October 2012 Minutes.

  Minutes of the meeting of Hollingbourne Parish Council

held on 8th October 2012 in the Cardwell Pavilion at 7.30pm


Present:  Mr M Bedwell (Chairman) Mr A Ward, Mr D Ardley, Dr Bauer, Mr J Cobbett,

    Mr F Stephenson, Mr A Williams.


Also in attendance: Ms E Lawrence (Clerk) Mrs Daphne Parvin, Borough Councillor

and 7 members of the public.


1.                                                                                          Apologies for absence          

Mrs J Whittle, County Councillor

            PCSO de Burca

MrWaite, Co-option candidate (illness)


2.                                          Declaration of Interests and amendments to Register of Interests 


Mr Cobbett for planning application TA/0159/12


3.                                          Approval of minutes of last meeting


Mr Williams pointed out the omission by the Clerk of several points he had raised in his contribution to the Environment report.  These will be reported in the minutes of this meeting (8/10/2012)

Mr Cobbett pointed out that it was not he, but Mr Williams who had reported the matter of the triangulation point. Also the website had received 50,000 visitors, not 30,000 as reported.

It was resolved that subject to these alterations the draft minutes were a true and accurate record of the meeting and that they should be accepted.  The Chairman duly signed the minutes.


4.                                          Matters Arising (not covered elsewhere on the agenda)


Mr Cobbett expressed regret that Mr & Mrs Bennett remained dissatisfied with the Parish Council and the events which led to the death of their cat on the Millennium Green.  He pointed out that the Parish Council were not responsible for the land or its management as it still belongs to Hollingbourne Millennium Green Trust. Mr Ward has worked hard on the paperwork and waited many months for it to be completed by MBC, The Parish Council have paid for the fuel costs of grass cutting, have expressed interest in and are willing to take as trustees, but are currently not responsible.

The date of the first Fete meeting, to which everyone is invited, has been set for 29th October at 8pm in the Dirty Habit.


The meeting was adjourned to allow for public participation and then resumed.


5.                  Councillor  vacancy    Mr Bedwell announced that there were two candidates for co-option, namely Mr Bennett and Mr Waite.  The Clerk confirmed she had taken advice and that Mr Waite could stand in absentia.  Mr Bedwell read out the background experience offered by Mr Waite and Mr Bennett made a short statement giving his professional background and although sometimes perceived as difficult and aggressive, he cared very much about issues and believed he has much to offer the Council.  It was proposed to hold a vote.



At this point in the proceedings, Mr Williams offered his resignation.   After a short discussion

he confirmed his wish to resign at the end of the meeting.  The Chairman thanked Mr Williams for his long contribution to the work of the Council as both Member and Chairman and also for his personal support to him since taking over as chairman. Mr Williams work and care of the footpaths was acknowledged, his tireless efforts to keep Hollingbourne litter free and his involvement with any resident needing support from the council was recognised.

Mr Williams confirmed his continuation as Countryside Access Warden and North Downs Way Warden and offered continued help and guidance in relation to these posts in the future.


Messrs Bennett and Waite were then co-opted.  Mr Bennett was issued with the necessary paperwork, but advised that for the rest of the meeting he should refrain from voting. 


6.                  Chairman’s Report    Mr. Bedwell congratulated the WI on another very successful Safari Market, held on a beautiful day and attended by more people than ever, some coming from a considerable distance.

The recent decisions taken by KCC regarding the operating policies at Tovil were bound to make fly-tipping even worse.  The resultant costs could outweigh any savings, and as an example, Mr Bedwell cited that recently Greenway Court road was completely blocked by a large amount of waste dumped in the road.  The police had to attend and wait until a council vehicle could be deployed to clear the waste away.  It was resolved that the Clerk write to Mrs Parvin and Mrs Whittle.

Fly tipping, including it is believed some asbestos, has been reported on land believed to belong to Mr John Arthur Boyd – Clerk to alert him, as the local Council will not clear rubbish dumped on private land without the landowners agreement and at their cost.

Dr Bauer reported that recent suspicious activity had been swiftly attended by police as a result of dialling 101.


7.                  Crime Report    Nil received.


8.                  Clerk’s Report   The Clerk reported that she had received a press release from

Mrs Whittle shortly before the meeting commenced regarding KCCs budget, to be circulated.

The release concerns Kent County Council’s consultation document on their budget proposals for 2013/14 and .is entitled ‘Framing the Budget’.  It sets out how the council proposes to balance its books, while still protecting frontline services and freezing council tax for the third year in a row.

Residents are strongly urged to log on and have their say at www.kent.gov.uk/budgetviews

before Thursday 1 November 2012.

Notification was received that the London-bound M20 carriageway between junctions 8 and 7 will be resurfaced, between 22 and 26 October 2012, weather permitting.  There will be overnight lane closures and a 50 mph limit.

The Clerk and Chairman had met with Patrick Robert who is the French representative responsible for twinning communities which had been productive.  Unfortunately it would seem that Lesquin, near Lille, is currently not available to twin as first thought, but Patrick is keen to pursue the idea, which has a great number of potential benefits. These include social benefits between like minded people such as schools, clubs and  sports groups as well as access for the English partner to access European funding not otherwise available to them.  The meeting took place at the Great Danes Mecure hotel and thanks are extended to the General Manager, Dominic di Cara for his generous hospitality.  Negotiations for a suitable “twin” for Hollingbourne are ongoing.  When the time is right, Mr Bennett offered to help with any publicity needed.

 Other matters covered elsewhere on the agenda.










10.              County Councillors Report     Mrs Whittle reported via the Clerk that the Interactive Speed Camera has been ordered.   People are urged to respond to the Budget paper consultation

previously covered in these minutes.




11.                    Borough Councillors Report    Mrs Parvin stated that the results of the Core Strategy are awaited, especially the outcome of the future of land around J8 of the M20.  Although the elected members are not generally in support of the proposals, there is nevertheless pressure for increased hectares for industrial use and that the land at J8 is not likely to withstand that pressure indefinitely.

A short discussion ensued regarding the need to remove the King Street multi-storey car par and the increase in car parking charges in Maidstone

Mrs Parvin drew members attention to the Cutbush and Correll Charitable Housing scheme for those over the age of 50 years.  There will be an Open Day on 25th October 2012 from 10.00am until 2.00pm. and all who are interested will be welcome at College Farmhouse,

40 College Avenue, Maidstone ME15 6YJ

Mr Cobbett declared his concern regarding the proposed changes to the Council Tax discount scheme and has asked for clarification on several points.


12.              Finance Report          It was resolved to approve the expenditure (previously circulated) and the cheques were duly signed. 


13.              Planning Report        






PC decision

MBC Decision


Replacement rear extension

Greenway Court Barn

ME17 1QE



Consultation period ended 28/6/12


Amendments to previously approved development


The Granary

Smiths Farm

ME17 1Q3




As at 4/10


The Vicarage

Upper Street

ME17 1UJ


Application to fell x1 sycamore



 As at 4/10





ME17 1TR


Application to fell x 1 Rowan tree




WTA = Wish to approve

DNWTO = Do Not Wish To Object

RNO = Raise No Objection

TBA = To Be Announced




14.                          Environment Report  Dr Bauer reiterated her offer to provide compost to the Village Gardeners for tubs etc.  She reported her dissatisfaction with the recent trimming back done at the A20  approach to the village, which had simply resulted in the workmen strimming/cutting through the embedded litter.  The possibility of the PC taking over responsibility for maintaining the approach road more formally was discussed without conclusion.

Thanks were extended to all the village gardeners for their continued efforts in making Hollingbourne an attractive village environment.  The Tanyard Green team have purchased replacement tubs for the rotted ones and come in well under the spending approval given.

Mr Williams reported that he had introduced himself to the very large number of walkers who had parked in Hollingbourne for an organised walk.  They were from the Revenue and Customs Sport and Leisure Club and in all likelihood will return next year.

Mr Williams encouraged members to join the Campaign to Protect Rural England (Kent).  The Clerk responded that HPC had been members for many years.  When comment was made that it was a well kept secret the Clerk stated that the annual membership expenditure was recorded on the cheques list received by Members each month and the Chairman pointed out that HPC is included in CPRE responses to issues such as proposed development.


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