Hothfield Parish Council
...in the rustic heart of Kent
2009 PARISH COUNCIL
Minutes of the Ordinary Parish Council Meeting
held at The Village Hall, Hothfield,
on Monday 9 February 2009 at 7.00pm
[ DRAFT - to be formally accepted at next meeting ]
PRESENT: Mrs S Whittington (Chair), Mrs K Pender, Mrs P Warren, Mr J Collins, Mr L Hughes and Mr L Krause, Mr R Boorman and Mr R Rivers
PARISH CLERK: Mrs J Batt
MEMBERS OF THE PUBLIC: There were no Members of the Public present
1. APOLOGIES FOR ABSENCE
An Apology for Absence was received from Mr P Howard (prior engagement),
Mr A Rawlins (work commitment) and Mr P Patten (holiday).
2. DECLARATIONS OF INTEREST
There were no Declarations of Interest.
i. Updating of Declarations of Interest for the Code of Conduct
The Clerk reminded Councillors that they should update their Declarations of Interest
with the Monitoring Officer if necessary.
2. PROPOSED NEW PLAY AREA
Miss Davies updated Councillors on the progress of the new play area so far and following
in depth discussions Mr Krause proposed that the Parish Council should ask Mr Boorman
and Mr Rivers to work with ABC on our behalf, regarding the funding and the equipment
to be included in the area. Seconded by Mr Hughes
Resolution: Councillors unanimously agreed to Mr Boorman and Mr Rivers working
with ABC as above.
Mrs Curtin, Children’s Centre said she would be interested in working with Miss Davies,
Mr Boorman and Mr Rivers.
Mrs Whittington thanked Miss Davies for attending the meeting.
Miss Davies, Mr Boorman and Mr Rivers retired to discuss the project.
4. PUBLIC INTERVAL
There were no Members of the Public Present.
5. VILLAGE APPRAISAL
The Public Meeting is to be held on Friday 6 March. A Ploughman’s Buffet will be available from 6.30 and Mrs Highwood will give a presentation on the Appraisal at 7.00 pm. Tea and coffee will be served at 8.00 pm
The staff at the Children’s Centre are holding a Naming Day on 18 February, at the Village Hall.
Mrs Pender and Mrs Warren will be in attendance to talk to parents about the Appraisal in an informal way.
6. ACCEPTANCE OF MINUTES OF PREVIOUS MEETING
Minutes 74 were accepted and it was unanimously agreed that Mrs Whittington should sign them.
Proposed Mr Krause Seconded Mr Collins
7. MATTERS FOR REPORT ARISING FROM THE PREVIOUS MINUTES
Mr Howard and Mr Hughes have removed the stumps from the play area.
The use of the School Hall has still not been decided upon.
Mrs Whittington reported that Hothfield has greatly benefited from the Children’s Centre.
The balance stands at 8880.01 in the Reserve Account, £100 in the Current Account and
£10394.77 in the Corporate Bond. Of this 5410.97 (totals included in 2008/20029 budget
noted) is reserved as follows:-
Accounts to be paid
Resolution: Councillors unanimously agreed to pay the above accounts.
The Clerk reported that an interim pay award has been agreed.
Resolution: It was unanimously agreed to increase the Clerk’s Salary to SPC 22
£10.068 per hour backdated to 1 April 2008.
Litter Picker’s Hours
Although this was not included on the Agenda, Mrs Whittington asked whether it could be
discussed. Councillors unanimously agreed.
Following the recent clean up of Coach Drive in which 7 tonnes of rubbish were removed
by volunteers, Mrs Whittington proposed and councillors unanimously agreed to the
Resolution: It was unanimously agreed to increase the Litter Picker’s hours to 3 per
week to allow him to keep Coach Drive clear of rubbish.
9. VILLAGE HALL
10. VILLAGE HALL TREES
We have received a ball park estimate, to cut the trees back, of £2500.
Please see attached list.
ABC Agenda for Parish Forum to be held 28.01.09
Burlite (War Memorial Restoration) Ltd
KALC Agenda for 04.02.09
ABC re Beech Drive
Mr Hollands re Village Hall Trees
Parish News etc
The Kent County Playing Fields Association
Mrs Whittington circulated Councillors with a letter she intended to send to ABC in response
to the reply from ABC re Beech Drive.
Mr Krause reported that he had studied the proposed Service Level Agreement between
ABC and Parish Councils and he suggested that we should respond as follows:-
Hothfield Parish Council is happy with the proposals in the document and we ask for
urgent implementation. A copy of the letter from ABC re Beech Drive should be sent with
it as an example of bad practice on behalf of ABC.
The Clerk was asked to find out how much ABC charge for Play Area Inspections.
13. ANY OTHER BUSINESS
Mr Collins reported that lamp PDH 003 is not working.
There being no further business the meeting closed at 9.07 pm.
HOTHFIELD PARISH COUNCIL
PLANNING APPLICATION RECORD
12 JANUARY 200 - 9 FEBRUARY 2009
Planning Applications Received
Full Planning Permission requested – Delegated to Officers unless otherwise stated:-
09/00048/AS Mr J Coles, Home Farm, Water Fall Road, Hothfield,
Ashford, Kent TN26 1DR
Renewal of slate roof including introduction of breather membrane :
Parish Council: Support
09/00094/AS Hollie Homes Ltd, re Land Adjoining 24 The Street, Hothfield
Proposed development of three 4 bedroom houses with detached garages and
new private driveway
Parish Council: Support – Letter of Support to follow
09/00116/AS Ms E Wrigley on behalf of KCC re Swinford Old Manor, Godinton Lane,
Hothfield, Ashford, Kent TN23 3BS
Change of use from educational use to residential
Parish Council: Parish Council: No Comment
Councillors felt that there was insufficient information
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