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give a beer result than the cylinder mower used previously. Clock The parochial church councilwas grateful for the parish council’s contribution towards the repair of the church clock. Churchwarden Valerie Craer had stepped down as churchwarden and the parochial church councilwas looking to fill the two churchwarden’s vacancies. Memorial The resident whowas going to produce information on names on the war memorial had moved away. Itwas agreed someone with lots of spare timewas needed to complete thework. Poppies would be planted at the memorial to mark the start of theWorldWar I. Plaque Itwas thought that Mereworthwas entitled to a green plaque as it was mentioned in the Domesday Book.


Traffic calming The problem of traffic through the villagewas discussed. The parish council had a positive meeting with Tonbridge and Malling Council and Kent Highway Services andwas encouraged that there would be support for traffic calming measures in the village. The parish councilwas preparing a proposal about what the villagewould like to achieve. Questionnaire Aer a discussion about traffic calming measures, itwas widely agreed that the aim should be to make Teston Road more rural.Aquestionnaire was being sent to all villagers for their views, as any measureswould require majority support before Kent Highway Serviceswould consider installing them. Farm traffic The parish councilwas in contact with a local farm to try to address villagers’ concerns about early morning tractor movements through the village. The size of some lorries that supply and collect produce from the farmwas also a cause for concern. Gas leak It appeared therewas a gas leak from the landfill site to an adjacent field and the parish councilwas asked to obtain a copy of the report aer soil testing. MeetingOamParish Councilwas due to host the next meeting of the Joint Parish Councils traffic consultative group, at the borough council offices on July 24. Pond The parish councilwas planning another quiz night in the new year to help fund the pond restoration project. Outdoor quizAfundraising outdoor quiz was being held in Aldon Lane on July 27, in aid of the Megan’sWish List charity established in memory of Megan Fox who passed away earlier in the year. Former Kent and England Cricket captain Chris Cowdrey will be the guest quizmaster.


Election Cllr David Storeywas re-elected as chairman for the next year with Cllr Ivor Emson re-elected as vice-chairman. Brickworks Aer a planning enforcement investigation at the former Ryarsh brickworks in Roughes Road, the use of the site had closed and therewas no breach of notice. Streetlights The parish maintenance contractor had quoted £2,188.38 plus VAT and £6,211.04 plus VAT to bring the streetlights up to standard. UKPN had visited to inspect andwould notify the

parish of any work needed.A questionnairewould be distributed to residents to establish which lights were necessary and if any could be removed. It was reported that the street lights outside 8Woodgate Road and Hillview had been on permanently since UKPN visited. Pothole Therewas a pothole outside Ryarsh house on The Street. Overgrown Vegetation was overgrowing the notice board and the bus stop sign on The Street. The landownerwas responsible for cuing this back. Play area Details of the artificial grass surface had been obtained. The clerk would find further information about the use of concrete under this grass surface.

Snodland Town

Parking Town councillors agreed the licence of the Brooklands Lake car park between the council and South EastWater. The agreement will provide use of the car park for staff issued with a permit and 75 parking spaces will be provided. Burials Revised terms to burials relating to childrenwere agreed, to bring these in line with other authorities. Devonshire RoomsAcontractorwas agreed to do essentialworks to Devonshire Rooms. Thework needed to be done during the school holidays. Nevill Park Vandalism in Nevill Park was discussed. The council CEOwas to meet with representatives from Medway Fisheries to discuss how to improve the situation. Camping and fires around the lakewere a concern, aswere motorbikes. Policewould be asked to be more vigilant in the area, especially in the evenings.


Village hall Itwas hoped to upgrade the kitchen during the next year.Awalk and barbecue were planned for July 20. Church Lane Serious concernwas expressed about the footway in Church Lane next to Bramble Park, particularly as the road narrowed on the last bend on the way to the church.Apushchair had tipped over on the bend because the pavement was so bad andwas geing narrower because of overgrown foliage. Itwould be reported to Kent Highway Services. Recreation ground Itwas agreed that this was being well maintained by the new contractor. Allotments Itwas agreed that Troiscliffe did not have any sites to put forward for the borough council’s new local plan.


Play area Therewere still some issues to be resolved on the new fencing around the play equipment. The new No Dogs Allowed signs had been put up.Anew waste bin would be installed, costing £250. Allotments Japanese knotweed found in the allotments had been sprayed. This would be ongoing until it was eradicated. Planning An informal meeting had been held with the new proprietor of Where Memories Meet to discuss a licence application for alcohol sale, live music and late hours. Potential noise, disturbance and parking problemswere discussed. While parish councillorswere satisified with the replies itwas suggested the licensing

authority considers a six-month trial. Fete John Ibbs reported on the success of the fete. Theweatherwas good and a high number of people aended. The condition of the field for the daywas very good and a number of people had commented on its improvement. Thankswere given to all those involved. Net The damaged net on the goal area at the ball park was raised. Councillors again felt the amount quoted by Playdale of £786.85 plus VATwas high and another companywould be contacted for a quote. Speedwatch Unless more volunteers came forward it might be necessary to consider closing it down. The tripod for the equipment might need aention. It had been hoped to arrange four sessions but due to lack of police numbers this had been reduced to one day in June. Warden John Ibbs gave details of his role as villagewarden. Heworks 12 hours a week, monitoring the playing fields, Glebe Meadow and other property owned by the parish. Hewas thanked for all hiswork. Vegetation Overgrown vegetation around the notice board at the village hall and along Bow Roadwas reported.

West Peckham

Election Cllr RonWright was re-elected chairman of the parish council for the forthcoming year with Cllr Yearsley as vice-chairman. MarqueeArequest for the erection of a marquee for thewake of James Listerwas approved. Hewas a much loved and valued member of the community and would be very much missed by all who knew him. Crime There had been a burglary in Swanton Road where access had been gained by smashing glass panels in a door. Some hens had also been reported missing/stolen in Swanton Road. Boundaries As a result of electoral boundary changes, Mereworth andWest Peckhamwould become part of the Downs and Mereworthward. Hadlow and Golden Green would join with East Peckham to form the Hadlow and East Peckhamward. Roadworks Hampton Park Roadwas scheduled for road closure for up to two weeks from July 21 for drainage and carriageway repairs. Planning No objectionswere raised to the following applications: Listed building, AdamsWell, Forge Lane,West Peckham – extension to form new kitchen; listed building, Clock House, Park Road, Hadlow – extension and alterations; Kings Hill, phase 3 revised application; Court lodge Farm, The Green,West Peckham – roof details; Beech Farm, Stan Lane,West Peckham – extension and lo conversion. Footpath The footpath near Two Gates was almost unusable due to overgrowth, aswas the bridleway on the steps near the Old School House. Tree Concernswere raised about the overgrown tree near the phone box. The clerkwould establish responsibility. ChurchyardAcomplaint had been received about the maintenance and strimming of the churchyard. There had been a change in contractor. The parish councilwasworking to resolve the issue but Cllr HWooldridge had kindly arranged for the churchyard to be tidied prior to the funeral of James Lister.

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