July 2011 Minutes.

Minutes of the meeting of Hollingbourne Parish Council

held on 11th July 2011 in the Cardwell Pavilion at 7.30pm


Present:   Mr Bedwell (Chairman), Dr S Bauer, Mrs. S O’Connell, Mr F Stephenson,                 Mr A Williams.

Also in attendance: Ms E Lawrence (Clerk)

1.                  Apologies for absence    Mr Cobbett (holiday), Mr Ward (away)  Mrs J Whittle County Councillor, (clash of meetings), Mrs D Parvin (Borough Councillor) (clash of meetings).

2.                  Declaration of Interests and amendments to Register of Interests

Dr Bauer declared an interest in application TA/ 0087/11

There were no amendments to the Register of Interests.

3.          Approval of minutes of last meeting

It was resolved that the minutes were a true and accurate record of the meeting and that they should be accepted and so were duly signed by Mr Bedwell.

4.         Matters Arising

            P2.       The chairman had attended a meeting of the Joint Parishes Group at Tudor Park, which remains committed to fighting inappropriate developments, and is currently poised to scrutinise Maidstone Borough Council’s Core Strategy and will respond during the consultation period, expected to be in September.

            P2.       It was noted that even though the Parish Council had not raised an objection, MBC had again seen fit to refuse a planning application (11/0063) at Smiths Farm.   It was felt that rural communities were generally disadvantaged by planning refusals, whereas areas of prime riverside development in the County Town were turned over to such commercial entities as Homebase, Travelodge etc.

5.         Chairman’s Report

The Chairman read a letter from the mayor inviting him to attend a parade by the Ghurkhas [with bayonets fixed] on 1st September. As he could not attend, he offered his place to other members, none of whom accepted.  It was agreed to offer to Derek Davison.  The chairman also regretted that he could not attend the Mayors Garden Party. (Action: Clerk)

Mr Bedwell reported that the track through the field which is used by those attending the off road biking events has been littered with thousands of spent pop rivet pins.  This action has caused a threat to walkers, livestock, wildlife etc. The matter has been reported to the police and Kent Highways.

6.         Clerks report

The Clerk reported that Joanna Watts has been appointed as PCSO. She had been invited to the meeting, and it is hoped to receive reports in future and details of any “surgeries to be held will be included on the website as well as notices placed around the village.

Members discussed and agreed their responses to the Vision for Kent consultation paper (Action: Clerk)

7.         Crime Report                        None received

8.         County Councillors Report 


The Clerk informed the meeting that Mrs Whittle is representing a local parent with an appeal for her son to enter this year’s Reception intake at HPS.  A new contractor, Enterprise, will be taking over from Ringway on 1 September. Following the restructuring of Kent Highways Services, we now have a new Highways Steward covering Hollingbourne. In effect he will be a Community Liaison Officer but will be on the ground far more.


9.         Borough Councillor Report    Nothing to report

10.       Planning Report    Mr Stephenson presented the recommendations of the Planning Committee, which were proposed and carried.


(Resubmission of 10/1432)

Erection of replacement dwelling

Lime Trees,

Pilgrims Way,


Do not wish to object/



Notice of intention to reduce

height of hedgerow and trees

The Old Cottage

Upper Street


Does not wish to offer a view


Notice of intent to remove (1) Leylandii

and reduce height of conifer hedge


Coachman’s Lodge

1, Eyhorne Street


Does not wish to offer a view


Erection of rear extension


Ashford Road


Do not wish to object/



Erection of single storey extension

77A  Eyhorne Street


Wish to object


Mr Stephenson stated the need for everyone to be familiar with the proposed changes which will come into effect with implementation of the Localism Bill.  He outlined the need to be ready to formulate a neighbourhood forum and plan.  The Clerk agreed to circulate relevant material on Parish versus Neighbourhood Planning.

11.      Environment report  

Dr Bauer reported that she has been actively involved in encouraging landowners to remove ragwort from their land. Leeds Castle responded promptly to a request to do so (Clerk to thank).

12.       Finance Report

It was resolved to approve the expenditure (previously circulated) and the cheques were duly signed. The Clerk asked for agreement to raise the fidelity guarantee sum to £25000, which would cost an additional £50.00 (approx) Agreed.  The Clerk requested a third cheque signatory – Mrs O’Connell agreed.

13.       Parks Report   None received

14        Items for information           Nil.

Date of next meeting             12th September 2011






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