2012 June Minutes

Present: Councillor Miss Bransfield (Chairman), F. Fox, J. Inchley and Bob Norris.

Also present: Cllrs. C Hibberd (KCC), Ms. L. Wright, Roy Wade (Clerk to the Council) and 1 resident.

15.             APOLOGIES FOR ABSENCE

Apologies for absence were received from Cllr. Dr. Mitchell.

16.             MINUTES

RESOLVED: That the minutes of the Annual General Meeting held on 30th April 2012, as amended by the deletion of the word draft from the minutes, be approved and signed by the Chairman.

17.             DECLARARIONS OF INTEREST

No declarations of interest were made.

18.       REPORT OF A POLICE OFFICER

No police officer was in attendance to report.

19.             CHAIRMAN’S REPORT

The Chairman reported that she would be attending the next meeting of the Thanet Local Board and that she was surprised that there was not an item on the agenda to enable discussion to be given to the proposals to close the Richborough waste disposal centre.  Cllr. Fox made reference to the fact that the Richborough site was outside of the Thanet area but that its closure would impact upon Thanet residents, particularly those living within the Ramsgate area.  Cllr. Fox further asked whether the Local Board would make the decision.

Cllr. Hibberd responded that the Local Board would make recommendations to the appropriate KCC Cabinet committee for that Committee to agree the way forward.

20.             CODE OF CONDUCT

The Chairman reported that KALC had advised that the Council should adopt a code of conduct and a report would be made to the next meeting.

21.             RECREATION GROUND

The Chairman advised that she had received a report from Councillor Dr. Mitchell and that it would be circulated to all Members.

22.             CLERK/RFO’s REPORT/PAYMENTS SCHEDULE

(A) Payments Schedule

RESOLVED: that the following payments be made:

425

AON

Insurance

564.01

0.00

564.01

426

TRRG

Annual sub

15.00

0.00

15.00

427

KALC

Planning course fee

60.00

12.00

72.00

428

SERCO

Grass cut

55.23

11.05

66.28

429

R Wade

3 months’ salary

400.00

0.00

400.00

430

Inland Revenue

PAYE

100.00

0.00

100.00

431

Miss Bransfield

Reimbursement of web site maintenance

70.00

0.00

70.00

(B) Bank Balances

The Clerk reported that the bank balance at 28 June was £7394.75p.

23.             PLANNING MATTERS

The Clerk reported that no planning applications had been received since the last meeting.

24.             REPORT OF A COUNTY/DISTRICT COUNCILLOR

Cllr. Ms Wright reported that the Olympic torch would be carried through Birchington on 19 July between 14.45 to 15.15 hours.  Arrangements had been made to allow free car parking in the Kent House car park although donations to the Church would be appreciated from those parking.

Cllr. Hibberd reported (a) Kent County Council was opposing the proposals for the 4th London airport being built on “Boris Island” in the Thames estuary.

(b) KCC were trying to amend the practice of London local authorities of sending the children from troubled homes to Kent.  County were trying to reach an agreement whereby such children would not be found new homes more than 20 miles from their family home.

(c) KCC are producing a plan to deal with the problem of flooding in the Stour Valley and other at risk areas and were looking at strengthening the building regulation procedures in respect of new build.  Cllr. Hibberd will report to a future meeting.

(d) Members were advised of the growing problem of finding school places for 5-year-olds which had resulted in some children having to be bussed to the nearest available school.

25.             MATTERS OF REPORTS BY MEMBERS  

Cllr. Inchley (a) The Jubilee celebrations, despite the weather, had been a great success and the KCC grant had been used wisely and was greatly appreciated.

(b) The Village Hall floor was still in need of replacement and Jonathan paid tribute to Bill Yeoman for his hard work in keeping the flooring available for use.

(c) KIACC – Manston airport was now on the market for sale and TDC had set up a working party to look at the ongoing issues of night flying.

(d) Concerns had been raised at the overhanging hedge on the approach to the Recreation Ground.  The Clerk was requested to write to the owner of the appropriate property to ask whether the hedge could be cut back.

(e) Dilnot Lane – concerns had been expressed at the dangers being caused by the parking of a vehicle at the entrance to the lane and the Clerk advised that he had spoken to the community warden about this matter.  The Clerk was asked to raise this matter again to the community warden and to seek the co-operation of the property to try to secure the more appropriate parking of the vehicle.

Cllr. Norris Enquired whether the temporary entrance to the Recreation Ground would be repaired.  Cllr Inchley responded that the entrance had been provided for the Jubilee celebrations and that APEG had included within its programme measures to make a permanent entrance for emergency vehicles.

Cllr. Fox Reported the Crown and Sceptre had been offered for sale and that to date 2 offers of interest had been registered.

26.             DATE OF NEXT MEETING

It was agreed that the next meeting would be held on 20th August 2012 at 6 p.m. in the Village Hall.