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C/01/2007/1-22

 

MINUTES OF THE PARISH COUNCIL MEETING HELD ON THURSDAY 22 FEBRUARY 2007 AT THE MEMORIAL HALL, HOLLY ROAD, WAINSCOTT AT 7.30 pm

 

PRESENT:

Cllr David Coomber

Chairman

 

 

Cllr Gordon Bird

 

 

 

Cllr Mrs Nancy Bird

 

 

 

Cllr Mrs Pam Coomber

 

 

 

Cllr Gary Etheridge

 

 

 

Cllr Mrs Brenda Hoskin

 

 

 

Cllr David Miller

 

 

 

Cllr Geoff Moore

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Mrs Roxana Brammer

Clerk

 

 

 

 

 

In attendance

Mr David Levy

Footpaths Officer

Items 1-6

 

Item

Minute number

 

Action point

 

 

1

 

391

 

APOLOGIES

 

Apologies for absence were received from

 

 

 

 

Cllr Ken Bamber

At a meeting of Medway Council

 

 

Cllr Mrs Jane Etheridge

At a meeting of Medway Council

 

 

Cllr Peter Hicks

At a meeting of Medway Council

 

 

Cllr Tom Mason

At a meeting of Medway Council

 

 

 

 

It was proposed by Cllr Coomber, seconded by Cllr Etheridge and carried unanimously that these apologies be accepted by the Council.

 

 

 

2

 

DECLARATIONS OF INTEREST & ALTERATIONS TO THE REGISTER

 

 

 

392

a

Declarations

 

Cllrs Coomber and Mrs Hoskin declared personal interests in item 8a(i), planning application MC2007/0203, as being acquainted with the applicant. Cllrs Bird, Mrs Bird, Coomber and Mrs Coomber declared personal interests in item 8a(ii), planning application MC2007/0212, as living not far from the site.

 

 

 

393

b

Standards Committee

 

The Chairman reported on the meeting held on 21 February. Presentations were given on a candidate's guide that would be sent to everyone seeking nomination to both Medway and the parish councils; members' development (for Medway councillors); and monitoring of compliance with the code of governance. The draft alterations to the model code of conduct were discussed, including what constitutes a “friend”.

 

 

 

394

c

Consultation on Amendments to the Model Code of Conduct

 

It was agreed to leave the response to Medway Council.

 

 

 

3

 

395

 

ANY OTHER BUSINESS OF AN URGENT NATURE

 

None.

 

 

4

 

396

 

MINUTES OF THE MEETING HELD ON 23 JANUARY 2007

 

It was proposed by Cllr Etheridge, seconded by Cllr Miller and agreed that the minutes of the meeting held on 23 January 2007 be signed as a true record.

 

 

5

 

397

 

MATTERS ARISING

 

No matters were raised.

 

 

6

 

FOOTPATHS

 

 

398

a

Representative's Report

 

The Chairman suspended the meeting to allow Mr Levy to give his report.

 

Mr Levy thanked the Council on behalf of his volunteers for the gesture of thanks made by the Council. He said he was about to put the strimmers in for service. He had seen plans for development at 48 Hollywood Lane. No formal application had yet been made to the planning authority but he would make comment concerning the public right of way that crossed the site. He was investigating the impact of boats being lifted across the public footpath at Lower Upnor.

 

The Chairman thanked Mr Levy and reconvened the meeting.

 

 

7

 

UPNOR

 

 

399

a

Upnor Society

 

Cllr Moore had been unable to attend the last meeting, but he understood an officer from Medway Council had spoken about the planning application for “Sandacres”.

 

 

400

b

Environmental Enhancement Project

 

No response had been received from the Commodore of the Medway Yacht Club or Groundwork.

 

 

8

 

PLANNING

 

 

 

a

Applications

 

 

401

i

MC2007/0203: 4 Larkin Close, Frindsbury: Construction of a 2 metre fence and porch to front and relocation of garage to front/side

 

It was agreed the Council object to the application. The fence is adjacent to the highway and should not be more than 1m in height. The Parish Council sees no reason to deviate from that in this case. It would appear from the drawing that the garage in its new position would be at such an angle to the road that it would be difficult to swing in to park a car in the garage without extensive manoeuvring which would be a hazard to other road users.

 

 

402

ii

MC2007/0212: 236 Brompton Farm Road: 2 storey side extension

 

No objection

 

 

403

iii

MC2007/0238: Plot 1, Anthony's Way, Medway City Estate: Variation of condition 18 of planning consent MC2003/1301 (construction of   park & ride car park with ancillary building; non food retail warehouse with ancillary builders yard; garden centre & car parking; & engineering & other works including land reclamation) to allow a wider range of goods to be sold being: crockery, glassware china & kitchenware; books & stationery; mobile phones; & televisions, video recorders, dvd players, hifi's, microwave ovens,   ovens & similar new DIY electrical equipment

 

No objection

 

 

404

iv

MC2007/0239: Plot 1, Anthony's Way, Medway City Estate: Variation of condition 19 of planning consent MC2003/1301 (construction of park & ride car park with ancillary building; non food retail warehouse with ancillary builders yard; garden centre & car parking; & engineering & other works including land reclamation) to allow sub-division of retail unit into separate units of no less than 929m2

 

No objection

 

 

405

b

Decisions

 

The decisions as listed on Appendix A were noted.

 

 

 

 

c

 

Appeals and Other Matters

 

 

406

i

MC2006/1896: 206 Brompton Farm Road: Lawful Development Certificate for the formation of gable end and insertion of dormer to the rear to facilitate loft conversion (issued October 2006)

 

The Chairman reported that the loft conversion had a certificate of lawful development because the property had never been extended. There was no obligation to consult on lawful development certificates, and no planning approval is required.

 

 

407

ii

Car Park, Lower Upnor

 

A suggestion had been made to Medway Council that consideration be given to exchanging the current car park land with the Sandacres site. This would enable the village car park to be sited at the entrance to the village, which is the ideal place for the car park. It would also protect the area marked as a nature reserve on the approved plans for nine houses on the site that would be built over if permission were given to Taylor Woodrow for 43 dwellings. The developer would be able to build quality apartments on the existing car park site, which lent itself to such development due to the height of the Arethusa Venture Centre buildings, the upward slope of the land at the rear and the river view. This suggestion was supported by Martin Hall.

 

 

408

iii

MC2007/0114: 109-111 Wainscott Road, Wainscott: Conversion of existing building back to original 3 separate houses for residential use

 

The applicant had written at the request of the case officer to ask about possible uses of the old post office for classes A1, A2 or A3 retail or for community use. It appeared the case officer had indicated she was likely to refuse permission for conversion back to residential. After discussion the Clerk was asked to reply as follows:

 

 

 

 

Councillors were appalled that any other use for the buildings than houses was under consideration. Since closure of the post office approaching four years ago, this part of Wainscott Road together with Frittenden Road opposite is now residential, with the exception of the Chinese takeaway. The post office closed because it was unviable. The Parish Council considers that any replacement shop would be even more unviable, especially without post office business, which is becoming more and more limited as the Government takes more of its services away. There is the co-op and newsagent further along Wainscott Road. There is a Somerfield convenience store within the parish on the Medway City Estate. Tesco Express shops have just opened not far away in Brompton Farm Road and Frindsbury Hill. You mention Class A3, restaurant or takeaway. The Parish Council would oppose any application for this use, on grounds of loss of amenity to neighbours and lack of parking facilities. Residents already have to put up with the flue of the Chinese, and they would not want an additional flue emitting cooking smells. Parking is already a problem in Wainscott Road and although there are some parking spaces opposite in Frittenden Road, these are used by residents and it is frequently difficult or impossible to park there as it is. Patrons of a restaurant would add to the problem. In addition, there is a fish and chip shop as well as the Chinese, an Indian in Frindsbury Road and two pubs selling food close by.

Councillors could not think of any community use that would be viable. There is a pre-school ("Smilers") on the site of Wainscott School and Temple Mill Primary School is going to have a nursery unit under the Government's Sure Start scheme. The opening of Smilers caused the closure of the pre-school playgroup in the Memorial Hall.

Wainscott has a village hall, the Memorial Hall, which is struggling financially. There is also the Gospel Hall in Holly Road and Wainscott School lets out its hall. Just outside the parish boundary is Allsaints Church hall. There is no need for another community building. Existing community buildings find it difficult to make ends meet.

Although there is no library in Wainscott, there is a library in Strood and in any case we do not think that Medway Council would want to open a new library or would have the money earmarked to do so.

There is an orthodontist at the top of Frindsbury Hill. The doctors surgery is situated in Miller Way but will be relocated to a Medical Centre in the new Wainscott Development.

The Wainscott Development brief and outline planning permission includes a village square and at least one shop, this will cement the area around the Stag pub and school as the centre of the village. If you are interested, senior planning officer Amanda Hutchinson will talk to you about this. The developer is Crest Nicholson and the first phase of detailed plans is expected shortly.

When the Parish Council received your application as a statutory consultee of the planning authority, members were pleased that the empty building would be renovated and that the terrace of houses would be restored as far as possible to its original Victorian look. They felt this would enhance this part of the village.

 

 

409

iv

41 Rolvenden Road

 

Cllr Miller reported the extension under construction was now roofed.

 

 

410

v

13 Hughes Drive

 

Cllr Miller reported the property was now on the market.

 

 

411

 

 

d

Licensing Applications

 

None.

 

 

412

e

Minutes of the Planning Committee Meeting held on 8 February 2007

 

Noted.

 

 

9

 

FINANCE

 

 

413

 

a

Bank Balances

 

The bank balances as listed on appendix B were noted.

 

 

414

b

Cheques Signed Since the Last Meeting

 

None

 

 

415

c

 

 

Accounts for Payment

 

It was proposed by Cllr Etheridge, seconded by Cllr Miller and agreed the account for payment (cheque 101026 as listed in Appendix B be approved, together with £500, D Godden (101027) and £40 D Coomber (reimbursement under Chairman's allowance) (101028)

 

 

10

 

 

GRANT APPLICATIONS

 

 

416

a

Frindsbury Extra Memorial Hall

 

Cllr Mrs Hoskin declared a personal and prejudicial interest as a member of the management committee and left the room. Cllr Mrs Coomber declared a personal interest as the Council's nominee on the management committee.

 

It was proposed by Cllr Etheridge, seconded by Cllr Bird and agreed by 5 votes for, none against and one abstention to make a grant of £1,000 to the hall towards the cost of the insurance. Cllr Mrs Coomber did not vote. Grant made under S19 of the Local Government (Miscellaneous Provisions) Act 1976. (cheque 101029).

 

Cllr Mrs Hoskin returned to the meeting.

 

 

11

 

MANAGEMENT OF THE COUNCIL'S LAND AND PROPERTY

 

 

 

 

417

a

Recreation Ground

 

i   General Maintenance. The engineering report had been received from Zurich Insurance and the Clerk would discuss its findings with Green Acre Landscapes. A course for inspection of playgrounds was being run and it was agreed that Daniel Godden should attend. The cost was £85.
ii  Football. The Clerk was asked to contact Nancy Austin about the new goal posts which had not been erected.

 

 

 

RB

 

 

RB

418

b

Hedges

 

Some new plants at Frittenden Road had gone. These would be replaced. The Brompton Farm Road hedge had been cut by flail. Green Acre Landscapes recommended it be further cut to about 5ft in height and this was agreed, subject to being done before the bird nesting season.

 

 

12

 

HIGHWAYS AND TRANSPORT

 

 

 

419

a

Traffic Scheme, Brompton Farm Road/Hollywood Lane

 

The Chairman reported the speed indicator device had not so far been installed.

 

 

 

13

 

420

 

LIGHTING

 

Nothing to report.

 

 

 

14

 

421

 

YOUTH

 

Cllr Mrs Coomber said that the stage curtains were found pulled off the track after Youth Club. A new track had been ordered and she would speak to the Youth Club leaders about it.

 

 

 

 

PC

 

15

 

RURAL LIAISON COMMITTEE

 

 

 

422

a

Representative's Report

 

The Chairman reported on the last meeting, hosted by the Council and held at Hilltop School. The meeting had been attended by Annmarie Behn who had taken over as Rights of Way officer from Vivienne Kent. Presentations had been given by Kate MacGowan of the Physical Disabilities Team and Jenny Bradbury from Action with Communities in Rural Kent. There had been a report on the Local Government white paper. Cuxton PC had provided details of a maker of name badges. The Chairman had also been given the opportunity to speak about the Parish Council and its activities.

 

 

 

 

423

424

425

426

 

b

Projects

 

i   Seats, Lower Upnor. On-going.
ii  Wainscott Village sign. The Clerk had had a meeting with the designer.
iii  Kick wall. The Clerk would obtain a firm quotation.
iv  The Chairman reported on a site meeting at Cooling Road/Brompton Farm Road corner. Options for the area adjacent to the highway where BT vans parked was discussed. It was proposed by Cllr Mrs Coomber that a hard surface such as tarmac be applied. This was seconded by Cllr Moore. The motion was carried 5 votes for, 1 against and 2 abstentions. The Clerk and Green Acre Landscapes would come up with a new planting scheme, which would include a new seat.

 

 

 

 

RB

 

 

 

 

RB

 

16

 

KAPC/MAC

 

 

427

a

Representatives' Report

 

Cllr Moore reported on the meeting held on 21 February. The main topic had been housing developments at Cuxton and at Allhallows.

 

 

17

 

HALL MANAGEMENT COMMITTEE

 

 

428

a

Representative's Report

 

Cllr Mrs Coomber said no meeting had been held.

 

 

429

b

Hall Improvements/Extension

 

Cllr Mrs Coomber said Harvey's had returned to complete the snagging on the floor.

 

 

18

 

POLICE MATTERS

 

 

430

a

Police Liaison Committee representative's report

 

Cllr Miller had attended the last meeting, which had been chaired by WPC Pope. Peter Jackson from the anti-social behaviour unit had spoken. The new telephone number was 01634 891055 and e-mail address was stroodrural@kent.pnn.police.uk . He had received a letter from Chief Inspector Peter Wedlake who was questioning the value of the quarterly meeting. Cllr Miller's reply was endorsed. Cllr Coomber said other parishes had received a similar letter and he had asked for the item to be placed on the agenda for the next Rural Liaison Committee meeting.

 

 

431

 

 

 

b

Neighbourhood Watch

 

Cllr Miller had not had any crime reports since the last meeting. A community message had been received about bogus callers and mailings from “nhw.net”.

 

 

432

c

Speed Watch

 

The Chairman reported that Cliffe and Cliffe Woods PC had pulled out. The flyers asking for volunteers were about to be distributed. The Clerk would report to the other consortium that Frindsbury Extra was likely to join, so there would be one scheme for the whole Peninsula.

 

 

 

 

RB

19

 

433

 

 

WEBSITE

 

Nothing to report.

 

 

 

20

 

 

CONSULTATION

 

 

434

a

ACRK Rural Community Opinion Survey

 

Received.

 

 

21

 

425

 

 

CORRESPONDENCE

 

None

 

 

22

 

426

 

REPORTS AND CIRCULARS

 

The reports and circulars as listed on the agenda were received.

 

 

 

The Chairman closed the meeting at 10.01 pm

 


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