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Finance The carnival and fete commi�ee Birling
had requested funds for an additional print of programmes at a potential cost of £460. The council agreed in principle to buy a shipping container for storage of parish councilmaterials and equipment at a cost of up to £2,150. Cllr Spearink said he had been researching the availability of containers for storage of parish council equipment,whichwould be particularly useful forwork onWimpey Field and
brown ‘finger arrow’ direction signs for Wimpey Field (cost £100 each). Cllr Riordan said that resident feedback indicated therewas a need to signpost
mbers agreed to buy three methodology. However, was important tunanimously to go aheadwith this.
more clearly the access toWimpey Field.A Yalding tree survey is to be commissioned on parish council-owned land.Me
mbers agreed to a professional inspection of the trees at a cost of £896.
Pavement parking Cllr Buller stated that parking on pavementswas a common complaint. Councillors heard itwas not illegal to park on pavements but itwas illegal to drive on themand that some organisations, such as Guide Dogs for the Blind,were campaigning for government action. The Department for Transport had raised the possibility of extending bans on pavement parking but post-election there was no evidence of any action.Me
mbers wouldwrite toMP Helen Grant. Clerk’s report Councillors a�ended a training session run by theMBC monitoring officer about the Code of Conduct; councillors unable to a�end would receive allmaterial fromthe session. The planter near the Pinnock Lane junction a residential driveway in New Hythe Lane, Larkfield
driveway in Lapins Lane, Kings Hill.A week earlier, a black car of the same model had also been stolen from Quindell Place, Kings Hill. ABMW318 convertiblewas stolen from with theA229 had been vandalised and the incident repo.rted to the police.
Public forumParish council chairman Tom parked in Briar Close, Larkfield, was removed and discarded before the vehicle as stolen. It contained a number of
The tracker of a Mercedes Sprinter van Burnhamexpressed thanks to all those involved in the organisation of Staplehurst Fireworks. The chairman of Staplehurst Neicordless tools.
of NeighbourhoodWatch as a community organisation and not as a substitute for the
ghbourhoodWatch discussed the role Three HP laptops, cash and jewellery
YOUTHS stole a stepladder froma property in Boughton Lane, Boughton Monchelsea. A strimmer and two lawnmowers – one
a ride-on –were taken fromChart Road, Chart Suon,when a garagewas broken into. The outer pane of a double-glazed
residentwhen he tried to break into a home in Charlton Lane,West Farleigh. Number plateswere stolen froma car
School places Cllr Prendergast reported on pupil places at Kingswood Primary School for September 2018. NeighbourhoodWatch Another advert would be placed in the Parish News for a NeighbourhoodWatch co-ordinator. Data rules Further directionwas to be requested fromKALC regarding the new data protection regulations inMay 2018. Time limit Councillors agreed to pilot a stricter time limit on parish council meetings. Traffic Councillors concluded that the best option formanaging school trafficwould be to install ‘keep clear’ roadmarkings in Gravelly Bo�omRoad. The clerkwas asked to consult KCC about the potential impact ofmoving parking away fromthe village hall. HGV signs Councillors agreed advisory signs stating ‘single track roadwith passing places’ should be erected at every junctionwhere the ‘No HGVs’ signs had been placed. The clerkwas to discuss costs etc.with KCC Highways. Sports field The trimtrail had a ro�en post and the council’s RoSPA inspector suggested thewhole rail be removed. Members requested that Craigdene put forward a costing for all items requested for the sports field. Hall extension Councillors heard part of a copy of the title deeds for the hall had been received but this did not provide the information requested. Cllr Lakin proposed a le�er outlining the full proposal be sent to the commi�ee requiring a responsewithin a given timeframe.Me
mbers agreed if this is not received the councilwould need to determinewhether to look elsewhere for its additional office space and facilities. The clerkwas asked to request a full copy of the deeds fromLand Registry. Rural transport Concernwas voiced about possible further reductions in the local bus servicewhen contracts are next renewed. Resignation CllrMike Lovell has resigned. Councillors asked the clerk to offer their grateful thanks for his practical and sound service to the parish for over four years. Travellers Staplehurst PC asked if parish councilswith gypsy and traveller site planning issueswould considerworking together, possibly via Judicial Review. This was felt to be inappropriate as each applicationwas unique.
windowwas broken at a property in Huntington Road, Coxheath. Awould-be burglar was disturbed by the
parked on a driveway in Kirkdale, Loose. Locks on a gatewere brokenwhen a
car parked in Redwall Lane, Hunton. Fencingwas damaged at a farmin
Daihatsu Fourtrakwas stolen fromHeath Road, East Farleigh. Awindowwas smashed on a Peugeot
Police report There had been three crimes in the lastmonth: in NewCut,when an air riflewas stolen froma shed; in Gallants Lane – a Contax ride-on lawnmowerwas stolen froma farm; and in Heath Road, a black seven-month old French Bulldogwas stolen froma commercial yard.
Budget 2018/19Members received a draft budget and notes.
Vicarage Road, Hunton. A concrete bird feederwas stolen froma garden in Linden Road, Coxheath.
with representatives fromKCC H ghways Maidstone Road, Headcorn.
ighways issues Somemembers hadmet Iveco Daily van parked on a farmin
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Malling October 2017 Maidstone Weald December 2017
anAalgerngth of barbed-wire fencingwas traffic calmingmeasures in Lower Road were feasible and up-to-date costings
Village car park The baymarkingwas still outstanding; a high security padlockwas nowin use for themain gates and Ralph Stevens had been asked to construct the height barrier (£700 + VAT). HBoth sidemirrorswere r
in of a Ford Transit van in Falstaff Close, East Malling. A handbag containing cash, a mobile telephone, credit cards and a pursewas taken from a vehicle in Beech Road, Mereworth. Medical equipment was stolen from a
Ford Fiesta parked in Eagle Close, Larkfield. A motorcyclewas taken from a property
inWateringbury Road, East Malling. Clothes, a buggy, an XBox games console, controller and gameswere among
ber 20. Themeeting had resulted in eement fromKCC Highways that the
were stolen from aBMWX1 parked on a driveway in Spruce Close, Larkfield. A Toshiba laptop and surveying equipment were stolen when a steel cabin at a construction site in Tower View, Kings Hillwas broken into. A cocker spanielwent missing from London Road, Ryarsh. The dog may have escaped the property boundary and may have been seen being taken from the area in a silver car. A secured black Pegasus hybrid bicycle
was stolen from a communal garden in Admiral Moore Drive, Aylesford. Marine equipment was taken when a Citroen Berlingo van parked in Medway Court, Aylesford,was broken in to. Power toolswere stolen during a break-
in of a van in Plover Road, Larkfield. A deWalt drillwas stolen during a break-
TWO cars in Bush Row, Aylesford,were broken into on the same evening. A handbag, cash cards and personal items were stolen from a Ford Fiesta left on a driveway, while cash and cardswere taken from a Saab 9-3 parked on the road. A whiteBMWX6was stolen from a
Hawthorn bush Itwas agreed that the work needs to be carried out by a qualified tree surgeon. Cllr Stewart offered to obtain quotes from local businesses, with a view to having the work done before the Heritage Day. Clerk vacancy Cllr Spooner had advised the clerk that she had spoken with a resident whowas interested in applying for the position, but nothing had been received. Street lights The clerk had met with Richard Emme from KCC to look at all the street lights.A survey needed to be carried out and a quote detailing options would be sent, possibly by September. Parsons Corner The light was not working and needed to be replaced.A quote had been requested from Tonbridge and Malling Borough Council. As itwas likely to be cheaper to replace the light as part of the LED replacement project itwas decided towait until the KCC quote had been received. Drug debris CllrWalker said youths had
where the need for policingwas. Highways on February 2.
o report crimes to help build a picture of Memberswouldmeet againwith KCC
Speedwatch A newrotawould be circulated. The policewould be asked to Broadband The clerk had obtained an
Broomfield andKingswood would be provided. Itwas agreed that the are needed, it is free to join and a special
publicmeetingwill o n be held. Two themgaining access. KCC Highways
residents spoke of their experiences as agreed to put together a package of
victims of burglaries. Ins Mark Hedges measures, including general traffic
views and initiatives; they said resource lwould be done in threemonths, and the CSOs into some specialist roles had stretched geographic coverage, but this would be addresse
C eeting to part fund the acquisition of a due to a change in H me Office reporting village. The parish councitl agreed
and PCSO NicolaMorris discussed police management and pedestrian safety. This
by four n wPCSOs.
police. He comm nted that newmembers onlyway of stopping oversize vehicles using the bridgewas to physically prevent
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evels had fall n and the reorganisation of Parish Council could then take it to the village for consultation. County Councillor Paulina Stockell had also agreed at the
mparative crime figureswere unreliable mobile speed indicator device for the
been seen by the stream in the field behind the church where drug debris had been found and that more youths had been in Birling Park, being noisy and leaving lier. She had reported the maer to the landscape PCSO and next time would also report it to 101.
Crime stats Sgt Roy Haffenden and Insp Mark Hedges hadmetwith the parish following their recentmove to cover the area. Insp Hedges said hewould try to devise ameanswhereby those parishes whowanted crime figures could receive them. Itwas agreed that e-watchwas a good forumfor gathering information. Insp Hedges agreed that PCSOswould a�endedmeetings if therewas a recurring problem. Hewas also keen that PCSOs continue to a�end events in order tomeet residents. Itwas also reported that the police are investing in newNeighbourhood Watch technology. Consultations Documents had been received on planning for the right homes in the right places, improvements to Junction 5 of theM2 and park and ride improvements and charges. Dog ban Following the decision to ban dogs fromThe Kintons if the discarding of poo bags persisted a resident had complained thiswas a bias against dog owners. The chairman stated The Kintons was given to the parish council for the playing of sports. Flooding The EnvironmentAgency had sent out themajority of the scoping survey reports to residents andwere developing the business case for Phase 1B. Consultants
Rotary The Rotarians had planted crocuses in Vicarage Lane, either side of the
memorial bench, tomark theirwork on the eradication of polio. The parish council agreed to a small signwhere they had planted, explainingwhy theywere there.
LenhamRoad, Headcorn. An air riflewas stolen froma shed in
NewCut, East Farleigh. Jewellerywas stolen during a break-in in
KnightsWay, Headcorn. Two shedswere broken into on the same
night in Heath Road, Boughton Monchelsea.A hedgetrimmer, a chainsaw and a drillwere stolen fromone,while another chainsawwas taken fromthe other. A blue Y-regAudiA2was stolen from
outside a garage block in Holmesdale Close, Loose. An Iveco Daily vanwas stolen fromthe
Dairy Farmin Dairy Lane,Marden. Two large treeswere stolen fromthe
front of a house in Hop PocketWay, Headcorn. A vehicle and a�ached horse box parked
inMedwayAvenue, Yalding,were taken . A small green trailerwith a red Yamaha quad bike on itwas stolen froma driveway
Crossing Councillorswere tomeet highways representatives regarding a pedestrian crossing atWheeler Street. Railway The localMP and borough councillors supported a project to get lifts at Headcorn rail station. Ashford link The possible future alignment of Headcorn parish toAshford Borough Council and not theMaidstone authoritywas discussed. Li�er Volunteerswere due tomeet at the White Horse on October 1. RiverA�endees at the public consultation over the River Beult improvement scheme in Septemberwere urged to give feedback. Cllr Smithwas encouraged by the plans and said volunteerswould be needed to helpwith themanualwork involved. Air quality Headcorn had responded to a survey byMaidstone Borough Council on air qualitymanagement and emissions. While the survey area did not extend as far as Headcorn andwas largely centred on Maidstone, the parish council had felt it appropriate to respond. Office hoursAlthough the parish council office is only open to the public 16 hours a week, the clerkworks full time and can arrange tomeet councillors at the office outside published hours. Local Plan The parish council confirmed it would support a parishioner in a possible judicial reviewrequest onMaidstone’s Local Plan, but not in any financialway. Oak Lane The clerk agreed toworkwith various agencies in an a�empt to relieve the parking problems in Oak Lane. KALC Itwas agreed that the KALC Parish News,which should be receivedmonthly, would be circulated to councillors for reviewand anyma�ers theywished to raise could be brought to full council. Crime police The Chief Inspector for Maidstone,Mick Gardiner, had agreed to a
Working to reduce crime. Call Crimestoppers 0800 555 111 or local police A dogwas taken froman outbuilding in
was broken into. A house in Sandy Lane, Oam, had a window smashed. Steel security gates at a farm were damaged in Adlington Lane, Troiscliffe, but nothing appeared to have been taken. Items were taken from a shed at a house
in Snodland Road, Birling. A garage at a home in Orwell Close, Larkfield, was broken into. The outer panel of a double-glazed bedroom window at a house in Columbine Close, East Malling, was broken in an act of criminal damage. Seven windows at the same house in Bondfield Road, East Malling, were broken in three separate incidents. Stones were thrown at a parked vehicle
in Swallow Road, Larkfield, causing damage. The wing mirror of a car parked on Woodpecker Road, Larkfield, was deliberately smashed off. Criminal damage was caused when keys
were run down the side of a Honda Civic, parked in a residential car park space in Shoesmith Lane, Kings Hill. The rear windscreen wiper of a Hyundai
i20 parked on Heron Road, Larkfield, was broken off. The same night, a Seat Leon
blond hair, caused criminal damage to a shop sign at a petrol station in Church Road, Addington, by kicking it. He was driving a purple Citroen Xsara estate. A house in Hall Road, Aylesford, was broken into, but nothing was taken and no damage was done. Two cars parked – one in Bell Lane and
the other in Oak Drive, Dion – had paint sprayed on them by vandals on the same evening. A car parked in Cobdown Close, Dion,
a�endwith cameras, if a suitable site could machinery and equipment. KCC had be found.
update fromLucy Owen at KCC. The latest KCCwith regard to the proposal to reduce date for faster broadbandwas nowJanuary Road residents’ association and given this
were being asked to provide vidence of reported that thema�er had, at least for
Emergency access Therewas much debate about access to Kings Hill and vulnerability in relation to the size of Kings Hill, entrance points and proximity to them. Itwas agreed to investigate a high level emergency access plan and maintenance of emergency routes. Area 63 Itwas agreed to accept the proposed road names of Josephine Lane and Keepsake Drive for Area 63. LandscapingA resident raised concern about landscaping by KCC in Victoria Drive. Itwas agreed that the resident would send photographs to the deputy clerk who would liaise with KCC on his behalf.
anwhile, theMedway Flood now, been resolved.
the counciTl be shown the appreciation of December 31 and as i
Path The contractorworking on the Oak parish councilwouldmanage the car park
Action Planwas in draft form.An update Fly-tipping Itwas agreed to thankMBC in
on the Leigh Flood StorageAreawas also response to a request froma villager that
Landlord & TenantAct, itwas not tipping incident. is outside the
Car park he lease for the car park ends on the parish for its swift response to a fly-
automatically renewable. Itwas agreed the Lane footpath had agreed to exercisemore
care and consideration about parking and expenditure. Quoteswould be needed
for at least one year to establish income machinery following a complaint froma
for installation of an electricitymeter, grass cu�ing, security, access system, signage, bin emptying, business rates and CCTV. Speed limit The chairman hadwri�en to
the speed limit along the Benover Road to was a private road, KCC had no
Allotments Regarding the quotations to re- turf two paths at the allotment site, it was agreed to give the clerk delegated authority to select a contractor and proceed with the works. Itwas resolved to give notice to allotment holders that the annual allotment rent would increase by 3% or £3. Grass cuing The mower had been received and would be kept at the Sports Park. Tree inspection works Itwas agreed to give the clerk delegated authority to select a contractor and proceed with the works. Sports park Itwas agreed to accept the request to place a portacabin at the Sports Park and that all costs relating to instatement and reinstatement would be met by the hirer. Open air cinema Itwas agreed to accept a proposal for an event at the Sports Park on October 29. The hire charge for this event would be £300. Salt bins Itwas agreed to accept the quotation for Landscape Services with regard to refilling the salt bins. received fromMPs regarding the
ndwould need support n ens ring withMaidstone council chief executive Alison Broom.
ot considered by the EA to be so
of the footpath at the NewRoad entrance by saying itwas as agreedwith the New
40mph and then fromYalding to Collier Sjurisdiction.
disappointed at the reaction he had over lowwater pressure at TheMews.
Parish council The parish councilwill next H l n Gr n ag in on he meet on Tuesday, December 5, at 7.15pmin
the Old School Hall, Lower Road, preceded retoggaovernors requesting the use of the school by the Play Scheme Group in the
Working to reduce crime. Call Crimestoppers 0800 555 111 or local police by planning commi�ee at 6.45pm.
items stolen during a break-in at a property in GlentonAvenue, Kings Hill. Gold jewellery and cash were taken in a break-in at a house in CastleWay, Leybourne. A man, described as in his 30s with short
A228 near the Hop Farm. Road junction
Balfour at KCC and director of highways, SpeedWatch Cllr Dungey had prepared a
of Hampstead Lane and Lees Road and council newsle�ermust be issued as soon
accidents had been raised,with a le�er as possible and a schedule agreed for the
being sent to Helen Grant,Ma�hew distribution of four editions a year.
TimRead requesting ameeting to discuss alel�er for thosewho had expressed an Vinitlelrest in taking part in the SpeedWatch
l traffic issues through the parish. age hall The hallwould be granted £1,000 towards the cost of the repairs. Fibre broadbandA le�er had been received requesting support for a community fibre partnership for 184 properties in Laddingford. The chair had replied explaining that parishes do not
have the power to support this financially.AL
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Cohesion Cllr Selby and the clerk had a�ended a social cohesionmeetingwith Ulcombe Parish Council, Boughton
ien Spenny Lane, Collier Street.
meeting of Headcorn Village Hall; the Marden.
driveway in Forge Lane, Headcorn. aSempt to get into the house.
post it was secured to. Hunton Road,Marden.
all ClGardenlr D ngey had a�ended the recent a�empted break-in in Hunton Road,
and a tree were
al Talks about land at the si e known and black trailerwas stolen froma
urisecured back garden in Roundhay, Leybourne, was broken into but nothing
windowand awall, at a home in Napoleon Drive,Marden. Equine equipment, power tools and a nail gunIwere stolen froma shed in
commi�ee still needed a vice-chairman. B An eight-foot high and 15-foot long grey s Redhill Stables being used for a natural burial groundwere taking place. The land ned byMBC had previously been o A waste bin belonging to the local
councillors and a number of issueswere covered andwould be pursued off line. Land use Cllr Selby had a�ended a KALC meeting atwhich an informative update had been given byMBC enforcement officers Rebecca Prideaux and Sue King about their approach. They called for the arly reporting of any planning concerns. HTwo outbuiplay equipmentldingswere damaged in an damaged in an open space in Oxley Shaw Lane, Leybourne.
Road, Snodland, had a wing mirror damaged. The baery from a vehicle parked in Holborough Road, Snodland, was stolen. Several trees were cut down in a residential garden in New Hythe Lane, Larkfield. No access was gained in an aempted break-in at a residential property in The Brucks,Wateringbury. An insecure Nissan Qashqai in Beadsman Crescent, Leybourne, was entered and searched – but nothing was taken.
was stolen and there were no signs of an owomeone threweggs, damaging a
been decided that the councilwas not able to take it on.Leybourne, dragging with it the concrete twas n t d that the parish council
ffered to the parish council, but it had council was moved on Oxley Shaw Lane,
had been refused permission to appeal the decision over the land known as Hazelpits. Thema�erwas to be reviewedwith legal counsel and discussed again.
Open spaces Cllr Evendenwould join the open spaces commi�ee following the resignation ofMartyn Padbury.
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parked on a driveway in the same road was broken into and cash was stolen. A Seat Alhambra parked in a supermarket car park in New Hythe Lane, Larkfield, had its rear window smashed in an apparent break-in aempt. A Mitsubishi van had its rear window smashed in Wren Close, Larkfield, but nothing was stolen. A Vauxhall Astra parked in Holborough
Water pressure TheCborough council had agreed to take up an unresolved complaint
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haedebeenasutbmia�ed totMaiisdstone council. The clerkwas asked towrite
Plan CllrAndrews confirmed the revised n the village, andwould be speaking to
resident about the inconsiderate placing of responded to a complaint about the height
more visible and frequent police presence ain Headcorn, following his discussion residents respond in a timelymanner. Residentswho had insisted on being placed on the “seriously at risk” list but were
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