Hothfield Parish Council

...in the rustic heart of Kent



 
 FEBRUARY 2017 PARISH COUNCIL
MEETING MINUTES
    

MINUTES 161                                                    Page 733

Minutes of the Ordinary Parish Council Meeting

held at The Bluebell Centre, Hothfield,

on Wednesday 1 February 2017 at 7.00pm

PRESENT:  

Mr D Parker (Chair), Mrs S Parker, Mrs P Sutcliffe, Mr P Fothergill,
Mr P Howard and Mr I Lloyd

PARISH CLERK: Mrs J Batt
BOROUGH COUNCILLOR: - -
COUNTY COUNCILLOR: - -
MEMBERS OF THE PUBLIC:
  

There were no Members of the Public present.

 1.    APOLOGIES FOR ABSENCE

An apology for absence was received from Mr M Cook, (illness), Mr L Krause (prior engagement) and Mr R Libbeter (family commitment).

 

Councillors unanimously approved the above absences.

 

2.    DECLARATIONS OF PECUNIARY AND SIGNIFICANT INTEREST

Declarations of Pecuniary Interest

There were no Declarations of Pecuniary Interest.   

 

Declarations of Significant Interest.

There were no Declarations of Significant Interest.

 

To note the granting of any Requests for Dispensations and the decision

No such applications received.

 

Updating of Declarations of Interest

Councillors were reminded to update their Declarations of Interest with the Monitoring Officer if necessary.

 

3.    PUBLIC INTERVAL

There were no Members of the Public present.

 

4.    ACCEPTANCE OF MINUTES OF PREVIOUS MEETING

The anonymous correspondence was also sent to the residents of West Street and Meadow View and the file copy of the minutes was amended to reflect this. Minutes 160 of the meeting held on 10 January 2017 were accepted and it was unanimously agreed that Mr Parker should sign them.

Proposed:  Mrs Sutcliffe           Seconded:  Mrs Parker

 

5.    MATTERS FOR REPORT ARISING FROM THE PREVIOUS MINUTES               

There were no Matters Arising not covered on the agenda.

 

6.    BOROUGH COUNCILLORS REPORT

Mr Krause was unable to attend the meeting, but we will contact him regarding parking issues in Tufton Road.

 

7.    CORRESPONDENCE AND OTHER GENERAL COUNCIL BUSINESS

ABC re Review of Litter and Dog Bins

Clerk and Councils Direct

KCC Great British Spring Clean

 

EMAILS

KALC re petition to reduce speed limits on country roads.

Draft Local Plan.

Nothing to report.

 

Provision of Defibrillator

Councillors considered this but agreed not to proceed as there is no appropriate building in the village on which to site a defibrillator.  They were also informed that the NHS has advertised for a Community First Responder who will cover Hothfield and who will be equipped with a defibrillator and fully trained in its use.

 

Review of Litter and Dog Bins

Mr Parker took the paperwork and will deal with this matter.

8.   FINANCE

          Bank Balance per Cash Book                  Balance at Bank

Opening Balance

  19290.21

 

PC Reserve A/C

  25126.09

Add Receipts in Year

  19577.40

 

Less u/c cheques

    1047.07

 

  38867.61

 

 

  24079.02

Less Payments in Year

  10192.21

 

PC Current A/C

      100.00

 

  28675.40

 

Y Current A/C

    3465.91

Less Earmarked Funds

  10568.50

 

Y Reserve A/C

   1030.47

 

  18106.90

 

 

  28675.40

 

 

 

Less Earmarked Funds

  10568.50

 

 

 

 

  18106.90

 

                 Accounts to be Paid

PAYEE

CHQ

NO

DETAILS

NET

£

VAT

£

GROSS

£

Mrs J Batt

  1402

Salary

Expenses

General Admin

SLCC

 213.33

     6.03

   21.74

   31.17

 

 

 

  

 

   

    272.27

Mr K Marden

  1403

Salary

   93.60

 

      93.60

Clive Stanley

  1404

Webmaster Services

 130.00

 

    130.00

Mr D Parker

  1405

Photocopying

   30.38

  6.08

      36.45

Kingsnorth Electrical

  1406

MUGA Lighting

 185.43

37.09

    222.52

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 £9.00.      

 

              Proposed  Mr Fothergill        Seconded  Mrs Sutcliffe   

             

              Earmarked Funds                      

 

Balance

10.01.17

+/-

Feb

Balance

01.02.17

MUGA

EDF Feb

Lighting

2505.13

 

    -9.00

-185.43

 

 

 2310.70

Litter Picker’s Salary and Other Costs

Salary Feb

 

         

  2827.74

 

 

-93.60

 

         

  2734.14

Bus Shelter

    351.60

 

    351.60

Garden Competition

    351.65

 

    351.65

Village Projects

  2400.00

 

  2400.00

Village Fete

  1720.41

 

  1720.41

Hall Rent for Cubs

    700.00

 

    700.00

TOTAL

10856.53

-288.03

10568.50

 

Holiday Pay

The Clerk reported that, following an enquiry from Mr Marden, she had written to him regarding his holiday pay and had just received confirmation that he agreed with the arrangement and would sign his revised Contract of Employment.  This will be added to the next agenda. 

 

9.   PLANNING

No applications received but three decisions omitted from earlier minutes included.

 

The Chairman of the Joint Parishes Transport Committee has asked the parishes affected by the Chilmington Green Development to give the Committee authority to act on their behalf.

 

Following discussion, it was unanimously agreed that Mr Parker should respond saying that Hothfield Parish Council’s position remains as stated at the last meeting attended by members of Hothfield Parish Council – that the members of Hothfield Parish Council are supportive and sympathetic to the aims of the JPTC, but they do not want any decisions taken that have financial or legal implications for Hothfield Parish Council without the prior written agreement of Hothfield Parish Council.

 

10.    FORUM FOR EXCHAGE OF INFORMATION BETWEEN COUCILLORS

We have not had a reply from the Esso Garage regarding the Give Way lines yet.

The Clerk will contact them again. 

 

The Clerk will contact KHS regarding the water leak outside of Alder House and the blocked drain and flooding in Beech Drive.

 

Large pothole on Bears Lane to be reported. 

Mrs Sutcliffe reported that the “slow down” signs cost in the region of £2000.

 

Mrs Parker updated councillors on the progress of the Youth Project, which will be targeted at children aged 7 – 11.  She would like to join Young Kent as they will help with areas of administration such as DBS checks and they also have an equipment library.   This will be added to the next agenda so that a decision on funding the project can be taken.

 

The next meeting is due to be held on Wednesday 1 March 2017.              

             

There being no other business the meeting closed at 8.55 pm.

 


HOTHFIELD PARISH COUNCIL

PLANNING APPLICATION RECORD

2017

FEBRUARY 2017

Decision Notices received from ABC

 

15/01468/AS     Units 1 -  3 Paddocks Farm, Bethersden Road, Hothfield, Kent  

                          Erection of building for steel fabrication and associated parking area 

                            Borough Council:  Permit

 

16/00909/AS     4 Rippers Cross Cottage, Bethersden Road, Hothfield, Ashford, Kent, TN26 1EW  

                            Two storey side extension with replacement rear porch and new drive, parking

                            area and access. 

                            Borough Council:  Permit

 

16/00458/AS     Land rear of 25, The Street, Hothfield, Kent
The construction of a new single dwelling, garage and associated landscaping

                          Borough Council:  Permit

 

 

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Published:  22.02.2017  
 2017 Hothfield Parish Council