Special items on the September Parish Council Agenda which may be of particular interest.

The September meeting of Hollingbourne Parish Council is to be held at 7.30pm on Monday 9th September 2019 in the Cardwell Pavilion and the Agenda has already been published on this website and on notice boards around the village. It is reproduced at the bottom of this page.

In addition to the normal agenda there will be the following items of special interest as follows:

Item 5 – Christopher’s Village Shop – Martin and Julie Wood from Godfrey House, who are taking over the business on 1st October, will outline their plans for the future. It will not be a “Community Shop” as proposed earlier this year by Maria Domican in response to Christopher Rudgard’s retirement and her efforts are much appreciated.

Item 7 – Neighbourhood Watch – Following an appeal for volunteers from the village Pria Webster, the Kent Police Volunteers and Neighbourhood Watch Liaison Officer will speak about setting up a Neighbourhood Watch Scheme for the Village. 

Item 19 Operation Brock and the possible impact on Hollingbourne – If the UK leaves the Customs Union after Brexit, the M20 between Junction 8 in Hollingbourne and Junction 9 in Ashford will be used to store 2000 lorries awaiting Customs at Dover and Eurotunnel while the London bound side will be used for a contraflow system. Junction 8 coastbound will be closed and it will be necessary to travel back to Junction 7 in order to turn round to travel coast bound.

The Road Haulage association has reported that lorries could be held for up to two days and Highways England have said that there will be no facilities for stranded drivers and South East Water have stated that they have not been asked to provide water. Consequently there could be hundreds of lorry drivers on Hollingbourne’s doorstep needing water and other facilities and perhaps the village should be aware of the possible problem which has already provoked interest from national media outlets.

Additionally MBC Councillor Patrik Garten has stated that five Customs posts are to be established in Kent in order to check documentation before the lorries reach Dover and Eurotunnel. Since his article was written two have been identified at Ashford Truck Stop and at Ebbsfleet and Kent County Council has already expressed concern about the effect on local traffic. The other three are yet to be identified.


The full Agenda for the meeting appears below.


Hollingbourne Parish Council
Parish Council Meeting

To be held on Monday, 9th September 2019
in the Cardwell Pavilion, Hollingbourne, at 7.30 pm.

This is a public meeting and all residents and representatives of the media are welcome to attend.


There will be a 10 minute interval before the meeting to allow members of the public to speak.

01. Apologies for Absence
02. a) Declaration of Changes to the Register of Interests; b) Declaration of Interest in items on the Agenda & c) Requests for Dispensations
03. Approval of Minutes of previous meetings (Circulated prior to meeting)
04. Matters Arising (not covered elsewhere on the agenda)
05. Christopher’s Village Shop (update) –
06. War Memorial (update) – The Public / Councillors
07. Neighbourhood Watch in Hollingbourne and Police Report – PCSO Daniel Genn (via email)
08. Speeding in Upper Street and the rest of the village (Speedwatch initiative) – Cllr D Ardley / Public
09. Chairman’s report – Cllr A Ward
10. Clerk’s Report – (S106 money available for Parks and Leisure in the village; Green Planet Action Group – bio-diversity in the village (invite to Parish Meeting / Assembly); report on external auditor’s report for the end of year figures and new model financial regulations for Parish Councils 2019; Pre-school Group’s request to the Parish Council and maintenance and security of the Cardwell Pavilion)
11. Defibrillators – Cllr A Marshall
12. County Councillor’s Report – Cllr Mrs S Prendergast
13. Borough Councillor’s Report – Cllr Patrik Garten
14. Planning Committee Report – Cllr Catherine O’Meara
15. Environmental / Parks Committee Report – Cllr Dr S Bauer / Cllr A Marshall / Cllr A Ward (decision needs to be made to go ahead with Millennium pond works)
16. Finance Committee Report –
17. Highways and Infrastructure Committee Report – (including parking in passing points along Pilgrim’s Way / Broad Str & Motorway works) – Cllr D Ardley/Cllr C O’Meara
18. Fete Sub-Committee Report – Cllr D Ardley
19. Brexit (Operation Brock) and its impact on Hollingbourne – Cllr J Cobbett
20. Items for Information

Date of Next Meeting: 14th October 2019