OCTOBER 2014 PARISH COUNCIL
MINUTES 133 Page 604
Minutes of the Ordinary Parish Council Meeting
held at The Bluebell Centre, Hothfield,
on Wednesday 1 October 2014 at 7.00 pm
Mr L Krause (Chair), Mrs D Hogben, Mrs P Sutcliffe, Mr J Collins, Mr M Cook, Mr P Howard, Mr R Libbeter and Mr D Parker.
|PARISH CLERK:||Mrs J Batt|
|BOROUGH COUNCILLOR:||Mr D Robey|
|MEMBERS OF THE PUBLIC:||
There were no Members of the Public present.
1. APOLOGIES FOR ABSENCE
There were no Apologies for Absence.
2. DECLARATIONS OF INTEREST
Declarations of Pecuniary Interest
There were no Declarations of Pecuniary Interest.
Declarations of Significant Interest
There were no Declarations of Significant Interest from councillors present.
i) Updating of Declarations of Interest for the Code of Conduct
Councillors are reminded that they should update their Declarations of Interest with the Monitoring Officer if necessary.
Nothing new to report.
4. PUBLIC INTERVAL
There were no Members of the Public present.
5. ACCEPTANCE OF MINUTES OF PREVIOUS MEETING
Minutes 132 were accepted and it was unanimously agreed that Mr Krause should
sign them as a true record of the meeting.
Proposed Mr Libbeter Seconded Mrs Hogben
6. MATTERS FOR REPORT ARISING FROM PREVIOUS MINUTES
There were no Matters for Report that were not covered on the agenda.
No correspondence other than email correspondence received.
Email Correspondence – all emails received are forwarded to all councillors
ABC re litter bin
Mrs Hart re footpaths and hedges
The Chairman had nothing to report that was not covered on the agenda.
MUGA and Youth Shelter
The timer switch is not working. Mr Collins will investigate.
ABC has given us permission to install a litter bin on the play area.
Resolution: Councillors unanimously agreed to purchase one Tidy Bear
and concrete fixing kit at a cost of £203.87 + VAT.
Proposed Mr Parker Seconded Mrs Hogben
Update on Provision of Broadband in Hothfield
Mr Krause reported that he had been in consultation with officers and lawyers from Ashford Borough Council regarding the funding of Broadband in the parish and it had been agreed that it would be in order for ABC to pay for the installation and invoice Hothfield Parish Council for a percentage of the cost over the next 3 – 4 years.
A report written by the Deputy Executive of ABC is being submitted to Cabinet next week.
Bank Balance per Cash Book Balance at Bank
Accounts to be Paid
Resolution: Councillors unanimously agreed to pay the above accounts and
noted the Direct Debit Payment to EDF for the electricity for the MUGA, taken on
the 1st of each month for £20.00.
Proposed Mr Parker Seconded Mr Libbeter
Adoption of Externally Audited Accounts
The Clerk reported that she had received the Annual Return for 2013/2014
back from PKF Littlejohn with no matters arising.
Councillors unanimously agreed to adopt the Externally Audited Accounts.
9. RISK ASSESSMENT
Mr Parker reported that following his risk assessment of parish assets and the report from The Play Inspection Company, we should order sign no BS EN 15312, to be displayed on the MUGA.
Following discussion councillors unanimously agreed not to replace the seat panel in the youth shelter.
Councillors discussed their concerns regarding speeding along West Street and Bethersden Road with Councillor Simkins, who asked for letter from the Parish Council to enable him to bring this matter to the attention of KHS
Mr Krause thanked Mr Parker for completing the Risk Assessment.
Please see attached list.
11. FORUM FOR EXCHANGE OF INFORMATION BETWEEN COUNCILLORS
Councillor Simkins reported that the police have not reported any increase in the incidents
of crime or road accidents due to the street lights being turned off in certain areas of the
county and there have been relatively few complaints.
KCC has to lose £370 million from its budget over the next 4 years. Councillors are
currently assessing the efficiency of every single large area of service.
The Budget Programme Board is reviewing spending prior to the budget for 2014/2015
During Dave Beckley’s absence Hothfield is being covered by Kathy Carter. Telephone
number 07813711940. Kathy also covers Bethersden and High Halden, so she is not in the
village all the time.
Mrs Hogben will liaise with Mrs Sutcliffe re issues related to the youth club.
A Race Night has been arranged for the 4th October and a Craft Fair for the 12th October.
There being no further business the meeting closed at 8.30 pm.
HOTHFIELD PARISH COUNCIL
PLANNING APPLICATION RECORD
14/01109/AS Public Conveniences, Maidstone Road, Hothfield
Partial demolition of existing public toilet block and extension and change of
use to create visitor cafe with new toilet facilities
Parish Council: Support
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