Hothfield Parish Council

...in the rustic heart of Kent


MAY 2011 ANNUAL PARISH MEETING MINUTES

Minutes of the Annual Parish Meeting

held in the Village Hall

on Friday 6 May 2011 at 7.00pm

[ DRAFT - to be formally accepted at next meeting ]

The Chairman opened the meeting and welcomed everyone.  There were 18 Members of the Public

present, 5 Parish Councillors, Councillor Richard King, KCC and Mrs J Batt, Parish Clerk

 

1.   APOLOGIES FOR ABSENCE:

Were received from Mr Dave Beckley, Community Warden.

 

2.   TO APPROVE THE MINUTES OF THE LAST MEETING

These were unanimously approved and signed by Mr Krause.

Proposed  Mr Patten       Seconded  Mrs Whittington

       

3.     QUESTIONS AND COMMENTS ON REPORTS FROM VILLAGE ORGANISATIONS

Reports that had been received from the Village Organisations were circulated with the May edition of the Hothfield Newsletter.  There were no questions or comments on the reports.

 

The Hothfield Education Foundation and the Hothfield History Society did not submit a report due to a breakdown in communication.  Their reports will be circulated with the May Newsletter.  Mrs B King will also submit a report on behalf of the Youth Project.

 

It was agreed that next year the invitation to submit a report should be published in the Hothfield Newsletter, to ensure that all clubs, societies and projects are included.

 

Councillor Richard King was invited to present his report at this point.

 

Councillor King reported that he had assisted financially with the following projects in Hothfield;-

Village Hall Doors

Church Hearing Loop

Subscription to Wealden Wheels

Computer Course

Display Cases for the History Society

A new Salt Bin for The Street

The Royal Wedding Street Party

Resurfacing

Painting the walls in the Village Hall

 

Mr King said that Mr Paul Carter, the Chairman of KCC is very interested in the progress being made in Hothfield and is working behind the scenes to ensure that issues are dealt with.  He feels that people are more positive about Hothfield than they used to be.

 

Councillor King explained that councillors have managed to make £95 million savings in the KCC budget by, amongst other things, reducing the number of Directors employed.  The savings have not affected front line services.  He still has a Member Services Grant of £10,000 and £25,000 to spend on highway projects although most of this is allocated until 2013 due to the cost of many of the projects put forward. 

 

5.     ANY OTHER MATTER RAISED BY AN ELECTOR THAT IS OF INTEREST OF

      CONCERN TO THE PARISH

       

Mr Cox thanked councillors for helping to get dropped kerbs installed around the village.

 

Mrs Whittington thanked Mr Hedley Grenfell-Banks for all his work with the Hothfield Newsletter.

       

Mrs Whittington thanked Mrs B King for all her work with the Youth Project.

 

Concern was raised over the grass cutting in the Churchyard.  This is a St Margaret’s Church PCC matter.

 

Concern was raised over the Parish Council budget for the forthcoming year.  As this is a Parish Meeting, not Parish Council meeting, residents were invited to attend the next Parish Council Meeting, due to be held on 9 May and discuss their concerns.  The recently elected Parish Council intend to review the budget over the next couple of months.

 

Mr P Howard reported that Hothfield Parish Council are planning to hold a Best Kept Garden Competition.  Details will be published in the June newsletter.

 

The Village Hall Lottery which is run by Mr P Howard is proving to be a success.  It has made a profit of about £600 for the hall and a further £600 is given out in prizes during the year.   Mr Krause thanked Mr P Howard for organising it.

 

Mr P Howard thanked all the Parish Councillors who decided not to stand for re-election for their help and support over the past few years.

 

Mr P Howard also thanked Mr C Rogers who had decided to stand down from the Village Hall Committee for all his efforts on the Hall Committee over the past few years.

 

Various forthcoming social events were advertised.

 

Sue Starkings is due to be ordained as a Deacon in Canterbury Cathedral on 2 July 2011.

 

There being no further business the meeting closed at 8.07 pm.

       

 

Signed …………………………………………………………………  Date ………………    

 

 

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Last update: 28.05.2011
 2011 Hothfield Parish Council