Covering the villages of Four Elms, Hever & Markbeech

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Hever Parish Council meeting Tuesday 21st January Markbeech village hall AGENDA


To:       The Members of Hever Parish Council.  I hereby summon you to attend the meeting of Hever Parish Council to be held at Markbeech Village Hall on TUESDAY 21st JANUARY 2020 commencing at 7.00pm for the transaction of business as set out below.  Planning meeting will be at 6.30pm if any applications.

Signed; Clerk             Date   16.01.20  *attachment / printed copy

To assist in the speedy and efficient dispatch of business, please contact the Clerk in advance of the meeting if further factual information is required on an item on the Agenda.

  1. To receive apologies and declarations of interest in respect of business specified on the agenda.
  2. *To approve the accuracy of draft Minutes of the previous meeting (21.11.19) (Chair).
  3. Public Forum (10 minutes)

The Council will receive statements and questions from the public (this is the only opportunity for members of the public to make a contribution during the meeting) and for members with pecuniary interests to speak on items on the Agenda.


Items for discussion / decision;


  1. *History of grant funding for information.


5i.        *Financial update. Receipts and payments since last update & accounts and statement reconciliation.

5ii.       To consider any grant applications received.

*One self closing gate for footpath in Four Elms.


  1. HPC Affordable Housing Project.

To receive analysis by Sevenoaks District Council on possible rural affordable housing exception sites in the parish and update following a meeting in December between the HPC working party (Clerk, SS, CT) and English Rural Housing association.  Landowner negotiations would be the responsibility of English rural.  A period of full and comprehensive public consultations would take place before HPC consider whether to formally support the project.  Only after this time, could any planning application be considered.  Need to initially consult with KCC Highways for their guidance.


  1. Gatwick update (SL, RBS, DL)


  1. VE DAY 75 CELEBRATIONS 8TH – 10TH MAY 2020 8th May 2020. www.veday75.org


  1. Hever Parish Field.

Pedestrian safety request from Governors to consider re-routing path from Castle coach park to Hever school – to pass in front of hut.  They have obtained quote for most of the work and able to part fund from Governors fund.






i)Kent County Council Continue reading

Draft minutes of meeting of Hever Parish Council 21.11.19

Thursday 21st November 2019 at 7.30PM.  Held at Hever Village hall.


Present:  Cllrs., John Hodson (JH) (Chair), Bonnie White (BW), Christine Thompson (CT), Anita Sebastian (AS), Stephen Lark (SL), Stephen Sadler (SS) Joanna Wade (JW) (arrived 8pm)

Also in attendance: Charlotte Cole (CC, Clerk) and 4 members of the public. The meeting commenced at 7.34pm.

1.To receive apologies – Angela Haydon (AH) away, Rick Brookes-Smith (RBS) busy, Matthew Dickins (MD) Sevenoaks District Councillor working at SDC, Duncan Leslie (DL) away.  These apologies were accepted and noted.

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 17.09.19). Previously circulated draft minutes approved by all and signed by JH.
  2. Public Forum.

Peter Lake (Kent County Councillor) updated on; New Leader of KCC Roger Gough.  Michael Payne responsible for Highways.  Trials of 20mph speed limits in school hours in some local villages.  DBS checks on school bus drivers.  Operation Brock ended.  KCC budget – perhaps 3% increase in council tax more suitable with increased Govt. assistance.  £250m of KCC pension fund invested in Woodford fund.  Invitation received by many groups for Gatwick event. Continue reading

Agenda – Hever Parish Council meeting, HEVER Village Hall on THURSDAY 21st NOVEMBER 2019 commencing at 7.30pm

2019 NOV HPC agenda FINAL

including planning agenda (meeting at 7pm).


Draft minutes from Sept. 2019 meeting;

2019 Sept mtg draft


Finance update and budget proposal;

Nov 2019 update and budget proposal post mtg


Planning update;

2019 NOV Planning meeting update

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

Draft minutes from Hever Parish Council meeting 17.09.19


Tuesday 17th September 2019 at 7.30PM.  Held at Markbeech Village hall.

There was no planning meeting due to lack of applications within the timetable.

Present:  Cllrs., John Hodson (JH) (Chair), Angela Haydon (AH) Bonnie White (BW), Christine Thompson (CT), Anita Sebastian (AS), Rick Brookes-Smith (RBS), Stephen Lark (SL), Stephen Sadler (SS)

Also in attendance: Charlotte Cole (CC, Clerk) and 2 members of the public. The meeting commenced at 7.30pm.


1.To receive apologies – Joanna Wade (JW) working, Matthew Dickins (MD) Sevenoaks District Councillor working at SDC.  These apologies were accepted and noted.

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 16.07.19). Previously circulated draft minutes approved by all and signed by JH.
  2. Public Forum.
  • Four Elms resident JS attended to express concern regarding rumble strips (previously installed

safety measure) on roads leading out of village from the crossroads and the reported noise and vibration impact.  Has independently completed survey of residents to share with HPC and KCC.  KCC have already responded that if / when surface renewed (next financial year at earliest) then will review.  HPC have already completed their Highway improvement plan (HIP) to KCC for 2020 – 21 with item #2 being renewal of red friction surface. At that time, all the options for surfacing can be considered.  The reasons for the installation of the rumble strips discussed.

  • Another resident (JP) expressed concern at the speed of drivers through the village and lack of

police speed checks.

  • Four Elms resident Dave de Waal was unable to attend the meeting as planned and sent apologies

and notes for the Clerk to read out with more details of his proposed school holiday sports camp, with possible use of Four Elms recreation field.  Requesting access to ground for 2 days in October half term, ~ 3 hours a day, ~ 15 children, bring all own equipment, local children and employment, mindful of total public access and use at all times, insurance details submitted.  This was discussed at length – maintenance of grass (is by gardeners contracted by school) and playground / goal (HPC maintain), access for locals etc. whilst supporting local families who require childcare, local business and a healthy activity.  It was agreed that HPC would allow and support the 2 days in October half term, with a local Cllr. visiting the site and review future requests at the Nov. Mtg.

Noting MD apologies for this and Nov mtg. and his new position Continue reading

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

DRAFT minutes from Hever Parish Council meeting 16th July 2019

The planning meeting was held at 7 – 7.50 pm with Cllrs. RBS, CT, AH, AS in attendance plus 3 members of the public and JH Chair.


FULL Council meeting; Continue reading

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

2019 July Planning meeting

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