillor King offered to provide £500.
I have been made to feel very welcome here, despite some residents being disgruntled. Hothfield needs to look to the future and put their problems behind them and I will help to facilitate this.
Mr Holloway pointed out that the Youth Forum for Ashford has started and that some of the youngsters from Hothfield are attending it. Gaining the confidence of the children is proving to be a slow process as they do not readily believe that things are actually going to happen. It is hoped to arrange a meeting for the Youth Forum at the Children’s Centre as it is not always easy for them to get into Ashford.
HOTHFIELD MANOR CENTRE FOR ACQUIRED BRAIN INJURY
The Centre has been acquired by Four Seasons Health Care and provides specialist services for people with acquired brain injuries. Being part of a large organisation means that we have more money and are therefore able to provide better services, HR support and training.
The bungalows are shortly going to be upgraded and modernised. The extension on the back of The Manor has been delayed due to problems with joining it to the older part of the building.
The Centre offers a comprehensive service to those with acquired brain injuries and is bringing employment to the area.
I very much want the Hothfield Manor Centre to be part of the community, but would ask you to appreciate that these people have had a brain injury, something that could happen to any one of you at any time.
A question was asked as to how the residents are controlled and Mr Hutchinson said that he has no more control over them than he would have over a person in the hall tonight. He can only use reason, compromise and persuasion and hope that the resident will agree with him.
COUNCILLOR RICHARD KING – KCC
The MUGA was installed and the new traffic calming system is due to be installed very shortly. The Children’s Centre gives a better argument for a crossing because people are coming and going all day.
The Village of Hothfield received 20% of my Member Services Grant last year.
The HGVS continue to be a problem but a lorry park is planned and the Government plan to tax all foreign lorries to help pay for the park, where they will be allowed to park up free of charge.
Mrs Whittington explained what gateway features we will be getting in the village.
A resident pointed out that the lay-by, on the A20 at the exit from Station Road has still not been closed and the lorries pose a serious safety hazard for traffic leaving the village. Drivers need to take the numbers and pass them on to PC Miller.
5. VILLAGE APPRAISAL
6. ANY OTHER MATTER RAISED BY AN ELECTOR THAT IS OF INTEREST OF CONCERN TO THE PARISH
Mr Holloway told those present that one of the things he finds on his walks around the village is that communication is still a problem. A lot of the residents will not attend Parish Council meetings or the Annual Parish Meeting. There are only 3 out of 8 councillors from the centre of Hothfield, which is very, very under represented, purely because of the mindset of the residents from that area of the village.
There being no further business the meeting closed at 9.03 pm.
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