finance and planning applications update to be provided at the meeting.
Police Crime Commissioner to sell Edenbridge Police Station
Posted on Nov 6, 2018
Police Crime Commissioner to sell Edenbridge Police Station
‘PCC announces closure of Edenbridge Police Station. The announcement was included as one line in a press release entitled ‘Kent Police to move Deal front office’. Click here for press release. The additional information states that the police office in the High Street is to be sold as the building has not served as an operational police station for more than a decade. The town PCSOs who work at the office will, in future, be able to use the fire station in the High Street instead. Disposing of the site will save Kent Police around £22,500 a year in running costs. The money received from the sale of the building will be available in future to spend on policing.
Edenbridge Town Council is extremely disappointed and will be discussing what action to take at the Council meeting on Monday night (12 November). The Police Crime Commissioner Matthew Scott has been asked to come to Edenbridge to explain his reasons to the residents. Details of this meeting will be publicised once a reply has been received from him.
Hever Parish Council will be discussing this news at their next meeting on 21st November 7.30pm Four Elms Village Hall, all welcome.
Sevenoaks District Council’s annual Community Grants Scheme is now open for voluntary and community groups to apply. Successful applicants will receive their funding in April 2019.
Voluntary and community organisations can contact the following organisations for information and advice about funding:
Present: Cllrs., John Hodson (JH) (Chair), Angela Haydon (AH), Bonnie White (BW), Duncan Leslie (DL), Christine Thompson (CT), Stephen Sadler (SS).
Also in attendance: Charlotte Cole (CC, Clerk), Peter Lake (PL), Matthew Dickins (MD), and 5 members of the public. The meeting commenced at 7.30pm.
|1.To receive apologies – Joanna Wade (JW) working, Stephen Lark (SL) personal, Rick Brookes-Smith (RBS) personal. These apologies were accepted and noted.
2. To receive declarations of interest in respect of items on the Agenda. To be specified per item.
3. To approve accuracy of minutes from the previous meetings (Minutes from 25.07.18)). Approved by all and signed by JH.
4. Public Forum –
PL (Peter.email@example.com) – discussions relating to item 5 on the agenda. He proposes a traffic survey (April 2019) for Four Elms and then the opportunity to debate options. Noted recent press coverage of risks of 20mph limits (Daily Telegraph 15.09.18). Further discussions from HPC and from members of the public around – effectiveness, enforcement, limit vs. zone, signage, physical obstructions. All noted that driver behaviour paramount. Hever and Markbeech have concerns about national speed limits too. Cllr. Lake to raise with Highways.
Rural buses and school transport oversubscribed, similar issues to many parts of Kent.
MD updated from Sevenoaks District Council (SDC) – relating to item 12. No information from Licensing as yet. A number of people had unsuccessfully tried to contact the landowner by email.
6. SDC Draft Local Plan – comments submitted by HPC noted (attached to this Agenda) as were Clive Pearman’s (Cllr. For Edenbridge Town Council) history of Edenbridge and District War Memorial Hospital. Since noted that no school has submitted planning proposals for any sites in Edenbridge.
PL and MD left.
7. Affordable housing – CT proposed to the full Council, the setting up of a “HPC Affordable Housing working party”, which would be;
a) To research, report and recommend as an advisory body to the full Council (under S102 powers 1972 LGA). To be task specific and time limited.
b) To examine an issue in detail, read reports and related materials, examine options, get advice for the Council.
c) To act as experts and/or liaise with experts, which will include neighbouring parish and town Councils, Campaign for the Protection of Rural England, Sevenoaks District Council, ACRK (Action with Communities in Rural Kent).
d) No funding or monies to be spent or committed without delegated authority or prior Full Council endorsement.
e) Quorate: Minimum of 2 Councillors at each meeting and the proper officer (Clerk). The core team is SS and CT.
f) A Working Party does not meet in public, therefore Standing Orders are not applicable, although the Code of Conduct still applies.
The full Council agreed to this proposal.
CT advised that much time had been spent to date meeting with housing associations and further investigative work was required before recommending one if appropriate. There is no contractual or financial relationship with HPC.
There may be a need to hold an extraordinary meeting of HPC.
8. Elections – Note District and Parish Council elections May 2019.
9. GDPR – CC discussed “gold standard” of GDPR requirements. Although not legally obliged to instruct a Data Protection Officer, someone with the skills, time, knowledge, professional qualifications, independence and ability and willingness to take on the responsibility would still need to do the required work. Discussions had regarding this and the option to fund encrypted laptops for each Cllr.
It was resolved for Clerk to; Discuss with other District Town and Parish Councils, undertake data audit and risk assessment within 6 months, item to remain on Agenda. Cllrs. reminded that any resident communication should initially come via Clerk, otherwise Cllr. Is obliged to register (at a cost) with Information Commissioner Officer.
10. Possible village party – Dates tbc. From Hever Castle (DL) and logistics / organisation.
11. Relaunch of hever.org and The Link (Church magazine) – JW now editor of Link and HPC have changed website and now hosted by 1and1. New diary and community pages to be publicised. Council resolved to fund up to £200 for the re launch.
12. ? Event on field in Lydens Lane, Edenbridge – Clerk, Hever Residents Association and MD to continue to make contact with landowner (who had contact neighbours as part of consultation).
13. Matters arising from previous minutes – no outstanding actions.
14i. Planning and Licensing – update attached to agenda.
14ii. Gatwick – No report.
15. Financial update – attached to agenda.
16. Urgent / other issues. SS had a query from a resident in Four Elms regarding playground – why no basket swing. Clerk advised of the process of equipment selection and why other equipment chosen in preference (less vandalism risk, cheaper etc.).
Resident asked about booking of Parish Rooms – Council advised that via FE school.
17. Other correspondence for noting –attached to agenda.
KCC Household Waste Recycling Centre. Council wished the Clerk to respond.
Meeting ended 8.45pm
NEXT MEETING Wednesday 21st November FOUR ELMS VILLAGE HALL 7.30 PM
Sevenoaks District Council is now offering grants of up to £5,000 to local voluntary and charity organisations to provide vital services that benefit the most vulnerable residents in the District.
The main aim of the Council’s Community Grant Scheme is to support volunteer-led projects that boost the health and wellbeing of people who live in the District.
Cllr Roddy Hogarth, Sevenoaks District Council Cabinet Member for Community Grants, says: “Our community grants have enabled voluntary and charitable groups the chance to improve the quality of life for many, especially our vulnerable, older and younger residents.”
“I urge you to take advantage of this opportunity. If you are interested, or need extra advice, please do not hesitate to contact us.”
The deadline for applications for grants between £100 and £5000 is Friday 23 November. Successful applicants will receive their funding in April 2019.
Application packs are available on request by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling 01732 227000.
To: The Members of Hever Parish Council
I hereby summon you to attend the meeting of Hever Parish Council to be held at HEVER Village Hall.
on TUESDAY 18th September 2018 commencing at 7.30pm for the transaction of business as set out below.
Signed; Clerk Date 10.09.18 *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.
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;
Does the Council accept the Recommendations as advised by the working party?
How does HPC wish to consider options for a and d?
Items for updating on / for information;
Kent County Council’s ‘Household Waste Recycling Centre (HWRC) Consultation’.
This consultation will help us deliver the Kent Waste Disposal Strategy and seeks views on the proposal to implement a charging policy for non-household waste materials including soil, rubble, hardcore and plasterboard, deposited at Kent HWRCs. The 8 week consultation is available until Thursday 1 November 2018, and we would like to invite you to comment. The consultation questionnaire and supporting documents can be found at www.kent.gov.uk/wasteconsultation
Does HPC wish to comment on the consultation?
HEVER PARISH COUNCIL PLANNING COMMITTEE
Amendment to application 17/03407/HOUSE
Single storey home office building within rear garden.
Removal of existing car port. Erection of atwo storey side extension and first floor rear extension over existing ground floor.
Proposed extensions to existing garden centre to provide enlarge kitchen,
staff facilities, extra retail and storage areas.
Brocas Cottage, Brocas Road Hever TN8 7LE SE/18/00681/HOUSE
Appeal – erection of a first floor extension.