At tonight’s Annual General Meeting and May monthly meeting of Hollingbourne Parish Council, the long serving Chairman of the Council, Mr Mike Bedwell resigned from the Chairmanship and the Council. Mr Adam Ward, the Vice Chairman, was elected Chairman in his place with Mr Simon Hulme being elected as Vice Chairman.
These changes create a vacancy on the Parish Council which will be formally advertised in due course. For more information about becoming a Parish Councillor please contact the Parish Clerk at firstname.lastname@example.org or Tel 880526.
Parish Councillor Adam Ward can be contacted at email@example.com . The Vice Chairman can be contacted on Tel 07808 300840.
At the meeting it was NOTED that the accounts for the 2017/8 financial year are still with the auditor although financial information is available via the Clerk.
The April planning decision by Maidstone Borough Council to allow 10 detached houses to built alongside the Windmill Lane Public Footpath despite local opposition was much discussed as well as the lack of a long term lease on the Village Hall in Windmill Lane. The vehicular access to the housing site is controlled by EI Group PLC who are the landlords of the Windmill PH and the Village Hall. Subsequent to the meeting Mr Ian Garrood of EI Group PLC was asked for a statement on both matters as they are of much local interest.
Also at the meeting it was reported that the Templeuve Twinning Committee in France appears to be inactive and that the Hollingbourne Twinning Committee intends to dissolve itself if there is not a revival of interest and support for twinning both in Templeuve and in Hollingbourne. In the event that the Hollingbourne Twinning Committee dissolves itself it is the wish of the Committee that any remaining funds will be donated to the Hollingbourne Meadows Trust. The end of the twinning arrangement means that it is likely that the Dirty Habit Claret Jug Golf Trophy will remain in France.
In comparison with previous monthly meetings, tonight’s meeting was well attended by members of the public. Most were concerned about planning matters relating to their properties with the exception of Mr Henry Vincent and Mr Dudley Wright from Snagbrook House who addressed the Council from the floor concerning reports about Hollingbourne in the national media. Long term Hollingbourne resident Dudley Wright (72) who has not been seen around Hollingbourne for some time, appeared to be in good health. He asked for his privacy to be respected. They left shortly after the meeting started.
A picture of Councillor Adam Ward appears below.