THE DRAFT MINUTES OF THE MEETING OF HEVER PARISH COUNCIL.
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.
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).
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.
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.
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.
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