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8th May 2020



Hever Parish Council Meeting 21.01.20 – draft minutes


Tuesday 21st January 2020 at 7.00PM.  Held at Markbeech Village hall.


Present:  Rick Brookes-Smith (RBS), Angela Haydon (AH), Bonnie White (BW), Christine Thompson (CT), Stephen Sadler (SS)

Also in attendance: Charlotte Cole (CC, Clerk) and 2 members of the public. The meeting commenced at 7.00pm.

1.To receive apologies – to arrive late; John Hodson (JH) 7.10pm Joanna Wade (JW) Stephen Lark (SL) 7.11pm. In the absence of Chair and Vice Chair, SS Chaired the meeting.

To receive declarations of interest in respect of items on the Agenda. To be specified per item.

  1. To approve accuracy of minutes from the previous meetings (Minutes from 21.11.19). Previously circulated draft minutes approved by all and signed by JH (on arrival).
  2. Public Forum.

Peter Lake (Kent County Councillor) updated on; Public right of way SR577 due to Hever station area landslip.  Potholes, loose manhole cover, flooding, ditches discussed, particularly in How Green Lane.  Noting KCC receive 6000 pothole enquiries a month.  Supports the HPC initiative for offering grants towards self closing gates on PROW.  PL will be recommending a 4% increase in KCC budget.  There are 400 young (<16 years) asylum seekers in Kent.

Matthew Dickins (Sevenoaks District Councillor) updated that comments on SDC Local Plan would be in an article in the Link magazine http://hever.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/01/Link-Feb-2020-web.pdf

Supported HPC Agenda item #15 regarding improving communications relating to parish wide licensing applications.  Continues to encourage a solution to Cowden station parking issues.  Claydene Farm planning application – being heard at SDC planning committee Feb.  Has been re-allocated to Emma Gore, Planning Officer.  High Weald AONB Design guide published http://www.highweald.org/news/2386-new-high-weald-housing-design-guide.html

PL and MD left at 7.20pm.


  1. History of village grant funding discussed. Clerk to add population figures and Council tax rates for information. Note some spending led to assets being retained by HPC.

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Gatwick + 40%?! A meeting in Penshurst Friday 1st November 8pm

Penshurst Church
Tom Tugendhat MP will be joining us.
Gatwick recently announced plans to increase traffic by close to 40%. Partly through advances in technology, partly by bringing in their existing ‘standby’ runway for more frequent use.
And they want to ringfence land for a 3rd runway.
We have a plan.
Please come and hear what that is, give your feedback and help us in this mother of all contests for our skies. Makes everything we’ve done before feel like a skirmish in the foothills.
However with the help of the shifting sentiment towards air travel and airport expansion, I do believe we can win this. Well, not lose it.
The Reverend Tom Holme has graciously allowed us to use his church for the evening.
The agenda will be strictly aviation!
Martin Barraud & Crew

Is there a stile that needs replacing?


Hever Parish Council have considered and acted on a number of occasions in recent years, in response to residents and walkers’ requests, how to further promote and enhance the experience of walkers by having dog and user friendly pathways with clear access and signposting. This supports a positive, health, active lifestyle and local tourism. We have worked with local landowners, tourist attractions, walking groups and Kent County Council public rights of way officer.


Landowners are responsible for maintaining stiles and gates in a safe condition and to the required standard of repair in accordance with Section 146 of the Highways Act 1980.


Kent County Council are obliged to contribute a minimum of 25% towards the reasonable cost of maintenance.

This contribution has traditionally been through the provision of the materials necessary for the repair.  To assist in reducing the burden on landowners the County Council is willing to provide a self-closing gate (cost price £130.00) for the landowners’ installation. Continue reading

HPC / HRA report on how to spend £30,000 at Hever station.

GTR report on how to spend £ 30,000 at Hever station.  August 2019 GTR report Hever 2019

Completion of the limited assurance review for the year end 31 March 2019

Please find the external auditor report and certificate for the financial accounts of Hever Parish Council.  Details of the rights of inspection attached.

Audit complete Aug 2019

Updated Hever Parish Council planning meeting 16th July 7pm Hever Village Hall

2019 July Planning meeting

Hever Parish Council Planning and Full meeting agenda Tuesday 16th July, Hever Village Hall

Note planning meeting is 7pm.

Full meeting 7.30pm

Please contact clerk@hever.org with any queries.

2019 July HPC agenda final

2019 July Planning meeting


2019 May Assembly draft

2019 May AGM minutes draft

2019 July planning update



FREE family fun days – 31st July Markbeech & 12th August Hever

 Wednesday 31 July 10am to 2pm,  Markbeech – Markbeech Village Hall, Cowden Pound Road, Markbeech, Edenbridge TN8 5NR
Monday 12 August 10am to 2pm, Hever – Hever Village Hall, Hever Road, Hever, TN8 7NH
Parents and carers – The Imago Team will be on hand to set up games, crafts and fun things for you and your children to play with.
Enjoy the day together with your children– bring a picnic and stay for the whole event.
Remember, please bring suitable clothing for the activity and the weather, as well as sun cream and plenty of water.

Council dates and FREE family fun days

Wednesday 31st July 10 – 2pm Markbeech village hall
Monday 12th August 10 – 2pm Hever village hall

Tuesday 16th July 7.30pm Hever village hall.
Tuesday 17th September 7.30pm Markbeech village hall.Thursday 21st November 7.30pm Hever village hall.
All most welcome.


  • Happy to report that a new bus shelter (with proper bench seating) has been ordered to replace the one damaged last year in Four Elms.
  • Thank you for voting for Four Elms playground in the Waitrose green token scheme – we have been able to purchase more toddler equipment for the playground.
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